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Mason Updates Community Leaders On LANL Initiatives

LANL Director Thom Mason updates over 140 attendees from seven counties Wednesday on the Lab’s budget, infrastructure, recent scientific discoveries, and initiatives in education, economic development and more. Courtesy /LANL

At LANL’s Community Conversation Wednesday, Nina Lanza, team lead for Space and Planetary Exploration, spoke about her work on SuperCam, a key component of the Mars rover Perseverance developed at LANL. Courtesy/LANL

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

At the quarterly Community Conversation breakfast held remotely Wednesday,


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New Mexico Technology Company Verus Research Expands With New R&D Facility Site In Northeast Albuquerque

Verus Research expanding with new research site in Northeast Albuquerque. Courtesy/Resolut RE

VERUS RESEARCH News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Verus® Research, a New Mexico-based team of scientists and engineers specializing in advanced research and development, announces the expansion and buildout of a new research facility in Northeast Albuquerque.

The fast-growing technology company will move into the empty big-box retail space, formerly Babies R Us, at 45 Hotel Circle NE in August.

In addition to the new 41,240 square feet of research and office space, Verus Research will maintain its multi-floor


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Los Alamos High School Senior Karin Ebey Selected To Attend 2021 National Youth Science Camp

NYSF News:

The New Mexico Academy of Science (NYSF), in conjunction with the National Youth Science Foundation has selected Los Alamos High School senior Karin Ebey a delegate to represent New Mexico at the 2021 National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp).

Ebey has distinguished herself locally and nationally with her research on population dynamics in crocodilians.

High school seniors with demonstrated accomplishments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as well as leadership skills are invited to apply. Each state selects two delegates from qualified applicants.


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LANL Team Develops Software Package Known As CICE To Model Changes In Sea Ice

A CICE Consortium graphic of sea-ice physics illustrates complexity and breadth of variables at play. LANL image

LANL News:

The Polar Regions on Earth—the areas around the North and South Poles—have about 9 million square miles of sea ice floating in their oceans. Once inhabited by very few people, the Polar Regions are now home to more people than ever before; there are more than 4 million people living in the Arctic.

These regions are important to industries such as commercial shipping and fishing, mining, energy, recreation and tourism, scientific research, and even military bases and defense


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2021 Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science & Engineering Fair: Los Alamos County Results

2021 REGIONAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR News:

This year the science fairs are online rather than in-person posters and presentations. The 2021 Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair Results were held Saturday, March 27.

This is a regional event including Los Alamos and Taos schools among others. Top projects from all regions of New Mexico will meet later this year at the State science fair. Turnout this year was down from previous years, but the competition was healthy.

Three students, Robert Strauss (Computer Science) and the Team of Daniel Kim and Andres Interregui


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LANL: Fighting The Next Outbreak Before It Starts

By J. PATRICK FITCH and
KIRSTEN TAYLOR-MCCABE
Los Alamos National Laboratory

COVID-19 is not the first global pandemic and it certainly won’t be the last. As the light at the end of the tunnel of this pandemic is in sight, now is the time to take stock in what we’ve learned over the last 12 months—and prepare for the future.

Specifically, the last year has taught us that an effective response against a disease outbreak depends on timely integration of expertise and data across academia, industry, and government. As we move forward, we must continue to foster this integration and our capabilities


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LANL: Next-Generation Technologies For Biofuels Refining

Wire diagram of Smart Chutes demonstrating the innovative functionality to actively discard problematic biomass material having high-moisture content. Courtesy/Jenike & Johanson

LANL News:

Helping to strengthen the economic viability of biorefineries in the production of alternative fuels derived from biomass is critical to decreasing the use of fossil fuels and mitigating carbon dioxide emissions.

To that end, a collaboration between Los Alamos National Laboratory and Jenike & Johanson, a bulk solids storage company, and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy


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Los Alamos High School Graduate Elizabeth Hjelvik Receives Prestigious National Science Foundation Award

2014 LAHS graduate Elizabeth Hjelvik is a recipient of the 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Elizabeth Hjelvik, a 2014 graduate of Los Alamos High School, is a recipient of the 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award, which will cover all living and academic costs for a three year period.

Hjelvik is a graduate student within the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

In addition to her award, the University


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LANL: New Mexico Middle And High School Students Encouraged To Apply For Free Summer Physics Camp

Learn from the women scientists and engineers of LANL at the 2021 Summer Physics Camp for Young Women, a free, virtual experience including hands-on experiments that can be done from home.
LANL News:
  • Application deadline: April 9, 2021

New Mexico students are encouraged to apply for the free, two-week, virtual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women, taught primarily by women scientists and engineers at Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

Campers will receive materials for conducting hands-on experiments at home, as well as a stipend upon completion. With strong engineering and coding components,


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C6 Begins Rocket Testing At Spaceport America

From left, Spaceport America Ex. Dir. Scott McLaughlin, Sen. Prog. Mgr. Katrina Hornstein of Ursa Major Technologies, C6 VP of Eng. Daniel McCammon and Highland Enterprises Proj. Mgr. Mike Heard. Courtesy/C6 Launch

SPACEPORT AMERICA News:

SIERRA COUNTY—Canadian Corporation C6 Launch Systems has unveiled a new rocket engine test stand at Spaceport America’s vertical launch area. 

At a ribbon cutting ceremony held on site, C6 showed off the static rocket test stand constructed by Highland Enterprises of Las Cruces.

Highland designed, fabricated and installed the stand at Spaceport America.


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