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LAHS Memorial Garden Groundbreaking is Aug. 8

on July 31, 2012 - 10:35pm

LOS ALAMOS HIGH SCHOOL News:

SAVE THE DATE ... The Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden groundbreaking ceremony is set for noon Wednesday, Aug. 8 in front of the Los Alamos High School IMC. Courtesy/LAPS
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Mountain Lion Expert Comes to PEEC

on July 31, 2012 - 9:37pm
PEEC News:

Ken Logan. Courtesy/PEEC
Internationally recognized cougar expert Ken Logan of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife division will talk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at PEEC about his years of research on these beautiful and elusive animals. The talk is free and open to the public.

The focus of Logan’s career has been on the science of the cougar, and on putting that scientific information into a format that will inform decision makers and citizens as they consider mountain lion management and conservation. 

Logan was the lead researcher for a 10-year, $1.4 million study of mountain lions

School Board Holding Special Meeting at Coffee Booth

on July 30, 2012 - 10:12pm

 

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled a Special School Board meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Coffee Booth to review school board policies. 

The meeting is open to the public.

 

 

 

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Gadbois Selected to Create Mural at UNM-Los Alamos

on July 30, 2012 - 4:20pm

A mural created by Santa Fe artist Nick Gadbois. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/UNM-LA

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos has commissioned Santa Fe artist Nick Gadbois to create a work of art for the UNM-LA campus.

The Local Selection Committee at UNM-LA sought to commission a work that would connect the campus and the Los Alamos community as well as conceptually relate to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Finalists were selected in March and a final selection was made earlier this July.

UNM-LA's 'University Experience' Provides Active Opportunity for Students

on July 30, 2012 - 11:57am

UNM-LA News:

Students entering fourth through twelveth grade were on the UNM-LA campus during the week of July 23-27 for "University Experience," a science and technology program that gave students the opportunity to learn about robotics, rocketry, forensics, biology, alternative energy, game design and cyber-security. Students participated in hands-on activities designed to introduce them to these fields of study. (Students' names intentionally withheld.) Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/UNM-LA

Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/UNM-LA

Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/UNM-LA

Photos by Bonnie J.
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Teachers Union Delegates at National Convention Nix High Stakes Testing

on July 30, 2012 - 8:52am

AFT News:

DETROIT — The American Federation of Teachers 2012 National Convention in Detroit drew more than 3,000 delegates from across the country.

The delegates represented 1.5 million members including preK-12 teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; early childhood educators; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals.

The delegates passed a series of resolutions Saturday that reinforce the union's commitment to solution-driven unionism and to increased educational and

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Robot Dazzles Crowd Friday Night @ the Bradbury

on July 28, 2012 - 7:35am

BRADBURY SCIENCE MUSEUM News:

Curious spectators gathered at the Bradbury Science Museum, Central Avenue and 15th Street, Friday evening to watch a robot lob basketballs during a robotics demonstration as part of Friday Night @ the Bradbury Science Museum. The museum hosted special family programs until 9 p.m. each Friday night in June and July. July 27 was the last Friday Night @ the Museum for this summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Kiwanis Presents Scholarship to Erin Burr

on July 27, 2012 - 7:22am

KIWANIS News:

Kiwanis awarded an educational scholarship to Los Alamos High School graduate Erin Burr Tuesday. From left, Thomas Burr, Lynn Finnegan, Burr, and Kiwanis Second Vice President Karen Kendall. Burr will attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins this fall to study dance and health with a focus on exercise science. She participated in Dance Arts Los Alamos from the age of 3 and has performed in several local Nutcracker performances. Burr also served on the United Way Youth Team and Los Alamos Youth Leadership. Photo by Sharon Stover
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Turf Goes Down 'Behind the Fence' at LAMS

on July 26, 2012 - 8:58am

This photo taken "behind the fence" at the Los Alamos Middle School shows the school's turf project is now in full swing. About three-fourths of the turf is down on the field and work is starting on the running track. The project is on schedule for completion before the start of school Aug. 15. Courtesy/LAPS
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Steven Guldan Talks to Rotary about Sustainable Agricultural Science

on July 25, 2012 - 1:49pm

ROTARY News:

Steven Guldan, right, professor and superintendent of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at UNM selects a ticket from Rotarian Kevin Honnell for the Club's weekly free lunch drawing Tuesday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Guldan spoke to the group about the Sustainable Agricultural Science Center at Alcalde. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The NMSU Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center staff in cooperation with the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service invites the public to attend its Field Day Program at Alcalde Wednesday, Aug. 15:

Take an Easy Walk to Learn to ID Wildflower

on July 25, 2012 - 9:45am

PEEC News:

Courtesy/PEEC

Join Curator Chick Keller of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center's (PEEC) Jemez Mountain Herbarium for an easy walk to learn the names of local wildflowers.  

A plant list will be provided so participants can keep track of what they see.  

Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26 to carpool or caravan to the trailhead.
 
Free, no registration required.
 

Get A Good Scrubbing for a Good Cause!

on July 25, 2012 - 9:36am

LOS ALAMOS PONY CLUB News:

There's a fundraiser car wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at the Del Norte Credit Union.

The event is being held to benefit the youth leadership and athletics program of Los
Alamos Pony Club.

Bring cars, trucks and even horse trailers for a good scrubbing for a good cause!

Mountain School Seeks New Principal

on July 25, 2012 - 7:58am
By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

As the Aug. 15 start of the new school year draws near, a hiring committee has narrowed down a pool of applicants vying to replace Mountain Elementary School Principal Gerry Washburn.

"We had internal and external candidates apply and we're hoping to bring this search to a close well before school starts," Washburn said Tuesday.

Washburn is a non-voting member of the hiring committee who helped coordinate the process.

He left Mountain June 19 after serving three years as principal to become Coordinator of Human Resources for Los Alamos Public

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Counting Down the Days for Free Books for Kids

on July 25, 2012 - 7:01am

OTOWI STATION News:

Otowi Station, Los Alamos Rotary Club and Self-Help, Inc., have partnered to provide free books to 500 local disadvantaged schoolchildren through this summer's "A Book of My Very Own" campaign.

The campaign, which ends Aug. 1, is now halfway to its goal.

The books will be distributed with school supplies for the neediest elementary school children in Los Alamos and surrounding communities, as designated by school counselors.

The project is part of Self-Help’s “Tools for Schools” program.

“We’ve been delighted with the response so far,” said Ellen Ben-Naim, children’s

Column: Many Reasons to Oppose Governor's Plan

on July 23, 2012 - 12:22pm
Column by Ellen Mills, President
Los Alamos Federation of School Employees

There are many reasons to oppose the governor's plan for teacher evaluation: The tests used are unreliable; the states where similar "reforms" have been implemented have not seen success; huge sums of money have been diverted from schools to publishing companies; curriculum narrows to only those things measured and measurable on a standardized test.

The list is long. For teachers, one of the most devastating consequences of over-reliance on test scores is the impact on their relationship with their students.

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Anna Grothaus Receives Kiwanis Scholarship

on July 20, 2012 - 4:36pm

Anna Grothaus received a scholarship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos. Don Casperson hands Anna her check while her parents, Debbie and Mike, look on. Anna will attend Texas Tech University to study psychology in the fall. Photo by Karen Kendall

 

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Barranca K-Kids Win Second at International Conference

on July 20, 2012 - 4:30pm

Photo: Barranca K-Kids Winning Float. Courtesy photo

Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos First Vice President Don Casperson carried a float made by students from Barranca Mesa Elementary School K-Kids Cub to New Orleans earlier this month.

The float was an entry in a contest for all K-Kids Clubs around the world in support of "Project Eliminate."

The Los Alamos float took second place at the international convention. First place went to a float from a Kiwanis Club in Malaysia.

The Barranca K-Kids constructed their entry from a standard size shoebox.

Their float depicts the flags of the 34

Bradbury Hosts Entrepreneur Night 5-9 p.m. Today

on July 20, 2012 - 2:57pm

BRADBURY News:

Entrepreneur's will be at the Bradbury Science Museum from 5-9 p.m., today to network and share details of their business ventures.

Members of the Los Alamos Entrepreneur's Network (LAEN) will be out in force.

The event is free and open to the public and part of the museum's "Friday Nights @ the Museum" in which the Museum remains open until 9 p.m. Fridays during June and July offering different movies, speakers and demos free of charge to the public.

SFI Lecture: The Paradox of the Plankton Meets Public Health: How do So Many Serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae Coexist

on July 20, 2012 - 11:56am

The Santa Fe Institute presents a talk by Marc Lipsitch, Director, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard University; SFI External Faculty called:

The Paradox of the Plankton Meets Public Health: How do So Many Serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae Coex

• 12:15 p.m. Friday, July 20 • Noyce Conference Room

Marc Lipsitch

Abstract: Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major human pathogen, responsible for ~800,000 deaths annually and much additional morbidity worldwide.

Conjugate vaccines, introduced in 2000, provide

Los Alamos Teachers Join Massive Protest in Santa Fe

on July 20, 2012 - 9:49am

Los Alamos Federation of School Employees President, Ellen Mills, center, LAFSE Vice President and State AFT Vice President Ryan Ross and LAFSE Treasurer Virginia Kachelmeier joined Colleen Goddard, Addie Jacobson and Karyl Ann Armbruster of Los Alamos and several hundred people from across the state protesting Santa Fe Wednesday against a teacher evaluation proposal in play at the governor's office. Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster 

By Karyl Ann Armbruster

Hundreds of teachers, instructional assistants, parents, retirees, students, legislators and other community members from Las Cruces to

Tom Betts to Share his Bush Pilot Adventures Monday

on July 20, 2012 - 8:17am

Bandelier's Chief Ranger Tom Betts will talk Monday at Mesa Public Library about his life and times as a bush pilot in Alaska. Courtesy photo

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News:

Celebrate America's national treasures with a talk and slide show by Bandelier National Monument’s Chief Ranger Tom Betts about his life and times as a bush pilot in Alaska 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, July 23.

This National Parks Night event is in conjunction with the current exhibit of photographs of national parks in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery, Enchanted Parks: A Photographic Tale of Life in Our National Parks by Leslie

PEEC Selected for National Museum Assessment Program

on July 20, 2012 - 7:58am

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP.) 

Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower PEEC to better serve the citizens of Los Alamos by helping it to meet and exceed the highest professional standards of the museum field.

The $4,000 cost of this program will be completely funded through the grant received.

The program is funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and throughout its 30 years has been

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Column: Area Ponderosa Pine Trees Appear to be Dying; Should You be Concerned?

on July 18, 2012 - 12:48pm
Column by Carlos Valdez
Los Alamos Extension Horticulture Agent

The sudden appearance of drying needles, dead branches, or even dead Ponderosa Pine trees can alarm anyone, especially homeowners. 

Damage occurs throughout New Mexico where Ponderosa Pine is found growing, but is most severe in the urban setting, on the fringe of forested areas, and on shallow, rocky, or droughty soil types.

That describes Los Alamos to a tee. Trees growing near roads or in areas of soil disturbance or abundant competing vegetation are most frequently affected.

According to Danny Norlander, New Mexico

Portables Leave LAHS Monday Bound for LAMS

on July 18, 2012 - 11:21am

LAPS News:

..."and away they go!" Portable classrooms leave Los Alamos High School Monday headed to their new home at Los Alamos Middle School. Courtesy/LAPS

Courtesy/LAPS

Courtesy/LAPS

Courtesy/LAPS
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SFI: Seminar on The Immune System Detects Intruders by Randomly Migrating Detectors

on July 18, 2012 - 11:06am

SANTA FE INSTITUTE News:

Monday, July 23 • 12:15 p.m. • Medium Conference Room

The Immune System Detects Intruders by Randomly Migrating Detectors

Rob J. De Boer
Theoretical Biology & Bioinformatics, Utrecht University; SFI External Professor

Abstract: The immune system is a distributed system where billions of individual cells, each carrying a unique receptor (detector), scavenge the body to detect the presence of pathogens (intruders) in any of its tissues.

The very few cells detecting a pathogen will expand, generating a large clone of effector cells that together become capable of

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