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Scenes From LANL’s Recruiting Event At UNM-LA

on December 8, 2016 - 8:09am
UNM-LA students gather at the LANL recruiting session Monday at the college. Courtesy photo
LANL's Amy Chacon, left, and Lisa Harris field questions from students at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo
UNM-LA News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) recruiters visited the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Monday, Dec. 5 to recruit students and share information about job opportunities at LANL.
They also explained the hiring process used by LANL and provided suggestions to the students.

LANL Director Charlie McMillan Speaks To Lab Fellows

on December 6, 2016 - 3:43pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory speaking today at the Bradbury Science Museum during the Induction Ceremony for the 2016 Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows. The new fellows are: Scott Crooker, Jennifer Hollingsworth, Dean Preston and Roger Wiens. Laboratory Fellows are technical staff members who have been appointed in recognition of their sustained outstanding contributions and exceptional promise for continued professional achievement.

Los Alamos National Laboratory @theBradbury

on December 6, 2016 - 7:07am
LANL News:
In honor of the more than 2,400 U.S. personnel who died due to the attack Dec. 7, 1941, the Bradbury Science Museum will present an exhibit on Pearl Harbor.
In addition to a detailed chronology of events beginning at 6:18 a.m. on that historic morning, the display includes snippets of a serviceman’s diary, samples of newspaper pages of the time, and an extensive slideshow of more than 60 images taken before, during and after the attack.
Beginning this month, Museum visitors

Q & A With Author And Y Friend Laura Kelly

on December 6, 2016 - 7:00am
Y staffer Estrella Young, left, and Y CEO Linda Daly, right, congratulate author Laura Kelly on her new book. Courtesy photo
YMCA News:
The Family YMCA is hosting a book signing for local author and Y fitness instructor Laura Kelly, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9 at the YMCA, 1450 Iris St.
In a recent interview, Kelly disclosed more about her new book, “Splintered Reflections”.
Q: Besides being a new author and a world-class, fun, engaging fitness instructor at the Y, what do you do in the real world to pay the bills, and how long have you lived in Los Alamos?
A: I

DOE Secretary: U.S. Commits To IAEA Monitoring For Six Metric Tons Of Plutonium Disposition

on December 5, 2016 - 7:14am

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

VIENNA – At an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced the United States is embarking on an effort to dilute and dispose of six metric tons of excess plutonium from the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, and that the United States is prepared to work with the IAEA in 2017 to develop a monitoring and verification plan for the disposition process.

Below are Secretary Moniz’ remarks at the conference, which begin with a message from President Obama to the conference:


WIPP: Ground Control Progress In Panel 7

on December 3, 2016 - 10:52am
An Underground Operations employee, wearing anti-contamination clothing and a respirator, installs bolts in Panel 7 of the WIPP underground. Courtesy photo
WIPP News:
Underground operations personnel installed 360 bolts in one recent week – doubling the previous weekly record.
The significant progress made in ground control maintenance over the past several weeks in the WIPP underground has exceeded expectations. Ground control is important to ensure safe working conditions for resuming waste emplacement.
“The performance of our underground operations crews has been

Descarte Labs Celebrates Second Anniversary

on December 3, 2016 - 9:59am

Descarte Labs co-founder and CEO Mark Johnson enjoys his own party at the company's two-year anniversary party Friday at the company's office building on Trinity Drive. The company moved into the Los Alamos County Smart House nine months ago. The company has grown from 6 to 25 employees and recenty opened a satelite office in Santa Fe, Johnson said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Party-goers celebrate the success of tech startup Decarte Labs at the company's two-year anniversary party Friday evening. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Bradbury Science Museum Gift Shop Opens Saturday

on December 2, 2016 - 12:56pm

BSMA Board Member Ryn Herrmann, right, shows merchandise to shopper Katy Korkos at the Museum Gift Shop, called Gadget. Gadget opens 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday inside the Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy photo

BSMA News:

The Museum Gift Shop, called Gadget, opens 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday inside the Bradbury Science Museum at 15th Street and Central Avenue.

Gadget offers a variety of specialty items featuring the Bradbury Science Museum logo, such as mugs, travel tumblers, bags and more.

BSMA members get a 10 percent discount on their total purchase and automatic ASTC Travel

DOE Awards $39.1 Million Contract To e-Management Consultants

on December 1, 2016 - 9:58pm

DOE News:

CINCINNATI -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the award of a contract to e-Management Consultants, Inc. for the Environmental Management Headquarters Information Technology Services Procurement.

The contract includes Firm Fixed-Price (FFP), Non-Fee Bearing Cost-Reimbursable (CR), and Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract Line Item Numbers (CLINs). The total value of the contract is $39,136,798.13 with a five-year period of performance. Thirteen proposals were received in response to the solicitation.

The services to be provided under the contract

LANL’s Entropy Engine Appears Perfectly Unpredictable

on December 1, 2016 - 8:24pm
Quantum-Secured Communication team leader Ray Newell. Courtesy/LANL

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Entropy Engine, one of Los Alamos National Laboratories R&D 100 award-winning technologies this year, was designed to address a dangerous authentication crisis in the world today.

What computers need to know to ascertain who is talking to whom has come a long way from what was once quaintly termed a “handshake,” and yet there are still large holes and uncertainties in the distributed computing, as has been most conspicuous in the hacking related charges and suspicions surrounding

LANL Director Charlie McMillan Takes On Oppenheimer Role In 2016 ‘Nutcracker On The Hill’ This Weekend

on November 30, 2016 - 1:57pm

Dance Arts Los Alamos’ (DALA) 2015 ‘Nutcracker on the Hill’. Courtesy/DALA

DALA News:

Dance Arts Los Alamos’ (DALA) 2015 “Nutcracker on the Hill” was a smash hit. The classic Tchaikovsky’s score was mixed with Los Alamos’ history, which produced a show completely unique to the community.

“Nutcracker on the Hill” returns this year but continues to add new twists to this popular holiday ballet. The first being Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan will take on the role of Oppenheimer.

“I decided to take a shot in the dark,” DALA Artistic Director Jonathan Guise explained.

EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto Discusses Year Ahead

on November 30, 2016 - 9:53am

EM Assistant Secretary Dr. Monica Regalbuto

EM News:

EM Update recently spoke to Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management (EM) Monica Regalbuto about EM’s priorities and goals for fiscal year 2017.

What are your main objectives and goals for fiscal year 2017?

We were very fortunate in EM in the last fiscal year to realize some significant achievements across the complex, and I think we’re on track to do the same this fiscal year.

Of course, our highest priority is resuming waste emplacement activities at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) once it is safe to do so.

EDGE Bioinformatics Brings Genomics To Everyone

on November 29, 2016 - 9:59am

Los Alamos’s Cheryl Gleaner, left, demonstrates to students how to use EDGE bioinformatics to analyze their sequence data. At its annual Sequencing and Bioinformatics Training in June, Los Alamos hosted 34 participants from 10 countries to train them in sequencing and analysis, including the use of EDGE bioinformatics. EDGE tools are used in eight countries and within several government laboratories in the United States. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New platform enables rapid genomic-sequence data analysis 

A new bioinformatics platform called Empowering the Development of Genomics Expertise

Trottier Speaks At Kiwanis On New Bradbury Science Museum Association

on November 29, 2016 - 8:24am
Andy Trottier tells Kiwanians about the new organization working in support of the Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy photo
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Andy Trottier, president of the Bradbury Science Museum Association, spoke to Kiwanis recently, explaining the goals and plans of this relatively new organization.

Trottier, a member of Kiwanis, has "retired" several times--after 32 years in the military, after serving as principal of Los Alamos Middle School (in 1997), and as security advisor to the director of Los Alamos National Laboratory (in 2015). Now he has

Mountain School First-Grader Makes Quantum History

on November 24, 2016 - 7:06am
Quantum history-maker: Sophia Pakin, in the first grade at Mountain School, was the first person in the world to program a quantum computer before she learned how to program a classic computer. Courtesy photo

Quantum Dad: Scott Pakin, a computer scientist at LANL, is the scientific and technical point of contact for the laboratory’s new D-Wave quantum computer system. He thought of a problem for his daughter Sophia to solve in the quantum world. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

According to Scott Pakin, his daughter Sophia is the first person in the world who

Legacy Cleanup Project Conducts First Public Meeting

on November 24, 2016 - 7:01am
At Fuller Lodge Wednesday night, David Rhodes, director of quality and regulatory compliance for the Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office, gave a detailed account of last year’s activities and current priorities. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/

Los Alamos Daily Post

With scant hope that additional funds may yet be found for the current year, the newly structured Los Alamos clean-up project under the revised compliance order with the state is gearing up for a long haul.

Westech International Opens Los Alamos Office

on November 23, 2016 - 10:08am

Dr. Betty Chao


President and CEO Dr. Betty Chao of Westech International, Inc. (WESTECH) has recently announced the opening of a WESTECH Los Alamos office.

The office is located in the New Mexico Bank and Trust Building at 1475 Central. WESTECH is a woman-owned small business incorporated in New Mexico. Dr. Chao established WESTECH in 1995 for the express purpose of supplying quality services to Federal agencies and their prime contractors. Since then, WESTECH became an award-winning company that was recently named No. 39 out of 100 privately-owned New Mexico companies.

LANL Employees Contribute Thanksgiving Turkeys For Families In Need

on November 23, 2016 - 9:58am
Ann Rafferty of LANL's Communication Arts and Services Group hands a frozen turkey to a volunteer Tuesday at the main Vehicle
Former LANL employee Johnnie Martinez places a frozen turkey in a collection box at the TA-3 VAP. Photo by Brian Clayton/LANL
Math and Science Academy educators Zach Leonard and Randy Merker take turkeys from Rich Montoya, standing, left, of Los Alamos’ Engineering and Security Services (NIE-ESS) Group. Montoya and colleague Kim Lucero led an effort that resulted in 36 frozen turkeys from employees in two NIE-ESS teams. Photo by Brian Clayton/LANL
LANL News:

International Team Completes Security Enhancements To Uzbekistan’s Radiological Waste Disposal Site

on November 20, 2016 - 5:58am
NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington. Courtesy/NNSA
NNSA News:
TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN  The United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the Government of Uzbekistan performed a final review Nov. 15 of the physical protection upgrades implemented to enhance the secure storage of radiological materials at the Republican Establishment of Radioactive Waste Burial (RPZRO).
This jointly completed $330,000 project is

Exascale Computing Project Awards $34 Million For Software Development Projects

on November 20, 2016 - 5:36am
ECP Director Paul Messina
DOE News:
OAK RIDGE  The Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) announced the selection of 35 software development proposals representing 25 research and academic organizations.

The awards for the first year of funding total $34 million and cover many components of the software stack for exascale systems, including programming models and runtime libraries, mathematical libraries and frameworks, tools, lower-level system software, data management and I/O, as well as in situ visualization and data analysis.

Exascale refers to computing systems

Los Alamos Honored For Industry Collaboration In 2016 HPCwire Awards

on November 16, 2016 - 9:36am

Gary Grider, right, division leader for High Performance Computing at Los Alamos National Laboratory, accepts the HPCwire Readers’ Choice award from Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire. Courtesy/HPCwire


LANL News:


SALT LAKE CITY—Los Alamos National Laboratory has been recognized with an HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Award for the Lab’s collaboration with Seagate on next-generation data storage technologies.

Five Los Alamos Innovations Win R&D 100 Awards

on November 15, 2016 - 9:35am

LANL News:


‘Oscars of Innovation’ go to CCSI, Entropy Engine, Pathscan, PulMo and VERA


Five Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies won R&D 100 Awards last week at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony in Washington, D.C.


“These awards are representative of the multidisciplinary character of the work we do at Los Alamos, and result from partnerships with other national laboratories, private industry, and universities,” LANL Director Charlie McMillan said.

Science On Tap: ‘Why Disarming A Terrorist Nuke Is like Defending Against Aliens In Space’

on November 15, 2016 - 9:24am


Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. At 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Barry Charles will discuss “Creativity under Pressure, or Why Disarming a Terrorist Nuke Is like Defending against Aliens in Space”. Science On Tap is at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.

For this talk, Charles, with the Lab's Global Security organization, will recreate the TEDxLANL talk he gave earlier this year. Disarming an improvised nuclear weapon is a challenge the world has never faced.

New Flesh-Eater Identified In NM Triassic Quarry

on November 12, 2016 - 9:42am
Matt Celeskey, New Mexico exhibit designer and natural history illustrator created this reconstruction of Vivaron haydeni, from a few pieces of 200-million-years-old remains found at Ghost Ranch in Northern New Mexico. Courtesy image

Los Alamos Daily Post

For many years the area around Ghost Ranch in Northern New Mexico has been spooked by phantom monsters and the specter of death. The spirit of the area was captured in the iconic cow skull motif in Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings, inspired by what was for her a common, everyday object.

Legends of wizards and witches and

USS Santa Fe Crew Members To Visit Namesake

on November 12, 2016 - 9:40am
 The USS Santa Fe. Photo by Rick Carver
The USS Santa Fe. Photo by Rick Carver 
The USS Santa Fe Committee has announced that 10 members of the USS Santa Fe crew arrived to visit Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico Nov. 8 in celebration and recognition of Veterans Day.
Chair Ronald Olexsak of the USS Santa Fe Committee said this visit has been in the planning stage for a year and both the crew and the Committee are thrilled that its happened.
“Competition amongst the crew to be selected for this visit is intense,” Olexsak said.” “Not one of the current crew members is