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Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Awards C’YA Grant

on November 24, 2014 - 9:37am

Future Ph.Ds of Dixon: Dixon Elementary School students in Jeannie Cornelius’ class pose with the Sci Guy, Chad Lauritzen from C’YA. The local non-profit received grant from the LANL Foundation, which allows the science educator to buy supplies such as these safety glasses and lab coats and to teach fun free science at six elementary schools on his Fridays off from LANL. Courtesy photo


Champions of Youth Ambitions

Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) has received its first grant from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.

The $1,500 grant allows volunteer

Udall, Heinrich Seek Additional Resources For WIPP

on November 23, 2014 - 9:35am


WASHINGTON, D.C.As Congress finalizes its fiscal year 2015 spending bills, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced they are seeking continued support for funding for the recovery of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

In a letter to Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, the senators urged them to provide an additional $113 million above 2014 funding levels to ensure ongoing recovery efforts are maintained and the facility can safely resume operation.

WIPP has been closed

Heinrich Introduces Bill To Boost Tech Transfer

on November 23, 2014 - 8:57am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced S. 2932, the Microlab Technology Commercialization Act of 2014, a bill to accelerate technology transfer by establishing off-campus microlabs that would serve as the "front-door" to national laboratories.

The microlabs would give academia, local government, businesses owners, and communities direct access to the equipment, facilities and personnel of our national labs. 

"If we are going to realize the true potential

Significant Activities Resume At WIPP

on November 20, 2014 - 11:08am

WIPP News:

Two functions that are vital to recovery operations resumed this week at the WIPP site. Over the weekend, crews resumed roof bolting operations necessary for ground control and continued safe access to many areas of the underground facility.

Roof bolts, sometimes as long as 12 feet, are inserted into predrilled holes and tightened to required specifications to help secure the roof and walls of the access routes in the underground facility. Under normal operations, roof bolts are added or replaced on a routine basis, as necessary.

LANL, Sandia, Other Major Employers Commit To STEM Education In New Mexico

on November 20, 2014 - 9:04am

Placing their signatures on a proclamation, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and other major employers commit to STEM education in New Mexico. Courtesy/LANL

Atomic Heritage Foundation Releases Audio Interview With Dorothy Scarritt McKibbin

on November 19, 2014 - 6:47pm
Dorothy Scarritt McKibbin. Courtesy/AHF
AHF News:

Washington, D.C. – The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) is pleased to announce the release of a never-before-heard audio interview with Dorothy Scarritt McKibbin taken in 1965 on the “Voices of the Manhattan Project” website.
Known as the “Gatekeeper to Los Alamos,” McKibbin was the first reassuring face that fatigued Manhattan Project recruits saw upon arriving in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The rare, hour-long interview provides novel insight into the mind of the woman who became one of the most beloved figures on “The Hill.”


Bradbury Science Museum Opens Saul Hertz Exhibit Tuesday

on November 17, 2014 - 10:39am

BSM News:


The Bradbury Science Museum will display the Saul Hertz exhibit Tuesday - not Monday as previously stated here. Hertz was a pioneer in nuclear medicine.


“The importance of Dr. Hertz’s early work in nuclear medicine and his connection to the Manhattan Project convinced me this would be a wonderful Bradbury show,” Museum Director Linda Deck said. 


Hertz discovered that radioactive iodine could be used as a tracer and diagnostic tool, as a therapy for Graves’ disease and thyroid cancer; radioactive iodine is the first targeted cancer therapy.

SFI Seminar: Doomsday Machines: United Flight 232 And A Few Questions About Complicated Technology

on November 16, 2014 - 4:02pm
Laurence Gonzales
SFI Journalism Fellow

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute is hosting a seminar by Laurence Gonzales called Doomsday Machines: United Flight 232 and a Few Questions About Complicated Technology 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.  18 in the Noyce Conferance Room.

Abstract: As mechanical systems become more complicated, major accidents begin to emerge as part of their normal operation. In other words, it becomes 100 percent certain that a catastrophic accident will happen.

DOE Awards $425 Million In Next Generation Supercomputing Technologies

on November 16, 2014 - 12:47pm

Secretary Ernest Moniz learns about the work underway in high performance computing and additive manufacturing. Photo by Sarah Gerrity/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced two new High Performance Computing (HPC) awards to put the nation on a fast-track to next generation exascale computing, which will help to advance U.S. leadership in scientific research and promote America’s economic and national security. 


Moniz announced $325 million to build two state-of-the-art supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Lawrence

LANL Foundation Scholarships Available for Nontraditional Students

on November 15, 2014 - 9:09am


The LANL Foundation, through the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund, awards Regional College/Returning Student Scholarships of $1,000 to motivated nontraditional students seeking new opportunities or career directions after focusing on work, the military, parenting or other pursuits.

Applications are now accepted online at with a Dec.1 deadline for January awards. Selection preference is shown toward applicants who have been away from formal education for a period of two years or more.

NNSA Awards Additional Support To Accelerate Domestic Mo-99 Development

on November 15, 2014 - 7:51am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced Friday is awarding more than $8 million additional support to its cooperative agreement partners, NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes and SHINE Medical Technologies, to accelerate the establishment of new, domestic sources of the medical isotope Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) - produced without the use of proliferation-sensitive highly enriched uranium (HEU).

Since 2010, the NNSA has partnered with NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes and SHINE Medical Technologies.

LANL Foundation's Susan Herrera Receives Luminaria Award

on November 15, 2014 - 6:51am
LANL Foundation CEO Susan Herrera , right, was honored with a Luminaria Award by New Mexico Community Foundation President and CEO Jenny Parks, left, and Board Chair Sandy Kizser during the Nov. 1 Gala at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. Luminarias are selected because they motivate, inspire and support the dreams of others, promote diversity and equity, and build community strength. Photo by Evan Hubbard

DOE Awards New Contract To Manage and Operate Brookhaven National Laboratory

on November 15, 2014 - 6:33am

Brookhaven National Laboratory. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a new five-year, $3.2 billion contract to Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) to manage and operate Brookhaven National Laboratory.

The award was the result of a DOE competition for the management and operations (M&O) contract for the laboratory, which has been operated by BSA for the Department since 1998. A major, multi-program laboratory and an internationally recognized center for scientific research, Brookhaven is one of 17 in a system of National Laboratories

LANL: Using Wikipedia To Forecast Diseases

on November 13, 2014 - 12:17pm

Scientist Sara Del Valle and her team observe findings from their research on disease patterns from analyzing Wikipedia articles. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos research published in Public Library of Science

Scientists can now monitor and forecast diseases around the globe more effectively by analyzing views of Wikipedia articles, according to a team from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“A global disease-forecasting system will improve the way we respond to epidemics,” scientist Sara Del Valle said.

LANL Foundation Grant Enables School Children To Experience Hands-on Science With Bird-Banding

on November 13, 2014 - 10:05am
Students participate in bird banding during a PEEC Migratory Bird Study Science Field Trip. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Thanks to a generous grant of $1,500 from the LANL Foundation, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has been able to hold seven field trips, as well as pre- and post-trip classroom visits, this fall for local 5th graders through the Migratory Bird Study Science Field Trip program.

The bird-banding program introduces the students, in an unforgettably personal way, to the birds that share their environment.

"This program exposes our schoolchildren to the core

DOE Secretary Moniz, Senator Alexander, Other Members Of Congress To Make Major Investment Announcement Friday

on November 13, 2014 - 9:59am

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday morning, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will join U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Representatives Eric Swalwell, Dan Lipinski, Chuck Fleischmann and Bill Foster to make an announcement on a major investment that will keep the United States on the cutting edge of scientific advancement.

This announcement will mark another step toward President Obama’s and Secretary Moniz’s commitment to promote American leadership in science, technology and innovation.   

Lunch With A Leader Features LANL's Kurt Steinhaus Nov. 18

on November 13, 2014 - 9:26am

Kurt Steinhaus

LWV News:

November's Lunch with a Leader hosted by the League of Women Voters features Kurt Steinhaus at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Mesa Public Library, and is open to the entire community.

Steinhaus is director of the Community Programs Office at Los Alamos National Laboratory and he will speak on education and workforce development. 

His work at the CPO is focused on three areas:

  • STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education;
  • Technical assistance for small businesses and helping entrepreneurs start new companies; and
  • Partnering with non-profit

'Science on Tap' Features Jon Engle Thursday, Nov. 20

on November 13, 2014 - 7:18am

Jon Engle

BSM News:

The next installment of the Bradbury Science Museum's (BSM) “Science on Tap” is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Manhattan Project Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos.

Jon Engle, a Los Alamos National Laboratory postdoc researcher, will talk about the Laboratory’s isotope program and their efforts to make medically useful radioisotopes. Uses of these fall into two categories generally: diagnostic and therapeutic. Diagnostic technologies are fairly mature in nuclear medicine and as such they do a great deal of good out in the clinic.

Treating disease with

Rosetta's Philae Probe Lands On A Comet

on November 12, 2014 - 12:51pm

Rosetta’s deployment of Philae to land on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Courtesy/ESA

Touchdown of Philae. Courtesy/ESA

ESA News:

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved. Watch video here.

After a tense wait during the seven-hour descent to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the signal confirming the successful touchdown arrived on Earth at 16:03 GMT (17:03 CET). The confirmation was relayed via the Rosetta orbiter to Earth and picked up

Review: On My Own, New Autobiography By Dimas Chávez Beginning In Los Alamos

on November 12, 2014 - 12:02pm
Dimas Chavez
On My Own
Los Alamos

Editor's note: This is a book review by Joyce Joslin Wolff who went to school with Dimas Chávez from 1944 through their graduation from Los Alamos High School in 1955. They shared teachers and experiences those many years.

It was 1943. A 6-year-old Dimas Chávez and his family from Torreon, New Mexico wound their way up the front hill road to make their home in Los Alamos. As the Manhattan Project was top secret they had little idea what living on the isolated Pajarito Plateau would be like. 

On My Own, a new autobiography

100 Supercomputers Later, Los Alamos High-Performance Computing Still Supports National Security Mission

on November 12, 2014 - 8:17am

LANL News:
  • Lab’s supercomputing capability core to proud legacy, bold future

From the 1952 MANIAC to Bonanza deployed just this month, Los Alamos National Laboratory has deployed 100 supercomputers in the last 60 years – a showcase of high-performance computing history.

“The computing capability in our data centers in any given year dwarfs what was there 10 years before,” said Randal Rheinheimer of the High Performance Computing division, “and Los Alamos has been on that curve for 60 years.”

The Los Alamos computers deployed along the way include the MANIAC II, which started its nearly

International Scientific Society Reacts To L’Aquila Seismologists Acquittal

on November 11, 2014 - 9:51am

Christine McEntee

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The following statement is attributable to Executive Director/CEO Christine McEntee of the American Geophysical Union (AGU):

"The October 2012 conviction of Italian scientists on manslaughter charges in connection with the L'Aquila earthquake was alarming to the worldwide scientific community, and today’s acquittal is an important step in sanctioning the role scientists play in advising governments and communicating the results of their research to the public.

SFI Community Lecture: 'Why We Kill: Violence As Socialization'

on November 11, 2014 - 9:06am

Ginger and Richard Rhodes

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a Community Lecture titled “Why We Kill: Violence as Socialization” by Ginger Rhodes and Richard Rhodes at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the James A. Little Theater on the campus of New Mexico School For The Deaf, 1060 Cerrillos Road.

Acts of serious violence – often committed by seemingly average people – leave us only to ask “Why?” Culture, genetics, and low self-esteem are often cited, but growing evidence points to brutalization experienced in childhood, often at the hands of parents or peers.

Cafe Scientifique Presents Attack Of The Super-Bugs ... By LANL's Harshini Mukundan Thursday

on November 9, 2014 - 7:19am


November's Cafe Scientifique features Dr. Harshini Mukundan from Los Alamos National Laboratory who is speaking on "Attack of the Super-bugs ... The global threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”

The event is for all area teens and includes food and fun beginning at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at the Los Alamos Research Park.

About Harshini Mukundan

I am a scientist and team leader at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, working on the development of diagnostic and surveillance strategies for emerging infectious diseases and drug-resistant organisms.

Unusual Light In Dark Space Revealed By LANL, NASA

on November 8, 2014 - 12:05pm

The optical array on the CIBER instrument. Courtesy/NASA

LANL News:

  • Near-infrared data could change the way we think about galaxies

By looking at the dark spaces between visible galaxies and stars the NASA/JPL CIBER sounding rocket experiment has produced data that could redefine what constitutes a galaxy.

"What was very surprising is the brightness of many fluctuations that appear between stars and galaxies," said Los Alamos scientist Joseph Smidt, part of the data analysis team that studied the data from CIBER.