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SFI Colloquium: Reconstructing the Wiring Diagrams of Earth's Biogeochemical Cycles

on January 3, 2013 - 6:39am


Dr. Paul G. Falkowsk

SFI News:

The next SFI Colloquium features Paul G. Falkowski (Environmental Biophysics and Molecular Ecology Program, Rutgers University) speaking on "Reconstructing the Wiring Diagrams of Earth's Biogeochemical Cycles."

Falkowski's talk is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road. 

Abstract: Life is far from thermodynamic equilibrium.

Los Alamos Historical Society Presents Dr. Jack Shlachter's Talk 'Jews in Theory'

on December 31, 2012 - 7:08am

LAHS News:

Dr. Jack Shlachter

The Los Alamos Historical Society will present Dr. Jack Shlachter and his talk, “Jews in Theory” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Fuller Lodge in downtown Los Alamos.

A snapshot of the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos in 1945 reveals a leadership structure that is disproportionately of Jewish heritage; the division leader, deputy division leader, chief consultant, and six of the eight group leaders were "Jewish" by some definition of the term.

Of the roughly 80 individuals in the division, four (all "Jewish") would go on to become Nobel Laureates.

PEEC Offers Class on Life in Complex Soil Ecosystems

on December 26, 2012 - 6:39am

Los Alamos Historian Dorothy Hoard and student. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Come to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St., from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 12 to learn about life in complex soil ecosystems from Leslie Dendy.

This informative and interesting class will look at pocket gopher teeth, earthworm hearts, and a cricket gizzard, and use microscopes to see the tiniest organisms that live underground.

Learn about how our lives depend on bacteria and fungi, what ants are good for, and who lives in all those holes!

Leslie Dendy has her Ph.D.

UNM-LA Students Venture Beyond Classroom

on December 25, 2012 - 8:28am


'Cloud Dance' by Pablita Velarde at Golden Dawn Gallery. Courtesy/UNM-LA

By Bonnie J. Gordon

For students in American Studies 252, "The Native American Experience," the emphasis really was on experience. The class included four all-day field trips as well as film, Internet and printed materials, and classroom discussion.

“Our first field trip was to the Tewa Basin pueblos and was led by Porter Swentzel from Santa Clara Pueblo,” Instructor Carol Noones said.

Carol Noones

The group visited Santa Clara Pueblo, then San Ildefonso Pueblo where they observed a dance.

Robotics Team Takes Another Plunge

on December 24, 2012 - 6:06am

ASME presents Los Alamos Team 4153 with a $10,000 check in front of the team's 2012 robot that shoots basketballs. Photo by TK Thompson/
Los Alamos Team 4153 member Tiffany Anton accepts a $10,000 check from Anthony Puckett of the local chapter of ASME as Partha Rangaswamy of the chapter and Robotics team members look on. Photo by TK Thompson/

Staff Report

Los Alamos Team 4153, comprised of students in grades 9 through 12, is planning to build another robot for the 2013 competition.

The team this year has 23 students including 16 boys and seven girls as

K-Kids Club at Aspen School Helps Needy

on December 24, 2012 - 6:05am
The brand new K-Kids Club at Aspen School just finished a holiday food drive for LA Cares. The club has 25 active members in grades 1-6 with more joining every week! Students decorated collection boxes, wrote and made daily announcements, and hauled a lot of bags and boxes of food to help those in need in our community over the holidays. Photo by Sharon Allen


Local Carolers Entertain in Downtown Los Alamos

on December 23, 2012 - 9:06am

The angelic voices of young carolers from Chamisa and Aspen elementary schools filled the air Tuesday evening, entertaining busy shoppers and people sending out their holiday packages at the Post Office in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Katy Korkos

LAHS Memorial Garden Commemorates the Lives of Students

on December 23, 2012 - 6:00am

The LAHS NJROTC present the colors at the Dec. 20 LAHS Memorial Garden dedication. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

A ribbon is cut Thursday, Dec. 20 to dedicate the Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden was dedicated on Thursday, Dec. 20. The Rotary Club of Los Alamos, under the direction of member Skip King, spearheaded the design and development of the Memorial Garden.

The garden commemorates the lives of students who passed away while attending Los Alamos High School.

Somber Ceremony Marks National Tragedy

on December 22, 2012 - 11:15am

Los Alamos High School Junior Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta addresses the group gathered at Ashley Pond Friday night to remember the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

Los Alamos High School Student Council members organized a special Friday night candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown. Conn.

About 50 people gathered in the cold at Ashley Pond Park to honor the children, teachers and administration staff who lost their lives in the terrible tragedy.

LAHS Junior

Rotary Student of the Month: Jessie Zhao

on December 22, 2012 - 6:24am


Jessie Zhao, a senior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for December.

Zhao is the daughter of Shaoping Chu and Xinxin Zhao and sister of William and Steven Zhao.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. 

In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition.

Nature Center Hours During Holidays

on December 20, 2012 - 8:14am

A Stellers Jay seen Dec. 13 in a backyard on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Marion Stelts

PEEC News:

The nature center at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St., will be open during the holiday week, so bring your out-of-town guests:

Dec. 18-22 - Open regular hours
Dec. 24-25 - Closed
Dec. 26-29 - Open regular hours
Dec. 31-Jan 1 Closed
Jan. 2 onward - Open regular hours


Note: Regular hours are Tues-Friday noon-4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - For information, visit

UNM-LA Honoring Jeannette Wallace Jan. 13

on December 20, 2012 - 7:37am

The community is invited to attend a ceremony at UNM-Los Alamos to pay tribute to the memory of Jeannette O. Wallace with the dedication of the college's newest lecture hall in her name in honor of her long service to the Los Alamos community and tireless commitment to education. The event is set for 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 with the dedication at 1 p.m. at the UNM-LA campus, 4000 University Dr.

School Board and College Board Candidates Surface

on December 19, 2012 - 9:37am

Two candidates turned out Tuesday morning to file in the County Clerk's Office for the two vacancies coming on the Los Alamos Board of Education. Rep. Jim Hall, right, is representing the Pinon Elementary School District and Matt Williams is representing the Chamisa Elementary School District. Chief Deputy Clark Sheryl Nichols explained that because both districts are uncontested, polling places will not need to be set up for the February election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Councilor Mike Wismer, center, arrived at the County Clerk's Office Tuesday morning and began

Rotary Sponsors Local Student's Exchange in Netherlands

on December 18, 2012 - 6:49am

Los Alamos resident Lisa Harris describes some of the experiences her daughter, Cassidy Gardner, has enjoyed as an exchange student to The Netherlands. Harris gave her talk recently to members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, which is sponsoring Gardner's exchange program. Photo by Hal Davis

Rep. Jim Hall Enters School Board Race!

on December 17, 2012 - 9:51am

Jim Hall

By Carol A. Clark

Rep. Jim Hall told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that he has decided to run for a seat on the Los Alamos School board. He and his wife Janet Hall reside in the Pinon Elementary School District 1.

"I have decided to seek the District 1 Los Alamos Board of Education seat being vacated by Dawn Venhaus," Hall said. "Our school system is one of the most important assets of our community, and I have been involved in our schools since Janet, my wife, and I arrived in Los Alamos in 1976 with our children - as a parent, a school board member for eight years, a

Program Offered for Fifth and Six Grade Girls

on December 17, 2012 - 7:42am

Atomic City Transit Streamlines Little Forest Playschool Field Trips

on December 16, 2012 - 12:08pm

Photo by Greg Kendall/


Atomic City Transit makes it easy for preschool classes to take simple field trips around town.

The students of Little Forest Playschool are seasoned bus riders. During the summer they go on at least one field trip a week and have taken the bus to the pool, the library, Ashley Pond, the Farmer’s Market and other places in Los Alamos.

In late November the students arrived at school, walked to the bus stop on 38th Street and Villa and did their morning stretches while waiting for the number 6 to arrive. 

They rode

Matt Williams Announces Bid for School Board

on December 16, 2012 - 11:41am

Matt Williams

By Carol A. Clark

White Rock resident Matt Williams has told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he has decided to run for a seat on the Los Alamos Board of Education.

"I think I am one of the more qualified people to take on this post. Others in the school community agree with that," Williams said. "I have had lots of support and encouragement from staff, parents and district personnel. I do quite a bit of volunteer work and there are not many causes more noble than dedicating your time to the education of the children in our community."

Williams, 51, served on the District

Students Host Read-a-Thon for Divine Fellers

on December 16, 2012 - 10:53am

Students at Mountain Elementary School, 2280 North Road, are holding a Read-a-Thon from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 21, to raise money to help pay medical expenses for Divine Fellers, a former Mountain student injured in a Nov. 21 traffic accident on N.M. 4. Courtesy/MES

PEEC Welcomes New Executive Director and Staff

on December 16, 2012 - 10:21am

PEEC’s staff from left, Nature Center Coordinator Beth Cortright, Executive Director Katie Watson and Education Programs Director Angelique Harshman. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Recent visitors to PEEC (Pajarito Environmental Education Center) may have noticed some new faces busily crafting children’s games, managing the menagerie of live critters, and writing pleas and grants for money.  To meet PEEC’s expanding needs, Katie Watson has accepted a new position as Executive Director, while Angelique Harshman is Education Programs Director and Beth Cortright is Nature Center Coordinator.


LAPS Again Awarded '100 BEST Communities for Young People'

on December 16, 2012 - 10:21am
LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt takes a moment Tuesday to pose with LAHS Student Council members Jessica, Travis, Astrid and Hallie in celebraation of being named one of the '100 BEST Communities for Young People' for 2012. Courtesy/LAPS
From left, LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt, County Administrator Harry Burgess and Los Alamos Police Ofc. Jordan Redmond and student Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta at Tuesday's community event. Courtesy/LAPS
Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA) hired culinary students Rebecca, Alicia, Jenna and Angelita to prepare cookies for Tuesday's celebration.

Family Honors Loved One Through Donations to Youth Activity Center

on December 16, 2012 - 9:42am

James and Darlene Potter with a new air hockey table donated by Marie Koss Potter Warsaw in memory of her grandson, Gregory James Potter, who had worked at the Los Alamos Youth Activity Center and was very popular with the children. There are two Youth Activity Centers, one in Los Alamos on the east side of Ashley Pond and one in White Rock near Rocket Park. The programming focus of the Youth Activity Centers is on youth resiliency, a safe, supervised environment and positive adult role models.

National Art Honor Society Inducts 34 LAHS Members

on December 16, 2012 - 8:26am

LAHS National Art Honor Society members Geoff Phillips, left, and Sam McIntyre use their artistic talents to draw on the paper tablecloths provided for that purpose. Courtesy photo

By Maire O'Neill

Jemez Valley artist Betsie Miller-Kusz was the guest speaker at an induction ceremony Dec. 7 for 34 new Los Alamos High School members of the National Art Honor Society.

Miller-Kusz was born in Los Alamos and lived and painted in San Francisco, Calif., for many years. She has exhibited internationally and painted many public murals.

The society is designed specifically for high school students

LAHS Hosts Visual and Performing Arts Events Monday

on December 15, 2012 - 9:26am

Dancers from Los Alamos High School's 2012 Winter Dance show. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School is the venue for two arts department events Monday, Dec. 17.

The closing reception for a collection of fall semester artwork by visual arts students is slated from 3:30 p.m. in the foyer area and at 7 p.m., the 2012 Winter Dance show begins.

"We are very excited about displaying the fall semester artwork during the winter concerts. We hope dancers and their parents will join us for this closing reception," said Mary Grace, visual arts instructor and

Los Alamos Middle School Goes Vertical

on December 15, 2012 - 6:26am

Red steel spires loom over the North Mesa horizon, signaling visible proof that the middle school construction project has gone vertical. Going vertical marks an important shift in the steps towards completion of the project. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

As the Los Alamos Middle School building rises, so does the excitement for students and staff as they watch construction of their new school. 

Middle School principal, Rex Kilburn, smiles proudly as he sees red steel beams jutting skyward outside his office window. 

Middle School students and staff talk excitedly in anticipation for the