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Los Alamos ScienceFest 2015 Centers Events Around Manhattan Project Theme July 15-19

on June 30, 2015 - 3:19pm

Courtesy photo



Visitors will have a chance to unlock the mysteries behind the former secret city of Los Alamos July 15-19 during the eighth annual Los Alamos ScienceFest.

Los Alamos ScienceFest, the town’s signature annual event, is themed “the Secret City Unlocked” in recognition of the recent designation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and popularity of the WGN hit TV series “Manhattan."

Most events during ScienceFest will be centered around the town’s once enigmatic history of the Manhattan Project and includes five days of family friendly events

WIPP: Bryson Named Acting Manager For CBFO

on June 29, 2015 - 5:10pm
New Acting Manager of DOE Carlsbad Field Office Dana Bryson
WIPP News:

Mark Whitney, Acting Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM), today named Dana Bryson the Acting Manager for the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO).

He is replacing Joe Franco, who recently returned to a position in DOE’s Richland Operations Office in Washington. Bryson has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry and served as the CBFO Deputy Manager since December 2013. 

Previously, Bryson was the Director of the River Corridor Division for DOE’s

SFI: Science On Screen Presents 'Serenity' July 1

on June 29, 2015 - 10:15am
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents Science On Screen: "Serenity" with Cris Moore, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.
A band of outlaws out on the raggedy edge of space. A brilliant psychic escaping from the government. An experiment in social engineering gone horribly wrong. Join Captain Malcolm Reynolds, River and Simon Tam, Jayne, Wash, Zoe, and Inara of the beloved series Firefly as they try to right wrongs and be left alone. We aim to misbehave.
The popular Science On Screen series continues July 1 with

Curiouser And Curiouser: Bright Spots On Ceres

on June 29, 2015 - 9:18am



The closer the Dawn spacecraft approaches, the mysterious bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres appear more complex, and the more complex they appear, the more interesting they become.

The cluster of mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres can be seen in this image, taken June 9 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). These new images of Ceres from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft provide more clues about its mysterious bright spots, and also reveal a pyramid-shaped peak towering over a relatively flat

Mathematicians: Boeing 777 Nosedived Into Ocean

on June 28, 2015 - 7:38am


HSNW News:

The plight of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370) is one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history, but an interdisciplinary research team led by a Texas A&M University at Qatar math professor has theorized the ill-fated plane plunged vertically into the southern Indian Ocean in March 2014.

The researchers’ computer simulations lead to the forensic assertion that a 90-degree nosedive explains the lack of debris or spilled oil in the water near where the plane is presumed to have crashed. The research was the cover story in the April 2015 issue of Notices of

Column: Top 3 Social Security Mistakes LANL Employees Should Avoid

on June 26, 2015 - 6:32am
Popular singer-songwriter Paul Simon brought us “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” back in 1975. Now that he’s 73, Simon’s new version might be called “50 Ways to Claim Your Social Security.”
Like millions of baby boomers, Simon has probably grappled with the uncertainty of how and when to claim his Social Security benefits in order to maximize how much money he will get from the government. 
Except there are more than 50 ways you can claim your benefits, especially for couples. So many that Simon might need to call his new ditty “567 ways to Claim Your Social Security.”

DOE Issues Remaining $1.8 Billion In Loan Guarantees

on June 25, 2015 - 7:36am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — To further support the construction of two advanced nuclear reactors at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, the Department of Energy announced it will issue $1.8 billion in loan guarantees to three subsidiaries of the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG Power).
This is the last of three conditional commitments that were first announced by the Administration in 2010, which, when combined with the previously issued $6.5 billion in loan guarantees to Georgia Power Company (GPC) and Oglethorpe Power Corporation (OPC), allow the project to be

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony At Canyon Complex

on June 24, 2015 - 1:05pm
From left, County Councilor Pete Sheehey and Vice Chair David Izraelevitz and Councilor James Chrobocinski, right, join School Board Member Bill Hargraves and LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus (scissors) at this morning's ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of remodeling at the Canyon Complex. Photo by Chris Clark/
Newly remodeled Canyon Complex. Photo by Chris Clark/
Staff Report
Los Alamos Public Schools officials, County Council members and County and LANL staff gathered this morning to cut the ribbon and celebrate the newly remodeled

NMC Meets Job Creation Goals On LEDA Grant

on June 24, 2015 - 9:22am

NMC has created 32 new jobs in Los Alamos since receiving a LEDA award from Los Alamos County in March of 2012. Courtesy/LANL

NMC News:

  • Research facility creates jobs and economic advantage to Los Alamos County.

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) has created 32 new jobs in Los Alamos since receiving a LEDA award from Los Alamos County in March of 2012. NMC Executive Director Katharine Chartrand reported to the Los Alamos County Council the progress of NMC’s LEDA award Tuesday night.

“The NMC met the job creation goals of the LEDA grant in three years,” Chartrand said.

Analyzing Ocean Mixing Reveals Insight On Climate

on June 24, 2015 - 8:52am
A Three-dimensional spatial structure of mixing in an idealized ocean simulation, computed using Lagrangian particle statistics. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
  • Eddies pull carbon emissions into deep ocean, new model simulates complex process

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a computer model that clarifies the complex processes driving ocean mixing in the vast eddies that swirl across hundreds of miles of open ocean.

“The model enables us to study the important processes of ocean storms, which move heat and carbon from the atmosphere into the deep ocean,” said Todd

SFI Seminar Presents Torrin Liddell June 25

on June 24, 2015 - 7:47am
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute presents "Inequality, Community, and Common Knowledge: The effects of meta-knowledge in cooperation on networks" seminar with Torrin Liddell (Indiana University), 12:15 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Noyce Conference Room in Santa Fe.
Abstract: For a group to have common knowledge of some fact, they must all know the fact, but also they must all know that they all know it, and this knowledge must also be known, and so on.
Common knowledge of behavioral rules and intentions is crucial to basic social tasks, ranging from cooperative hunting to oligopoly collusion

Heinrich On Jill Hruby's Appointment To Lead SNL

on June 22, 2015 - 9:16pm

Jill Hruby will become the 14th director of Sandia National Laboratories and the first woman to lead one of the three National Nuclear Security Administration laboratories. Courtesy/SNL


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement today after it was announced that Jill Hruby will be the next president and director of Sandia National Laboratories.

"Jill Hruby is an accomplished and admired public servant.

General Leslie R. Groves’ Grandson Visits Los Alamos

on June 21, 2015 - 12:30pm

At Thursday's gathering from left, Mark Rayburn, Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board Chair; Nancy Bartlit, WWII author and former President of the Los Alamos Historical Society; John Bartlit, advocate for Los Alamos Historical Society and environmental columnist; Nina Johnson, Executive Director of Cornerstones Community Partners; Dick Groves, Grandson of General Leslie R. Groves; Paul Millar, friend and business partner of Dick Groves Photo by Tom Sandford, Los Alamos Historical Society board member and historical district tour guide.

Letter To The Editor: Hopefully LANL Will Reconsider

on June 21, 2015 - 10:58am
White Rock

Los Alamos National Laboratory regularly purports to be supportive of Northern New Mexico, Los Alamos, and the surrounding communities.  

They say how much they support local business, people, and outreach. I know they have a community outreach department for just such publicity.

So what do they do to express this support? They permanently close local salvage operations. They take what has been an institution at LANL, a program that has run for some 50 years or more, and give it to a Texas based company geared to selling to professional businesses.

I have no idea what

WIPP Update: Breidenbach Officially Takes Over As NWP President & Project Manager

on June 20, 2015 - 8:14am
WIPP News:
On June 11, Phil Breidenbach officially assumed the role of NWP President & Project Manager, replacing Bob McQuinn. McQuinn served in that capacity for just over a year.
Breidenbach, who brings over 30 years of experience working at various Department of Energy facilities, served a key role in the development of the WIPP Recovery Plan following the radiological event. His past experience includes operations and project management at various nuclear facilities, including several that involved some type of recovery operations.
Breidenbach received a bachelor’s degree in

Heinrich Works Key Provisions Into Defense Bill

on June 20, 2015 - 8:05am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted Thursday for the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed by a vote of 71 to 25.
The bill includes key provisions Heinrich worked to include that benefit New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, private industry, national laboratories, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
The bill, which sets the Department of Defense spending levels and policies for the upcoming fiscal

Los Alamos National Laboratory Names New Leadership For Weapons And Operations Directorates

on June 19, 2015 - 3:48pm

LANL's new Principal Associate Director for Weapons Programs Bob Webster. Courtesy/LANL

LANL's new Principal Associate Director for Operations Craig Leasure. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan announced today that after nationwide searches, Robert (Bob) Webster has been selected to be the Laboratory’s next Principal Associate Director for Weapons Programs, and Craig Leasure has been selected as the new Principal Associate Director for Operations. 

Webster to Lead Weapons Directorate

As the Weapons Program leader, Webster will be responsible

LANL’s Partners Still Count On Lab

on June 19, 2015 - 9:10am

Christine Gelles, acting manager Environmental Management-Los Alamos Field Office, at Thursday's Regional Community Leaders meeting in Pojoaque. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/

Kim Davis Lebak, manager of the NNSA Los Alamos Field Office speaks with Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess at Thursday's meeting. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/



POJOAQUE – Senior officials from Los Alamos National Laboratory welcomed friends, community members, business leaders, teachers, counselors, workforce facilitators, economic development

U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz Remarks On Papal Encyclical On Climate Change

on June 19, 2015 - 7:40am
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released the following statement regarding the release of a papal encyclical on climate change by Pope Francis.
"Pope Francis' call to action on climate change is an important milestone in the global effort on this issue. His is not just a powerful moral voice, he also graduated as a chemical engineer and understands the consensus of climate scientists that accumulating man-made pollution endangers our planet and people around the world.
As Pope Francis reminds us, we must push for ambitious

DOE Announces 18 New Projects To Accelerate Technologies For Efficient Residential Combined Heat And Power Generation And Bioenergy Crop Development

on June 19, 2015 - 7:32am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $55 million in funding for 18 innovative projects as part of ARPA-E’s two newest programs: GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) and Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA).
GENSETS projects are aimed at developing generator technologies that will improve efficiencies in residential Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generation, and TERRA projects will accelerate energy crop development for the production of renewable transportation

Always/Never: Sandia Documentary Tells Story Of Nuclear Weapons Safety, Security

on June 18, 2015 - 11:04am
Six active and retired Sandia National Laboratories employees gathered in 2011 at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque around two B28 gravity bombs recovered from a 1966 nuclear accident. Photo by Randy Montoya
By Web Wire

Sandia National Laboratories’ documentary, Always/Never: The Quest for Safety, Control & Survivability, showcases rare historical footage and interviews with a wide range of experts to describe how national security laboratories improved the safety and security of nuclear weapons from the dawn of the nuclear age to the end of the Cold War.

NASA Agreements Advance Mars Exploration, Los Alamos Rover Instrument A Key Component

on June 17, 2015 - 6:27pm

SuperCam builds upon the successful capabilities demonstrated by ChemCam aboard the Curiosity Rover during NASA’s current Mars Mission. SuperCam will allow researchers to sample rocks and other targets from a distance using a laser. In addition to harnessing Los-Alamos developed Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) technology—which can determine the elemental composition of the target from more than 20 feet away—SuperCam adds another spectrum to its laser for Raman and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • SuperCam’s body to be built at Los Alamos and the

LANL Discontinues Public Onsite Surplus Property Sales

on June 16, 2015 - 4:48pm

LANL News:


Los Alamos National Laboratory's onsite public sales are being discontinued effective immediately. The public sales have been conducted on the third Thursday of every month, weather permitting.


In lieu of these sales, the public can learn about surplus property from LANL that is available for purchase by going to the Bentley's website: Bentley’s conducts monthly public sales on the second Friday of each month through online bidding or live auctions.  

VIDEO: Heinrich Presses DOE Environmental Secretary Nominee On WIPP Recovery, LANL Cleanup

on June 16, 2015 - 3:27pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich. Screen Shot/LADP

Dr. Monica Regalbuto. Screen Shot/LADP


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing to confirm Dr. Monica C. Regalbuto as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., focused his questions to the nominee on WIPP recovery and opportunities for local small businesses to participate in cleanup efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

VIDEO: Watch Senator Heinrich's Exchange with Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management nominee

SFI: 'The History And Future Of The Lab ...' June 18

on June 16, 2015 - 12:51pm
Ed Shanken, University of Washington
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) Seminar presents "The History and Future of the Lab: Collaborative Research at the Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology" at 12:15 p.m., Thursday June 18, at Collins Conference Room.
Abstract: Creative teams comprised of diverse disciplines (i.e. art and science) ar more likely to achieve breakthrough innovations and also more likely to achieve significant outcomes than teams comprised of more closely allied fields.