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LANL MSC Consortium Honors Donors

on October 20, 2016 - 3:45pm

From left, LANL Deputy Director Rich Kacich, Executive Director Dave Lyons and MSC President Joseph Sanchez recognized MSC Grant Pool donors during the 3rd annual Donor Dinner Oct. 7 at the Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, RDC Executive Director Val Alonzo, Executive Director Dave Lyons and CPO Director Kathy Keith at the 3rd annual Donor Dinner Oct. 7 at the Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

SANTA FE – The LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium (MSC) and Los Alamos

Los Alamos Scientist Recognized For Work To Increase Availability Of Critical Medical Isotope

on October 20, 2016 - 3:44pm

Iain May was recognized for his work to increase the availability of critical medical isotopes. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

  • Study predicts shortage of isotope used for medical diagnostic imaging 

A scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory was recently recognized by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) for his work towards ensuring the reliability and domestic supply of a critical medical isotope used for diagnostic imaging.

DOE Releases Request For Information/Sources Sought For Savannah River Site Operations Acquisition

on October 20, 2016 - 3:12pm
DOE News:
CINCINNATI OH  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) issued a Request for Information (RFI) /Sources Sought in support the upcoming follow-on procurement for the management and operation (M&O) of the Savannah River Site (SRS).
The current SRS M&O contract, DE-AC09-08SR22470, with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), expires on July 31, 2018 and is a major component of the overall SRS work scope and contracting structure.
The RFI/Sources Sought is seeking to solicit input via capability statements from

RCLC Receives Informative Updates On Consent Order Agreement And Steps To Move Forward With GRT Issue

on October 20, 2016 - 2:45pm
RCLC News:
SANTA FE  The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) held its monthly Board meeting Oct. 14, at the Taos Plaza Old County Courthouse in Taos.
From the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), NM Secretary of Environment, Bruce Tongate and Katie Roberts, Director of the Resource Protection Division reported on the updated Consent Order Agreement. This agreement between the NMED and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) guides and governs the cleanup of legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
Roberts discussed how NMED has incorporated public

Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Now Accepting Applications For 2017 Awards

on October 20, 2016 - 2:21pm
Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) is now accepting applications for 2017 awards.
The largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico, LAESF supports students from Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties pursuing higher education in all fields of study.
High school seniors enrolling in or undergraduates currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution in pursuit of a four-year degree may apply for awards ranging from $1,000 to $20,000. Application deadline is Jan. 17, 2017.

LANL Co-sponsors ChallengeHER Conference Oct. 26

on October 18, 2016 - 4:57pm

LANL News:

  • Empowering women-owned small business owners

Los Alamos National Laboratory is co-sponsoring the ChallengeHER small business conference Wednesday, Oct. 26 in Albuquerque. The conference is designed to assist women-owned small businesses and other small businesses navigate the sometimes complex process of competing for federal government contracts.

The conference is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Central New Mexico College Workforce Learning Center, 5600 Eagle Rock Ave., N.E., in Albuquerque.

The free conference includes workshops on topics such as “Research and Marketing,” the

Science On Tap: Harnessing Actinium-225 For Cancer Treatment At 5:30 p.m. Thursday

on October 18, 2016 - 12:24pm


This month's Science On Tap features Maryline Ferrier who will talk about harnessing Actinium-225 for cancer treatment beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20,  at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square. Light refreshments will be provided for this event by the Central New Mexico Section of the American Chemical Society.

For this event, Ferrier, with the Lab’s Inorganic Isotope & Actinide Chemistry group, will talk about the research taking place at the Lab to better understand actinium-225. This unique and rare radioisotope has tremendous potential for the treatment of

Legislative Committee To Discuss Future Of Broadband In New Mexico

on October 18, 2016 - 11:27am

Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla


SANTA FE - Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla (D-14-Bernalillo) will chair the Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee Oct. 20-21 in room 317 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. The meeting will focus on expanding broadband in New Mexico and increasing the speed of broadband systems already in New Mexico.

“New Mexico’s broadband access and expansion strategies have a direct impact on our job creation and economic future” Padilla said.

WIPP: Plans Call For Controlled Withdrawal From South End Of Underground

on October 18, 2016 - 11:19am
WIPP News:
At a Carlsbad Town Hall Meeting last night, the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) announced its intention to close the far south end of the WIPP underground.
CBFO initiated discussions with the New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this week, and efforts are underway to develop a plan to close the far south end of the mine.

Joint DOD-DOE Environmental Meeting Tonight

on October 18, 2016 - 10:36am


ALBUQUERQUE -- The Department of Energy/Department of Defense Semi-Annual Public Meeting on environmental programs takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 18 at the Cesar Chavez Community Center (7505 Kathryn SE--off of Louisiana Blvd. and Zuni in Albuquerque.

This is a joint meeting between Sandia National Laboratories' Environmental Programs and the Kirtland Air Force Base Environmental Restoration Program to provide information about environmental restoration and ongoing outreach efforts.

For more information, contact Dave Rast at the DOE Sandia Field office at

Los Alamos Scientists Win Top American Physical Society Prizes

on October 18, 2016 - 9:24am

Alan Perelson of Los Alamos' Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group.


LANL News:

Two senior scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are being honored by the American Physical Society (APS) for their fundamental contributions in nuclear physics and biophysics.

Joe Carlson of the Laboratory’s Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology group is the winner of the APS’ 2017 Herman Feshbach Prize in theoretical nuclear physics.

Joe Carlson, of the Lab's Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology group.

Alan Perelson, of Theoretical Biology and Biophysics,

Meet Local Author Laura Kelly 5-7 p.m. Thursday

on October 18, 2016 - 8:33am
Los Alamos Author Laura Kelly
Los Alamos Daily Post

Laura Kelly has a full schedule; it includes teaching fitness classes at the Los Alamos Family YMCA and working at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Still, Kelly wanted to add one more thing to her to-do list: write a novel.

After receiving numerous emails about workshops run by Tom Bird, an expert on crafting bestselling books, Kelly decided to give one a try in Santa Fe. She attended the workshop and said, “I was hooked.”

Ultimately, she decided to go a step further and sign up for one of Bird’s “Write Your Best

How The U.S. Failed In Excess Weapons Plutonium Disposition ... A Nuclear Sputnik Moment?

on October 17, 2016 - 10:48pm
Los Alamos

Putin’s withdrawal from the U.S./Russia agreement for each nation to destroy 34 tons of excess weapons plutonium, (W-Pu) enough for 17,000 nuclear weapons, is more the consequence of U.S. technical failure than the deterioration of an international relationship. Both nations agreed that the plutonium be either destroyed by fission or converted to a plutonium isotopic form that was not useful for weapons. Russia chose to build a fast-spectrum nuclear reactor in hopes of launching a new breeder technology. The U. S.

Cornerstone Investors Help Boost United Way Of Northern New Mexico's Thermometer

on October 17, 2016 - 2:54pm

​​United Way Cornerstone Companies and Regional Partners give the Community Action Fund Thermometer a boost to more than 3,800 residents in Northern New Mexico that will have access to programs in 2017.​ From left, UWNNM's Kristy Ortega, Paul Cook of Cray Inc., LANL CPO's Debbi Wersonick, Plateau Property Management's Jeanne Bridge, LANB's Liddie Martinez, New Mexico Bank & Trust's Pam Mayfield and Lesley Harelson, Plateau Property Management's Bruce Norman mnd Mike Lippiatt. Courtesy photo

 UWNNM News:

There is a cost of doing business in all industries, even the nonprofit industry.

Los Alamos Startup Builds Immunity

on October 13, 2016 - 3:43pm
Goutam Gupta, LANL scientist, founded the biotech company Innate Immunity. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

About 10 years ago, according to Goutam Gupta, a molecular biophysicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, researchers in his lab came up with an idea about an emerging problem related to antibiotic drugs.

The problem, which has been recognized as a global threat by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is that antimicrobial agents have been so effective and so widely used that the infectious organisms they were designed to kill have developed

Los Alamos-UK Collaboration Unveils Hidden Molecular Machinery In RNA Processes

on October 13, 2016 - 3:38pm
Artist’s impression of a long, non-coding RNA system. Grey/blue/red indicates main long non-coding RNA. Green, showing a second RNA interacting with long-noncoding RNA. Magenta ribbons and blue barrels indicated RNA-interacting proteins. Courtesy/LANL


A special stretch of ribonucleic acid (RNA) called COOLAIR is revealing its inner structure and function to scientists, displaying a striking resemblance to an RNA molecular machine, territory previously understood to be limited to the cells’ protein factory (the ‘ribosome’) and not a skill set given to mere strings of RNA.

“We are

LANL: Rocket Motor Concept Could Boost CubeSat Missions

on October 13, 2016 - 9:21am


Artists concept of a CubeSat on-board propulsion system. Courtesy/Inside Out Visuals

LANL News:

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a rocket motor concept that could pave the way for CubeSats zooming across space. These small, low-cost satellites are an easy way for scientists to access space, but are lacking in one key area, on-board propulsion.

“The National Academy of Sciences recently convened a meeting to look at science missions in CubeSats,” said Bryce Tappan, an explosives chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and lead researcher on the CubeSat

The Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Discusses Consent Order Agreement And Gross Receipt Tax Issue

on October 12, 2016 - 5:27pm
RCLC News:
SANTA FE  The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) will hold its monthly board meeting 9-11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 14, at the Taos Plaza Old County Courthouse, 121 N Plaza, Mural Room, 2nd floor in Taos.
The Regional Coalition has invited New Mexico Secretary of Environment, Bruce Tongate and Katie Roberts, Director of the Resource Protection Division at New Mexico Environment Department (NMED). Roberts will report on the Consent Order Agreement, an agreement between the NMED and the U.S.

WIPP: Updates On Ground Control Activities―Additional Rock Falls In Panel 3 Access Drift

on October 11, 2016 - 3:22pm
WIPP News:

Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) was evaluating the area of the rock fall in the Panel 3 exhaust drift Oct. 7, and determined that additional sections have dislodged since the initial report earlier in the week.

This area was, and continues to be, prohibited which means no personnel are allowed to enter. Being an inactive area of the mine, no ground control measures are being taken and additional falls may occur in this area until the remainder of the unstable portions of the drift have fallen.
This additional rock fall in the Panel 3 drift is smaller than the initial fall

Science Magazine Reviews ‘Doomed To Cooperate’

on October 9, 2016 - 10:18am
Los Alamos

Science magazine, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), typically selects on average only two to three science books to review each week, so the fact that a review of Sig Hecker's two-volume set, "Doomed to Cooperate" appeared in the Sept. 23, 2016 issue of Science is a significant recognition of this literary effort at the national level.

This book set, published by the Bathtub Row Press under the auspices of the Los Alamos Historical Society, deals with the cooperative efforts of Russian and American scientists to

Scenes From Art Opening: ‘I Am Become Death’

on October 9, 2016 - 7:42am
Friday’s art opening unveils the latest exhibit at Fuller Lodge Art Center, which touches on the controversial topic of the results of the Manhattan Project in ‘I Am Become Death’. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Spirited. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Staff Report
The Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos art opening Friday unveiled the theories and opinions of artists from across the country.
Some view the results of the Manhattan project as a curse, others a blessing. The Art Center touches upon this controversial topic in the new show, “I Am Become Death”.

E-Book Version Of Doomed To Cooperate Now Available

on October 8, 2016 - 10:06pm
Doomed to Cooperate book cover. Courtesy photo
Doomed to Cooperate, a two-volume set of books sharing stories of lab-to-lab collaboration between the United States and Russia following the collapse of the Soviet Union, is now available as an e-book.
Published by Bathtub Row Press, the imprint of the Los Alamos Historical Society, the new digital format readers a way to engage with more than 100 Russian and American papers, vignettes, and interviews.

Doomed to Cooperate: How American and Russian Scientists Joined Forces to Avert Some of the Greatest Post–Cold War

Nuclear Worker Documentary Coming To Los Alamos

on October 8, 2016 - 9:32pm
The Award Winning documentary “The Safe Side of the Fence” will be showing at 7 p.m., Oct. 20 at The Reel Deal Movie Theater in Los Alamos.
The film looks at the nation’s nuclear legacy from the Manhattan Project to today’s nuclear industry. World War II’s Manhattan Project required the refinement of massive amounts of uranium, and St. Louis-based Mallinckrodt Chemical Works took on the job.
As a result, the chemical company’s employees would become some of the most contaminated nuclear workers in history. This documentary explores the legacy that St.

DOE Releases RFP For Oak Ridge Office Of Environmental Management Technical Support Services

on October 7, 2016 - 8:46am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) Technical Support Services (TSS) acquisition.
An Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract from which Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP) and Time-and-Materials (T&M) task orders may be issued is anticipated. The RFP is being issued as a small business set-aside, and the IDIQ contract ordering period is five years from date of contract award.

WIPP UPDATE: Ground Control Review Underway Following Rock Fall

on October 7, 2016 - 7:31am
WIPP News:
Tuesday, Sept. 27, salt rock debris was discovered by ground control crews during routine monitoring and inspections of the Panel 4 entrance within the WIPP underground.
Panel 4, one of the most southern portions of WIPP, was closed in 2010 and consists of seven disposal rooms filled with transuranic (TRU) waste. No WIPP personnel were present at the time of the salt rock fall, as the area had already been under restricted access -- requiring management approval to access -- since March 2016.
Recently, access was more strictly prohibited -- no personnel entry allowed