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LANL Foundation: W.K. Kellogg Foundation Selects RJ Martinez Community Leadership Network Fellow

on February 13, 2019 - 6:34pm

Richard Julian (RJ) Martinez III. Courtesy/LANLF


ESPAÑOLA — LANL Foundation is proud to announce that Richard Julian (RJ) Martinez III was selected by the Center for Creative Leadership® (CCL) and W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) as a fellow in Class Two of the WKKF Community Leadership Network. This 18-month fellowship program develops leaders from across the United States and sovereign tribes who can unite people to create transformational change toward a more equitable society.

From a pool of more than 800 national applicants, Martinez was selected as one of 17

LANL: World's Finest Gold Specimen Probed With Los Alamos Neutrons

on February 13, 2019 - 11:23am

The Ram’s Horn wire gold specimen Courtesy/Harvard University

LANL News:

  • Unraveling a 132-year-old gold wire structure mystery

Using neutron characterization techniques, a team of scientists have peered inside one of the most unique examples of wire gold, understanding for the first time the specimen's structure and possible formation process.

The 263 gram, 12 centimeter tall specimen, known as the Ram's Horn, belongs to the collection of the Mineralogical and Geological Museum Harvard University (MGMH).

"Almost nothing other than the existence of the specimen is known about wire gold,"

LACF Nonprofit Training Session Thursday Feb. 21

on February 13, 2019 - 7:39am
LACF News:
RSVP today for Los Alamos Community Foundation's upcoming nonprofit training session: Creating an 8-Step Strategic Communication Plan for Nonprofits 5-6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Lecture Hall (Room 230), Building 2 at UNM-Los Alamos.
Light refreshments will be served. Cost is free. Register:
Do you ever wonder about the best way to use your marketing resources?

LAPS: Online Open Enrollment For 2019-20 School Year Begins 8 a.m. Monday, March 4

on February 12, 2019 - 6:45pm

Open Enrollment for the 2019-20 School Year begins at 8 a.m. March 4. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools will open the online Open Enrollment Application process for the 2019-20 school year at 8 a.m. Monday, March 4.

The Open Enrollment Application process for 2019-20 will differ from previous years. This year, there will be no requirement to complete the Open Enrollment Application in person.

The application will be available online at and may be completed on a smartphone or computer.

If you do not have access to a smartphone or

UNM-LA Late Start Classes Explore Variety Of Topics

on February 12, 2019 - 6:17pm
UNM-LA. Photo by Nancy Coombs
UNM-LA News:
UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will offer a number of late-start classes exploring subjects of cultural, personal, business and organizational interest.
Classes are available in both face-to-face and online formats. Start dates range from the end of February to April and there is also an intersession class which runs between the spring and summer semesters. Students and community members may register for these classes without a late fee through the day prior to each class’s start date.

‘Student Loan Bill Of Rights’ Passes Committee

on February 12, 2019 - 9:57am
House Democrats News: News:
SANTA FE Monday, the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee passed a bill to enact a “Student Loan Bill of Rights” to protect student loan borrowers from exploitation.
House Bill 172, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Albuquerque), requires student loan servicers to register and obtain a state license.
“This legislation cracks down on student loan service providers that prey on students.

Moving Arts Española Gala Draws Mayors; Lab Officials

on February 12, 2019 - 9:18am

Welcoming 80 guests to the annual Moving Arts Española fundraising gala are Executive/School Director and Co-founder Salvador Ruiz-Esquivel, right, and his partner Artistic Director/Co-founder Roger Montoya Feb. 2 at Los Luceros Ranch north of Española near the village of Alcalde. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The gala was a joyful event attended by Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, center, and Northern New Mexico College President Rick Bailey, third from left, who introduced Mason to educators including Española Superintendent of Schools Bobbie Gutierrez, left,

SMU, LIFT Literacy App Tied For Grand Prize In $7 Million XPRIZE Competition

on February 12, 2019 - 6:51am
SMU News:
DALLAS, Texas A treasure-hunting smartphone app developed by Southern Methodist University (SMU) and Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) to help low-literate adults learn to read tied for the grand prize Thursday in the competition hosted by the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE.
The SMU-LIFT team, PeopleforWords, won $1.5 as a grand prize winner and $1 million in a tie for most effective app to help adult English language learners and native English learners learn to read in the competition presented by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
Using the video game

NMHU: Santiana Marrujo Accepted To Eight Chemistry Doctoral Programs Across The Country

on February 12, 2019 - 6:20am
Santiana Marrujo
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM A New Mexico Highlands University chemistry graduate has her pick of eight doctoral programs around the country.
In December, Santiana Marrujo’s letters of acceptance started rolling in from Ph.D. programs at Notre Dame, Purdue University, Iowa State University, Colorado State University, Brigham Young University, Kansas State University, New Mexico State University and UC–Santa Barbara.
Every university offered Marrujo a full ride for her doctoral education.

Gov. Lujan Grisham, Reps. Cadena And Salazar Announce Legislation Creating Centers Of Excellence

on February 11, 2019 - 4:31pm

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today the introduction of legislation to create four Centers of Excellence at New Mexico higher education institutions.
House Bill 7, introduced by Reps. Tomás Salazar and Micaela Cadena, would support and drive innovation in growing economic sectors and build closer links between research and industry by designating each as a Center of Excellence in a particular field. 
“Centers of Excellence will put New Mexico on the map worldwide and show we’re serious about the growth of research and development in key industries,”

New Class Trains For Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol

on February 11, 2019 - 9:31am
Volunteer Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol group photo in front of Aspen House on Pajarito Mountain, back row from left, instructors Bart Daly, Kathy Brooks, Greg Cagle, patroller Jonathan Doorn and candidates Hermann Geppert-Kleinrath, Malcolm Burns, Jon Dempster and Eva Tourangeau. Front row from left, candidates Kelsey Beisman, Fritz Devendorf and instructor Roman Gallegos. Photo by Verena Geppert-Kleinrath
Celebratory gathering in the lodge, from left, Patroller Allison Chan and candidates Jon Dempster, Malcolm Burns, Dana Duke, Kelsey Beisman, Eva Tourangeau and Hermann Geppert-Kleinrath.

After Pushback, Sponsor Revamps State Lottery Bill

on February 11, 2019 - 8:49am
State Sen. Jacob Candelaria on Wednesday amended his controversial bill on the state lottery, adding a guarantee that at least $40 million a year from ticket sales would go for college scholarships.
His initial proposal would have eliminated a section of state law requiring that 30 percent of gross lottery revenues be turned over each month for scholarships.
That version of the bill came under fire. Funding for scholarships is the sole reason the New Mexico lottery exists.
In response to complaints by students at the University of New

Governor Names Five To Serve As UNM Regents

on February 11, 2019 - 8:13am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Saturday that she has named five people to the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.

Their appointments are subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

Her appointees are:

  • Kimberly Sanchez Rael for a six-year term. Rael’s background is in business, and she served on the New Mexico State Board of Finance from 2003 to 2009.
  • Sandra K. Begay for a four-year term.

LAHS Advances To National Science Bowl ... Again!

on February 10, 2019 - 9:25am

Sponsors Kathy and Steve Boerigter with the Los Alamos High School team from left, Michael Chigaev, Elijah Pelofske, Conner Rittner, Steven Zhao (captain) and Do Vo. The team won the regional competition and is going to the National Science Bowl again. This is the ninth time in the last 10 years that the LAHS team has advanced to represent New Mexico at the national competition. Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that tests the knowledge of middle and high school students in all areas of science and mathematics. Courtesy photo

2019 Summer Physics Camp For Young Women

on February 10, 2019 - 9:00am
Scene from a previous Summer Physics Camp. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory, the New Mexico Consortium, Pojoaque Valley and Los Alamos Public Schools are organizing a two-week Summer Physics Camp for Young Women in Northern New Mexico.
The camp will focus on boosting your understanding of the physics of the Sun, Earth, and everything in between and also introduce you to how to write your resume, interview for a job, and how to make some tasks fun by learning the basics of computer programming.

UNM-LA Film Class Visits Reel Deal Theater

on February 9, 2019 - 11:35am
Reel Deal Theater owner Jim O'Donnell shows a UNM-LA film class a hard drive that contains a movie and explains that the distributor sends an encryption key to unlock the drive for the time the Reel Deal is renting it. Photo by Nancy Coombs

Group: A few of the students from the UNM-LA Film Studies class met in the Reel Deal lobby with their instructor, Dr. Cathy Hardy, and Reel Deal owner Jim O'Donnell prior to the film. From left, Robert Kiss, Logan Caspersen, Jim O'Donnell, Cathy Hardy, Lydia Kenamond and Maegan Carter (kneeling). Photo by Nancy Coombs
Lydia Kenamond, Robert Kiss and

Los Alamos Chiropractor Dr. Charles Lenz Selected As UNM-LA SBDC Star Client Of The Year

on February 9, 2019 - 8:55am

Dr. Charles Lenz, owner of Los Alamos Chiropractic Center, earned the Small Business Development Center's Star Client of the Year award. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) has selected Dr. Charles Lenz, DC as the Small Business Star Client of the Year. Lenz is the new owner of Los Alamos Chiropractic Center.

Lenz purchased Los Alamos Chiropractic Center (LACC) July 1, 2018, which has served the Los Alamos community and surrounding areas for more than 30 years.

2019 Lectures & Curator’s Coffee Series: ‘The Brain: It’s More Than You Think’ Saturday Feb. 23

on February 9, 2019 - 7:56am
2019 Lectures & Curator’s Coffee Series: The Brain: It’s More Than You Think Feb. 23 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Courtesy/NMMNHS 
ALBUQUERQUE As part of the programming associated with the new traveling exhibition Brain: The Inside Story, which opens Saturday Feb. 23 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, the museum’s 2019 Lectures & Curator’s Coffee Series theme is, “The Brain: It’s More Than You Think.”
Brain: The Inside Story draws on research and technology to present recent findings in neuroscience, highlighting

LAPS: Bus Safety Campaign Starts Monday

on February 9, 2019 - 6:52am
Los Alamos Public Schools bus lot. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:
Los Alamos Public Schools will kick off its school bus safety campaign Monday. This campaign will encourage drivers in Los Alamos to be extra vigilant and stop when the stop arm is extended.
Running the stop arm and flashing red lights of a school bus is not only against the law, it also endangers the safety of students getting on and off the bus.
Over the next few weeks, LAPS will be promoting bus safety in the schools and across the community. Los Alamos County is presenting a proclamation to
LAPS naming the week

LANL Foundation: Nineteen Northern New Mexico Students Receive $28,500 In Scholarships

on February 8, 2019 - 7:31am

Courtesy/LANL Foundation


Española — The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation recently awarded $1,500 Scholarships to 19 nontraditional students from Northern New Mexico.

Regional College/Returning Student (RCRS) Scholarships support individuals seeking a certification or two-year degree from a local accredited college, university or trade school after a gap in formal education.

The RCRS program is part of the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF), the largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico with funding primarily contributed by LANL

LANL Foundation: New Team To Lead Northern New Mexico’s Largest Scholarship Program

on February 7, 2019 - 1:41pm

From left, LANL Foundation Scholarship Program Manager Mike Ammerman, Program Associate Sarah Gissinger and Vice President of Advancement & Scholarship Tony Fox. Courtesy/LANL Foundation


Española — Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation, the nonprofit dedicated to strengthening education in Northern New Mexico, welcomes two new staff members to its scholarship program.

Mike Ammerman joins the Foundation as scholarship program manager, transitioning into the position from John McDermon who is retiring in March.

Talk/Film On Dark Matter This Weekend In Planetarium

on February 7, 2019 - 11:29am

Explore the nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. Astrophysicist Galen Gisler discusses the nature of these phenomena at 7 p.m. Friday and the full-dome film ‘Dark Matter Mystery’ will play at 2 p.m. Saturday. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Unearth the mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.

Astrophysicist Galen Gisler will give a talk called “The Dark Side of the Universe” at 7 p.m. Friday that will explore these phenomena.

LAHS Seniors Top New Mexico Brain Bee

on February 7, 2019 - 8:53am
LAHS students dominate New Mexico Brain Bee competition. Courtesy photo
LAHS News:
Congratulations to the 14 Los Alamos High School AP Psychology students who participated in the 5th Annual New Mexico Brain Bee at UNM Saturday, Feb. 2.
The group dominated the competition against students from around the state.
Students completed a practical section and a written section that included: identification of neuroanatomy and brain slides, diagnosis of neurological disorders from case presentations, and general neuroscience knowledge questions.
Three LAHS seniors secured the

Afghan Students Visit Los Alamos For Screening Of ‘The Staging Post’

on February 7, 2019 - 8:29am
Mah Begum speaks about her life in Afghanistan, while Hakima and Desert Academey Headmaster Yann Lussiez look on. The two girls spoke at the Unitarian Church Saturday to raise awareness about the New Mexico Refugee Bridge Program, which is bringing students from Afghanistan to study in New Mexico. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Hakima tells how education in Afghanistan differs from that in the U.S. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

 Los Alamos residents learned about the plight of Hazara refugees

Chamisa Students Learn Through Drumming

on February 7, 2019 - 8:23am
A kindergarten class gets ready to make some noise during the Drums Alive® program held Jan. 31 at Chamisa Elementary School. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Carrie Ekins, founder of Drums Alive®, demonstrates one of the exercises. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Queen’s “We Will Rock You” boomed Jan. 31 from the gymnasium in Chamisa Elementary School. But there was another sound accompanying the rock and roll song, the sounds of beating drums.

All day Jan. 31 and Feb.