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Innovative Internship Program Is Building Workforce Development In Los Alamos

on February 5, 2016 - 12:05pm
LANL News:
 
A Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Connections podcast episode that features Cindy Rooney, interim executive director of UNM-LA, and Carter Payne, assistant principal of Los Alamos High School, has just been released by the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Community Programs Office. 
 
The internship program—titled the Community Internship Collaboration—is built on a recent partnership between UNM-LA, Los Alamos High School and LANL Community Programs Office.

Los Alamos Historical Society Offering Overnight Tour To Trinity Site

on February 5, 2016 - 12:03pm

HISTORICAL SOCIETY 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 April 1 and 2 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 young

New LANL Security Contractor And New Lessons Learned Arrive On The Hill

on February 4, 2016 - 1:39pm

Centerra Group CEO Paul Donahue interviewed at Homewood Suites in Pojoaque. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

BY ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Paul Donahue, CEO of Centerra Group, the new protective force security contractor at Los Alamos National Laboratory, paid a visit to the laboratory recently from company headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He was waiting in the lobby of the Homewood Suites in Pojoaque, looking positive about the day.

“Today is our first major internal exercise,” he said, brightening with the prospect.

Respiratory Protection Requirements Reduced In Parts Of WIPP Underground

on February 2, 2016 - 8:54am
The yellow highlighted area in the drawing depicts the general area where respiratory protection requirements were lifted this week. Courtey photo
 
WIPP News:
 
As a result of radiological risk mitigation efforts by WIPP Radiological Control teams, this week requirements for respiratory protection were lifted for a significant portion of the WIPP underground.
 
The change in respiratory protection requirements applies to all areas south of S-2520 and represents a significant milestone in the contamination mitigation efforts.

Four Regional Businesses Receive Native American Venture Acceleration Fund Grants

on February 2, 2016 - 6:47am
Melissa Blueflower-Sanchez and Robert Sanchez, owners of R and M Construction, LLC, of Santa Clara Pueblo. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
Four Northern New Mexico Native American-owned and operated businesses received a total of $60,000 in grants through a Native American Venture Acceleration Fund created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and the Regional Development Corporation. The grants are designed to help the recipients create jobs, increase their revenue base and help diversify the area economy.
 
“These investments create jobs for pueblo-owned businesses and help strengthen the

Moniz To Discuss Nuclear Non-Proliferation And Iran Deal At Wilson Center

on February 1, 2016 - 8:45pm
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.,  U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will participate in a Director’s Forum 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Auditoriumin in Washington, D.C. on the importance of nuclear non-proliferation and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
 
Last month, after years of negotiations and months of preparations for the implementation of the JCPOA, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certified that Iran had completed all of the required nuclear steps to reach Implementation Day, and as a result, the

LANL Closing Early Due To Snow Packed, Icy And Treacherous Roads

on February 1, 2016 - 10:21am

LANL News:

LANL's Emergency Management has issued the following information to employees this morning:

Due to the current weather and road conditions, employees who have not arrived at the Lab are asked to turn around and return home. Roads are snow packed, icy and treacherous in many areas. Consequently, the  Lab will be closing early today.

Please note the following:

  • Employees who have children in the Los Alamos Public School system will be dismissed at 10 a.m.  
  • All other Lab employees will be dismissed at 10:45 a.m.  

Please do not leave before these announced times, as crews are

Schools And LANL To Begin Early Release Today

on February 1, 2016 - 9:10am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus has announced that the schools are letting out early today due to the storm.

Here is today’s early release schedule:

  • Busses will start at the Los Alamos Middle School with pick-up at about 10 a.m.; 
  • Los Alamos High School at 10:15 a.m.; and
  • Los Alamos Elementary Schools as close to 10:30 a.m. as possible.

"As always, we are coordinating with the Lab. Their release will begin at 11 this morning," Steinhaus said. "The Mental Health Design Team Community Meeting scheduled at 5:30 this evening has been cancelled.

Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board Eyes Area G

on January 31, 2016 - 12:53pm

Canisters with profiles similar to the one that erupted at WIPP are kept in LANL's Dome 375 at Area G in a controlled environment under careful surveillance. Courtesy/DOE
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board plans to perform a comprehensive review of emergency preparedness and response programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the next few weeks.

“We’ve been informed by the DNFSB that they’re planning on holding some hearings out here sometime in the March time frame associated with Area G,” said Doug Hintze, Environmental Management

Consortium Led By UC Berkeley Awarded $25M NNSA Grant For Nuclear Science And Security Research

on January 30, 2016 - 8:12pm
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced a grant award of $25 million to a University of California, Berkeley-led consortium of eight universities for research and development (R&D) in nuclear science and security. 
 
This long-term investment will support the consortium at $5 million per year for five years. The grant, awarded for the second time to the Berkeley-led consortium, followed announcement of a funding opportunity issued in May 2015.
 
The other consortium members include Michigan State University; the University

Café Scientifique Launching Two-Part Series About Mars

on January 28, 2016 - 7:01am
TSCN News:
 
Café Scientifique, New Mexico’s portion of the Teen Science Café Network, is gearing up for a two-part series of cafés about Mars.
 
The first café is 7 p.m., Feb. 2 at the YMCA Teen Center in Los Alamos. The second café is 7 p.m., Feb. 23 in Taos at the Mural Room of the old county courthouse and will be presented on Human Landing sites on Mars.
 
Suzi Montaño and Steve Johnstone from Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Space Data Science and Systems Group (ISR-3) work on the Curiosity rover ChemCam team, and will present on the state of manned missions to Mars, and how close to a

Los Alamos Names Laboratory Fellows For 2015

on January 27, 2016 - 10:00am

LANL News:
  • Honorees span sciences in materials, weapons physics and complex systems

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been selected as 2015 Laboratory Fellows. The honorees this year are Michael Bernardin, Avadh Saxena, Carlos Tome and Piotr Zelenay.

“The Laboratory Fellows Organization recognizes researchers for innovative scientific and technical advances in their respective fields,” Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan said.

WIPP: Revised Schedule For Resumption Of Operations In 2016 Announced

on January 27, 2016 - 7:20am
WIPP News:
 
The Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) approved the new integrated Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB) for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
 
The new PMB integrates WIPP recovery activities, baseline operations and capital asset projects into a single plan with a schedule that identifies a path to resumption of waste emplacement operations.
 
The new PMB considers potential risks that could impact the project and adds appropriate contingency to the schedule to help ensure activities can be achieved safely.
 
The new PMB schedule shows the initial resumption

NMC Voted #1 Algae Laboratory In International Readers' Poll

on January 26, 2016 - 8:58am
NMC News:
 
The New Mexico Consortium has been voted the number 1 Algae Laboratory and international Readers' Poll in Algae Industry Magazine.
 
 
Algae Industry Magazine is the online trade publication addressing the growth and development of the algae biofuels and co-products industry:
  • its influential personalities;
  • developing technologies;
  • evolving businesses;
  • breakthrough products, and;
  • important news and timely information
 
Read the 2015 International Readers' Poll results here.
 
The NMC is very proud of our state of the art Biological Laboratory and Greenhouse, which supports synergistic

LANL’s Plutonium Plans Move Forward, Draw Fire

on January 24, 2016 - 11:22am
Aerial view of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy photo
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration continue to move toward establishing a long-term manufacturing capability for producing plutonium pits, the nuclear triggers for thermonuclear weapons, at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

LANL has long played a crucial leadership role in investigating and handling plutonium materials and maintaining the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.

DOE And New Mexico Finalize $74M In Settlement Agreements For Nuclear Waste Incidents of 2014

on January 22, 2016 - 12:39pm

The New Mexico Environment Department, the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractors signed two settlement agreements resolving the February 2014 incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad and the associated activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  The agreements provide for a set of Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) in both the Carlsbad and Los Alamos communities that enhance and improve New Mexico’s roads, water infrastructure and emergency response infrastructure. Courtesy/NMED

NMED News:

  • Agreements Include Schedules and Funding Parameters for Corrective

Energy Department Announces $58 Million To Advance Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies

on January 22, 2016 - 8:21am
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
 
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced more than $58 million in funding for vehicle technology advancements and released a report highlighting the successes of DOE’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program while touring the newest vehicle technologies Thursday at the Washington Auto Show.
 
Continuing the Obama Administration’s commitment to supporting the domestic automobile industry, Moniz announced a $55 million funding opportunity that will solicit projects across vehicle technologies like

Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority Approves Planned Irradiation Project At Halden Research Reactor

on January 22, 2016 - 8:04am
LTBR News:
 
Reston, VA  Lightbridge Corporation, a U.S. nuclear energy company, announced Thursday that the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), which operates the Halden Research Reactor in Norway, had received formal regulatory approval from the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) for all planned irradiation of Lightbridge metallic fuel at the Halden Research Reactor in Norway, which is expected to begin in 2017.
 
This regulatory approval follows a safety report previously submitted by IFE to the NRPA relating to irradiation testing of Lightbridge-designed metallic fuel

Caltech Researchers Find Evidence Of A Real Ninth Planet

on January 21, 2016 - 12:57pm

This artistic rendering shows the distant view from Planet Nine back towards the sun. The planet is thought to be gaseous, similar to Uranus and Neptune. Hypothetical lightning lights up the night side. Courtesy/Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)

CALTECH News:

This artistic rendering shows the distant view from Planet Nine back towards the sun. The planet is thought to be gaseous, similar to Uranus and Neptune. Hypothetical lightning lights up the night side.
Credit: Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)
- See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/news/caltech-researchers-find-evidence-real-ninth...

Caltech researchers have

Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker: 'Doomed To Cooperate' Jan. 23

on January 21, 2016 - 12:18pm
Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker, Stanford University
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker will present a Los Alamos public lecture about how American and Russian Nuclear scientists joined forces to mitigate some of the greatest post-Cold War Dangers.
 
The free lecture is 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St.
 
Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker will discuss how nuclear risks changed dramatically when the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991. Suddenly the world was threatened more by Russia's weakness than its strength.
 
Never before

SCMC Invites Businesses To Information Meeting

on January 21, 2016 - 9:10am

Axis Communications Names Jemez Technology TI Partner Of The Year

on January 21, 2016 - 8:26am
Jemez Technology named 2015 Technology Integration Partner of the Year. Courtesy photo
 
 
ACCC News:
 
Jemez Technology was named 2015 Technology Integration Partner of the Year by Axis Communications at its 10th annual Axis Connect & Converge Conference (ACCC). Axis, the global leader in network video, presented these annual awards to top channel, software and technology partners.
 
Jemez Technology at 113 Longview Dr. in White Rock was established by a team of former engineers and scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Inquiry Science Education Consortium Welcomes New Team Members

on January 21, 2016 - 8:23am
Leon Trujillo of Alcalde and Paul Rivera of Abiquiu (foreground from left) recently joined the LANL Foundation's ISEC program as materials specialists. Along with Science Resource Center Coordinator Bryan Maestas and Materials Specialist Monica Herrera (background from left), the team is working to refurbish hundreds of curriculum kits at the Chimayó warehouse.

Historical Society's Heather McClenahan Describes Plans And Preparations For Development Of MPNHP

on January 21, 2016 - 7:47am

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Direcor Heather McClenahan speaking Tuesday at the Rotary Club meeting where she is describing the plans and preparations for the development of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Tri-Cities area of Washington state. She also explained the changes being made locally at the Historical Society Museum—the Manhattan Project era guest cottage—which is now being remodeled. The museum has temporarily re-located next door to the Los Alamos Teen Center on the east side of Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Hal Davis

Whistleblower Anthony T. Rivera Sues LLNL

on January 20, 2016 - 8:38am

Anthony T. Rivera

LLNL News:

Anthony T. Rivera, an award-winning senior engineer who blew the whistle on safety violations at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, sued the lab Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.    

His suit seeks $5 million in damages – and a court order reforming U.S. Department of Energy practices.

Rivera, a 29-year employee with LLNL, charges Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC is liable for wrongful termination in violation of public policy because managers fired him after he disclosed safety violations in the lab’s high explosives test

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