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March 2011

Lab/LASO Quickly Respond to Natural Gas Crisis

In early February, sustained low temperatures, combined with electrical infrastructure problems in neighboring Texas, led to severe disruptions in natural gas service to large areas of New Mexico. As soon as the Lab was notified that problems were imminent, it responded. Read more

COMMUNITY GIVING

Have a Ball, and Roll it for Charity

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will soon hold its 28th Annual Bowl for Kids' Sake. Scheduled for Sunday, April 9 and 10, at the Strike Gold Lanes in Pojoaque, the event is the primary fundraiser for the organization.Read more

Help Habitat for Humanity Without a Hammer

Beginning in mid March, the Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity will host two Collegiate Challenge Groups from New York State. These college students will forgo their traditional spring breaks and instead help build homes in Santa Fe.Read more

KUNM Needs Fundraiser Volunteers

You can support public broadcasting by volunteering to answer phones during KUNM's fundraiser in Albuquerque that runs from Saturday, April 9, to Friday, April 15. Read more

EDUCATION

The Energy, My Friend, is Carried in the Wind

Beginning March 14, the Lab will present a Frontiers in Science talk: "Harvesting Energy Out of Thin Air." Read more

Northern New Mexico Scholarship Deadline March 31

If you plan to attend Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) this fall and could use some financial assistance, now is the time to complete your application for the Northern New Mexico College Foundation's scholarships. Read more

Los Alamos Middle School Wins Local MATHCOUNTS

MATHCOUNTS strives to increase American competitiveness through support and recognition of team and individual achievements in mathematics. Regionally, February proved to be a good month for students from Los Alamos Middle school as its team took first place at the Northern New Mexico MATHCOUNTS competition held in Pojoaque. Read more

More "Brain Games" at the Bradbury Science Museum

Four new puzzles are now part of a second "Brain Games" table available at the Bradbury Science Museum's Tech Lab. Read more

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Internet Visibility Workshop on March 10

Plan to attend a workshop on "Internet Visibility 101." It will cover the mechanics of search engine optimization, including why keywords and inbound links make a critical difference to where your web site will appear in search results. Read more

High Desert Discovery District Talks Promote Economic Development

During March, the High Desert Discovery District will present two talks in Santa Fe to promote technological innovation and economic development within the state. Read more

Performance Maintenance Inc. Receives Award

On February 25, Performance Maintenance Inc. received the Espanola Small Business Development Center's (SBDC) Success Client of the Year award. Read more

OTHER NEWS

LANL Employee is Apprentice-of-the-Year

Daniel Trujillo, a lineman with the Lab's Maintenance and Site Services organization, has recently been recognized with the Lineman-of-the-Year award from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Read more

Bright Method to Dispose of Light Bulbs

By now, most people are aware of the energy savings associated with fluorescent bulbs, but the science behind the efficiency currently requires the use of mercury vapor—a hazardous material. While that can pose a problem at the end of the bulb's life, LANL is using a new piece of equipment that helps dispose of spent fluorescent bulbs compactly and safely.Read more

CALENDAR

From Our Office Director

Being a Good Neighbor During a Crisis

KurtNewWith extremely cold temperatures and the temporary loss of natural gas, the beginning of February was challenging for all of us. As soon as LANL became aware of this serious situation, many individuals and organizations around the Lab, in conjunction with our DOE/NNSA site office, rapidly mobilized to scale back on our natural gas and electricity consumption. Read more

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The Community Programs Office is the lead organization for developing community support to accomplish LANL's national security and science mission by: (a) connecting LANL with Northern New Mexico, (b) providing clear communications, and (c) managing the LANS community investments.

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