It is with profound disappointment that the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee (JROMC) announces the cancellation of its 2020 Memorial Lecture. Dr. Jennifer Doudna, best known for her work on the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, was scheduled to come to Los Alamos for a presentation on July 13, 2020.
Current restrictions due to the COVID 19 pandemic have necessitated our taking this step and, due to her heavy work commitments, Dr. Doudna is unable to reschedule her trip to Los Alamos in the foreseeable future.
This year’s Memorial Lecture would have been the 49th presented to the community by the JROMC. We fully expect to bring another illustrious speaker to Los Alamos as soon as public health conditions allow for it, hopefully in the summer of 2021.
Meanwhile, the committee was able to continue with its other primary focus of awarding monetary scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Los Alamos and neighboring communities. This year, eleven scholarships in total were given to students from Los Alamos, Capital and Santa Fe High Schools.