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WIPP Update: Backup Power Installed For WIPP EOC

on July 26, 2016 - 8:52pm
WIPP News:
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s (WIPP) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will soon have guaranteed operation in the event of a power outage.
A 1,250-kilowatt diesel generator is being installed at the Skeen-Whitlock Building, the location of the EOC. The generator is designed to automatically start when a disruption in power is detected. While the primary purpose of the generator is to ensure emergency response capabilities for the EOC in the event of a power loss, the generator will also power the entire building.

Amazing Opportunity For Española Teen Center’s 'Team Intergalactic'

on July 25, 2016 - 2:54pm
Members of Española YMCA Teen Center’s “Team Intergalactic” were extremely fortunate to be able to spend an afternoon with Dr. Roger Wiens, the ChemCam/SuperCam Principal Investigator of the Mars Rover, at the Bradbury Museum in Los Alamos. Dr. Wiens educated the group on the design and function of the Mars Rover, to include internal and external working parts. The teens enjoyed their time and wealth of information shared by Dr. Wiens. The team would like to thank Dr. Wiens for his time and Janelle Vigil-Maestas from the LANL Program office for coordinating this special opportunity.

Nuclear Watch New Mexico Seeks To Invalidate New Cleanup Order For LANL

on July 24, 2016 - 7:09am

DOE News:

Nuclear Watch New Mexico amended its complaint against the U.S. Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, which alleges 12 cleanup violations of the 2005 Consent Order issued by the New Mexico Environment Department for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The amendment is asking the federal court to invalidate the recently issued Consent Order because the Department did not hold a formal public hearing as required by federal and state hazardous waste laws and regulations.

The U.S.

Teens Learn About Mars Rover From Roger Wiens

on July 23, 2016 - 7:57am
Team Intergalactic checks out a Mars Rover exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy photo
YMCA News:

Members of Española YMCA Teen Center’s “Team Intergalactic” spent an afternoon with Dr. Roger Wiens, the ChemCam/SuperCam principal investigator of the Mars Rover, at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos.

Dr. Wiens educated the group on the design and function of the Mars Rover, to include internal and external working parts. The teens enjoyed their time and wealth of information shared by Dr. Wiens, a YMCA representative said.

The team expressed its thanks to Dr.

McMillan: Workforce Turnover At Lab Bodes Well For Community

on July 22, 2016 - 6:01pm

Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan, right, Kim Davis Lebak, NNSA Los Alamos Field Office manager and Douglas Hintze, DOE/EM Los Alamos Field Office manager, listen to a comment from an audience member during Tuesday's Regional Community Leaders update. Courtesy/LANL

Brittany Baker, center, of Los Alamos' Business Systems Solution Center, along with Alex Ortiz, left, of the Plasma Theory and Applications group and Sam Biggs of the Weapons Test Engineering group, all spoke at Tuesday's Regional Community Leaders update. All three are Northern New Mexico area students. Courtesy/LANL



Feynman Center For Innovation Honors Technical Trailblazers

on July 22, 2016 - 7:33am
From left, Duncan McBranch, Chief Technology Officer at LANL; Terry Wallace, Program Associate Director for Global Security at Los Alamos; Gary Grider holds the 2015 Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize; and HPC expert Lee Finewood, Technology Transfer Program Manager for NNSA’s Office of Strategic Partnership Programs. Courtesy photo

LANL News:

High-performance computing (HPC) expert Gary Grider received the 2015 Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize at a ceremony July 14 for his national leadership in developing cutting-edge HPC strategies and his innovative business partnerships.


Record Amount Pledged During 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Drive

on July 22, 2016 - 7:23am
From left: Katherine Wang of Los Alamos High School, Solomon Sindelar of New Mexico Military Institute and Arasely Rodriguez of Taos High School, 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Gold-level scholarship recipients. Courtesy photo

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory employees pledged a record $393,419 during the recently completed 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) drive.

The drive encourages Laboratory employees, retirees and subcontract personnel to donate to a fund that awards college scholarships to Northern New Mexico students.

LANL: Tide-Triggered Tremors Give Clues For Earthquake Prediction

on July 21, 2016 - 3:58pm
A historic photo of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Courtesy/USGS Earth Observatory.
LANL News:
The triggering of small, deep earthquakes along California’s San Andreas Fault reveals depth-dependent frictional behavior that may provide insight into patterns signaling when a major quake could be on the horizon, according to a paper released this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
The study, which was led by the U.S.

LANL Sponsors 20th Hazmat Challenge July 25-29

on July 21, 2016 - 9:40am

Emergency responders taking part in exercises during last year's Challenge. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Ten hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska test their skills in a series of graded, timed exercises at the 20th annual Hazmat Challenge July 25-29 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The Hazmat Challenge provides hazardous materials responders the opportunity to test their skills, share best practices with other response agencies and learn new techniques through realistic hazardous materials release scenarios in a safe, non-hazardous

Thursday, July 21 Science On Tap: ‘Why Dinosaurs Needed Fusion Rockets, Too’

on July 20, 2016 - 8:55pm


Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. Join Glen Wurden of the Lab's Plasma Physics group, to hear about "Why the dinosaurs needed fusion rockets, too."

Originally presented last year as a TEDxLANL talk, Wurden contends that while the U.S. must continue to maintain its nuclear stockpile in an uncertain world, he'll explain another reason they’re a necessity and why speed is important. Science On Tap is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in the heart of downtowwn Los Alamos.

Science On

Bradbury Science Museum Association Shares De-Coding And DNA Fun At ScienceFest 2016

on July 19, 2016 - 10:35am

The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) engages visitors of all ages at its first public activity during Los Alamos ScienceFest Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLInda Crawford/

It's a busy day at the BSMA ScienceFest booth as Los Alamos High School student volunteers, from left, Jenny Wang, Maia Menefee, Serena Birenbaum, Prestley Gao and Tom Maggiore demonstrate the Enigma machine coding system used by the Germans in WWII. In addition to learning about deciphering codes, participants also had a chance to separate out wheat germ DNA – another kind of code.

Oppenheimer Lecture: National Academy Of Sciences President Examines Question Of Climate Intervention

on July 18, 2016 - 7:20pm

National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt will deliver the 46th annual J. Robert Oppenheimer lecture Wednesday night in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

A few years back, the American geophysicist Marcia McNutt was one of three distinguished scientists who were asked by a British publication -- if they could go to any time in the past, which event would they most like to see. At that time she was executive director of the U.S.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Thanks Los Alamos Native For Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

on July 18, 2016 - 7:16pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall thanks Gillian Hsieh Ratliff of Los Alamos for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall thanked Los Alamos native Gillian Hsieh Ratliff for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her seven weeks on Capitol Hill, Hsieh Ratliff worked primarily on health related issues.

“Gillian has worked on a number of important health policy issues this summer and has been of great help in my Washington, D.C. office,” Udall said.

Los Alamos Celebrates ScienceFest 2016

on July 16, 2016 - 10:24pm
Visitors to ScienceFest gather today at Ashley Pond Park. Bonnie J. Gordon/
A robot launches a ball. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Operating the ball-launching robot. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Watching the drones perform. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Drone aloft. Bonnie J. Gordon/
3D chalk drawing. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Chalk Walk drawing. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Chalk Walk artist. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Michele and Andy Fox with their Atomic City T-shirts. Bonnie J.

Government Accountability Office Releases Report On Whistleblower Retaliation At DOE

on July 15, 2016 - 7:53am
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., were joined Thursday by federal contractor whistleblowers Sandra Black and Walt Tamosaitis to release a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on whistleblower retaliation at the Department of Energy (DOE).
Black, a contractor employee at DOE’s Savannah River site in South Carolina for more than 30 years was fired for cooperating with the GAO during its collection of information for the report.

DOE Issues Final RFP For WIPP Transportation Services

on July 15, 2016 - 7:27am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) for Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Transportation Services.
An Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract, utilizing Firm-Fixed Price (FFP) task orders, that may include separate Contract Line Item Numbers (CLINs) (within Task Orders) for specified cost reimbursable (no fee) items such as State permits and Use fees, New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax, fuel, and a safe driving bonus.
The Final RFP is

Los Alamos Computational Scientist Wins 2016 Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award

on July 13, 2016 - 10:18am

LANL’s Ludmil Alexandrov wins 2016 Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award.

LANL News:

Ludmil Alexandrov, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group, is the winner of the 2016 Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award. Given biennially by the journal Carcinogenesis: Integrative Cancer Research, published by Oxford University Press, and the European Association for Cancer Research, the award recognizes a recent significant contribution to carcinogenesis research by an investigator under the age of 40.

“Ludmil’s research uses large-scale computational

WIPP: In Memoriam - Dr. Abraham (Abe) Van Luik

on July 12, 2016 - 10:26am
WIPP News:
The Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) workforce is saddened by the recent loss of Dr. Abraham (Abe) Van Luik.
Abe was a key member of the CBFO team and was well respected at DOE and in the international community. Abe led the CBFO International Repository Science Program.
His work included contributions to coordinated research and sharing of results through bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

LANL Students Bring Virtual Reality To Nature Center

on July 12, 2016 - 10:07am

The community is invited to try out the new Oculus Rift virtual reality machine at 7 p.m., July 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Thanks to Los Alamos National Laboratory students, the technology of the future, virtual reality, is now available at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

The community is invited to grab a pair of headsets, kick back and enter a virtual world brimming with possibilities in which the boundaries of visualization technologies are pushed at 7 p.m., July 19, at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

HTC’s Vive and Oculus’ Rift are two up-and-coming

Special Planetarium Show With Astrophysicist Galen Gisler Explores Origins Of Universe

on July 8, 2016 - 6:51am
The night sky. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Using examples visible in the July night sky, astrophysicist Galen Gisler will discuss the beginning of the universe and when and how it began as part of a special planetarium show at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. today.

The show will explore two independent streams of evidence for the world’s beginning and conclude with a brief sketch of the physics of the Big Bang itself.

Gisler was born under the dark and starry skies of eastern New Mexico and eventually found his way back to his home state.

Centerra’s Ted Spain Addresses Scholarship Recipients

on July 7, 2016 - 9:22pm
Centerra's Ted Spain speaks at the 2016 Foundation Scholarship Recipient Cohort Gathering June 30 at Northern New Mexico College in Española. Photo by Robert Naranjo/
During his talk, Centerra's Ted Spain encourages students to make a positive difference in the world, give back and help those who are coming behind them. Photo by Robert Naranjo/
Foundation Executive Director Terry Mulert, left, with Centerra's Ted Spain at NNMC’s 2016 Foundation Scholarship Recipient Cohort Gathering June 30 in Española. Photo by Robert Naranjo/

Council Taps Anne Nobile For Probate Judge

on July 7, 2016 - 9:03am
Probate Judge Anne Nobile. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Longtime Los Alamos resident Anne Nobile is Los Alamos County’s new probate judge.

She replaces Bill McKerley who resigned when it was determined he could not hold the position while also serving as chair of the Republican Party of Los Alamos. He resigned May 20, 2016 but agreed to serve until replaced. 

The Los Alamos County Council voted 6-1 to appoint Nobile to serve the remainder of this year’s term through Dec.

Flipping Crystals Improves Solar-Cell Performance

on July 6, 2016 - 11:46am

Three types of large-area solar cells made out of two-dimensional perovskites. At left, a room-temperature cast film; upper middle is a sample with the problematic band gap, and at right is the hot-cast sample with the best energy performance.  Image courtesy Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Perovskite research team spin-casts crystals for efficient and resilient optoelectronic devices

In a step that could bring perovskite crystals closer to use in the burgeoning solar power industry, researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Northwestern University and Rice

WIPP: New Waste Acceptance Criteria Released

on July 6, 2016 - 9:53am
WIPP News:

The Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) issued the revised Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) June 27 for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) to transuranic (TRU) waste generator site programs across the DOE complex.

Changes in WAC criteria for WIPP are being made in response to findings of the Accident Investigation Board’s report on the radiological release at WIPP in February 2014.
The WAC Revision 8 goes into effect on July 5 and TRU waste generator site programs will temporarily suspend certification of TRU waste, pending a determination that they comply with the revised

Nature On Tap: Recent Astronomy Findings July 7

on July 5, 2016 - 6:57pm
PEEC News:
The community is invited to Nature on Tap to discuss the latest findings in astronomy 5:30-7 p.m., at UnQuarked in Central Park Square.
Local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Paul Arendt, Dr. Galen Gisler and Dr. Rick Wallace will provide an engaging discussion about black holes, NASA's Juno probe, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, the night sky, and upcoming planetarium shows.
Paul Arendt received his PhD in physics at Ohio State University and now works in commercial manufacturing and the Applied Research & Development of Materials department at LANL.