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October 2012

Startup Funding Forum on October 18 in Santa Fe

Coronado Ventures Forum will present “Early-Stage Fundraising Options for Founders in New Mexico” on October 18 at 6 p.m. in Santa Fe. at the Eldorado Hotel. Guest panelists will include traditional venture capitalists, and investment "angels" who will discuss capital available through the national labs and government sources. The forum costs $22.50 in advance or $25 at the door.

Todd Hand, managing partner of the Talent Capital Group, will serve as moderator for the evening. Panelists include Katie Szczepaniak Rice, from Epic Ventures; Belinda Snyder, from the Lab’s Technology Transfer Division; Lem Hunter, with Vibrant; and F. Leroy Pacheco with The Loan Fund.

For more information on the panelists and to register, go to http://www.cvf-nm.org/.

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a sponsor of the Coronado Ventures Forum.

Learn About Lab Research at this Year’s LDRD Day on October 23

The public will have an opportunity to learn about some of the Lab’s cutting-edge research and chat with its experts at this year’s LDRD (short for Laboratory Directed Research and Development) Day. It’s scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, from 9:20 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. at the Buffalo Thunder Resort in Santa Fe.

Attendees will be able to view more than 30 posters that highlight current Laboratory research and vote for their favorite one.

As if conversing with some of the nation's brightest researchers wasn't enough, there will also be two presentations during the morning. One is titled “Research in the Interest of National Security” and will be given by Dr. Steven Beckwith, with the University of California’s Office of the President. The other will be given by Terry Wallace, the Lab’s Principal Associate Director for Global Security, on “Addressing the Nation’s Toughest Technical Challenges.”

The event is free, open to the public, and you can register at the event. Just show up and enjoy leaning about the break-through science taking place in your very own backyard.

For more information, or to register in advance, go to http://www.lanl.gov/science-innovation/science-programs/ldrd/ldrd-day.php.

Lab Makes Understanding the Complexity of Wind Power “A Breeze”

Loren Toole, a principal investigator with the Lab, has been working with a group of ranchers and other landowners in eastern New Mexico to help them evaluate their renewable energy resources and prepare them for successful negotiations with wind-energy developers. Many of the landowners are members of the Coalition of Renewable Energy Landowner Associations (CRELA).

Toole and collaborators from Los Alamos, the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority, and the University of New Mexico taught a series of five courses during the spring and summer. These courses, collectively referred to as the CRELA Landowner’s Institute, introduced the key concepts of renewable energy development with a focus on wind resources. The Institute covered topics such as evaluation of wind data, features affecting wind turbine siting, power sales markets and pricing, regulatory issues, and other factors affecting wind energy development. “We want to empower landowners to use and effectively communicate technical information to developers, government agencies, and other stakeholders,” says Toole. Much of the technical information used for the Institute was generated through the Lab’s New Mexico Small Business Assistance program.

For more information on this work, contact Becky Coel-Roback at (505) 667-1710 or write to becky_cr@lanl.gov.

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