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March 2012

Turning Supercomputer “Failures” into Successes

Each year, the Lab needs to replace thousands of computer nodes (in this case, computer processors) that make up part of its high-performance computing (HPC) system. Several years ago, it occurred to Gary Grider, the deputy division leader for the Lab’s HPC operations, that while the large number of older nodes might not make sense for the Lab’s continued use, perhaps they could be of use within the national computing community. Read more

COMMUNITY GIVING

Calling All Nonprofit Organizations

Do Lab employees or retirees volunteer for your nonprofit organization? If so, and they provided 100 or more volunteer hours last year, it could translate into money for your organization. Read more

United Way of Santa Fe Calls on Businesses to Be “Education Heros”

The United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) is encouraging businesses to support education efforts and share stories of their endeavors with others. Read more

Help Big Brothers Big Sisters and Have a “Bowl”

Beginning in mid-April, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico will hold its annual “Bowl for Kids' Sake” event. This activity helps fund its work supporting children in the region who could use adult mentors. Read more

Donate Your Used Books to Habitat for Humanity in Santa Fe

The Habitat for Humanity in Santa Fe is now accepting used books in good condition. They’ll also continue to take new and used furniture.Read more

Got a Spare Pair? (Of Shoes, That Is) Donate Them!

Soles4Souls began in 2004 as a way to get shoes to those affected by a tsunami that hit Southeast Asia. Since then, the organization has expanded its collection points in all 50 states and distributes the shoes to children and adults throughout the world. Read more

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Santa Fe Expo and Job Fair April 5

The Santa Fe Expo and Job Fair is coming to the De Vargas Center on Thursday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read more

Global New Energy Summit April 9-11

Colorado Springs will be the site for the 2012 Global New Energy Summit from April 9 to 11. Read more

New Mexico MainStreet Workshops Begin in March

New Mexico MainStreet will hold training around the state to help affiliated downtown organizations create an economically viable business environment while preserving local cultural and historic resources.Read more

EDUCATION

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.” Read more

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. Read more

All Native American High School Academic Team Award Deadline April 4

The American Indian Graduate Center will be awarding $250 honorariums to Native American high school seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, positive extracurricular endeavors, and motivation. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

ENVIRONMENT

Lab Selects Small Businesses for Nuclear Waste Services Work

In an effort to support businesses in Northern New Mexico, four local companies have been selected to compete for subtasks associated with up to $200 million in services needed to safely dispose of Cold War-era wastes. Read more

LANL's Environmental Management System Recertified

Independent auditors, using International Organization for Standardization (ISO) requirements, spent a week at the Lab in February and recertified its environmental management system. Read more

OTHER NEWS

2011 LANL Annual Report Now Online

In 2011, the Lab was able to contribute toward advancements in areas such as nuclear deterrence and global security, produced the strongest magnetic field ever delivered by a nondestructive magnet, contributed to an ongoing Mars rover project, and maintained its obligations to its neighbors through community giving and environmental protection.Read more

Santa Fe Recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation

For 2011, the City of Santa Fe has been awarded both a Tree City USA recertification and Growth Award. It is the third year in a row that the city has received recognition for these efforts. Read more

CALENDAR

Director's Column

A Word from LANL Director Charlie McMillan

McMillan photoBy now, many of you have heard that Los Alamos National Laboratory is offering a voluntary workforce separation program. This week, the NNSA approved our plan to offer severance pay, up to 39 weeks based on years of service, for between 400 and 800 employees who volunteer to leave LANL.

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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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