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New Environmental Health And Safety Master's Degree Program Informational Meeting At Noon Thursday

on March 3, 2015 - 11:26am

LANL News:

Learn more about a new master's degree program in environmental health and safety by attending an informational meeting noon, Thursday, March 5 in Room 3 of Mesa Public Library on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. 

The two-year degree program is offered by Colorado State University and is open to anyone who has a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree and has completed certain prerequisite classes - see below.

Classes begin Aug. 24 and applications should be submitted by July 1. Classes will be held Friday and Saturday in rooms 111 and 112 of the J.

Learn Cool Science At Café Scientifique Thursday

on March 3, 2015 - 11:19am

LANL: Six Regional Businesses Receive Native American Venture Acceleration Fund Grants

on March 3, 2015 - 11:04am

Phoebe Suina of High Water Mark, Cochiti Pueblo. Courtresy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Nearly $700,000 in new revenue generated last two years

Six Northern New Mexico Native American-owned and operated businesses received a total of $60,000 in grants through a Native American Venture Acceleration Fund created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and the Regional Development Corporation.

The grants are designed to help the recipients create jobs, increase their revenue base and help diversify the area economy.

“Our Native American Venture Acceleration Fund has become an important resource in

Trinity Site Tour Reservations Now Available

on March 3, 2015 - 10:05am

The obelisk monument at Trinity Site. Courtesy/LAHS


The annual Los Alamos Historical Society escorted bus tour to the site of the first atomic test, Trinity Site, will be April 3-4, this time via Alamogordo. 

The cost is $385, which includes transportation, lodging in Alamogordo, and some meals. Experts and resources about the area and the test will be on board.

Reservations must be made with full payment by March 15 to the Los Alamos Historical Society, 505.662.6272 or
For more information, visit and

Letter To The Editor: LANL Highlights CASL Scientists And Engineers

on March 2, 2015 - 3:08pm

By LANL Public Affairs Office

In response to Bill Johnson's letter published in this morning's edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post, LANL's Public Affairs Office issued the following:

Thank you for the opportunity to highlight the names of the many individuals who have contributed to the success of this excellent program. Usually in articles and press releases we don't have this luxury, but this is a good chance to get their names into the spotlight. 

As with most complex science projects, there are many people who work hard to make things happen on many levels, both scientific and

Letter To The Editor: Giving Credit Where It Is Due

on March 2, 2015 - 9:54am
Los Alamos

In the article "Los Alamos Boosts Light-Water Reactor Research With Advanced Modeling And Simulation Technology," nominally highlighting some science and engineering advances made at the lab in support of a national reactor program, I note that exactly zero (0) day-to-day lab scientists and engineers are named, only someone calling herself a "software business development executive." 

This seems odd. Are we to assume that Ms. Kathleen McDonald, the bearer of this lofty title, somehow managed to do all this work by herself?

Los Alamos Boosts Light-Water Reactor Research With 
Advanced Modeling And Simulation Technology

on March 2, 2015 - 8:03am

A simulation demonstrates the volume fraction of a bubble phase in the region downstream of a 3×3 rod bundle after a short burst of bubbles has been introduced into the flow field upstream. In a reactor, a large number of entrained bubbles reduce the heat transfer to the coolant, resulting in a lower efficiency in power production. Excessive bubble production through subcooled boiling can result in undesirable local hotspots and the accumulation of excess corrosion and contaminants.

LANL News:

  • Simulated nuclear reactor project benefits from funding extension

Hard on the heels of a five-year

Dinner Held For Students Enrolled In LANSCE School of Neutron Scattering

on February 27, 2015 - 1:51pm

Students and instructors in the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) School of Neutron Scattering enjoy dinner Wednesday night at Fuller Lodge. photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Students and instructors in the LANSCE School of Neutron Scattering Wednesday night at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Daily Post

When 36 young scientists and engineers paid a recent visit to Los Alamos, it was more than just an opportunity to step outside the classroom.

Participants in the 11th Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) School of

Former Singer/Guitarist Of 'Wardog' Releasing Old Song: 'Clouds Of Magellan' Sung In Klingon

on February 27, 2015 - 7:05am
Musician Tom Gattis of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
Tom Gattis, former singer/guitarist for 90's Heavy/Power Metal band Wardog announces the upcoming release of an old song titled "Clouds Of Magellan," which is sung in the Klingon language.
Klingon is a well-known language originating from the Star Trek television series.
Wardog originated from Phoenix, Ariz., in 1994, but disbanded in 2000. Tom Gattis has lived in Los Alamos since 2009 and works at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a structural engineer.

WIPP Hosts All-Hazards Planning Meeting

on February 26, 2015 - 3:07pm
WIPP News:
WIPP hosted the first annual All-Hazards, Offsite Interface Briefing and Regional Radiological Response Planning Meeting Feb. 20 to provide information on changes and enhancements to WIPP’s Emergency Management Program and how these changes would be coordinated with WIPP’s offsite partners.
The meeting was attended by local, state and federal agencies with emergency response roles related to incidents or accidents at the WIPP facility.

Venture Acceleration Fund Awards Spur Investment In Northern New Mexico

on February 26, 2015 - 9:20am

LANL News:
  • Proposals due by March 20

Companies located in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Rio Arriba, Taos, San Miguel and Mora counties have until March 20 to submit proposals for Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) awards for calendar year 2015.

Preference for funding are given to businesses in these counties, as are technology and manufacturing firms that can demonstrate their ability to stimulate job growth and attract additional revenue to the region.

“The VAF has become a very important and popular economic development resource and we expect that this year will be our most competitive to

LANL Major Subcontractors Report 'Washington Got The Message'

on February 25, 2015 - 10:36pm

LANL MSC members in Washington, D.C., from left, Jeff Lunsford, Joseph Sanchez, Liddie Martinez, Floyd Archuleta and Aaron Scutt. Courtesy photo


  • Local Subcontractors Trip to DC Yields Big Results in Protecting Local Businesses from Contract Loss

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Major Subcontractors Consortium (LANL MSC), a collaborative of the 35 largest LANL subcontractors travelled to Washington, D.C. the week of Feb.

SFI Colloquium: Evolution Of Multicellularity And Cellular Differentiation In The Volvocine Algae

on February 23, 2015 - 3:58pm
Matthew Herron 
University of Montana

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is hosting a colloquium with Matthew Herron at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, in the Noyce Conference Room in Santa Fe.

Abstract: The transition to multicellular life was one of a few major events in the history of life that created new opportunities for more complex biological systems to evolve. Indeed, multicellularity is a prerequisite for the evolution of large, complex organisms such as plants and animals.

An understanding of the ecological conditions and evolutionary mechanisms that favor this key innovation is

LANL Scientists Join Prestigious Ranks Of APS Fellows

on February 23, 2015 - 11:02am

Nine Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists were selected as fellows of the American Physical SocietyCourtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Nine Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are new Fellows of the American Physical Society. Cristian Batista, Malcolm Boshier, Dana Dattelbaum, Stephen Doorn, Michelle Espy, George Rodriguez, Avadh Saxena, Sergei Tretiak and Lin Yin are the new honorees.

“Selection as American Physical Society fellows is de facto proof of the vibrant engagement Los Alamos scientists are having with the larger technical community,” LANL Director Charlie McMillan said.

New Emphasis On Industry Partnerships At Los Alamos

on February 22, 2015 - 1:02pm

David Pesiri

By DAVID PESIRI, Division Leader
Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation
Los Alamos National Laboratory

We believe innovation is the key to addressing many challenges facing the Nation today. On all levels, Los Alamos National Laboratory is being asked to move the needle on issues of domestic and global security, advancing the scientific enterprise on energy concerns, and effective leveraging of the latest technologies and capabilities to bolster US industry and, ultimately, the US economy.

This is our charge by the public trust, a duty to both country and the world community.

President's Science Advisor Is At Your Fingertips

on February 22, 2015 - 11:10am

Dr. John Holdren


Have a question about our changing climate? You've got the President's science advisor at your fingertips.

Since November, Dr. John Holdren has been encouraging the public to ask him anything about climate change on social media using the hashtag #AskDrH.

You've been asking -- and he's been answering. Most recently, students asked what the U.S. is doing to prepare for future storms, and how we can cut carbon dioxide emissions without hurting our economy -- among other critical questions.

Watch video here.

"No challenge poses a greater threat to future

SFI Seminar: 'How The Interaction Of Mind And Environment Shapes Social Judgments'

on February 21, 2015 - 8:19am
Mirta Galesic
Professor; Cowan Chair in Human Social Dynamics
Santa Fe Institute

SFI News:

Santa Fe Institute (SFI) hosts a seminar by Mirta Galesic at 12:15 p.m., Wednesday in the Collins Conferance Room.

Abstract: There is a curious divide among researchers studying human sociality. Those studying human cultural evolution tend to extol the extraordinary human ability to cooperate and learn from each other and believe it to be the cornerstone of the spectacular success of our species.

Social psychologists, in contrast, tend to view human social cognition as fraught with biases that

Local Author E. E. Giorgi's New Novel Launches Monday As Part Of Unique Collaboration

on February 21, 2015 - 8:05am
Cover of 'Immunity,' by E. E. Giorgi. Courtesy photo


Monday—in an unprecedented publishing event—Wonderment Media, Inc. (WMI), will launch five new novels in its brand world, Apocalypse Weird. One of them is local artist and writer E.E. Giorgi.

This first-of-its-kind collaboration among two dozen authors, editors, graphic designers and marketing professionals is spearheaded by USA Today bestselling author Michael Bunker and Nick Cole, author of The Old Man and the Wasteland and Soda Pop Soldier. Cole’s The Red King—the first AW novel made free to readers in Nov.

Students Enrolled In LANSCE Neutron Program Gather For Dinner At China Palace

on February 20, 2015 - 9:11pm

Professor Heinz Nakotte, left, is dining this evening at China Palace in Mari-Mac Plaza with 36 graduate students and a few post docs enrolled in a 10-day LANSCE Neutron Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The students hail from across the United States, Hungary, United Kingdom, Argentina and Spain. Nakotte is a professor in the Department of Physics & Engineering Physics Program at New Mexico State University. Nakotte and LANL's Anna Llobet co-chair the 10-day LANSCE Newtron Program. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Students from across the U.S.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meeting Canceled For Lack Of Quorum

on February 20, 2015 - 8:48am

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities has canceled today's meeting due to lack of quorum.

The next meeting is scheduled 9-11 a.m., March 20 in Taos.

WIPP Receives New Emergency Response Vehicle

on February 19, 2015 - 10:40am

Engine 24 has been commissioned at WIPP. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

WIPP recently placed a new emergency response vehicle into service. The new fire engine “Engine 24” will enhance emergency response capabilities at the WIPP facility.

The new four-wheel drive vehicle was designed to respond to both structure and wild land fires. Capable of carrying 1,500 gallons of water on board, the engine has the ability to spray water or foam through a remote-controlled turret located on the front bumper while driving.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Announces Successful Meetings Regarding Clean-up Initiatives And Funds

on February 19, 2015 - 9:58am

RCLC News:

SANTA FE—The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (Coalition) announced successful meetings last week in Washington, D.C.

The group visited the Capitol to meet with the New Mexico Congressional Delegation members, House and Senate Armed Services, Appropriations and Department of Energy (DOE) officials regarding clean-up issues and funding for Los Alamos National Lab (LANL).

The Coalition believes that funding for FY16 environmental clean-up at LANL should be $255 million and stated that request in all meetings.

Get A CLEW! ... Cafe Scientifique March 5

on February 17, 2015 - 10:50am

Science On Tap: Threat Of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

on February 17, 2015 - 9:08am

BSM News:

The Los Alamos Creative District will present the next installment of its On Tap series at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at UnQuarked – The Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.

The Bradbury Science Museum (BSM) hosts this week’s brief presentation and interactive discussion that follows.

Harshini Mukundan, research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss the global threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Luján, Fleischmann Lead Nuclear Cleanup Caucus

on February 16, 2015 - 10:09am

From left, Co-Chairman Chuck Fleischmann, Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Mark Whitney and Co-Chairman Ben Ray Luján. Courtesy/BRLO


Washington, D.C. – Fifty years of government nuclear weapons development stemming from the Manhattan Project during World War II has affected communities across the nation and resulted in the need for environmental cleanup at numerous sites.

In response, U.S.