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Today's Features

  • In a series of performances from Sept. 11-14, storyteller Susan Marie Frontczak will portray perhaps the most famous of women scientists, Madame Marie Curie (née Maria Skłodowska). 

    Curie changed the world through her discovery of radium and radioactivity. Through collaboration with the medical community, she and her husband Pierre discovered and established the first successful radiation treatments of cancer.  Simply through her own passion and perseverance, Curie opened the doors of science to women worldwide.

    The morning of Sept. 11, Frontczak will visit Pojoaque High School science classes, telling Curie’s story and encouraging students in science and math. The same evening at 7:30 p.m., she will present a “Conversation with Marie Curie” at Fuller Lodge, sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society. 

  • Los Alamos has the distinction of being designated as a New Mexico Arts and Cultural District not only for traditionally creative arts — visual art, music, dance and theater — but for scientific creativity as well. As a celebration of that blend of scientific and artistic creativity, the local Next Big Idea festival features all kinds of cutting-edge endeavors. 

    This month, ISEA2012,  the 18th International Symposium on Electronic Art, a multi-event and exhibit symposium is being hosted by Albuquerque, with programming statewide, including in Los Alamos. 

  • Today

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “The Descendants,” (R), at 6:30 p.m.

     

    Bird Banding Talk at PEEC by local birder Dave Yeamans. Learn how scientists use banding methods to track and study birds around the world. See photos, hear stories and watch movies of ornithologists at work. 7 p.m. Free. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

     

    Friday

  • “The Descendants,” screening Thursday at Mesa Public Library, is the kind of film that smart people wish would win awards. 

    It’s not sensationalistic or gratuitous. It’s not one easy laugh after another, one car chase after another, one famous person after another saying dumb, obvious things with their multi-million-dollar voices. 

    And in fact, the film did win an Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for four others: Best Achievement in Directing (Alexander Payne); Best Achievement in Film Editing (Kevin Tent); Best Motion Picture; and Best Actor (George Clooney). 

  • The  Los Alamos High School Homecoming Parade is slated for Sept. 21. 

    Staging begins at 2 p.m. on 4th Street and Central Avenue, at the Canyon School parking lot. The parade send-off will begin at 3 p.m. Walkers should stage on the west side of the Canyon School parking lot, while floats/trailers should only stage on the east side of the parking lot. This arrangement is different from last year.

    The parade will step off at the intersection of 4th Street and Central Avenue at 3 p.m. Parade participants should arrive no later than 2:30 p.m. The parade will head down Central Avenue, past the judges’ stand in front of Starbucks, finishing on Rose Street. 

    Walking participants will be directed to the United Church parking lot, while driving participants must drive to the Griffith or Mesa parking lot before unloading their participants. 

  • Today
    Mesa Public Library presents Game Night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your games or play theirs. For all ages.
     
    Monica Witt, Utilities and Institutional Facilities Energy manager at LANL will give a talk at 7 p.m. in upstairs meeting rooms 2 and 3 at Mesa Public Library. Witt has worked at LANL for 10 years in the environmental and energy management fields. She is responsible for implementing projects to reduce energy and water to meet the lab’s sustainability goals. She will discuss the federal sustainability requirements and what LANL is working on to meet energy, water and greenhouse gas reduction goals. The program is co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Los Alamos Sustainability Network.

    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library.

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “The Descendants,” (R), at 6:30 p.m.

    Bird Banding Talk at PEEC by local birder Dave Yeamans. Learn how scientists use banding methods to track and study birds around the world. See photos, hear stories and watch movies of ornithologists at work. 7 p.m. Free. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    Friday

  • Douglas and Ruth Helmick Lier

    Doug and Ruth Lier are both of Scandinavian descent and perhaps that partially explains how they fit together so well. Doug notes his heritage is Norwegian and Danish, and Ruth descends from “Viking kings.” Maybe that bond also fires the apparently boundless energy and interests they share and pour into the community — much to the betterment of Los Alamos for the past 60 years.
    Green Bay, Wis. was home to Doug until he left to attend St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physics.  Following graduation, he joined the Navy’s Officer Candidate School. Due to his background in physics and math, Doug was sent to Sandia Base in Albuquerque for training as a nuclear supervisor. He served out the remainder of the Korean War in the far East as a nuclear supervisor aboard Navy carriers.
    He later joined the Los Alamos Laboratory as a joint task force member, then as a lab staff member in J and P divisions, and ended his 36-year lab career in the directors’ office.
    Ruth Helmick Lier grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and at 22, was happily completing her master’s degree in microbiology when she learned the Los Alamos school system was seeking a science teacher.

  • PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars.

    Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will bid adieu to the solar system and enter a new realm of space — the first time a manmade object will have escaped to the other side.

    Perhaps no one on Earth will relish the moment more than 76-year-old Ed Stone, who has toiled on the project from the start.

    "We're anxious to get outside and find what's out there," he said.

    When NASA's Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 first rocketed out of Earth's grip in 1977, no one knew how long they would live. Now, they are the longest-operating spacecraft in history and the most distant, at billions of miles from Earth but in different directions.

    Wednesday marks the 35th anniversary of Voyager 1's launch to Jupiter and Saturn. It is now flitting around the fringes of the solar system, which is enveloped in a giant plasma bubble. This hot and turbulent area is created by a stream of charged particles from the sun.

    Outside the bubble is a new frontier in the Milky Way — the space between stars. Once it plows through, scientists expect a calmer environment by comparison.