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Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Chairs Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee Meeting In Los Alamos

on July 24, 2014 - 11:46am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard chairs Wednesday's Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Committee Chair Sen. Peter Wirth, second from left, and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard at Wednesday's Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee meeting at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo


New Mexico senators and representatives traveled to Los Alamos Wednesday to hold a public hearing on the Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee.

Los Alamos' Rep.

LANL Sponsors 18th Annual Hazmat Challenge

on July 24, 2014 - 10:56am

A hazardous materials team from Edmond, Okla., competing in the Hazmat Challenge at LANL. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Competition tests skills of hazardous materials response teams from four states

Fourteen hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma will test their skills at the 18th annual Hazmat Challenge July 29 through Aug. 1 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The challenge provides hazardous materials responders the opportunity to test their skills, share best practices with other response agencies, and learn new techniques through realistic

UC President Janet Napolitano Expresses Strong Support For Los Alamos National Laboratory

on July 23, 2014 - 2:41pm
UC President Janet Napolitano speaks at a gathering of LANL employees Monday at the NSSB. Courtesy/LANL
Los Alamos Daily Post

During a private half hour talk with employees gathered in an auditorium at the National Security Sciences Building Monday, University of California President Janet Napolitano spoke of her commitment to Los Alamos National Laboratory.

"We are proud of our relationship with Los Alamos and we remain unwavering in our support," Napolitano said.

Show Your Passion For Innovation With A Creative Talk

on July 23, 2014 - 11:47am

Image/Los Alamos MainStreet

LANL News:

  • Presentations sought for TechRev Day at Los Alamos ScienceFest

Organizers of Los Alamos ScienceFest, a weeklong celebration of science, are seeking innovative presentations from passionate people with a love of innovation.

“TechRev Day, a ScienceFest event, will showcase a series of 15-minute presentations from students, educators, scientists, engineers, bloggers, inventors and other creative types who are just bursting at the seams to share their contagious enthusiasm about innovation or innovation-related topics,” said Shandra Clow of Los Alamos

Curiosity's Rock-Zapping Laser Sparks New Interest

on July 23, 2014 - 11:29am


LANL News:

Last week the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover captured a series of images that showed the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) rock-zapping laser in action.

Although the ChemCam laser has fired more than 150,000 times on Mars, this marks the first time the plasma plume created by the laser has been captured on film.

Each time the laser hits a target, the plasma light is captured by the system’s 4.3-inch aperture telescope, which sends the light down an optical fiber to a spectrometer located in the body of the rover.

Three Los Alamos Scientists Named ‘Most Influential Scientific Minds’

on July 23, 2014 - 10:59am

LANL News:

  • Aiken, Korber and Perelson spotlighted in Thomson Reuters report

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Allison Aiken, Bette Korber and Alan Perelson have been named to Thomson Reuters list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.”

“To have three of our premier scientists recognized on this list is a great honor and attests to the intellectual vitality that feeds the breadth of disciplines essential to our national security mission,” LANL Director Charles McMillan said.

Nobel Laureate to Deliver Lecture in Los Alamos

on July 23, 2014 - 10:43am

Dr. Harold Varmus. Courtesy/


  • The upcoming lecture by Dr. Harold Varmus, co-recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, is sponsored by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee

Nobel laureate Dr. Harold Varmus will deliver the 44th Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.

The lecture, titled “The History and Future of Cancer Research,” is free and open to the public.



Madelyn Creedon Confirmed as NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator

on July 23, 2014 - 10:07am

Madelyn Creedon

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON – Madelyn Creedon was confirmed by the Senate this morning as the Department of Energy’s (DOE) principal deputy administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

“Madelyn Creedon’s confirmation comes at a critical point for the National Nuclear Security Administration,” DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz said.

Voyager Spacecraft Might Not Have Reached Interstellar Space

on July 23, 2014 - 9:23am

The heliosphere, in which the Sun and planets reside, is a large bubble inflated from the inside by the high-speed solar wind blowing out from the Sun. Pressure from the solar wind, along with pressure from the surrounding interstellar medium, determines the size and shape of the heliosphere. The supersonic flow of solar wind abruptly slows at the termination shock, the innermost boundary of the solar system. The edge of the solar system is the heliopause. The bow shock pushes ahead through the interstellar medium as the heliosphere plows through the galaxy.

SFI: Audrey de Nazelle On Health and Sustainability

on July 23, 2014 - 6:52am
Audrey de Nazelle
, Imperial College London

SFI News:

Audrey de Nazelle will speak on health and sustainablility at 12:15 p.m., July 23 in the Collins Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: There is an increasing interest in tackling multiple social, health and environmental concerns in cities with a comprehensive and holistic approach, including a recent surge in interest in developing complex systems analysis of cities.

WIPP to Reduce Transportation Contract Drivers

on July 23, 2014 - 6:44am

WIPP News:

Visionary Solutions, a carrier contracted to transport waste to WIPP, will reduce its driver teams as a result of the February events that suspended waste disposal operations at the facility.

In anticipation of the decline in shipments, the Carlsbad Field Office asked Visionary Solutions to propose cost estimates that reflect the reduced need for transportation services. Visionary Solutions has now reduced its qualified two-person driving teams from 11 to three. The number of dedicated tractors or trucks also will be reduced to three.

WIPP will maintain its transportation

DOE: Up to $31 Million for Initial Phases of Enhanced Geothermal Systems Field Observatory

on July 23, 2014 - 6:39am

DOE News:

As part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced up to $31 million to establish the initial phases of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), a field laboratory dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).  

EGS are engineered reservoirs, created beneath the surface of the Earth, where there is hot rock but limited pathways through which fluid can flow. During EGS development, underground fluid pathways are safely created and their size and connectivity increased.

Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee Meets at UNM-LA July 23

on July 22, 2014 - 7:00am


The New Mexico Legislature’s Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee meets 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 at the UNM-LA Student Center Lecture Hall (Room 230), 4000 University Dr.

Committee members will discuss Los Alamos National Laboratory's Waste Drum Characterization Process and LANL's Legacy Waste Cleanup Status.

They also will speak with Ryan C. Flynn, N.M. Secretary of Environment and receive the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Report from Joe Franco, manager of the DOE Carlsbad Field Office. Chromium Contamination Mitigation also is on the agenda.

Committee Chair Sen.

SFI: Kim Vy-Tran on Galaxy Clusters July 22

on July 18, 2014 - 9:23am

Kim Vy-Tran

SFI News:

Kim Vy-Tran will speak on Galaxy Clusters at 3:30 p.m., July 22 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound systems in the universe and are extreme laboratories for studying the physics driving galaxy evolution as well as powerful tests of cosmology. Understanding how galaxies form and evolve in clusters continues to be a fundamental question in astronomy.

Heinrich on Confirmation of Norman Bay to FERC

on July 17, 2014 - 7:48am


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, released the following statement after voting to confirm Norman C. Bay to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Bay was confirmed by a vote of 52 to 45. The president is expected to designate him to be chairman of FERC next year.

Heinrich spoke on the Senate floor in support of Bay's nomination:

"Norman Bay is an outstanding public servant with extensive experience to address our energy challenges in New Mexico and around the nation.

LANL Reminder: Use Official Trails When Biking and Hiking

on July 16, 2014 - 1:36pm

Mountain bikers Jeff Treasure, left, and Ben Poff view a kiosk at an official trailhead to ensure they ride on an official trail. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Trails opened last year at TA-70 and TA-71 south of White Rock for recreational purposes may be closed if users continue to stray off of the official trails.

“We want people to use and enjoy these areas, but it’s important to stay on the designated trails to protect wildlife, archaeological sites and other trail users,” said Environmental Planner Dan Pava, chair of the Trails Working Group.


Mountain bikers Jeff Treasure and Ben Poff,

LAESF Announces Record $592,849 Raised For Scholarship Fund

on July 16, 2014 - 10:15am

Celebrating a record $592,849 raised for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF), from left, Tony Fox, Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Scholarship Program Officer; Debra Wersonick, Community Giving Specialist for LANL’s Community Programs Office; and Jeff Mousseau, LAESF campaign chair and LANL Director of Environmental Programs, at the beaker that tracked campaign results at the Los Alamos Post Office.

LANL's Surplus Property Sale Thursday Is Cancelled

on July 16, 2014 - 8:39am
LANL News:
The Laboratory's surplus property sale scheduled for Thursday, July 17, is cancelled.
Weather permitting, the next surplus property sale is scheduled Aug. 21.

DOE: Largest Such Project in World Will Capture 1.4 Million Tons of CO2 Annually

on July 16, 2014 - 8:38am

DOE News:

The Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with NRG Energy Inc. and JX Nippon announced Tuesday that construction has begun on the first commercial-scale, post-combustion carbon-capture retrofit project in the U.S., the largest such project in the world.

The Petra Nova Project will use cutting edge technology to help decrease the power plant’s greenhouse gas emissions. Once completed, the energy technology project will capture about 1.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually from an existing coal-fired power plant in Texas. The captured CO2 will then be used to

LANL Launches New Student App

on July 15, 2014 - 9:49am

Student using an iPad. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Job searching tool for students, postdocs

Los Alamos National Laboratory recently launched its new student mobile app that students and postdoctoral candidates can use to learn about employment opportunities, science research, education programs and more. The Los Alamos Students mobile app is free and can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play (for android platforms).

“The Laboratory’s new Student App is a great way for students and post-docs to make contact with the Lab and learn about all the exciting opportunities available and the work

Brown Bag Lecture Focuses on Renowned Nuclear Chemist’s Career and Linkages to Current Research

on July 14, 2014 - 2:00pm


LANL News:

Mary Neu of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Strategic Improvement Office will reflect on the career of Darleane Hoffman during a talk noon to 1 p.m., July 16 as part of the Bradbury Science Museum Brown Bag Lecture Series.

Hoffman is a renown nuclear chemist who helped discover Seaborgium and was awarded the National Medal of Science. Neu’s talk, titled “Radiochemistry with a Purpose! Reflections on the Technical Accomplishments, Career, and Personal Attributes of Darleane Hoffman,” will focus on Hoffman’s achievements in nuclear and radiochemistry in the context

Hear Top Manhattan Project Leaders on Voices of the Manhattan Project Website

on July 14, 2014 - 10:37am

J. Robert Oppenheimer, left and Gen. Leslie R. Groves. Courtesy/AHF

AHF News:

The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) is releasing never-before-heard audio interviews with top Manhattan Project military leaders and scientists, including General Leslie R. Groves and J. Robert Oppenheimer, on the Voices of the Manhattan Project website

Sixty-nine years after the Trinity Test on July 16, 1945, the public can listen to the voices of those whose atomic achievements changed the course of world history, politics, science and society.

The interviews provide

SFI Community Lecture: Lloyd to Speak on Possibility of Time Travel July 16

on July 13, 2014 - 8:13am

Prof. Seth Lloyd

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) will host a lecture by Seth Lloyd at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, at the James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerillos Road in Santa Fe.

Lloyd is a science board and external professor at SFI and professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His talk is entitled, "Is Time Travel Possible? Testing the 'Grandfather Paradox.'" Lloyd's research area is the interplay of information with complex systems, especially quantum systems.

Time travel is a science fiction staple, inspiring the plots of countless

SFI Seminar: 'The Primordial Origins of Cellular Homeostasis and Balanced Growth'

on July 13, 2014 - 7:19am

Sanjay Jain, External Professor, SFI

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) will host a seminar at 12:15 p.m., July 14, in the Collins Conference Room, SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

The featured speaker is Sanjay Jain, SFI University External Professor.

Abstract: A self-reproducing cell in an exponential phase steady state culture must double the population of each of its component molecular species between birth and division.

NNSA Recognizes Industry Partners for Efforts to Eliminate HEU in Medical Isotope Production

on July 13, 2014 - 7:16am

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today recognized two industry partners for their efforts to eliminate the use of weapons-useable highly enriched uranium (HEU) in the production of medical isotopes.

Presented on behalf of NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, Anne Harrington, the awards to United Pharmacy Partners, LLC., (UPPI) and Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc., (LMI) are in recognition of their efforts to increase the use of non-HEU-based molybdenum-99 (Mo-99).

UPPI and LMI have made a significant contribution toward accomplishing