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Heroes Honor Heroes At Los Alamos Public Safety Association's Dinner and Awards Banquet

on March 30, 2014 - 3:42pm
2013 Public Safety First Responder of the Year award recipients Dena Edwards, left, and Debbi Miller. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
DOE's John Mitsunaga, second from left, Los Alamos Public Schools teacher Jodi Hughes, center, with her husband Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes who recently had his hair shaved for charity, sitting with Mike and Lisa Wismer of LANL and UNM-LA respectively. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Saturday was a special night as local public safety and security officials who spend their careers focused

ATHENA Desktop Human 'Body' Could Reduce Need for Animal Drug Tests

on March 28, 2014 - 10:58am

The ATHENA organ project combines heart, liver, kidney and lung features in a desktop toxicity testing platform. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Surrogate Organ System Developed for Toxicity Testing

Creating surrogate human organs, coupled with insights from highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, a new project is on the brink of revolutionizing the way we screen new drugs and toxic agents.

ATHENA, the Advanced Tissue-engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer project team, is developing four human organ constructs – liver, heart, lung and kidney – that are based on a significantly

New Mexico Consortium Offers Monthly Public Tours of New Bio Lab and Greenhouse

on March 28, 2014 - 10:12am

Dr. Richard Sayre guides a recent tour for LAHS students. Courtesy NMC

Monthly tours of the NMC’s Biological Laboratory and Greenhouse are now being offered. Courtesy/NMC

NMC News:

  • Guided tours of the NMC’s Biological Laboratory and Greenhouse will be offered the 4th Saturday of each month.

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is now offering tours of its new, state-of-the-art Biological Laboratory and Greenhouse to the public 11 a.m. to noon the fourth Saturday of each month.

The next tour is scheduled for Saturday, April 26.

The deadline to register is the 4th Thursday of the month.

LANL Updates Community Leaders Over Breakfast

on March 27, 2014 - 1:37pm
Several hundred attendees from around northern New Mexico listened to speakers, including LANL Director Charlie McMillian, at Wednesday's LANL Community Leaders Breakfast at Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
LANL Director Charlie McMillan and Los Alamos NNSA Field Office Manager Kimberly Lebak take questions from the audience at the Community Leaders Breakfast. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Several hundred community leaders from business, government and nonprofits in northern new Mexico gathered Wednesday

LANL: Flipping the Switch on Magnetism in Strontium Titanate

on March 27, 2014 - 12:02pm

Los Alamos postdoctoral fellow William Rice holds a crystal of strontium titanate up to the light. This crystal, previously thought to be nonmagnetic, turns out to have surprising magnetic features when treated with special “circularly polarized” light. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Semiconductor material can be magnetized with light, suggesting new technology opportunities

LOS ALAMOS—Interest in oxide-based semiconductor electronics has exploded in recent years, fueled largely by the ability to grow atomically precise layers of various oxide materials.

One of the most important materials in

Innovation Celebration Recognizes 10 New Mexico Small Businesses

on March 27, 2014 - 11:34am
Molly Cernicek of SportXast. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:

Ten New Mexico small businesses participating in projects using the technical expertise and assistance of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) will be recognized at the 13th annual Innovation Celebration April 3 at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque.

Duncan McBranch, Chief Technology Officer at LANL, is keynote speaker at the Innovation Celebration, which is part of Technology Venture Corporation’s Innovation Summit.

“The technical expertise Los Alamos and Sandia principal investigators

SFI Seminar: The Emergence of Organizations and Markets

on March 27, 2014 - 8:44am

John Padgett. Courtesy/SFI

SFI News:

Tuesday, April 1 • 3:30 p.m. • Noyce Conference Room • 1399 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe

John Padgett, University of Chicago; SFI external professor presents “The Emergence of Organizations and Markets.”

Abstract.  The social sciences have sophisticated models of choice and equilibrium but little understanding of the emergence of novelty. Where do new alternatives, new organizational forms, and new types of people come from?

Combining biochemical insights about the origin of life with innovative and historically oriented social network analyses, John