Education

Los Alamos Community Funds Scholarships For Navajo Women Administered By White Rock Presbyterian Church

Jonnie Woodie

COMMUNITY News:

Jonnie Woodie is a junior at NM Tech and is doing biomedical research with one of her professors on treating type 2 diabetes.

Marcella Kee is a sophomore at UNM-Gallup who wants to inspire native youth as a teacher on the Navajo Nation. Both young women will be receiving scholarship aid from the Los Alamos-based Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship, administered through White Rock Presbyterian Church.

The scholarship honors the memory of Julie Meadows, a young mother and LANL employee who died of a brain tumor in 2009. Shortly before she was diagnosed, Julie participated


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Los Alamos Family Council Youth Activity Centers Resume Operations Practicing COVID-19 Safe Practices Aug. 13

Youth Activity Centers News:

The Youth Activity Centers (YACs) in Los Alamos and White Rock will resume operations on the first day of school for the Los Alamos Public Schools.

The Youth Activity Centers operate afterschool 3-6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Los Alamos Family Council (LAFC) understands that students will not be attending school in person at the beginning of the school year – but seeks to be of assistance by providing supervised activities for youth for part of the day.

As COVID Safe Practices restrict the number of youth we will be


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Governor: COVID-19 Case Count Average Still Too High

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Friday, ‘Please, do not gather in groups – when you do so, you provide the virus a perfect opportunity to spread … stay home when possible, wear a face covering in public.’ Courtesy/GFBP

From Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Friday that New Mexico’s 7-day new case count average continues to be high – too high.

“The emergency public health order has been extended and will remain in effect.

If we want students to be able to be in classrooms this year, we have to do better.

Mass gatherings remain unsafe and are not allowed. Please,


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Virtual-Learning Workshops For New Mexico Teachers

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico teachers now have access to training to optimize the virtual-learning environment this fall, thanks to a partnership between the Public Education Department and Central New Mexico Community College.

CNM Ingenuity, a nonprofit affiliated with the college, is collaborating with experienced virtual educators around the state to create and facilitate a series of professional development workshops for K-12 educators.

The New Mexico Public Education Department is providing free access to the workshop series for public school educators as remote-only learning


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Meet Los Alamos Public Schools Grounds Crew

John Hughes is at the helm of the large mower Friday afternoon mowing the playground at Mountain Elementary School. This large mower makes quick work of the large playground lawn. Hughes is a member of the Los Alamos Public Schools Maintenance Grounds Crew that is very busy all summer long mowing, cutting, trimming, watering and managing the grounds of all seven schools and 17 leased facilities for LAPS. All total they maintain more than 37 acres of property. The ground crew is comprised of  seven full-time employees and four interns. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Louis Nunez runs the


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Sullivan Field House Coming Down Home Stretch

The Sullivan Field House adjacent to UNM-LA on Diamond Drive is nearing completion. This shot taken Friday from the playing field north of the construction, shows workers preparing to pave the parking area in front of the building. The siding is almost completely installed now except for a few odd-shaped pieces. This siding matches the siding used on the Los Alamos High School library. Photo by Ed Birnbaum


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Texas A&M Maritime Academy Stands Ready To Accept New 525-Foot Training Ship

A&M UNIVERSITY News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. & COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M University’s maritime academy is closer than any time in the past 15 years to being able to dock a training ship in Galveston.

The yet-to-be-built ship would be able to take 600 cadets to sea, compared with 50 today, and serve double duty as the only hurricane relief vessel in the entire Gulf of Mexico.

Texas’ delegation in Congress successfully included $389 million in the U.S. House of Representatives’ appropriations bill to pay for the ship. The bill passed out of the House on Friday, as it makes its way to


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NDI New Mexico Named Nonprofit Of The Year

NDI New Mexico News:

SANTA FE — The National Dance Institute of New Mexico—NDI New Mexico—has been named the 2020 New Mexico Nonprofit of the Year by Albuquerque Business First. 

“2020 has been a challenging time for all, and that makes this honor even more special,” said NDI New Mexico Executive Director Russell Baker. “Our entire organization including staff, instructors, students, board, volunteers, and donors have risen above every challenge presented this year, and we are thrilled to have this hard work recognized. We’re thankful to the Albuquerque Business First for this award and


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Explore Prairie Dogs And August’s Night Skies With PEEC!

Join PEEC the week of Aug. 3 for a variety of events. Tuesday, Aug. 4, Mariana Rivera Freeman will discuss her experiences studying the Gunnison’s prairie dog at Valles Caldera National Preserve. Then, Friday, Aug. 7, Laura Marseglia will highlight what is coming up in August’s night skies. Both events begin at 7 p.m. and registration is required at peecnature.org/events. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 and Friday, Aug. 7 for two live-streamed talks.

Aug. 4, PEEC’s Field Science Specialist Mariana Rivera Freeman


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World Futures: Distance Learning And Teaching – Part Three

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Learning is a process controlled by the learner, at least when the learner is exposed to learning material.

Every day we experience exposure to real learning material through sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. We might add vestibular and proprioception, to add some big words as the list goes on.

Real learning occurs when we personally experience something and create some code in our brains. If this is real learning, is there artificial learning?

As an argument one can say that learning is the receipt of information and its transformation


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