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Udall Calls For Action On PFAS In Senate Floor Speech Opposing Nomination Of Peter Wright To EPA

on July 13, 2019 - 7:49am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), spoke Thursday on the Senate floor to call for action for New Mexico farmers, businesses, and families affected by exposure to toxic PFAS chemicals.
 
Udall outlined his opposition to the nomination of Peter Wright to serve as assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), which oversees the Superfund program that is responsible for regulating

LAFD Hosts EMS Facility Tour At UNM-Los Alamos

on July 12, 2019 - 4:20pm

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone chats with Bonnie Olsen during the EMS Training Facility Tour today at UNM-Los Alamos. The tour, which is part of ScienceFest, highlighted the training facility, comprised of areas for scenario-based training with high tech mannequins, including an emergency room and ambulance simulator. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Environment Department Holds Public Meetings Ahead Of Hemp Rulemaking Process

on July 11, 2019 - 9:53am

NMED News:

...Environment Department’s emergency rule will take effect Aug. 1

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) will host a series of informational meetings for those interested in transporting, processing and manufacturing products from hemp.  

The meetings are being held ahead of an emergency rule that will go into effect Aug. 1, the same day the Hemp Manufacturing Act passed by the legislature earlier this year goes into effect. In the meantime, NMED will start the process toward putting a permanent rule in place.

Parkinson’s Group Organizational Meeting July 29

on July 11, 2019 - 9:29am

Two Navajo Women Awarded Los Alamos-based Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarships

on July 11, 2019 - 7:35am
Chantell Yazzie
 
JHMS News:
 
Presleigh Smiley has a 10-year plan to become one of the first Navajo clinical psychologists to serve her people. Chantell Yazzie is equally determined to serve the Navajo Nation as a registered nurse, specializing in labor and delivery.
 
Both young women are receiving scholarship aid from the Los Alamos-based Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship, administered through White Rock Presbyterian Church.
 
Presleigh Smiley
 
The scholarship honors the memory of Julie Meadows, a young mother and LANL employee who died of a brain tumor in 2009. Shortly

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... So Many Events This Week

on July 10, 2019 - 8:11am

Lauren Sherwood is co-presenting the 8-week program, Paint Strokes Through Grief, 2-4 p.m. beginning Thursday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photo

Jane Mackenzie McConnell is co-presenting the 8-week program, Paint Strokes Through Grief, 2-4 p.m. beginning Thursday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photo

 

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO

This month is flying by already, and so many great new things are happening locally, that I thought I would share a few.

On Wednesday, the White Rock Senior Center will host a presentation by Kendra Henning, on

Los Alamos ScienceFest 2019 Is Underway!

on July 10, 2019 - 7:48am
SCIENCEFEST News:
 
Los Alamos ScienceFest began Tuesday and continues for six days in a row, with a variety of highlights throughout the week.
 
Friday is themed, “Health Day,” as the events will include many based on, "Fitness in the Great Outdoors". Several local instructors, of a variety of different backgrounds, have teamed up to teach free outdoor classes that will pop up at different spots around town.
 
The entire schedule is posted on the website, www.LosAlamosScienceFest.com and on the ScienceFest Facebook page.

Grief Support Group Meets 6 P.M. Thursday

on July 9, 2019 - 7:37am

Cold War Patriots Hosts Town Hall Events For LANL, Sandia, Uranium Workers In Los Alamos July 9

on July 8, 2019 - 11:06am

CWP News:
  • Workers will hear customized information on government compensation; healthcare benefits they've earned.

DENVER, Colo. – Cold War Patriots (CWP), a community resource organization that is the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice advocating for worker benefits, will host free information events for uranium workers July 9 in Los Alamos, July 10 in Española and July 11 in Albuquerque.

The meetings are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Refreshments will be offered.

Tuesday, July 9

University of New Mexico
Building 6, Room 631
4000 University Dr.
Los Alamos

Wednesday, July

SFCC Announces Tekla Johnson Is New Director Of Statewide First Born® Program Based At College

on July 8, 2019 - 10:30am

Tekla Johnson

SFCC News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College announces Tekla Johnson is the new director of the statewide First Born® Home Visiting program – based at the college.

The home visiting educational program supports families with first-born children ages prenatal to three. The program’s mission is to increase the health and wellness of women pregnant for the first time, families parenting for the first time and families adopting their first baby.

Anchorum St. Vincent Announces Inaugural Impact Grant Award Nonprofit Recipients

on July 7, 2019 - 7:57am
Anchorum St. Vincent News:
 
SANTA FE — Santa Fe-based Anchorum St. Vincent announces the nonprofit recipients of its inaugural Impact Grant Awards for 2019.
 
Anchorum St. Vincent serves as a nonprofit community health impact organization providing financial and strategic support to CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and is dedicated to improving the health and well-being for the people of Santa Fe and northern New Mexico.
 
With the support and leadership from its Board of Directors, Anchorum introduced its inaugural competitive Impact Grant process in January this year and

On The Job In Los Alamos: LAMC Officials And Board

on July 4, 2019 - 10:31am

On the job in Los Alamos is former Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Sandra Podley, center, meeting with LAMC officials and board members during a luncheon Tuesday at LAMC. Podley was recently named president of the western division at LifePoint Health®, the corporate owner of LAMC. LifePoint Health® is comprised of 89 hospitals and health systems serving communities across the United States. The Western Division includes facilities throughout Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Meeting with Podley Tuesday from left, Dr.

Cookout Caution: Keeping Food Safety in Focus

on July 4, 2019 - 9:43am

By SHARON RADCLIFFE
Chief Nursing Officer
Los Alamos Medical Center

Summer offers plentiful opportunities to gather outdoors with family and friends.

Whether it’s the Fourth of July, Labor Day, an afternoon on the lake or one last hurrah before school days beckon again, al fresco celebrations are the order of the day when the sun is out and the temps are warm. And most gatherings have one particular ingredient in common: food. Think grilled burgers and hot dogs, barbecued chicken, homemade potato salad and coleslaw, and overflowing veggie and fruit trays.

While you’re enjoying your summer

LANL: Researchers Cast Neural Nets To Simulate Molecular Motion

on July 2, 2019 - 12:15pm

New deep learning models predict the interactions between atoms in organic molecules. These models will help computational biologists and drug development researchers understand and treat disease. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Machine learning allows quantum mechanics to be efficiently applied to molecular simulations for drug development, detonation physics and more

New work from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Florida is showing that artificial neural nets can be trained to encode quantum mechanical laws to describe the

Daily Postcard: Picnic Area Behind LAMC

on July 1, 2019 - 8:36am

Daily Postcard: Staff take a relaxing break under the cooling shade of tall trees in the picnic area behind Los Alamos Medical Center Thursday afternoon on West Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Enchanted Evening 2019 Features Women In STEM

on June 30, 2019 - 3:10pm

Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck served as master of ceremonies at the at the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails at the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails (GSNMT) annual fundraiser, Enchanted Evening, Saturday evening at the Sandia Resort in Albuquerque. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dr. Jennifer Harris specializes in biosecurity at LANL and was the keynote speaker GSNMT annual fundraiser Saturday at Sandia Resort. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck served

Alzheimer’s Association Names Tim Sheahan New Mexico Chapter Executive Director

on June 30, 2019 - 7:35am
New Mexico Alzheimer’s Association Executive Director Tim Sheahan
 
Alzheimer’s Association News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter announced that Tim Sheahan has been named its new executive director.
 
Sheahan has more than 20 years experience in the non-profit sector. Most recently, Sheahan served as the president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico for seven years, as well as other Boys & Girls Club affiliates across the country.
 
“We are excited to bring Tim on board as executive director," said Tracy Ayers, advisory board

On The Job In Los Alamos: At LAPSA Training Session

on June 29, 2019 - 7:50am

On the job in Los Alamos is Centerra Los Alamos General Manager Lennie Upshaw greeting Alice Bodelson PhD who spoke June 20 to First Responders gathered at the Los Alamos Public Safety Association meeting in the Fire Administration Training Room on identifying and working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Photo by Jennifer Bartram/ladailypost.com

On the job in Los Alamos is Alice Bodelson PhD speeking June 20 to First Responders gathered at the Los Alamos Public Safety Association meeting in the Fire Administration Training Room on identifying and working with people with Autism

AGU: Space Station Mold Survives Ionizing Radiation

on June 28, 2019 - 2:41pm
Mold grows on the International Space Station on a panel where exercise clothes were hung to dry. Courtesy/NASA
 
Scanning electron micrograph of a Pennicillium mold producing chains of spores. Courtesy/David Gregory & Debbie Marshall, CC BY
 
AGU News:
 
BELLEVUE, Wash. — The International Space Station, like all human habitats in space, has a nagging mold problem.
 
Astronauts on the ISS spend hours every week cleaning the inside of the station’s walls to prevent mold from becoming a health problem.
 
New research being presented here finds mold spores may also survive on the

Inside Out And Outside In: Layne Kalbfleisch Uses Neuroscience And Psychology To Help Clients

on June 28, 2019 - 6:59am
Layne Kalbfeisch, M.E.d Ph.D, recently stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post to talk about her business, 2E Consults ® LLC. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Educational psychologist and neuroscientist Layne Kalbfleisch , M.Ed. Ph.D., has recently moved her base of operations to northern New Mexico.

Her practice, 2E Consults ® LLC, spans Los Alamos, Espanola and Santa Fe. She currently sees Los Alamos clients at Project Y, 150 Central Park Square.

After years spent as an academic and researcher, Kalbfleisch

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Transformative Coaching

on June 27, 2019 - 11:53am

On the job in Los Alamos is Dr. Barry Cooney, Ph.D., of Transformative Coaching demonstrating his quartz crystal healing bowls to Christina Claude, DOM LMT, Wednesday in his studio at 1247 Central Ave., Suite 217. Cooney said the bowls are tuned to a different energy center in the body. When he rings the bowls, Dr. Cooney said the sound created helps ensure deeper relaxation, clarity and to aid in resolving negative emotions. 'The idea is to get you out of your emtional clutter' he said. For more information about transformative coaching, call Dr.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Medical Advisory Committee

on June 26, 2019 - 8:56am
On the job in Los Alamos during a recent meeting of the Medical Advisory Committee seated from left, Senior Office Specialist Ana Martinez, Los Alamos Retirement Community Executive Director Linda Bullock, Emergency Room Director Debbie Maes and Los Alamos Fire and Dispatch Medical Director Dr. Justin Hazen. Standing from left, LAFD EMS Training Coordinator Donna McHenry and Los Alamos County Assistant Emergency Manager Cody Ulrich. The Medical Advisory Committee meets at at 9:30 a.m., the second Wednesday of each month in the 3rd floor conference/training room of the Los Alamos Fire

Health Fair, Lowrider Car Show, Ozomatli Concert July 6

on June 26, 2019 - 8:08am

COMMUNITY News: 

Española: The Rio Arriba Community Health Council and Sancre Productions, producers of A New Normal .Life Campaign, announce the return of three-time Grammy award winning band Ozomatli, to headline HealthFest 2019 Saturday, July 6 at Valdez Park in Española.

HealthFest 2019 with its theme of Unity is hosted by the City of Espanola and major supporters of the event include Rio Arriba County’s Health & Human Services Department, Hoy Recovery Program, The Rio Arriba Community Health Council, Con Alma Health Foundation and Sancre Productions.

This year’s celebration will

Letter To The Editor: The Waldorf School – Putting New Mexico’s Health At Risk

on June 25, 2019 - 6:11pm
By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

The low vaccination rates at the Waldorf School in Santa Fe are a public health disaster in the making that should frighten all New Mexicans. If a student at that school gets measles, it is very likely that other unvaccinated students at the school will get measles. The infected students can then pass measles to others in the community, especially infants too young to be vaccinated and children with medical conditions that also prevent their being vaccinated.

It was recently reported that the parents of unvaccinated students at the school “have not expressed

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Announces $2.5 Million To UNM To Research Chronic Kidney Disease Risk Factors Among Native Americans

on June 25, 2019 - 7:33am
 
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small announced Monday that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded approximately $2.5 million over five years to the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center to research chronic kidney disease risk factors among Native Americans in the southwestern United States.
 
The funding, which was championed by the New Mexico delegation, will enable UNM to conduct a study to identify risk factors associated with

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