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CCNS: Luján Champions RECA For New Mexicans

on July 21, 2017 - 7:38am
Concerned Citizens For Nuclear Safety News:
After nearly 600 luminarias were lit on the Tularosa Little League field, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján expressed his apologies to those who are suffering from or have died of illnesses caused by exposure to the first atomic bomb test July 16, 1945, at the Trinity Site.
The bomb contained 13 pounds of plutonium, but only three pounds fissioned. The remaining plutonium and toxic ash fell out over fields, gardens, houses and mountains, eventually flowing into cisterns and waterways.

LANL: Neutrino Research Takes Giant Leap Forward

on July 20, 2017 - 4:31pm

This illustration shows the 800-mile/1300-kilometer path from Fermilab to the Sanford Underground Research Facility, straight through the earth. Courtesy/Fermilab
  • The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment will send particles 800 miles to a mile-deep detector in South Dakota

LANL News:

In a unique groundbreaking ceremony July 21 at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, S.D., an international group of dignitaries, scientists and engineers will mark the start of construction of a massive experiment that could change our understanding of the universe.

Savannah River Site Reaches Milestone In Supplying Tritium For National Defense

on July 20, 2017 - 4:20pm

SAVANNAH RIVER News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Savannah River Tritium Enterprise (SRTE) in Aiken, S.C., has conducted three tritium extractions in fiscal year 2017, marking the first time the Tritium Extraction Facility has performed more than one extraction in a year.

 “Achieving this significant milestone – especially doing it safely, securely, and in a disciplined manner – has required a tremendous team effort on the part of the entire SRTE team,” said Lt. Gen. Frank G.

ORNL: Titan Simulations Show Importance Of Close 2-Way Coupling Between Human And Earth Systems

on July 20, 2017 - 7:48am
OLCF’s Titan advances delivery of accelerated, high-resolution earth system model with human dimensions. Courtesy photo
 
ORNL News:
 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory announces that its Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) has developed a new integrated computational climate model to reduce uncertainties in future climate predictions marks the first successful attempt to bridge Earth systems with energy and economic models and large-scale human impact data.
 
The integrated Earth System Model, or iESM, is being used to explore interactions between the physical climate system,

LANL: Simulation Reveals Universal Signature Of Chaos In Ultracold Reactions

on July 19, 2017 - 8:26am

A two-dimensional slice of the potential energy surface for the K + KRb reaction. The reaction proceeds from right to left. In the intermediate region a deep well is clearly visible which leads to chaotic motion. Image courtesy Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Findings have implications for quantum computing, other technologies

Researchers have performed the first ever quantum-mechanical simulation of the benchmark ultracold chemical reaction between potassium-rubidium (KRb) and a potassium atom, opening the door to new controlled chemistry experiments and quantum

House Passes National Defense Authorization Act

on July 18, 2017 - 12:55pm
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018:
 
“Each year, I examine every aspect of the NDAA to ensure it supports the critical missions taking place at our bases in New Mexico and provides the vital protections our service members need when fighting for our freedom. Equal in importance, the NDAA has the responsibility to support and assist military families.

National Awards Recognize Los Alamos National Laboratory Leadership In Nuclear Safeguards

on July 17, 2017 - 5:37pm

Nancy Jo Nicholas, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s associate director for threat identification and response, was recognized with the Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service award by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory employees were recognized today by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management for their contributions to the nuclear safeguards profession.

Nancy Jo Nicholas, the Laboratory’s associate director for threat identification and response, was recognized with the Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service award.

Nurturing Success: Northern New Mexico College Student Lands Dream Job At LANL

on July 17, 2017 - 10:00am
Chase Harrison speaks at graduation. Courtesy photo
 
Chase Harrisono
 
NNMC News:
 
Only a few years ago, Chase Harrison could not imagine himself standing at a podium in front of hundreds of people as the student speaker at his own college graduation, with his dream job waiting for him.
 
The young computer buff from Colorado says he took a leap of faith which resulted in a degree from Northern New Mexico College and a coveted job at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) doing what he loves, not to mention a happy marriage.
 
The story of that leap started while the young Chase

EPA Recertifies WIPP’s Continued Compliance With Radioactive Waste Disposal Standards

on July 17, 2017 - 9:56am
WIPP News:
 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced July 13 the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has been recertified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and remains in full compliance with applicable EPA regulations for transuranic radioactive waste disposal.
 
“This decision reconfirms WIPP’s long-term ability to safely isolate transuranic waste from the environment,” Todd Shrader, DOE Carlsbad Field Office Manager said. “I want to thank everyone who worked on the EPA Compliance Recertification Application.

Santa Fe Mayor Elected Chair Of Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities During Meeting In Los Alamos

on July 15, 2017 - 2:47pm
Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, left, was elected the new chair of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Committee (RCLC), taking over from Rio Arriba County Commissioner Barney Trujillo, right, who was elected vice-chair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero listens as LANL Deputy Director of Acquisition Services Warren Finch speaks about dollars spent with New Mexico businesses. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Committee met Friday in the

Luján Amendment To Protect Those Exposed To Radiation Passes House

on July 14, 2017 - 1:05pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  An amendment authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) to care for those exposed to radiation was unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives late last night.
 
The amendment expresses the sense of Congress that it is appropriate for the U.S. government to compensate all miners, workers, downwinders, and others suffering from the effects of uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War.
 
“Many Americans sacrificed a great deal to ensure our national security.

DREAM BIG: Free Screening Reel Deal 10am Saturday

on July 14, 2017 - 10:44am

BECHTEL News:

What does it mean to be an engineer? Bechtel Corporation, one of the lead teammates of Los Alamos National Security LLC, is joining with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos ScienceFest to present a free, one-day-only showing of an inspirational movie about engineering called “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.”

The movie is showing at IMAX theaters and science museums across the country but we’ve arranged for a screening in Los Alamos as part of the ScienceFest celebration.

Dream Big takes viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a

LANL: Algae Production Research Gets Boost

on July 13, 2017 - 10:55am
An aerial view of a 30,000L raceway, where Sapphire validates the performance of its cultivation strains by testing them at increasing spatial scales. Courtesy/Saphire Energy Inc. 
 
LANL News:
 
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of three projects to receive up to $8 million, aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts.
 
One of the projects involves Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Shawn Starkenburg working with Alina Corcoran of Sapphire Energy at its Las Cruces, New Mexico field site, evaluating rationally designed

NNSA Releases Draft RFP For LANL M&O Contract

on July 12, 2017 - 6:57pm

Staff Report

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today released the draft RFP for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Management and Operations (M&O) contract:

  • SECTION J – APPENDIX A: STATEMENT OF WORK - Click here;
  • SECTION L – INSTRUCTIONS, CONDITIONS AND NOTICES - Click here; and
  • SECTION M – EVALUATION FACTORS FOR AWARD - Click here.

LANL Holds Accountable Those Individuals Responsible For Improper Shipment Of Special Nuclear Material

on July 11, 2017 - 10:15pm
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory has taken swift action against those responsible for improperly shipping small quantities of special nuclear material to both Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Savannah River National Laboratory last month.

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) issued a press release June 24 stating it had been informed that the shipments should have been made using commercial ground cargo services, and were packaged and containerized for this mode of transportation.

‘Secret Pass’ Opens At Bradbury Science Museum

on July 11, 2017 - 10:58am

The Behind the Fence exhibit gives visitors a 360-degree immersive experience of key park properties at the Lab.

LANL News:

The Bradbury Science Museum will open three new exhibits and a video as part of a new experience called “Manhattan on the Mesa.” The exhibits will be dedicated 4-6 p.m., July 14 at a public opening.

“With these exhibits we help visitors to the Manhattan Project National Historical Park experience the park properties at the Laboratory that are not yet open to the public,” Museum Director Linda Deck said.

Manhattan on the Mesa includes:

 

  • A new video, titled Racing

PBS Science Café: Invisible Universe Revealed

on July 9, 2017 - 7:44pm

Hubble launched in 1990 and has taken fascinating images like this one since then. Courtesy/NASA

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium is hosting presentation on one of NASA’s most ambitious experiments. After watching NOVA: Invisible Universe Revealed, Dr. Rick Wallace of Los Alamos will discuss the astronomical significance of the Hubble’s findings, including cosmic expansion and supermassive black holes. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to uncover the invisible mysteries of our Universe.

Wallace has a Ph.D.

Military Order of World Wars Hosts Picnic July 18

on July 9, 2017 - 6:47am

MOWW News:

This month’s meeting of the Military Order of World Wars (MOWW) is Tuesday, July 18. The meeting also is the MOWW annual picnic at the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Shack on North Mesa.

This Month's speaker is LANL scientist Rick Wallace. He will discuss the astronomical significance of the sun, summer solstice and its resulting seasons. He also will talk about eclipses, especially the one Aug. 21 that will cross the United States.

Note the change in location for this month only. The Posse Shack on North Mesa Road.

Robert Winkel Charged With Criminal Damage To Property At LANL

on July 9, 2017 - 6:43am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee has been charged with criminal damage of more than $1,000 to property belonging to another Lab employee following an investigation conducted by Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez and Lab investigators.

Robert Winkel of Los Alamos is slated for an Aug.

Atomic Heritage Foundation Collaborates With Local Partners To Preserve Oral History Of Manhattan Project

on July 8, 2017 - 9:42am
Painting at El Convento in Española commemorating local contributions to the Manhattan Project. Courtesy photo
 
ATOMIC HERITAGE  FOUNDATION News:
 
Washington, D.C. – “It was an entirely different world,” Eulalia “Eula” Quintana Newton remembered, describing life in the northern Rio Grande valley before the coming of the Manhattan Project. “Our lives changed entirely.” 

The Manhattan Project, the top-secret World War II effort to build an atomic bomb, had a profound impact on the communities of northern New Mexico.

LANL: Hazmat Challenge Tests Responders’ Skills

on July 7, 2017 - 5:12pm

​Members of the Las Cruces Fire Department look over the Stinger Operation prior to the competition at the 21st annual Hazmat Challenge July 10-14 at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Teams have the opportunity to work with tools, look over the area, and get a general feel for what they will be doing. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News: 

Ten hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri will test their skills in a series of graded, timed exercises at the 21st annual Hazmat Challenge July 10-14 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The Hazmat Challenge provides a

LANL: A Universal Biosensor For Infectious Disease

on July 7, 2017 - 12:06pm

LANL News:

With increased travel and globalization, the spread of new diseases has become a threat to global health—and global security. Whether in a rural village or an urban medical clinic, healthcare workers need diagnostics that provide answers then and there, for any disease, in order to effectively treat individual patients or widespread outbreaks.

That’s why Harshini Mukundan and her team at Los Alamos National Laboratory are working to develop a universal biosensor.

“If we are able to mimic the body’s immune recognition in the laboratory, we could have a universal strategy for the

Four Local Experts Discuss Recent Discoveries In Astronomy At Nature On Tap Thursday

on July 4, 2017 - 8:40am
PEEC News: 
 
The community is invited to discuss the latest findings in astronomy Thursday at Nature on Tap.
 
Local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Joyce Guzik, Dr. Paul Arendt, Dr. Galen Gisler and Dr. Steve Becker will provide an engaging discussion about black holes, the upcoming solar eclipse, NASA's latest probes, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, the night sky and upcoming planetarium shows.
 
Nature on Tap is part of a series of conversations about art, history, nature and science. PEEC is hosting Thursday's talk 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked in Central Park Square.
 
Joyce

Heinrich Secures Major Gains For N.M. Military Bases, National Labs, High-Tech Manufacturing Economy

on July 1, 2017 - 6:39am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S.  SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has announced provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that support New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and job-creating initiatives throughout the state.

The committee voted unanimously to report the bill yesterday and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.

“I am proud to have authored a

DOE Renews Grant To NMED

on June 29, 2017 - 12:11pm
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD, NM  The Department of Energy ‘s Carlsbad Field Office yesterday renewed a grant with New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) by extending the project period five years to June 30, 2022. The five-year renewal cost is estimated at $2 million.
 
Through the grant, the DOE provides funding to NMED to conduct non-regulatory environmental oversight and monitoring to evaluate activities conducted at DOE’s facilities.

NMED will evaluate the adequacy of DOE facility activities related to Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s environmental monitoring.
 
WIPP is the nation’s only

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