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UNM-LA Instructor Presents Paper On Women In Apocalyptic Fiction

on February 21, 2018 - 7:31am

Dr. Renae Mitchell at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) instructor Dr. Renae Mitchell was honored as a Fellow at the 39th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference Feb. 7-10 in Albuquerque.

Mitchell, an instructor in the English & Humanities Division at UNM-LA, was invited to present her paper, “Reinvented Mothership: The Revolution of Maternity in Apocalyptic Fiction.” 

The SWPACA, or SouthWest Popular and American Culture Association, is an annual academic conference held in Albuquerque, focused on various aspects of literary, film,

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Chris Carson Talks On A History Of Los Alamos Schools At UnQuarked Tonight

on February 21, 2018 - 7:29am
The community is invited to hear a School Talk by Chris Carson, A History of Los Alamos Schools. The talk is 5-6 pm today at UnQuarked in Central Park Square. Courtesy image

Cookie Plate Challenge Underway In Los Alamos

on February 21, 2018 - 6:41am

Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) has revived its annual Cookie Plate Challenge. They encourage community members to bake a plate of cookies for someone, snap a photo and send it to C’YA. Tell them about your recipient and then challenge a friend or co-worker to do the same. If you don't like to bake, they ask that you consider donating $5 to their program. The C’YA Board of Directors has been challenged in the first round including Claire Swinhoe, Pauline Powell Schneider, Megan Pfeffer, Karen Greenfield and Valerie Harris. Send photos to cya.org@att.net. C’YA provides free elementary

Venue Change For Olions Spring Musical: ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!’

on February 21, 2018 - 6:03am

OLIONS News:

Can you spell M-U-S-I-C-A-L? The Los Alamos High School Olions Thespian Society proudly presents, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!”

The community is invited to watch (and perhaps join the spellers with an audience participation opportunity) as the contestants try to spell their way to victory and learn a little bit about their wacky lives with some E-X-T-R-A-O-R-D-I-N-A-R-Y songs.

Note Venue change: Performances will be in the LAHS Blackbox at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays March 14-18, 22-23 and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

LAMTA/UNM-LA Spring Piano Recital Sunday

on February 20, 2018 - 3:35pm

UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cynthia Rooney, right, with LAMTA pianists and their teachers in October 2017. Courtesy photo

LAMTA News:

In keeping with their ongoing mission of Community Outreach and Service, the UNM-LA Campus will host the first of two Spring Piano Recitals at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25.

The recital is FREE and open to the public, sponsored by the Los Alamos Music Teachers Association (LAMTA). LAMTA’s Sunday Musicales are regular public presentations for the public’s enjoyment and appreciation of the city’s musically talented youth.

Fifteen students from the age of 8 through 14 will be

Leadership Los Alamos Inaugural Focus Session ‘Reflective Leadership’ Delivers Success

on February 20, 2018 - 7:17am

From left, Speaker Phil Bryson, Leadership Los Alamos Board Chair Brian D'Andrea and Speaker Dr. John Bedker gather Jan. 17 for the organization's first Focus Group at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LLA Board members, program class participants and alumni gather at UNM-LA for the first Focus Group hosted by the organization. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LLA News:

Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) held its first Focus Session Jan. 17 at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

The highly successful inaugural Focus Session on “Reflective Leadership” was made possible

SFI Public Lecture: Randomness Everywhere Feb. 27

on February 19, 2018 - 2:05pm

‘Cardsharps’ by Michelangelo Caravaggio. Courtesy/SFI

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents a Community Event: Randomness Everywhere with Sid Redner at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.

Randomness underlies events that we encounter every day. From the ups and downs of stock prices to the likelihood of winning at gambling, understanding randomness can help us make sense of our experiences and resolve apparent paradoxes.

In the first community lecture of SFI's 2018 series, Sid Redner  presents an introduction to

PEEC: Analemma Dilemma And Phantoms Of The Universe At Los Alamos Nature Center This Weekend

on February 19, 2018 - 8:55am

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Akkana Peck and David North will share why noon isn't really noon, why the solstice and the earliest sunset are on different days, and other anomalies of Earth's orbit at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.

Peck and North will investigate how anomalies of the Earth’s orbit affects life on Earth (and on other planets). They are enthusiastic lunar observers.

Free Community Seminar For Heart Month March 6

on February 19, 2018 - 8:15am

HEART COUNCIL News: 

In honor of Heart Month, the Los Alamos Heart Council is hosting a free community seminar by Dr. Kayvan Ellini of the Presbyterian Heart Group.

The seminar is 5:30 p.m., March 6 at First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr.

The objectives of the seminar, Fantastic Journey Through Your Heart: New ways to Treat Heart Disease include:

  • Innovations in devices for treatment of heart disease;
  • Advances in medicines and minimally invasive procedures; and
  • Outlook for improved cardiac treatment outcomes.

A complimentary dinner will be served.

UNM-LA Students Organize Teddy Bear Drive

on February 18, 2018 - 5:07pm

In honor of Kindness Week, the UNM-Los Alamos Student Government organized a Teddy Bear Drive to collect stuffed animals for the Los Alamos Police Department. The LAPD can then share something comforting to children as they see fit. Brooke Neese, who does in-home daycare, delivered three large bags of stuffed animals shared by the families she works with. Courtesy photo

Madison Mas, a high school senior, decided to contribute her childhood collection of stuffed animals before she goes away to college. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA all stuffed animals. Courtesy photo

Science On Tap: ATHENA & Surrogate Human Organs

on February 17, 2018 - 10:20am

Creative District News:

New drugs are under constant development but most fail in clinical trials. Why do so many drugs pass animal testing, but fail in Phase 1 clinical trials in humans? Are animal models of human diseases ultimately really a good model for humans?

Enter ATHENA. ATHENA, which stands for Advanced Tissue-engineered Human External Network Analyzer, is designed to simulate organ systems (such as liver, heart, lung, and kidney) and can be used as a first-line test for potential toxicity analysis since the system can mimic the response of actual human organs.

New Mexico Teachers Receive Training On Award-winning Financial Education Program In Los Alamos

on February 17, 2018 - 7:47am
UCEC News:
 
Sponsored by Nusenda Credit Union and in partnership with the Bradbury Science Museum Association, the University of Cincinnati Economics Center is offering two 60-minute training sessions for $martPath, an online teaching resource focused on financial literacy.
 
These training sessions are 10-11 a.m. and 1:15-2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown in Los Alamos.
 
$martPath is an engaging, interactive, and easy-to-use way for teachers in grades 1-8 to embed relevant economic and financial education into their classrooms.

LAPS: Thanks For Successful Show Up! It Matters!

on February 16, 2018 - 4:10pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools would like to thank all the teachers, staff, organizations and volunteers who helped make the Show Up! It Matters! day of school a great success.

Thanks to everyone’s hard work, LAPS was able to welcome students around the district Wednesday, Feb. 14, and demonstrate how important it is to attend school.

Community partners helped greet students early Wednesday morning. Thank you to all the local organizations and volunteers that donated not only their time, but also goodies to hand out to the students.

LAPS Celebrates ‘Amazing’ Guidance Counselors

on February 16, 2018 - 11:27am

A balloon toss was one activity that counselors used as a ‘Brain Break’ to relieve stress during finals week at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAPS
 
By Superintendent Dr. Kurt Stenhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

Los Alamos Public Schools is brimming with amazing and dedicated employees, but school guidance counselors and clinical counselors have an especially important role in helping LAPS students grow and succeed.

In order to help the Los Alamos community better understand their unique contribution, LAPS wants to honor and recognize those who work tirelessly to support students,

First Graders Write Letters To LAPD Officers

on February 16, 2018 - 10:29am

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross receives a stack of thank you letters from Barranca Mesa Elementary School first grade teacher Catherine Cloran. Cloran's class was recently taken on a tour of the police station by Ross and Cpl. James Keane. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos FLL Robotics Teams Win Recognition

on February 16, 2018 - 10:14am

The Quadrumaniacs who won the 2nd Place Champions Award Feb. 10 and will compete at the North American FLL Open Championship in Legoland in May are, from left, Lucy Kelley, Sasha Simakov, Maggie Kelley, Corben Meek, Angie O'Leary, Timothy Rousculp and Zoya Khan.  Not pictured is Magellan Bronson. Brother Alex Meek, peeking in, is on an FLL Junior team.  The Quadrumaniacs are coached by Susannah Rousculp and Elizabeth Meek with Karen Kelley as co-coach and mentor. Courtesy photo

 

Local FIRST LEGO League team, the Llama-Bots, pictured with their Teamwork trophy are, from left, Taylor

Nature Center Talk: Photographing Wildfires Feb. 20

on February 16, 2018 - 10:11am
Wildland firefighter silhouetted by flames. Photo by Kristen Honig
 
PEEC News:
 
Kristen Honig will discuss her observations, show her photographs, and present a brief, behind the scenes look at what it is like to be a wildfire photographer at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Honig's wildfire photos have been recognized by National Geographic and featured in magazines and publications, including Popular Science, Outside Magazine, High Country News, Wildland Firefighter Magazine, Fire Management Today and in the novel On the Burning Edge.
 
This special

Steinhaus: Message Of Care And Compassion

on February 15, 2018 - 9:25am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurt Steinhaus sent the following letter to LAPS staff following the school shooting Wednesday afternoon in which some 17 people were killed and another 14 injured in Florida.

As many of us start thinking about the upcoming long weekend, it is likely that many are also thinking about what happened yesterday in Parkland, Florida. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the students, staff, and families impacted by this horrific school shooting.

In light of the situation, let’s take extra time today to check in with each other,

Supreme Court Issues Ruling On State Funding Deductions For Schools Receiving Federal Impact Aid

on February 15, 2018 - 1:04am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Monday the Public Education Department must obtain annual certification or permission from the U.S. Department of Education before reducing monthly allotments of state equalization funding to local school districts to offset anticipated federal impact aid payments.
 
In a unanimous decision, the Court concluded the state agency erred in lowering monthly state funding to Zuni Public School District, #89, by about $4.6 million over 10 months during the 2010 fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.
 
The school

NHCC Museum Opens La Ultima Exhibición

on February 15, 2018 - 12:53am
Courtesy/NHCC
 

NHCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE ― The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Art Museum will hold an as new works by artists invited to participate in the 2018 version of the show opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 16, for La Ultima Exhibición.

The exhibition is curated by Augustine Romero and organized around the visual interpretations of Rudolfo Anaya's acclaimed book, Bless Me, Ultima (1972) -- a portrait of life in rural New Mexico as seen through the eyes of a young boy during World War II.

Anaya tells of the spiritual healer, Ultima, as she guides young Antonio on a

Helicopter Lands At Barranca Mesa Elementary School

on February 14, 2018 - 2:56pm

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone supervises the landing of a Classic Air Medical helicopter this morning at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. The school hosted Classic Air as part of the 120th Day of School celebration in support of the Los Alamos Public Schools motto, ‘Show Up, It Matters’. Students heard from Los Alamos Police and Fire Department staff on the importance of showing up. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Barranca Mesa Elementary School students watch as a Classic Air helicopter lands on their school field. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

House Education Committee Passes Teacher Raises

on February 14, 2018 - 12:34pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, a bill to raise pay for New Mexico teachers passed the House Education Committee and now heads to the House Floor.

SB 119, sponsored by Sen. Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque), would increase minimum salaries for all teacher levels.

“We have seen other bills come up around increasing teacher pay that don’t incorporate the proposed raise into the state budget, which makes it really hard to move the legislation forward.

LAFD Greets Students For ‘Show Up’ Campaign

on February 14, 2018 - 12:03pm

Members of the Los Alamos Fire Department greeted students arriving this morning at area schools including Aspen Elementary on Villa Street as part of the District's ‘Show Up, It Matters’ campaign. Statistics show how important it is for students to be in class every day. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Aspen Elementary School. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

BCBSNM Awards Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Grant To PEEC And New Mexico Wildlife Center

on February 14, 2018 - 7:55am
Smiles are abundant at Nature Playtimes programs. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) have received a Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico Healthy Kids Health Families (HKHF) grant for the popular, free Nature Playtimes program.
 
The grant will ensure that PEEC can continue to provide this program to the community every Monday morning at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road.
 
The grant also provides funds for the NMWC to begin a pilot program of Nature Playtimes at its facility in

Los Alamos School Board And Community Budget Committee Meeting Thursday

on February 13, 2018 - 4:12pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board and Community Budget Committee will be hosting the first community budget meeting, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the High School Speech Theater to discuss the 2018-19 LAPS budget proposal.

All parents and interested community members are invited to attend and participate in the conversation.

The first meeting, scheduled for Thursday, will begin with an introduction to school budgeting followed by a review of the school funding formula, a quick Legislative update and considerations for the 2018-19 budget.

The school board and budget committee are asking

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