Gautier and Ham Join ‘Great Conversations’ Lineup


The community is invited to attend the 4th Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

Great Conversations is an afternoon of delicious appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. 

The event is set for 2-5 p.m., April 28 at Los Alamos High School in the new building. 

This is the fourth in a series about the conversations that will take place:

What’s Cookin’ in the Caldera: Environmental Restoration

Peggy Gautier

Vice-Chair of Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, the official friends organization of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Peggy Gautier will share information about the work that has been completed over the last five years with the nearly $1 million in grant funds received. Have you always wanted some insider information about little known places on the Preserve? What you learn may give you a hunger for a closer look. Would it surprise you to know that some people are allowed to camp within the boundaries of this national treasure? Forming a more intimate knowledge of the Valles may lead you to volunteer or become an advocate for the future of the preserve.  Peggy Gautier retired in 2005 from the Chemistry Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory after 32 years; she and her husband Jim enjoy the life of retirees. 

Teaching the iPhone to Drive

Michael Ham

Is the brain truly unique or is it possible for advanced artificial intelligence to fully replicate human abilities? Michael Ham is a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has experience in computer vision, high performance computing and psychophysics studies of the human brain. While enjoying this conversation, Ham will help you explore and discuss how the human brain learns and the parallels with smart technology development. Large data will require new methods of processing data, and the human brain as a great source of inspiration for new tactics. The applications are limitless; if you join this conversation, you can pick Ham’s brain about the possibilities. 

Anyone interested in attending Great Conversations can pick up a registration form or drop off a completed form with payment to The Finishing Touch locating at 174 Central Park Square. A complete list of the speakers and an overview of the 14 conversations is available at www. Call (505) 470-3734 or e-mail  with any questions.

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