Skip directly to content


CIR Portrait Of Turkey With Authentic Turkish Buffet

on February 16, 2015 - 11:09am

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque. Courtesy/wikipedia

CIR News:

The Council on International Relations (CIR) was accepted for a sixth consecutive year to participate in the Teacher Study Tour of Turkey. 

The program will begin with a workshop

Simon Redman Of Los Alamos Covers Croatian Presidential Inauguration In Zagreb

on February 15, 2015 - 10:57pm
Former Los Alamos High School graduate Kolinda Grabar Kitarović takes the Oath of Office Sunday as President of Croatia. Photo by Simon Redman/
Kolinda Grabar Kitarović becomes the first woman and fourth president of Croatia. Photo by Simon Redman/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor's note: Simon Redman is a 2013 LAHS graduate studying in Stuttgart, Germany who traveled to Croatia to cover the presidential inauguration of LAHS graduate Kolinda Grabar Kitarović for the Los Alamos Daily Post.

ZAGREB—Former Los Alamos High School graduate Kolinda

Los Alamos Man Travels To Croatia To Cover Sunday's Presidential Inaugaration Of Former LAHS Student

on February 14, 2015 - 1:47pm

The scene today from St. Mark's Church in Zagreb, Croatia overlooking the square where preparations are underway for Sunday's presidential inauguation of a former Los Alamos High School student. Photo by Simon Redman/

Simon Redman (this evening) in front of the Zagreb Cathedral. Selfie by Simon Redman/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Simon Redman of Los Alamos is on assignment for the Los Alamos Daily Post covering the presidential inauguration in Zagreb, Croatia for which he has a local connection.

Redman is a Los Alamos High School graduate as

Griggs: Dateline Monterrico, Feb. 13, 2015

on February 13, 2015 - 10:52am
Nighttime photo captures the eruption of Fuego Volcano last week overlooking Guatemala's former capital, Antigua. Photo by David Griggs
Hotel El Delfin, Monterrico, Guatemala
Formerly of Los Alamos

Dateline: Monterrico, Feb. 13, 2015

The above dramatic nighttime photo captures the eruption of Fuego Volcano at the end of last week. About 30 miles from where I have been spending the winter on Lake Atitlán, Fuego is one of three large stratovolcanoes overlooking Guatemala's former capital, Antigua.

I rode past Fuego Volcano last Wednesday, on a trip to the beach at Monterrico on

Bradbury Science Museum Introduces Climate Prisms Project In Evening Lecture Feb. 17

on February 13, 2015 - 9:49am

BSM News:

Arctic climate change scientist Cathy Wilson of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Earth System Observations Group, Francesca Samsel of the Applied Computer Science Group, visual artist and research associate at the Center for Agile Technology at University of Texas, Austin and Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck talk about methods they are using to help the public understand climate change research in a special lecture at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the Bradbury Science Museum downtown.

The talk is free and open to the public and introduces “Climate Prisms,” the latest

A Different Big Bang Theory: Los Alamos Unveils Explosives Detection Expertise

on February 11, 2015 - 8:47am

Instructors discuss the production of aluminum based explosives, part of an advanced course in worldwide threats from homemade explosives created by the Los Alamos Collaboration for Explosives Detection (LACED). Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Collaboration project defeats explosives threats through enhanced detection technologies

Having long kept details of its explosives capabilities under wraps, a team of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists is now rolling out a collaborative project to defeat explosives threats through enhanced detection technologies.

“We’re aiming to create a

DOE Secretary: Today's National Security Strategy Update Reaffirms US Commitment

on February 6, 2015 - 10:02am


DOE News:

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz made the following statement regarding the National Security Strategy (NSS) announced today:

“The vision that President Obama laid out in the latest National Security Strategy positions the United States to be a continued global leader in promoting a safe and secure world while mitigating the risks of climate change. When President Obama spoke nearly six years ago in Prague, he laid out many of the challenges that the world faces, from climate change to the global economic crisis to nuclear proliferation.

Energy Secretary Moniz Dedicates World’s Brightest Synchrotron Light Source

on February 6, 2015 - 9:50am

Brookhaven National Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II). Courtesy/BNL

DOE News:

  • NSLS-II at Brookhaven National Lab will Accelerate Unprecedented Advances in Energy, Environmental Science, and Medicine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz today dedicated the world’s most advanced light source, the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

The NSLS-II is a $912-million DOE Office of Science User Facility that produces extremely bright beams of x-ray,

Santa Fe Council On International Relations Presents WorldQuest 2015 College Bowl Style Trivia Game

on February 2, 2015 - 9:19am

CIR News:

Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) for its fourth annual WorldQuest 2015, a College Bowl-style game of international trivia, played in teams of eight.

This event is 5:45-9:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 in the Jemez Room at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Feb. 18. It’s a fun way to test your knowledge of world affairs!

Last February, CIR hosted its third WorldQuest quiz competition and dinner event. Six teams of eight joined in the fun.

Watch Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni Of Los Alamos On Video Offering Nuclear Weapons To Venezuela

on February 1, 2015 - 2:55pm

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni meeting with 'Jimenez' in a hotel room. Screen shot/FBI video

FBI News:

In FBI undercover video and audio recordings, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni of Los Alamos explains to undercover agent Jimenez that he had a "top of the top" clearance and that he held a security clearance from the Department of Defense and from the Department of Energy.

Mascheroni, 79, a naturalized U.S.

Art McHaffie Presents Free Lecture On Europe’s Southern Gas Corridor

on January 14, 2015 - 7:30am

Art McHaffie


Will This $45 Billion "Project Of The 21st Century" Diversify Europe’s Gas Supply Enough To Provide Desired Energy Security?

Art McHaffie will present a free public lecture about Europe’s Southern Gas Corridor titled “Project of the 21st Century”. The lecture is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Tipton Hall at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr.

During McHaffie’s tenure as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Azerbaijan International Operating Company 1994-1997, and CIR Board President, he was involved in the delivery of


Former LANL Director Sig Hecker On North Korea Beyond 'The Interview' And Russia Beyond Crimea

on January 13, 2015 - 8:27am
Dr. Sig Hecker
Dr. Sig Hecker, the former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director and Co-Director of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, will speak on North Korea beyond “The Interview” and Russia beyond Crimea.
North Korea is building nuclear weapons at an ever accelerating pace. Russia is restoring its nuclear arsenal. Whereas U.S. – North Korean relations have never been good,  U.S. – Russia relations have moved from cooperation in the 1990s to confrontation.  Hecker will examine what the future may hold for both cases based

Los Alamos High School Graduate Becomes First Woman President Of Croatia

on January 12, 2015 - 7:12pm

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic


Los Alamos Daily Post

A Los Alamos High School graduate has been elected the first woman president of Croatia.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, 46, graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1986. 

"This is a wonderful story of success by one of our alumni to realize this great achievement - it speaks to her character to take on this kind of challenge," LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt said. "Mrs.

Sig Hecker Presents Free Lecture On Foreign Affairs

on January 9, 2015 - 1:53pm

Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker


Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker will give a free public lecture titled "North Korea beyond The Interview; Russia Beyond Crimea."  The lecture is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Church of jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1967 18th St. in Los Alamos).

"North Korea is building nuclear weapons at an ever accelerating pace," Hecker said. "Russia is restoring its nuclear arsenal. Whereas U.S.-North Korean relations have never been good, U.S.-Russia relations have moved from cooperaton in the 1990s to confrontation today.

Journalist And Diplomat Bill Stewart Featured Speaker At CIR 50th Anniversary Gala Jan. 15

on January 3, 2015 - 12:06pm

Bill Stewart

CIR News:

Bill Stewart, a former U.S. Foreign Service officer and internationally-known journalist, will deliver an important speech entitled “Obama's Foreign Policy: The Last Two Years.”

His presentation is at The Council on International Relations' 50th Anniversary Celebratory Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan.15 at La Terraza in La Fonda Hotel, 100 E. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.

Seating is limited, and tickets are going fast. Reservations must be made by Jan. 9. Ticket prices are $100 for members, $125 for non-members, and tables may be purchased at a discount for parties

Businesses Brace For More Sophisticated Cyberattacks

on December 30, 2014 - 10:09am

HSNW News:

The recent Sony Pictures hack is one more reason for industries to prepare for a series of cyberattacks which will likely occur in 2015.

From massive data leaks to distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, hackers will continue to find vulnerabilities within targeted network systems. Cybersecurity firms, including Symantec Malaysia, are recommending more ways to help clients defend themselves from such attacks.

In 2015, attackers will continue to look for new vulnerabilities so that they can ‘hack the planet’,” says Nigel Tan, Symantec Malaysia’s director of systems

Application Deadline Approaches For U.S. High School Students Seeking YES Abroad Scholarships

on December 24, 2014 - 7:37am


New York—The application deadline for the 2015-2016 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad scholarship program is Jan. 7, 2015.

The program provides full scholarships to American high school students to experience overseas communities and cultures, preparing students to collaborate on today’s global challenges such as human rights, community development, workforce development, climate change, and global health.

Sponsored by the U.S.

Dateline Los Alamos: Top Science News Of 2014

on December 22, 2014 - 4:40pm

LANL postdoctoral researcher Elena Guardincerri, right, and undergraduate research assistant Shelby Fellows prepare a lead hemisphere inside a muon tomography machine, which can peer inside closed containers and provide detailed images of dense objects such as nuclear materials or other items of interest.

Mysteries Of ‘Molecular Machines’ Revealed

on December 22, 2014 - 4:10pm

A picture of a membrane protein called cysZ determined with Phenix software using data that could not previously be analyzed.Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Scientists are making it easier for pharmaceutical companies and researchers to see the detailed inner workings of molecular machines.

“Inside each cell in our bodies and inside every bacterium and virus are tiny but complex protein molecules that synthesize chemicals, replicate genetic material, turn each other on and off, and transport chemicals across cell membranes,” said Tom Terwilliger, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist.

Foxx: From Rags To Riches In Memories?

on December 17, 2014 - 1:54pm
Sydney Frazier and her family volunteer to help work in a rice paddy while traveling in Asia. Courtesy photo
World travelers from left, Sydney Frazier and her parents Kerri and Jason Frazier being faux farmers in New Zealand. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Just over two years ago, my youngest daughter, husband, and then, 8-year-old child left on a two year travel around the world. Two years seemed like a long time but Jan. 7 they leave New Zealand to return to the United States.

Udall Addresses New Cuba Relations; Prisoner Release

on December 17, 2014 - 11:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released a statement today on the president’s announcement that he has taken steps to normalize relations with the country of Cuba and has secured the release of American prisoner Alan Gross, who had been held in a Cuban jail since 2009. 

In November, Udall traveled to Cuba with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., where they met with Cuban officials as well as religious and business leaders to discuss the impacts of the embargo and travel restrictions on American and Cuban families.

SFCC: Summer Study Abroad Program In Spain

on December 15, 2014 - 8:57am

Los Alamos Names New Laboratory Fellows For 2014

on December 15, 2014 - 8:15am

LANL News:
  • Honorees span sciences in physics, astrophysics, chemistry

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows list expands by five this week as a new group of high achievers is named.

The honorees this year are Christopher L. Fryer, Herbert O. Funsten, John C. Gordon, Jaqueline L. Kiplinger and David S. Moore.

“The sustained scientific excellence demonstrated by the work of Chris, Herb, John, Jaqueline and David exemplifies the outstanding people and capabilities we apply to today’s national security mission, and positions the Laboratory to be prepared to meet future challenges,”

Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting 7 p.m. Sunday

on December 10, 2014 - 4:54pm


The Los Alamos Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will host a local participation in the Worldwide Candle Lighting at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Ashley Pond bandstand. 

As candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons worldwide commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon. Please join with us in creating faralitos to honor the children of Los Alamos lost to us through an early death.

Materials will be provided between 6:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. to create faralitos. The faralitos will be lit promptly at 7 p.m.

Accident Occurs At Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant

on December 3, 2014 - 8:25am

Courtesy image


Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk announced this morning that an accident has occurred at the Zaporizhye Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in south-east Ukraine.

Yatseniuk said in a news report that he was aware an accident had occurred at the Zaporizhye NPP. News agency Interfax Ukraine reports that the problem occurred at bloc No. 3 - a 1,000-megawatt reactor - and the resulting lack of output had worsened the power crisis in the country. Interfax added that the bloc was expected to come back on stream Dec. 5.

Ukraine is one of Europe’s largest energy