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Scenes From 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Awards Event

on May 27, 2016 - 10:19am

Past and current LANL Foundation scholarship winners join donors at a reception to kick off the 2016 fundraising campaign. Photo by Richard C. Robinson/LANL

Tony Fox, LANL Foundation Vice President of Advancement and Scholarships, speaks with scholarship winners. Photo by Richard C. Robinson/LANL

Steve Girrens, Associate Director for Engineering Sciences at Los Alamos National Laboratory is serving as scholarship campaign champion for a second year. One of my passions is to support STEM education. It’s an honor to champion an activity that does so much good in the region.

WIPP Update: Firefighters Complete Training

on May 27, 2016 - 7:35am
WIPP News:
Members of the WIPP fire department recently participated in Live Fire Training at the Permian Basin Regional Training Center south of Carlsbad.
Live Fire Training is a critical part of the training and certification process for WIPP firefighters and the facilities at the regional training center allowed the 29 participants to respond and fight fires in a realistic, but controlled environment. 
The training required participants to solve unique problems associated with fires in different types of structures and rescue scenarios.

LAPS Thanks LANL For Successful Partnership

on May 26, 2016 - 10:26pm

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

LAPS News:

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus expresses heartfelt thanks to Los Alamos National Laboratory for anothersuccessful year of partnership.

Following are highlights of our combined accomplishments:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Employee Engagement in Los Alamos Public Schools

  • A total of 1,162 employee hours were provided to various STEM initiatives that support Los Alamos students and teachers
  • Five employees from Los Alamos National Laboratory employees supported Los Alamos High School's Career Fair

Los Alamos National Laboratory High

Nature Center Talk: Dr. Roger Wiens Reveals Discoveries From Curiosity Mars Rover

on May 24, 2016 - 7:46am

Curiosity rover’s three-year journey reveals fascinating information about the history of Mars. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Dr. Roger Wiens will discuss the search for life on Mars at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. His talk will reveal discoveries from the Curiosity rover’s journey and the next steps for exploring this intriguing planet. This is a free talk organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

Dr. Roger Wiens discusses Mars at Tuesday talk. Courtesy/PEEC

The 1-ton Curiosity rover has been trekking toward the 3-mile-high Mt.

Heinrich Secures Major Gains For National Labs, Military Bases, Defense Industry, And Border Security

on May 24, 2016 - 7:08am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that benefit New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, border security, and job creation throughout the state.
The bill was reported out of the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.

Los Alamos Staff Help Improve U.S. Capability To Detect Underground Nuclear Explosions

on May 20, 2016 - 8:42am
LANL geophysicist Catherine Snelson
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory staff were instrumental in the fifth conventional explosion experiment as part of the NNSA’s Source Physics Experiment (SPE) series.
The SPE series, conducted at the Nevada National Security Site, advances the United States’ verification mission for detecting and understanding underground nuclear explosions.
“The goal of SPE is to understand the generation of S-waves from explosive sources,” said Catherine Snelson, a geophysicist at Los Alamos that led the Laboratory’s team.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz To Dedicate NSTX-U At Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

on May 19, 2016 - 9:51am

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will dedicate the upgraded National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX-U) at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

The NSTX-U is the nation’s newest fusion energy experiment, a spherical tokamak that explores the creation of high-performance plasmas at temperatures hotter than the center of the sun. The event will include a tour of the NSTX-U facility and the dedication ceremony.

Secretary Moniz will deliver remarks at the dedication and will be joined by Sen. Cory Booker and Rep.

Udall, Heinrich Advance Funding For National Labs, Water Projects, WIPP In Energy And Water Appropriations Bill

on May 18, 2016 - 8:22am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate, in a 90-8 vote May 12 to pass the fiscal year 2017 funding bill for Los Alamos and Sandia national labs, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and several New Mexico water projects.
The Energy and Water Appropriations Act is critical for New Mexico and supports U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs nationwide. Udall helped write the legislation as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. A final version of the bill now must be worked out with the U.S.

Scenes From Francis H. Harlow’s Book Signing

on May 18, 2016 - 8:12am
Francis H. Harlow signs books Tuesday at Aspen Ridge Lodge for his book ‘Adventures in Physics and Pueblo Pottery’. Harlow (b. 1928) is highly regarded as a leading authority on Pueblo Indian pottery, a field of study he pursued on his own after moving to New Mexico to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a physicist. In this memoir, Harlow describes his life growing up in Washington state, service in the US Army during World War II, college years, and his 50-year career as a physicist at LANL. Photo by Chris Clark/
Francis H.

Air Force Research Laboratory Chief Scientists Receive Presidential Award

on May 16, 2016 - 3:23pm

Dr. Robert Peterkin

AFRL News:

ALBUQUERQUE -- The two Chief Scientists of the Air Force Research Laboratory in New Mexico have been honored with the 2015 Presidential Rank Award.

The awards, which were presented last week in Washington, D.C., are given annually to a small number of senior federal government executives and professionals for extraordinary service, and are decided on by the President of the United States.

Dr. Robert Peterkin, Chief Scientist for Directed Energy, and Dr.

Los Alamos Is Latest EM Field Office To Transition To Energy.Gov

on May 16, 2016 - 11:01am

EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Douglas E. Hintze

DOE News:

The EM Los Alamos Field Office today introduced a new user-friendly website with a sleek, simple design that delivers timely information about the legacy cleanup activities underway at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Previously, EM’s Los Alamos cleanup efforts were featured on the laboratory’s website.

LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium Hosts U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich At Cottonwood On The Greens

on May 15, 2016 - 1:13pm

LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium President Joseph Sanchez, left, welcomes U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and introduces him to the crowd gathered May 5 at Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich addresses the crowd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium (MSC) hosted an event for U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich during his May 5 visit to Los Alamos.

MSC President Joseph Sanchez welcomed Heinrich and introduced him to the crowd gathered at Cottonwood

Science On Tap Features Cathy Wilson On Climate Change 5:30 p.m. Thursday

on May 15, 2016 - 11:08am


Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. This month, Cathy Wilson will discuss climate change at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square. in Los Alamos .

Wilson, who heads Los Alamos Nationalal Laboratory's Atmosphere, Climate and Ecosystem Science team, is working to better understand what happens when warming climate causes Arctic permafrost to thaw. As the ground warms up, previously frozen soil carbon is decomposed and released as green house gases—adding to global warming.

Letter To The Editor: Don't Take Photos On Lab Property

on May 11, 2016 - 11:59am
Los Alamos
After three months I am picking up this letter I wrote and didn't send so that I can warn others in Los Alamos about what can happen if you take a photo from the wrong place. I can't warn tourists who might get caught in this mistake, but I can tell locals.
I had a 7 o'clock meeting at the lab cafeteria. When I came out, the mountains were gorgeous. I got my camera out of the car and walked to the end of the parking lot to take a photograph.
A guy in a pickup stopped and yelled that I wasn't allowed to take pictures there, and I asked “not even of the mountains?” He

Aspen Ridge Hosts Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Presentation June 7

on May 10, 2016 - 1:51pm
The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICPA) will give a presentation on qualifications for medical benefits and how to apply for occupational illness compensation.
The presentation is directed to wmployees of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia Laboratories.
The presentation is 2-3 p.m., June 7, in the Activity Roomin the lower level at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living Lodge, 1010 Sombrillo Court.
For more information, contact Community Liaison Cynthia Goldblatt at 505.695.5981.


NASA's Kepler Mission Announces Largest Collection Of Planets Ever Discovered

on May 10, 2016 - 12:43pm
This artist's concept depicts select planetary discoveries made to date by NASA's Kepler space telescope. Courtesy/NASA/W. Stenzel
NASA News:

NASA's Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date.

“This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,” said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth.” 

Analysis was performed on the Kepler space telescope’s July 2015

LANL Sharpens Its ‘Genesis Code’

on May 10, 2016 - 12:25pm

The ‘Genesis Code’. Courtesy/LANL


Los Alamos Daily Post

A few years ago, Mark Paris, a physicist in the Nuclear and Particle, Astrophysics and Cosmology Group at Los Alamos had some questions about nuclear reactions and a colleague suggested he take a look at BBN.

BBN, Big Bang Nucleosynthesis is the name given to a sliver of a time, no more than a few minutes at the beginning of the 13.8 billion-year lifespan of our universe that provides cosmological evidence for the concept that everything we know in the universe can be traced back to a sudden, furious expansion

Officials Break Ground On TA-3 Substation Replacement Project At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on May 10, 2016 - 8:13am
Officials break ground on the TA-3 Substation Replacement Project during a ceremony Wednesday at LANL. Photo by Chris Clark/
Bonita Rogozinsky, Federal Project Manager for NNSA Acquisition & Project Management delivers welcoming remarks at the groundbreaking for the new Substation at LANL. Photo by Chris Clark/
NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Manager Kim Lebak. Photo by Chris Clark/
Staff Report

Officials broke ground Wednesday, May 4 on a Substation Replacement Project at TA-3 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Sen. Heinrich Visits High Tech Startup Descartes Labs

on May 6, 2016 - 10:18pm
Gathered for a tour of Descartes Labs Thursday in the former Smart House at 1925 Trinity Dr., from left, Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess, Descartes Labs co-founder and CTO Steven Brumby, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary and Los Alamos County Utilities Manager Tim Glasco. Photo by Chris Clark/
Sen. Martin Heinrich, center, during Thursday's tour of Descartes Labs, formerly the Smart House, a 3,000 square-foot building abutting Los Alamos Canyon in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Daily

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on May 5, 2016 - 10:01pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper this afternoon following visits to Descartes Labs, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Cottonwood on the Greens at the Golf Course and the Democratic Campaign Headquarters in Central Park Square. Heinrich visited the newspaper in 2013 to congratulate the news team on its small business of the year award. The senator commented during his visit today that the Los Alamos Daily Post is on his daily read list and keeps him current on the events happenings throughout the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NNSA Extends LANL Management Contract

on May 5, 2016 - 12:27pm

LANL News:

Director Charlie McMillan announced Wednesday during an all-employee meeting that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has agreed to extend the contract to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory by one year.

In a memo that went out to employees following the meeting, McMillan shared NNSA’s official communication about the contract extension to stakeholders, which notes that “NNSA has determined to grant Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) a final Award Term for performance in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, extending the period of performance through FY 2018. No further

LAMS's Lillian Petersen Takes 3rd In 2016 Supercomputing Challenge

on May 4, 2016 - 6:20am

Lillian Petersen explains her Supercomputing Challenge project, ‘Detecting Climate Change Through Means and Extremes’ to Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Middle School student Lillian Petersen won third place for her project, “Detecting Climate Change Through Means and Extremes.”

Petersen's study aggregated data from thousands of weather stations around the world, which she processed and analyzed with a Python program she wrote to find overall changes and trends in climate around the world.

DOE Announces $25 Million To Accelerate Integration Of Solar Energy Into Nation’s Electrical Grid

on May 3, 2016 - 3:49pm
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the Energy Department’s ongoing efforts to modernize the nation’s grid through the Grid Modernization Initiative, the Energy Department announced $25 million in available funding through an effort called Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) to help software developers, solar companies, and utilities accelerate the integration of solar energy into the grid.
Since President Obama took office, the amount of solar power installed in the U.S.

'Solving The Rubik's Cube 2.0' Includes 3D Simulation

on May 2, 2016 - 10:39am
Some of the finalist teams pose with a finalist team banner. The two boys at left in front row are Nicholas Brown, left, and Christopher Leap, of Portales High School. They finished second place. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Andy Corliss, Phillip Ionkov and Ming Lo of Aspen Elementary, and Max Corliss of Los Alamos Middle School won first place in the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge for their project, “Solving the Rubik’s Cube 2.0,” Tuesday at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

LANL Puts Out Big ‘Help Wanted’ Notice

on April 30, 2016 - 10:12am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan at Tuesday's Community Leaders Update in Santa Fe talks about reshaping the workforce of the future. Courtesy photo

NNSA Field Office Manager Kim Davis Lebak touts the virtues of a steady budget. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

An aging workforce and natural attrition, more than budget growth, are pushing Los Alamos National Laboratory toward a hiring spree. The lab will be looking for scientists and engineers as always, but also for business services professionals, support staff, as well as craft and technical employees.

“Taken together,