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LAPS presents Great Conversations

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It won’t take long for the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual Great Conversations dinner to become a favorite in town. The public can join a group of tablemates and a speaker on April 10 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for an informative conversation. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m.   
For the next few weeks, a series of features on the event’s speakers will run.  For more information, a complete list of speakers, topics and to print a registration form, visit www.lapsfoundation.com.
Registration opens March 7.  Reservations are complete when payment has been received.

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Susan M. Barns, Ph.D.

Topic to be discussed:  “Alpha Shmalpha: What you REALLY need to know about training your dog”
Twenty-three years in microbiology research (11 at LANL) proved valuable in preparing Barns to embrace a scientific approach in understanding animal learning and behavior. Over the past 20 years, she has applied this approach in training dogs for obedience, assistance work, search and rescue, hunting and therapy.  She is also a service dog trainer for Assistance Dogs of the West, in Santa Fe and is an instructor at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club. Some of her speaking points include:
• Worried that your dog is trying to “dominate” you, take charge of your “pack” and be the “Alpha”?
• Relax! That’s old school. We now know that dogs are rarely interested in pulling rank on us and you do not need to make your dog “submissive” to have a happy, well-behaved pet.

Craig Martin

Topic to be discussed:  Neighborhood Open Space: Maintaining Our Trails, Vistas, and Fire-Adapted Forests
Craig Martin is the author of 20 books on outdoor recreation and local history. He currently serves as Open Space and Trails Specialist for Los Alamos County. Some of his speaking points include:
• Everyone in Los Alamos County lives within a five-minute walk from open space.
• One of the key pillars of Los Alamos economic development should be inviting new residents and visitors to enjoy the vistas and trail network within the County.
• We live in an ecosystem where fire cannot be excluded but can be managed for both community protection and ecosystem health.