Kurt's Column We value a culture of giving and appreciate our employees’ on-going volunteerism throughout Northern New Mexico and even nationwide.
New Record For Employee Giving Campaign The Lab’s annual employee giving campaign broke two records this year. First, employee contributions totaled more than $2.1 million, surpassing last year's $1.8 million by $300,000.
Gift Tag Drive Each year, Lab employees and contractors work to make the holidays brighter for local children and seniors through its Holiday Gift Tag drive.
Big Brothers Needed in Northern New Mexico If you can spare one lunch hour per week for a year, you can make a real difference in the life of a child through the “Lunch Buddies” program operated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico.
$165,000 Awarded to Regional Businesses Los Alamos National Security, LLC’s Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) will help four regional businesses with awards totaling $165,000. The companies Mustomo, Inc. (Los Alamos), IX Power (Los Alamos), Synfolia (Santa Fe), and Tape-Ease (Santa Fe) represent two biotech start-ups, a water and power company, and a hardware inventor.
The Valles Caldera Is Ready For Its Close-up The first of three documentaries on the Valles Caldera could air on the local Public Broadcasting System (KNME) as soon as January. The piece, called Valles Caldera: The Science, explores the potential impact of climate change and the 2011 Los Conchas fire on the sensitive ecosystem in the area.
LANL Subcontractor Supports The Region Day & Zimmermann’s SOC Los Alamos organization, a Lab major subcontractor and supplier of security services, takes its commitment to the regional community so seriously that last year it hired Liddie Martinez as its full-time Community& Economic Development Director.
Los Alamos Schools Recommended For Accreditation While virtually all high schools in the country are accredited so their students can qualify for admission to a full array of colleges, Los Alamos Public Schools has taken the unusual step of working to obtain accreditation for its entire district.
Santa Fe Community College Offers Welding Program Due to increased national and local demand (including LANL and Caterpillar Santa Fe), Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) will begin offering an Associate in Applied Science degree in welding for the Spring 2013 semester through its Applied Technologies Department.
Building Operator Certification Beginning in January, Santa Fe Community College will offer a nationally recognized training and certification program for facility managers, operators, and technicians.
Fuel Cell Challenge In mid-November, 47 teams from 26 schools from all over New Mexico came together at Highland High School in Albuquerque as part of the New Mexico Alternative Fuel Challenge.
Lab Employees Don’t Treat Their Trash Like Garbage Last year, the Lab recycled 47 percent of its solid, non-hazardous waste (which translates to about 1,275 metric tons of paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans) by placing it in the recycling containers that dot the Laboratory landscape.
Tool Helps Reduce Use Of Hazardous Chemicals During the course of their scientific work, Lab employees have used a wide variety of chemicals, ranging from acids to etch metals to baby oil (really), to delve into the secrets of the universe. A new tool, the “Green Chemical Alternatives Purchasing Wizard,” will begin to help Lab employees choose the most benign substances possible for their work.
In Other News New Lab program reinforces safety behavior; New Laboratory Fellows announced