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Unique STEM Opportunities At LAMS

on December 3, 2018 - 11:21am
By Mr. T.J. BONZON
LAMS Computer Science Teacher
 
We are thankful for the recent support from LAPS Foundation and our local Rotary Club who have awarded us separate grants for our Robotic Blimps and Hoverboard Repair projects.
 
LAPS Foundation awarded us $825 for two robotic blimps, and the Rotary Club awarded us $500 for replacement parts and for a LAMS hoverboard.
 
My pre-engineering/robotics student Nick Sawyer attended the initial Rotary Club luncheon two weeks ago to present the hoverboard repair project for their consideration.

Firefighters Mentor Aspen Students In BBBS Program

on December 3, 2018 - 8:04am
Los Alamos County Fire Station 1 Firefighter Bigs with their Aspen Elementary School student Littles. Courtesy photo
 
Little Issac Martinez-Rodriguez tries on a firefighter helmet. Courtesy photo
 
BBBS News:
 
The fire truck pulls up outside the school. There is a crisis inside: not one that can be resolved by spreading water, but rather care and love.
 
“It is easy to underestimate the positive impacts one can make in a child’s life, because the seeds we sow today, don’t always produce fruit immediately,” Los Alamos firefighter David Apodaca said.
 
Apodaca and eight other Los

Wiemann: Three Factors To Consider When Making Charitable Gifts

on December 3, 2018 - 8:04am
By SHELLY A. WIEMANN
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
 
The holiday season is here, which means gift-giving is probably on your mind.
 
In addition to making gifts to your family and friends, you also may be interested in contributing to charitable organizations. But before you donate financial assets, such as stocks, you will need to consider several factors, including taxes, your portfolio balance and the reputation of the charity. Let’s look at these areas:
 
Taxes – Your donations to qualified charities (those that are considered 501(c)(3) organizations by the Internal Revenue

PEEC: Learn About Christmas Bird Count Tuesday

on December 1, 2018 - 5:41am
Bird expert Mouser Williams will present a talk on the Los Alamos Christmas Bird Count Dec. 4 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Join bird expert Mouser Williams Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Los Alamos Nature Center to learn about the upcoming Los Alamos Christmas Bird Count (CBC). This talk will begin at 7 p.m. and is free to attend.
 
Williams will provide an introduction to the CBC at this talk and will give an overview of what birding opportunities will be available to the general public this year. The Los Alamos CBC is Sunday, Dec. 16 throughout the day.

DEA To Reimburse Student Field Trip Transportation Cost To ‘Drugs: Costs & Consequences Exhibition’

on December 1, 2018 - 5:40am
Upcoming exhibition at the NMMNHS. Courtesy/DEA Museum
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Division (SAMHSA), a unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will reimburse transportation costs for student field trips to the upcoming exhibition, Drugs: Costs & Consequences: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS).
 
The money has been made available to New Mexico through an interagency agreement between SAMHSA and the U.S.

Moving Translational Research Forward: Noted Scientists Joins College Of Medicine Faculty

on November 30, 2018 - 4:46pm
Zucai Suo
 
FSU News:
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Award-winning biological chemist Zucai Suo, whose discoveries helped the development of two blockbuster antiviral drugs, has joined the Florida State University College of Medicine as the Dorian and John Blackmon Endowed Chair in Translational Research.
 
His laboratory’s new ground-floor home at the medical school marks a figurative and literal expansion of the college’s research aspirations.
 
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SFCC Nurses Pinning Ceremony Dec. 5

on November 30, 2018 - 9:53am
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College hosts a Nurses Pinning Ceremony at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the Jemez Rooms on campus at 6401 Richards Ave.
 
The pinning ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition that dates back to the 1860s when Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in recognition for her service during the Crimean War. To share the honor, she in turn presented the medal of excellence to her brightest graduates. By 1916, the practice of pinning new nursing graduates was standard throughout the U.S.
 
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LAHS Pegasus Staff Thanks Community

on November 29, 2018 - 4:24pm
From left, sophmore Dana Urbatsch, sophmore Katherine Fanning, senior Kyla Roberts, freshman Elizabeth Booton, sophmore Amelia Duffy, Pegasus Sponsor Ildikó Nadaskay-Goeller and freshman Hunter Wolfe. Courtesy/LAPS
 
By DANA URBATSCH
Sophomore Pegasus Staff Member

Saturday, Oct. 6 was a windy and surprisingly chilly morning. The town was unusually quiet as most people cuddled up inside.

And yet, within the parking lot at Los Alamos High School, you would have seen dozens of people happily milling about.

The fences were covered in clothes that danced in the wind.

YMCA Raises $4,800 To Help Local Teen Centers

on November 29, 2018 - 9:13am

All children are welcome at the YMCA After School Program. Courtesy photo

 

By DIANA MARTINEZ
Development Director
The Family YMCA
 
Together, in a single day, we raised $4,800 toward helping 2,500 youth served at our teen centers in Española and Los Alamos, and 300 people at our YMCA.
 
This is a great success!
 
We are grateful for the loving, caring spirit that moved our donors now and all year. At 7 p.m., Tuesday night, our #GivingTuesday total sat at $2,300, given by 36 friends, and then I got an email pledge from one more individual that took us to $4,800. WOW.
 
So today is

PEEC: Explore The Sun With Joyce Guzik Friday

on November 29, 2018 - 8:27am
Joyce Guzik will present the talk ‘Inside the Sun’ at 7 p.m. Friday at the nature center. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Learn about a local star Friday, Nov. 30 at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium at a presentation from Joyce Guzik called “Inside the Sun.”
 
Guzik’s presentation begins at 7 p.m. and explores why the sun shines, the possible fate of the sun and earth and much more. She guarantees that the audience will learn something about the sun that they didn’t know before.
 
In her talk, Guzik will discuss what generates energy inside the sun, how the sun was formed, what

Leadership New Mexico Accepting Nominations For 2019 Distinguished Leadership And Alumnus Awards

on November 28, 2018 - 11:21am

LNM News:

Leadership New Mexico is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Distinguished Leadership and Distinguished Alumnus Awards.

The Distinguished Leadership Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award recognize individuals who have used their leadership skills to improve the quality of life in New Mexico. Award recipients will be honored at the 2019 Annual Dinner Friday, May 10, 2019 at Sandia Resort & Casino. 

Established in 2003, the two awards seek to recognize individuals with demonstrated exceptional leadership that has resulted in a significant positive impact on the economy and

Early College Parent Meeting At UNM-LA Thursday

on November 28, 2018 - 10:45am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos Early College and Career Academy (LAECCA) is looking for Los Alamos High School students who have potential to do college coursework or technical certifications before high school graduation.

The goal of the LAECCA is to create a seamless experience for students between high school and their post-secondary goals by providing a focused pathway for a future career.

LAECCA supports students in early access to post-secondary training allowing them to graduate from high school with not only a diploma but also college credentials and credits.

Holiday Game Jam For Kids At Los Alamos Makers

on November 27, 2018 - 7:23am
James Wernicke guides young coders at Los Alamos Makers, at 3540 Orange St., Suite LV1. Courtesy photo
 
Los Alamos Makers News:
 
Almost a year ago, Los Alamos Makers hosted the first Global Kids Game Jam teams in Los Alamos.
 
During that Global Game Jam, kids from all over the world came together with their local clubs to create, experiment, socialize and create video games, not just play them. One of the Los Alamos teams was selected for the world finale and invited to Turin, Italy.
 
This year, Los Alamos Makers is hosting a local game jam for kids 7 to 12, with a holiday

UNM-LA Advisory Board Meets 5:30 p.m. Monday

on November 24, 2018 - 11:14am

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 in the Lecture Hall in Building 2 on the campus of UNM-LA at 4000 University Dr., in Los Alamos.

Agenda items include:

  • Continuation of the reviews of the UNM-LA By-Laws and the Operating Agreement with UNM;
  • Reports on the UNM-LA recruiting process and on the academic program review process; and
  • Administrative reports on ongoing UNM-LA activities.

The meeting is open to the public.

Community Invited To School Safety Improvements Meeting At Chamisa Elementary Dec. 12

on November 24, 2018 - 11:10am

Chamisa Elementary School at 301 Meadow Lane in White Rock. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The community is invited to a Q&A session regarding school safety improvements at Chamisa Elementary School 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Chamisa in White Rock.

Los Alamos Public Schools is focused on providing a safe environment for its students while at school, and one way of doing that is by upgrading school facilities.

LAPS was awarded more than $64,000 from the state Public School Capital Outlay Council for safety and security upgrades at Chamisa.

Dementia Caregiving Course Offered At Old Town Mission Community Center In Las Vegas Dec. 1

on November 23, 2018 - 11:04am
ALZHEIMERS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free education course in Las Vegas, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
The “Skills for Dementia Caregiving Workshop” is a FREE program designed for family and friends caring for a loved one with dementia, and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter. The course is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday Dec. 1, at Old Town Mission Community Center (home of The SPOT) 1413 Chavez St., Las Vegas, NM 87701.
 
For more information or directions, call

Three-day Conference: Journalism Under Fire...

on November 22, 2018 - 7:28pm

 

SFCIR News:

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents a three-day conference entitled JOURNALISM UNDER FIRE exploring journalism’s essential role in a democracy.

Featured world-class speakers, investigative journalists, photojournalists and political cartoonists from around the world will address fake news, persecution and freedom of the press.

The special Grand Opening Event begins at 6 p.m. Dec 4 and the three-day conference begins at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 5 through 3:45 p.m. Dec.7. All events are at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St.

Journalism Under

Learn About Asteroids And Watch ‘National Parks Adventure’ In Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium

on November 22, 2018 - 7:34am

Join astronomer Rick Wallace at 7 p.m., Friday at the nature center planetarium to learn about the past and future of asteroid impacts. Courtesy/PEEC

Watch the full-dome film ‘National Parks Adventure’ at 2 p.m. Saturday at the nature center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join astronomer Rick Wallace in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium this Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. to learn all about the past and future of asteroid impacts and threats.

Audience members will watch the full-dome film “Incoming!” at this event and enjoy an audio-visual presentation from Wallace on the nature of

Researchers Discover How ‘Cryptic’ Connections In Disease Transmission Influence Epidemics

on November 21, 2018 - 3:13pm
Researchers Kate Langwig, Joseph Hoyt and Jennifer Redell tag bats with fluorescent dust and observed their movements to track hidden connections that can spread disease within and between bat species. Courtesy/Virginia Tech
 
VIRGINIA TECH News:
 
Diseases have repeatedly spilled over from wildlife to humans, causing local to global epidemics, such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, SARS and Nipah.
 
A new study by researchers of disease transmission in bats has broad implications for understanding hidden or “Cryptic” connections that can spread diseases between species and lead to large-scale

SFCC Clay Club 10th Annual Ceramics Sale Nov. 28-29

on November 20, 2018 - 7:44am
Bowl by Claudia Mardel. Courtesy/SFCC
 
Cup by Cheryl Hoagland
 
SFCC  News:
 
Santa Fe Community College’s Tenth Annual Student SFCC Clay Club Ceramics Sale SFCC Clay Club members – all students – will sell functional and sculptural works in porcelain, earthenware, stoneware and micaceous clays 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, at SFCC, Main Hallway, 6401 Richards Avenue.
 
The Silent Auction will close at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29.
 
The group includes aspiring young artists, lifelong learners and professional potters.
 
Sale

LAPS: A Message Of Gratitude For Our Employees, Students, Parents And Community

on November 19, 2018 - 5:47pm

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus reading a Thanksgiving story to students. Courtesy/LAPS

By Los Alamos School Board

Jenny McCumber, President
Ellen Ben-Naim, Vice-President
Andrea Cunningham, Secretary
Bill Hargraves, Member
Steven Boerigter, Member
School Superintendent
Kurt Steinhaus, Los Alamos Public Schools

During this time of Thanksgiving, please join with us in showing gratitude to the dedicated employees of the Los Alamos Public Schools. We believe that helping children thrive is one of the most important things any of us can do.

FSN Gingerbread House Building Workshop Dec. 12

on November 19, 2018 - 4:28pm

Finance New Mexico: Innovation Vouchers Help NM Technology Businesses Thrive

on November 19, 2018 - 7:20am
Teeniors is a company that puts tech-savvy teens and young adults in place to help senior citizens learn technology through one-on-one coaching. Courtesy/Finance New Mexico
 
By JASON GIBBS
Finance New Mexico

Early-stage science and technology companies in New Mexico occasionally need a little boost, and the state's Innovation Vouchers program, first launched in 2017, is there to lend a hand.

Managed by the New Mexico Economic Development Department’s (EDD) Office of Science and Technology, the program offers competitive grants of small amounts — $2,000 per individual per award — to

NMHU Psychology Professor Works With Farmington Police Department On Research

on November 19, 2018 - 6:05am
Sarah Tracy
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM A Highlands University psychology professor collaborated with the Farmington Police Department on research that determines its Victim Advocate Program increases conviction rates.
 
Sarah Tracy, who teaches at the Highlands University Farmington Center, studied the Farmington Police Department victim advocate database to examine domestic violence cases from 2016.
 
“Our major finding was that the more contact the victims of domestic violence have with the Victim Advocate Program, the higher the conviction rates,” Tracy said.

SFCC And Higher Education Center Closed Nov. 22-25

on November 19, 2018 - 5:58am

SFCC News:

SANTA FE ― Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 22‐25.

All campus facilities will be closed. No classes or activities will be held, and no other student services will be available. SFCC’s child development center Kids Campus and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center also will be closed.

The SFCC main campus at 6401 Richards Ave., and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center at 1950 Siringo Road reopen Monday, Nov. 26.

Throughout the year, SFCC offers a number of ways to stay

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