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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

LANL: Carlsten, Nguyen And Sheffield Win Free-Electron Laser Prize

on September 6, 2017 - 1:24pm

Los Alamos scientists Bruce Carlsten, Richard Sheffield and Dinh Nguyen receive the 2017 Free Electron Laser Prize at an international conference hosted in Santa Fe.

LANL News:

  • International panel notes pioneering contributions in the field

At an international science conference hosted recently in Santa Fe, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Bruce Carlsten, Dinh Nguyen and Richard Sheffield were awarded the 2017 Free-Electron Laser (FEL) Prize.

“The very brightest sources of x-rays are the latest generation of x-ray ‘light sources’ called free electron lasers,” Laboratory physicist

Deputy Energy Secretary To Provide Keynote At 2017 National Cleanup Workshop

on September 5, 2017 - 5:35pm
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette is set to provide a keynote address at the 2017 National Cleanup Workshop, scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va.
 
The workshop is being hosted by the Energy Communities Alliance, and cooperating organizations include DOE and the Energy Facility Contractors Group.
 
Brouillette joins a long list of confirmed participants for the workshop that will bring together senior DOE executives and site officials, industry executives, and other stakeholders to discuss EM’s progress

LANL Director Charlie McMillan To Step Down Dec. 31

on September 5, 2017 - 1:51pm

LANL Director Charles F. (Charlie) McMillan

LANL News:

Charles F. (Charlie) McMillan today informed employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory that he intends to step down as Laboratory Director at the end of this calendar year. The announcement was made by McMillan in person at an all-employee meeting earlier today at the Laboratory.

McMillan told employees, “It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Director these past six years. Every day, I have been in awe of the people of this great Laboratory and what we have been able to contribute to this nation’s security.”

LANL’s Hazardous Waste Facility Permit 2017 Community Relations Plan Available For Comment

on September 4, 2017 - 6:53am

LANL News:

The updated Hazardous Waste Facility Permit 2017 Community Relations Plan is now available online. This plan is updated annually to include necessary changes and public comments received during the year. The updated plan is posted annually Sept. 1 in compliance with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (EPA ID No. NM0890010515).

We welcome comments year round. Comments can be submitted by email using the attached Comments Form or by mail by completing, printing, and mailing the attached form to:

Environmental Communication & Public Involvement
Los

Helping LANL Workers With EEOICPA Program

on September 3, 2017 - 6:36am
PCM News:
 
Working at a facility like Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories brings a lot of benefits and career satisfaction.
 
These facilities support our regional economy and provide fulfilling career opportunities that would not be available in our region without them. Tens of thousands of northern New Mexicans benefit from these facilities every day.
 
Yet, these jobs are not without risk.

LANL Director Briefs Los Alamos County Council

on September 1, 2017 - 9:11am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan briefs Council on the lab during Tuesday's regular meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

LANL Director Charlie McMillan discusses the lab during Tuesday's regular council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Community members and County staff listen to LANL Director Charlie McMillan present an update on the lab during Tuesday's regular council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Video of LANL Director Charlie McMillan's briefing to Council: https://youtu.be/7nr8AW7zHtQ

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los

Critical Incident Stress Management Training Held In White Rock

on August 31, 2017 - 8:51pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory employees as well as Los Alamos Fire Department staff and community members attend a seminar on Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Wednesday at the White Rock Fire Station on N.M. 4. The class was organized by LAFD Chaplain Jennifer Bartram and LANL Occupational Medicine Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Maines. The speaker was Anne Balboni, Psy. D., State Coordinator/Clinical Director of Rhode Island Stress Management Team, Inc.

LANL Foundation Works With Eight Northern Indian Pueblos To Strengthen Early Childhood Support Systems

on August 31, 2017 - 8:49am
LANL Foundation early childhood Pueblo Outreach Project team from left, RJ Martinez, Jovanna Archuleta and Anna Marie Garcia. Courtesy/LANL Foundation
 
LANL News:
 
ESPANOLA  The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has begun a project, as a request by the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council (ENIPC) governing board, to help improve the health and early development of children in the eight northern Pueblo communities of Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Taos and Tesuque.
 
The Pueblo Outreach Project is funded by a $1,066,240 grant from the

LANL: Superconductivity Research Reveals Potential New State Of Matter

on August 31, 2017 - 7:35am
Filip Ronning at work in his lab. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A potential new state of matter is being reported in the journal Nature, with research showing that among superconducting materials in high magnetic fields, the phenomenon of electronic symmetry breaking is common. The ability to find similarities and differences among classes of materials with phenomena such as this helps researchers establish the essential ingredients that cause novel functionalities such as superconductivity.

The high-magnetic-field state of the heavy fermion superconductor CeRhIn5 revealed a so-called electronic

LANL: Machine-learning Earthquake Prediction In Lab Shows Promise

on August 30, 2017 - 1:18pm

LANL researchers have developed a two-dimensional tabletop simulator that models the buildup and release of stress along an artificial fault. In this image, the simulator is viewed through a polarized camera lens, photo-elastic plates reveal discrete points of stress buildup along both sides of the modeled fault as the far (upper) plate is moved laterally along the fault. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Listening to faultline’s grumbling gives countdown to future quakes

By listening to the acoustic signal emitted by a laboratory-created earthquake, a computer science approach using machine learning

NNSA Removes All HEU From Ghana

on August 30, 2017 - 7:50am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), in cooperation with Ghana, China, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), repatriated approximately one kilogram of Chinese-origin highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Ghana’s GHARR-1 Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission’s National Nuclear Research Institute in Accra, Ghana Aug. 28.
 
This shipment removes the last known HEU from Ghana, making it the 32nd country plus Taiwan to become HEU-free.

LANL: High-impact Innovations Honored As R&D 100 Award Finalists

on August 29, 2017 - 3:52pm

Carl Gable, left, and Hari Viswanathan discuss R&D 100 finalist selection Discrete Fracture Network Modeling Suite (dfnWorks): Transforming simulations of flow and transport through fractured rock. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory snags eight nominations for health, computer modeling, materials, engineering and energy technologies

Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations were selected as finalists for the 2017 R&D 100 Awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine. The

DOE/NNSA: B61-12 Meeting Qualification Test Schedule

on August 28, 2017 - 2:50pm

DOE/NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and U.S. Air Force completed two qualification flight tests of B61-12 gravity bombs August 8 at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. 

The non-nuclear test assemblies, which were dropped from an F-15E based at Nellis Air Force Base, evaluated the weapon’s non-nuclear functions and the aircraft’s capability to deliver the weapon.

These tests are part of a series over the next three years to qualify the B61-12 for service. The first qualification flight test occurred in March.

“The

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