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LANL Teams With Pojoaque To Boost Teacher Prep

on October 31, 2017 - 3:13pm

Lorenzo Gonzales from the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Math and Science Academy program works with teachers at the recent Ir-Rational Number Institute. Under the Partnership School Initiative, teachers from Pojoaque Valley School District took part in the Institute, which was also attended by teachers from six other school districts.

LANL News:

  • New Mexico Highlands University to help implement best-practices for math and science education

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Math and Science Academy has selected Pojoaque Valley School District as the partnership school for its new teacher

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Tours San Ildefonso Sacred Area Above Chromium Plume

on October 28, 2017 - 5:28pm

San Ildefonso Gov. James Mountain hosted members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board Thursday at San Ildefonso Pueblo. From left, RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero, Gov. Mountain, Espanola Mayor Alice Lucero, Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler and RCLC Communications and Administrative Manager Scarlet Rendleman. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board and staff were guests Thursday at San Ildefonso Pueblo where they visited the Pueblo Sacred Area below Los Alamos National Laboratory with Gov.

LANL Foundation To Host Conference On Education

on October 27, 2017 - 8:26pm

Dennis Embry

LANL FOUNDATION News:

LANL Foundation is hosting a Conference on Education focused on the topic of  Building Positive Culture from Classroom to Community” 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov.10 at the Hilton Buffalo Thunder. The event is free and open to K–12 educators.

The morning keynote speaker is Dennis D.

Cornerstone Companies Gather At Municipal Building

on October 27, 2017 - 11:08am

United Way of Northern New Mexico Cornerstone Company representatives gather Thursday afternoon at the Community Action Fund thermometer in front of the Los Alamos Municipal Building.

Seven Los Alamos Scientists Honored As APS Fellows

on October 26, 2017 - 4:19pm

The seven scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory named this year as Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) are, clockwise from upper right, Vivien Zapf, Stuart A. Trugman, Laura Beth Smilowitz, John W. Lewellen, Christopher J. Fontes, Han Htoon and Toshihiko Kawano. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Fontes, Htoon, Kawano, Lewellen, Smilowitz, Trugman and Zapf noted for career accomplishments

Seven scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory were tapped this year as new Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS), a significant honor for the Laboratory and its people.

DOE/NNSA Issues RFP For LANL Management & Operating Contract

on October 25, 2017 - 4:55pm

DOE/NNSA News:

DOE/NNSA issued today the solicitation/Request for Proposal (RFP) for a full and open competition for the management and operating (M&O) contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

In May 2016, NNSA extended the period of performance of the LANL M&O contractor, Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), through Sept. 30, 2018. The pursuit of a full-and-open competition will provide the Department the best opportunity for improving the terms and conditions of the contract to incentivize mission performance and cost savings for the taxpayer.

This competition also

Help Kick Off LANL’s Annual Holiday Food Drive

on October 24, 2017 - 7:16am

A scene from a previous LANL food drive. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

This year, Los Alamos National Laboratory is running its annual Holiday Food Drive Nov. 1 through Nov. 20.

Donated food items will be distributed in the second week of December to Northern New Mexico families to ensure they will have a meal for the holidays.

Food items being requested:

  • 1 box instant mashed potatoes 
  • 1 box stuffing 
  • 2 cans evaporated milk 
  • 2 cans vegetables 
  • 2 cans sweet potatoes or cranberries 
  • 1 4-pound bag of sugar 
  • 1 5-pound bag of flour or biscuit mix 
  • 1 quart (32 oz.) vegetable oil 
  • 1 box cake or cookie

NNSA: Production Of W76-1/Mk4A Arming Fuzing Subsystem Completed On Time And Budget

on October 21, 2017 - 10:53am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has completed production of the U.S. Navy-sponsored Arming Fuzing Subsystem in support of the W76-1/Mk4A Life Extension Program (LEP) on time and on budget.
 
The subsystem is a key component of the W76-1 LEP that will extend the original warhead service life from 20 to 60 years.
 
“Completing this subsystem is a major achievement for NNSA and the many gifted engineers, scientists and technicians dedicated to serving our vital national security mission through stockpile

LANL Scientists, Engineers Receive 2017 Fellows Prizes

on October 19, 2017 - 11:26am

Laboratory Fellows Prize recipients from top left,Tess Light, Nikolai Sinitsyn and Harshini Mukundan. Bottom, from left: Eric Flynn and Brian Albright. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Flynn, Mukundan, Sinitsyn, Albright and Light honored for outstanding research, leadership

Five Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been awarded the Laboratory’s prestigious Fellows Prize in the areas of science or engineering research and leadership: Eric Flynn, Harshini Mukundan and Nikolai Sinitsyn were awarded the Fellows’ Prize for Outstanding Research, and Brian Albright and Tess Light were awarded

New Mexico Democrats Recommend National Labs To Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

on October 19, 2017 - 11:05am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Luján, joined by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, sent a letter today urging the Administration to utilize programs run by national labs in New Mexico to help with the reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure.

The members of the New Mexico delegation are asking the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security to leverage the unique expertise and resources at the labs, including Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, to help Puerto Rico rebuild.

“The scale of the devastation in Puerto Rico

LANL’s Aditya Mohite Receives 2017 Resnick Award

on October 19, 2017 - 6:51am

Resnick Institute Director Jonas Peters, left, presents the 2017 Resnick Award to LANL’s Aditya Mohite. Courtesy photo 

Caltech’s Director of Sustainability Programs John Onderdonk with Symposium Speakers Scott Jasechko and LANL’s Aditya Mohite. Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Aditya Mohite of Los Alamos National Laboratory received the 2017 Resonate Award at a special reception following the 2017 Resnick Young Investigators Symposium at Caltech.

“I am flattered with this honor that has been bestowed upon me and want to thank my

LANL: Returning Student Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

on October 19, 2017 - 6:30am

LANL News:

Applications are now being accepted for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship Fund (RCRS) January 2018 Awards. Deadline is Nov. 28.

Kathy Keith, Executive Director of the LANL Communities Partnership Office asked members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board Friday to spread word of the scholarship in their individual communities.

The RCRS awards scholarships to motivated students who are returning to a formal education after a hiatus for other pursuits such as trying different careers, the military or business

Science On Tap: Learn About Magnets Tonight

on October 19, 2017 - 5:31am

LACDC News: 

Interested in magnetism? Join us to learn more at Science On Tap, at 5:30 p.m. today at UnQuarked Wine Bar, 145 Central Park Square.

Ross McDonald, with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory’s Pulsed Field Facility at Los Alamos, will talk about the motivation for using high magnetic fields for materials research. With applications ranging from trying to understand high temperature superconductivity to learning fundamental information about metals, he’ll cover the challenges and advantages of working with these incredibly strong fields.

EM Manager Doug Hintze Briefs RCLC Board

on October 18, 2017 - 11:11am

Doug Hintze, head of Environmental Management at the Los Alamos Field Office addresses Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board members Friday at their quarterly meeting in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Topping the list of main priorities for Fiscal Year 2017 is enhancing oversight and maintaining focus on safety, efficiency and transparency, said Doug Hintze, manager of the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management at the Los Alamos Field Office.

Hintze told board members at the Regional

Nominations Sought For Rio Arriba County Excellence In Teaching Award

on October 18, 2017 - 9:09am

LANL FOUNDATION News:

 

Española — Nominations are now accepted for the Rio Arriba County Excellence in Teaching Award. An engraved plaque and $1,000 prize will be given to seven teachers in Rio Arriba County in honor of their dedication and to bring encouragement and support to the education profession.

The program is offered by the nonprofit Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation and Centerra-Los Alamos (CLA), the Laboratory’s protective force contractor.

“Centerra–Los Alamos is proud to again partner with the LANL Foundation on the Excellence in Teaching Award.

LANL Targets Higher Education; Workforce Planning

on October 18, 2017 - 7:41am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Partnership Office Executive Director Kathy Keith and Technology Transfer Division Leader Dave Pesiri address the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board meeting Friday in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory is focusing on higher education and workforce planning for Northern New Mexico, Kathy Keith, executive director of the LANL Community Partnerships Office told the Coalition of LANL Communities Board Friday at their quarterly

Los Alamos Researchers And Supercomputers Help Interpret Latest LIGO Findings

on October 18, 2017 - 6:56am
LANL News:
 
Astrophysicist Chris Fryer was enjoying an evening with friends Aug. 25, 2017, when he got the news of a gravitational-wave detection by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory.
 
The event appeared to be a merger of two neutron stars—a specialty for the Los Alamos National Laboratory team of astrophysicists that Fryer leads. As the distant cosmic cataclysm unfolded, fresh observational data was pouring in from the observation—only the fifth published since the observatory began operating almost two years ago. ​
 
“As soon as I heard the news, I knew

NNSA Completes FPU Of W80-1 Alt 369

on October 18, 2017 - 6:08am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has completed the First Production Unit (FPU) of the W80-1 Alteration (Alt) 369.
 
This accomplishment is an important step toward maintaining nuclear capabilities that will help deter attacks on the United States and its allies.
 
“The dedicated team at Pantex went above and beyond to complete this milestone before fiscal year 2017 came to a close,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, NNSA’s principal assistant deputy administrator for military application.

Coalition Of LANL Communities Board Hears From University Of Texas

on October 17, 2017 - 7:08am

University of Texas consultant Susan Rogers chats with San Ildefonso Pueblo Governor James Mountain at Friday's Coalition of LANL Communities Board meeting in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

A representative of the University of Texas (UT) told the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board Friday that the university is looking forward to submitting a successful bid to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory.

 

Susan Rogers, a longtime former UT staff member and now a consultant said the

NNSA And Partners Launch Project To Reduce Use Of Radioactive Source Based Devices

on October 17, 2017 - 5:43am
NNSA News:
 
NEW YORK, NY  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has partnered with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) to launch the first citywide initiative to reduce the reliance on risk significant devices in medical and research applications.
 
This combined effort will serve as a way to reduce the risk of a terrorist acquiring this material for a radiological dispersal device (“dirty bombs”).
 
NNSA’s Acting Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear

LANL: Chemical Treatment Improves Quantum Dot Lasers

on October 16, 2017 - 5:29pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemist Jaehoon Lim works on an apparatus that synthesizes quantum dots along with Los Alamos researcher Young-Shin Park (also with the University of New Mexico Center for High-Technology Materials). In a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, Los Alamos colleagues Kaifeng Wu and Victor Klimov worked with Lim and Park to demonstrate that negatively charged quantum dots show promise for low-power laser applications or quantum dot laser diodes. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • Doctored dots release laser light more efficiently, use less power

One of the secrets to

DOE Awards Contract For Liquid Waste Services At Savannah River Site

on October 15, 2017 - 7:14am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Thursday announced the award of a contract to Savannah River EcoManagement, LLC for Savannah River Site Liquid Waste Services.
 
The contract is cost-plus-award-fee and includes an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract line item. The total estimated value of the contract is approximately $4.7 billion. The period of performance includes a base period of seven years (including a transition period of 90 days) and an option period of three years. Three proposals were received in response to the solicitation.
 

Los Alamos Commerce And Development Corporation Comments On Proposed State Science Standards

on October 13, 2017 - 8:09am

LACDC News: 

The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) Board of Directors commented about the proposed new State Science Standards.

The LACDC is concerned that if adopted as proposed, the standards will have a negative effect on the Los Alamos economy, as well as the state economy. For additional comments, contact LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan at Patrick@losalamos.org or 505.661.4854.

The LACDC Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from the Los Alamos community and functions to direct the company in its initiative to promote sustainable economic

LANL Foundation Awards $82,645 In Education & Community Grants

on October 13, 2017 - 7:45am

LANL FOUNDATION News: 

ESPAÑOLA— The LANL Foundation awarded 24 grants totaling $82,645 to support education and community programs in Northern New Mexico during the third-quarter grantmaking period.

Ten programs received $41,500 in Education Outreach funding that directly supports kindergarten through 12th grade public school children.

John Bretzke Of Los Alamos Finishes 50th 1/2 Marathon!

on October 12, 2017 - 7:36am
John Bretzke of Los Alamos gave himself a 12-year goal to run a half marathon in every state in the U.S. and he completed that goal in 11 years, Sept. 24 in Annapolis, Md. Courtesy photo 
 
John Bretzke of Los Alamos with family and friends at the finish line of his 50th 1/2 marathon Sept. 24 in Annapolis, Md. Courtesy photo 
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

John Bretzke of Los Alamos set a 12-year goal to complete a half marathon in every state in the nation. He accomplished that goal in 11 years, Sept.

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