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Scenes From 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Awards Event

on May 27, 2016 - 10:19am

Past and current LANL Foundation scholarship winners join donors at a reception to kick off the 2016 fundraising campaign. Photo by Richard C. Robinson/LANL

Tony Fox, LANL Foundation Vice President of Advancement and Scholarships, speaks with scholarship winners. Photo by Richard C. Robinson/LANL

Steve Girrens, Associate Director for Engineering Sciences at Los Alamos National Laboratory is serving as scholarship campaign champion for a second year. One of my passions is to support STEM education. It’s an honor to champion an activity that does so much good in the region.

WIPP Update: Firefighters Complete Training

on May 27, 2016 - 7:35am
WIPP News:
 
Members of the WIPP fire department recently participated in Live Fire Training at the Permian Basin Regional Training Center south of Carlsbad.
 
Live Fire Training is a critical part of the training and certification process for WIPP firefighters and the facilities at the regional training center allowed the 29 participants to respond and fight fires in a realistic, but controlled environment. 
 
The training required participants to solve unique problems associated with fires in different types of structures and rescue scenarios.

LAPS Thanks LANL For Successful Partnership

on May 26, 2016 - 10:26pm

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

LAPS News:

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus expresses heartfelt thanks to Los Alamos National Laboratory for anothersuccessful year of partnership.

Following are highlights of our combined accomplishments:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Employee Engagement in Los Alamos Public Schools

  • A total of 1,162 employee hours were provided to various STEM initiatives that support Los Alamos students and teachers
  • Five employees from Los Alamos National Laboratory employees supported Los Alamos High School's Career Fair

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Nature Center Talk: Dr. Roger Wiens Reveals Discoveries From Curiosity Mars Rover

on May 24, 2016 - 7:46am

Curiosity rover’s three-year journey reveals fascinating information about the history of Mars. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Dr. Roger Wiens will discuss the search for life on Mars at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. His talk will reveal discoveries from the Curiosity rover’s journey and the next steps for exploring this intriguing planet. This is a free talk organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

Dr. Roger Wiens discusses Mars at Tuesday talk. Courtesy/PEEC

The 1-ton Curiosity rover has been trekking toward the 3-mile-high Mt.

Heinrich Secures Major Gains For National Labs, Military Bases, Defense Industry, And Border Security

on May 24, 2016 - 7:08am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that benefit New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, border security, and job creation throughout the state.
 
The bill was reported out of the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.

Los Alamos Staff Help Improve U.S. Capability To Detect Underground Nuclear Explosions

on May 20, 2016 - 8:42am
LANL geophysicist Catherine Snelson
 
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory staff were instrumental in the fifth conventional explosion experiment as part of the NNSA’s Source Physics Experiment (SPE) series.
 
The SPE series, conducted at the Nevada National Security Site, advances the United States’ verification mission for detecting and understanding underground nuclear explosions.
 
“The goal of SPE is to understand the generation of S-waves from explosive sources,” said Catherine Snelson, a geophysicist at Los Alamos that led the Laboratory’s team.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz To Dedicate NSTX-U At Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

on May 19, 2016 - 9:51am

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will dedicate the upgraded National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX-U) at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

The NSTX-U is the nation’s newest fusion energy experiment, a spherical tokamak that explores the creation of high-performance plasmas at temperatures hotter than the center of the sun. The event will include a tour of the NSTX-U facility and the dedication ceremony.

Secretary Moniz will deliver remarks at the dedication and will be joined by Sen. Cory Booker and Rep.

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