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LANL Foundation Now Accepting Education And Community Grants Applications

on July 30, 2019 - 6:50pm

LANL Foundation News:

ESPAÑOLA — The LANL Foundation is now accepting applications for $2,500 funding within its small grants program. Deadline to apply is Sept. 15, 2019.

Two types of grants are offered to nonprofit organizations, Pueblos, schools or education programs. Education Outreach Grants directly support public school children in grades K–12. 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 education.

New Mexico Public Education Department Announces Recipients Of The Teacher Residency Pilot RFA

on July 30, 2019 - 6:35am
SANTA FE The New Mexico Public Education Department announced funding recipients for new educator preparation programs in New Mexico, helping four teacher education programs support new educators through residency models addressing diversity and quality, while prioritizing the needs of districts with large English-language-learner and Native American populations. 
The four programs receiving the funds, which were appropriated through House Bill 2:
  • Northern New Mexico College;
  • Western New Mexico University;
  • Central New Mexico Community College; and
  • San Juan College.

Rotary Club Of Los Alamos Hosts Youth Exchange Student Gabriel Dufal From France

on July 30, 2019 - 5:57am
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is hosting Youth Exchange student Gabriel Dufal from France, posing here with his father. Dufal arrives Aug. 8, just in time to participate in the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade with Rotary members. He will attend Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo

Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Raising Funds To Provide School Supplies For LAPS Students

on July 29, 2019 - 4:22pm

JJAB News:

The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) is raising funds to provide school supplies for Los Alamos Public School students.

It is already time to start preparing for the upcoming school year. JJAB is starting its annual campaign, asking the community for financial donations that will be used to purchase supplies for the students at LAPS elementary schools, middle school, and high school.

Last year, with the support of individuals, local businesses and organizations, JJAB was able to raise $3,700. The funds were used to purchase notebooks, backpacks, calculators,

Los Alamos High School Biology Teacher Stephanie Mitchell Earns National Award

on July 29, 2019 - 10:11am

Stephanie Mitchell

LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School biology teacher Stephanie Mitchell has been named Outstanding Biology Teacher for New Mexico by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).

“I am really honored that I was nominated for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award and thrilled that I received it,” Mitchell said.

NABT Awards recognize teachers for their expertise in science, for contributions to the profession and service to life science teaching or leadership in learning communities.

“Stephanie is a teacher who is continually, quietly pursuing excellence in her

Governor Appoints Steven M. Gluckstern To New Mexico Educational Retirement Board

on July 28, 2019 - 7:29am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Friday a new member to the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board.
The governor appointed Steven M. Gluckstern.
The position had been vacant since 2015. Former board member Bradley Day, appointed in 2011, asked not to be re-appointed after his term expired in 2015. Former Gov. Susana Martinez never filled the vacancy.
Steven M. Gluckstern has served as founder, core investor and as a senior executive at a series of companies in the fields of educational technology and neuroscience.

LAF&SF: Dan Winske Speaks On ‘Miracles – Divine Free Will: What, How, Why’ Wednesday Evening July 31

on July 28, 2019 - 7:29am

Scene from previous Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum. Courtesy/LAF&SF

Scene from previous Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum. Courtesy/LAF&SF

LAF&SF News:

Gerry Wood spoke to a full house Wednesday at the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum’s Summer Series.

The theme of the summer series is “Are You a Robot? Brain, Mind and Soul”. Wood spoke on the topic of “Evil: Is Anyone Responsible?” The ensuing table discussions were lively.

Dan Winske will speak Wednesday, July 31, on “Miracles — Divine Free Will: What, How, Why”. Winske’s talk is the final talk for this summer.


United Church Vacation Bible School Kicks Off Aug. 4

on July 28, 2019 - 7:26am
UCLA News:
The United Church of Los Alamos offers Vacation Bible School (VBS) for children and their parents.
The theme is, Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Tell the Truth.
VBS is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., each Sunday in August beginning with a hamburger and hotdog kickoff Sunday, Aug 4.
“VBS is a fun, engaging way to learn and be part of Church community as we engage the scriptures,” Youth Pastor Keith Lewis said.
The United Church of Los Alamos is at 2525 Canyon Road and families can call 505.662.2971 to register.

NFHS, Butler University Announce Research Study On Value Of High School Activity Programs

on July 28, 2019 - 7:16am
NFHS News:
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 23, 2019) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Butler University will work together on a 10-year research study to assess the value of high school sports and other activity programs from the perspective of students’ mothers.
The partnership was announced last week during a signing ceremony on the Butler University campus in Indianapolis, which involved leaders from Butler and the NFHS and more than 150 high school student leaders who are attending the NFHS National Student Leadership Summit at the Hyatt Regency in

Book Signing And Science Fun For Kids Going On Now!

on July 27, 2019 - 11:48am

A free, family event is underway right now at the Bradbury Sicence Museum. Children's Science Author Misty Carty, who wrote Where Did The Sun Go, Where Is The Moon, and Why Are There Seasons, is giving a short talk with hands-on activities, followed by a book signing until 1pm today. She will have all three books on hand. Carty is a photographer with a Ph.D. in astronomy and has taught at Marymount and McKendree universities. Profits from the book sales will benefit the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and regional science-education support. Courtesy photo

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NMPED Announces Statewide Mathematics And English Language Arts Assessment Results

on July 27, 2019 - 8:36am
Stakeholder Feedback and Vision for the Future of Assessment in New Mexico. Courtesy/NMPED
SANTA FE The New Mexico Standards Based Transition Assessment of Math and English Language Arts (TAMELA) was administered this past spring in response to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s January executive order directing the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) to begin transitioning away from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test.
The Spring 2019 Transition Assessment of Math and English Language Arts decreased time spent on

Dr. Olivia Carril Speaks About Wild Bees At Rotary

on July 27, 2019 - 7:27am
Dr. Olivia Carril discusses wild bees, in particular, those of Bandelier National Monument during a talk Tuesday at the Rotary Club meeting at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Linda Hull
Dr. Olivia Carril, bee researcher with the National Parks Service and science teacher at the Santa Fe Girls' School, spoke Tuesday at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about wild bees, in particular, those of Bandelier National Monument. 
After describing how she captures bees in the wild and records her findings, Carril explained that bees are actually a type of specialized wasp, feeding on

MOIFA: Student Art & Design Competition Reception

on July 27, 2019 - 7:13am

John Francis Mustain. Bar Stool #1, 2017. Red oak. 21 inches x 21 inches x 40 inches. Photo courtesy of the artist


MIFA News:


SANTA FE — The Mid-Century Santa Fe collaboration will host a reception presenting the works of the Student Art and Design Competition, which will be on view Aug. 1-20 at the Museum of International Folk Art’s Joan and Clifford Vernick Auditorium.


The reception is 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.


The Student Art and Design Competition pays homage to Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), who in addition to being a premier fashion designer of the mid-1900s, was a beloved

Explore Fractals In Nature Center Planetarium Tonight

on July 26, 2019 - 6:50pm

Explore the world of fractals beginning at 7 p.m. today in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. This show The nature center also will play the full-dome film 'Exploding Universe' at 2 p.m. Saturday. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Journey into the never-ending world of fractals at 7 p.m. today in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.

This show takes viewers on an immersive tour of the fractals in nature and zooms through infinitely complex mathematical fractals. Featuring original music, this show is both educational and highly entertaining.

In addition to the fractals show, the

Chartwells Has Openings For Part Time Positions

on July 26, 2019 - 10:44am

Chef Laurence Peña will be sending his kids back to school, with one employee headed to ENMU and another to become a teacher. That means part time positions for stay at home parent are available. The Chartwells schedule includes Wednesdays off.  To learn more, visit Compass jobs at or call Peña at 505.690.8546. Free summer lunch continues through next Friday at Aspen Elementary School. Courtesy photo

Science Students Coming To Los Alamos To Interview Seniors On Manhattan Project For Podcast Series

on July 26, 2019 - 10:24am
Matthew Jordan is a Rhodes Scholar coming to Los Alamos with fellow student Nathaniel Smith  to speak to seniors about the Manhattan Ptoject for a podcast series. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Matthew Jordan is a Rhodes Scholar and an MSc candidate in the History of Science at Oxford University.

Jordan previously studied mathematics and physics in McMaster University’s interdisciplinary Arts & Science program, where he was a TEDx speaker and the only undergraduate student to ever teach a mathematics course.

He has conducted research on the mathematical

School Zone Traffic Safety Reminders

on July 25, 2019 - 10:59am
SANTA FE – As back-to-school season approaches, the New Mexico Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers and pedestrians to take be safe in and around school zones.
Driver Safety Reminders:
  • Slow down! Speed limits in school zones tend to be 5-10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. 
  • Respect the crossing guard. Always stop for crossing guards holding a stop sign.
  • Use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians, no matter who has the right of way.
  • Be aware children can be unpredictable. Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
  • Yield to

Country’s Oldest Museum Magazine Goes Digital

on July 25, 2019 - 10:26am





SANTA FE — El Palacio magazine, first published within a year of New Mexico’s statehood, became a digital publication in 2019.


The quarterly museum magazine’s new platform will provide readers with broader access and web-friendly, easily shareable content. El Palacio will continue publishing the print edition concurrently, maintaining its reach as it expands.


El Palacio became the country’s first museum magazine in November 1913. Its namesake, the Palace of the Governors, distributed the first iteration as a reference for works and artifacts curated

EPA Administrator Signs MOU With American Conservation Coalition For Environmental Education

on July 25, 2019 - 9:53am
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signs MOU with ACC President Benji Backer. Courtesy/ACC
EPA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a first-time Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the American Conservation Coalition (ACC) to attract, educate, inspire and prepare students for careers and opportunities within today's various environmental fields.
“Today’s MOU with the American Conservation Coalition will help educate and encourage more students to get involved in important environmental issues like combatting

NMHU: Graduate Student Katherine Ottmers Awarded Scholarship For Drone Wetlands Research

on July 25, 2019 - 9:51am
Katherine Ottmers
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM New Mexico Highlands University environmental science management graduate student Katherine Ottmers will be using drones to conduct innovative New Mexico wetlands research, thanks to a scholarship from the New Mexico Geographic Information Council.
This is the first known time that drones, unmanned aerial systems, will be used to monitor wetlands in New Mexico.
The New Mexico Environment Department invited Ottmers to submit a proposal to develop drone-based wetlands monitoring, with Playa Lakes in Southeast New Mexico one possible

Udall, Murphy Introduce Bill To Help Beginning Farmers Pay Student Loan Debt

on July 24, 2019 - 5:01pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. As the U.S. Congress begins debate on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) reintroduced the Student Loan Forgiveness for Farmers and Ranchers Act, to create a loan forgiveness program for beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as other groups such as women, veterans, and minority farmers.
Student loan debt is a major hurdle for beginning farmers and this legislation will serve as an incentive for farmers to enter—and stay—in the agricultural industry, and strengthen

On The Job In Los Alamos: Chuck Hannaford Of The New Mexico Office Of Archaeological Studies

on July 24, 2019 - 1:53pm

On the job in Los Alamos is Research Associate Chuck Hannaford ,from the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies, teaching young students Tuesday at Ashley Pond Park about Native-American life in New Mexico, as part of the History Adventures children’s summer program presented by the Los Alamos History Museum. The program includes hands-on history activities that has kids moving, making, thinking, sharing and learning every Tuesday morning through July at Ashley Pond Park. History Adventures is free and no registration is required. For more information, click here.

LAPS Awarded School Safety And Security Funding

on July 23, 2019 - 2:51pm


LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools has been awarded a state match in the amount of $305,974 for school safety and security upgrades from the Public School Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC). LAPS will pay $478,572 for these improvements.

School security upgrades include improved access control, security cameras, and improved communication though additional handheld radios. The award encompasses improvements at all school sites.

The initial application was submitted in March following approval by the School Board at a work session.

New Mexico Public Education Secretary Removed

on July 23, 2019 - 10:23am

From the Office of the Governor:
SANTA FE -- Secretary Karen Trujillo was removed Monday from her role at the Public Education Department.  

The Lujan Grisham administration has begun a nationwide search. Deputy Public Education Secretary Kara Bobroff will serve as interim secretary.

“I want to thank Karen for her work these recent months,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “Unfortunately my expectations were not met in a number of areas. It is absolutely imperative that we genuinely transform public education in this state.

“We must identify a vibrant and ambitious new leader for the Public