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Venture Acceleration Fund Wins National Entrepreneurship Award

on October 23, 2014 - 9:12am
RDC News:

The Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and administered by the Regional Development Corporation received the 2014 entrepreneurship award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The award was presented at IEDC's annual conference this week in Fort Worth, Texas.


The IEDC annually recognizes the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials and most influential leaders. The VAF program was one of 34 recognized by the IEDC.

LANL: Novel Rocket Design Flight Tested

on October 23, 2014 - 9:06am

Screenshot/Laboratory's YouTube Channel

Screenshot/Laboratory's YouTube Channel

LANL News:

  • New Rocket Propellant and Motor Design Offers High Performance and Safety

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists recently flight tested a new rocket design that includes a high-energy fuel and a motor design that also delivers a high degree of safety.

"What we're trying to do is break the performance versus sensitivity curve, and make a rocket that's both very high-energy, as well as very safe," said Bryce Tappan, an energetic materials chemist at the Laboratory.

SFI Colloquium: The History of the Universe ...

on October 23, 2014 - 8:09am

John Mather

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a colloquium titled “The History of the Universe: How We Got Here and Where We Are Going” by John Mather of NASA at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 in the Noyce Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is David Pines.

Abstract. The history of the universe in a nutshell, from the Big Bang to now, and on to the future – John Mather will tell the story of how we got here, how the Universe began with a Big Bang, how it could have produced an Earth where sentient beings can live, and how those beings are discovering

SFI Lecture: The Complexity of Competition ...

on October 23, 2014 - 7:52am

Jessie Barker of the University of Arizona

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar, "The Complexity of Competition - How Contested Resources and the Scale of Competition Shape Cooperation in Human Groups" by Jessie Barker at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is Caitlin Stern.

Abstract. Cooperation among people across societies is required to solve our most pressing social and environmental problems.

High-Tech Halloween At Bradbury Friday

on October 22, 2014 - 10:01am

The Cryogenics Show featuring ‘Lady Bug’ (Pam Matteson) and ‘Lance Armstrong’ (Brent Matteson of LANL's Chemistry Division. Courtesy/BSM

BSM News:

High-Tech Halloween returns to the Bradbury Science Museum 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. This annual event is one of the most popular for the museum and is in conjunction with Los Alamos County's Trick or Treat on MainStreet event.

Each year, hundreds of children from kindergarten through middle school flock to the museum to enjoy a variety of activities that teach them about STEM topics and the principals of science.

"Instead of candy, we offer kids

Sierra Club Presents Jeri Sullivan Graham On The Energy-Water Nexus

on October 22, 2014 - 8:55am

Jeri Sullivan Graham


The public is invited to hear Jeri Sullivan Graham present "The Energy-Water Nexus" at an open meeting of the Sierra Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at UNM-LA Media Bldg. 2. Rm. 203.

Water and Energy are inextricably linked. It takes water to develop and transmit energy; it takes energy to acquire, treat, and transport water.

First Liquid Fueled Vehicle Returned To Service In WIPP Underground

on October 21, 2014 - 8:35pm

WIPP News:

The first piece of diesel-powered equipment has been returned to service in the WIPP underground facility.

Last week, workers inspected the four-ton forklift and performed preventative maintenance so that it could be returned to service. The forklift will support various activities over the next several weeks, including resumption of bolting activities, final waste hoist inspections, and moving equipment associated with project REACH.

Preventative maintenance activities and inspections are also being performed on the roof bolting machine and the mobile vehicle that supplies

New Mexico Consortium Laboratory Open To Public

on October 18, 2014 - 5:04pm
Laboratory setup. Courtesy/NMC
Algae samples. Courtesy/NMC
Interested in using pond scum to power a jet? What to create your own multi-colored, glow in the dark, grow anywhere tomato plant? Need to study the effects of climate change from the molecular to the ultrascale level?
Then visit the New Mexico Consortium Laboratory in Los Alamos on the fourth Saturday of each month when the lab offers public tours of its facilities.
The New Mexico Consortium Laboratory is a cooperative venture bringing together scientists and researchers from Los Alamos national Laboratory, UNM, NM

EM Chief Visits WIPP For First Underground Tour Since February Incidents

on October 18, 2014 - 4:01pm

CBFO Manager Joe Franco, left, points to a location on a map of the WIPP underground as EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney looks on. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Mark Whitney visited WIPP Thursday and became the first non‐WIPP employee to tour the underground facility since a truck fire and unrelated radiological release temporarily closed the facility in February.

"EM, and the greater DOE, is committed to reopening WIPP to support the important mission of cleaning up the nation’s legacy of nuclear waste," Whitney said.

One Episode And Historical Society Viewing Party Remains For WGN’s Manhattan

on October 17, 2014 - 7:58am

Project Y telephone booth. Courtesy/LAHS Archives

LAHS News:

WGN’s new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, only has one episode in the season left.

The Los Alamos Historical Society wants to continue to thank everyone who comes to our viewings and discussions for contributing their thoughts, questions, and experiences. The Society looks forward to the season finale on Sunday. Every week the Society updates a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.


Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on October 16, 2014 - 8:28am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold its regular business meeting 9-11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 17 in the Los Alamos County Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., Suite 350.

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is comprised of eight cities, counties and pueblos surrounding the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).   Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to create one voice to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns.

Methane Detected Three Times Larger Than Predicted Using EPA Inventory

on October 14, 2014 - 11:41am

Los Alamos National Laboratory measurement instruments were placed in the field for analysis of Four Corners area power plant emissions. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A large, persistent methane hot spot has existed over the Four Corners area of the US Southwest for almost a decade, confirmed by remote regional-scale ground measurements of the gas.

“A detailed analysis indicates that methane emissions in the region are actually three times larger than reported by EPA.

SFI: 'Confidence Sharing: An Economic Strategy For Efficient Information Flows In Animal Groups'

on October 12, 2014 - 1:16pm

Amos Korman

SFI News

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar, “Confidence Sharing: An Economic Strategy for Efficient Information Flows in Animal Groups" by Amos Korman (CNRS) at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is Michael Lachmann.

Abstract.  Social animals may share information to obtain a more complete and accurate picture of their surroundings.

Dr. Donald J. Dudziak Honored With Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award

on October 12, 2014 - 12:46pm

American Nuclear Society honors Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Emeritus Dr. Donald J. Dudziak. Courtesy photo

ANS News:

LA GRANGE PARK, Ill. – For his 50 years of service, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) has awarded Dr. Donald J. Dudziak the Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award recognizes Dr. Dudziak’s half-century of contributions to research, development, education and mentoring related to radiation shielding and protection.

“Outstanding professionals such as Dr.

Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture On LANL Tech Transfer By Dr. David Pesiri Tuesday

on October 11, 2014 - 9:08am

Dr. David R. Pesiri


Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture presents "Made in Los Alamos: A Perspective on the Laboratory’s Impact on Products and Industry" by Dr. David R. Pesiri at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 Fuller Lodge.

Los Alamos National Laboratory has a long and accomplished history in national security, and from this rich past has come a tremendous wealth of technologies and products used every day.

Meet New LANL Foundation CEO Jenny Parks

on October 9, 2014 - 3:38pm

Jennifer Parks. Photo by Don Usner

LANL Foundation Names Jennifer Parks as New CEO

Española — Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation announces that its board of directors has named Jennifer Parks as the next Chief Executive Officer effective mid-January, 2015.

She will assume the role currently held by Susan Herrera, who announced earlier this year her plan to retire after 17 years as its founding director.

Parks joins the LANL Foundation from the New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF), where since 2010 she has served as President and CEO, guiding the organization in its mission

New Los Alamos Business Expo Creates Networking Opportunity For Local Businesses

on October 9, 2014 - 11:06am


Business Outreach and Networking Event at Los Alamos Golf Course Oct. 27

A new event designed to bring Los Alamos businesses together with local resources is set for 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at Los Alamos Golf Course.

The inaugural Los Alamos Business Expo event was created by the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) in partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, to encourage growth and continued success for businesses in Los Alamos.

Historical Society’s Last Two Viewing Parties Of WGN’s Manhattan Fast Approaching

on October 9, 2014 - 10:08am

Members of the Alsos Mission with uranium cubes captured from the German bomb project in Haigerloch. Photo/public domain

LAHS News:

WGN’s new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, only has two episodes left. The Historical Society wants to again thank everyone who comes to our viewings and discussions for contributing their thoughts, questions, and experiences. Every week the Society updates a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.

LANL Receives Star Status Recognition For Safety Excellence From Department of Energy

on October 8, 2014 - 11:36am

Voluntary Protection Program Star Site flag flying at Los Alamos National Laboratory's main technical area. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lab largest site in DOE complex to attain Star level

Los Alamos National Laboratory has received Star-level recognition from the Department of Energy as part of DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). Los Alamos becomes the largest site in the DOE complex to receive VPP Star Status.

“Hazards are part of our everyday work and achieving VPP Star recognition validates the evolution of worker-manager partnerships in making our Laboratory safe,” Laboratory

WIPP’s Primary Hoist Begins Inspection Processes

on October 8, 2014 - 11:34am

WIPP News:

The waste hoist, which is the largest and primary conveyance into the WIPP underground facility, is undergoing the final inspections necessary to return to operation.

The conveyance consists of a large enclosed platform, similar to an elevator, that transports people, equipment and waste containers from the surface to the WIPP underground facility.

The waste hoist has not been operated since the Feb. 5 fire event because of soot that accumulated on electrical components.

SFI Seminar: Carrots, Sticks and Other Smart Tricks...

on October 5, 2014 - 8:21am

Seth Blumsack

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar, “Carrots, Sticks and Other 'Smart' Tricks: Experiments With Electricity Pricing and Consumer Behavior in Vermont,” by Seth Blumsack of Penn State Univeresity at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is Sid Redner.

Abstract. The dominant model for the pricing of residential electric service over roughly the past century has been one in which consumers face a time-invariant price, despite high temporal and spatial variability in the economic,

SFI Seminar: More Disordered than Disorder...

on October 4, 2014 - 8:45am

Pablo Damasceno

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar, “More Disordered than Disorder: Self-Organization, Microstates and Why Entropy Might Not Be What You Think,” by Pablo Damasceno of the University of Michigan at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdy, Oct. 8 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

The public is invited to bring a lunch. The SFI host is Sid Redner.

Abstract.  Despite being usually associated to disorder, Entropy can be used to assemble building blocks into a variety of complex structures in a surprisingly predictive way.

Energy Department Officials Kick Off National Energy Action Month

on October 3, 2014 - 12:19pm

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will kick off National Energy Action Month with events in New York and Texas to highlight President Obama’s recent proclamation calling on stakeholders across the country to work together to combat climate change while spurring job creation and a low-carbon energy future.

Throughout the month of October, Moniz and other Energy Department officials will participate in events across the country to emphasize the important role that the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy plays in strengthening

SFI: 'Darwinian Approach To Complexity, Evolutionary Transitions In Individuality In Volvocine Green Algae'

on October 3, 2014 - 7:19am

Richard Michod

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a Colloquium, “A Darwinian Approach to Complexity, Evolutionary Transitions in Individuality in the Volvocine Green Algae” with Richard Michod of the University of Arizona at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7 in the Noyce Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The SFI host is Eric Libby.

Abstract. Individuality is a complex trait, yet a series of stages each advantageous in itself can be shown to exist allowing evolution to get from unicellular individuals to multicellular individuals.

Applications Being Accepted For Los Alamos Scholarships

on October 2, 2014 - 8:47am


Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) is now accepting applications for 2015 awards.

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.

High school seniors enrolling in or undergraduates currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution are eligible to apply.