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Top White House National Security Council Official Confirmed As DOE Deputy Secretary

on September 19, 2014 - 8:54am

Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall. Courtesy/

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall was confirmed by the Senate Thursday, as the Department of Energy’s deputy secretary.

“Liz’s confirmation comes at a historic time in our nation’s energy evolution,” Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said. “She joins us with deep expertise in the Department’s nuclear security mission, including both nuclear weapons and countering proliferation.

DNFSB Reports Deficiencies In U.S. Nuclear Labs’ Emergency Preparedness Plans

on September 19, 2014 - 7:34am

HSNW News:

A recently released study of 17 U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), which examined operations at the labs over the last three years, found deficiencies in emergency preparedness plans.

Three New Mexico labs — the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque — exemplify various gaps in disaster preparedness throughout the nation’s nuclear defense system.

The assessment comes as the Energy and Defense Department are looking to

United Way Hosts Giving Campaign Launch

on September 18, 2014 - 12:59pm

The United Way of Northern New Mexico launched its annual Giving Campaign Wednesday at Ashely Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos National Bank's Cathe McClard, left, presents United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega with a $50,000 donation from he bank during Wednesday's event. LANB provides office space at no charge to the United Way to enable the organization to help the community and has been its largest contributor for many years. McClard also serves on the United Way Board of Directors. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

SOC Director Jack Killeen and

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Friday In Los Alamos

on September 18, 2014 - 9:32am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hosts its regular business meeting 9-11 a.m.,  Friday in Los Alamos.

The meeting is in the Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., Suite 350. The agenda includes important updates and information on economic development issues, including the subcontractor situation and upcoming, possible new major construction at Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as a response to new safety disclosures. 

Friday's meeting also includes guest speakers from NNSA, the Feynman Center and REDI-Net.

LANL's Sept. 18 Surplus Property Sale Cancelled

on September 16, 2014 - 5:42pm
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory has cancelled Thursday's (Sept. 18) scheduled surplus property sale.
Weather permitting, the next scheduled surplus property sale is scheduled for Oct. 16.

DOE Secretary Showcases National Labs On Hill

on September 16, 2014 - 4:12pm

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

  • Lab Day Demonstrations Highlight Labs’ Contribution to U.S. Competitiveness and Innovation

Washington, D.C. – Today, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz joined Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL and Sen. Jim Risch, R-ID for National Lab Day on the Hill.

The event highlighted several notable research projects from across the National Laboratory system.

Lawsuit Against LANL And Former Emergency Operations Manager Tony Stanford Is Settled

on September 15, 2014 - 11:30pm
Anthony 'Tony' Stanford
Los Alamos Daily Post

Attorney John Day told the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening that the suit he filed in First District Court last December on behalf of Erika and William Gorman against Los Alamos National Security, LLC, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Anthony "Tony" R. Stanford has been settled.

"We've reached an agreement and dropped the lawsuit," Day said. "The parties agreed not to discuss the terms of the settlement but I can tell you that the Gormans are extremely happy and very satisfied that it's over."

A LANL spokesperson stated

LANL: Collaboration Drives Achievement In Protein Structure Research

on September 15, 2014 - 8:10am

Thomas Terwilliger. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Computational analysis key to structural understanding of molecular machine that targets viral DNA

When this week’s print issue of the journal Science comes out, a collective cheer will go up from New Mexico, Montana and even the Netherlands, thanks to the type of collaborative effort that is more and more the norm in these connected times.

Yes, the research was brilliant, and if we’re lucky, it will produce innovations in biology, medicine, biotechnology and agriculture.

ScienceFest Mixes Learning With Fun

on September 14, 2014 - 7:27am
Young builders create sturctures in the Geodesic Dome Make-a-Thon Saturday at Ashley Pond Park during the final day of this year's weeklong ScienceFest event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Youngsters participate in an experiment at the Krazy Science booth. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Team Y High School Robotics group puts on a demonstration. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
ScienceFest crowd fills Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Girl Scout Troop 116 offered face painting at ScienceFest. Photo by Bonnie J.

Bradbury Science Museum Hosts ScienceFest Events

on September 13, 2014 - 1:57pm
The Bradbury Science Museum has hosted events all week long as part of the Los Alamos ScienceFest, which ends this evening. The audience listened Friday evening to a talk called,
Hidden in Plain Sight: Augmented Reality. Augmented reality used to be 'science fiction', but it’s not fiction anymore. Imagine the ability to look at an object and, with augmented reality, open hidden information with special 'eyes' that let you see amazing things. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Chick Keller has been on the forefront of climate change science, education and communications for more than

Los Alamos County Airport Hosts 'Science of Flight'

on September 13, 2014 - 1:20pm
Thomas Spickermann of the Experimental Aircraft Association is assisted by Mariam Tracy in demonstrating how airplane flight works during the Civil Air Patrol and EAA presentation of 'The Science of Flight' this morning at Los Alamos County Airport as part of ScienceFest. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Visitors check out personal aircraft and talk with pilots this morning at the Los Alamos County Airport. Some of the planes on display were built by their owners. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Civil Air Patrol cadets with their plane. Bonnie J. Gordon/

SFI: Data Request Adaptation to Protect Individual Privacy

on September 13, 2014 - 10:00am

Gabriela Barrantes

SFI News:

The next SFI Seminar is 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 in the Collins Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe.

Gabriela Barrantes of the University of Costa Rica will speak on "Data Request Adaptation to Protect Individual Privacy."

Abstract: The problem of preserving individual privacy while giving third parties access to large data sets has been an issue of concern for many years. The advent of big data and large-scale data breaches, however, have highlighted the need for new approaches to this problem.

WIPP: Waste Hoist Transformer Replacement Nearly Complete

on September 13, 2014 - 9:43am

WIPP has been disposing of legacy TRU waste since 1999, cleaning up 22 generator sites nationwide. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Cleaning and soot removal activities on the waste hoist and associated components have been completed at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

One additional repair is necessary before the hoist can be powered, inspected and returned to service.

Employees are currently working to replace the electrical transformer necessary to operate the hoist.

Halfway Through First Season of WGN's Manhattan

on September 12, 2014 - 11:54am

Workers loading uranium slugs into the X-10 Reactor in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Photo public domain

LAHS News:

There was a great turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society's viewing of the seventh episode of WGN's new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.

The episode was high in drama, but we found a lot of history to discuss! Every week the Society updates a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues. Previous episodes are discussed on this website, and on our Facebook page.

LANL Achieves 20-Year Low on Radioactive Air Emissions

on September 11, 2014 - 12:01pm

LANL News:

  • Annual dose rate from the Laboratory far below EPA limit

Los Alamos National Laboratory achieved its lowest radioactive air emissions rate in 20 years in 2013, according to annual air quality results released recently.

Each year, the Laboratory measures air emissions through a comprehensive system of 40 air monitoring stations located at the Laboratory and in neighboring communities that provide data about ambient air quality. The Laboratory monitors 80 minor sources and 29 major sources at the Laboratory, such as exhaust stacks from radiological and nuclear facilities.

In 2013,

LANL Hosts Pre-Campaign Kickoff Reception

on September 11, 2014 - 11:55am
During a 'pre-campaign' kickoff reception Sept. 2 at the Oppenheimer Study Center, LANL Giving Campaign Chair Alan Bishop, principal associate director for Science, Technology and Engineering, talks about the 2015 Employee Giving Campaign and why he finds giving personally satisfying. Courtesy/LANL
Craig Strong, left, of the United Way of Santa Fe County speaks with LANL's Alan Bishop during the Sept. 2 pre-campaign kickoff reception.

LANL's Community Programs Office Director Kurt Steinhaus chats with Don Cobb, retired former senior LANL manager and immediate past

ScienceFest: Youngsters 'Reverse Engineer' Computers

on September 11, 2014 - 9:48am
Youngsters 'reverse engineer' a computer Wednesday at Time Out Pizza. by taking apart the computers, the young engineers learn how they were put together. The Bradbury Science Museum organized the event as part of ScienceFest 2014. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Volunteers help the young engineers discover how the computer they are disassembling works. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

LANL: Learn About Counseling, Referral Services

on September 11, 2014 - 8:41am
LANL News:

The public can learn about services offered by Los Alamos National Laboratory's Employee Assistance Program at three, free informational sessions at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos.

The one-hour, interactive presentations are scheduled 9-10 a.m. Sept. 16, Sept. 23 and Oct. 21 and open to Laboratory employees and the public. Attendees also will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The presentations cover:

  • assistance offered through EAP;
  • referrals to outside providers;
  • community resources;
  • concerns about confidentiality;
  • impact of counseling on security clearances; and

LANL's Roger Wiens Presents Talk to German Visitors

on September 11, 2014 - 7:07am

LANL's Roger Wiens, principal investigator of the SuperCam team and principal investigator of the Curiosity Rover’s ChemCam Team gave a presentation Saturday to a group of Germans visiting the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Mark Hartman

Dynofit CEO Demonstrates Biofeedback Through Video Gaming

on September 10, 2014 - 5:15pm
Rohan Loveland of Dynofit Inc. shows how the video game he designed can be used as a biofeedback devise to teach muscles to flex or relax. Electrodes are placed on the muscle and the person uses a flex or relax motion to play the game. Suzette Fox, executive director of Los Alamos MainStreet gets hooked up to play the game with her thumb. Loveland still wears the electrodes he used to play the game with his eyebrows. The event, Biofeedback: Game Your Brain. was held at Diamond Mix Workspace Monday and was part of Science Fest 2014. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

WIPP: Additional Areas Cleared in Underground Facility

on September 10, 2014 - 3:56pm

WIPP: personnel continue to work diligently to restore normal access to the WIPP underground facility. The graphic identifies areas that have been surveyed for radiological contamination. The areas highlighted in green have been found to be contamination free. The surveys are conducted on the salt surfaces of the mine, but also include survey and release of any equipment or other structures located in these areas. Individuals conducting radiological surveys are trained on use of radiation detection equipment and the actions that are required should they identify radioactive contamination.

LANL Using Neutrons to Stop Nuclear Smugglers

on September 10, 2014 - 1:59pm

ScreenShot/LANL Video

LANL News:

Laser-generated neutrons could one day be enlisted to help fight the War on Terror.

Using the short-pulse laser at Los Alamos's TRIDENT facility, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers generated a neutron beam with novel characteristics that interrogated a closed container to confirm the presence and quantity of nuclear material inside.

Click here to see how this successful experiment is paving the way for the creation of table-top-sized or truck-mounted neutron generators that could be installed at strategic locations worldwide to thwart smugglers

Three entrepreneurs Will Win Portion of $1,500 at LAVA’s Elevator Pitch Contest Sept. 11

on September 10, 2014 - 9:02am

Image Courtesy/LAVA


Three entrepreneurs who deliver the best 60-second speech at the Elevator Pitch Contest Thursday morning will share in $1,500 in total prize money. 

SIVI Corporation and Los Alamos National Laboratory's Feynman Center for Innovation (FCI) and Community Programs Office (CPO) are sponsoring the event and providing the prize money. The contest is hosted by LACDC’s Los Alamos Venture Accelerator (LAVA) and part of Los Alamos ScienceFest.

The Elevator Pitch Contest is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Astronaut John Phillips Visits Bradbury Science Museum

on September 9, 2014 - 4:24pm

Former shuttle astronaut John Phillips presented a talk at the Bradury Science Museum Saturday as part of Los Alamos ScienceFest festivities underway this week. Phillips' talk was sponsored, along with RocketDayand the launch of 220 model rockets at Overlook Park, by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Boeing. Los Alamos ScienceFest runs through Sept. 5-13 and includes demonstrations, interactive activities, art, discussions for inquisitive minds of all ages and more. Photo by Mark Hartman

Former shuttle astronaut John Phillips presented a talk at the Bradury Science Museum Saturday. Photo by