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SFI: Identity And Social Preferences... June 15

on June 9, 2015 - 12:18pm
Seth Sanders
Duke University
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) seminar "Identity and Social Preferences: Inferences from Choices and Response Time Data" is 12:15 p.m. Monday, June 15, at Collins Conference Room. 
Abstract: This paper presents a novel experiment on identity and individual social preferences. Using a within subject design and new empirical methods, we find more than twenty percent of subjects destroy total income – at personal cost – to earn more than subjects outside their group.
Minimal groups divide subjects according to arbitrary criteria, and

LANL Scholarship Helps Taos Student Achieve Goals

on June 9, 2015 - 11:04am

Dawn Penso met AESF’s rigorous merit-based requirements to earn the $10,000 John and Marti Browne Endowed Leadership Scholarship. Courtesy/LANLF


For Dawn Penso, the word “goal” has important significance both on and off the soccer field. From an early age, the accomplished athlete and Taos High School graduate has used her personal drive to stay focused on her aspirations.

A tumultuous upbringing led Penso to seek comfort outside her home environment.

Energy Secretary Announces Launch Of New Veterans’ Utility Industry Transition Effort

on June 9, 2015 - 7:56am
DOE News:
NEW ORLEANS ― The Obama administration has made helping veterans find civilian employment and reintegrate into the nation’s workforce and economy a top priority. 
Further building on that effort, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced the creation of the Utility Industry Workforce Initiative during a speech at the Edison Electric Institute conference in New Orleans.
This key partnership between the Departments of Energy, Labor, Defense, and Veterans Affairs, and five utility trade associations will recruit and train service members, veterans and military

DOE Invests $60 Million To Aid Nuclear Technology

on June 8, 2015 - 1:22pm
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Friday June 5, the Energy Department announced more than $60 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards.
Sixty-eight projects from across the country were selected based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that both help strengthen the nation’s energy security and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
“I remain convinced that nuclear energy will continue to be an important part of the nation’s energy portfolio, accounting for more than 60 percent of carbon-free electricity in the United States today,”

MPNHP Field Team 'Clearly Saved Best Site For Last'

on June 7, 2015 - 3:47pm

MPNHP Field Team leader Arthur Knox wowed the crowd Tuesday at Fuller Lodge when he said, 'This is our team's third stop on the tour of the Manhattan Project National Historic Park sites ... it is clear that we saved the best for last.' Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson, center, presents the Keys to the County to MPNHP Field Team leader Arthur Knox and DOE Under Secretary Laurie Morman. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) Field

Snodgrass: Fixing A Hole Where The Blame Gets In ... The Dangerous Gap Between An Act Of Nuclear Terrorism And An Informed Response

on June 7, 2015 - 3:45pm

Radiological Dispersion Device. Courtesy/

Fixing A Hole Where The Blame Gets In

  • The dangerous gap between an act of nuclear terrorism and an informed response


Los Alamos Daily Post

The specter of a nuclear 9/11 may have diminished in the last five years with the partial dismantlement and dispersal of the Islamic militant organization al-Qaida.

LANL's VISIBLE Team Teaches Los Alamos Teens The Art And Science Of Creating Video Games

on June 6, 2015 - 12:50pm
Travis Burkett, right, and other members of Los Alamos National Laboratory's 'VISIBLE Team' (Virtual Simulation BaseLine Experience) were at the Los Alamos Teen Center Friday to teach the art and science of creating video games. 'It's for serious purposes but we basically make video games at the Lab,' Burkett said. 'We're trying to get kids interested in artistic careers. This is a field that is only going to grow.' Team members not in photo include Giovanni Sabella, David Dunn, Elise Elfman and Adan Patino. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

LANL's 'VISIBLE Team' members Travis