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LAHS Sophomore Parent Night April 29

on April 17, 2013 - 7:41am

LAHS News:

Parents of current Los Alamos High School sophomores are invited to attend Sophomore Parent Night at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 29 in the Speech Theater.

“Sophomore Parent Night is about reinforcing what the counselors are doing in the classroom with the sophomores in the month of April,” explains Cindy Black, one of the guidance counselors at the high school. “It focuses on getting ready for life after high school. It is never too early for students to start learning about the college admission process, and other options available after high school.”

Topics to be covered at


Los Alamos Nursing PhD Student Takes Top Awards

on April 16, 2013 - 10:16am

Neil E. Peterson grew up in Los Alamos and has won top university awards. Courtesy photo

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post

Neil E. Peterson grew up in Los Alamos and the longtime nurse, PhD `14, knows how to make pathophysiology fun. He presides over nursing labs with aplomb.

It’s why he’s earned the University of Virginia School of Nursing's graduate teaching award again in 2013 and why he’s taken top prize in the all-University award in Math, Engineering and Nursing for 2013.

“Neil knows how to turn complex and dry concepts fun and translatable,” said Associate Dean Janie Heath, one

Students Descend on LANL for Supercomputing Challenge Expo

on April 16, 2013 - 9:59am

Melrose High School students react to being named as the winning team at a recent New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge awards ceremony. Their research project modeled behavior of wildfires. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Research by student teams to be showcased

More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will be at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) April 21-23 for the 23rd annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony.

More than 60 teams of students from elementary, middle, and high school are expected at the event, said David Kratzer of the Laboratory’s High

PEEC Earth Day Series: Wild Plants Group Greets Dry Spring

on April 16, 2013 - 9:50am
PEEC Wild Plants Group Greets a Dry Spring

PEEC’s new Yahoo group, PEECWildPlants, is desperately trying to find the signs of spring that are eluding us after our feeble winter snows. 

Up until the end of March, there were practically no sightings of the usual suspects: Pasque flowers, golden smoke, verbena, though Craig Martin found a surprise Arabis (probably fendleri) in Upper Rendija Canyon with a single bloom.

Henbit is a new discovery for Los Alamos County. Photo by Terry Foxx

But despite the record-dry season, citizen science made a great new find on March:

Dr. Momchilo Vuyisich to Speak at Phi Beta Kappa Banquet Honoring High School Scholars

on April 16, 2013 - 9:46am

Dr. Momchilo (Momo) Vuyisich
Dr. Momchilo (Momo) Vuyisich to Speak at Phi Beta Kappa Banquet Honoring High School Scholars

On Sunday evening, April 28, the Los Alamos Phi Beta Kappa Association will hold its 57th annual banquet to honor the top graduates of Los Alamos High School.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honor society in the United States and has about 255 members in Los Alamos County (1.5 percent of the county’s population.)

The banquet for the honor graduates, Phi Beta Kappa Members and their guests, will be held at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos

PEEC Earth Day Series: Composting Returns to Los Alamos County

on April 16, 2013 - 9:38am
Composting Returns to Los Alamos County
Environmental Services Specialist for Los Alamos County

The new Los Alamos County composting facility at the old wastewater treatment plant in Bayo Canyon is set to be complete in fall 2013. 

The County composting program was discontinued in 2011 due to closure of the County landfill and odor issues. 

The County has been working over the past few years to find the best location and process to resume the composting program.

The new facility will enable the County to create higher quality compost in a cost-effective manner and

Earn $2,500 for LAHS Through 'Rally4Rewards'

on April 16, 2013 - 8:34am

LAHS News:

U.S Bank is a supporter of high school athletics/activities and has been a major sponsor of the NMAA for many years now.

In addition to serving as the title sponsor of the State Football, Basketball and Track Championships, U.S. Bank has also served as a large contributor to the NMAA Foundation.

Now, they are taking this even further with Monday's launch of the “Rally4Rewards" program.

Through this program, U.S. Bank will be donating $2,500 to six different NMAA member schools.

PEEC Earth Day Series: Kids Discover Spiders on the Pajarito Plateau

on April 15, 2013 - 11:29am

Aspen Elementary School 1st graders’ black widow spider. Photo by Angelique Harshman/
Kids Discover Spiders on the Pajarito Plateau
By ANGELIQUE HARSHMAN, PEEC Education Programs Director

The Aspen Elementary School students didn’t know what they would find on their outdoor excursion to the Homestead Trail, but they were all excited.

As part of PEEC’s Pajarito Plateau Field Science curriculum, the first graders were investigating spiders and insects, turning over rocks, looking closely at tree bark, and inspecting rotting logs.

We were finding lots of evidence of spiders old spider

Los Alamos Students Shine at Chemistry Olympiad

on April 15, 2013 - 9:52am

ACS News:

The Central New Mexico Section of the American Chemical Society has announced the names of four outstanding high school chemistry students in the 2013 New Mexico Chemistry Olympiad competition: 

  • Kevin Gao of Los Alamos High School                  
  • Alexander Wang of Los Alamos High School        
  • Aaron Geelon So of Albuquerque Academy          
  • Andrew Chen of Albuquerque Academy                

The students have been nominated to take a national exam that could qualify them to become members of the U.S.


PEEC Earth Day Series: Shop Locally—Reduce Your Environmental Impact

on April 15, 2013 - 8:41am
Shop Locally—Reduce Your Environmental Impact
By TERRY FOXX and Friends

We have all been guilty of saying that Los Alamos does not have any shopping. I have grieved the loss of the book store, Hallmark store, and kitchen store, as well as restaurants.

But if we persistently don’t shop Los Alamos, how can we expect there to be businesses? Imagine a town with 100 percent boarded up stores. Only we can prevent this from happening.

I was recently bemoaning the loss of businesses and discovered that some local businesses have picked up the slack for losses in the closing of other stores. 


Authors Speak Series Presents David Grant Noble

on April 14, 2013 - 9:00am

David Grant Noble

MPL News:

Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents David Grant Noble, Author, Archaeologist, Photographer of the Southwest, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25 in the Upstairs Rotunda.

In Noble’s most recent book, In the Places of the Spirits, he combines eloquent text and equally eloquent images, photographs of the earth and humanity’s places on it, a moving record of the Southwest.

Rendered with grace and capturing the ineffable spirit of the landscape, petroglyphs and archaeological sites of New Mexico, Utah and Arizona, Noble brings together all of his gifts as

Los Alamos Nets 19 State Science and Engineering Fair Awards

on April 13, 2013 - 10:45am

LAPS News:

This year, 22 Los Alamos projects qualified for the 2013 New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair held April 4-5 at the New Mexico Tech Campus in Socorro.

Of those 22 projects, 19 received state awards - a tremendous accomplishment as the students competed against 300 students from across the state.

In addition to the category and special awards, Los Alamos Public School students took home three of the eight Grand Awards in the Junior and Senior Divisions.

Los Alamos Grand Award winners include los Alamos Middle School student Colin Hehlen and Los Alamos High School students Cole


Pikas and Pixels on PEEC's Tuesday Agenda!

on April 13, 2013 - 9:42am

Pikas harvest vegetation in the summer to survive the winter in mountain rock piles. Photo by Sally King

PEEC News:

Pikas, pixels, pine-planting: these are all aspects of citizen science that you can learn about from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 at PEEC.

Representatives from Bandelier and Santa Fe National Forest will talk about their work and how you can get involved.

Bandelier rangers Claudia Brookshire and Sally King will discuss upcoming events and citizen science projects at the monument.  

King will discuss the pika monitoring project and how these little critters can help us study

'UNM-LA on Display' Highlights Faculty Innovations

on April 13, 2013 - 8:24am

Dr. Kate Massengale will give her 'last lecture' at UNM-LA on Display. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos is inviting the community to attend "UNM-LA on Display," which will highlight its faculty.

Approximately 15 faculty members will share their academic projects and innovations currently being used at UNM-LA.

"UNM-LA on Display" takes place 4-6:30 p.m .Thursday, April 25 in the Building 2 Lecture Hall and café area at UNM-LA and refreshments will be provided.

At 5:45 pm, the evening will end with retiring Dean of Instruction, Kate Massengale giving


PEEC Amateutur Naturalist: Turkey Vultures Return to Los Alamos Ice Rink

on April 11, 2013 - 7:34am
PEEC Amateutur Naturalist
By Robert Dryja

The Mission of San Juan Capistrano is known for swallows returning each year.

There even is a website dedicated to this event. 

Turkey Vultures are one of Los Alamos’s earliest returning birds, but they’re not quite as endearing as the swallows.

Turkey Vulture. Photo by Bob Dryja

Four Turkey Vultures were seen migrating through the area or returning to their roost high in a tree near the Los Alamos Canyon ice rink on March 16, 2013. 

The road by the ice rink forms a loop and heads up the north side of the canyon.

Roger Wiens, Elizabeth MacDonald Join Great Conversations!

on April 11, 2013 - 7:28am

Roger Wiens will guide a Great Conversation April 28. Courtesy photo


Great Conversations is an afternoon of delicious appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. 

This is the 4th Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

It will take place 2-5 p.m., April 28 at Los Alamos High School in the new building. 

This is the fifth in a series about the conversations that will take place.

Roger Wiens: Satisfy your “Curiosity” about Mars!

Roger Wiens is the principal investigator of the ChemCam instrument on

Toppers Band Marches in Disneyland Parade

on April 9, 2013 - 9:48am

Los Alamos High School Toppers Band marching at Disneyland. Courtesy photo


It's Spring Break and the Los Alamos High School Toppers Band is out and about marching in the Disneyland Parade.

They also got a chance to work with one of Disney’s directors in their recording studios laying down three tracks, one of which was the classic “When You Wish Upon a Star.“

Besides their adventures at Disney, they are touring museums, movies studios, going to the beach and taking in a performance of West Side Story.

Plaque presented to the Los Alamos High School Toppers Band.

Program for 6th Grade Girls Starts April 23

on April 9, 2013 - 8:56am


Los Alamos Students Tour Washington, D.C.

on April 9, 2013 - 7:27am
Students from Los Alamos Middle School are visiting Washington, D.C. over Spring Break on an educational trip organized by former Los Alamos teacher Roberta Geoffrion Cocking. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos students at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiier at Arlington Cemetery. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Middle School students visit historic sites in Washington, D.C. this week. Courtesy photo




Gautier and Ham Join 'Great Conversations' Lineup

on April 6, 2013 - 8:33am


The community is invited to attend the 4th Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

Great Conversations is an afternoon of delicious appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. 

The event is set for 2-5 p.m., April 28 at Los Alamos High School in the new building. 

This is the fourth in a series about the conversations that will take place:

What’s Cookin’ in the Caldera: Environmental Restoration

Peggy Gautier

Vice-Chair of Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, the official friends organization of the


Registration Opens for Summer Video/Animation Classes

on April 6, 2013 - 6:25am

PAC 8 News:

PAC 8 is offering Summer Video and Animation classes for children in second through ninth grades.

New, this summer, will be a Beginning Video session, open to second through sixth graders, called "A Peek at PEEC" in which the students will create a short documentary at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

Also new this summer, are two sessions (session 1 and 2) geared towards the home-schooled students in town.

All classes arefocused on fun. Students make music videos, news shows, documentaries, commercials and comedies.

Beginning Classes learn basic camera

Pajarito Astronomers Hosts Dark Night April 13

on April 5, 2013 - 9:25am

PA News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-sponsored Dark Night starting at 7:45 p.m. (sunset), Saturday, April 13 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze.

A crescent moon will be visible, as will the planets Jupiter and Saturn. There will be a tour of the winter and spring constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight.

Restorative Justice Training at LAHS

on April 5, 2013 - 8:41am
Circle Time - Los Alamos Teen Center Team Leader Daniel Yamada was one of 45 in attendance at a restorative justice training, held at Los Alamos High School. The training was hosted by JJAB, Los Alamos County and CYFD for programs statewide. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen


Last month, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board hosted a training in the area of restorative justice, to enhance  programs across the state with a valuable tool.

“Our directive from CYFD was to open up our trainings at least regionally if not state wide,” said Ellen Ben-Naim, JJAB Co-coordinator,

GED Spells Success for Local Students

on April 4, 2013 - 6:46am
UNM-Los Alamos Adult Learning Center Manager Michele Worley spoke to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday about the GED preparation program. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

UNM-Los Alamos provides GED (General Education Development) test preparation classes for those who did not graduate from high school and would like to study for the GED.

UNM-Los Alamos Adult Learning Center Manager Michele Worley spoke to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday about the program.

“In the Los Alamos community, there is not much awareness of what the


Tools for Transforming Intense and Difficult Children

on April 4, 2013 - 6:13am