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New Mexican Named to U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Community Advisory Council (CAC)

on February 6, 2016 - 7:19am
Meeting of Members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Community Advisory Council - Nov. 20, 2015. From the left in the back row: Mr. Miller, Mr. Fogle, Mr. Poyo, Mr. Barragan, Mr. Rubinger, Mr. Vazquez, Mr. Mangan, Mr. Dujakovich, Mr. Dulchin, Mr. Shank, Ms. Smith, Ms. Taoka, Ms. Blackwell, Ms. Wilson, Ms. Tingerthal, Governor Tarullo, Chair Yellen, Governor Brainard. Courtesy photo
 
CAC News:
 
The newly-appointed Community Advisory Council (CAC) of the Federal Reserve Bank recently met with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.

Former Los Alamos High School Students Prepare For Graduation From U.S. Naval Academy

on February 5, 2016 - 10:40am

Jodi Cull-Host of Los Alamos at the Naval Academy. Courtesy photo

Jacob Brown of Los Alamos at the Naval Academy. Courtesy photo

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

After walking across the stage, receiving a diploma, moving a tassel and then tossing that mortarboard up in the air, people may wonder what comes next?

There are a multitude of paths high school graduates can take. Two recent Los Alamos High School graduates, Jodi Cull-Host and Jacob Brown, chose to travel east and attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Cull-Host and Brown graduated from Los Alamos High School in

Udall Statement Celebrating Black History Month

on February 5, 2016 - 9:02am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement in honor of Black History Month, which is celebrated in February: 
 
"During Black History Month, we remember the African American champions of equality who sacrificed and fought for liberty and justice as well as the countless contributions by African American scientists, artists, business people, explorers, civic leaders and others who have made our communities, state and nation richer and stronger. 
 
"The great ideal of America is equal opportunity and justice for all.

Phone Scams Continue To Be Serious Threat

on February 5, 2016 - 8:58am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, headlining the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2016 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday, Feb. 2.
 
The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.
 
"Taxpayers across the nation face a deluge of these aggressive phone scams.

New LANL Security Contractor And New Lessons Learned Arrive On The Hill

on February 4, 2016 - 1:39pm

Centerra Group CEO Paul Donahue interviewed at Homewood Suites in Pojoaque. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

BY ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Paul Donahue, CEO of Centerra Group, the new protective force security contractor at Los Alamos National Laboratory, paid a visit to the laboratory recently from company headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He was waiting in the lobby of the Homewood Suites in Pojoaque, looking positive about the day.

“Today is our first major internal exercise,” he said, brightening with the prospect.

U.S. Marshals Selling Madoff Jewelry

on February 4, 2016 - 1:31pm

Ruth Madoff's diamond tennis bracelet on the auction block through  Feb. 16, 2016 at www.txauction.com. Courtesy/U.S. Marshals Office

Ruth Madoff's antique emerald and diamond neclace on the auction block through Feb. 16, 2016 at www.txauction.com. Courtesy/U.S. Marshals Office

Ruth Madoff's antique diamond brooch on the auction block through Feb. 16, 2016 at www.txauction.com. Courtesy/U.S. Marshals Office

U.S. MARSHALS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Marshals are selling six pieces of jewelry that formerly belonged to Bernard and Ruth Madoff in an online auction at www.txauction.com.

Ahead of Super Bowl 50, Udall And Others Lead Bill To Protect Young Athletes From Concussions

on February 4, 2016 - 10:44am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
From Sen. Tom Udall's Office:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting young athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries.
 
The Youth Sports Concussion Act would help ensure that safety standards for sports equipment, including football helmets, are based on the latest science and curb false advertising claims made by manufacturers to

House Unanimously Passes HM3 Supporting Naming Of Submarine The USS Los Alamos

on February 4, 2016 - 9:55am
HB3, sponsored by Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard passes the House of Representatives Thursday in an enthusiastic 67-0 vote. Photo by Rick Carver
 

STATE News:

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard introduced House Memorial 3 supporting the naming of a United States Naval submarine the USS Los Alamos.

House members voted 67-0 Thursday to support HB3.

“The comments were enthusiastically supportive and encouraging,” said Jim Nesmith of Los Alamos who has been promoting the measure for more than a year. “Being able to stand next to Rep.

Udall Bill To Childproof E-Cigarettes Signed Into Law

on February 3, 2016 - 9:28am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  Friday Jan. 29, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed news that a bill he championed to improve e-cigarette safety has been signed into law by the president.
 
The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015 requires manufacturers to put childproof caps on the small bottles of liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes. The number of e-cigarette users — especially young users — has soared in recent years, and this is the first piece of national legislation to help regulate the impact on public health.
 
According to the New Mexico Poison and Drug

Lujan Grisham On Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

on February 3, 2016 - 9:06am
By U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
Mothers, grandmothers, sisters, cousins, or aunts shouldn’t have to wait any longer for equal pay.
 
Wage discrimination based on gender has been a priority of mine in Congress since the moment I took office, because we have a responsibility to ensure economic security for millions of women in this country. But I am frustrated that we still haven't done enough to make sure women in this country have equal pay for equal work.
 
Today marks the seventh year anniversary of The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, an incredible step forward that empowered women to fight

IRS Issues Nine Out of 10 Refunds In Less Than 21 Days

on February 3, 2016 - 9:03am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service recently reminded taxpayers that it issues 90 percent of refunds in less than 21 days. The best way to check the status of a refund is online through the “Where’s my Refund?” (https://www.irs.gov/Refunds) tool at IRS.gov or via the IRS2Go phone app.
 
"As February approaches, more and more taxpayers want to know when they can expect their refunds," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. "There aren't any secret tricks to checking on the status of a refund. Using IRS.gov is the best way for taxpayers to get the latest information."
 
Many taxpayers
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Respiratory Protection Requirements Reduced In Parts Of WIPP Underground

on February 2, 2016 - 8:54am
The yellow highlighted area in the drawing depicts the general area where respiratory protection requirements were lifted this week. Courtey photo
 
WIPP News:
 
As a result of radiological risk mitigation efforts by WIPP Radiological Control teams, this week requirements for respiratory protection were lifted for a significant portion of the WIPP underground.
 
The change in respiratory protection requirements applies to all areas south of S-2520 and represents a significant milestone in the contamination mitigation efforts.

Udall Introduces Amendment To Give All Americans An Opportunity To Invest In Clean Energy Future

on February 2, 2016 - 7:32am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced an amendment that he has filed to energy legislation that would ultimately enable all Americans to buy Clean Energy Victory Bonds, allowing regular people across the country to do their part to invest in our nation's clean energy future.
 
Modeled after war bonds, which raised billions of dollars during World War I and World War II, Clean Energy Victory Bonds would help local, state and federal governments raise billions of dollars in capital that they could then invest in building clean energy infrastructure —

IRS Alerts New Mexico Workers To Major Tax Benefit

on February 2, 2016 - 7:06am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX Millions of taxpayers who earned $53,267 or less last year may qualify for EITC for the first time in 2016, making awareness critical. Local officials and community organizations nationwide are holding events on EITC Awareness Day highlighting this key benefit.
 
“One-third of the population eligible for EITC changes each year as their personal circumstances change,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “We want workers who may qualify for EITC for the first time to have all the information they need to get the EITC and get it right.

Grand Knight Mel Martinez Receives Nationwide Recognition For Service Program And Charity Work

on February 1, 2016 - 8:48pm
Mel Martinez, Grand Knight of Espanola Council, left, and, Pat Nakagawa, District Deputy Knights of Columbus. Courtesy photo
 
K OF C News:
 
"The Knights of Columbus Espanola Council #3314 is a leader among our councils in New Mexico. Worthy Grand Knight Mel Martinez has led and inspired our Espanola Council to this great distinction. As one of the oldest councils, it includes over 500 men who are Knights, making it the largest in the state of New Mexico,” said Pat Nakagawa, District Deputy Knights of Columbus.
 
“Brother Mel has built a Council, which reaches out to men to join the Knights to

Moniz To Discuss Nuclear Non-Proliferation And Iran Deal At Wilson Center

on February 1, 2016 - 8:45pm
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.,  U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will participate in a Director’s Forum 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Auditoriumin in Washington, D.C. on the importance of nuclear non-proliferation and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
 
Last month, after years of negotiations and months of preparations for the implementation of the JCPOA, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certified that Iran had completed all of the required nuclear steps to reach Implementation Day, and as a result, the

Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board Eyes Area G

on January 31, 2016 - 12:53pm

Canisters with profiles similar to the one that erupted at WIPP are kept in LANL's Dome 375 at Area G in a controlled environment under careful surveillance. Courtesy/DOE
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board plans to perform a comprehensive review of emergency preparedness and response programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the next few weeks.

“We’ve been informed by the DNFSB that they’re planning on holding some hearings out here sometime in the March time frame associated with Area G,” said Doug Hintze, Environmental Management

New Mexico Human Trafficking Data Released For 2015

on January 31, 2016 - 11:39am
NHTRC News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors, recently released 2015 data from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline.
 
In 2015, 28 cases of human trafficking were reported to the NHTRC from New Mexico, which included 22 cases of sex trafficking and 5 cases of labor trafficking. In 2014, 28 human trafficking cases were reported. Since 2007, the NHTRC has received reports of 123 cases of human trafficking in New Mexico.

In 2015, 5,973 cases of human trafficking were reported in the

Computer Science For All

on January 31, 2016 - 9:46am

Elementary students in Baltimore, Md with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith. White House photo

President Obama with students at a recent 'Hour of Code' event. White House photo

By MEGAN SMITH
U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Growing up in Buffalo, New York, I was lucky to have teachers in my local public school who found creative and exciting ways to introduce me to all of the STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) disciplines.

Consortium Led By UC Berkeley Awarded $25M NNSA Grant For Nuclear Science And Security Research

on January 30, 2016 - 8:12pm
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced a grant award of $25 million to a University of California, Berkeley-led consortium of eight universities for research and development (R&D) in nuclear science and security. 
 
This long-term investment will support the consortium at $5 million per year for five years. The grant, awarded for the second time to the Berkeley-led consortium, followed announcement of a funding opportunity issued in May 2015.
 
The other consortium members include Michigan State University; the University

Moon Was Produced By Head-on Collision Between Earth And A Forming Planet

on January 30, 2016 - 10:16am

Paul Warren, Edward Young (holding sample of a rock from the moon) and Issaku Kohl. Photo by Christelle Snow/UCLA

UCLA News:

  • UCLA-led research reconstructs massive crash, which took place 4.5 billion years ago

The moon was formed by a violent, head-on collision between the early Earth and a “planetary embryo” called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed, UCLA geochemists and colleagues report.

Scientists had already known about this high-speed crash, which occurred almost 4.5 billion years ago, but many thought the Earth collided with Theia (pronounced THAY-eh) at an

Record Amount Of Counterfeit Hoverboards Seized

on January 30, 2016 - 7:24am
CBP displayed this hoverboard with exposed counterfeit battery during a Jan. 27 press conference in Chicago. Courtesy photo
 
USCBP News:
 
CHICAGO  U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Chicago Field Office have seized more than 16,000 counterfeit hoverboards with an estimated MSRP of more thn $6 million. 
 
The self-balancing scooters, commonly referred to as “hoverboards” contain batteries that are deemed unauthorized and therefore counterfeit as well as fake trademark logos.
 
“This is a fine example of our officers and import specialists ensuring that only

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Selection Of Valles Caldera, Bandelier For National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project

on January 28, 2016 - 4:12pm

Sen. Tom Udall in September at the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/jemezdailypost.com

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

  • Funding award will engage Tribal youth in forest restoration, public lands preservation 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Bandelier National Monument have been selected to participate in the National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project.

The National Park Service (NPS) has selected 69 projects at 63 parks nationwide to highlight during its centennial

Advanced Algorithms Used To Identify Six Botnets

on January 28, 2016 - 8:08am

Prof. Bracha Shapira

HSNW News:

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) cyber security researchers have discovered and traced approximately six “botnets” by analyzing data collected from past cyberattacks. Botnets are networks of malicious, remotely updatable code that covertly lurk on infected computers.

Using botnets, which until now were largely untraceable, hackers and cyber criminals can carry out powerful attacks, spread viruses, generate spam, and commit other types of online crime.

Prof. Lior Rokach

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) reports that the

Los Alamos Names Laboratory Fellows For 2015

on January 27, 2016 - 10:00am

LANL News:
  • Honorees span sciences in materials, weapons physics and complex systems

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been selected as 2015 Laboratory Fellows. The honorees this year are Michael Bernardin, Avadh Saxena, Carlos Tome and Piotr Zelenay.

“The Laboratory Fellows Organization recognizes researchers for innovative scientific and technical advances in their respective fields,” Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan said.

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