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February 2013

Coming Up With Platinum Substitutes May Be Elemental

Platinum and some related precious metals (palladium, iridium, rhodium and ruthenium) are frequently used as chemical catalysts and for countless laboratory processes. As rare metals, they are also expensive. To ensure technological advances are not curtailed due to their lack of availability or high cost, Lab researchers are working with an abundant element to take their place: cobalt. Read more

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Chris Fresquez Named Small Business Leader

As of January 2013, Chris Fresquez is the Laboratory’s Small Business Program Manager. In addition to his experience gained during 22 years at the Lab supporting procurement across many different divisions, he also brings retail and small-business experience. Read more

Los Alamos Honored by Espanola Valley Chamber of Commerce

In late January, the Espanola Valley Chamber of Commerce recognized the Lab for its support to the chamber and the entire Espanola Valley with a President’s Choice Award. Read more

EDUCATION

Lab’s 70th Anniversary Lecture Series

To mark the Laboratory’s 70th Anniversary this year, its Bradbury Science Museum is hosting a public lecture series with a different talk held each month through the end of the year. Read more

Discover E for Budding Engineers

As part of the annual Discover E event, the wide variety of careers available in engineering is the focus of activities on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos High School Commons Area. Read more

Expanding Your Horizons Scheduled for March 2

This year the Santa Fe and Los Alamos Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conferences are combined into one, all-day session to be held on March 2 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Read more

Teachers Take Time to Prepare for RoboRAVE

Local teachers devoted a Saturday in late January to help their students prepare for this year’s RoboRAVE competition scheduled for May 3 to 4 at the Albuquerque Convention Center by participating in a workshop. Read more

Accelerate Program Supports Students As They Establish Careers

On Feb. 8 more than 60 students earning two-year business and technical degrees from six Northern New Mexico colleges meet human resource directors, hiring managers and other business representatives at the Ohkay Owingeh Conference Center to hone their professional readiness skills. Read more

COMMUNITY GIVING

Empty Bowl Project Needs Volunteers and Attendees

Join Self Help, Inc. as it holds its 20th anniversary Empty Bowl event on Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos. Read more

Help Local Children Get New Shoes

Local children in need of new shoes are getting help this winter from the LANL Laces program, currently working with school districts in Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Los Alamos and Taos counties, as well as some area tribal schools, to provide more than 330 elementary children with new sneakers or loafers within the next month. Read more

ENVIRONMENT

Protecting the Environment Into the Future

Last year, the Lab recycled 47 percent of its solid, non-hazardous waste (which translates to about 1,275 metric tons of paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans) by placing it in the recycling containers that dot the Laboratory landscape. Read more

OTHER NEWS

Results of Latest Community Leaders Survey

The majority of regional stakeholders polled in the 2012 LANL Community Leaders Survey have a favorable impression of the Laboratory. Read more

NNSA Orders Security Enhancements

The National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), directed Los Alamos National Laboratory to increase its security beginning in late December 2012. Read more

Scientists Awarded Fellowships From American Physical Society

The American Physical Society has recognized 10 Laboratory scientists for “exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education” by making them Fellows. Read more

CALENDAR

Laboratory Director's Column

The Laboratory at 70: A Proud History, Leaning Forward to Shape the Future

McMillan photoSeventy years ago on the Pajarito Plateau, the U.S. Army and the University of California joined together to undertake perhaps the most influential effort of the 20th century: the Manhattan Project. Read more

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The Community Programs Office's mission is to design, deploy, and coordinate community investment programs in education, economic development, and charitible giving for the mutual benefit of Northern New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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