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February 2013

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. They are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. All lectures begin at 5:30 p.m. and are held at the museum,1350 Central Avenue, Los Alamos.

For the complete schedule of talks, directions to the museum and other information, visit
http://www.lanl.gov/museum/events/70th-events.shtml. Below is a list of the next three talks:

February
“The Wartime Role of Oak Ridge,” Wednesday, Feb. 13. Ray Smith will lecture on the wartime role of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he currently serves as historian, and the importance of ongoing collaboration between the laboratories.

March
“From Z Division to Sandia National Laboratories,” Wednesday, March 13. Sandia National Laboratories historian Rebecca Ullrich discusses Sandia’s transition from a wartime Los Alamos division to an independent laboratory.

April
“Enola Gay Pilot: A Grandfather Remembered,” Wednesday, April 1. Col. Paul Tibbets, IV, grandson of the Enola Gay’s pilot, shares personal reminiscences about his grandfather’s military career. Col. Tibbets will also discuss the importance of collaboration between the military and the national laboratories.

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. The event coincides with National Engineers Week and is free with no registration required. Boy and Girl Scouts can even use the activities to help earn merit badges.

Last year’s event attracted more than 400 students and adults with 40 different displays.

This year’s event is co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Chapter of ASM International, the Northern New Mexico Chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Los Alamos Middle School 8th Grade GATE Science organization and is supported by a variety of groups at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

For more information about the event, contact Beverly Aikin at bevaikin@lanl.gov.

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. The Northern New Mexico EYH Conference offers fifth- to 12th-grade girls opportunities to participate in hands-on workshops about science, technology, engineering, math and related fields. Demonstrations and other activities are available at an onsite career fair. 

Up to 250 young women are expected to participate in the workshops that will include subjects such as computers and robots, veterinary medicine, cryptography and ocean science.

Conference registration fee is $5 per student and includes lunch and snacks. Students unable to afford the cost may submit a waiver request when they complete the registration form.

Concurrent sessions for teachers and sponsors could include funding opportunities for science- and math-related activities, continuing education and professional development, best practices and networking for those involved in science education.

Early registration closes Feb. 15. 

For more information on the conference and to register, go to http://nmnwse.org/lawis/eyh/index.shtml.

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 by participating in a workshop.

The games, scheduled for May 3 to 4 at the Albuquerque Convention Center, are for students in grades three to 12, challenge them to design working robots for tasks such as following a line (for younger participants) to biomimicry, as in a working robot that demonstrates characteristics of a living organism (for older contenders).

During the recent session, teachers worked with the same kits that are used in competition. They also had an opportunity to ask questions and brainstorm with one another.

The RoboRAVE competition recently received recognition by the national science, technology, engineering and mathematics organization, Change the Equation. As a result of high ratings, the program is now listed in the organization’s STEMworks database.

Both Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Security, LLC provide sponsorship for Northern New Mexico students and teachers/coaches who participate, including the robotic kits for the teachers.

To learn more about the RoboRAVE competition, go to http://roboquerque.org/.

To review all the programs included in the STEMworks database, go to http://changetheequation.org/improving-philanthropy/stemworks.

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.

"From Classrooom to Career–A Dress Rehersal" is a workshop by Accelerate Technical Training and Job Placement which is a program of the Regional Development Corporation and supported by Los Alamos National Laboratory.

If you are a human resource or hiring official and want to participate in the workshop, contact Carla Rachkowski, manager of the Accelerate Technical Training and Job Placement program at carla@rdcnm.org.

For more information about Accelerate, go to http://www.acceleratenm.org/.

To learn more about the Regional Development Corporation, go to http://www.rdcnm.org/.

The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management sponsors the program.

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