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August 2012

Keeping Comets and Asteroids at Bay

Every two years, experts from around the globe convene at the Planetary Defense Conference to discuss possible strategies should a major asteroid or a comet appear to be on a collision course with the Earth. Bob Weaver, with the Lab’s Thermonuclear Applications Physics Group, plans to be there in 2013, as he has in past years. Read more

COMMUNITY GIVING

Support Homeless Youth Through an Upcoming Fundraiser

On Tuesday, August 21, at 5:30 p.m., join other supporters at a fundraiser for the Youth Shelters organization. Located in Santa Fe, Youth Shelters seeks to help the more than 100 children who are homeless every day in the city and beyond. Read more

School-Supply Drive Winding Down

Notebooks, backpacks, pencils, and pens are among the items members of the Community Programs Office have been collecting from generous Lab employees, and others, to help area schoolchildren start their school year properly. Read more

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Lab Suppliers Receive Department of Energy Awards

Three businesses that provide services to Los Alamos National Laboratory received Department of Energy (DOE) small business awards for fiscal year 2011 in Washington, D.C. Read more

Lab Subcontractor a Major Asset to Northern New Mexico

Adelante Consulting, Inc. holds Laboratory contracts for environmental work and strives to be a good neighbor by supporting more than 30 regional nonprofit organizations. Read more

EDUCATION

Volunteers Needed for LANL Student Symposium August 7-8

Judges are needed at this year’s student symposium, “Championing Scientific Careers,” which will be held August 7-8 at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. Help is required for poster evaluation on August 7 and for the technical talks on August 8. Read more

New Mars Exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum

To coincide with the arrival of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory on the Red Planet, the Lab’s Bradbury Science Museum (BSM) will “launch” a new exhibit on August 5. Titled “LANL Technology on Mars,” it will include information on the overall mission and its planet-exploring rover, as well as the equipment that the Lab helped develop and will deploy. Read more

Teacher Training for Fuel Cell Challenge Coming in September

While the exact dates have not yet been finalized, teacher training is being arranged in preparation for the November 18 New Mexico Hydrogen Fuels Challenge. The teacher training will take place on two Saturdays in September. One session is for elementary-school teachers, and the other is for high-school teachers. Read more

Next Big Idea Coming September 14-15

Downtown Los Alamos will be abuzz on September 14-15 with family-friendly events for this year’s “Next Big Idea.” This free two-day event lets innovators and the public get together to share technology, art, research and development, and invention. Read more

Santa Fe Community College Selects New President

Beginning September 4, Santa Fe Community College’s new president will be Dr. Ana Margarita “Cha” Guzmán. She comes to the College with a long and distinguished career. Read more

ENVIRONMENT

New Lab Facility Receives Green Building Recognition

The Lab's newest facility, the Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building (RLUOB), is the first to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status and LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Read more

OTHER NEWS

Los Alamos Expertise Integral to Nuclear Energy Innovation Hub

In June 2010, scientists from the Lab were selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to participate in a Nuclear Innovation Hub effort to create a computer-simulated reactor that could lead to a new generation of safer, longer-lasting, and less-expensive nuclear reactors for growing energy needs. Read more

LANL Now on Facebook

The Lab is now on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LosAlamosNationalLab. Through this resource, you can keep up with changing news or learn about other places to get science information. Read more

CALENDAR

Kurt's Column

Back to School

McMillan photoAs a parent, I have experienced the excitement and even the anxiety that grows as summer vacation winds down and families prepare for a new school year. For some, it will be the first day of school, while others are starting their last year of high school or first year of college. Each new school year brings with it new transitions, new classrooms, new teachers, new students, but hopefully some old friends too.

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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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