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Historical Society Screens ‘The Burning Ground’ Oct. 8

on October 6, 2019 - 10:59am


A screening of “La Tierra Quemada” (The Burning Ground) will be presented Oct. 8 in Fuller Lodge as part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s Lecture Series.

Cary Skidmore will present this 54-minute documentary video produced by Los Alamos National Laboratory to recount the circumstances of its most devastating explosives accident, Oct. 14, 1959.

Skidmore will conduct a brief question and answer period following the video.

Explosives operations at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s S-Site were at a feverish pace that undergirded the frenzy of Cold War nuclear

Call Goes Out For LANL Foundation Scholarships

on October 4, 2019 - 12:11pm


ESPAÑOLA— Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation is accepting applications for 2019 scholarships in two categories: four-year undergraduate awards and Career Pathways awards.

Four-Year Undergraduate Degree Scholarships

High school seniors enrolling in or undergraduates currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution in pursuit of a four-year degree in any field of study may apply.

Awards range from $1,000 to $20,000, and one application in this category automatically allows students to be considered for any scholarship for which

BSMA: Trinity Site Myths & Things You Might Not Know

on October 3, 2019 - 8:35pm

Jim Eckles leading a tour at the Trinity Site, will speak on the subject at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Courtesy/BSMA

BSMA News:

The basic events of Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb was tested on July 16, 1945, have been told and retold in dozens upon dozens of books, articles and television features.

Jim Eckles also has written about Trinity Site but has the perspective of conducting innumerable tours of the site and meeting veterans of the test since 1977.  He will explain that the dunes at White Sands National Monument were NOT bleached by the atomic blast, that the soldiers at

Ribbon Cutting For Bradbury Science Museum Association’s New Gadgets Shop Location Thursday

on October 2, 2019 - 2:36pm



The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the new location of the Bradbury Science Museum Assocation’s Gadgets Muesum Shop with a ribbon cutting 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.


The new location is in the Defense Gallery inside the Bradbury Science Museum at 1350 Central Ave.


The new Gadgets Muesum Shop was made possible through the generous support of Kent and Roger Waterman, in memory of their parent’s Robert and Alice Waterman. The Watermans moved to Los Alamos in 1947 when Robert was hired by the Atomic Energy Commission as a security guard.

RCLC Issues Response To DOE-IG Report

on October 2, 2019 - 1:46pm

RCLC News:

SANTA FE – The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) issued the following response today to the Department of Energy Inspector General report:

The RCLC is pleased to see the Department of Energy Inspector General report issued and is working with the Department of Energy to provide them with the information they need to complete this process.

The RCLC looks forward to continuing to represent our local communities to the Washington leadership who control the lab.

There are benefits and challenges to hosting a DOE facility.

LANL Foundation Welcomes Two New Employees

on September 30, 2019 - 2:28pm
Education Enrichment Director Michael Dabrieo and Director of Evaluation and Learning Kersti Tyson join the LANL Foundation team. Courtesy/LANLF
LANL Foundation welcomes new Director of Evaluation and Learning Kersti Tyson, PhD and Education Enrichment Director Michael Dabrieo.
Tyson’s primary focus will be utilizing research and evaluation to support the Foundation’s mission, vision, values and strategies across the spectrum of public education.

PEEC: Thank You Triad National Security!

on September 28, 2019 - 9:11am
Kindergarteners get outside and explore patterns and shapes in nature on PEEC’s field trips. These field trips and other work are funded through the generosity of granters like Triad National Security. Photo by Bob Walker
Photo by Bob Walker
PEEC News:
Thanks to the generosity of Triad National Security, a lot more kids will be getting out on the trails and into nature to learn science through hands-on lessons.
Triad recently granted the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) $5,000 to continue its work getting students outside for engaging science learning.

STEM Pathways For Girls Conference Oct. 5

on September 28, 2019 - 8:13am

STEM Santa Fe News:

STEM Santa Fe will hold its annual STEM Pathways for Girls conference, Saturday Oct. 5 at Santa Fe Community College, for Northern New Mexico girls in fifth through eighth grades.

This day-long event is designed to inspire and enhance the interest of 150 girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The conference is designed to give the impressionable young ladies a better appreciation of STEM and to demonstrate how they can use STEM to question, explore, challenge and change their world. 

The conference (formerly “Expanding Your Horizons”) kicks

INL Marks 500th WIPP Shipment Since Reopening

on September 27, 2019 - 12:36pm
EM crews pose with Idaho State Police (ISP) officers in advance of the 500th shipment of transuranic waste leaving the Radioactive Waste Management Complex, headed for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. ISP officers inspect each shipment that leaves the DOE Idaho National Laboratory Site. Courtesy photo
Fluor Idaho Transportation Certification Official Shawn Strozzi, left, double-checks the 500th shipment's manifest as Idaho State Trooper Peter Sibus conducts an inspection of the shipment. Courtesy/DOE
DOE News:
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho EM crews safely and compliantly sent the 500th

BSMA: Gadgets Ribbon Cutting Thursday Oct. 10

on September 25, 2019 - 4:58pm

Triad Donates $150K Grant To UWNNM To Address Substance Abuse Issues In Northern New Mexico

on September 25, 2019 - 9:30am

Gathered at the United Way of Northern New Mexico 2019/20 Campaign Kickoff and Annual Meeting Tuesday evening in the Mision Y Convento in Española, from left, Board President Liddie Martinez, LANL Director Dr. Thom Mason wearing the cap presented to him in appreciation by United Way, 2019/20 Campaign Chair John Sarrao and Executive Director Cindy Padilla. On behalf of Triad, Dr. Mason presented a $151,500 grant to United Way to support the Rio Arriba Collective Impact Initiative to End Substance Abuse and Violence. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANL Director Thom Mason addresses the

BSMA, Friends & Family Set Up New Gadgets Store

on September 24, 2019 - 10:03am
Members of the Bradbury Science Museum Association Board together with friends, family and neighbors pitched in Sunday to move Gadgets into its new store space adjacent to the fountain at the Bradbury Science Museum at 15th Street and Central Avenue. The grand opening celebration for Gadgets in its new location will be announced shortly. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
Scene from Gadgets move Sunday into its new store space adjacent to the fountain at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
Scene from Gadgets move Sunday into its new store space

LANL Team Sets Sail For Arctic Year-Long Expedition

on September 23, 2019 - 3:38pm

Los Alamos staff members Paul Ortega and David Chu join team members from other institutions boarding the R/V Polarstern for months locked in the ice to study the Arctic. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • As part of MOSAiC field campaign, environmental researchers will operate a suite of instruments 24/7 as ship drifts in ice for the winter

Heading off to spend months on a ship trapped in the Arctic ice, a team from Los Alamos National Laboratory got underway last week aboard the R/V Polarstern from Tromso, Norway.

The team is supporting MOSAiC, the Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the

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.