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Significant Activities Resume At WIPP

on November 20, 2014 - 11:08am

WIPP News:

Two functions that are vital to recovery operations resumed this week at the WIPP site. Over the weekend, crews resumed roof bolting operations necessary for ground control and continued safe access to many areas of the underground facility.

Roof bolts, sometimes as long as 12 feet, are inserted into predrilled holes and tightened to required specifications to help secure the roof and walls of the access routes in the underground facility. Under normal operations, roof bolts are added or replaced on a routine basis, as necessary.

LANL, Sandia, Other Major Employers Commit To STEM Education In New Mexico

on November 20, 2014 - 9:04am

Placing their signatures on a proclamation, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and other major employers commit to STEM education in New Mexico. Courtesy/LANL

Atomic Heritage Foundation Releases Audio Interview With Dorothy Scarritt McKibbin

on November 19, 2014 - 6:47pm
Dorothy Scarritt McKibbin. Courtesy/AHF
AHF News:

Washington, D.C. – The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) is pleased to announce the release of a never-before-heard audio interview with Dorothy Scarritt McKibbin taken in 1965 on the “Voices of the Manhattan Project” website.
Known as the “Gatekeeper to Los Alamos,” McKibbin was the first reassuring face that fatigued Manhattan Project recruits saw upon arriving in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The rare, hour-long interview provides novel insight into the mind of the woman who became one of the most beloved figures on “The Hill.”


Bradbury Science Museum Opens Saul Hertz Exhibit Tuesday

on November 17, 2014 - 10:39am

BSM News:


The Bradbury Science Museum will display the Saul Hertz exhibit Tuesday - not Monday as previously stated here. Hertz was a pioneer in nuclear medicine.


“The importance of Dr. Hertz’s early work in nuclear medicine and his connection to the Manhattan Project convinced me this would be a wonderful Bradbury show,” Museum Director Linda Deck said. 


Hertz discovered that radioactive iodine could be used as a tracer and diagnostic tool, as a therapy for Graves’ disease and thyroid cancer; radioactive iodine is the first targeted cancer therapy.

SFI Seminar: Doomsday Machines: United Flight 232 And A Few Questions About Complicated Technology

on November 16, 2014 - 4:02pm
Laurence Gonzales
SFI Journalism Fellow

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute is hosting a seminar by Laurence Gonzales called Doomsday Machines: United Flight 232 and a Few Questions About Complicated Technology 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.  18 in the Noyce Conferance Room.

Abstract: As mechanical systems become more complicated, major accidents begin to emerge as part of their normal operation. In other words, it becomes 100 percent certain that a catastrophic accident will happen.

DOE Awards $425 Million In Next Generation Supercomputing Technologies

on November 16, 2014 - 12:47pm

Secretary Ernest Moniz learns about the work underway in high performance computing and additive manufacturing. Photo by Sarah Gerrity/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced two new High Performance Computing (HPC) awards to put the nation on a fast-track to next generation exascale computing, which will help to advance U.S. leadership in scientific research and promote America’s economic and national security. 


Moniz announced $325 million to build two state-of-the-art supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Lawrence

LANL Foundation Scholarships Available for Nontraditional Students

on November 15, 2014 - 9:09am


The LANL Foundation, through the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund, awards Regional College/Returning Student Scholarships of $1,000 to motivated nontraditional students seeking new opportunities or career directions after focusing on work, the military, parenting or other pursuits.

Applications are now accepted online at with a Dec.1 deadline for January awards. Selection preference is shown toward applicants who have been away from formal education for a period of two years or more.