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LANL: Jaqueline L. Kiplinger To Receive Award For Pioneering Contributions To Chemistry

on April 26, 2017 - 7:49am

Jaqueline Kiplinger is the recipient of the 2017 Violet Diller Professional Excellence Award. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Iota Sigma Pi society to recognize advances in uranium and thorium chemistry  

Jaqueline Kiplinger, Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow within the Inorganic, Isotope and Actinide Chemistry Group, is the recipient of the 2017 Violet Diller Professional Excellence Award given triennially by Iota Sigma Pi (the National Honor Society of Women in Chemistry). The award recognizes contributions to chemistry that have had widespread significance to the scientific community or

LANL: Managing Disease Spread Through Accessible Modeling

on April 26, 2017 - 7:23am

The research draws on Los Alamos’ expertise in computational modeling and health sciences and contributes to the Laboratory’s national security mission by protecting against biological threats. Infectious diseases are a leading cause of death globally. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lower computing requirements and streamlined data analysis support public-health decision making

A new computer modeling study from Los Alamos National Laboratory is aimed at making epidemiological models more accessible and useful for public-health collaborators and improving disease-related decision making.

“In a

Ahead Of March For Science, Udall Urges President To Fill Key Science Posts Throughout Administration

on April 21, 2017 - 5:47pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in advance of the March for Science, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, joined a group of senators in urging President Trump to appoint well-qualified experts for critical science posts at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and throughout the federal government.

Nearly 100 days into his presidency, President Trump still has not appointed a science advisor, director for the White House OSTP, or a chief technology officer.

Los Alamos/Japan Project Making History

on April 21, 2017 - 4:52am
HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:
 
In just one year since it’s founding, the Los Alamos/Japan Project is already building a bridge of understanding between Los Alamos, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki—and making history around the globe.
  • For the second year in a row, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has awarded a grant to the Los Alamos/Japan Project.

UPTE Forum: Framework For New Non-Profit M&O Contract For LANL April 26

on April 20, 2017 - 4:03pm

LANL: Students Showcase Projects At 27th Annual Supercomputing Challenge

on April 20, 2017 - 10:48am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Supercomputing Challenge is project-based learning geared to teaching a wide range of skills: research, writing, teamwork, time management, oral presentations and computer programming. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Team-based research highlights a wide range of skills

More than 200 New Mexico students and teachers from 55 different teams will come together April 24-25 at the  Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque to showcase their computing research projects at the 27th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony.

“It is encouraging to

Drone Operator Launches Local Business

on April 20, 2017 - 8:23am
Co-owner Michael Grimler of Desert Wind Aeronautical (DWA), a professional drone services company in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

How many people wake up one morning and decide to get into the drone business? Michael and Kathleen Grimler of Los Alamos did just that last year when they started Desert Wind Aeronautical (DWA), a professional drone services company. Kathleen handles the business development side of things and has a background in marketing. Michael believes the business will be a perfect way to keep him busy when he retires.

Drones,

Rally For Science In Santa Fe ... But Not Los Alamos

on April 19, 2017 - 9:30pm
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

Los Alamos isn’t hosting a Rally or a March for Science. Santa Fe is, though. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Earth Day, at the Roundhouse. Get out there with your dedication and brilliance. Remember, there is no planet B, and scientists can prove it. 

The organizers of the March state: “The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter.

Culture & Collaboration: Los Alamos Japan Project Friday

on April 19, 2017 - 2:59pm
HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:
 
The Los Alamos Japan Project is an expansive, long-term project to develop dialogue with international museum colleagues and pursue understanding between Los Alamos, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.
 
Founded by Museum Director Judith Stauber, the project is building a bridge of understanding between Los Alamos History Museum, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.
 
The global histories of the United States and Japan are inexorably linked, but the cultures reveal a separateness.

Los Alamos Canyon Soil Cleanup Project Continues

on April 19, 2017 - 8:01am

EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze

EM-LA News:

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, are moving forward with the removal of contaminated soil along the south-facing slopes of Los Alamos Canyon adjacent to the Los Alamos Townsite. The contaminated soil is primarily associated with legacy outfalls and surface disposal areas.

“Cleaning up the remnants of the Laboratory’s historical activities within and around the Los Alamos Townsite is important to our mission.

Los Alamos Named Tops In Diversity

on April 18, 2017 - 11:22pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory was recognized as top employer by four diversity magazines: Latino Leaders, Minority Engineer, Woman Engineer and Winds of Change. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Latino Leaders, Minority Engineer, Woman Engineer and Winds of Change recognize LANL for recruiting; supporting a diverse workforce

Los Alamos National Laboratory was named a top employer by four diversity magazines: Woman Engineer Magazine and Minority Engineer Magazine named the Lab as a top 20 government employer; Winds of Change (the American Indian Science and Engineering Society) recognized Los Alamos

Science On Tap: Seeing Inside Fukushima April 20

on April 18, 2017 - 10:12pm

LA CREATIVE DISTRICT News:

In March 2011, a tsunami slammed into the coast of Japan and initiated the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Radiation levels inside the buildings there are still lethal, but the cleanup needs to proceed.

Come and listen to Chris Morris, of the Lab’s Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, talk about how our scientists are using people-friendly particles called muons to help assess the status of the nuclear fuel inside the damaged reactors.

WIPP Receives First Shipment Since Reopening

on April 16, 2017 - 7:24am
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has announced receipt of its first shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste since WIPP reopened in January.
 
The shipment from Idaho is an important milestone for WIPP and for DOE host communities that have had to store TRU waste since WIPP suspended operations in February 2014 when a truck fire and unrelated radiological event temporarily closed the facility.
 
“To see shipments arriving again at WIPP is celebrated not only by the WIPP workforce and the Carlsbad community but also by our DOE host communities that support the

Inert Nuclear Gravity Bomb Passes First F-16 Flight Test

on April 15, 2017 - 10:37am

Air Force F-16 aircraft. Courtesy/Kirtland AFB

KIRTLAND AFB News:

The non-nuclear bomb assembly used for the flight test was designed and manufactured by LANL and SNL

An Air Force F-16 aircraft released an inert B61 nuclear bomb in a test recently, demonstrating the aircrafts capability to deliver the weapon and testing the functioning of the weapon's non-nuclear components, including the arming and fire control system, radar altimeter, spin rocket motors and weapons control computer.

The F-16 from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada, released the weapon over

LANL: On-The-Range Detection Technology Could Corral Bovine TB

on April 12, 2017 - 12:13pm

In cattle, Mycobacterium bovis causes the disease, which easily spreads among large herds, periodically resulting in the quarantine and destruction of thousands of cattle in the United States, Canada and abroad and restricting international shipments. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Biomarker-based assay offers ranchers immediate, on-site test results

A research breakthrough allowing the first direct, empirical, blood-based, cow-side test for diagnosing bovine tuberculosis (TB) could spare ranchers and the agriculture industry from costly quarantines and the mass slaughter of animals infected with

Fifty-Four Los Alamos High School Students To Be Honored At Phi Beta Kappa Banquet April 23

on April 11, 2017 - 9:51am

2017 Banquet Guest Speaker Dr. Roger Wiens. Courtesy photo

 

By Valerie K. V. Wood
Los Alamos

Sunday evening, April 23, the Los Alamos Phi Beta Kappa Association will hold its 61st annual banquet to honor the top graduates of Los Alamos High School. Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honor society in the United States and has about 240 members in Los Alamos County (2 percent of the county’s adult population). 

The banquet for the honor graduates, Phi Beta Kappa Members and their guests, is 5:50 p.m. at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos and catered by The Blue Window.

The Class of 2017

West Road Closed 9 a.m. To 2 p.m. Saturday!

on April 7, 2017 - 5:28pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s Traffic Division has been informed by LANL that they will be closing West Road Saturday, April 8. West Road is owned by LANL and the closure is necessary for safety reasons as  tree trimming activities will occur between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in this area.

West Road is the road that leads into Los Alamos Canyon to the Ice Rink and frequently used by motorists to access Pajarito Mountain. Motorists will need to travel through the LANL security portal in order to access Pajarito Mountain during these hours tomorrow.

 

Laboratory Earth Day Trails Tour Open To Public

on April 6, 2017 - 6:11pm

Participants in last year’s spring tour. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

In celebration of Earth Day, the Trails Management Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory will host a hiking tour the morning of April 14 at Lower Water Canyon and Lion’s Cave Trails.

Laboratory archeologist and biologists will provide information about the landscape and its cultural and biological resources as well as geology.

The 3.5-mile hike has an overall gradual 300-foot elevation change and is estimated to take three hours to complete.

Judge Sentences Richard Atencio

on April 6, 2017 - 5:27pm

Richard Atencio, left, was sentenced Monday in District Court. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Under the terms of a plea bargain in the First Judicial District Court Monday, Richard Atencio pleaded no contest to charges of larceny and attempting to tamper with evidence in connection with a Los Alamos National Laboratory property theft case from 2015.

Atencio was accused of stealing lab property valued at more than $2,500 and less than $20,000. Judge T.

WIPP: Preparations Continue For TRU Waste Shipments

on April 6, 2017 - 9:09am
Idaho State Trooper and commercial vehicle enforcement officer Tony Anderson speaks to attendees March 27 at the kick-off of the WIPP Road Show for the western corridor shipping route at Fort Hall, Idaho. Courtesy photo
 
WIPP News:
 
In preparation for the resumption of shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) is supporting “road shows” sponsored by state and tribal authorities along the transportation routes to WIPP.
 
Shipments to WIPP were suspended in February

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Announce $1.6 Million To UNM To Train STEM Students And Workers For Labs Jobs In Microsystems Technology

on April 6, 2017 - 8:54am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham have announced a funding award of $1.6 million to the University of New Mexico to train STEM workers for jobs specializing in the development of microsystems.
 
The money will go to UNM's Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) program, which provides materials, models, and professional development activities for microsystem technicians to develop a workforce that is prepared for research and development and industry manufacturing positions in this growing

More Than 100 Students Receive Scholarships From Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund

on April 5, 2017 - 10:55am

2017 Gold Scholar WilburWang of Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LANLF

LANL FOUNDATION News:

ESPAÑOLA—Charlyna Gonzales of Peñasco High School, Khaled Khweis of Taos High School and Wilbur Wang of Los Alamos High School are recipients of the 2017 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund top-level Gold Scholarships.

They are among 111 student winners from the seven-county Northern New Mexico region selected to receive 117 scholarships totaling $660,250.

2017 Gold Scholar Charlyna Gonzales of Penasco High School. Courtesy/LANLF

Scholarships are funded by Los Alamos National Laboratory

Luján Visits LANL Today; Discusses Range Of Issues

on March 31, 2017 - 8:49pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today visited Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to meet with lab employees and discuss issues of interest to the Labs.

He was briefed by LANL personnel and discussed topics including tech transfer, the Labs infrastructure and workforce needs and expanding regional capacity.

“Our nation faces a wide range of threats including environmental challenges, the emergence and spread of infectious disease, the need for increased energy independence, the spread of nuclear

Bill Safeguards Faith-Based Community Centers

on March 31, 2017 - 7:14am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Brian Mast (R-FL), Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and John Katko (R-NY) introduced bipartisan legislation today to increase penalties for making bomb threats, and provide $20 million in additional funding to the Department of Homeland Security to safeguard faith-based community centers.

The bill, which already has the support of 28 other members, would provide $20 million in additional funding to the Department of Homeland Security under the existing State

Balderas: Unanimous U.S. Supreme Court Decision Huge Victory For New Mexico Students With Disabilities

on March 31, 2017 - 6:29am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The United States Supreme Court unanimously agreed with New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, and attorneys general from Delaware and Massachusetts, when it issued its ruling March 23 in the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District case by requiring public schools to provide higher standards for students with disabilities.
 
The ruling reverses what had been the law in New Mexico, and now educational plans for students with disabilities must be designed so that students can make educational progress, rather than the

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