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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

LAPS: ‘Just Stop!’ For Our School Buses

on February 13, 2018 - 11:11am

LAPS kicks off bus safety campaign Wednesday called, ‘Just Stop!’ Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools will be kicking off its bus safety campaign Feb. 14 called, “Just Stop!” in order to encourage drivers in Los Alamos to be extra vigilant and stop when the stop arm is extended on school buses.

Over the course of the next few weeks, LAPS will be displaying signs and banners across the county to remind drivers to be careful.

Since the beginning of the school year, and even the start of the new semester, LAPS Director of Facilities and Transportation Keith Rosenbaum has

projectY cowork Partners With ABQid To Offer Lean Startup Bootcamp In Los Alamos

on February 13, 2018 - 9:39am
Courtesy photo
 
projectY cowork News:
 
Los Alamos-based coworking space, projectY cowork Los Alamos, has partnered with Albuquerque entrepreneurial accelerator program ABQid to launch a new eight-week program to assist individuals who are starting a business in Northern New Mexico.
 
The projectY Lean Startup Bootcamp, hosted by projectY cowork in Los Alamos and facilitated by ABQid, is free for up to 10 participants thanks to funding provided through a Los Alamos National Laboratory Major Subcontractors Consortium Economic Development Industry Cluster Grant.
 
The program, based

Udall, Lujan Grisham Introduce Bill To Help Native Students Access Healthy Foods

on February 13, 2018 - 7:44am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.); and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House to give Tribes an important tool to address the pervasive and serious problem of child hunger and nutrition-related diseases.
 
The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018 acknowledges that Tribes better understand the needs of their communities and are better positioned to ensure children get healthy

PEEC: Aliens And Asteroids Feb. 16-17

on February 13, 2018 - 7:02am
Chick Keller
 
PEEC News:
 
Want to learn about the probability of finding life outside of Earth or how likely we are to be hit by an asteroid?
 
At 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16, join Chick Keller in a discussion discussion and exploration of the Drake Equation, used to estimate the number of communicating civilizations in the cosmos. At 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, the full-dome film Incoming! will play on the planetarium dome.
 
Both of these shows take place in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
 
What is the likelihood that other extraterrestrial civilizations are trying to

Northern Foundation Opens 2018 Scholarship Applications With Projected $200,000 Available

on February 13, 2018 - 6:45am
NNMC News:
 
The Northern Foundation opened its scholarship application cycle for the 2018-2019 academic year, and Executive Director Terry Mulert hopes this year will provide more than $200,000 in funds available to students attending Northern New Mexico College.
 
“It’s a very realistic goal based on early projections, and we are working hard every day to cultivate existing and new donor interests,” Mulert said.
 
New scholarships this year include the Belinda Martinez and Bob Trapp Scholarship, which will award $5,000 to High School Equivalency/GED graduates, and the Lightning Boy

Classic Air Medical Chopper Visits Barranca School

on February 12, 2018 - 5:31pm

Barranca Principal Virginia Terrazas, center, with Classic Air Medical Pilot Geoff Rodgers and his assistant. Courtesy/LAPS

Barranca Principal Virginia Terrazas, second from left, with Rosa Schmitz (LAMS), school nurse Sheila McClees and administrative assistant Kelly Saeger. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

In celebration of the 120th day of school, Barranca Mesa Elementary School is hosting Classic Air Medical’s helicopter for the students to see at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Classic Air Medical will land its helicopter in the soccer fields and the flight crew will speak to students about

Los Alamos Middle School Geography Bee Results

on February 12, 2018 - 4:26pm
Los Alamos Middle School spelling bee team. Courtesy photo
 

Spelling Bee winner is 8th grade student Danny Nichols, center. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
The Los Alamos Middle School Geography Bee was held Thursday, Feb. 1, in the LAMS Library.
 
There were 12 participants in the school-level Bee and two students represented each of the six Hawk Teams.
 
The overall winner of the bee was 8th grade student Danny Nichols.
 
Finishing runner-up was 7th grader Alex Livescu. Students had to first advance through their classroom competitions to earn a position in the school-wide Bee.

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