UbiQD Launches New UbiGrow Greenhouse Film Product!

UbiGro film used at AJ's Farm in Pueblo County, CO.

Ubiquitous Quantum Dots (UbiQD) Inc., a Los Alamos start-up company, has launched the commercial sales of its new invention, “UbiGro” greenhouse film: a red light emitting window film that is a ground breaking advance for greenhouse production.

UbiQD researchers have been testing this product in the New Mexico Consortium  (NMC) greenhouse and commercial settings for the last year and a half. They have found that greenhouses covered in this film can boost crop yields by 10 percent or more.

How does it work? The film uses quantum dots to shift sunlight into a red-light emitting spectrum that mimics late summer sun year round. Late summer sunlight is considered the most potent time of year for plants because they sense winter coming and grow faster, said UbiQD CEO Hunter McDaniel.

UbiQD now sells rolls of quantum-dot-coated film as a simple retrofit that attaches to any existing greenhouse.

This first ever product of its kind contains safe copper-based quantum dots embedded in the film, and has been approved  by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as of November 2018. The film is currently installed in five commercial greenhouses in New Mexico, Oregon and Colorado, where growers are producing tomatoes, cucumbers, cannabis and hemp.

UbiQD is a nanotechnology company based in Los Alamos, NM. For more information about the UbiGro greenhouse films, visit www.UbiGro.com

Read more:

Albuquerque Journal Article: Los Alamos startup begins sales of greenhouse product

UbiQD Press Release: UbiQD Launches Its First Quantum Dot Product, UbiGro Greenhouse Film

Immunology of Human Diseases Symposium


Supported by New Mexico Consortium and Los Alamos National Laboratory

Venue: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, Santa Fe, NM, USA

Dates: July 28-31, 2019

Immune systems, including both innate and adaptive immunity, sense, signal, and counter dangers posed by deadly pathogens, cancer, and environmental insults. Often, the outcomes of disease resolution are not always perfect in that immune dysregulation is caused by or linked to the development of autoimmunity, inflammatory diseases, chronic infections, neurological disorders, and cancers.  Due to rapid advances in molecular, cell, genome, and theoretical biology, researchers are able to define and model immune regulation or dysregulation and successful or defective immune response with increasing resolution and sophistication. These advances in the research of immunology of human diseases have an ever-increasing influence on translational studies aimed at developing more effective immunotherapies for disease treatment and prevention.

One year ago, we organized the Symposium on Synthetic Immunity in Santa Fe, NM to learn about new advances in our current understanding and modeling of disease biology and application of immunotherapy for disease treatment and prevention.  Because of the success of this symposium, the Organizing Committee and the Advisory Board have recommended that we organize and hold another symposium focused on “Immunology of Human Diseases”. Therefore, we will gather leading experts and early career researchers (junior faculty, post-docs, and students) from universities, national laboratories, and industries to present and discuss recent advances in basic and translational science related to the Immunology of Human Diseases. The Symposium will provide an environment of relaxed and lively interaction to foster learning, discussion, and collaboration, all within the beautiful setting of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

We hope you will participate in the Symposium on The Immunology of Human Diseases. All our participation will make this year's Symposium another huge success.

Note that the night of July 29, 2018 is set aside for the Santa Fe Opera, which is an experience of a lifetime. Please join us.

Organizing Committee

Michael Gale, Jr.
University of Washington
Seattle, WA, USA

Goutam Gupta
New Mexico Consortium
Los Alamos, NM, USA

Peter J.  Murray
Max Planck Institute

Gabriel Núñez
University of  Michgan
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Carmen Molina-Paris
University of Leeds

Silke Paust
The Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, CA, USA

Ruy M Ribeiro
Universidade de Lisboa
Lisboa, Portugal

Sunny Shin
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA, USA


Advisory Board

Steven Buelow
New Mexico Consortium
Los Alamos, NM, USA
Vojo Deretic
Autophagy, Inflammation and Metabolism Center UNM
Albuquerque, NM, USA
Farrah Kheradmand
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, USA
Marc Jenkins
University of Minnesota
Alan Perelson
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM, USA
Alan Sher
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA


NMC Participates in LANL Postdoc/Company Networking Social

The New Mexico Consortium participated in the Project Y hosted Networking Social for LANL postdocs to meet with and talk to companies from around the state of New Mexico. This event gave LANL  postdocs and students a chance to connect with local and regional employers. Attendees heard a brief overview from each company and then met with employers individually. This event was held at Project Y, Los Alamos from 4-6pm on September 27, 2018.

Plant Research Aboard the International Space Station

Plant research aboard the ISS. Photo credit to NASA.

Panagiotis Lymperopoulos, a New Mexico Consortium Research Scientist, working in collaboration with Professor David Hansen at the University of New Mexico and Professor Norman Lewis at Washington State University, have plants flying high above Earth on the International Space Station (ISS) as a part of a NASA project to answer questions that hold the key to our future in space as well as on the Earth. Because the space environment is stressful for all living organisms, we need to understand how plants respond while growing in space. This research will help crews on future missions successfully grow plants for food and oxygen generation.

This project compares differences between plants grown in space and on Earth. Like people, plants experience a wide range of physical and physiological changes in microgravity, the very weak gravity experienced while orbiting the Earth in the spacecraft. Researchers will look at differences in genetics, metabolism, photosynthesis, and gravity sensing. The goal of this research is to gain key insights on major changes occurring in plants exposed to microgravity while growing in space.

This investigation studies the plant Arabidopsis, a member of the mustard family, to determine how microgravity affects photosynthesis, formation of the plant’s cell walls, growth/development, and gene function. The ISS provides a laboratory for the comprehensive study of plant metabolism, transcription, protein production and more. Understanding these changes greatly benefits efforts to grow plants on future missions, whether for further exploiting the space environment, for fundamental research, long duration missions, or possible human colonization on other planets such as Mars.

There are many different science projects going on aboard the ISS at this time. Watch this NASA video to get a closer look at various research projects which are working towards improving life on Earth, as well as enabling humanity to explore the universe.

To read more about this research on the genetic differences in space-grown and Earth-grown plants by going to: Plant Habitat-1

Schambach Teaches at STEM Conference


Shambach assists students in using their microscopes. Photo by Barb Odell of STEM Santa Fe.

The fall 2018 STEM Santa Fe Expanding your Horizons conference took place on Saturday October 13, 2018 at Santa Fe Community College. This STEM conference takes place each year and is for Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico girls in 5th through 8th grade. The focus of this conference is to encourage young women to pursue STEM (science, technology and engineering and math) education.

Nearly 200 students attended the conference which featured over 15 hands-on workshops. The conference workshops are all lead by volunteer professionals working in STEM fields. This conference provides a unique opportunity for girls to experience STEM careers first hand and meet women scientists who enjoy sharing their love of science.

Jenna Schambach, a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) research scientist at the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) Biolab, was one of the many volunteers teaching workshops at this event.

Schambach taught two 1 hour workshopson Algal Biofuels, the first had 7 young women participating and the second had 14 participants. Her workshop included a brief presentation teaching about what algae are, the different types of algae and where they are found, why LANL cares about algal research, and a little about Schambach's specific research - growing algae in the presence of dead plant material. The students actively participated in the presentation by answering  questions as well as asking questions of their own.

Next, the students observed different species of algae under the microscope and had to try to match them with the pictures and names of the species Schambach had on the board. The students all did very well even though it's not an easy task! Many of them told Schambach they had a lot of fun learning about all the different types of algae and how we make biofuel and other products from it. A couple of the participants even said this workshop was their favorite of the day!

STEM Santa Fe leads many STEM programs in Northern New Mexico that are project based, hands-on and provide extended learning experiences for youth at low to no cost. To learn more see their webpage at http://stemsantafe.org/


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