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LAHS Alum Heads for UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

on November 7, 2013 - 7:55am

Marielle Remillard is a LAHS graduate working on her PhD at Harvard. Courtesy photo

SustainUS News:

Marielle Remillard who graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2005, spends most of her time working on her PhD in environmental engineering at Harvard. Her studies keep her busy but not too busy for activism when it comes to a topic she knows a lot about, climate change.  

Next week Remillard will travel to Warsaw, Poland as part of a delegation of nearly two-dozen exceptional young leaders from across the US to take part in this year’s round of UN negotiations on climate change, which

Australian Rotarian's New Book Has Los Alamos Connections

on November 5, 2013 - 10:25am

Rotary District Governor John Kevan from Perth, Australia visited Los Alamos in 2011. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

John Kevan, Rotary District Governor from Perth, Australia visited Los Alamos in May 2011. He made a special point to visit Los Alamos on his way to the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans. 

Kevan contacted Los Alamos Rotarian Linda Hull, club secretary at the time, who arranged for Georgia Strickfaden of Buffalo Tours to meet him at the ABQ airport and give him tours of Lamy, Santa Fe, Bandelier and Los Alamos.

Geoengineering The Climate Would Reduce Vital Rains

on November 5, 2013 - 8:07am

Monsoon rainfall wets Beijing streets and passersby in 2011. New research indicates geoengineering to reduce global warming would also reduce average global precipitation. Photo by Sierra F

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although a significant build-up in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere would alter worldwide precipitation patterns, a widely discussed technological approach to reducing future global warming would also interfere with rainfall and snowfall, new research shows.

The international study finds that a massive increase in greenhouse gases and warming of the planet would spur a

Los Alamos Rotary Club Hosts 14 Swedish Guests

on November 2, 2013 - 10:04am

Swedish Rotarians on a Friendship Exchange Trip with Los Alamos Rotarians gather for a photo with statues of Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Groves in downtown Los Alamos Tuesday. Photo by Carol A Clark/

Los Alamos Rotarians Linda and Skip King toast with Rotarians from Sweden during a potluck dinner Wednesday at the home of Rotarian Chris Sierk. Photo by Carol A Clark/

Staff Report

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos hosted a Friendship Exchange this week with 14 Rotarians visiting from Sweden.

Making Halloween Work in Istanbul

on November 1, 2013 - 8:52am

Jason and Kerri (Foxx) Frazier (1991 graduate of Los Alamos High School) and their daughter Sydney, 8, are on a Round the World Trip ( This Halloween they found themselves in Istanbul, Turkey where they could find no pumpkins. So for Sydney they carved a potato and eggplants ... as Jason said, 'You use what you have.' Courtesy/Terry Foxx

Los Alamos Man and His Brother Experience Life and Death in Botswana

on October 31, 2013 - 9:49am
Bill Gattis, Adrian Chishimba and Tom Gattis. Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: Two brothers, Tom Gattis of Los Alamos and Bill Gattis of Gunnison, Colo., had an eye-opening experience in the third world when their mother, who lived in Botswana, became terminally ill. This is their story.


Our mother, Mary Lindsey (Gattis) had been spending her retirement in Africa, specifically Zambia, and later in the small, dusty town of Maun, Botswana.

Tom Bowles Speaks at Sierra Club Open Meeting Nov. 6

on October 30, 2013 - 10:23am


U.S. Chair Tom Bowles - MUSEIC Technology Commercialization will present the talk: “Creating Clean High-Tech Jobs in the U.S. and Mexico”The Sierra Club will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at UNM-LA in Bldg 2, Room 220.

Mexico City has long had environmental problems due to its location and its 21 million inhabitants. The city is working to resolve its issues and is making progress but still has quite a long way to go. Part of any full solution has to be creating higher wage jobs that can also address the problems the city is facing.

In May, President Barack Obama

Sarov Sends Gifts to Los Alamos County

on October 29, 2013 - 7:40pm

County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers holds a statue of Saint Seraphim of Sarov, a Russian ascetic who lived at the Sarov Monastery in the 18th century, and is considered a wonder-worker. Officials from the Sister City of Sarov presented the statue alonq with Russian candy as a good will gesture to Rodgers, County Administrator Harry Burgess, Fire Chief Troy Hughes and Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider during their trip to the Sisiter City last week. The contingent returned to Los Alamos Saturday and presented the gifts to the County during this evening's Council meeting in Council Chamber.

LANL: Technologies to Characterize Natural Gas Emissions Tested in Field Experiments

on October 28, 2013 - 3:20pm

The Rocky Mountain Oilfield Test Center, RMOTC, which includes a small area with active oil and gas production. Courtesy JPL/Los Alamos

Aircraft overflight of the methane and meteorological sensing towers deployed by Los Alamos National Laboratory at the South methane controlled release site. Courtesy JPL/Los Alamos

LANL News:

A new collaborative science program is pioneering the development of ultra-sensitive methane-sensing technology.

“Given the importance of methane to global climate change, this study is essential,” said Manvendra Dubey of Los Alamos National Laboratory “This work

NMC/LANL Researcher Receives NSF Award

on October 28, 2013 - 2:43pm

Photo credit: Astronomy North, Yellowknife, Canada


  • NMC/LANL researcher engages social media to forecast and track space weather.

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) has announced that the aurora monitoring project, Aurorasaurus, has been awarded support by the Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) program.

Los Alamos and Sarov Officials Meet as Part of Sister City Program

on October 26, 2013 - 8:14am

From left, Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, County Administrator Harry Burgess and County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers meet with leaders of Sarov, Russia. Courtesy photo

From left, LASSCI Board Member Paul White, interpreter Tatiana Klimov, Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, County Administrator Harry Burgess, County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers and at far right, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, meet with leaders of Sarov, Russia. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County Council Chair

A delegation of Los Alamos leaders is meeting in Sarov, Russia, the Sister City of Los

A Golden Anniversary for Space-Based Treaty Verification

on October 23, 2013 - 8:41am

LANL researcher Richard Belian performs a final check of the Vela V-B satellite prior to its launch in April 1970. Vela V-B was the last of the Vela twin satellites launched as part of a program to improve the United States' capability to detect, locate and identify nuclear explosions conducted in a variety of environments. Los Alamos is commemorating 50 years of space-based arms treaty verification efforts this month to coincide with the launch of the first Vela satellite Oct. 17, 1963. During the past 50 years, some 200 space vehicles have been launched with Los Alamos payloads aboard.

Guatemala City Rotarian Speaks to Local Club

on October 3, 2013 - 10:30am

Los Alamos Rotary Club President James Nesmith received a club banner from Oscar Batres of the Nordeste Rotary Club of Guatemala City at Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Oscar and his wife Johanna Batres are visiting the area this week. Oscar has for 17 years been a key link in the collaboration between the New Mexico Rotary Coalition (which includes Los Alamos) and the Guatemala City Rotary Clubs and the Uspantan Municipal Government, enabling the completion of drinking water projects, which the coalition has undertaken every year for many years.

Public Forum on Local Response to Climate Change Oct. 8 at SFCC

on October 3, 2013 - 8:13am

RDC News:

What: SFCC, LANL, Sen. Tom Udall, the RDC, the City of Santa Fe and others have come together to present a community forum: "Local Response to Climate Change." The forum will focus on strategies that communities can use to deal with this all-important issue.

The event will include an introduction from SFCC President, Dr. Ana M. Guzman, leading climate researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as a recorded speech from Sen. Tom Udall.

Governor Joins New Mexico Kindergarteners in World Record Reading Attempt

on October 3, 2013 - 7:09am

STATE news:

Santa Fe – Gov. Susana Martinez will join students in Santa Fe today to participate in the national "Read for the Record" Event.

Martinez and the students will join millions of others in reading the same book, on the same day to promote literacy and attempt to break the current world record.

For the last two years, Martinez and students in New Mexico have participated in breaking the world record for adults reading to children in a single day.

PEEC's Jemez Mountain Herbarium Goes Global

on September 29, 2013 - 8:25am

Dorothy Hoard assists a child with the microscope in the Jemez Mountain Herbarium at PEEC. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

An organization in Arizona, the Southwest Environmental Information Network (SEINet), has been gathering the most important southwest databases into a single website.

SEINet recently accepted the Jemez Mountain Herbarium, which is housed by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), and has about 3,000 species from Los Alamos County and the Jemez Mountains. Anyone in the world can query SEINet.

For years botanists have been collecting native plants in New Mexico

Sydney's Corner: Foods of Poland

on September 24, 2013 - 11:55am


Introduction: Teralene Foxx

Photos by Jason and Kerri Frazier

Eight-year-old Sydney Frazier and her family are traveling the world. Recently, they spent a month in Poland. Sydney has tried all sorts of food in the 11 countries they have visited. Food is a great way to get acquainted with other cultures. In an earlier blog, she told you about the food of the Netherlands. Today she will tell you about the food of Poland.

Food of Poland
By Sydney Frazier

Today you will learn about the foods of Poland.

Udall: U.S. Must Keep up Pressure on Russia to Follow Through with Commitment to Secure Syria’s Chemical Weapons

on September 11, 2013 - 11:27am


WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, repeated his call Tuesday for the United States to use diplomatic, economic and political pressure to ensure Russia and Syria keep their commitment to surrender Syria’s chemical weapons to the international community for destruction.

He issued the following statement after President Obama’s speech:

“The single greatest reason Bashar al-Assad has been able to remain in power is that he is receiving support from outside governments, including Russia.

Udall Explains his Opposition to Limited Military Strike on Syria to NM Press

on September 10, 2013 - 11:07am

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

Staff Report

In a telephone press conference with New Mexico media this morning, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., explained his position opposing a limited military strike on Syria.

“The United States has not yet exhausted all political, economic and diplomatic options,” Udall said. “The administration hasn’t made a case that a limited military strike will deter the use of chemical weapons. If our goal is to save lives, a military strike is not the best response.”

The American people and the international community are not behind the President’s proposed military action, he

Syria's Bashar al-Assad Interview Airs 7 p.m. Today

on September 9, 2013 - 11:06am

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Courtesy photo

PBS News:

Charlie Rose has recorded an interview in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which will run in its entirety in a special presentation on KNME-New Mexico PBS at 7 p.m. today on Ch. 5.1.

In the interview, Charlie Rose asks Assad about the use of chemical weapons in Syria. (KNME will pre-empt the 7 p.m. episode of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, then resume regular programming.)

The Charlie Rose interview with Assad will broadcast one night before President Obama is scheduled to address the nation on his plans to respond to the situation

Expert on Modern Russia to Present Talk

on September 9, 2013 - 7:47am

Dr. Erica Monahan


Los Alamos is familiar with frontiers. It is well known for crossing frontiers in science. On the opposite side of the world, Russia is also noted for crossing frontiers and the challenges that entails.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mesa Public Library, Russian frontiers will be brought a little closer to Los Alamos. Dr. Erika Monahan, an associate professor at the University of New Mexico will present the talk, “People, Politics and Prospects in the Post-Soviet Peripheries,” which is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series.

During her

B61-12 Life Extension Program Radar Drop Tests Completed Successfully

on August 29, 2013 - 12:40pm

Pantex production technicians prepare a B61 for a surveillance test. The B61 is a tactical thermonuclear gravity bomb. Courtesy/NNSA
NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the ongoing effort to refurbish the aging B61 nuclear bomb without resorting to underground nuclear testing, two successful B61-12 radar drop tests were successfully completed at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada on Aug. 14 and 15, 2013, by engineers from Sandia National Laboratories.

Current B61s use decades-old vacuum tubes as part of their radar system.

Los Alamos Rotary Sponsors Student From Belgium

on August 28, 2013 - 8:05am

Thomas Routiaux is a Los Alamos Rotary Club exchange student from Belgium attending Los Alamos High School this year. Routiaux gave a presentation to the Rotary Club Tuesday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant about his life in Neupré, Liege, Belgium. Since its founding 47 years ago, the Los Alamos Rotary Club has sponsored 44 foreign exchange students and 50 outbound students from Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Belgium exchange student Thomas Routiaux describes his life back home and told Rotary Club members Tuesday that he likes to eat just about all foods but does not care

NIST Ytterbium Atomic Clocks Set Record for Stability

on August 27, 2013 - 8:53am

NIST's ultra-stable ytterbium lattice atomic clock. Ytterbium atoms are generated in an oven (large metal cylinder on the left) and sent to a vacuum chamber in the center of the photo to be manipulated and probed by lasers. Laser light is transported to the clock by five fibers (such as the yellow fiber in the lower center of the photo). Photo by Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

A pair of experimental atomic clocks based on ytterbium atoms at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has set a new record for stability.

The clocks act like 21st-century pendulums or metronomes that

Student From France Finds Similarities With Los Alamos Family

on August 23, 2013 - 8:08am

From left, Marvel Harrison Csanadi and Dr. Tom Csanadi, Alex Csanadi, Sopahn Kellogg, and Elsa Guinoiseau gather together Friday with Penny, 6, in foreground, and Tigger, 8, at the family's Los Alamos home. Guinoiseau is living with the Csanadi's this year and attending Los Alamos High School. 'There are so many similarities between us ... Sopahn and I are juniors at the high school and we both play the piano and sing, and Marvel and I love to play tennis,' Guinoiseau said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Sopahn Kellogg, 16, and Elsa Guinoiseau, 18, prepare to play a