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LANL: One In Five Online Scholarly Articles Affected By ‘Reference Rot’

on January 26, 2015 - 1:52pm

From left, LANL authors Lyudmila Balakireva, Herbert Van De Sompel and Harihar Shankar, and Martin Klein and Robert Sanderson (on computer screens). Their work was published in the Public Library of Science Dec. 26, 2014. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Vanishing web pages make revisiting original references more difficult

While the immediacy of publishing information on the Internet dramatically speeds the dissemination of scholarly knowledge, the transition from a paper-based to a web-based scholarly communication system has introduced challenges that Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are

Climate Change Expert Dr. Nathan McDowell To Speak At Mesa Public Library 7 p.m. Thursday

on January 26, 2015 - 12:54pm

LANL researcher Dr. Nathan McDowell will be the featured speaker at a talk at 7 p.m., Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs rotunda. Courtesy/MPL

MPL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Dr. Nathan McDowell will be the featured speaker at a talk at 7 p.m., Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs rotunda.

Dr. McDowell is a staff scientist at LANL in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division and also serves as Senior Scientist at the Slovenian Forestry Institute. His talk is entitled “Accelerating Global Vegetation Mortality.”

"I will discuss the evidence

NNMCAB Meets At Cities Of Gold Jan. 28

on January 25, 2015 - 9:57am


SANTA FE - The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB) will meet 1-5:15 p.m. Jan. 28, at the Cities of Gold Conference Center, 10-B Cities of Gold Road.

Schedule of events:

2 p.m.

  • Thomas Johnson, DOE, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, Acquisition and Project Management will be present: ‘DOE Contracting 101.’

  • Jack Craig, DOE, Director of the Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center will follow and present: ‘Transition and Bridge Contract for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Transition from National Nuclear Security Administration Oversight to

LANL: Annika Hofgaard Presents Talk Jan. 28

on January 24, 2015 - 11:29am

LANL News:

Annika Hofgaard of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research will present a talk titled Subarctic Forest Advance - Empirical-based Results vs. Modeled Predictions 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28 in the second floor conference room at the Los Alamos Research Park. 

Hofgaard's talk is sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory's National Security Education Center (NSEC) and open to the public. 

Annika Hofgaard

Abstract: The subarctic forest is expected to move northward in response to global warming.

SFI Seminar: 'Equation-Free/Variable-Free Computation For Complex/Multiscale Systems'

on January 24, 2015 - 9:19am

Yannis Kevrekidis

SFI News:

Santa Fe Institute will present a seminar by Yannis Kevrekidis of Princeton University titled “Equation-Free/Variable-Free Computation for Complex/Multiscale Systems” at 12:15 p.m., Jan. 27 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Abstract. In current modeling practice for complex systems (including agent-based models and evolving networks) the best available descriptions of a system often come at a fine level (atomistic, stochastic, microscopic, individual-based) while the questions asked and the tasks required by the modeler

Energy Secretary Unveils More Than $55 Million To Advance Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies

on January 23, 2015 - 12:43pm

Energy Secretary Earnest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the State of the Union Address Tuesday, Jan. 20 - in which President Obama highlighted the surge in U.S. manufacturing and the strong growth in the auto industry - Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced more than $55 million to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that strengthen the clean energy economy.

These technologies will play a key role in increasing fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption, and support the Energy Department’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge to make plug-in electric

Heinrich Meets Defense Secretary Nominee Carter

on January 23, 2015 - 11:46am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich meets with Defense Secretary Nominee, Dr. Ash Carter Thursday in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo



WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement Thursday after meeting with Defense Secretary nominee, Dr. Ashton Carter:

"We need strong leadership to address the many evolving national security threats that the United States and our allies must confront around the world, particularly in the Middle East, Europe and the Asia Pacific.

"Having served under 11

LANS Board Of Governors Approves $2.5 Million For 2015 Community Commitment Plan

on January 23, 2015 - 9:47am

LANL News:

The Los Alamos National Security (LANS) Board of Governors has approved $2.5 million for the 2015 Community Commitment Plan.

This represents a significant increase in the percent of fee allocated for regional community programs. In 2014, the LANS Board provided 5.6 percent of their fee for the Community Commitment Plan. This year, 40 percent of the LANS fee will be used to support education, economic development and community giving programs through the Community Commitment Plan.

“The Board's decision to dramatically increase the share of their fee devoted to community

WIPP: Roof Separation Highlights Bolting Priority

on January 22, 2015 - 9:25am


WIPP News:

Mining and Ground Control Engineers at WIPP discovered Jan. 15 that a portion of the ceiling in the Panel 3 access drift had fallen in a restricted access area.

The roof fall was discovered during routine ground control and bulkhead inspections conducted by WIPP geotechnical staff, and the section that fell was estimated to be approximately 8’ long by 8’wide and 24” thick. Access to this area has been restricted since November 2014 due to ground control concerns, and no WIPP personnel were present at the time of the fall.

Alert: LANL, County, Schools On Two Hour Delay

on January 22, 2015 - 7:09am

News Alert:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed schedule today due to Wednesday's snow storm. Employees in the Los Alamos area and those carpooling are to arrive at 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and all other employees are to arrive at 10:45 a.m., to give snow removal crews time to clear roadways, parking lots and sidewalks.

Los Alamos County government also is on a two hour delay this morning. All County offices will open at 10 a.m. today.

Los Alamos Public Schools also announced that its elementary schools as well as the middle school and high school are on a delayed schedule and will

Time To Reach Across Aisle And Talk About Science

on January 21, 2015 - 8:41am

AGU Executive Director/CEO
  • American Geophysical Union Applauds President Obama’s Acknowledgement of the Role Science Plays in America’s Economy; Calls for Bipartisan Funding Support from Congress

As President Obama said in his State of the Union address tonight, you don’t have to be a scientist to understand why science matters. You also don’t have to be a scientist to understand why bipartisan support for research funding should be a no-brainer.

Issues such as energy innovation and the impacts of our changing climate aren’t limited to red states or blue states.

SFI Seminar: Exploring Flow Networks

on January 20, 2015 - 6:29am
Jiang Zang
Beijing Normal University

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents "Exploring Flow Networks", presented by Jiang Zang of Beijing Normal University at 12:15 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12 in the SFI Collins Conference Room, 1499 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Abstract. Many complex systems are open — they exchange matter, energy, and information with environment. Flow network is a weighted directed graph with a source and a sink, depicting flux distributions on networks in the steady state of an open flow system.

Energetic food webs, global trade networks, input-output network, and

WIPP Hosts Stakeholder Workshop

on January 18, 2015 - 11:57am

Nuclear Waste Partnership Deputy Recovery Manger Tammy Reynolds answers a question during Wednesday’s workshop. Courtesy/WIPP

From left, New Mexico State Representatives Cathrynn Brown and Jim Townsend, CBFO Manager Joe Franco and State Sen. Carroll Leavell take the first trip on the waste hoist following its return to full operations. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

DOE's Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) hosted a stakeholder workshop Wednesday to discuss details of the WIPP Recovery Plan Project Management Baseline.

The baseline was conditionally approved by CBFO in late December, and the meeting

SFI Hosts Climate Change Communication Seminar

on January 16, 2015 - 10:42am

Caty Arevalo, SFI Journalism Fellow

SFI News:

Climate Change Communication Has Failed. How Can We Start to Fix It?

SANTA FE – Sante Fe Institute (SFI) will feature Caty Arevalo, SFI Journalism Fellow, at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 in the Collins Conference Room for a public seminar about the challenges of communicating the importance of climate change. 

For a passionate science reporter, covering climate change is a fascinating but frustrating task.

Energy Secretary Moniz On 2014 Solar Job Census

on January 15, 2015 - 9:13am

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz issued the following statement today on the 2014 National Solar Jobs Census:

“Solar power is a key component of our all-of-the-above approach to American energy, creating good-paying American jobs that support our growing clean energy economy. According to a new report released by the Solar Foundation today, the solar industry is continuing its rapid growth, with more than 170,000 Americans employed throughout the U.S. solar supply chain.

LANL’s Thursday Surplus Property Sale Cancelled

on January 14, 2015 - 7:40am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory's monthly surplus property sale scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 15 has been cancelled because of weather.

Weather permitting, the next scheduled surplus property sale is Thursday, Feb. 19.

Former LANL Director Sig Hecker On North Korea Beyond 'The Interview' And Russia Beyond Crimea

on January 13, 2015 - 8:27am
Dr. Sig Hecker
Dr. Sig Hecker, the former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director and Co-Director of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, will speak on North Korea beyond “The Interview” and Russia beyond Crimea.
North Korea is building nuclear weapons at an ever accelerating pace. Russia is restoring its nuclear arsenal. Whereas U.S. – North Korean relations have never been good,  U.S. – Russia relations have moved from cooperation in the 1990s to confrontation.  Hecker will examine what the future may hold for both cases based

Science On Tap Presents Sara Del Valle Thursday

on January 13, 2015 - 7:55am
Sara Del Valle and her team observe findings from their research on disease patterns from analyzing Wikipedia articles. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
Sara Del Valle of the Energy and Infrastructure Analysis Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory will discuss her and her team's research into using Wikipedia to monitor and forecast diseases around the globe. The presentation is at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at Quarked The Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square, downtown Los Alamos. There is ample parking in Central Park Square.
Science on Tap is a project of the Los Alamos Creative District.

AHF Launches 'Manhattan Project Innovations' Tour

on January 10, 2015 - 10:09am

The Atomic Heritage Foundation staff, founded in 2002 by Cynthia Kelly, right, is a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/AHF


AHF News:

The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) has unveiled a new Ranger in Your Pocket program on Manhattan Project Innovations with more than two dozen vignettes addressing the extraordinary scientific and engineering innovations that came out of the Manhattan Project and their legacy for today.


You can now listen to first-hand accounts of scientists and engineers who worked on the Project and developed revolutionary innovations

Sig Hecker Presents Free Lecture On Foreign Affairs

on January 9, 2015 - 1:53pm

Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker


Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker will give a free public lecture titled "North Korea beyond The Interview; Russia Beyond Crimea."  The lecture is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Church of jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1967 18th St. in Los Alamos).

"North Korea is building nuclear weapons at an ever accelerating pace," Hecker said. "Russia is restoring its nuclear arsenal. Whereas U.S.-North Korean relations have never been good, U.S.-Russia relations have moved from cooperaton in the 1990s to confrontation today.

LANL Foundation Offers Monthly Grants That Strengthen Teaching And Learning

on January 9, 2015 - 12:52pm

LANL Foundation News:

The LANL Foundation offers Educational Outreach Small Grants to school districts and nonprofits with programs that strengthen teaching and learning.

Grants of up to $1,500 are available monthly to support public schools and nonprofits working in education in Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties.

Previously, grants were limited to programs related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The grants are now available to more nonprofit programs focused on teaching and learning.

The nonprofit focus should be on the

SFI Seminar: Simplifying Multiscale Modeling

on January 8, 2015 - 10:48am

Catherine Ray

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents the SFI Seminar, Simplifying Multiscale Modeling, at 12:15 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12 in the Collins Conference Room, 1499 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

The presenter is Thiel Fellow Catherine Ray.

Abstract: A fiber bundle is a beautiful device, which expresses global phenomenon in terms of the output of local data. The geometric multi-scale modeling technique, aptly named fiber bundle dynamics, expresses macroscale data in terms of the output of microscale models.

By recognizing that (1) dependent types are fibrations and (2) a

Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol Cadets Receive LANL Foundation STEM Grant

on January 8, 2015 - 8:34am

Los Alamos CAP Cadets with equipment purchased with LANL Foundation STEM grant. Courtesy/CAP

CAP News:

Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Los Alamos Composite Squadron are benefitting from a $1,500 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grant from the LANL Foundation.

The grant was used to purchase equipment that supports CAP cadets in their Aeronautical Education and Robotics activities. In addition to these two programs, Los Alamos Cadets participate in Cyber Patriots.

Moniz Announces $125 Million OPEN 2015 Solicitation For Transformational Energy Projects

on January 7, 2015 - 11:02am

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars that the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is issuing its third open funding opportunity announcement, OPEN 2015, for up to $125 million.

OPEN 2015 will support energy research and development projects from America’s top innovators for disruptive new technologies in transportation and stationary applications.

“OPEN 2015 highlights ARPA-E’s commitment to transformational energy

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Jan. 16

on January 7, 2015 - 10:59am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is set to meet 9-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16 at the City of Santa Fe Council Chambers, 200 Lincoln Ave.

For its first meeting of 2015, the Regional Coalition will revisit the Strategic Plan and set goals for 2015. 

Pursuant to New Mexico Open Meetings Act Section 10-15-1 (H) Subsection (2) limited personnel matters by the public body, a closed session will be held following the regular business meeting pertaining to executive director interviews.