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CIR Presents: Great Decisions

on February 24, 2015 - 11:32am
 CIR News:
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) presents Great Decisions, a program of eight discussion topics focusing on current world affairs. 
Each meeting includes a half hour video, facilitator presentation (by CIR board member Rob Reider), Q&A participant discussion.
BYO lunch, light snacks and beverages are provided. This program begins 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 and continues for eight sessions the third Tuesday of each month through October. The meetings are at the SFCIR Conference Room, 413 Grant Ave., Suite D, in Santa Fe.  

The cost for the eight

MapLight: Platts' Nuclear Conference - $60 Million In Lobbying From Top Five Companies

on February 23, 2015 - 10:35am


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Top representatives of the nuclear energy industry gathered in Washington, D.C., last week for the Platts' Annual Nuclear Energy Conference. Scheduled speakers were industry heavyweights like Bill Pitesa, the chief nuclear officer at Duke Energy, and David Brown, the senior vice president for federal government affairs at Exelon.

Since Jan. 1, 2013, the top five U.S. nuclear power operating companies and the Nuclear Energy Institute have spent a combined $60.4 million on lobbying Congress and federal agencies.

MapLight analysis of lobbying spending by the

Los Alamos Girl Scouts Hold World Thinking Day

on February 22, 2015 - 10:37am

Girl Scout Troops throughout Los Alamos County gathered Saturday to teach each other about countries from around the world in honor of World Thinking Day. Couresy Photo


Each year on World Thinking Day in February, Girl Scouts participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.

Girl Scout Troops throughout Los Alamos County gathered Saturday to celebrate the special day.

Students Enrolled In LANSCE Neutron Program Gather For Dinner At China Palace

on February 20, 2015 - 9:11pm

Professor Heinz Nakotte, left, is dining this evening at China Palace in Mari-Mac Plaza with 36 graduate students and a few post docs enrolled in a 10-day LANSCE Neutron Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The students hail from across the United States, Hungary, United Kingdom, Argentina and Spain. Nakotte is a professor in the Department of Physics & Engineering Physics Program at New Mexico State University. Nakotte and LANL's Anna Llobet co-chair the 10-day LANSCE Newtron Program. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Students from across the U.S.

Croatia News Reporter Interviews LAPS Officials

on February 18, 2015 - 9:16am

Los Alamos High School Principal Dr. Debbie Belew-Nyquist and Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School Principal Dr. Debbie Belew-Nyquist and LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt were interviewed by Croatia News Reporter Branka Slavica ahead of last Sunday's Presidential Inauguration of Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. President Grabar-Kitarovic was a Los Alamos High School Graduate in the mid-1980s.

Croatia’s first ever female president is remembered by teachers as a very enthusiastic high school student, who earned exceptionally good grades.

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.