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Los Alamos’s Rusty Gray Elected To National Academy Of Engineering

on February 17, 2017 - 9:30am

Rusty Gray was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

George “Rusty” Gray III, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Materials Science in Radiation and Dynamic Extremes group, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He was cited for his contributions to the understanding of the dynamic and shock-loading deformation and damage response of materials. 

“Rusty’s investigations of the structure and property behavior of materials subjected to dynamic and shock-loading conditions have provided significant understanding of material strength

Los Alamos Historical Society's Annual Overnight Guided Tour To Trinity Site March 31-April 1

on February 17, 2017 - 6:58am
 
LAHS News:
 
Trinity Site, the location where on July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated, is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site March 31 and April 1 for the spring opening.
 
The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range. Departure from Trinity Site will be out of the northern Stallion Gate, with a lunch stop at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.
 
Bonuses include a visit to the

WIPP Releases Preliminary Shipping Estimates

on February 16, 2017 - 3:33pm
WIPP News:
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) has developed estimates for the resumption of shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) over the next 12 months. 
 
Shipments are expected to be made during that time from Idaho, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, the Savannah River Site, and Waste Control Specialists.
 
Shipments of TRU waste from generator sites across the U.S. are expected to commence in April.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Heads To Washington, D.C. Next Week

on February 16, 2017 - 10:16am

RCLC News:

SANTA FE — The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) is traveling next week to Washington, D.C. The RCLA will attend the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) meeting and other meetings with Congressional offices and Department of Energy (DOE) government officials Feb. 20-24 to discuss matters relating to LANL’s upcoming management and operations contract, workforce priorities, mission diversification and legacy waste cleanup.

Members of the RCLC Board of Directors attending  the D.C.

LANL Hosts Public Meeting At Fuller Lodge March 8

on February 15, 2017 - 4:12pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory will hold a public meeting 5:30-7:30 p.m., March 8 at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave., in Los Alamos.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on a hazardous waste permit modification request to add storage units at Technical Area 55 at the Laboratory.

The proposed permit modification is available for public review weekdays 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the New Mexico Environment Department – Hazardous Waste Bureau, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Building 1, in Santa Fe.

Copies also are available at the Los Alamos Hardcopy Public Reading Room 9

Los Alamos Teens Needed For Citizen Science Mission

on February 11, 2017 - 8:37am
 
SCIENCE News:
 
Café Scientifique Los Alamos is hosting a Teen Science Café at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 9 in the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
The presentation will focus on the Sun’s Corona Observed During A Solar Eclipse.
 
Café Presenter, Dr. Galen Gisler of Los Alamos National Laboratory will present on sun’s corona, which is normally visible only during a total solar eclipse and why this is important. He also will talk about the upcoming solar eclipse Aug. 21 and the path it will be take to seen as a full solar eclipse across the US.
 
Eight Los Alamos

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill To Protect Scientists From Political Interference

on February 10, 2017 - 12:40pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 25 of their Senate colleagues in cosponsoring a bill that would protect government scientists and their capacity to share information with the public from political interference. The legislation comes in the wake of recent reports that President Trump’s transition team sought a list of all Department of Energy employees and national lab contractors who attended meetings on climate issues and Trump administration officials placed gag orders on employees at the Environmental Protection Agency.
 

Los Alamos Research On Cancer’s Origins Key Part Of Huge Grant

on February 10, 2017 - 8:41am

Ludmil Alexandrov, Los Alamos National Laboratory, part of a team seeking to build a much deeper understanding of DNA damage – what causes it and how it leads to cancer. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • $25 million from Cancer Research UK funds Big Data analysis identifying mutational signatures of cancer​

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Ludmil Alexandrov has been announced as a member of one of the first four global research teams funded under Cancer Research UK’s “Grand Challenge,” which seeks to revolutionize the understanding of cancer and its prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The

SNL Sued In Class Action Alleging Gender Bias

on February 8, 2017 - 4:49pm
COURT News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorneys Kelly Dermody of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and David Lopez of Outten & Golden LLP announce the filing of a federal class action lawsuit in New Mexico alleging that Sandia National Laboratories has engaged in systemic and pervasive discrimination against its female employees.

The lawsuit, Kennicott v. Sandia National Laboratories, filed by three current and former employees, accuses Sandia of engaging in a pattern and practice of gender discrimination against its female employees.

Sandia Technical Partners Announces Participation In NTESS Team For Management And Operation Of SNL

on February 8, 2017 - 9:03am

STP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Sandia Technical Partners, LLC (STP), a New Mexico-based joint venture, announces its participation in the new Management and Operations Contract for Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) recently awarded to National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS). Los Alamos Technical Associates (LATA) is the managing member of STP formed to enhance small business participation in the SNL operation.

In addition to LATA, STP member entities include:
  • Strategic Management Solutions, LLC (SMSI);
  • Innovative Technology Partnership, LLC (ITP); and 
  • Sigma Science, Inc.

LANL: Two Regional Businesses Receive Native American Venture Acceleration Fund Awards

on February 4, 2017 - 4:01am
Phoebe Suina, owner of High Water Mark, LLC. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
Two Northern New Mexico Native American-owned and -operated businesses received $30,000 in grants through a Native American Venture Acceleration Fund created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and the Regional Development Corporation (RDC).
 
“These investments create jobs for pueblo-owned businesses and help strengthen the area’s economy,” LANL Community Partnerships Director Kathy Keith said.
 
To date, more than $280,000 has been invested in the northern area regional economy through the Native

LANL: Exascale Computing Project (ECP) Announces Formation Of ECP Industry Council

on February 3, 2017 - 8:29am

LANL News:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Exascale Computing Project (ECP), a collaborative project led by six Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories with the project management office established at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Wednesday announced the formation of the ECP Industry Council, an external advisory group of executives from some of the nation’s most prominent companies with a collaborative interest in bringing the potential of exascale computing to a wide range of industry segments.

Exascale refers to computing systems operating at least 50 times faster than the

Writer Discusses Manhattan Project Through Poetry

on February 3, 2017 - 7:23am

​Poet and professor Joni Wallace

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
 

What occurred in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project has never faded from history or from our minds. It’s a period of time that poet and University of Arizona Poetry Center Professor Joni Wallace always wanted to write about and she achieved her wish with “Kingdom Come Radio Show.”

The Los Alamos Historical Society will feature Wallace during its lecture series, “Mesas and Particles: Los Alamos as Literary Muse,” at 7 p.m., Feb. 14 at Fuller Lodge.

To Wallace, Los Alamos is more than just a location of

Former LANL Manager Steve Younger Lands Top Job At Sandia

on February 2, 2017 - 11:27pm
Sandia National Laboratories' signature centrifuge is one of  the tools used in stockpile stewardship and national security work. Under a new contract, a former LANL physicist assumes the director’s post. Photo by Randy Montoya/SNL
 

Steve Younger


By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Close observers of the nuclear weapons complex might have been surprised last month by the news that Lockheed Martin’s long run as manager of Sandia National Laboratories would come to an end after 23 years at the job.

For Steve Younger, who will become the new SNL director May 1, the change of

Changes Announced To LANL Foundation Education & Community Grants Process

on February 2, 2017 - 4:34pm

LANL News:

ESPAÑOLA—The LANL Foundation supports the work of schools, nonprofits and community programs in Northern New Mexico through its grants program. Changes have been made to the grantmakingprocess to assure fair distribution of funds and alignment of outside programs with Foundation strategies.

Public school districts, nonprofit New Mexico educational institutions, IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) organizations, government agencies, and Pueblo/Tribal communities are eligible to apply for grants of up to $2500. The individual grant amount was increasedfrom $1,500 to be more impactful.

BSMA Seeks Volunteers To Staff Souvenir Kiosk At Bradbury Science Museum

on February 2, 2017 - 9:24am

Bradbury Science Museum Association's Ryn Herrmann assists local shopper Katy Korkos to make her selections recently at the Gadgets Museum Store Kiosk. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Volunteers are needed to help operate the Gadgets Museum Store Kiosk, which is run by volunteers of the Bradbury Science Museum Association inside the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Katie Herrmann

BSMA News:

The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) needs volunteers to help operate Gadgets, the museum’s souvenir kiosk.

The Bradbury Science Museum is open 7-days a week and the BSMA seeks to

John Yeager Wins Presidential Early Career Award

on January 31, 2017 - 7:56pm

John Yeager is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • Award honors leading early-career scientists and engineers

John Yeager of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s High Explosives Science and Technology group is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

The Presidential Early Career Awards are intended to encourage and accelerate American innovation to grow our economy and tackle our greatest challenges.

“I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Relief For Victims Of Radiation Exposure

on January 30, 2017 - 11:17am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have renewed efforts to expand restitution for New Mexicans and others who have been affected by exposure to radiation during the development and testing of nuclear weapons in the Cold War by reintroducing the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).  
 
Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) joined Udall and Heinrich in introducing the bill that would expand compensation eligibility to more areas of New Mexico, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, Montana,

First GPS Data Release To Boost Space-weather Science

on January 30, 2017 - 9:32am

An image illustrating the six orbital planes in which GPS satellites (‘navigational satellites’ or ns) fly around Earth. This configuration shows the orbits just before the start of this solar cycle’s biggest geomagnetic storm, which occurred March 17, 2015. The darkest orbital lines indicate the position of the satellites in that moment; the lightest lines indicate where they were 12 hours prior. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

Today, more than 16 years of

C’YA Event Salutes 94 Individuals And Organizations

on January 30, 2017 - 8:34am
Director's Choice Award nominees Donald Poston and Kitty Gandee. Photo by Chad Lauritzen
 
Adults who make a difference in the lives of children. Photo by Chad Lauritzen
 
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Champions of Youth Ambitions

Saturday, many braved the snowy conditions that cancelled local community activities to salute the 94 individuals and organizations that work to make our community one worth living in every day.

Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), along with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation and the Los Alamos Community Development Corporation showcased a variety of

DOE Releases Draft RFP For Moab UMTRA Technical Assistance Contract (TAC) Procurement

on January 29, 2017 - 8:01am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Technical Assistance Contract (TAC), in Moab, Utah.
 
An Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract, utilizing Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP) and Time-and-Material task orders, is anticipated.
 
The Final RFP is established as a total U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program set-aside with a five year ordering period.

AGU: The Shifting Landscape Of Science

on January 29, 2017 - 7:58am
By Eric Davidson, President, American Geophysical Union
By Chris McEntee, Executive Director/CEO, American Geophysical Union

It has been said that our greatest fears lie in anticipation.

AGU: New Study Highlights Need To Increase Female Peer Reviewers

on January 27, 2017 - 7:59am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Publishers of scholarly journals should take additional steps to get more women to serve as peer reviewers of manuscripts, according to a new analysis by the American Geophysical Union showing women across all age groups have fewer opportunities than men to participate in this career-building activity.
 
Peer review is an essential part of scholarly publishing and building a scientific career. Scientific journals rely on reviews of manuscripts by experts to ensure the standards, quality and significance of the papers published in their journals.

Learn About Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF)

on January 26, 2017 - 7:39am
BUSINESS News:
 
Join representatives from the Regional Development Corporation and the Feynman Center for Innovation at Los Alamos National Laboratory for a discussion and information session on the Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF).
 
VAF is a non-dilutive funding source for early stage technology and manufacturing startup companies in northern New Mexico who are on track to add jobs, grow revenues, or attract follow-on investment. The fund is known as some of the best money available in the region.

VAF financing is useful for technology and manufacturing companies that are not ready for

Heinrich Secures Agreement From Trump Administration To Not Vacate Management Of Nuclear Stockpile

on January 24, 2017 - 9:35am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured an agreement from the Trump Administration that it would not vacate the management of the nation's nuclear stockpile.

"I'm pleased the Trump Administration listened to my concerns and agreed to maintaining continuity in the leadership of the NNSA during the transition. The administration came dangerously close to allowing the management of our nation's nuclear stockpile to go on auto-pilot," Heinrich said.

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