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LANL Announces Winners Of First-Ever New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge

on December 10, 2019 - 8:54am
Judges from Los Alamos National Laboratory Jake Miner and James Owen listen to students from Taos Academy Charter School as they explain their entry in the New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
Roughly 600 people convened at Los Lunas High School Saturday for the first-ever New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge, a competition testing students’ ability to use science, technology, engineering, and math to solve real-world problems.
Led by New Mexico’s Office of the Governor, the Challenge was a collaboration between the Department of Public Education, the

Staff, Guests Gather For Holiday Luncheon At BSM

on December 9, 2019 - 5:22pm

Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck, in front of grumpy cat photo, gathered today with staff, Bradbury Science Museum Association members and guests for a holiday luncheon at the museum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Gadgets Inside BSM

on December 9, 2019 - 4:28pm

On the job in Los Alamos this afternoon at Gadgets inside the Bradbury Science Museum at 15th Street and Central Avenue are volunteer Ronaele Freestone, left, and Gadgets Store Manager Shari Foley. The one-of-a-kind store is stocked full of unique products for holiday shoppers including Manhattan Project era books, t-shirts and vests with LANL logos like the one Foley is wearing in sizes up to 3X, stuffed animals, coffee cups. Christmas tree ornaments and much more. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANL Director Thom Mason Speaks At Military Order Of The World Wars Pearl Harbor Commemoration Dinner

on December 9, 2019 - 8:54am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, left, receives a certificate of appreciation from Cmdr. Gregg Giesler following his presentation on ‘Leveraging our scientific base against national security threats’ during the Military Order of The World Wars annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration Dinner Sunday at the Los Alamos Research Park. An Act of Congress chartered the Military Order of the World Wars in 1919 as a national patriotic organization. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Following his presentation Sunday, LANL Director Thom Mason, left, answers questions from members of

Science On Tap: Elizabeth Hunke On CICE Software Addressing Ice And Climate Changes On Global Scale

on December 8, 2019 - 6:41am

Elizabeth Hunke

LACD News:

The community is invited to join the Bradbury Science Museum and Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 at projectY cowork.

This On Tap will feature a conversation with Elizabeth Hunke about CICE, a flexible thermal modeling software that addresses issues about ice and climate changes on a global scale.

Hunke’s modeling software has helped track the changes and effects of ice melting and moving and how it interacts with global patterns.

‘Goodnight Los Alamos’ Book Signing At Gadgets Gift Shop Inside Bradbury Science Museum 11-1 Today!

on December 7, 2019 - 9:04am

The community is invited to the Goodnight Los Alamos book signing 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Gadgets Gift Shop inside the Bradbury Science Museum at 1350 Central Ave. Courtesy photo

Forty-six High School Teams Compete For $95,000 In First-ever New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge

on December 5, 2019 - 5:15pm


LANL News:

  • Dec. 7 event showcases the ‘ingenuity and passion’ of students in solving real-world problems with science, technology, engineering, and math.

More than 600 people will convene at Los Lunas High School this Saturday, Dec. 7, for the first-ever New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge, a competition testing students’ ability to use science, technology, engineering, and math to solve real-world problems.

Led by the Office of the Governor, the Challenge is a collaboration with the Department of Public Education, the Department of Workforce Solutions, Los Alamos National

Military Order Of The World Wars Meets Dec. 8

on December 4, 2019 - 6:49am
MOWW News:
This month’s meeting is the annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration Dinner and will be Sunday Dec. 8. Note the date and time change.
This month’s speaker is LANL Director Dr. Thom Mason. His presentation will be “Leveraging our scientific base against national security threats”.
The meeting in the 2nd floor conference room at the Los Alamos Research Park. The Los Alamos Research Park building is west of the South Mesa Fire Station.

ProjectY Cowork Hosts Interactive Round-Robin Event Connecting Entrepreneurs With Experts Wednesday

on December 2, 2019 - 3:57pm


projectY cowork is hosting a free Entrepreneurial Round-Robin event 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4.

This is a great opportunity for small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs to ask questions about resources available to them locally and statewide.

At the beginning of the event each guest speaker will introduce themselves and explain what resources and benefits they have to offer small businesses. After introductions, attendees will breakout with the speakers and have the opportunity to ask specific questions regarding their needs. 

“We encourage all small business

Four Short Films About Manhattan Project National Historical Park Debut Tuesday At Nature Center

on December 2, 2019 - 10:34am

Join the National Park Service at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 to see the debut of four short films that were developed for Manhattan Project National Historical Park. This event is free to attend and open to the public. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The National Park Service is hosting a debut of four short films that were developed for Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The event will be held in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, and followed by a brief update from the park, along with a presentation on dark skies.

LANL And RDC Host REDI Summit On Workforce, Housing, Infrastructure Needed For Growing Economy

on December 2, 2019 - 8:00am

CEO Innovation+Educate Jamai Blivin moderates the education and workforce session for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Regional Development Corporation hosted Community Conversation on Economic and Workforce Development and the annual Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Summit Nov. 20 at Buffalo Thunder Resort. A couple of hundred attendees had the opportunity to engage in discussions with tribal leaders, college presidents, mayors, workforce experts and business leaders about the workforce, housing and infrastructure needed to support a growing economy. The event featured K

LANL: Drought Impact Study Shows New Issues For Plants And Carbon Dioxide

on November 29, 2019 - 11:04am
Drought is already the most widespread factor affecting plant production via direct physiological impacts such as water limitation and heat stress. Courtesy/Dreamstime
LANL News:
Extreme drought’s impact on plants will become more dominant under future climate change, as noted in a paper out today in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Analysis shows that not only will droughts become more frequent under future climates, but more of those events will be extreme, adding to the reduction of plant production essential to human and animal populations. 
“Even though plants can, in

Local Veteran Thankful For Service Dog ... ‘Archi Has Changed My Life’

on November 27, 2019 - 9:33am
From left, ADW Dog Trainer Dion Silva with Gilda (service dog in training), ADW Veterans Liaison/Warrior Canine Connection Coordinator Chloe Davis-Masters and Vietnam era veteran David Apple with his service dog Archi during an interview Friday at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The special bond that has developed between a Vietnam era veteran and a dog named Archimedes, Archi for short, has by all accounts been remarkable.

“I had some ghosts in my head for 47 years and last summer

Chemist Jennifer Hollingsworth Named AAAS Fellow

on November 26, 2019 - 9:22am

Los Alamos Chemist Jennifer A. Hollingsworth is a new Fellow of the AAAS. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Noted Los Alamos chemist honored by American Association for the Advancement of Science

Los Alamos National Laboratory chemist Jennifer A. Hollingsworth is being honored as a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her work in materials chemistry. 

“We’re thrilled that Jennifer is receiving this well-deserved honor and joining the ranks of Los Alamos staff that are AAAS Fellows.

LANL: Should Santa Deliver By Drone?

on November 26, 2019 - 9:04am

A promising solution to coordinated vehicle/drone delivery to a grid of locations. The black curves are the routes the truck follows at 5 meters per second, and the blue lines inticate the route a drone takes while flying at 25 meters per second. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • A new routing algorithm anticipates the day trucks and drones cooperate to drop packages at your doorstep quickly and efficiently

Santa has always run a one-sleigh operation, but a new analysis could help him speed deliveries and save energy, if he ever decided to add a drone to his route.

“People have considered

Boutwell: In Anticipation Of 75th Anniversary...

on November 26, 2019 - 8:52am
Los Alamos
I had the privilege to give a talk on Nov. 12 to the Los Alamos Historical Society focusing on the Polish physicist Josef Rotblat and his decision to leave Los Alamos and end his participation in the Manhattan Project in December of 1944 when it became clear that Nazi Germany was nowhere close to acquiring atomic weapons.
Often called the “Keeper of the Nuclear Conscience”, Rotblat was much criticized for “deserting” the atomic bomb project, yet he did so for fundamental reasons of personal conscience and fears that development of the “Gadget”

Los Alamos Community Foundation And UWNNM Promote #GivingTuesdayNM For Local Nonprofits

on November 26, 2019 - 7:36am
LACF News:
Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) and United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) are excited to help promote #GivingTuesdayNM for local nonprofits.
In 2018, 142 nonprofits in 24 communities across the state raised more than $2,520,285 for their work. Nonprofits in Northern New Mexico are encouraged to participate in #GivingTuesday this year to take advantage of the charitable giving momentum that this day generates nationwide.
This year, #GivingTuesday falls on Dec. 3. Los Alamos County and the City of Espanola have officially proclaimed Dec.

Bradbury Science Museum: Upcoming Holiday Closures

on November 25, 2019 - 8:33am

Bradbury Science Museum at 1350 Central Ave. in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/BSM

BSM News:

The Bradbury Science Museum at 1350 Central Ave. will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving; Wednesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas and Wednesday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.

To learn more about the Bradbury Science Museum, click here.

LANL Foundation Awards $94,309.30 In Small Grants To Education And Community Programs

on November 24, 2019 - 10:59am
ESPANOLA — Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation recently awarded 39 grants totaling $94,309.30 in the second of two annual cycles in its 2019 small grants funding process. Grants of up to $2,500 in two funding categories support the work of schools, nonprofits and community programs in Northern New Mexico.
Education Outreach Grants worth $56,921.30 were awarded to 24 programs that directly support K–12 public school education, students and teachers.
  • ARTsmart, ARTreach: art education program in Dixon and Abiquiu Elementary schools
  • Atalaya Elementary,

Catch Of The Week: Cyber Scam Roundup

on November 24, 2019 - 6:40am
Los Alamos

Social Media Coupon Scams – Costco and Kohl’s Spoofed

People love to share things on social media, including scams. Has one of your friends posted about a coupon deal that just seemed too good to be true? Spoiler - it is too good to be true. A common variation on this scam is a post offering some amount of in-store credit if you answer a quick survey. Frequently these scams claim to be celebrating the retailer’s “anniversary” with a gift card giveaway. These may look very real, but remember, it is incredibly easy to steal the themes, fonts, logos, etc.

History On Tap: Stories Of Los Alamos ProjectY Dec. 2

on November 24, 2019 - 5:57am

LAHS News:

The community is invited to join the Los Alamos Historical Society, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2, for History on Tap at projectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square. All ages are welcome.

Hear an engaging discussion featuring local oral histories recorded by Dave Schiferl.

What are your stories of Los Alamos? Schiferl will lead a conversation sharing some of his favorite Los Alamos stories collected since 1977. He also will share short clips from some special oral history interviews he has helped to collect.

We’ll discuss everything from seeing an x-ray burst (not advisable), a mountain lion

Ribbon Cut On SMSI Central Park Square Location

on November 21, 2019 - 6:26pm

A crowd gathers this evening for the official ribbon cutting on the new location of Strategic Management Solutions, LLC, (SMSI) at 176 Central Park Square. Front row from left, Nuclear Facility Operations Vice President David Post, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Hermann, President David O’Flynn, PE, and Los Alamos Operations Vice President Rob Dunham. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos Operations Vice President Rob Dunham, right, serves the crowd during the grand opening reception this evenng of SMSI's new location in Central Park Square.

Native American Scientist Floy Agnes Lee Made History In Los Alamos And Beyond

on November 20, 2019 - 3:34pm

Floy Agnes Lee. Courtesy/AHF
By Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society

Floy Agnes Lee, a Native American who worked on the Manhattan Project and whose career provided insights into cancer research and radiation biology, is an unsung hero of science.

We share her story in celebration of Native American Heritage month in hopes that her contributions will become more well known.

Lee’s father was from Santa Clara Pueblo and her mother descended from German-Americans in Indiana. She grew up in Albuquerque, where her parents taught at the Indian School.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Commits To Advancing Gender Equality In Nuclear Policy

on November 20, 2019 - 8:53am

LANL Director Thom Mason

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is the first national lab to join Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy, a leadership network that brings together heads of organizations working in nuclear policy who are committed to breaking down gender barriers and making gender equality a reality in their spheres of influence.

“Nuclear policy, like many technological fields, has long been a male-dominated space,” LANL Director Thom Mason said. “As a result, women in the field have too often been marginalized.

Beierschmitt Briefs RCLC On Lab Infrastructure Plans

on November 19, 2019 - 10:21am
LANL Deputy Director of Operations Kelly Beierschmitt shares infrastructure plans with the RCLC Board Friday in Española. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
DOE-EM Manager Doug Hintz of the Los Alamos Field Office updates the RCLC Board during a meeting Friday in Española. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Española – It’s no secret Los Alamos National Laboratory has growing pains.