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Thursday, December 18, 5:30 PM; @ the Manhattan Project Restaurant

Be sure not to miss the next installment of “Science on Tap” on Thursday, December 18, at the Manhattan Project restaurant in downtown Los Alamos. Sean Dolan, a graduate research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, will talk about obsidian and the work that archaeologists are doing with it. Dolan is an archaeologist who integrates chemical sourcing methods to examine where people 1,000 years ago in the North American Southwest obtained obsidian to make projectile points and other stone tools.

Archaeologists love finding obsidian at sites because it is one of the few raw materials that can be accurately sourced to a specific place on the landscape. Using X-ray fluorescence, they can obtain the unique chemical fingerprint of individual obsidian flows to connect the dots between people and places. Dolan plans to discuss the most recent research concerning obsidian studies in New Mexico and how it plays a role in developing models of social interaction, long-distance exchange, and social identity from A.D. 1000-1450.

The “On Tap” series happens every Thursday evening starting at 5:30 PM, with science on the third Thursday of every month. Other weeks include topics on nature, art, and history. Join us!

This series begins each evening with an informal 10 to 15-minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. “On Tap” is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests.


Dr. Saul Hertz and The Origin of Nuclear Medicine

Saul Hertz Origins of Nuclear Medicine Exhibit

November 18, 2014–February 1, 2015

Medical radioisotope use to treat cancer has its origins in 1936 when Dr. Hertz spontaneously asked the President of MIT Karl Compton, "Could iodine be made radioactive artificially?" This exhibit on Dr. Hertz's work and legacy is on loan from Barbara Hertz, curator of the Saul Hertz Archives.
Today, the Isotope Production Facility of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory is a global leader in producing and researching novel radioisotopes to target malignancies.

Dr. Saul Hertz with patient 1941

Dr. Saul Hertz using a multicounter to analyze the distribution of radioactive iodine in a patient in early 1941.

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Scientist in the Spotlight Every Second Saturday

Saturday, January 10, 11 AM–1 PM

Last month, the museum introduced a new program called Scientist in the Spotlight featuring Scientist Ambassadors that have recently been certified through the museum’s Scientist Ambassador Academy program. In this activity, ambassadors will be on the museum floor for a few hours having casual conversations with visitors about their favorite science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) subject.

Scientist in the Spotlight will happen every second Saturday of the month from 11 AM– 1 PM. These conversations are intended for all ages and include interactive hands-on elements.

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updated 12/15/14 9:52 AM