Rotary Club Of Los Alamos: Brittney Woodrum Talks About Her Adventures Raising Money For ‘ShelterBox’

Brittney Woodrum climbed all 58 of Colorado’s Fourteeners to raise money for ShelterBox USA. Courtesy/Rotary

Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

“I’d never hiked a Fourteener until last summer,” confessed Rotary Club guest speaker Brittney Woodrum as she spoke March 30 to members from her home in Leadville, Colo. (“Fourteener” is the name given to Colorado’s mountain peaks of 14,000 feet or higher.)

Why is her inexperience noteworthy? Because Woodrum went on to hike all of Colorado’s 58 Fourteeners in just 76 days in July, August and September 2020.

Woodrum, a Rotary Peace


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


Rotary: Jennifer Turner Describes International Non-Profit

Children at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Honduras. Courtesy/NPH USA

Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

“We are a family for children without security,” said Jennifer Turner, development manager of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos USA, as she described recently to the Rotary Club the mission of the international non-profit organization. “Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos is Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters.”

Founded in 1954 by Father William B. Wasson, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) “enhances the lives of vulnerable children in Latin America and the Caribbean”


LANL: Fighting The Next Outbreak Before It Starts

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


Rotary Hosts Summer Lewis Talk On ‘Sustainable Peace’

Summer Lewis

Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

“What is necessary to create sustainable peace?” posed Summer Lewis when she spoke to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos March 16 from her home in Oaxaca, Mexico via Zoom

Lewis is the manager of Rotary International’s strategic partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace.

As a Rotary International manager, Lewis provides “educational tools and resources to support Rotarians and Rotaractors in making peace tangible and actionable”. (Rotaractors are young people ages 18 and older, often college students, who develop


Chart 370 COVID-19 In New Mexico March 19, 2021

This chart shows the number of vaccine doses administered per 100 people by country. Excluding countries with populations under one million people, the top 24 countries are displayed. The United States and New Mexico are highlighted. Source: New York Times. Eli Ben-Naim


Skolnik: COVID-19 – The Quintessential Global Health Issue

Los Alamos

(This article is adapted from a talk given to the Global Health Interest Group of the Research Institute of Children’s National Hospital)

COVID-19 is the quintessential global health issue. We can see this clearly when we look at COVID-19 through a set of global health lenses: the globalization of disease; ethics; the economic and social impacts of health issues; the relationship between human well-being and global security and freedom; and, the need for cooperation.

When it comes to the interdependent boundaryless world in which we live, I like to say that “the


LANL: SuperCam Sends First Data Back To Earth From The Perseverance Mars Rover

Photos of ‘Yeehgo’, the second rock target analyzed with SuperCam’s various imaging capabilities. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Following the successful landing of NASA’s Perseverance rover in Jezero Crater on Mars, the SuperCam operational teams at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) received the first results showing that SuperCam is in good health and giving its first impressions of the crater.

“It’s amazing to see SuperCam working so well on Mars,” Roger Wiens said, the lead scientist on SuperCam at Los Alamos. “When we first dreamed


Kiwanis: African Library Effort Continues Despite Pandemic

Kiwanis volunteers help pack books March 4-5 for shipment to African libraries. Courtesy/Kiwanis


The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos has proven once again that while service projects may be a bit more difficult during a pandemic – they are certainly not impossible.

March just happens to be National Reading Month, so very small groups of 4-5 volunteers spread way out at the Sarah McLaughlin Hall at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road to pack books, books and more books March 4-5 for the African Library Project.

Book donations have been steady and high all throughout


2021 International Women’s Day Celebrating Achievements

Karl Maria Stadler (1888 – nach 1943), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Courtesy/IWD

IWD News:

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD) – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality. 

Marked annually March 8, IWD is one of the most important days of the year to:

  • Celebrate women’s achievements;
  • Raise awareness about women’s equality;