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November 2012

This Research is for the Birds—Really, It Is

Lab employees Charles Hathcock and David Keller, of the Environmental Stewardship group, spend two to three early mornings a week (from spring through fall) observing and sometimes interacting with birds on Lab property. Read more


Annual Employee Giving Campaign Underway

The Lab’s annual giving campaign will run for another two weeks, and some changes we're making to it may help offset the almost 10 percent decrease in the number of LANL employees due to a voluntary separation that took place earlier this year. Read more

The House that Handmade Greeting Cards Built: Fundraiser November 10

On November 10, Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity will hold a handmade greeting card class, and all the proceeds will go toward the organization’s work. Read more

Carlsbad Employees Fund Veteran Memorial

In 2009, the City of Carlsbad established a Veterans Memorial Park Committee. Now, a number of plaques and other memorials are being placed in the Park, and Lab employees working in Carlsbad decided that they wanted to show appreciation for regional veterans by purchasing and placing their own remembrance. Read more


Deadline for Native American VAF is November 16

The Regional Development Corporation, with support from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, and the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department, seeks to further develop tribally-held businesses in Northern New Mexico through a new Native American Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF). Read more

Los Alamos National Security, LLC investing in Northern New Mexico

Eight Northern New Mexico businesses were recently recognized in Santa Fe for their high growth and potential to double revenue and staff during the next eight years. Read more

NMSBA Leveraged Projects for 2013 Announced

In September, the New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program announced its leveraged project assistance plans for 2013. Leveraged projects are those in which several businesses work together to solve joint problems with assistance from LANL or Sandia National Laboratories researchers. Read more

LANL Assists with Resource and Job Event in Espanola

The Espanola Valley Chamber of Commerce and SL Start/New Mexico Works recently held a Community Resource and Job Fair event that attracted more than 500 people. Read more

RDC Receives Award for Accelerate Program

The Regional Development Corporation last month received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its “Accelerate: Technical Training and Job Placement” program in the category of “Partnerships with Educational Institutions” for communities with populations of 200,000 to 500,000. Read more


Graduate Research Fellowship Program Deadlines Begin November 13

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program is designed to recognize and support outstanding students pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in its mission areas. Read more

SFCC Receives $1 Million Grant for Youth Construction Program

Youth not currently in school, about to become too old to qualify for foster care programs, and others will have an opportunity to learn green-building skills and obtain a high school diploma or GED certification through a new program called SFCC YouthBuild. Read more

LANL Foundation Conference Draws Teachers

Close to 1,500 people, including teachers, principals, and others, attended the recent Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation’s 15th annual education conference. The speakers included Harry K. and Rosemary Wong on the subject of “”Effective Teaching. Read more

Success Stories Spur Students

Late last month, 100 students gathered at Luna Community College in Las Vegas, NM, for the Accelerate: Technical Training and Job Placement Program fall mixer. Read more


Beware of Migrating Animals

Now that daylight is growing shorter and nights and evenings are cooler, large game animals have begun their seasonal migrations and are more likely to travel during commuting hours and move through recreational areas (parks and hiking trails). Read more

Lab Sets New Record for Waste Volume Removed

The LANL Transuranic (TRU) Waste Program has met its commitment to ship 800 cubic meters of TRU waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) during fiscal year 2012. This sets a new record for the volume of TRU waste removed for permanent disposal in a single year. Read more


Richard Marquez Leadership and Service Award Established at NNMC

Los Alamos National Laboratory Executive Director Richard Marquez is the namesake for a new leadership and service award at Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) in Española. Read more

Lab Employees Recognized for Mars Rover Contribution

While the world is rightly riveted on the contributions being made to Mars exploration by the ChemCam and ChemMin equipment developed in concert with Lab expertise, less attention has been paid to the rover’s power source. Read more

Connections Survey Feedback Results

Last month, we asked readers to respond to a survey about Connections so that we could gather input for an upcoming redesign of the publication. Thank you to all who took the time to give us your feedback. Here is an overview of the results: Read more


Kurt's Column

Two-Way Communication is Even More Important Today

McMillan photoThe Community Programs Office is supporting communication through publications such this one, our annual Community Leaders Survey, and by working closely with local government officials, heads of nonprofit organizations, business professionals, and education representatives, among others. Read more



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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