The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board and the UNM-Los Alamos Fundraising Committee will host “An Evening with Dr. Terry Wallace” on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Wallace is the current director of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and President of Los Alamos National Security, LLC.

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The evening begins with a reception at 6:15 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres catered by Secret City Kitchen and beverages served by the Pajarito Brewpub. At 7 p.m., Wallace will give a presentation titled “The Cosmic Mystery of Minerals” about the extraordinary journey a simple crystal of gold takes from the very beginning of the universe to the mines of California or Alaska.

Wallace, who holds a doctorate and master’s degree in geophysics from the California Institute of Technology, and bachelor’s degrees in geophysics and mathematics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, is an internationally recognized scientific authority on geophysics and forensic seismology. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Carnegie Mineralogical Award. For his contributions to education, research and service to minerology, Wallace was recognized by having a mineral named after him, Terrywallaceite (AgPb(Sb,Bi)3S6).

“We’re so excited about the opportunity to spend a little time with Terry Wallace," said Steve Boerigter, Chair of the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board. "He is the quintessential Los Alamos guy! He grew up here, his family was known throughout Northern New Mexico, and now he serves as the Director of our prestigious National Laboratory. He has met several presidents and been all over the world. When Terry talks, you’ll want to listen. What a treasure to have him support UNM-LA.”

Tickets are $100 per individual and may be purchased on campus by contacting Cindy Leyba (505-663-3407, or through the UNM Marketplace.

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