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March 2012

Frontiers in Science Talk on Scientific Imaging Begins March 8

The Fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory will present their next Frontiers in Science talk on “Capturing The Light—Scientific Imaging In The Modern World.”

The talk will cover the remarkable history of imaging technology and highlight the new fields of high-speed photography and flash radiography while showcasing the world's fastest movie camera, MOXIE (short for Movies of eXtreme Imaging Experiments). Applications for these technologies include nuclear weapon certification, energy research, and astronomy, along with special uses such as during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The talks are free and open to the public. No reservation is required. Just show up and bring a friend to double your fun.

Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque

Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m.
James A. Little Theater, New Mexico School for the Deaf
1060 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe

Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m.
Duane W. Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Drive
Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos

Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m.
Nick L. Salazar Center for the Arts, Northern New Mexico College
921 Paseo de Oñate, Española

For more information, go to the Frontiers in Science webpage at http://frontiers.lanl.gov/ or contact the Community Programs Office at 665-4400 or (888) 841-8256 toll free.

Expanding Your Horizons Set for March 21

Astronomy, architecture, chemistry, and computer science will be some of the subjects young women can learn about during the 33rd annual Expanding Your Horizons conference scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, in Los Alamos. The purpose of the conference is to support and interest eighth-through-tenth-grade girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) careers through hands-on experience. Their Northern New Mexico teachers may register for a concurrent program, which this year focuses on a fuel-cell experiment. 

Students will be accepted on a space-available basis, so it’s best to register as soon as possible. For questions about registration, contact Georgia Pedicini, (505) 667-8117, or gap@lanl.gov.

Volunteers are invaluable to the event, and can help with set-up and tear-down. If you would like to help or have questions regarding the conference, contact eyh-planning@lanl.gov. You can also visit the organization’s local website at http://nmnwse.org/lawis/eyh/index.shtml.  

All Native American High School Academic Team Award Deadline April 4

The American Indian Graduate Center will award $250 honorariums to Native American high school seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, positive extracurricular endeavors, and motivation. The deadline to apply, using the organization’s new online application system, is April 4.

For more information, or to apply, go to https://aigc.academicworks.com/opportunities/6.

Summer Science Courses for Teachers Available

The Science Education Institute of the Southwest is offering several science courses for teachers this summer at the University of New Mexico’s main campus in Albuquerque. All participants will receive a $150 stipend after successful completion of the classes.

Using Rock Samples to Think Like a Scientist
May 30 to June 1, 2012

Using Scientific Data to Support Multi-Disciplinary Science Instruction
June 5-7, 2012

Mammals of New Mexico and the Value of Natural History Research Collections
June 12-15, 2012

Clouds and Weather
July 24-26, 2012

The New Mexico's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research is supporting the “Using Scientific Data” course. The other courses are supported by Sandia National Laboratories/Lockheed Martin.

For more information on the courses, or to register for one or more, go to http://www.seisinstitute.org/shortclasses.html. Class size is limited, so if you are interested, now is the time to sign up.

Los Alamos Middle School Students Start 2012 in High Gear

Students from Los Alamos Middle School recently came in first in the recent regional MATHCOUNTS competition, second in the regional Science Bowl tournament, and presented a science fair project to President Obama in Washington, D.C.

MATHCOUNTS
On February 18, students from Northern New Mexico attended the regional MATHCOUNTS competition in Espanola prepared to answer complex math questions—without the aid of a calculator! At the end of the day, students from Los Alamos Middle School came in first, Santa Fe Preparatory School came in second, and Los Alamos’ Pinon Elementary came in third. The teams will advance to the state competition on March 24. The winner of that event will advance to the national tournament in Orlando in early May.

For more information on MATHCOUNTS, visit the organization’s national website at http://mathcounts.org/.

Los Alamos National Security, LLC and the Northern New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers are sponsors of the regional event.

Middle School Regional Science Bowl
If the MATHCOUNTS  mathletes tend to specialize in complicated arithmetical problem solving, then the Department of Energy National Science Bowl participants must be jacks of all trades because they answer questions about math, biology, chemistry, astronomy, and geology, among other subjects.

For this year’s Bowl, more than 125 students from 29 schools in New Mexico and southern Colorado vied with each other during the fast-paced competition. In this event, Albuquerque Academy students came in first place, won a $5,000 check, and will go to the national Science Bowl scheduled in Washington, D.C. in May. In second place were students from Los Alamos Middle School, and a team from Albuquerque’s Eisenhower Middle School came in third.

For more information on the Middle School Science Bowl, go to http://science.energy.gov/nsb/middle-school/.

The event is co-coordinated by Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory,  and Los Alamos National Security, LLC.

Los Alamos Middle School Student Visits White House
In February, President Obama held his second annual White House Science Fair, and Coleman Kendrick, a student from Los Alamos Middle School, was in attendance. Kendrick’s science fair project, “Computer Simulation of Dark Matter Effects on Galaxy Rotation,” had been selected as a finalist by the Society for Science & the Public’s Broadcom MASTER (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) program late last year. Kendrick was one of 10 students recognized by the Society who were invited to attend the event.

For more information on the White House Science Fair attendees, go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/06/background-exhibits-students-and-competitions-white-house-science-fair.

Some hardworking students were on both the MATHCOUNTS and Science Bowl teams! They were Katherine Wang ,Wilbur Wang, Sincheng Huang, Jerry Li, Angela Feng, Steven Chen, Phoebe Fu.

For more information on the Society for Science & the Public, go to http://www.sciserv.org/.
For more information on the regional MATHCOUNTS and Science Bowl competitions, contact Janelle Vigil-Maestas with the LANL Community Programs Office at (505) 665-4400 or vigil-m@lanl.gov through email.

New Education Week Blog Launched

In February, the Learning First Alliance added a blog to its website. So far, the topics have included the role of school counselors and future of leadership in helping all students enjoy an optimal public school experience. The plan is to add a new piece to the blog each week.

To read the blog, go to http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/transforming_learning/.

The Learning First Alliance is a group of 16 organizations representing parents, educators, and policy makers. To visit their website, go to http://www.learningfirst.org/.

New Newsletter Supports Teen Leadership

Rising Stars of the Southwest, Inc., a Santa Fe-based organization that seeks to support teens to become the leaders of tomorrow, has a new newsletter. The February issue asks readers to reflect on where our next generation of United States presidents will come from and includes an article on “Five things your high school student should know about careers.”

To access the newsletter, go to http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=9ztmsffab&v=0011YBAnLEoCq_OSvZDwrTIi6a3QCwP3pj-LQEVudUPGCEX4O2anFSD--HHUIIujhmne54CkHw_nXr32y7Ematqkonx1HnjMjq6jjAxjB9R9i8%3D.

To learn more about the goals of Rising Stars, go to http://www.oneworldbusinessresources.com/youth-leadership.html. The organization is currently transitioning to nonprofit organization status with the Internal Revenue Service.

Santa Fe Community College to Lead $1 Million Green Training Effort

Due to a $1 million U.S. Department of Labor grant, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions State Energy Sector Partnership has named Santa Fe Community College the lead for the Centers of Excellence in Biofuels and Green Building/Energy Efficiency in New Mexico. The funds will be used to advance green jobs training not only at the College, but also at Central New Mexico, Dona Ana, and Luna Community Colleges.

This work is part of a larger state biofuels leadership plan. To view the plan, go to http://content.nmsu.edu/documents/energ/documents/bioplannm-1.pdf.

To ensure the training matches industry needs, the College is coordinating with the Santa Fe Home Builders Association, Build Green NewMexico, the City of Santa Fe, the counties of Santa Fe and Bernalillo, HomeBuilders of Central New Mexico, PNM, New Mexico Gas Company, Grow Raton, and New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority.

If you are interested in pursing a career in green building, and you would like to find out if you qualify for subsidized or free training, contact the College’s Biofules Center of Excellence at (505) 428-1332, or the Green Building/Energy Efficiency Center of Excellence at (505) 428-1805. You can also obtain information through greentraining@sfcc.edu or visit http://greentraining.sfcc.edu/.

LANS supports the College’s Advanced Trades and Technology Center’s biofuels and green building programs.

New STEM Database Awaits Your Input

Many organizations within Northern New Mexico support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs. However, without a repository of information on these programs, it becomes difficult to know who is doing what and how successful those efforts might be. To help bridge that gap, the Laboratory has launched the STEM Education Program Database. The database will serve as an information resource, help create new partnerships, leverage education resources, and provide a tool to access math and science programs locally, regionally, and nationally.  

To be successful, your help is needed! If you have a STEM-related program or activity that you would like to have available within this database, please enter the information at http://community.lanl.gov/orgs/cpo/education_programs.shtml. It should only take about 10 minutes, and your information will be linked to other state and national databases.

For more information, contact the Community Programs Office at (505) 665-4400.

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