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FedConnect Releases Interested Parties List For LANL M&O Contract

on September 30, 2017 - 6:10am

FedConnect News:

 

A list of “interested parties” has been posted by National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) for the four-month transition and a five-year base management and operation contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

 

The list, which was released on the FedConnect website Sept. 26, is as follows:

  • General Dynamics
  • Huntington Ingalls Industries
  • Hampton Thomas Associates
  • SGT, Inc.
  • Internal Computer Services
  • efkairia, LLC
  • TerranearPMW, LLC
  • Cabrera Services
  • IBM Global Business Services
  • Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc.
  • Logan Research
  • KBRwyle
  • MAG Aerospace
  • TechSource, Inc.

Convicted Lab Copper Thief Joshua J. Montoya Faces Probation Violation Arraignment

on September 30, 2017 - 5:57am

Staff Report

 

Joshua J. Montoya, 23, of Espanola, convicted in May of larceny of more than $2,500 in copper from Los Alamos National Laboratory, faces arraignment in First Judicial Court Oct. 16 for a probation violation.

A warrant was issued July 13 for Montoya by Judge T.

Hunt Over For A ‘Top 50 Most-Wanted Fungi’

on September 29, 2017 - 10:49am

Researchers from LANL and several other institutions have characterized a sample of ‘mystery’ fungus and found its home in the fungal tree of life. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Tree of life still holds mysteries in the fungal world – millions of them

In a step toward bridging the gap between fungal taxonomy and molecular ecology, scientists from several institutions including Los Alamos National Laboratory have characterized a sample of “mystery” fungus collected in North Carolina and found its home in the fungal tree of life.

“Working estimates tell us that there should be more than 5 million

Los Alamos Scientists Named 2017 Laboratory Fellows

on September 28, 2017 - 10:44am

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 2017 Fellows, clockwise from top left, Donald Burton, Turab Lookman, Stephen Doorn and Manvendra Dubey. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News: 

  • Researchers recognized for outstanding science research and leadership

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been named 2017 Fellows: Donald Burton, Stephen Doorn, Manvendra Dubey, and Turab Lookman.

“Becoming a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow is one of the highest accomplishments in the Lab,” Laboratory Director Charles McMillan said.

NNSA: No Risk Of An Inadvertent Criticality At LANL From Aug. 18 Event

on September 27, 2017 - 10:52am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Reaction has been widespread to a memorandum issued Sept. 1 by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board regarding what it calls a criticality safety event that occurred Aug. 18 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Plutonium Facility.

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) officials are now saying that the amount of material involved was well within parameters known to be safe and that there was no risk of an inadvertent criticality at any time.

The DNFSB memorandum indicates that the event occurred in the casting

DOE Extends Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract

on September 26, 2017 - 4:50pm

EM-LA News:

The U.S. Department of Energy today extended the Environmental Management - Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Bridge Contract by a period of six months.

The period of extension is valued at approximately $65 million. With the extension, the contract will expire March 31, 2018.

The contract was originally set to expire Sept. 30, 2017. The Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Bridge Contract is a Cost-Plus-Award Fee (CPAF) contract that is for the purpose of providing environmental remediation services at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The cleanup work is

Espionage In Early Los Alamos

on September 25, 2017 - 10:07am
The Manhattan Project Gallery in the Los Alamos History Museum includes an exhibit on espionage. Courtesy photo
 
By SAMANTHA LIPPARD
Los Alamos History Museum
 
Of all the stories about Los Alamos history, visitors find ones about spies to be some of the most intriguing.
 
Without a doubt, the three known Manhattan Project spies in Los Alamos helped usher in the Cold War. When we think of spies, their methods, and their weapons and instruments, we think of the tropes and technologies developed during the Cold War.
 
“Atomic spies” is a name often given to those who operated during

LANLF: An Encomium For Senator Pete Domenici

on September 25, 2017 - 9:00am
Sen. Pete Domenici with a group of his scholarship winners from 2011. Courtesy/LANL Foundation, Andrea Multari
 
LANLF News:
 
As the citizens of New Mexico mourn the passing of Sen. Pete Domenici, we reflect upon his many legacies that have enriched our State. One such legacy is the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation.
 
Without the vision and legislative acumen Domenici, the nonprofit LANL Foundation would not have the resources needed to make sustainable investments in public education in Northern New Mexico.

LANL: Notice Of Air Quality Permit Application

on September 23, 2017 - 6:21am
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory announces its application to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) for an air quality permit for the modification of its Technical Area (TA) 3 Power Plant facility.
 
The permit number associated with the TA-3 Power Plant facility is 2195B-M2. The net effect of this modification will result in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and provide a reliable and sustainable heat and electric supply to support the Laboratory. The expected date of application submittal to the NMED Air Quality Bureau is Sept. 25.
 
The exact location for the

LANL Director Shares Insights At Radioactive And Hazardous Materials Committee Meeting At UNM-LA

on September 22, 2017 - 11:31am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan speaks to legislators at the Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee meeting Thursday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
From left, Sen. Carlos Cisneros, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Rep. Steven Smith and Sen. Richard Martinez listen to the Lab Director's presentation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LANL Director Charlie McMillan, left, responds to a question about Lab safety from Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily

Los Alamos National Laboratory Major Subcontractors Consortium Fund Grants Awarded Totaling $60,000

on September 21, 2017 - 11:49am

LANL MSC News:

SANTA FE – The Los Alamos National Laboratory Major Subcontractors Consortium (LANL MSC), in partnership with New Mexico Community Foundation, and Los Alamos National Security, awarded five economic development grants to nonprofit organizations serving various communities in northern NM.

The LANL MSC grant funding supports economic development industry cluster projects serving Sandoval, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Taos, San Miguel, and/or Mora counties, as well as the Eight Northern Pueblos.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Gains Role In High-Performance Computing For Materials Program

on September 21, 2017 - 11:42am

 The Trinity Supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Companies to compete for inclusion, workshop in October

A new high-performance computing (HPC) initiative announced this week by the U.S. Department of Energy will help U.S. industry accelerate the development of new or improved materials for use in severe environments.

Los Alamos National Laboratory, with a strong history in the materials science field, will be taking an active role in the initiative.

“Understanding and predicting material performance under extreme environments is a foundational

LANL: Pew! Pew! Curiosity’s ChemCam Zaps Half Million Martian Rocks!

on September 21, 2017 - 10:41am

 

A graph illustrating the number of laser shots by ChemCam per Martian day (or ‘sol’). Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • ChemCam instrument aboard Mars Curiosity rover passes milestone

Late Tuesday, the ChemCam instrument that sits atop NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover fired its 500,000th shot at a Martian rock. That’s big news for the ChemCam team at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which developed the instrument in conjunction with CNES (Centre National d’Études Spatiales) in France and continues to help direct operations.

Data collected from ChemCam has helped quantify elements like hydrogen, boron,

Science On Tap: How Lab Scientists Use Biochemistry To Better Understand And Mend The Planet

on September 20, 2017 - 4:45pm

Los Alamos Creative District News:

The Earth is a complex place. The field of biogeochemistry seeks to better understand the links between geologic, chemical and biological processes. The community is invited to learn more at Science On Tap 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at UnQuarked Wine Bar, 145 Central Park Square. The American Chemical Society, Central New Mexico Local Section, will provide light refreshments.

During this Science on Tap event, join Sharon Bone, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Inorganic Isotope and Actinide Chemistry group, who will talk about how molecular- and

Regional Coalition Remembers Pete Domenici: Strong Leader Of NNM Communities And LANL

on September 20, 2017 - 9:51am

RCLC News:

SANTA FE — Upon receiving news of former U.S. Sen. Pete V. Domenici’s recent passing, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere condolences to Domenici’s family and to all those who mourn the passing of a much-respected leader and public servant.

As we reflect on Domenici’s steadfast service to Northern New Mexico communities, we are reminded of the Senator’s commitment to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) national security mission and ensuring a strong pledge to the Laboratory into the future.

Domenici was New

Los Alamos Recognized As Top Diversity Employer

on September 19, 2017 - 10:18am

LANL is recognized as a top diversity employer by LATINA Style and STEM Workforce Diversity Magazine. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

For the second straight year, Los Alamos National Laboratory is recognized as a top diversity employer by LATINA Style and STEM Workforce Diversity magazine. Los Alamos rose in ranking to 10 on STEM Workforce Diversity magazine’s Top Government Employers list and to 41 on LATINA Style’s Top 50 Companies list.

“We are pleased that the Laboratory is being recognized for its efforts to build a diverse and engaged workforce.

Kim Davis Lebak Leaving Los Alamos And DOE

on September 19, 2017 - 8:38am

Los Alamos Field Office Manager Kim Davis Lebak. Courtesy/DOE
 
By DAN LEONE
ExchangeMonitor

Kim Davis Lebak, manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office, will retire after nearly 30 years at the Energy Department.

Davis, who has managed the Los Alamos Field Office for the past three years or so, will leave the agency in “early October,” a spokesperson for the semiautonomous Department of Energy agency said Monday.

Steve Goodrum, now NNSA’s assistant deputy administrator for stockpile management in the Defense Programs office, will replace Lebak.

As manager of

Udall And Moran’s Bipartisan MGT Act Clears Senate In FY18 National Defense Authorization Act

on September 19, 2017 - 8:20am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Monday applauded the inclusion of their Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act as part of the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 (FY18).
 
Their bipartisan legislation was introduced as an amendment (#1006) to the FY18 NDAA to modernize government information technology (IT), eliminate wasteful spending and strengthen cybersecurity.
 
“The MGT Act is a perfect example of what we can accomplish when we seek common-sense solutions in a bipartisan way,”

Scenes From UWNNM Board Celebration Of Philanthropy With LANL’s Charlie McMillan

on September 19, 2017 - 7:02am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan, standing, is the featured speaker at a ‘Celebration of Philanthropy’ hosted by the United Way of Northern New Mexico Board of Directors, Friday evening Sept. 8 at the Pig + Fig Café in White Rock. The annual event is a celebration and an informational gathering. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 
 
The crowd listens as LANL Director Charlie McMillan speaks about the importance of the laboratory engaging in the community. The UWNNM Board includes President Steve Boerigter, Vice President Carol A.

Hanford Site Manager Selected For MPNHP

on September 15, 2017 - 10:18am
Becky Burghart
 
NPS News:
 
DENVER — The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that Becky Burghart has been selected as the Site Manager for the Hanford location of Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
 
Burghart is the Chief of Interpretation at White Sands National Monument in Alamogordo, which is adjacent to White Sands Missile Range, home of the Trinity site where the world’s first atomic bomb explosion occurred in July 1945 as part of the Manhattan Project.
 
She started her career with the National Park Service (NPS) as a seasonal park ranger at Mesa Verde National

Collaboration Creates Highest-Resolution Scan Of Large Tyrannosaur Skull

on September 15, 2017 - 8:57am
A 3D image of Bistahieversor sealeyi, which was found in the Bisti Badlands in New Mexico and Imaged at Los Alamos’ unique facilities. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Researchers using Los Alamos’ unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done. The results add a new piece to the puzzle of how these bone-crushing top predators evolved over millions of years.

“Normally, we look at a variety of thick,

Farewell To Cassini Mission That Explored Saturn

on September 15, 2017 - 6:32am

This illustration shows NASA’s Cassini spacecraft about to make one of its dives between Saturn and its innermost rings as part of the mission’s grand finale. Cassini will make 22 orbits that swoop between the rings and the planet before ending its mission today, Sept. 15, 2017, with a final plunge into Saturn. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech

 LANL News:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory played part in two major discoveries and powered the spacecraft during its 20-year flight

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists led the development of two scientific sensors on NASA’s spacecraft Cassini that

Udall Proposes Amendments To Benefit New Mexico & Nation In Major Defense Bill

on September 13, 2017 - 2:53pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Measures would strengthen mission & safety of NM’s labs, help military families, and modernize government IT systems & save taxpayers money

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he is proposing several amendments to a major defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to benefit New Mexico’s national labs and military families, modernize outdated and wasteful government IT systems and save taxpayers money.

The bill, which sets defense policy for the nation, is being debated on the

Los Alamos Historical Society Earns National Awards

on September 11, 2017 - 4:22pm

From left, Los Alamos Historcal Society Publications Manager Aimee Slaughter, Registrar Stephanie Yeamnan, Executive Director Heather McClenahan, and Board of Directors member Ron Wilkins show off two Awards of Merit won from the American Association for State and Local History.​ Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News: 

The Los Alamos Historical Society earned two national awards during the American Association for State and Local History Awards Banquet held Friday night in Austin, Texas.  

The local organization received two Leadership in History Awards of Merit.

Criminal Charge Dropped Against Lab Employee

on September 8, 2017 - 3:20pm

Staff Report

The charge against a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee of criminal damage of more than $1,800 to a vehicle belonging to another Lab employee has been dismissed.

First Judicial District Deputy District Attorney Kent Walhquist filed the dismissal Thursday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for the charge against Robert Winkel stating that restitution has been made in the case and the interests of justice are best served through dismissal of the charge.

Winkel was charged pursuant to an investigation into damage to a vehicle belonging to a group leader who reportedly had some

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