UNM Science Olympiad Event Needs Volunteers

We Need Volunteers!
Central NM Science Olympiad
Event Supervisors needed!
Saturday, February 3, 2018
UNM ~ Johnson Center
We need volunteers for the following events:
Crime Busters (forensic lab event)
Game On (computer programing)
Mystery Architecture
Remote Sensing
Rocks & Minerals
Wright Stuff (balsa wood airplane construction/testing)
What is Science Olympiad?
Science Olympiad is a national competition that brings together middle school and high school students to compete in science-oriented events.
What is an Event Supervisor?
An event supervisor is a volunteer with relevant expertise who manages an individual event of the competition. It can be a teacher, student (college or above), industry professional, past or present. Nearly anyone with a background in the event's topic is welcome!
What does an event supervisor do?
  • Read and become familiar with the event rules
  • Set up and run the event on the day of the competition
  • Some events require the event supervisor to prepare a written test, other events require them to identify, gather and/or construct supplies, measuring devices, and test apparatus
What support is available to volunteers?
  • Advice, insight, and other support are available from the competition coordinator as well as past and current event supervisors
  • We can purchase of supplies and provide volunteers to assist on the day of the competition
  • We feed you! Breakfast, lunch and snacks available on the day of the competition
If you have expertise/experience in any of the subject areas listed above and you are passionate about helping students succeed in STEM, please contact Erin at scifair@unm.edu for more information!

New Mexico Tech Career Fair 2017


The New Mexico Conosortium, along with 70 other companies, attended New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology's Fall 2017 Career and Graduate School Fair which was held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. 

Shannan Schnedler, NMC's head of Community Outreach and Development, represented the NMC with a booth letting students know who we are and what we do, along with an educational and outreach materials, and information on current job openings.

All New Mexico Tech students were encouraged to attend to explore the wide variety of graduate school, internship, co-op, and full time employment opportunities that were presented. Students who attended were given the opportunity to visit with recruiters from a wide variety of fields to learn about opportunities within their organization.

New Mexico Tech is the region’s premier science and engineering school where hands-on research is readily available for both undergraduate and graduate students. Recruiters who participate in the NM Tech Career Fair routinely comment on the high caliber of Tech students as well as the quality of these events. 

To learn more about this annual event click here

NMC Supports Los Alamos Science Festival

Every year the town of Los Alamos holds it's annual Los Alamos Science Festival. This event was started to celebrate Los Alamos' unique creative heritage, promote STEM to the community and to raise awareness of science careers. 

This event celebrates the science in everyday life and offers many hands-on interactive experiences which are great fun for the whole family. ScienceFest highlights groundbreaking science that still happens every day in Los Alamos. Many community events are scheduled each year such as tours, booths, music concerts, film, activies, dances, workshops, and art. 

Each year, the New Mexico Consortium is proud to help provide support for the Los Alamos Science Festival in various ways. Stay tuned for more on next year's ScienceFest!

2017 Postdoc Research Symposium and Career Fair


NMC Outreach Specialist Carrie Talus speaking to an interested attendee.

The New Mexico Consortium particpated in Los Alamos National Laboratory's 2017 Postdoc Research Symposium and Career Fair which took place August 29th through August 31st, 2017.

This annual networking event gives postdocs and students at LANL the opportunity to showcase their research through a poster presentation in an environment that fosters enhanced collaboration and technical discussions.

The NMC had a presence at the Career Fair on August 31st with a booth to showcase who we are, what we do, and what jobs are currently available. The goal of the Career Fair was to provide organizations the opportunity to introduce themselves and recruit from the LANL’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math early career researchers.

LANL currently employs on average 350 postdocs and over 400 students and they were invited to participate in this event. Postdocs from Sandia National Lab were also invited to attend.



Coming Soon! New Bradbury Science Museum Ribosome Exhibit

Shannan Schnedler, the New Mexico Consortium’s (NSF) Director of Community Development, has been working closely with Dr. Karissa Sanbonmatsu and her team, including collaborators in Berlin and at Cornell University, on a new Ribosome Exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum. This exhibit is a part of an NSF grant led by Dr. Sanbonmatsu.

Dr. Sanbonmatsu is a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist and NMC affiliate who specializes in the study of ribosome simulations. The Sanbonmatsu Team uses computational and experimental approaches, including performing large scale simulations in order to understand the ribosome.

The Ribosome Exhibit will be a walk-through multi-media exhibit designed to teach museum visitors all about ribosomes, what they do, and why they are important.

What are ribosomes? Ribosomes are molecular machines that make proteins from amino acids. Proteins are essential to life because they are what our cells use to build.
Did you know the ribosome is like a tiny 3D printer found inside every cell, and is printing out proteins all day long? All living organisms, from the smallest bacterium to humans, are made of proteins, and the biological machine that makes proteins is the ribosome (Image on the right courtesy of DOE/LANL).

Understanding how ribosomes work is the key to learning how to fight sickness and disease! Some cancers, as well as some genetic disorders, are the result of DNA mutations that produce defective ribosome components. Some cancer treatments kill tumor cells by targeting the defective components, helping to restore normal ribosome activity. In some genetic diseases, ribosomes produce only part of a protein. The therapy goal is to repair those ribosomes so they do not make errors. Clinical trials are underway to test a new drug to fix ribosomes. 

Sanbonmatsu and her team are studying ribosomes in order to discover a way to stop cancer and muscular dystrophy. By using LANL supercomputers, the Sanbonmatsu Team is working towards the goal of predicting how the ribosome moves, which will lay the foundation for new drug development. 

The first completed Ribosome Machine exhibit will be traveling for three months at a time to different locations to teach as many people as possible about this amazing research. The exhibit first traveled to San José, California's Science Museum Convention where it gathered interest and a list of over 50 other museums, institutions, and hospitals that have signed up for one of the installations. 

The Ribosome exhibit is scheduled to make it's traveling debut in Tampa Florida at the Museum of Science and Industry, starting in January 2018. It will ship from Los Alamos in mid-December.  

You too can learn about the ribosome and the Sanbonmatsu Team's work on amazing science being done right here in Los Alamos! When completed, the second exhibit will be permanently installed at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos starting in early 2018. We hope everyone can come by and see this exhibit for themselves.

The Ribosome Machine museum exhibit is sponsored by the New Mexico Consortium, Charité, Weill Cornell Medical College, the National Science Foundation, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The exhibit is a part of the educational outreach component of an NSF grant.


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