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Students Asked To Submit Idea For Volunteer Project With Meaningful Impact Abroad

on October 31, 2014 - 12:33pm

  • Winning student will get to put their vision into action on a free, two-week program abroad

New York—AFS-USA, a global leader in intercultural student exchange programming, is asking American 8th-12th graders: What is one problem in the world that you would like to solve, and what type of volunteer project would you design to help solve it?”

Students are asked to submit a short essay or video outlining their idea for a volunteer project that could have a meaningful impact abroad.

New Mexico Consortium First To Use Social Media To Track Northern Lights

on October 27, 2014 - 2:20pm

A recent All-sky camera photo of the northern lights or aurora, a natural light display in the sky, predominantly seen in the high latitude regions. Courtesy/NMC

NMC News:

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is launching a new citizen science platform today called Aurorasaurus that allows the public to track auroras in real-time using their smartphones and the project website.

The public can help researchers track auroras on their desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Courtesy/NMC

This NSF funded project provides data to help space scientists understand the mechanics behind the

Johnson: Giving People Cash Works

on October 26, 2014 - 7:10am
Los Alamos
(Currently in a master's program in Nova Scotia)

Much emergency aid in disaster and war zones takes the form of in-kind assistance: food, shelter, clothing, medicine, etc. Part of the reason for this is that these may simply not be available in the area. Often though, some forms of services are still operational, especially near refugee camps or after natural disasters in heavily populated areas.

So, why not give people in these situations cash to take advantage of available, local services?

Longest Serving Under Secretary Of State Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky Presents Major Lecture Oct. 28

on October 21, 2014 - 9:38am

Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky

CIR News:

Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky's Oct. 28 appearance before The Council on International Relations (CIR) represents the third Fall 2014 lecture in a series of four focusing on the crisis in Ukraine and its ramifications for Europe, NATO and the United States.


Kyoto University To Explain Demand Response Research In Los Alamos

on October 21, 2014 - 9:34am

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities invites the public to attend a special presentation on preliminary results of the Mesa Smart Meter Study. 

Researchers from Japan's Kyoto University, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and Toshiba Corporation will provide an update and explain the continuing research being conducted at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday in Los Alamos in the New Golf Course Community Building, 4250 Diamond Dr.

For the past year and a half, Los Alamos volunteers in North and Barranca Mesas participated in three of the four Mesa

New U.S. Citizens Take Oath of Allegiance During Naturalization Ceremony At Fuller Lodge

on October 18, 2014 - 9:54pm
Family and friends join 17 new U.S. citizens in the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos this morning at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Officer Peter Rechkemmer breaks down the naturalization ceremony to participants Saturday at Fuller Lodge. He also spoke about his experience taking part in his own naturalization ceremony. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Chief U.S. District Judge M.

Los Alamos Rotarian Tony Chan Shares Travels On The Silk Road

on October 18, 2014 - 3:38pm

At the Los Alamos Rotary Club's Tuesday meeting at the Manhattan Project Restaurant, Rotarian Tony Chan gave a presentation about his family’s trip on the Silk Road, which included exploring Kashigar, Urumqui and Turfan . The photo shown here was taken at a livestock market. Chan also showed photos of treks across frozen lakes and switchbacks climbing up steep mountains. The photos showed everything shrouded in snow and mist, 'Doesn't look very friendly, does it,' Chan told the crowd. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
In addition to the wintery scenes Tony Chan captured in his photos

Purple Pinkie Day Coming To Los Alamos!

on October 16, 2014 - 9:14am


 As world health officials struggle to respond to the Ebola epidemic, Pakistan has passed a grim milestone in its efforts to combat another major global health crisis: the fight against polio. 

Los Alamos Public Schools has generously agreed to support Rotary's effort to raise awareness and funds to counter polio. Hopefully, the community and its children will wish to participate and wear their "purple pinkie" as a badge of honor for saving the life of another child.

To support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is holding an awareness and

CDC 'Rethinking' Ebola Strategy

on October 14, 2014 - 8:27am

Image Courtesy/CDC

HSNW News:

U.S. federal health officials have urged hospitals to think Ebola as officials in Texas are anxiously trying to identify all staff involved in the care of Americas patient zero following the news that a nurse -- Nina Pham, 26 -- who was involved in his care is the first person to contract the disease in the United States.

"We have to rethink the way we address Ebola infection and control because even a single infection is unacceptable," Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said on Monday.

CDC officials are now watching the Dallas hospital personnel as they put

Council On International Relations Sponsors Lecture On East/West Ukraine Conflict Oct. 14 In Santa Fe

on October 8, 2014 - 11:38am

Dr. Eugene Rumer

CIR News:

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations, (CIR) whose mission is to engage citizens in Santa Fe and surrounding communities on the subject of world affairs, has announced its Fall international lecture series.

CIR is bringing several distinguished scholars and statesmen to Santa Fe to discuss the current crisis in Ukraine. CIR is a nonpartisan 501c(3) non-profit organization.

CIR's forthcoming lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at The Santa Fe Women's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. The guest lecturer is Dr.

LANL: Team Advances Understanding Of Greenland Ice Sheet’s Meltwater Channels

on October 1, 2014 - 12:56pm

An international team of researchers deployed to western Greenland to study the melt rates of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Photo by Matthew Hoffman/LANL

LANL News:

An international research team’s field work, drilling and measuring melt rates and ice sheet movement in Greenland is showing that things are, in fact, more complicated than we thought.

“Although the Greenland Ice Sheet initially speeds up each summer in its slow-motion race to the sea, the network of meltwater channels beneath the sheet is not necessarily forming the slushy racetrack that had been previously considered,” said

CIR Presents How Did We Get Here: The 'New Russia'

on September 27, 2014 - 10:53am

Ambassador Jack F. Matlock

CIR News:

Do you wish you knew more about why Russia has annexed Crimea and destabilized Eastern Ukraine and what should the West do about it? You have the perfect opportunity in Santa Fe to learn the answers to these and many other questions regarding the complex and evolving situation between Ukraine and Russia. This will be the focus of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations' fall International Lecture Series.

The series begins with a the talk How Did We Get Here: The "New Russia" by Ambassador Jack F. Matlock, Jr. at 3 p.m.

F-22 Raptor Makes Debut Monday

on September 25, 2014 - 7:27am

The F-22 Raptor. Courtesy/

Staff Report:

The Pentagon’s newest fighter jet saw combat for the first time on Monday during the U.S.-led attacks against Islamic militants inside Syria. The $67 billion F-22 program is one of the most expensive in Pentagon history.

The F-22 Raptor is considered the first 5th-generation fighter in the U.S. Air Force inventory, using low observable technologies, modern avionics and efficient engines to offer an air superiority fighter unmatched by any other modern military.

The F-22 Raptor, a critical component of the Global Strike Task Force, is designed

Seeking Peace with Hand in Hand

on September 18, 2014 - 7:52am



Today at 6:30 p.m. at Karen McLaughlin Hall, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church (3700 Canyon Road) will be hosting Lee Gordon, co-founder of Hand in Hand—an organization in Israel promoting peace through cooperative education of children of the various ethnicities and faiths in Israel. 

The organization’s stated mission is “to create a strong and inclusive shared society in Israel through a network of Jewish-Arab integrated bilingual schools and organized communities.” 

Per their website (, they currently operate integrated

Learn How Hand in Hand Schools Build Community Between Arabs and Jews in Israel in Talks Today and Thursday

on September 17, 2014 - 4:42pm
Arab and Jewish kids learn together at a Hand in Hand School. Courtesy/Hand in Hand
Los Alamos Daily Post

In Israel, most Arabs and Jews lead separate lives. They live in separate neighborhoods and attend separate schools, and of course, they speak different languages.

Surrounded by conflict, it’s hard to bridge the gap, but 1,200 students at five Israeli schools are doing just that. Hand in Hand was founded with the idea that by educating Arab and Jewish children together, a community of neighbors could be built where before, there were only perpetual strangers.

Los Alamos Hosts 307th Bombardment Group Friday

on September 17, 2014 - 1:22pm



Los Alamos will host the 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy) Association, Inc. Friday morning at the Bradbury Science Museum.

Members of the association are expected to arrive around 10:45 a.m. These individuals are the last remaining veterans and family members of the pilots, navigators, bombardiers, radio operators, gunners and maintenance crews of the 370th, 371st, 372nd and 424th Bomb Squadrons known as the Long Rangers. They defended the entire Pacific Theater during World War II, flying missions that sometimes never made it home.

LANL Using Neutrons to Stop Nuclear Smugglers

on September 10, 2014 - 1:59pm

ScreenShot/LANL Video

LANL News:

Laser-generated neutrons could one day be enlisted to help fight the War on Terror.

Using the short-pulse laser at Los Alamos's TRIDENT facility, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers generated a neutron beam with novel characteristics that interrogated a closed container to confirm the presence and quantity of nuclear material inside.

Click here to see how this successful experiment is paving the way for the creation of table-top-sized or truck-mounted neutron generators that could be installed at strategic locations worldwide to thwart smugglers

LAHS And Rotary Exchange Student Federiek Gerretschen Describes Life In The Netherlands

on September 7, 2014 - 4:39pm

Rotary Exchange Student Federiek Gerretschen discusses life in the Netherlands during her talk Tuesday to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Bicycles are the transportation of choice in the Netherlands and fill parking lots much more than cars. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Even before she became a Rotary Exchange Student, Federiek Gerretschen had already done some extensive traveling.

During her presentation to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday at the Manhattan

Los Alamos Native Seeks Help For His International Battalion

on September 7, 2014 - 7:56am
Jonathan Miller in uniform in Israel. Courtesy photo
Jonathan Miller's IDF Unit contains soldiers from all over the world. Courtesy photo


My name is Jonathan Miller. I grew up in Los Alamos and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2008. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2012, I traveled to Israel for the first time on a Taglit Birthright trip.

I had such an incredible experience on my trip and felt drawn to return to Eretz Yisrael.

NIST: Experts Defend Operational Earthquake Forecasting

on September 4, 2014 - 11:54am

Damage from the August 2014 earthquake in China's Yunnan province. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

After the devastating 2009 L’Aquila earthquake in Italy, critics suggested that operational earthquake forecasting (OEF) is ineffective, distracting, and dangerous.

In an editorial published in the Seismological Research Letters, experts defend OEF, arguing the importance of public communication as part of a suite of activities intended to improve public safety and mitigate damage from earthquakes.

In an editorial published in the Seismological Research Letters, experts defend operational

Chamisa's Adelaide Jacobson Attends Robotics Academy At Carnegie Mellon University

on September 4, 2014 - 7:50am
Chamisa teacher Adelaide Jacobson is among those who participated in the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy. Courtesy photo


Funded by a Professional Development Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, Chamisa Elementary School teacher Adelaide Jacobson joined a diverse group of educators from around the United States, Indonesia, Ireland, Madagascar, Qatar and Viet Nam for a week in July at the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Robotics Academy in Pittsburgh, PA..

Of the 24 “teacher students” in the course, Jacobson estimates that about 75 percent teach at

CIR Lecture: Disarming Syria's Chemical Weapons

on August 30, 2014 - 9:23am

Cheryl Rofer

CIR News:

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents a world affairs lecture by Cheryl Rofer on disarming Syria’s chemical weapons Thursday, Sept. 4.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and light refreshments will be served followed by the lecture at 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. The cost for CIR members is $15 and $20 for non-members; qualifying students may attend for free.

Rofer is CEO and founder of Nuclear Diner ( and contributes posts and discussion to that site.

CIR Benefit Banquet 2014 Features Talk by Ambassador Marc Grossman

on August 28, 2014 - 7:41am

Ambassador Marc Grossman

CIR News:

Join the Citizen Diplomats of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations at the CIR Benefit Banquet 2014 at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Palace Ballroom of the New Drury Plaza Hotel, 228 East Palace Ave. in Santa Fe.

This is the kick-off event for CIR’s upcoming 50th anniversary year of hosting international visitors and bringing greater knowledge of world affairs to the community of Santa Fe.  

Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails in the garden of the new Drury Plaza Hotel, followed by an elegant dinner in the Palace Ballroom. 



NNSA Continues to Assist Vietnam in Enhancing its Nuclear/Radiological Emergency Program

on August 28, 2014 - 7:05am

Joseph J. Krol. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is conducting emergency management workshops in Vietnam to help enhance the nuclear/radiological emergency program of Vietnam emergency response personnel.

The workshops hosted by the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS) were conducted in Ninh Thuan this week and in Hanoi last week.

¡Globalquerque! New Mexico’s Celebration of World Music & Culture Marks 10 Years of International Music

on August 27, 2014 - 7:10am



¡Globalquerque! New Mexico’s Annual Celebration of World Music & Culture, the Southwest’s biggest world music and culture party, will again descend on the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) along the banks of the Rio Grande in Albuquerque.  

¡Globalquerque! Is celebrating 10 years of successfully mixing the most eclectic lineups of world-class acts from across the planet - from the traditional to the cutting-edge - the legendary to up-and-coming new discoveries! ¡Globalquerque! will bring the world to Albuquerque Sept. 19 and 20.

The Afro-Cuban All Stars.