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One Million Curies Of Radioactive Material Recovered

on December 22, 2014 - 12:13pm

Rick Day of LANL's International Threat Reduction Group and the Off-Site Source Recovery Project (OSRP) holds a non-radioactive training mockup of what a typical cobalt-60 source might look like. The source is similar to what OSRP team members recovered from a site in Maryland in late 2014, putting the number of Curies recovered as part of the project above 1 million since the project began in 1999. OSRP recovers and disposes of unwanted radioactive sealed sources, eliminating a potential threat that could be used by terrorists to create 'dirty bombs.' Courtesy/LANL

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DOE Announces 22 New Projects To Enable Emissions Reductions And Improve Energy Efficiency

on December 20, 2014 - 2:15pm

DOE News:
  • ARPA-E Invests $60 Million to Detect and Measure Methane Emissions and Develop Local Thermal Management Systems

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $60 million in funding for 22 innovative new projects aimed at detecting and measuring methane emissions and developing localized thermal management systems that reduce the energy needed to heat and cool buildings.
 
The projects are funded through ARPA-E’s two newest programs: Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions

President Signs Manhattan Project National Historical Park Bill Into Law!

on December 19, 2014 - 6:39pm

Members of the Los Alamos Historical Society and supporters celebrate the President signing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Bill into law this afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton stopped by the party at the Bethe House to congratulate Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan on President Obama signing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Bill into law this afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
President Obama

Community Programs Office Hosts Holiday Open House

on December 19, 2014 - 12:05pm

Chatting during Thursday's Holiday Open House at LANL's Community Programs Office, from left, Danny Branch of LANS LLC office, Carole Rutten of the Community Programs Office and James Kloeppel and Chris Fresquez of LANL's Small Business Program Office. Courtesy/LANL

A room full of holiday drive gifts donated by LANL employees, including some of the approximately 115 bicycles collected during the LANL holiday drive. All the gifts have been distributed through partner agencies. Courtesy/LANL

STAFF REPORT

Los Alamos National Laboratory's Community Programs Office hosted its annual Holiday

Deadline For LAESF Scholarship Applications Jan. 20

on December 18, 2014 - 1:55pm

LANL FOUNDATION News:

The deadline to apply for 2015 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) awards is Jan 20.

The largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico, LAESF supports students who are residents of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties seeking four-year degrees in fields that serve the region.

Scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $1,000 recognize academic performance, leadership potential, extracurricular activities, community service, critical thinking skills and career goals relevant to local community needs.

CEMRC Releases Final Summary Report On WIPP

on December 18, 2014 - 1:11pm

WIPP News:

The Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC) has posted its final summary report regarding the Feb. 14 radiological event that occurred at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

CEMRC is a division of the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University that provides independent monitoring of the WIPP facility.

Following the radiological release that occurred at WIPP, CEMRC increased its monitoring activities – both at the WIPP site and in the surrounding area.

LANL Helps Raise United Way's Thermometer

on December 18, 2014 - 12:25pm
From left, LANL Community Programs Office Executive Director Kurt Steinhaus, UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega  and LANL Principle Associate Director Allen Bishop raise the thermometer this morning in front of the downtown Los Alamos Post Office. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
UWNNM News:

If you work for Los Alamos National Labratory (LANL) you are probably aware that LANL and United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) work together to raise money for nonprofits through LANL's Employee Giving Campaign. 

What you may not know is that there is more to this partnership than just

LANL's Surplus Property Sale Thursday Is Cancelled

on December 16, 2014 - 5:04pm
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory's monthly surplus property sale set for Thursday, Dec. 18 has been cancelled.
 
Weather permitting, the next scheduled surplus property sale is Jan. 15, 2015.

Udall Secures Tech Transfer Provisions For N.M. Labs

on December 15, 2014 - 7:21pm

U.S.SENATE News:
  • Provisions in defense and appropriations bills increase funding and direct Energy Department to emphasize tech transfer 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today announced that two major bills passed by Congress last week include key reforms he has championed to improve technology transfer at New Mexico's national laboratories and create new businesses and jobs in New Mexico. 

Udall is pushing the federal government to improve its tech transfer efforts to bring to market research being done at Los Alamos and Sandia national labs as well as White Sands Missile Range and the

Los Alamos Names New Laboratory Fellows For 2014

on December 15, 2014 - 8:15am

LANL News:
  • Honorees span sciences in physics, astrophysics, chemistry

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows list expands by five this week as a new group of high achievers is named.

The honorees this year are Christopher L. Fryer, Herbert O. Funsten, John C. Gordon, Jaqueline L. Kiplinger and David S. Moore.

“The sustained scientific excellence demonstrated by the work of Chris, Herb, John, Jaqueline and David exemplifies the outstanding people and capabilities we apply to today’s national security mission, and positions the Laboratory to be prepared to meet future challenges,”

Los Alamos FIRST LEGO League State Qualifier Saturday At LAMS Gym

on December 15, 2014 - 7:36am

FLL News:

Everyone is invited to attend the Los Alamos FIRST LEGO League (FLL) New Mexico State Qualifier starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Los Alamos Middle School gymnasium.

FLL introduces 4th-8th graders to the fun and excitement of science and technology with a yearly LEGO robot challenge. This competition is a high-energy, sports-like event. Come and cheer on local teams as they show off what their robots can do!

The event is hosted by Project Y, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4153, and sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Security.

For

Heinrich Introduces Bill To Establish Tech Transfer Maturation Program

on December 15, 2014 - 7:34am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced S. 2973, the National Laboratory Technology Maturation Act.

The bill would launch a new National Laboratory Technology Maturation Program (NLTMP) at the U.S. Department of Energy to facilitate successful commercialization of laboratory-developed technologies.

The new program would provide funding to each national laboratory to be used by small businesses with a licensed technology from a laboratory, such as Sandia National Laboratories or Los

LANL Employees Mentor Students In Hour Of Code

on December 14, 2014 - 8:56pm

Mountain Elementary School students participate in the annual Hour of Code Thursday afternoon with Los Alamos National Laboratory volunteers at Mountain Elementary. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost

With the help of LANL volunteers, Mountain Elementary students participate in Hour of Code Thursday. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost

STAFF REPORT

With the help of several Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, students at Mountain, Chamisa and Pinon Elementary schools and Los Alamos Middle School participated in the biggest educational event in history, Computer Science Education Week's

SFI Seminar: Evolutionary Computation For Artificial Life Dec. 15

on December 14, 2014 - 2:24pm
Nicholas Cheney, Cornell University
 
SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents the SFI Seminar, Evolutionary Computation for Artificial Life: The Role of Complex Morphology and Soft Robotics in AI, at 12:15 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15 in the Collins Conference Room, 1499 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Abstract: Despite significant interest in the use of evolutionary algorithms to optimize the brains of robots, the bodies of these evolved creatures tend to be static, and closely resemble those used decades ago.

LANL Programs Among Items Approved In Appropriations Bill

on December 14, 2014 - 9:16am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Appropriations bill funds PILT, lab programs including B61, N.M. military bases, WIPP recovery, technology transfer, water projects and other programs  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich joined the full Senate in voting 56-40 for a so-called “omnibus” appropriations bill to fund the government, including critical New Mexico programs, through September 2015, the end of the Fiscal Year.

The bill includes full funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which helps pay for

Moniz Announces Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group

on December 13, 2014 - 8:04am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

  • Partnership to Deepen Relationship Around Critical Nuclear Energy Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Building on President Obama’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Tribal Nations, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced Friday the formalization of the Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group (NETWG), providing a forum for Tribal Leaders to engage with the Department on a wide scope of nuclear energy issues. 

“Through the Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group, the Department hopes to incorporate the unique and important

LANL Major Subcontractors’ Consortium Grant Awards Event In Espanola Celebrates Economic Development

on December 12, 2014 - 11:06am

MSC grant awardees, executive committee members and attending dignitaries gathered Thursday at the Santa Claran Hotel in Espanola. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz, center at the back, is the liaison to the LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium. Courtesy photo

MSC News:

ESPANOLA – Members of the LANL Major Subcontractors’ Consortium and several guests gathered Thursday evening at the Santa Claran Hotel in Espanola for their annual MSC Grants awards celebration.

The LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium, also known as the MSC is made up of 35 of the largest

Earth And Environmental Science Scholarships For Northern New Mexico Students

on December 12, 2014 - 9:29am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and The Climate Change Leadership Institute (CCLI) are partnering to provide scholarships to support students pursuing Earth and Environmental Science Degrees on behalf of Dr. Jeri Sullivan Graham.

Dr. Sullivan Graham, a Los Alamos Scientist, is receiving the Conservation Grant Award from the Climate Change Leadership Institute and wants to pay it forward by offering this one-time scholarship to two students in attending colleges/universities in northern New Mexico.

About the Award:

Each year the CCLI gives out community seed grant awards

Udall Urges Congress To Pass Bill, Avoid Shutdown

on December 10, 2014 - 8:00pm

U.S. SENATE News:    
  • Appropriations bill funds PILT, lab programs including B61, N.M. military bases, WIPP recovery, technology transfer, water projects and other priorities    

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, welcomed the release of a so-called “omnibus” appropriations bill, which includes critical funding for New Mexico and keeps the government running through September 2015, the end of the fiscal year.

The bill funds many New Mexico priorities that Udall has fought for, such as the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program,

WIPP Waste Techs Encounter Abnormal Odor

on December 10, 2014 - 10:57am

WIPP News:

Late last week, four waste handling technicians at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) were performing surface temperature measurements on transuranic waste containers in the Waste Handling Bay when they encountered an abnormal odor. 

The odor was described as a “cleaning solution-like” odor, similar to odors that have been detected in the past when opening shipping containers during routine waste operations at WIPP.

Employees stopped work, notified their supervisor and left the area.

Los Alamos Physicist Hockaday Honored For National Security Contributions

on December 9, 2014 - 11:11am

LANL's Associate Director for Experimental Physical Sciences Mary Hockaday is the recipient of two significant honors. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Associate Director for Experimental Physical Sciences Mary Hockaday of Los Alamos National Laboratory is the recipient of two significant honors this week. She earned a 2014 fellowship from the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and also a Distinguished Alumni Award from the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Alumni Association.

“I have been truly surprised, humbled and honored by these awards; I greatly appreciate the folks who

Latest National Security Science Magazine Now Out

on December 9, 2014 - 9:48am

Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The newest issue of National Security Science magazine now available.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Introduction

Articles

Clay And Dorothy Perkins Turn Over Deed Of Hans Bethe House To Los Alamos Historical Society

on December 8, 2014 - 9:00pm

Clay, center, and Dorothy Perkins turn over the deed of 1350 Bathtub Row Saturday to the Los Alamos Historical Society. Ron Wilkins, left, president of the Historical Society, accepted the deed on behalf of the organization. Always with the intention of donating it, the Perkins purchased the flood-damaged house in 2013 and put in $130,000 worth of repairs and gave $100,000 for exhibits.

Udall Statement On State's Decision To Fine DOE Following Accident At WIPP

on December 7, 2014 - 10:38am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

STAFF REPORT

WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement Saturday on the state of New Mexico's decision to fine the U.S. Department of Energy over $54 million for numerous violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Los Alamos National Laboratory:

"The investigation by the state of New Mexico found that the accident last February put at risk the health of workers and the nearby community. The action the state has taken is appropriate and shows why I have long fought for state environmental authority over WIPP waste operations.

Reminder: LANL Conducting Full Scale Homeland Security Emergency Exercise Today And Sunday

on December 6, 2014 - 12:12pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Emergency Response personnel, Protective Force guards, federal officials, the Los Alamos Police Department and the FBI will participate in an extensive, full scale homeland security emergency exercise for two full days including today, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7.

Today from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., vehicle access to the Laboratory through the east and west Jemez Road access control points will be limited to DOE badge holders only. Vehicles can bypass the TA-3 exercise area by using West Road.

There will be no access restrictions Sunday, Dec. 7.

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