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Bradbury Science Museum Celebrates NanoDays

on April 1, 2015 - 12:30pm

NanoDays events. Courtesy photo

BSM News:

Stop by Los Alamos National Laboratory's Bradbury Science Museum April 3-12 and learn about and take part in NanoDays.
NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future, at the museum in downtown Los Alamos. NanoDays is free and open to the public.

The Bradbury marks NanoDays 2015 with fun films about nano science, airing at 1 p.m.

Pamela Valdez And Randy Fraser Of Los Alamos Receive NNSA's 2014 Security Professional Of The Year Awards

on March 31, 2015 - 4:06pm

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the recipients of the Bradley A. Peterson Federal and Contractor Security Professional of the Year Awards:

  • Pamela Valdez from the Los Alamos Field Office will receive the federal award; and
  • Randy Fraser from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will receive the contractor award.

The awards recognize one federal and one contractor employee whose contributions to security programs within the NNSA enterprise exemplify the excellence and commitment for which NNSA is known.

Valdez’s leadership as

Many Questions Surface In Preparing Community For Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on March 31, 2015 - 3:50pm

Los Alamos County Councilors, County staff and MPNHP Committee members, during a work session March 24 in White Rock, discuss a mounting list of questions for preparing the community to receive an estimated 200,000 visitors annually. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

At right, Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director / MPNHP Committee Chair Heather McClenahan presents an update to County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Chair Kristin Henderson and Councilor Steven Girrens listen to an update on the MPNHP project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

More Than 100 Los Alamos Volunteers Show Youth How Fun Science, Engineering And Math Can Be

on March 30, 2015 - 7:03pm

Students peeking into the world of an ecologist through microscopy. Courtesy photo



And the best part was ... “the learning part!”

This was the kind of feedback organizers received from students attending the March 6 "Expanding Your Horizons 2015" Student Technical Workshop.

More than 100 volunteers from Los Alamos traveled down to the Santa Fe Convention Center to volunteer their talents to show Northern New Mexican youth how fun science, engineering, and math can be.

Activities included an engaging Career Fair, an inspiring keynote address by Dr.

New Mexico Delegation Responds To Report By WIPP Technical Assessment Team

on March 28, 2015 - 10:11am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján issued the following joint statement on the report by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Technical Assessment Team, analyzing the scientific cause of the drum failure that led to the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). 

"Today's report answers some of the questions about what led to the radiological release at WIPP on Feb.

DOE Offers Conditional Commitment To Alcoa To Support Making Aluminum For Automotive Sector

on March 28, 2015 - 7:39am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the Administration’s effort to support advanced vehicles that are more affordable for Americans to drive, strengthen U.S. leadership in manufacturing advanced vehicle technologies, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased fuel efficiency, the Department of Energy has announced a conditional commitment for a $259 million loan to Alcoa Inc.
This conditional commitment is the first issued by the Department under the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program since Secretary Moniz announced a number of improvements

Letter To The Editor: Fine Leveled Against LANL Is Egregious; Reflects Ignorance Of Authority

on March 28, 2015 - 7:30am
White Rock
The three editorials/articles published in the Journal the weekend of Feb. 22-27 reflect a serious lack of understanding of the relationship of federal nuclear facilities to the State of New Mexico, a misrepresentation of risk and risk analysis of incidents that fall outside the operational safety envelope of these facilities, and the role that the Department of Energy (DOE) has assumed without adequate or trained personnel to manage the sites under its jurisdiction.
The $57 million fine levied by the state is egregious, inappropriate and reflects an

SFI: Cooperation In Complex Stateless Societies...

on March 27, 2015 - 8:44am
Charles Stanish, Director
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA; SFI External Professor

SFI News:

Santa Fe Institute (SFI) holds 'Cooperation in Complex Stateless Societies: The Archaelogical Evidence' seminar at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 at the Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.

Abstract: The key to understanding the development of complex societies is to determine how groups solved collective action or free-riding problems.

By examining the earliest complex, stateless societies in the archaeological record in any region, we can detect the kinds of strategies in the early Holocene and later

Technical Assessment Team Report Released On Cause Of Breached Drum At WIPP

on March 26, 2015 - 8:34pm

DOE EM News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today released a report by an independent team of technical experts that evaluated the mechanisms and chemical reactions contributing to the failure of a waste drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

The Technical Assessment Team (TAT) concluded that one drum, Drum 68660, was the source of radioactive contamination released during the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at WIPP. The contents of Drum 68660 were chemically incompatible and the drum breached as a result of internal chemical reactions.  


SFI: The Saga of NP-Intermediate Problems ...

on March 26, 2015 - 9:52am
Eric Allender of Rutgers University
SFI News:
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) present  the seminar, 'The Saga of NP-Intermediate Problems: A New Devlopment in an Old Story' at 12:15 p.m. Monday, March 30 in the Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.
Abstract: For roughly four decades, two of the best-studied problems in NP that are not known to be in P or to be NP complete have been:
  • Graph Isomorphism; and
  • MCSP (the Minimum Circuit Size Problem).
Yet there had been no theorem, relating the complexity of these two problems to each other. Until now.

Two LANL Organizations Receive Performance Excellence Recognition From Quality New Mexico

on March 26, 2015 - 7:54am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Nuclear Material Control and Accountability Group and the Quality and Performance Assurance Division received 2014 Performance Excellence Recognition awards from Quality New Mexico and will be recognized at QNM’s annual learning summit and awards ceremony April 7-8 in Albuquerque.

“These organizations are striving for world-class excellence and providing the best service to their customers,” said Quality New Mexico Executive Director Julia Gabaldon. “We are very proud of them and I encourage organizations in every sector to follow their lead.”

Moving Arts Española Partnership With TSAY Corporation Creates New Performance Center

on March 25, 2015 - 4:28pm

MAE News:

  • Moving Arts Partnership With TSAY Corporation of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Benefits Española Valley Children

Moving Arts Española (MAE) and TSAY Corporation announce a joint effort through a five year lease, to reinvent/remodel the former Ohkay Owingeh ‘dome’ casino structure into a 6,000-square-foot Moving Arts Performance Center.

The circus tent-like facility at 368 Eagle Dr., closed in 1999 adjacent to the Moving Arts Española classrooms.  

The project is made possible through a generous grant from the McCune Foundation, and will include a new music classroom and art gallery, in

Udall To Question DOE Secretary On LANL Cleanup, WIPP Costs, Tech Transfer And Other N.M. Priorities

on March 25, 2015 - 12:42pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will discuss steps forward for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and several other New Mexico priorities with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

Udall will press Moniz to work constructively with the state of New Mexico to safely reopen the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and discuss the Department of Energy’s plan to release a report on the radiological accident.

Udall also will discuss the budget

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Bill To Boost Funding For Laboratory Directed R&D Program

on March 24, 2015 - 7:50am

  • LDRD program advances frontiers of science and engineering, invests in critical national security missions, helps recruit and retain staff for national laboratories

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Tom Udall, D-N.M. introduced S.830, the LDRD Enhancement Act of 2015, a bill to increase the maximum percentage each laboratory director may set aside for Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) from 6 to 10 percent of the lab's budget.

The U.S.

SFI Colloquium: From Fourier To Forensics

on March 21, 2015 - 8:19am
Michael B. Weissman, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
SFI News:
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents 'From Fourier To Forensics' with Michael B. Weissman, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at Noyce Conference Room in Santa Fe.
Abstract: Although the statistical and systematic problems of public opinion polls are fairly widely recognized, we tend to assume that published polling results reflect some sort of actual poll.
In 2009, a prominent blog suggested that the pollster Strategic Vision might be fabricating data, based in part on surprising deviations from uniformity of the

WIPP Center Stage At Waste Management Conference

on March 20, 2015 - 8:46pm

James Knox with the Arizona Department of Public Service performs a mock Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) level VI inspection of a WIPP truck and transuranic waste shipping containers during this week’s Waste Management Conference in Phoenix. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

WIPP took center stage at this week’s Waste Management Symposia 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz., where more than 200 participants attended a three-hour panel discussion titled “Lessons Learned and Return to Operations Following 2014 Operational Incidents.”

The panel focused on the WIPP fire and radiological release incidents

LANL Foundation ISEC Staff And Students Demonstrate Inquiry Science Kits At Roundhouse

on March 20, 2015 - 6:40pm

LANL Foundation Inquiry Science Education Consortium (ISEC) staff and student scientists demonstrated inquiry science kits to visitors at the Santa Fe Capitol Roundhouse this week. Young scientist Jakob Warniment assists New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera with a microscope from the Microworlds science kit. Standing in back from left, ISEC Director of Professional Development and Evaluation Gwen Warniment, LANL Foundation CEO Jenny Parks and ISEC Program Director Dorothy Sanchez. Courtesy photo


LANL: HAWC Observatory To Study Universe's Most Energetic Phenomena

on March 20, 2015 - 12:53pm

The HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory, 13,500 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mexico’s Volcán Sierra Negra. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Inaugural ceremony marks completion of powerful system to detect gamma rays and cosmic rays

Supernovae, neutron star collisions and active galactic nuclei are among the most energetic phenomena in the known universe. These violent explosions produce high-energy gamma rays and cosmic rays, which can easily travel large distances—making it possible to see objects and events far outside our own galaxy.

Construction is now complete on the newest tool available to

LANL: Frontiers In Science Talks Explore New Strategies For Diagnosing Challenging Diseases

on March 20, 2015 - 9:51am

LANL researcher Harshini Mukundan discusses the re-emergence of tuberculosis in a series of threeupcoming  lectures. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • First talk is Tuesday, March 24 in Los Alamos

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Harshini Mukundan discusses the re-emergence of tuberculosis in a series of three lectures called “The Microbe Strikes Back: The Return of Tuberculosis.”

The talks, which focus on how effective diagnosis can prevent its spread and save lives, take place in Los Alamos, Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

“Human evolution and persistent diseases have existed side-by-side,”

SFI Seminar: 'Exploring The Hidden Metric Space Of Complex Networks'

on March 20, 2015 - 8:20am
Antoine Allard
University of Barcelona

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents 'Exploring the Hidden Metric Space of Complex Networks' at 12:15 p.m. Monday, March 23 at Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.

Abstract: Many real world complex networks are embedded in metric spaces. In some cases, such as airport networks, the embedding is explicit, while it is hidden in other cases such as the Internet or metabolic networks.

This talk will present an overview of the theoretical framework developed to unveil the hidden geometry of real complex networks.

Senators Introduce Bill To Establish Microlabs

on March 19, 2015 - 11:08am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U. S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced S. 784, the Microlab Technology Commercialization Act, 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 equipment, facilities, and personnel of national laboratories. 

"Scientists and engineers at Los Alamos National

NNSA Releases Stockpile Stewardship & Mgmt. Plan

on March 19, 2015 - 10:38am

NNSA Administrator (Ret.) Gen. Frank G. Klotz

NNSA News:

  • Annual Report Provides Insight into Vital National Security Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has released its Fiscal Year 2016 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan (SSMP).

The FY16 SSMP documents NNSA’s 25-year strategic plan for accomplishing its core stockpile stewardship mission area of maintaining the safety, security and effectiveness of the nuclear stockpile without nuclear testing.

DOE: Eleven Tribal Communities Receiving $6 Million To Accelerate Implementation Of Renewable Energy

on March 19, 2015 - 8:13am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that 11 tribal communities will receive nearly $6 million to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands.
As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with Tribal Nations, these projects provide Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages clean energy options that will reduce fossil fuel use and save money. With tribal renewable energy resources comprising approximately five percent of all U.S.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Creates Bioinformatics Tool For Metagenome Analysis

on March 18, 2015 - 10:25am

Many molecular biology studies begin with purified DNA and RNA extracted from the soil and other complex environments such as the human gut. Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new method for DNA analysis of these microbial communities.Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • ‘GOTTCHA’ tool could aid ID of co-infections in medical samples

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a new method for DNA analysis of microbial communities such as those found in the ocean, the soil, and our own guts.

“Metagenomics is the study of entire microbial communities using

United Way Holds Annual Meeting, Elects Officers

on March 18, 2015 - 8:33am

Newly elected President Stephen Boerigter of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Board of Directors addresses representatives from area nonprofit organizations at Tuesday evening's annual meeting at UNM-LA. Through this year's annual fundraising campaign, United Way has $586,458 for 2015 Community Action Fund giving to nonprofits. The partnership between United Way and Los Alamos National Laboratory enhances the quality of life for residents in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.