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SFI: Data Request Adaptation to Protect Individual Privacy

on September 13, 2014 - 10:00am

Gabriela Barrantes

SFI News:

The next SFI Seminar is 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 in the Collins Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe.

Gabriela Barrantes of the University of Costa Rica will speak on "Data Request Adaptation to Protect Individual Privacy."

Abstract: The problem of preserving individual privacy while giving third parties access to large data sets has been an issue of concern for many years. The advent of big data and large-scale data breaches, however, have highlighted the need for new approaches to this problem.

WIPP: Waste Hoist Transformer Replacement Nearly Complete

on September 13, 2014 - 9:43am

WIPP has been disposing of legacy TRU waste since 1999, cleaning up 22 generator sites nationwide. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Cleaning and soot removal activities on the waste hoist and associated components have been completed at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

One additional repair is necessary before the hoist can be powered, inspected and returned to service.

Employees are currently working to replace the electrical transformer necessary to operate the hoist.

Halfway Through First Season of WGN's Manhattan

on September 12, 2014 - 11:54am

Workers loading uranium slugs into the X-10 Reactor in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Photo public domain

LAHS News:

There was a great turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society's viewing of the seventh episode of WGN's new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.

The episode was high in drama, but we found a lot of history to discuss! Every week the Society updates a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues. Previous episodes are discussed on this website, and on our Facebook page.

LANL Achieves 20-Year Low on Radioactive Air Emissions

on September 11, 2014 - 12:01pm

LANL News:

  • Annual dose rate from the Laboratory far below EPA limit

Los Alamos National Laboratory achieved its lowest radioactive air emissions rate in 20 years in 2013, according to annual air quality results released recently.

Each year, the Laboratory measures air emissions through a comprehensive system of 40 air monitoring stations located at the Laboratory and in neighboring communities that provide data about ambient air quality. The Laboratory monitors 80 minor sources and 29 major sources at the Laboratory, such as exhaust stacks from radiological and nuclear facilities.

In 2013,

LANL Hosts Pre-Campaign Kickoff Reception

on September 11, 2014 - 11:55am
During a 'pre-campaign' kickoff reception Sept. 2 at the Oppenheimer Study Center, LANL Giving Campaign Chair Alan Bishop, principal associate director for Science, Technology and Engineering, talks about the 2015 Employee Giving Campaign and why he finds giving personally satisfying. Courtesy/LANL
Craig Strong, left, of the United Way of Santa Fe County speaks with LANL's Alan Bishop during the Sept. 2 pre-campaign kickoff reception.

LANL's Community Programs Office Director Kurt Steinhaus chats with Don Cobb, retired former senior LANL manager and immediate past

ScienceFest: Youngsters 'Reverse Engineer' Computers

on September 11, 2014 - 9:48am
Youngsters 'reverse engineer' a computer Wednesday at Time Out Pizza. by taking apart the computers, the young engineers learn how they were put together. The Bradbury Science Museum organized the event as part of ScienceFest 2014. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Volunteers help the young engineers discover how the computer they are disassembling works. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

LANL: Learn About Counseling, Referral Services

on September 11, 2014 - 8:41am
LANL News:

The public can learn about services offered by Los Alamos National Laboratory's Employee Assistance Program at three, free informational sessions at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos.

The one-hour, interactive presentations are scheduled 9-10 a.m. Sept. 16, Sept. 23 and Oct. 21 and open to Laboratory employees and the public. Attendees also will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The presentations cover:

  • assistance offered through EAP;
  • referrals to outside providers;
  • community resources;
  • concerns about confidentiality;
  • impact of counseling on security clearances; and