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UWNNM Hosts 2019/20 Living United Campaign Kick-Off And Annual Meeting Thursday Evening

on September 20, 2019 - 12:04pm

United Way of Northern New Mexico Board President and Enterprise Bank Regional President Liddie Martinez, 2019/20 Campaign Chair and LANL Deputy Director of Science, Technology and Engineering John Sarrao and UWNNM Executive Director Cindy Padilla join other Board members, staff, donors and community members for the 2019/20 Living United Campaign Kick-Off and Annual Meeting Thursday evening at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

UWNNM donors, Board members, community members and staff gather at the campaign kickoff Thursday evening at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A.

Catch Of The Week: Sextortion Email Scams

on September 20, 2019 - 10:44am
Los Alamos

What could be more annoying than an email scam? How about an email scam that accuses you of watching porn, claims to have hijacked your computer, recorded you watching said porn, and states that unless you send them Bitcoins within a certain time, they will send the videos of you to all of your contacts.

Yeah, this is certainly more annoying than your standard email spam. This entire set up is a well-known scam known as the “sextortion” email spam.

These scams have been an ongoing issue for quite some time, with a sharp uptick at the beginning of 2019.

LAPS Foundation Says THANK YOU For ‘Taste Of Knowledge’ Fundraiser Record-Breaking Success

on September 19, 2019 - 8:49am
Gathered at the LAPSF ‘An Evening in Paris fundraiser from left, LANL Director Thom Mason, his wife Jennifer, Barbara and Andy Phelps, Matt McKinley, his wife LAPSF Board President Melanie McKinley, LAPSF oard member Stephanie Archuleta and Jennifer Payne. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
Pig + Fig Café Executive Chef Laura Crucet oversees the main course at the LAPSF a ‘Taste Of Knowledge’ fundraiser. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
Members of the community turned out Aug. 25, to generously support education at the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual fundraiser, a “Taste Of

Study By LANL Atmospheric Physicist Michael Peterson Finds Lightning Flashes Illuminate Storm Behavior

on September 18, 2019 - 6:44pm
A comparison of GLM imagery products for a large thunderstorm over South America. The total energy measured by GLM in (a) differs from the idealized energy distribution in (b), and this difference forms the basis of the thundercloud imagery product in (c) that highlights the texture of the uppermost cloud layer (north) as well as long horizontal lightning flashes behind the thunderstorm core (south). Courtesy/Michael Peterson/LANL
AGU News:
Anybody who has ever tried to photograph lightning knows that it takes patience and special camera equipment.
Now, a new study is using those

Benefit Ride To The Springs Draws More Than 50 Riders To Support Injured La Cueva Teen Wyatt Taylor

on September 17, 2019 - 5:05pm

Riders arrive Saturday morning in the parking lot at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 401 Trinity Dr. for the start of the Ride to the Springs, a benefit ride for La Cueva teen Wyatt Taylor seriously injured in a RTV accident in 2017. The effort raised more than $11,702 to help offset reconstructive procedures Taylor is facing and support the Catholic church in Jemez Springs. Taylor and the church will each receive a check for $5,851. Photo by John McHale/ 

Guest of Honor Wyatt Taylor and his mom Michelle were presented with prayer shawls from Nancy Kossar on behalf of the

UC President Janet Napolitano Announces Nearly $800,000 Grant From Triad National Security Supports Northern New Mexico Students And Teachers

on September 12, 2019 - 7:33pm
University of California President Janet Napolitano announces this morning at a community event at Buffalo Thunder Resort Nearly $800,000 Grant From Triad National Security Supports Northern New Mexico Students And Teachers. Photo by John McHale/
Triad’s Community Commitment Program awarded $599,600 to the LANL Foundation during a presentation this morning at Buffalo Thunder Resort. Photo by John McHale/
Valley Daily Post

Two grants from Los Alamos National Security operator Triad National Security, LLC, will benefit students and teachers

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Secures Funding For New Mexico’s National Labs, WIPP, Nuclear Safety...

on September 12, 2019 - 4:19pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted to advance key legislation to provide strong funding for New Mexico’s national labs, technology transfer efforts, environmental clean-up projects, the Waste Isolation Pilot Program (WIPP), and Tribal energy programs throughout the state.

Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in voting unanimously to advance the Fiscal Year 2020 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill to the Senate floor.

“This funding will help bolster New Mexico’s thriving science

Science On Tap: Earthquake Forecasting Sept. 16

on September 11, 2019 - 3:37pm

Feynman Postdoctoral Fellow Daniel Trugman. Courtesy/LANL

Los Alamos Creative District News: 

The community is invited to join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at projectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square.

This “On Tap” features a conversation with Daniel Trugman, a Feynman Postdoctoral Fellow with the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Division.

In the United States, earthquakes are the most frequent natural disaster. While the U.S.

LANL Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

on September 11, 2019 - 2:24pm



Española — Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation welcomes new members of its Board of Directors: Wilmer Chavarria, Gary Falle, Thom Mason and Tania Sanchez, and returning member Kathryn Harris Tijerina.

“Our new strategic plan is focused on growing and retaining local educators; supporting the social emotional needs of educators, students and young children; improving learning across the education spectrum with emphasis on STEM; and strengthening college and career pathways.

Los Alamos Bioscientist Harshini Mukundan Selected AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador

on September 9, 2019 - 6:55pm

Los Alamos bioscientist Harshini Mukundan is being inducted into the American Association for the Advancement of Science and IF/THEN STEM ambassador program. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos bioscientist notes deep commitment to STEM outreach goals

Los Alamos National Laboratory bioscientist Harshini Mukundan has been selected as one of the 125 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) IF/THEN Ambassadors.

LANL: Discover Lightning’s Electrifying Truth At Free Public Talks In Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque

on September 9, 2019 - 6:21pm

LANL physicist Tess Light will discuss lightning at free public talks starting Sept. 11. Photo by Rob Lang Photography

LANL News:

  • Tess Light of Los Alamos National Laboratory discusses those bright cracks across the sky at Frontiers in Science talks in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Tess Light will discuss the beauty and mystery of lightning at three Frontiers in Science public talks starting Sept. 11 in Santa Fe. 


“On any given day lightning flashes nearly 4 million times across the earth,” said Light, a physicist at the Laboratory.

Scenes From Los Alamos Historical Society Eagle Sculpture Dedication In Honor Of Cold War Veterans

on September 7, 2019 - 7:12am

A crowd gathers Friday afternoon to help the Los Alamos Historical Society dedicate the eagle sculpture at the entrance of Central Park Square. The sculpture was dedicated in honor of the veterans of the Cold War. The dedication was held in conjunction with the opening of the History Museum's temporary exhibit, 'Test Tube Community: Constructing Normalcy in Cold War Los Alamos'. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Liz Martineau makes the opening remarks during the dedication ceremony.

Scenes From Opening Of Test Tube Community Exhibit At Los Alamos History Museum Friday

on September 7, 2019 - 6:57am

Los Alamos Historical Society Board Member Cherie Trottier, left, and Historical Society Educator Aimee Slaughter serve up root beer floats and chocolate cokes Friday afternoon in honor of the popular beverages served at Pierotti’s Soda Bar and other establishments during the Cold War era. The sweet treats were part of the opening reception of the museum's temporary exhibit, Test Tube Community: Constructing Normalcy in Cold War Los Alamos.

2020 Breakthrough Prize Honors Los Alamos Astrophysicists For Work On First Black Hole Image

on September 6, 2019 - 5:35pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Astrophysicist Benjamin Ryan. Courtesy/LANL


Los Alamos National Laboratory Astrophysicist George Wong. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • International team wins ‘Oscar of Science’ for using eight radio telescopes from around the world to resolve image of a supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy

Los Alamos National Laboratory astrophysicists Benjamin Ryan and George Wong are members of the Event Horizon Telescope team that just won the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for creating the first image of a black hole.

“The observations themselves

Scenes From U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Tour Of Successful Tech Transfer Company UbiQD In Los Alamos

on September 5, 2019 - 3:15pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall came to Los Alamos Wednesday to tour the facilities of Ubiquitous Quantum Dots (UbiQD), a successful tech transfer company at the forefront of LCD innovation at 134 Eastgate Dr. Here Sen. Udall chats with UbiQD CEO Hunter McDaniel, center, Council Vice Chair Pete Sheehey, third from right, and Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Patrick Sullivan, left. Photo by John McHale/

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall during a tour Wednesday at UbiQD. Photo by John McHale/

U.S. Sen.

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Offers Tours At Los Alamos

on September 5, 2019 - 3:10pm


Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), in collaboration with the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos Field Office and the National Park Service, will offer public tours of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Oct 4, in Los Alamos.

Registration for the event is on a first-come, first-served basis. The day will consist of four tours of 25 people each, each lasting three hours. The LANL event complements the Oct 5, Trinity Site Open House located on the northern portion of White Sands Missile Range near San Antonio, N.M. 

Scenes From U.S. Sen. Udall Visit To Successful Tech Transfer Facilities Pebble Labs And NMC Wednesday

on September 5, 2019 - 2:43pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall visited Los Alamos Wednesday to tour the facilities of successful tech transfer companies Pebble Labs and the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) Biological Laboratory at 100 Entrada Dr. Udall has long worked to promote tech transfer initiatives that bolster New Mexico’s economy. From left, Pebble Labs CEO Michael Harrison, Sen. Udall, Pebble Labs Chief Science Officer Dr. Richard Sayre and NMC Executive Director Dr. Steven Buelow. Photo by John McHale/

U.S. Sen.

Presentation On Edgar Lee Hewett Opens Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series Sept. 10

on September 4, 2019 - 3:16pm

Archaeologist Edgar Lee Hewett at Caroline Bridge, Utah. Courtesy/School for Advanced Research (SAR Archive, AC 2:832)

Nancy Owen Lewis

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

The Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series for 2019-2020 will open Sept. 10 with Nancy Owen Lewis speaking on Surviving Edgar Lee Hewett: His Battles and Enduring Legacy.

Edgar Lee Hewett, founding director of the Museum of New Mexico and the School for Advanced Research, left an incredible legacy in institutions and traditions, some of which were established in protest to him.

Governor’s STEM Challenge Confirms 600+ Participants

on September 4, 2019 - 10:17am


ALBUQUERQUE–Sixty-five New Mexico high schools including Los Alamos High School have created student teams to imagine, design and develop a technological solution for the 2019-20 New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge.

These 600+ students capture a geographic diversity that reaches all corners of the state. More than 30 school districts are represented, both urban and rural, including Albuquerque, Belen, Capitan, Chama, Deming, Eunice, Farmington, Gadsden, Grady, Las Cruces, Los Alamos, Los Lunas, Raton, Roswell, Santa Fe, San Jon, Silver City and Gallup-McKinley.


Los Alamos Main Street And Metzger’s Hardware Are Featured In Independent We Stand Publication

on September 2, 2019 - 8:34am

Scene from ScienceFest at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photo

By Independent We Stand:

Los Alamos Main Street and Metzger’s Hardware are featured in the recent edition of Independent We Stand.

The small southwestern community of Los Alamos, New Mexico, is probably best known for the government lab. The lab brings people from distant cities like San Francisco and Washington, D.C. to town, but Metzger’s Hardware and Los Alamos Main Street work to give those New Mexico transplants — and longtime locals — a reason to stay.

“This town is a little different from others in that we’ve got a good

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall To Visit UbiQD, Pebble Labs, New Mexico Consortium (NMC) Biological Laboratory Sept. 4

on September 2, 2019 - 8:33am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will visit Los Alamos to tour the facilities of Ubiquitous Quantum Dots (UbiQD), 10-10:45 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 134 Eastgate Dr. UbiQD is a successful tech transfer company at the forefront of LCD innovation.


Also Wednesday, the senator will tour another successful tech transfer company, Pebble Labs, and the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) Biological Laboratory noon to 12:45 p.m. at 100 Entrada Dr.

NOAA Satellite Image Of Hurricane Dorian Eye Over Bahamas Early Today

on September 2, 2019 - 8:33am

NOAA GEOS Public Domain satellite image of Hurricane Dorian, eye over the Bahamas early this morning, Sept. 2, 2019, enhancement and preparation by David A. Ponton,

N3B And UNM-Los Alamos Team Up For Radiological Control Technician Boot Camp

on August 29, 2019 - 7:30am

Students in the Radiological Control Technician Boot Camp at UNM-LA attend a press conference July 30 at Northern New Mexico College. Front row from left, Josh Sandoval, Rafel Mertinez, Brandon Dunning, Michael Colyer and Jeremy Salazar. Back row from left, Matt Salazar, Kai Chappelle, Joe Heidman and David Abrams. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Nuclear News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) have partnered to offer a workforce development program to train participants to become Radiological Control Technicians (RCTs).

The program

Hundreds Attend Robotics Night Thanks To NMB&T

on August 28, 2019 - 3:06pm

NMB&T’s Liz Cavasos, Leslie Harrelson and Pam Mayfield. Courtesy/BSMA Crawford/

Scene from Robotics Night Aug. 23 at the Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy/BSMA

BSMA News:

Hundreds of robotics enthusiasts gathered Aug. 23 at the Bradbury Science Museum, when more than 30 robotics teams from around the region were joined by the Los Alamos Police Department bomb diffusing robots, UNM-LA's Robotics Degree Program and Los Alamos STEM Lab.

New Mexico Bank & Trust (NMB&T) sponsored the event.

“It’s nice to give back to the community,” NMB&T Vice President Liz Cavasos said.