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DOE Accident Investigation Board Concludes: Plenty Of Blame To Go Around For Radioactive Release At WIPP

on April 24, 2015 - 3:09pm
DOE Accident Investigation Board Chair Ted Wyka speaking at Thursday's Town Hall meeting at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Visual depiction of Panel 7, Room 7 at WIPP, where Drum 68660 in row 16, column 4 leaked radioactive material. The DOE Accident Investigation Board issued a 670-page forensic study of the Feb. 2014 accident and its aftermath. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Ted Wyka, chairman for the Department of Energy Accident Investigation Board was at Fuller Lodge Thursday night to inform the Los

LANL: SOC - IGUA Agree To 60-Day Contract Extension

on April 24, 2015 - 2:58pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has announced that the contractor that provides security Protective Force services to the Laboratory, SOC-LA, and the International Guards Union of America Local #69 (IGUA) have agreed to a 60-day contract extension.

Union Protective Force personnel will continue to work as normal during the extension period, so a contingency plan to deploy an augmented Protective Force will not be implemented at this time.

SFI: 'Impact Of Topology On Dynamical Processes Over Networks - Connectivity And Competition Matters'

on April 24, 2015 - 6:43am
June Zhang Carnegie Mellon University
SFI News:
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) seminar "Impact of Topology on Dynamical Processes over Networks: Connectivity and Competition Matters" 12:15 p.m. Monday, April 27 in the Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.

Abstract: Networks capture relationships between interactive agents in a population. Dynamical processes, such as epidemics, over networks is frequently used as a model to understand how information/virus/rumors/ opinions/failures spread amongst agents in a heterogenous population.

The inclusion of heterogenous network structure introduces

WIPP Mine Rescue Team Train In Smoky Environment

on April 23, 2015 - 1:57pm

WIPP mine rescue team members practice emergency response activities in a simulated smoke-filled environment. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

WIPP mine rescue teams recently participated in an onsite rescue drill that tested their ability to perform emergency operations in a smoke filled environment.

Donning respiratory masks and oxygen tanks, team members entered a simulated smoke filled room and practiced emergency response procedures and actions that prepare them should a fire occur in the WIPP underground.

In a facility like WIPP, rescue teams must be prepared to handle underground fires.

In Landmark Achievement, DOE Projects Permanently Store 10 Million Metric Tons Of Carbon Dioxide

on April 22, 2015 - 1:18pm

DOE is capturing and storing CO2 from industrial plants. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a landmark accomplishment, the U.S. Department of Energy is announcing that a group of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects supported by the Department have safely captured 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – the equivalent of removing more than 2 million passenger vehicles from the nation’s roads for one year.

This milestone builds on the Obama administration’s goals of providing clean energy, supporting American jobs, and reducing emissions of carbon pollution.

UNM-LA Hosts Second Annual Job Fair This Friday

on April 22, 2015 - 10:30am


UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is holding a Job Fair 1-4 p.m. this Friday, April 24, in the Student Center on the UNM-LA campus. The event is open to all job seekers in the community.

Currently, representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratory (both Human Resources and Student Programs), Zia Credit Union, Los Alamos County, Metzger’s, COMPA Industries, UNM-LA Bachelor & Graduate Programs, Los Alamos Senior Center, and Singer Support Services will be on hand to talk to those looking for work and possible summer internships.

Grace Willerton,

New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Winners Named

on April 21, 2015 - 4:56pm

Shaun Cooper, retired CIO at NMSU serves at master of ceremony at today's 25th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge awards ceremony at the Church of Christ in Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/

Jovan Zhang of Los Alamos High School takes third place in the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge. Courtesy/LANL

Top award winners Katelynn James, left, and Meghan Hill of Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Meghan Hill and Katelynn James of Santa Fe’s Monte del Sol Charter Sol took the top prize in the 25th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge today