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SFI Lecture: ‘Networks Thinking Themselves’ Feb. 12

on February 6, 2019 - 9:32am

The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ADAGP, Paris/ARS, New York 2014; (www.thebroad.org)

SFI News:

Neuroscientist Danielle S. Bassett

The Santa Fe Institute presents its first SFI Community Lecture of the 2019 season: “Networks Thinking Themselves” by neuroscientist Danielle S. Bassett. The lecture is 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12 at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.

We are all embedded in multiple, ever-changing networks — the network of colliding particles in the universe, the interacting flows in Earth’s atmosphere, the highways and city streets we

LAPS Students Participate In American Indian Day

on February 5, 2019 - 2:35pm

LAPS News:

Seven students from the Native American Club at Los Alamos High School traveled to the New Mexico State Capitol, otherwise known as the “Roundhouse” Friday for celebration of American Indian Day.

“We had a very successful field trip to the Roundhouse for American Indian Day on Friday,” said former San Ildefonso Pueblo Gov. James Mountain and current Native American Parent Advisory Council Chairman.

LAPS students included Nichelle Aguilar (LAPS 11th grade), Daniel Gonzales (TFA 9th grade), Janessa Gonzales (LAHS 12th grade), Maddox Martinez (TFA 9th grade), Leah Mountain (LAHS

SFCC Collaborates With Northern New Mexico College To Offer EPA Job Training Program At NNMC

on February 5, 2019 - 9:57am

EDUCATION News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College will collaborate with Northern New Mexico College to offer a free training program on NNMC’s campus in Española.

The New Mexico Environmental Workforce Job Training Program is a free five-week intensive training designed to prepare its graduates to enter the expanding environmental job market. An Environmental Protection Agency grant supports the program.

The five-week intensive training is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 20 through June 21 at NNMC in Española.

“Santa Fe Community College is pleased to partner with

Scenes From Museum Monday At Nature Center

on February 4, 2019 - 6:37pm

Leslie Linke checks out the view this afternoon at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) hosted numerous activities during Museum Monday at the Nature Center, which featured historical aspects of the community, from established brick-and-mortar museums to special pop-up exhibits and installations, as well as special Atomic City Tours of the Los Alamos Historic District and the townsite. Photo by Connor Hoch/ladailypost.com

PEEC Director of Interpretation Jonathan Creel mingles with the public this afternoon during Museum Monday at the Nature Center.

NNM Children’s Bible Quizzing Meet In White Rock

on February 4, 2019 - 5:59pm

COMMUNITY News:

La Vista Church of the Nazarene in White Rock is hosting groups from other churches all over northern New Mexico, Sat. Feb. 9, for a Children’s Bible Quizzing meet.

Children’s Bible Quizzing is a Bible study program for children in kindergarten through sixth grade to learn a book of the Bible and with an optional competition component. There also is a Teen competition level, open to students in seventh through 12th grade.

This year, the children are studying the book of Acts, and teens are studying the book of John.

PEEC: Explore Cultural Astronomy Feb. 5

on February 4, 2019 - 8:31am
Join Cecelia Thiel at the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore cultural astronomy at Bandelier National Monument. This talk begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Bandelier National Monument is relatively new and inexperienced in the study of cultural astronomy. Several possible astronomy sites have been located throughout the years in the park, but the studies on these sites have been irregular.
 
The community is invited to join Park Ranger Cecelia Thiel, at 7 p.m., Tuesday Feb.

Trujillo Unveils Plans To Improve Public Education

on February 3, 2019 - 7:06am
New Mexico Public Education Secretary-designate Karen Trujillo, shown at the Capitol last week during a news conference announcing her appointment by the governor, on Friday outlined some of her priorities for the department, including bolstering teacher ranks and building better collaboration with other agencies that serve children. Photo by Olivia Harlow/The New Mexican
 
By ROBERT NOTT
Growing up surrounded by a mother and sisters who were teachers, Karen Trujillo decided to rebel.
 
“No,” she said to herself as a child, rejecting the idea she should become an

Trailmaster Craig Martin Discusses Tree Carvings

on February 2, 2019 - 12:17pm

Local trailmaster Craig Martin spoke recently at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, describing the historical significance of the tree carvings at the Valles Caldera. Appearing in the soft wood of aspen trees, one carving dates to the 1890s, with most created by sheep herders between 1914 and the 1940s. The carvings reflect the importance of sheep herding in the wool and mutton economy of that time period in northern New Mexico. There is an ongoing effort to document the carvings, which contain names, dates, initials, and pictorial figures, such as hearts and portraits, before they are further

NMHU: New Geologic Research Instrument Opens Up Exciting New Research Opportunities

on February 1, 2019 - 8:51am

Highlands geology professor Michael Petronis installs a new instrument in the university’s Paleomagnetic Laboratory. Courtesy/HU
 
By RICK LOFFREDO
New Mexico Highlands University

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – A new geologic research instrument at New Mexico Highlands University will open up opportunities for student research that will advance knowledge across the science disciplines of geology, chemistry and physics.

Thanks to a $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, Highlands has added a superconducting rock magnetometer to its state-of-the-art Paleomagnetic – Rock Magnetic

Perfect Pi Day Celebration In Los Alamos March 14

on February 1, 2019 - 8:23am

COMMUNITY News:

The Los Alamos Youth Activity Centers, a program of Los Alamos Family Council, will host the first ever communitywide Perfect Pi Day Celebration.

The March 14 event is 5-6 p.m. at the Ashley Pond Park Pavilion in Los Alamos.

The Pi and Pie event includes a silent auction to bid on pies from local restaurants and bakeries, and the sale of raffle tickets for the chance to pie local celebrities.

Youth Activity Center members will host free pi friendly activities throughout the afternoon and receive one free raffle ticket for the celebrity pie activity.

To volunteer your face

UNM-LA Participates In UNM Day At Legislature

on February 1, 2019 - 7:29am
UNM-LA Instructor Art Nichols promotes the IT Cybersecurity Program at UNM Day at the State Legislature with a display on Encrypted Steganography and Watermarking. Photo by Kateri Morris/UNM-LA
 
UNM-LA News:
 
UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) participated Thursday in UNM Day at the State Legislature.
 
The event provided opportunities for UNM Main and Branch Campuses to highlight campus organizations, specific degree programs and alumni through posters, printed media and personal interactions.
 
Visitors to the event included State Legislators and other government officials, UNM President Garnett

LANL Foundation Now Accepting Education And Community Grants Applications Through Feb. 15

on January 31, 2019 - 4:40pm

LANL FOUNDATION News:

ESPAÑOLA — The LANL Foundation is now accepting applications for $2500 education and community outreach grants. The deadline for submission in the first of two yearly grantmaking cycles is February 15, 2019.

Two types of grants are offered to nonprofit organization, schools or education programs:

Education Outreach Grants directly support public school children in grades K–12; and

Community Outreach Grants meet the Foundation’s mission and vision of innovative programming, collaboration and advocacy for lifelong learning but need not be tied directly to K–12 public

It’s All About The Journey For Aspen Elementary School Odyssey Of The Mind Team

on January 31, 2019 - 9:32am
The members of Aspen Elementary Odyssey of the Mind Team solve a tricky problem during a visit by the Los Alamos Daily Post recently. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The whole team warmly welcomes the Los Alamos Daily Post to their meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Excitement levels were high during a recent visit to the Odyssey of the Mind team at Aspen Elementary School.

The six-member team was in the midst of a problem-solving activity.

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Who Are The Four Last Graduates Of Los Alamos Ranch School?

on January 31, 2019 - 9:01am

Boys of the Los Alamos Ranch School at dinner in the Dining Hall at Fuller Lodge, ca. 1930s before the final group of graduates left the school in 1943. Courtesy/LAHS

By Sharon Snyder
Los Alamos Historical Society

In the 25 years of the Los Alamos Ranch School’s existence, more than 550 boys came to the Pajarito Plateau as students and/or summer campers. Almost all of them went on to earn college degrees and make contributions to their chosen communities and, in many cases, to the nation.

The last four boys to graduate from the ranch school in late January of 1943 went on to make the school

Stewart Bill Overhauls Teacher Evaluation To Support Professional Development

on January 31, 2019 - 8:58am
SENATE News:
 
Sen. Mimi Stewart’s bill to overhaul the state’s teacher evaluation system by focusing on professional development passed the Senate Education Committee Wednesday.
 
“As a retired educator, I know that professional development—not punishment—is what teachers need to succeed,” Stewart said. “And when teachers succeed, our kids succeed.”
 
SB 247 calls on the Public Education Department to develop--in consultation with educators and other stakeholders--by July 1, 2019, a new evaluation system based on instructional quality (which will be 50 percent of the evaluation);

EXIT Realty Hosts 2nd Annual Career Night Tuesday

on January 31, 2019 - 8:57am

EXIT Realty Advantage NM brokers from left, Hunter Eaton, Lance Eaton, Mike Griego, Jessica Hoffer, Nara Gross, Brian Tyson and David Horpedahl. Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK

Los Alamos Daily Post

caclark@ladailypost.com

 

EXIT Realty Advantage NM is hosting its second annual Career Night at 5:45 p.m., Tuesday at 1615 Central Ave., Suite 100.

“Career Night is designed to provide information to people who have considered a career in real estate,” EXIT Realty Owner/Broker Lance Eaton said.

PEEC: Preview February’s Night Skies Friday

on January 31, 2019 - 8:35am
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Join Paul Arendt in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium at 7 p.m. Friday, for an interactive tour of February’s night skies.
 
In this talk, Arendt will highlight the planets, star patterns and constellations that may be readily observed throughout the month. This program is perfect for beginner stargazers who want to learn more about the night skies.
 
In addition to this talk, the nature center will show the full-dome film “National Parks Adventure” at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Astronomy Superstar’s ‘Failed Retirement’ Benefits UA

on January 30, 2019 - 9:23am
Robert C. Kennicutt Jr.
 
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — An astronomer whose discoveries helped explain how stars are born and plumb the depths of the cosmos more accurately is back at the University of Arizona because he “failed at retiring”, as he puts it.
 
Robert C. Kennicutt Jr. first joined the UA Steward Observatory as an associate professor 30 years ago. In 2008, he was lured to the University of Cambridge, whose faculty roster has included Sir Isaac Newton and the late Stephen Hawking.

Eighth Graders Invited To Future Topper Night Jan. 31

on January 30, 2019 - 9:13am
LAPS News:
 
Topper Freshman Academy and Los Alamos High School are hosting Future Topper Night 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 for all current 8th graders and their parents.
 
This event will start in Griffith Gymnasium with presentations by Topper Freshman Academy, Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Public Schools Administration.
 
Following the presentations, parents and students will have an opportunity to tour E-wing and A-wing, meet teachers and talk to students. Students will participate in a scavenger hunt and receive the 2019-2020 Course Catalog and a Class of 2023 T-shirt.

Los Alamos Middle School Celebrates 93 Students At Breakfast Honoring Outstanding 7th And 8th Graders

on January 30, 2019 - 8:29am
LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus serves breakfast last week to outstanding 7th and 8th graders and their families. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
Los Alamos Middle School celebrated 93 students last week at its Student of the Semester breakfast honoring outstanding 7th and 8th graders.
 
Student of the Semester has been a tradition at the middle school and continues to be a way for teachers and staff to recognize students who not only excel academically, but also show impressive integrity and character.
 
There are three HAWK (Healthy Atmosphere Where Everyone Succeeds) teams

Los Alamos High School Educator Margo Batha Named National Award Finalist

on January 29, 2019 - 5:46pm

Los Alamos High School Speech and Debate Teacher Margo Batha 

National Speech & Debate Association News:

  • Margo Batha is one of five finalists for the National Educator of the Year Award.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2019 NSDA National Educator of the Year award.

This award was created to honor an individual who has enhanced the quality of education in the field of speech and debate.

From more than 5,000 member coaches and teachers, the following educators were named as finalists for the national award.

  • Margo

NHCC Art Museum Closed For Renovation

on January 29, 2019 - 1:09pm
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Art Museum is getting a new entrance during the month of February.
 
In order to maintain safety and protect the artwork, the museum is now closed through Feb. 25.
 
The Art Museum will reopen in time for the opening reception for its upcoming exhibition, Que Chola!, which will take place from 6-9 p.m., Friday, March 8. The last few years have seen a surge in interest in the Chola as a figure and this exhibition will explore this dynamic from a feminist perspective through art and popular culture.

During the time

University Ranking Site Puts NMT No. 11 For Online Master’s In Engineering Management

on January 29, 2019 - 12:48pm
NMT News:
 
SOCORRO A new national ranking shows that New Mexico Tech has one of the best online programs in the nation for master’s in engineering management.
 
The website OnlineMasters.com recently released its ranking of top engineering management programs, slotting New Mexico Tech as the No. 11 in the nation.
 
The website praises NMT for offering a “structured master's in engineering management program for students who are able to log in and participate in synchronous classroom sessions.
 
The coursework is delivered from the main campus … giving distance learners an exact

Los Alamos Finishes Strong In Eco Challenge

on January 29, 2019 - 12:26pm
Members of the Chamisa Elementary School Green Team with their trophy earned during the Eco Challenge. The trophy was presented Jan. 17 during the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board meeting. Courtesy photo
 
The top individual scorers during the Eco Challenge with their certificates, from left, Heather Ward, Environmental Sustainability Division Manager Angelica Gurule and Susan Hettinga. Courtesy photo
 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

In just 21 days, Los Alamos residents aided the environment in a variety of ways.

During its

AP Night At LAHS Thursday Jan. 31

on January 29, 2019 - 8:47am
LAPS News:
 
Students and parents are invited to attend AP Night, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in the IMC (school library) at Los Alamos High School.
 
Attendees meet with teachers and students to learn more about specific Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors course offerings at LAHS, as well as the dual credit programs offered at the high school. In addition representatives from UNM-LA and Northern New Mexico will be available to discuss dual credit and other college level courses.
 
AP Night attendees are asked to park in the Sullivan field lot since Future Topper Night is also being

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