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Events and Activities

46th Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture

Climate Intervention: A Last Resort?

Dr. Marcia McNutt
July 20, 2016

Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Duane W. Smith Auditorium
1300 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos, NM

The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Marcia McNutt will deliver the 46th Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture on July 20, 2016. The title of her lecture is: “Climate Intervention: A Last Resort?” 

Dr. McNutt is the President of the National Academy of Sciences.

Please join us July 20th in Smith Auditorium for the 46th annual Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture. 

Reception to follow immediately at Fuller Lodge.  All are welcome.

Abstract: Recently a panel of the US National Academy of Sciences considered the question: do we have other options if we wait too long to curb our release of greenhouse gases and adapting to climate change proves impossible? Two alternative approaches were assessed for their feasibility and risks: artificially altering the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth’s surface (albedo modification) and carbon dioxide removal (followed by sequestration). The main conclusion of the panel is that there is no “silver bullet.” Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions as the lowest cost and lowest risk solution to climate change. As a class, carbon dioxide removal methods work slowly, are difficult to scale to the problem at hand, are expensive, but do address the root cause of climate change (excessCO2). On the other hand, albedo modification approaches as a class work quickly and are relatively inexpensive, but carry both known and poorly known risks and do not address the root cause of climate change.


2017 Scholarship Winners

Eleven college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley and Santa Fe high schools. This year's selected students are:

Los Alamos High School

  • Wilbur Wang: J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship supported by the committee, awarded to a student for outstanding promise in science and mathematics.
  • Faith Koh: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship in Memory of Mary and Harold Argo, awarded to a young woman for outstanding promise in the arts or sciences.
  • Bethany Rose Click: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship, funded by the Los Alamos National Bank, awarded for exceptional promise of future contributions to society.
  • Tabitha Welch: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship supported by the committee, awarded for unusual qualities of creativity and scholarship.
  • Irene Kwon: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship in Memory of Juliamarie Langham Grilly, awarded to a resident of Los Alamos County for outstanding promise in the arts or sciences.
  • Michelle Yang: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship in Memory of Nicholas C. Metropolis, awarded to a student for outstanding promise in the mathematical sciences.
  • Jennifer Wang: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship in Memory of Nancy Laubach Freed, awarded to a student for outstanding academic achievements.

Pojoaque Valley High School

  • Dominic Roybal: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship in memory of Norris E. Bradbury, awarded for exceptional promise of future contributions to society.
  • Anthony Teba: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship awarded for exceptional promise of future contributions to society.

Santa Fe High School

  • Brian Ortiz: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship, funded by Los Alamos National Bank, awarded for exceptional promise of future contributions to society.

Capital High School

  • Jessica Sipos: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship awarded for exceptional promise of future contributions to society.