July saw another Next Big Idea event that attracted more than 1,500 people to Los Alamos. For three years now, multiple organizations have teamed to help students from throughout the state learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities using Los Alamos' unique creative heritage. This year's event, centering around Los Alamos' Ashley Pond, included 26 displays and a STEM Student Day that included information on cryogenics, fractals, the SuperComputing Challenge, and how nature is used as the inspiration to develop new energy solutions. Student hands-on activities included an engineering challenge and the opportunity to help build the world's largest fractal triangle. Popular displays at the Pond included the Lab's Haz Mat (Hazardous Materials) vehicle and Los Alamos Police Department Bomb Squad.
Sponsors for the family-friendly event included Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Bank, the County of Los Alamos, New Mexico Consortium, COMPA Industries, Inc., Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, and Innovate+Educate of New Mexico.
For more information on the Next Big Idea, contact Suzette Fox at (505) 661-4844 or through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two security/safety changes are currently taking place on LANL property.
Random vehicle inspections have begun along Pajarito Road, and searches continue at the Truck Inspection Station on the truck route (East Jemez Road). Everyone entering the Lab on Pajarito Road should cooperate with the Protective Force if called upon for a vehicle search. If drivers are notified they will be inspected, they should move to the marked area indicated. An inspection team, including canines, will go over the entire vehicle, including items being towed. Upon completion, drivers will either be given permission to proceed, or the area will be secured as necessary. Non-Lab personnel who refuse a search will be required to leave Laboratory property.
In addition, the Los Alamos Police Department is increasing its presence on Lab property and will issue tickets for traffic violations, including speeding, reckless driving, etc., and enforce handicapped-parking laws. Traffic rules will be enforced as they would within Los Alamos County with identical adjudication processes.
The Lab's Protective Force will continue to enforce Laboratory-specific vehicle rules.
If you have questions regarding these changes, please call the Lab's security Help Desk at (505) 665-2002 or write to email@example.com.
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