World Futures: Distance Learning And Teaching – Part One

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the fall of 1989, the Cognitive Systems Engineering Group in the Los Alamos Nation Laboratory held a distance learning conference at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M.

At the time, the two dominant terms were distance education and distance training. Distance education was the dominant terminology used by the formal education system, led by the University of Wisconsin.

In contrast, distance training seemed primarily the purview of government instructional bodies, particularly the military, plus motivated private companies.


In And Around Town: July 3, 2020

In and Around Town:

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‘Wildflowers’ Exhibition at Karen Wray Gallery Opens
The “Wildflowers” Exhibition runs through July 25.The Karen Wray Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1247 Central Ave., Suite D-2, in Los Alamos. Please wear facemasks, practice social distancing, and wash your hands. For more details, call 505.660.6382 or email



Updates From Local Land Managers At Virtual Nature On Tap

Join PEEC and Los Alamos Creative District at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 6 for a virtual Nature On Tap event. This panel will feature representatives from local land management agencies. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Los Alamos Creative District for a virtual Nature On Tap event at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 6.

Audience members will hear from some of our local land managers, who will give updates on the trails and open spaces that they help oversee. Eric Peterson of Los Alamos County, Scott McFarland of Bandelier National Monument, Jennifer Sublett


NDI New Mexico Delivers Over 750 Online Dance Classes

Students stretch and practice the ‘V-sit’ for jazz class. NDI New Mexico’s Super Wonderful Summer (online) as well as the Afterschool programs delivered via Zoom keep dancers inspired and moving at home. Courtesy/NDI


NDI News:

Inspiring Children and Families, NDI New Mexico Delivers Over 750 Online Dance Classes.

These online classes are helping me develop into a much stronger dancer as well as teaching me more about dance each day. I thought I would thank you and let you know how amazing this online program has been, and I’m really enjoying it so far, and can’t wait for more. — Dakota,


UNM-LA Facing Challenges Yet Creating Opportunities

By Chancellor Cindy Rooney
UNM-Los Alamos

The UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Advisory Board held a special meeting via Zoom Monday, June 29, to review and approve a Budget Adjustment Request (BAR) for FY21.

With the recent State Legislative special session where projected funding for higher education was reduced, the New Mexico Higher Education Department required all higher education institutions to create budget adjustments.

The BAR for UNM-LA includes a decrease in Instruction and General revenues of $417,477, based on decreased state funding, an anticipated reduction in tuition from


COVID-19: An Opportunity For Enhancing School Health

Los Alamos

COVID-19 brings up many negative feelings for people, such as fear, uncertainty, and social isolation. For many, the days repeat themselves like a scene from the movie Groundhog Day and it’s hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel.

Yet, COVID-19 provides us with the perfect opportunity to put sustainable public health measures in schools, such as regular handwashing, that could yield benefits way beyond the current pandemic.

Implementing regular handwashing at key times in school has many benefits for reducing illness beyond COVID-19. This includes the potential


Life After 50: Her Futures So Bright … I Gotta Wear Shades

Brent and Lora Butler with daughter Zoe at her graduation in May. Photo by Chad Lauritzen. Chad Lauritzen

Executive Director
Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization

I have known Zoe Butler since the day she strode into the class of the delightful Ms. Becky Sims at Chamisa Elementary School.

My favorite memory is when the school celebrated the 100th day. A big day that probably included Dr. Seuss. What I would learn the next day was that the kindergarten student thought the 100th day, marked the last day of the school year.

That beautiful little girl bloomed into a stellar


New Mexico Officially Inaugurates Early Childhood Education And Care Department To Oversee Prenatal-To-Five Programs


SANTA FE — Wednesday, the State of New Mexico officially launched the Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD).

The agency will oversee prenatal-to-five programs, including home visiting and early intervention, family nutrition, early childhood special education, early Head Start and Head Start, and early pre-K and pre-K.

“Today is a milestone — years of work from dedicated advocates brought us to this point, and now our work begins,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “With incredibly experienced and diverse leadership, with the unyielding support of


FBI: Roswell Teen Charged Federally For Online Threats

FBI News:

Matthew Lee Herbert, 18, of Roswell has been charged federally in connection with online threats that prompted the lockdown of Roswell High School last November.

Herbert is charged with interstate communications containing a threat to injure the person of another (18 U.S. Code § 875).

Herbert is accused of posting a message on Snapchat with what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon and the caption, “b ready rhs I ain’t playin nomo”.

Another message containing the original post had the caption, “Oof, y’all watch out”.

The high school went into lockdown Nov. 12, 2019, when


LANL: Seven Los Alamos Students Complete Fourth Annual, Virtual Summer Physics Camp For Young Women

Seven Los Alamos students complete virtual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women Rachel Butler, Kaisa Drew, Jalyn Gould, Madison Morris, Nina Johnson, Sofia Parra, and Rebeca Rocha excel at two-week intensive By attending on-line presentations and doing hands-on experiments at home, 25 students completed the first virtual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Seven Los Alamos students just completed the fourth-annual, two-week intensive, Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Physics Camp for Young Women, June 8-19.

Rachel Butler, Kaisa Drew, Jalyn Gould, Nina