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Basket Ball Reeling Robot Earns Local Students 'Top-seeded Rookie Team' Trophy

on March 29, 2012 - 11:39pm

A robot makes a basket. Photo by Laura Fraser

By Bonnie Gordon

Team 4153 from Los Alamos High School recently traveled to the regional portion for the FIRST Robotics Competition in Salt Lake.

The Team, named Project Y after the government name for Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, came home with high honors.

Ben Schilling, left, and Nate Phillips drive the robot. Photo by Laura Fraser

The team and their hoop shooting robot made it through the quarter finals and on to the semi finals, where they weren't eliminated until the final round.

They finished 14thout of 44, an amazing

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Prevention Today for a Healthier Tomorrow

on March 28, 2012 - 7:53am

FAMILY YMCA News

The Family YMCA is offering free Diabetes Prevention Classes. The class is on Tuesdays from April 3rd through May 8th from 11:00 to 11:45 am. Pre-registration at the Family YMCA is required at least 48 hours prior to the session. Classes will be held at the Y’s Administrative offices located behind the Urgent Care Center on 15th and Trinity

The following topics will be covered:

  • What is Type 2 diabetes?
  • Signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
  • What does having pre-diabetes mean?
  • What are the risk factors?
  • How you can reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes.
  • Making lifestyle

Los Alamos Public Schools Citizens Review Committee Formed

on March 28, 2012 - 7:16am

LOS ALAMOS PUBLIC SCHOOLS News

A Citizens Review Committee was formed to review the status of the school referendum and bond projects.  This committee met for the first time on March 21, 2012. As part of their work, the committee will verify whether the school district accomplished what it set out to accomplish in its plans that were presented to the public.

The committee, which serves in an advisory role, will report periodically to the Los Alamos Public Schools Board.

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Diabetes Alert Day

on March 26, 2012 - 11:45pm

THE FAMILY YMCA News

Tuesday, March 27 is Diabetes Alert Day, and the Family YMCA wants residents of Los Alamos and the surrouding areas to be aware of their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and the preventative steps they can take today to reduce that risk. Currently, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and a staggering 79 million people have prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.

While the nation’s struggle with obesity and type 2 diabetes is well chronicled, the amount of people with prediabetes is a

Taiji as Spiritual Practice

on March 26, 2012 - 10:00pm

TAIJI News

Beginning in April, the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will offer a series of eight Saturday morning Taiji (T’ai Chi) classes to study the Yang Style 24 Forms. Classes will begin on Saturday, April 7th  from 11 AM to noon in Robinson Hall.

No previous experience is necessary. Classes will explore proper body alignment with coordination and flexibility exercises, and breathing techniques to cultivate the flow of Qi, or life energy. The primary focus of the class is to study the 24 Forms of the Taiji routine which can become a daily discipline of spiritual practice.

When Was the Last Time You Had a Great Conversation?

on March 26, 2012 - 9:53pm

LOS ALAMOS PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION News

Great Conversations is an afternoon of appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. The 3rd Annual Great Conversations will take place on April 22nd from 2:00-4:30 p.m. at Los Alamos High School in the new building. Tickets are $50 per person and can be obtained by filling out a registration form available at http://lapsfoundation.com/greatconversations.shtml

Your completed registration form and payment can be mailed to the Foundation office at 1900 Diamond Drive, Ste.

Common Core State Standards Initiative Coming to Local Schools

on March 26, 2012 - 12:12pm

Los Alamos School Board President Kevin Honnell, left, watches a presentation with other board members and school officials at Thursday's LAPS work session at Pinon Elementary School. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

By Kirsten Laskey

Several principals at Los Alamos Public Schools attended a recent Math MC2 workshop in preparation for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which begins in the school district this fall.

Chamisa Elementary School Principal Debbie Smith, Pinon Elementary School Principal Jill Gonzales and Barranca Elementary School

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Rotary Club Program and Highlights

on March 25, 2012 - 3:39pm

LAPS Reading Coordinator Suzanne Lynne will present a program at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday at Central Avenue Grill on Teach Like A Champion, effective teaching methods designed to help all teachers, especially those new to the classroom. Introduction by Karen Hawkins.

Also, March Student of the Month: Nathan Robbins, will join the luncheon meeting with his parents and mentor, Gary Washburn. Introduction by Allison Majure.

LA Cares Collection: Remember to bring donations of canned foods or personal hygiene products as the Rotary Club continues its support this year of LA Cares, the local food

Blade Runner: 'What might these cyborgs teach us about voter education and preferences?'

on March 25, 2012 - 10:25am

SFI News:

Nathan Collins

Blade Runner is the featured film at the Santa Fe Institute's Science on Screen Series at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

The "Science On Screen" series in Santa Fe is a joint collaboration of the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI).

During each event, visionaries from SFI present some of their favorite films, offering eye-opening perspectives from their own research and the world of science. It's an idea-rich spin on the movies. 

Abstract: Though Ridley Scott's classic — one

Chamisa Musical “Working On the Hill” a Huge Success!

on March 24, 2012 - 10:28pm

By Debbie Smith, Principal, Chamisa Elementary

Chamisa third and fourth graders performed a musical revue of Los Alamos history before a packed audience on Thursday, March 15th.

"On the Hill" shows children, moms, scientists, ranch boys, conquistadores, and settlers from the Hill's history.

Beginning with the first inhabitants, the ancient pueblo people, the program progressed forward in time featuring the conquistadores, the Hispanic settlers, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Ranch School Boys. 

General Groves and Robert J.

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PEEC’s Star, Planet and Telescope Party Set for Monday

on March 24, 2012 - 11:27am

Crescent moon of four days old. Courtesy Photo

For all those adults, kids and families who missed last week’s PEEC Star Party or would like to see more, PEEC astronomers are going to repeat it at 7 p.m. Monday March 26.

One highlight will be the crescent Moon of four days old, which should be pretty spectacular through the telescope.  

Venus, Jupiter and Mars will still be there, and the Orion Nebula will be well placed for a great view including its “arms.”  

Venus is best seen in twilight because its extreme brightness dazzles the telescope viewer.  

It should be quite a sight since

Nanopower: Avoiding Electrolyte Failure in Nanoscale Lithum Batteries

on March 22, 2012 - 9:16am

 

Using a transmission electron microscope, NIST reearchers were able to watch individual nanosized batteries with electrolytes of different thicknesses charge and discharge. The NIST team discovered that there is likely a lower limit to how thin an electrolyte layer can be made before it causes the battery to malfunction. Photo by Talin/NIST

From NIST Tech Beat:

It turns out you can be too thin—especially if you’re a nanoscale battery.

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland, College Park, and Sandia National Laboratories

PEEC Summer Adventure Programs Open for Registration

on March 21, 2012 - 11:30pm

Spectacular!  The volcanic Jemez Mountains rise up from the high desert like an island in the sky surrounded by a desert sea.  The Rio Grande rift splits the Colorado Plateau and a sparkling ribbon of water flows along its path.  Northern New Mexico’s rich diversity of ecosystems awaits the curious.  This June, PEEC offers children the opportunity to explore this wild and enchanting landscape.  Programs are for children entering grades 4-6 (Nature Odyssey) and grades 7-8 (LEAP).  Each week is a chance for them to spend their days outdoors, make new friends, and meet scientists in the field. 
 

School Board Special Meeting & Work Session Agendas

on March 21, 2012 - 4:54pm

 

Los Alamos Public Schools Board is conducting both a Special School Board Meeting and a work session on Thursday, March 22, 2011 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Pinon Elementary School.

The Special Board Meeting is scheduled to approve a charter for the Los Alamos High School Bus Loop Committee.

Immediately following the Special Board Meeting, the work session includes a presentation on bullying by two Pinon students, a presentation by three principals on the Math MC2 workshop and a presentation by the Pinon principal, Jill Gonzales.

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Learn the Art of Writing

on March 19, 2012 - 11:46pm
The Art of Writing
Saturday 3/24 at 11am
Free

 
Local poet and UNM-LA creative writing instructor, Jane Lin, will lead a free introductory session on ekphrasis: writing inspired by art. The Art Center celebrates this tradition with a workshop on ekphrastic writing during the show Beauty in the Beast. We will look at examples of different strategies for ekphrastic writing and use the Beauty in the Beast show as inspiration for our own writing.
 
For centuries poets and painters have turned to one another for inspiration.

Author Speaks Series: Rio Grande River’s Past and Future

on March 18, 2012 - 1:33pm

 

 

 

 

Fred Phillips / Emlen Hall                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

By Kirsten Laskey

The Rio Grande River is not what

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Call for Artists: Naked

on March 16, 2012 - 10:06pm

Amy Bjarke

FULLER LODGE ART CENTER News

As the season warms up and life starts bursting forth, Fuller Lodge Art Center challenges you to explore your vulnerabilities.

The Art Center will host an exhibit called Naked between from May 18 - June 23. Strip away the mask, expose the hidden, and pare off the extra frills.

Uncover hidden beauty and help us come face to face with the world around us. All media are welcome. If you have questions, give Ken Nebel a call at 662-1635. Download the application at 

Watch Los Alamos Compete in FIRST Robotics Competition

on March 16, 2012 - 11:39am
The team from Los Alamos competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition in Salt Lake City, had a fantastic day yesterday. People at the competetition were shocked to learn they are a rookie team.  To watch the matches in real time, click on the link below.
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/utah-s-2012-regional-first-robotics-competition
The match schedule is below (Match, Time - all times Mountain Standard):
4    9:51
14  11:01
18  11:29
25  1:38
32  2:34
41  3:46
44  4:07
52 5:03
 

 
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Education Department Secretary-designate Joins LAMS for Pi Day

on March 16, 2012 - 8:22am

LAPS News:

Pi-rates Amy Bartlett and Sharon Fogle, math teachers at LAMS, compare notes on how to measure eggs at Tuesday’s Pi Day event. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera was a special guest at Los Alamos Middle School for the fourth annual PI Day to celebrate the birthday of Albert Einstein.

Secretary Hanna Skandera creates a mask at Pi Day. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Skandera expressed enthusiasm for the staff’s effort to celebrate math in such a fun fashion.

Los Alamos Public Schools Board

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Community Garden Takes Root

on March 15, 2012 - 5:57pm

By Kirsten Laskey

An idea was planted in a Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) classroom and through the efforts of community organizations such as the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB), has sprouted into a full-fledged program – the Los Alamos Youth Food Project.

Photo: Sylvan Argo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The program continued to germinate during Tuesday night’s Los Alamos Board of Education meeting as members unanimously approved a memorandum of agreement to provide a piece of land on the middle school grounds for the program’s community garden.

In the general conditions of

School Board Elects New Officers

on March 15, 2012 - 5:46pm

LAPS News:

 

The Los Alamos Board of Education held an election of officers during Tuesday night’s meeting.

Kevin Honnel was elected president.

Dawn Venhaus is vice president.

Melanie McKinley is the new board secretary.

The remaining two board members include:

David Foster

Judith Bjarke-McKenzie
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Pinon's Chihuly Exhibit Reveals Student's Artistic Talents

on March 14, 2012 - 10:38am

The source of inspiration for the show and some of the pieces. TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Monday's Dale Chihuly Art Exhibit at Pinon Elementary School in White Rock revealed a wealth of talent within the local student community.

The event wasn't an exhibit of renowned artist Chihuly’s work, but he served as an inspiration to the students to create artworks resembling his style.

Students used a plastic sheet media that could be softened in warm water and bent into any desired shape, which was then painted/stained using special colored materials.

Pinon Art Teacher Stephanie Rittner, who

What the Community Read the Week of March 6-12

on March 13, 2012 - 4:35pm
Otowi Station Bookstore Bestsellers:
  1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  2. American Medical Association Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen, Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer and and Amy B. Middleman
  3. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  4. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  5. Mal and Chad: the Biggest, Bestest Time Ever! Stephen McCranie*
  6. The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb, Philip Taubman
  7. The Green Glass Sea, Ellen Klages
  8. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant
  9. Los Alamos Trails, Craig Martin*
  10. True Brit: Beatrice - 1940, Rosemary Zibart
*local or regional author
 

Go-Green-Go!

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

Plants begin to sprout during an educational project getting underway at the Espanola YMCA. Courtesy Photo

Spring is on its way and that means the Espanola YMCA Teen Center, operated by the Los Alamos Family YMCA, is preparing to begin its annual Go-Green-Go! environmental project.

Youth will have the opportunity to learn about agriculture and the importance of preserving natural resources.

The teens also will gain hands-on experience through growing their choice of vegetation during the summer months.

At the end of the cycle, the novice farmers harvest their vegetation to give to a friend,

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