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October 2012

Effective Teaching Conference on October 11-12

Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation’s 15th annual conference on education will feature Harry K. Wong and Rosemary Wong as keynote speakers on “Effective Teaching.” The husband and wife team are widely acknowledged as experts in the field of education.

The afternoon speaker will be Jeff Goldstein, director of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education. In that role, he is responsible for overseeing the creation and delivery of national science education initiatives with a focus on Earth and space.

The October 11 conference is open to everyone. A $70 per person registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and all conference materials.

The October 12 conference is limited to staff from school districts participating in the Northern New Mexico Inquiry Science Education Consortium (Dulce, Espanola, Mesa Vista, Penasco, Pojoaque, Santa Fe, and Springer).

For more information on the conference, go to http://www.lanlfoundation.org/Events/ConferenceOnEducation.html.

Los Alamos National Security, LLC is a sponsor of this event.

Pink Skies Coming to Northern New Mexico October 15-16

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Lab and Los Alamos National Security, LLC are partnering with Los Alamos Public Schools and Northern New Mexico College to bring Pink Skies to the region. This award-winning documentary follows a breast-cancer survivor participating in a record, multi-national, all-woman “Jump for the Cause” skydiving event. It also covers the topic of cancer prevention.

Two public showings of the documentary provide a unique opportunity to not only view the film, but to also hear from its creators and contributors, including locals such as Gulcin Gilbert (the movie’s producer and director who was raised in Northern New Mexico) and Matt and Emily Romero from Romero Farms in Dixon. Two additional shows will take place for high school students in Espanola and Los Alamos.

The public showings will be:

Monday, October 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Nick L. Salazar Center for the Fine Arts at Northern New Mexico College, Espanola

Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Duane W. Smith Auditorium, Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos

For more information on the film, go to http://www.pinkskiesthemovie.com/.

For more information on the screenings, write to pinkskies@lanl.gov or call (505) 606-0608.

High-Tech Halloween at the Lab's Museum is “Spooktacular”

As part of downtown Los Alamos’ “Trick or Treat on Main Street,” the Lab’s Bradbury Science Museum will hold its annual High-Tech Halloween science celebration on Friday, October 26, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

There will be activities for all ages, ranging from a maze for preschoolers to a live owl and tarantula for those less easily frightened. There will also be some “cool” demonstrations with liquid nitrogen, gyroscopes to spin, and skulls and insects to inspect.

For more information, go to the Museum’s pages at http://www.lanl.gov/museum/events/high-tech-halloween.shtml.

This is High-Tech Halloween’s 19th year!

Early Childhood Experiences Conference On October 30

Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation’s First Born Program presents “Understanding Early Childhood Experiences as a Primary Public Health Concern.” It is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort at Santa Ana Pueblo.

The keynote speaker for the event is Kristie Brandt, director of the Parent-Infant & Child Institute in Napa, California. Additional speakers include Veronica Garcia with New Mexico Voices for Children, and Dr. Susie John with Project Trust.

The event costs $90 and includes lunch and conference materials.

For more information and to register, go to http://www.lanlfoundation.org/First-Born/FirstBornConference.html.

Los Alamos County is Among 100 Best Communities for Young People

Los Alamos was recently recognized by the America’s Promise Alliance as among the 100 Best Communities for Young People. The recognition is given to locations that make youth a priority through caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education, and opportunities to help others. A community celebration is in the planning stages.

America’s Promise Alliance grew out of the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future in 1997. At that gathering, Presidents Clinton, Bush, Carter, and Ford (with Nancy Reagan representing President Reagan) challenged America to make children and youth a national priority. General Colin Powell is the organization’s founding chair, and Alma Powell (Colin Powell’s wife) is the current board chair. The organization has a number of thrust areas, including high school dropout prevention and an initiative for military families. The awards began in 2005.

Each winning location receives a $2,500 grant, signs to help publicize the community’s achievement, and access to the organization’s community-development resources.

Los Alamos County received the recognition previously in 2007.

To view information on the 100 Best Communities for Young People, go to http://www.americaspromise.org/100best/.

ING and the ING Foundation are supporters of the 100 Best Communities program.

Personnel from the Lab’s Community Programs Office helped with the application.

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