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Bathtub Row Press Releases New Book On US-Russian Lab-To-Lab Cooperation

on June 24, 2016 - 11:29am

Dr. Siegfried Hecker

BOOK RELEASE News:

Join the Los Alamos Historical Society, Dr. Siegfried Hecker and contributing authors for the release of Doomed to Cooperate 7-9 p.m., June 28 in Fuller Lodge.

This new title from Bathtub Row Press presents the story of the US-Russian lab-to-lab cooperation that spanned more than two decades.

Doomed to Cooperate: How American and Russian Scientists Joined Forces to Avert Some of the Greatest Post–Cold War Nuclear Dangers tells the remarkable story of nuclear scientists from two former enemy nations, the United States and Russia, who reached across

DOE Funds Two Los Alamos Energy Projects

on June 23, 2016 - 4:31pm

LANL News:

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory projects are among technologies supported in today’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announcement of nearly $16 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace.

“Los Alamos research expands the options for energy production while minimizing the impact on the environment. This work supports our mission to strengthen the security of energy for the nation,” said Melissa Fox, director of Applied Energy Programs at Los Alamos.

Local Legislator Tackles National Nuclear Issues

on June 23, 2016 - 10:50am

New Mexico State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaks with INL Director Mark Peters during a site visit last week about the various issues facing the DOE sites and the role of the national labs moving forward. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Legislative leaders from the Department of Energy site states gathered last week at Idaho National Laboratory to meet with DOE officials, researchers and industry experts for a briefing on nuclear-related topics crucial to the national laboratories.

New Mexico State Rep.

Udall Votes To Prevent Suspected Terrorists From Obtaining Guns

on June 23, 2016 - 9:16am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has joined Senate Democrats in pushing for two measures to close loopholes in the law by expanding background checks for gun purchases and preventing suspected terrorists from obtaining guns.
 
The measures, offered as amendments to the annual Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies funding bill, were blocked by Senate Republicans who offered counter proposals that would weaken gun laws.
 
"Today, we had the opportunity to pass measures supported by an overwhelming number of Americans that could

Compelling Reason NOT To Build LANL Bypass Road

on June 22, 2016 - 6:37am
This bear is spotted recently strolling along West Road. Photo by Andi Kron
 
By ANDI KRON
Los Alamos
 
On an evening around sunset recently, I was enjoying a beautiful view and quiet stroll across Omega Bridge and then onto the trail behind the Research Park.
 
As usual, I like to take the trail behind the building rather than the noisier West Jemez Road. As I headed out of the trees and approached the intersection with West Road, I looked up and quite unexpectedly saw the cutest little bear--about 2 years old--wandering around the road in front of me.

Review: The Untold Biology Of A Physicists’ Town

on June 21, 2016 - 8:23pm

Elizabeth Church signs copies of her new novel in May at Collected Works in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

Review By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

“The Atomic Weight of Love” is Los Alamos novelist Elizabeth Church’s first book, written by an unproven, non-celebrity writer, not even a relative of Los Alamos’s most famous literary figure, the poet Peggy Pond Church.

Elizabeth Church is on her own hook.

DOE Awards $4 Million Contract To RRC-JGMS NHO

on June 21, 2016 - 6:01pm
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI  The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the award of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to RRC-JGMS NHO, LLC (RJ-JV), a small business in Wexford, Penn. 
 
The contract will have a maximum value of $4 million over 4 years. Firm-fixed-price and time and material task orders will be issued from the base contract. Work performed under this contract will be performed at various DOE-EM sites.
 
The Contractor will provide the U.S.

DOE Invests $82 Million In Nuclear Technology

on June 21, 2016 - 4:35pm
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $82 million in nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure awards in 28 states.
 
In total, 93 projects were selected to receive funding that will help push innovative nuclear technologies toward commercialization and into the market. These awards provide funding for nuclear energy-related research through the Nuclear Energy University Program, Nuclear Science User Facilities, and Nuclear Energy Enabling Technology programs.

High School Equivalency Program And Laboratory ‘Returning Student’ Scholarship Support Young Man’s Career Goals In Counseling

on June 18, 2016 - 7:57am
Joaquin Montano is the office manger at the UNM-Toas, Rio Arriba County High School Equivalency Program that assisted him with completing his GED. Supported by a Laboratory Scholarship, he is pursuing a degree in Integrative Studies at Northern New Mexico College and works with other migrant and seasonal farm workers to better themselves through education. Photo by Andrea Multari/LANL Foundation 
 
LANL FOUNDATION News:

Joaquin Montaño has always known the value of hard work. Growing up in Santa Cruz, N.M., he and his siblings lived with the rule that the family and ranch come first.

Genomics Conference Started When Human Genome Sequencing Finished

on June 16, 2016 - 3:59pm

The 11th Annual Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future Meeting June 1-3 had more than 300 people in attendance, a capacity audience in the ballroom at the La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

An annual conference of researchers, technologists and funders in the soaring field of genomics held its 11th event June 1-3 in Santa Fe. The conference has grown from about 70 people when it began in 2006 to more than 300 this year.

Chris Detter, founder and chairman of the organizing committee of the 11th

Udall Advances NM Priorities In Major Defense Bill

on June 15, 2016 - 9:19am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has joined the Senate in voting 85-13 to support our troops, military bases and national defense programs in New Mexico and across the country. 

The annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a policy bill that directs the progress of $543 billion in national defense programs.

Udall And Luján Meet With County, Rio Rancho Officials To Discuss Ways To Connect Intel Employees, College Graduates With Job Opportunities At Labs

on June 15, 2016 - 8:55am
SENATE News:
 
RIO RANCHO — June 1, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, along with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, convened a meeting of representatives from New Mexico’s national labs, the University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College, Intel, and the Sandoval Economic Alliance, as well as Rio Rancho Mayor Greg Hull, to discuss the importance of collaboration to address New Mexico’s unemployment and slow economic recovery.
 
They also discussed the importance of working together to keep Intel strong in Rio Rancho, while retaining the talented workforce within New Mexico that could be impacted

Laboratory Scholarship Winner Uses Leadership To Give Back To Others

on June 15, 2016 - 8:52am
Solomon Sindelar in uniform on the New Mexico Military Institute campus. Courtesy/New Mexico Military Institute
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Growing up in Cerrillos, NM, life for Solomon Sindelar was anything but typical. The small town located on the Turquoise Trail south of Santa Fe is known for its rich mining history, dirt roads, and old storefronts reminiscent of the Wild West.
 
The rural quality of life appealed to Solomon’s parents when they relocated from Colorado to raise their family in an off-the- grid home and start a solar electric company.

Downwinders Compare Themselves To Hiroshima Victims

on June 15, 2016 - 8:49am
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Downwinders in Tularosa are making their voices heard this week, during a time when the city of Hiroshima, Japan has been a staple of the news.
 
A traditional Hispanic town with a population of about 3,000, Tularosa is not far from the Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb test took place July 16, 1945.
 
For several years the people in the south-central part of the state have become increasingly aware of the price their friends and neighbors, families and forebears have paid in the nation’s nuclear saga.

Compassion And Communication Inspire Laboratory Scholarship Winner

on June 14, 2016 - 12:37pm
Katherine Wang joy in music grew from personal exploration to a means of connecting with others. Courtesy/ LANL Foundation, Andrea Multari
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Katherine Wang describes herself as “independent.” From an early age she was self-driven and focused on academics. Her interest in music and playing the piano were enjoyable but very personal, not shared with peers beyond the required recitals.
 
This reserve would later shift, marking a change in not only her own perspectives on music, but also on her hopes and ambitions in other areas of her life.
 
In high school Katherine

Laboratory Scholarship And Internship Helped Shape Career Direction Of A Winner From The Valley

on June 13, 2016 - 8:44pm
Lindsay Redman on the job at Los Alamos National Laboratory, working with the Isotope Program to understand the rare element actinium and to develop radiotherapy treatment for cancer. Photo by Richard C. Robinson/LANL
 
LANLF News:
 
Lindsay Redman says she always knew she would have a career in science. As early as Kindergarten, she was active in school science fairs and sought opportunities to learn and explore.
 
One of the benefits of attending smaller schools like Holy Cross Catholic School in Santa Cruz and McCurdy School in Espanola was the emphasis on developing writing and

LANL’s Motor Cycle Safety Committee Thanks Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

on June 13, 2016 - 10:30am

LANL’s  Motorcycle Safety Committee has made great strides toward raising awareness for riders in Los Alamos and around the state. With the help of Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, a State Certificate was created announcing May as ‘Motorcycle Awareness Month’. Motorcyclists in the county as well as throughout New Mexico benefit from the publicity of Garcia Richard’s awareness declaration. With the increasing amount of motorcyclists on the roads, safety and awareness has never been more important! Courtesy photo

DOE’s Environmental Management Hosts Community Day For Legacy Cleanup Work AT LANL 3-5 p.m. Today

on June 13, 2016 - 8:32am

 

 

 

 

EM-LA News:

The Environmental Management’s Los Alamos Field Office invites the public to meet with Solicitation officials to discuss the Draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract. 

The Solicitation team is seeking public input for consideration for the final RFP.

The meeting is 3-5 p.m. today, June 13, in Meeting Rooms 2 and 3 on third floor of Los Alamos at the Mesa Library, 2400 Central Ave.

RSVP by email to annette.russell@em.doe.gov, mike.gardipe@em.doe.gov or steven.horak@em.doe.gov or call 505.665.5658. For more information on the

LANL Director: Employees May Sign On With Contract Competitors Or Help Write Proposals – With Approvals

on June 11, 2016 - 6:29am
Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy photo
 
 
BY ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
With traffic in major contract competitions beginning to thicken in the nuclear weapons complex in general and in Northern New Mexico in particular, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the managing and operating contractor for Los Alamos National Laboratory, has decided that the rules for proposal-related activities by lab personnel will need some extra attention.
 
Although LANS’s contract to run the laboratory has been given a grace period that will continue through September 2018, the

Agencies Collaborate To Move Americium To LANL

on June 10, 2016 - 3:51pm

Some 40 people involved in the safe transport of americium from Santa Fe to LANL gather for a group photo following a press conference June 2 at the Oppenheimer Study Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Gov. Susana Martinez discusses the collaboration between several agencies to safely move hazardous materail to a secure location at LANL. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial Pledges Unprecedented Support For Clean Energy R&D

on June 10, 2016 - 8:59am
DOE News:
 
SAN FRANCISCO  At the inaugural Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial, ministers from all Mission Innovation partners released their respective governments’ plans to double clean energy research and development funding over five years. Ministers also welcomed the European Commission on behalf of the European Union as the 21st partner.
 
Collectively, these 21 partners represent well over 80 percent of global public investment in clean energy research and development, currently totaling approximately $15 billion per year.

NNSA On Arrival Of Plutonium And Uranium From Japan’s Fast Critical Assembly At Savannah River Site And Y-12 National Security Complex

on June 10, 2016 - 5:45am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A shipment of plutonium and highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)’s Fast Critical Assembly (FCA) reactor arrived safely at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C., and Y-12 National Security Complex near Oak Ridge, Tenn.
 
“The removal of the material from Japan represents a significant accomplishment in our broader global nuclear security efforts to secure highly enriched uranium and plutonium worldwide.

New Coworking Space Opens In Central Park Square

on June 9, 2016 - 10:51am

Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz, center, chats with attendees gathered Wednesday evening at the first public opening of  projectY, a new coworking space in Central Park Square. The organization also hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier in the day attended by LANL CTO Duncan McBranch, Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary and Councilor Kristin Henderson. Photo by Jim O'Donnell

From left, LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan, Dist. 43 Rep.

Chicken Little And The Sitting Ducks: On The Question Of Planetary Defense

on June 7, 2016 - 12:23pm

In 2014, the spectacular Comet Ison grazed the sun and disappeared. Courtesy/Hubble Space Telescope

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
LOS ALAMOS DAILY POST

Glen Wurden, LANL plasma physicist, has conceived an insurance policy for planetary defense. Courtesy/LANL

Glen Wurden, a plasma physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. has an idea about how the world could end: he thinks there is agood chance it maybe more with a bang, than a whimper.

Also an amateur astronomer, Wurdenis especially focused onasteroids and comets, random missiles whizzing around the solar system and occasionally colliding

Leadership Los Alamos Profile: Devon Durrer

on June 7, 2016 - 10:00am

Devon Durrer, 2016 graduate of Leadership Los Alamos. Photo by Martha Katko

LLA News:

Enrollment is open through June 25 for the Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2017 and everyone is welcome to apply.

Between now and then, the Los Alamos Daily Post is publishing a series of Q&A profiles on recent LLA graduates who talk about their experience in the program.

Leadership Los Alamos is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization founded to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos community, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and

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