Nobel Prize-winning Stanford chemist brings small things into focus

L.A. CiCero/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and Stanford professor W.E. Moerner, pictured with wife Sharon and son Daniel, received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in developing microscopy techniques to view molecular processes in real time.

The ability to dive deeper and visualize the inner workings of cells at a molecular level is central to modern research and medicine. Los Altos resident W.E. Moerner, Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University, received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in developing the microscopy techniques that make this possible. Moerner received his prize at the Dec. 10 Nobel ceremony in Stockholm.

Moerner shares the recognition, and the $1.1 million prize, with Eric Betzig of Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Stefan W. Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Germany.


AAUW speakers promote women's health and safety


Two local branches of the American Association of University Women are joining forces to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

The Los Altos-Mountain View and Palo Alto AAUW branches, in conjunction with Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, have scheduled a program on women’s health and safety 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.


Town Crier Holiday Fund experiences record year


There is still time to donate to this year’s Town Crier Holiday Fund. The campaign runs through the end of January.

The fund, which supports the work of 20 local nonprofit groups, has already raised more this year than any other year in its 15-year history.


Troop 103 Scouts mix service and seniors

Courtesy of Diane Endlich
Troop 103 Scouts, from left, Thomas Corrigan, Allen Dao and Luke Sherrill store seniors’ emergency contact information on USB cards at the Mountain View Center Senior Center.

Boy Scout Luke Sherrill of Troop 103 in Los Altos recently completed a project at the Mountain View Senior Center in pursuit of his Eagle Scout rank.

Sherrill, a freshman at Mountain View High School, mixed technology with seniors by storing seniors’ emergency contact information – names, addresses and phone numbers – on a USB card, which looks like a credit card. The cards were preloaded with the emergency contact form so that the Scouts simply typed in the information given to them by the seniors.


Block Action Team offers training sessions

Block Action Team sessions to train Los Altos residents in emergency preparedness protocol are scheduled 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 26, April 27 and May 27 at Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Since the program’s inception last year, 40 Block Action Teams have been mapped, with 87 local residents committed to serving as Block Action Team leaders or co-leaders. So far, 1,094 households are covered by emergency preparedness leaders – approximately 10 percent of Los Altos homes.


Community Briefs

League of Women Voters offers drought update

The Los Altos-Mountain View League of Women Voters has scheduled an update on the drought at its monthly “Lunch with the League” event 11:30 a.m. Friday at Ristorante Bella Vita, 376 First St., Los Altos.

Barbara Keegan, director of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, will discuss local drought conditions and the water supply. Keegan is a civil engineer who worked for the city of Sunnyvale and other public agencies prior to her election to the district board.


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