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September 2012

ChemCam is Having a Blast On Mars

Following the successful landing of the Mars rover Curiosity on August 5, Lab scientists and their French counterparts have already begun firing its onboard laser and collecting data. The scientists hope to collect results from 14,000 tests during the two years scheduled for the mission (equivalent to one Mars year). Read more


New Director Joins United Way of Northern New Mexico

Kristy Ortega began as the new executive director of the United Way of Northern New Mexico in July and is currently on a “listening tour” to learn more about needs and assets in the region. Read more

A Volunteer Opportunity That’ll Grow on You

Located in the beautiful Jemez Mountains, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) needs volunteers to help with its herbarium. Read more


Research & Technology Showcase in Albuquerque on September 12

Businesses interested in learning more about working with Sandia National Laboratories through licensing, partnerships, procurement, and economic development are encouraged to attend its Research & Technology Showcase in Albuquerque on Wednesday, September 12. Read more

Small Business Innovation Research Workshop Starts September 12

Each year, the federal government makes thousands of awards to small businesses to advance their R&D for eventual commercialization. To help businesses prepare their grant proposals, there will be two-day workshops in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Read more


Free Film Screening at Bradbury Science Museum September 7

There will be a special screening of the film “The Biggest Story Problem: Why America’s Students are Failing at Math” at the Lab’s Bradbury Science Museum on Friday, September 7, at 5:30 p.m. Read more

LANL Participates in the “Next Big Idea” Activities on September 15

Fall is around the corner, and so is Los Alamos’ annual “Next Big Idea” event on Saturday, September 15. To help promote the unique and creative science community that is Los Alamos, the Lab is holding activities to dazzle and delight. Read more

Northern New Mexico College Scholarship Dinner September 29

On Saturday, September 29, Northern New Mexico College will hold its 17th Annual Scholarship Awards & Donor Recognition Dinner. Read more

Lowe’s “Toolbox for Education” Grant Applications Due By October 12

Over the past five years, Lowe’s “Toolbox for Education “ program has provided almost $25 million to more than 5,000 schools across the country. Read more

Predicting the Future Could Win a $1,000 California or Illinois Scholarship

Current or prospective California or Illinois college or university students could win an ATT scholarship of $1,000. To qualify, students need to post the answer to this question on their blog or website (Facebook and other social media don’t count): “Where do you see the Internet in 10 years?” Read more

Espanola Public School Teachers Strengthen Skills During Summer Session

In the July heat, 21 elementary- through high-school teachers attended a five-day, 30-hour workshop designed to help them better understand and teach earth and space science. Read more

New Director of Community Education at UNM-LA

Eva Artschwager has joined the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos as its director of Community Education. Read more


Additional Public Meeting on Plutonium Disposition on September 18

The Department of Energy (DOE) has decided to extend through October 10 the public review and comment period for the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition (SPD) Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An additional public hearing will take place on September 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola. Read more

LANL Sets Waste Shipping Record for Fourth Consecutive Year

For the fourth consecutive year, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Transuranic (TRU) Waste Program sent a record number of shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M. for permanent storage. Read more


LANL Employee Chosen for “Frontiers of Engineering” Symposium

Only 78 of the nation’s brightest young engineers were selected to participate in the 18th Annual U.S. Frontiers in Engineering symposium, and Nathan Moody, who works for the Lab’s High Power Electrodynamics group in the Accelerator Operations and Technology Division, will be one of them. Read more

16th Annual Hazmat Challenge Strengthens Response Skills

This year’s annual Hazmat (or hazardous materials) Challenge included teams from New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. They had an opportunity to test and expand their skills under safe, controlled conditions.Read more


Kurt's Column

Paying It Forward

McMillan photoThe concept of “paying it forward” is that of helping others without expectation of repayment and the hope that the good deed will perpetuate itself. I am proud to say that we see acts of kindness over and over in Northern New Mexico every day, but we can do even more.

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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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