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August 2012

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. Judges are needed in the areas of engineering, bioscience, computing, chemistry, earth and space science, mathematics, physics, health and safety, materials science, as well as for non-technical projects.

Since the event sometimes involves people who have to change their plans and can’t help at the last minute, judges are needed right up to the day of the activities.

If you would like to help further a student's potential science career through the Symposium, please contact Barbara Tenorio-Grimes with the Lab’s Education and Postdoc Office at (505) 665-5121 or at bgrimes@lanl.gov.

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.

The Lab has three pieces of equipment on the rover: ChemCam, ChemMin, and a power source. (See related artcile here: http://www.lanl.gov/orgs/cpo/connections/archives/02_2012/lead_story.shtml).

To help provide a social setting to celebrate the safe arrival of the rover, the BSM will close at its usual time (5 p.m.) on Sunday, August 5, and then reopen that evening at 10 p.m. (Yes, that’s 10 p.m.) for an anticipated 11:30 p.m. landing on Mars.

In addition to having Lab scientists at the Museum to talk about what is going on during the video feed from NASA, there will be refreshments, including peanuts. (To learn more about the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and its peanut-eating ritual, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_Propulsion_Laboratory#Peanuts_tradition.)

The exhibit is taking over the Museum’s TechLab for at least the next two Earth years (or one Mars year) and will be updated as information from the mission becomes available.

The Museum is planning lots of activities around the mission and what it discovers, including information for schools, teachers, and other interested parties, so stay tuned to the Museum’s website at http://www.lanl.gov/museum/ for more information.
To learn more about ChemCam, go to http://www.msl-chemcam.com/.

For more information on the Mars Science Laboratory in general, go to http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html.

For directions on how to get to the Museum, go to http://www.lanl.gov/museum/visit/directions.shtml.

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.

LANL; Los Alamos National Security, LLC; Albuquerque Public Schools; Sandia National Laboratories; and PNM will sponsor the event.

If you're interested in the training and want to know the dates, please contact Janelle Vigil-Maestas at (505) 665-4329 or vigil-m@lanl.gov.

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.

Last year’s event attracted more than 40 exhibitors including the Lab, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico Consortium, and National Instruments.

This year’s event will also include the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Student Day for youth from 13 to 17 years old on September 14. This event is meant to interest students in possible careers in STEM occupations. Students who participate will have a chance to win an iPad after they attend a science-related performance and explore cool science activities at the Bradbury Science Museum. There are only a 100 openings for this event, so early registration is encouraged.

To learn more, go to http://www.nextbigideaLA.com/.

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.

Guzmán has been president of Palo Alto College in San Antonio for the past 12 years, and during that time she increased retention and graduation rates and expanded workforce programs and funding support. In 2008, the College’s Information Technology Workforce Training was selected by the Center for Digital Government to receive its “Best of Texas” award for its “Creative Approach to Workforce Development Strategies.” She is a member of the governing board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities, and in 2011 the U.S. Senate chose her for a four-year term on the National Security Education Board. The Board develops criteria for scholarships and grants for those pursing national security issues or a career in a national security position. Guzmán also served for seven years as the chair of President Clinton’s White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

The College’s 18-member search committee chose Guzmán after a six-month search.

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