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New Mexico Congressional Delegation Responds To WIPP Accident Investigation Board Report

on April 17, 2015 - 8:29am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján issued the following joint statement on the report by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Accident Investigation Board, analyzing the direct cause of the of the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP): 

"According to today's report, a series of critical failures of leadership at every level led to the very serious accident and release that put numerous New Mexicans at risk, shuttered WIPP for over a year, and have

DOE Hosting Los Alamos Town Hall At Fuller Lodge

on April 17, 2015 - 7:36am

DOE News:

The Department of Energy will host a Town Hall meeting in Los Alamos Thursday, April 23, to discuss the Accident Investigation Board findings from the Feb. 14, 2014, drum breach at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

Members of the AIB will be on-hand to present the findings and answer questions.

The Los Alamos meeting is the second of two public meetings following the AIB’s release of its Phase II Report on the WIPP event. The report is available at 

The Los Alamos meeting begins at 5:30 p.m., April 23 at Fuller Lodge,

VIDEO: Heinrich Advocates Tech Transfer Legislation, ‎Labs’ Role In Monitoring Iran’s Nuclear Program

on April 16, 2015 - 10:04am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. advocated for legislation he sponsored to encourage technology transfer and highlighted the national laboratories' role in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for Iran's Nuclear Program.

At the hearing with leadership from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Senator Heinrich highlighted the Microlab Technology Commercialization Act, a bill he introduced with

Supercomputing Challenge Draws Over 200 Students

on April 16, 2015 - 8:52am

LANL News:
  • Student teams thriughout New Mexico showcase year-long research projects April 21-22

More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will be at Los Alamos National Laboratory April 20-21 for the 25th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony.

“One of the goals of the year-long competition is to teach student teams how to use powerful computers to analyze, model and solve real-world problems,” said David Kratzer of the Laboratory’s High Performance Computer Systems group, LANL’s coordinator of the Supercomputing Challenge.

SFI Presents: 'Rugged Landscapes And Timescale Distributions In Complex Systems'

on April 16, 2015 - 7:28am
Dan Stein (New York University; SFI Science Board Co-Chair)
SFI News:
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents "Rugged Landscapes and Timescale Distributions in Complex Systems" at 12:15 p.m. Monday, April 20 at the Collins Conference Room.
Complex systems are generally characterized by a high degree of metastability. In such cases it is often useful to characterize their dynamical behavior as a random walk on a "rugged landscape."
There are many approaches toward studying this generic problem, and it remains a common theme in the mathematical analysis of the evolution of complex

SOC Contract Negotiations Underway With LANL

on April 15, 2015 - 4:38pm

SOC image. Courtesy/SOC


Staff Report

Negotiations are going down to the wire as the contract for SOC LLC to provide protective force services to Los Alamos National Laboratory ends April 25. 

SOC LLC was awarded a three year contract in 2010 with two one-year extension options at a total value of about $251 million. 

LANL spokesperson Kevin Roark said in a statement to the Los Alamos Daily Post: "While we still are hoping that SOC-LA - the protective force subcontractor for Los Alamos National Laboratory - can resolve this labor situation, in anticipation of a possible work

New Technique For Growing High-efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells Discussed Thursday At Science On Tap

on April 14, 2015 - 10:16am

Scientists Aditya Mohite, left, and Wanyi Nie are perfecting a crystal production technique to improve perovskite crystal production for solar cells at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Aditya Mohite and Wanyi Nie of the Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices Group discuss their work on perfecting a crystal production technique to improve perovskite crystal production for solar cells in a Science on Tap conversation at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked the Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.