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Moniz Travels To Israel And Kazakhstan To Continue Discussions On Energy Cooperation

on April 5, 2016 - 7:37am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON D.C.  The U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz traveled to Israel. He will continue discussions with Yuval Steinitz, Israeli Minister of National Infrastructures, Energy, and Water Resources, on the ongoing energy partnership between the two countries.
He also will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. These discussions will cover a wide range of issues, including the U.S.-Israel Energy Dialogue, as well as expanded cooperation in energy research and energy water nexus programs.
Secretary Moniz’s visit to Israel is an example of

Los Alamos Historical Museum Team Travel To Hiroshima To Meet With Colleagues On Partnership

on April 4, 2016 - 11:16pm
Los Alamos Historical Museum team members, from left, Kallie Funk, Stephanie Yeamans and Judith Stauber at the Miyajima Torii Gate. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Historical Museum Director Judith Stauber meets with Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Director Kenji Shiga Monday in central Hiroshima, Japan. Courtesy photo
Blog Entry By Kallie Funk, Judith Stauber, Stephanie Yeamans
Los Alamos Historical Museum

Our Los Alamos Historical Museum team headed to Kyoto Station April 1 for travel to Hiroshima.

Los Alamos Historical Museum Team Meets Monica Bethe In Kyoto

on April 4, 2016 - 11:10am
During a tea Thursday in Kyoto, Japan, from left, Monica Bethe with Los Alamos Historical Museum team members Judith Stauber, Stephanie Yeamans and Kallie Funk. Photo by Chef at the Tea House
Blog Entry By Kallie Funk, Judith Stauber, Stephanie Yeamans
Los Alamos Historical Museum
The Los Alamos Historical Museum team met Monica Bethe, daughter of Manhattan Project Scientist Hans Bethe, Thursday at the Noh Theatre in Kyoto.
Bethe gave us a personal, cultural tour of Kyoto.

Los Alamos Historical Society Team Visits Kyoto

on April 3, 2016 - 7:59am
Ginkakuji (Silver) Temple. Photo by Stephanie Yeamans
Gion District. Photo by Judith Stauber
Torii gate with cherry blossoms. Photo by Judith Stauber
Blog Entry By Kallie Funk, Judith Stauber, Stephanie Yeamans
Los Alamos Historical Museum
We journeyed from Tokyo to Kyoto via the Shinkansen (bullet train) and in the distance saw Mt. Fuji. After we arrived we visited the Ginkakuji (Silver) Temple, and wandered on the Philosopher's path, a trail through cherry blossoms.
Later we traveled to the multi-level Kyoto Handicrafts Center, which was filled with textiles, wood blocks, metalwork,

Los Alamos - U.S. Navy: Partners Since World War II

on April 3, 2016 - 7:54am
A Regulus nuclear-armed cruise missile sits aboard the USS Grayback submarine. The Regulus, designed by Los Alamos, was the first nuclear weapon to enter the Navy’s stockpile. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos
On Dec. 7, 1941, Imperial Japanese forces launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. This attack, which claimed the lives of 2,400 Americans, marked America’s entry into World War II and, ironically, represented the beginning of the end of Imperial Japan, which would suffer defeat after defeat at the hands of the U.S. Navy in the years to come.

Los Alamos Historical Museum Delegation Meets With Officials At U.S. Embassy in Tokyo

on April 2, 2016 - 8:37am

The Los Alamos Historical Museum delegation, from left, Kallie Funk, Stephanie Yeamans and Judith Stauber meeting Monday with Cultural Affairs Specialist Akihito Nakanishi, left, and Cultural Affairs Officer Dale G. Kreisher at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Courtesy photo


Blog Entry By Kallie Funk, Judith Stauber, Stephanie Yeamans
Los Alamos Historical Museum

On Monday morning March 28, our Los Alamos Historical Museum (LAHM) team checked out of our hotel and headed to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

We met with Dale G.

CIR Presents Great Decisions April 19

on April 1, 2016 - 8:32am
CIR News:
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations is pleased to present GREAT DECISIONS 2016, a program of eight discussion topics focusing on current world affairs.  

This program begins Tuesday, April 19 and continues on the third Tuesday of each month for eight months - April through November. Participants may choose between a morning session 10 a.m to noon or an evening session 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
The meetings will be at the SFCIR Conference Room, 413 Grant Ave., Suite D.

Ted Piccone To Speak On Five Rising Democracies April 19

on March 31, 2016 - 11:32am
Ted Piccone
CIR News:
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations is pleased to present a talk by Ted Piccone, Senior Fellow, Project on International Order and Strategy, Latin America Initiative in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. 
This talk will focus on Piccone’s most recent book, Five Rising Democracies and the Fate of the International Liberal Order, and will begin at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 19 at the Forum, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, 1600 St. Michael's Dr. Cost is $15 for CIR members; $20 non-members and guests. Qualified students with appropriate I.D.

Los Alamos Historical Museum Japan Initiative Underway

on March 29, 2016 - 10:50am

Los Alamos Historical Museum delegation members Judith Stauber, Stephanie Yeamans and Kallie Funk at the gate in Denver International Airport. Courtesy photo

A panoramic view from the observation deck of the Tokyo Tower. Courtesy photo


Blog Entry By Kallie Funk, Judith Stauber, Stephanie Yeamans
Los Alamos Historical Museum

Our trio left Los Alamos March 24 for an unexpected drive to Denver when our flight from Albuquerque was cancelled.

Thank you to Dave Funk for his willingness to drive us to Denver International Airport at 4:30 a.m., Thursday to ensure we would make our

Santa Fe World Affairs Forum Presents Seminar & Symposium Featuring International Speakers

on March 27, 2016 - 1:15pm
SANTA FE  The refugee crises in the Middle East and Europe and the hot button topic of immigration in this year’s U.S. presidential campaign have brought into stark relief the issues raised by migration of large groups of people across borders. Why do we erect walls and other barriers?
This topic will be explored by the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in an April 20 colloquium titled The World of Walls: Why Are We Building New Barriers to Divide Us?

Griggs: Tangier & Chefchaouen - Last Weeks In Morocco

on March 24, 2016 - 9:32am
Lighthouse at Cape Spartel, a few kilometers west of Tangier. An imaginary line between Cape Spartel in Morocco and Cape Trafalgar in Spain delineates the western side of the Strait of Gibraltar. Photo by David Griggs/   

David Griggs with the Tangier harbor in the background. Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has been very active in upgrading the port facilities and city of Tangier in general. Courtesy photo


Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
Was that William S. Burroughs at the next table?
La Petit Soco still throbs as one of the highlights of the old

LANL: Novel Water-Removal Technique Boosts Performance Of Carbon Nanomaterials

on March 23, 2016 - 8:18pm

LANL News:
  • ‘Transformational implications’ for fuel cells and batteries

New research illuminating water’s critical role in forming catalysts for oxygen reduction in materials has revealed the key to designing next-generation carbon nanomaterials with enhanced performance for fuel cells and batteries.

“The implications of understanding water’s role in achieving high-performance layered materials for energy generation and storage devices will be transformational,” said Gautam Gupta of the Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices group at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

PEEC: Mysteries Of The Unseen World March 26-27

on March 23, 2016 - 3:10pm
The great film Mysteries of the Unseen World will be playing 2-2:45 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27 in the planetarium at the Nature Center. For more information, click here. Courtesy/PEEC

White House To Host Water Summit ... Los Alamos Watershed Research Among Featured Projects

on March 21, 2016 - 6:38pm

LANL News:

On Tuesday, March 22—World Water Day—the Administration will host a White House Water Summit to raise awareness of the national importance of water and to highlight new commitments and announcements that the Administration and non-Federal institutions are making to build a sustainable water future.

A project from Los Alamos National Laboratory will be among the research areas featured.

Safe, sufficient, and reliable water resources are essential to the functioning of every aspect and sector of U.S.

Bataan Memorial Death March Gets Underway With Los Alamos Team Competing In Co-ed Category

on March 20, 2016 - 11:10am

The Los Alamos Bathtub Row Brewing Team picks up their race bibs early this morning before heading out to compete in the annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range. The team of Katie Bahran, Rian Bahran, Kendra Van Buren, Tim White and Jesson Hutchinson are competing in the co-ed category.

Los Alamos – Japan Initiative 2016

on March 18, 2016 - 12:36pm


Los Alamos Historical Museum staff is busy making final preparations for a March 24 trip to Japan to increase cultural understanding between the communities of Los Alamos, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

“Museums are in a unique position to facilitate discussion of difficult subject matter in non-threatening ways,” said Los Alamos Historical Museum Director Judith Stauber. While New Mexico and Japan share a history connected by world-changing events, on a societal level, cultural controversy still exists.

Video Details Accomplishments, Path Forward For WIPP

on March 18, 2016 - 12:27pm

WIPP News:

Participants at the Waste Management Symposium in Phoenix learned last week about the progress that has been made to recover the Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and what steps remain to restart WIPP, the nation’s only deep-geologic repository for defense transuranic waste later this year.

As part of the update, WIPP’s leadership team showed a short video that provides key elements of the recovery progress and restart activities. View the video here.

DNFSB Hosts Public Hearing on LANL TRU Waste Management

March 22, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety

LANL: Nature Study Reveals Rapid Ice-Wedge Loss Across Arctic

on March 15, 2016 - 11:21am

LANL scientist Cathy Wilson measuring how soil properties change with depth at the DOE Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment, NGEE-Arctic, field site near Barrow, Alaska. Courtesy/LANL

Ice wedge polygons impound snowmelt runoff at the DOE Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment field site near Barrow, Alaska. Thousands of square miles in the Arctic are covered by an interconnected network of ponds in polygon-shaped formations. Recent research reveals rapid and widespread degradation and melting. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Widespread permafrost phenomenon with major hydrological, climate

Ukraine, Poland & Lithuania: Uneasy Neighborhood April 1

on March 15, 2016 - 3:37am
AIA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The Albuquerque International Association (AIA) will host a public lecture by Dr. Lenka Bustikova titled “Ukraine, Poland & Lithuania: Uneasy Neighborhood” at 3 p.m., Friday, April 1, at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center (1634 University Blvd NE).
Dr. Bustikova is Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on Eastern Europe, ethnic politics and voting behavior.
Between 1569 and 1795 Poland and Lithuania formed the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth which incorporated much of what is now

Santa Fe Doctor Deploying To Syrian Border

on March 15, 2016 - 3:32am
Dr. Andrew Lustig assisting arriving refugees in Lesvos, Greece. Courtesy photo
GoDOCS News:
SANTA FE  Global Outreach Doctors (GoDocs), a humanitarian organization of MDs, RNs, DOMs and other professionals led by Naturopath Dr. Andrew Lustig of Santa Fe is about to deploy a team of 12 March 29 to the Syrian/Jordan border.
The Zataari Refugee Camp just passed its third anniversary and shelters more than 120,000 men, women and children.

Lenten Fish Fry At IHM Friday, March 18

on March 9, 2016 - 2:48pm

Orphans at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Orphanage, Rancho Santa Fe in Honduras. Courtesy/Cheryl Wampler

The community gathers for Mass. Courtesy/Cheryl Wampler


The community is invited to a Lenten Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m. March 18, in the Parish Hall of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.

The event is a fundraiser for the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Orphanage, Rancho Santa Fe in Honduras. All proceeds from the event go to the orphanage.

In October 2014, the Rancho accepted 84 additional children, which further stretched its resources.

Y Global Teens Engage With Community, Look To Africa

on March 9, 2016 - 12:28pm
YMCA News:
Los Alamos Teen Center is hosting an informational meeting for Y Global Teens 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 22. 
For both parents and teens, this meeting will offer an opportunity for anyone interested to ask/answer questions, and learn some of our basic program information and timelines/dates for travel and other activities.
Y Global Teens is a leadership development and service learning program that engages teenagers ages 14-19 in a year-long empowering international experience culminating with a 10 day to 2 1/2 week service abroad experience.

Nuke Bird Vulnerability

on March 7, 2016 - 9:37am
Indian Point nuclear power plant. Courtesy/wikipedia


HSNW News:

  • Bird droppings cause N.Y. nuclear reactor power outage

One of the nuclear reactors at Indian Point nuclear power plant outside New York City was safely shut down for three days last December, following an electrical disturbance on outdoor high voltage transmission lines.

Entergy Corp., which operates the power plant, hired outside expert to analyze the incident, and they found that the culprit was what the experts call bird “streaming.”

If it has nowhere to send its electricity, the generator senses that and

Life Changing Auction At 2 p.m. Today

on March 6, 2016 - 11:24am

Site Boss Brad Meyer shares a special gift with family members by placing a cross near the entry. Photo by UNCHLA Pastor David Elton


The United Church of Los Alamos and the Universalist Unitarian Church hope the community will attend a life changing auction at 2 p.m. today.

The silent auction begins at 2 p.m., followed by a live auction at 3 p.m., featuring 60 items from the gently used to handmade just for the occasion. Those items along with gift certificates for memory making to muscle intensive activities for all ages ranging from yard work to babysitting and more.