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Centerra Awards $10,000 To Rio Arriba Teachers

on May 7, 2017 - 6:10am
2016 winner Elias Alison 2nd Grade Teacher at ETS Fairview Elementary School in Espanola with his students and Centerra-Los Alamos General Manager Ted Spain, left, during the check presentation. Courtesy photo
 
LANL Foundation News:
 
ESPANOLA — Centerra - Los Alamos has again provided $10,000 to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation to continue the Rio Arriba County Excellence in Teaching Award program.
 
“We are so proud to continue to recognize the teachers in the communities where many of our employees live and raise their families.

Heinrich Highlights Nexus Between Small Businesses And NM Labs, Urges Hiring At Kirtland And WSMR

on May 6, 2017 - 2:05pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, highlighted the nexus between small businesses and Labs in New Mexico during a hearing yesterday.
 
He questioned former directors of Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories—such as the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base and the Army Research Laboratory at White Sands Missile Range— on how to accelerate small business contracting hiring for vital research missions.
 
Heinrich helped create a

Letter To The Editor: Idea For Retired LANL Scientists

on May 6, 2017 - 1:59pm
By RICHARD NEBEL, Ph. D
Los Alamos
 
This is in response to the recent “retired scientists” letter in the Post (link). First of all, let me disclose that I do have some skin in this game.
 
Our company is funded by the ARPA-E, which is the one part of the DOE that the Trump administration wants to eliminate completely. And obviously, I don’t agree with that.
 
My primary issue with the “retired scientists” letter is that I think they have misdiagnosed the problem. The problem isn’t that people are opposed to science.

Opening Statement Of Ranking Member Heinrich On National Labs, Contributions To Military Operations And Readiness

on May 5, 2017 - 4:03pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing, "Department of Defense Laboratories and Their Contributions to Military Operations and Readiness." 
 
Below is the opening statement of Ranking Member Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) as prepared for delivery and a video is available here.
 
Let me begin by thanking Senator Ernst for holding this hearing on our nation's defense laboratories and technology innovation.

Inside Look At Jemez Mountain Fire Center At TA-49

on May 5, 2017 - 9:55am
Santa Fe National Forest Helitack Supervisor Brian Kliesen stands in front of the agency’s Bell 407 helicopter. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
National Park Service Fire Management Officer Marla Rodgers shows a map of the area covered by the Fire Center. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Marla Rodgers is the Fire Management Officer for a huge area of New Mexico including Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Pecos National Historical Park and Fort Union National Monument.

It may seem as though her position

Eighteen Area Students Gaining STEM Research Experience At Prestigious Institutions

on May 5, 2017 - 7:16am

Northern New Mexico College students Alondra Villalba and Britney Martinez. Photo by John T. Denne

NNMC News:

Eighteen students from Northern New Mexico College’s Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science programs have secured summer research experiences at prestigious institutions around the country.

In alignment with the National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, the students will be associated with a research project in their field of study at a host institution, where they will work closely with the institution’s faculty and other

Retired LANL Scientists: Attacks On Science, EPA Are Foolhardy, Dangerous

on May 4, 2017 - 10:11am

By retired LANL scientists: Chris Barnes, Ph.D.; Fairley Barnes, Ph.D.; James Bradbury, Ph.D.; James Cost, Ph.D.; Margaret Cox, Ph.D.; Larry Deaven, Ph.D.; Terry Foxx; Mikkel Johnson, Ph.D. and Laboratory Fellow; Charles F. (Chick) Keller, Ph.D.; Arvid S. Lundy; F.J. (Jeff) Martin; Caroline (Cas) Mason, Ph.D.; Rodney (Rod) Mason, Ph.D.; Donald A. Neeper, Ph.D.; Cheryl Rofer; Marvin VanDilla, Ph.D.; David Watkins, Ph.D. and Mike Williams, Ph.D.

On April 22, New Mexicans across the state stood up for scientific integrity in the face of attacks on the role of science in our daily lives.

That

County Proclaims May ‘Mental Health Awareness Month’

on May 3, 2017 - 12:54pm
Accepting the ‘May Is Mental Health Awareness Month’ proclamation at Tuesday's Council meeting, from left, John Whiteside, LAMC; Deni Fell, County; Carole Rutten, LANL; Christine Hazard, LAPS; Cindy Rooney, UNM-LA; Kim Gabaldon, County;  Mary Beth Maassen, LAMC; Olivia Ortega and Kristy Ortega, UWNNM; Fire Chief Troy Hughes; County Councilor Rick Reiss, Police CHief Dino Sgambellone and  Stephanie Koch, Mesa Vista Wellness. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost
 
UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega speaks on behalf of the mental health awareness group initiative during Tuesday's Council

Would You Know When You’ve Gone Too Far?

on May 2, 2017 - 9:39am

Courtesy/UWNNM

UWNNM News:

United Way of Northern New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory Partner to Make a Difference in Northern New Mexico

  • This is part of a series that will run throughout the month of May as part of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative.

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

LANL: Roelofs Takes Director Role At Center For Integrated Nanotechnologies

on May 2, 2017 - 9:10am

Noted physicist Andreas Roelofs is the new director of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Noted physicist Andreas Roelofs is the new director of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), a Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility with a core center at Sandia National Laboratories and a gateway research site at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

CINT provides users from around the world with access to state-of-the-art expertise and instrumentation in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment with a focus on nanoscience

AAUW-NM Announces First Mission In Action Award

on May 2, 2017 - 6:31am

Dr. Tinka Gammel, left, representing the New Mexico Network of Women in Science in Engineering receives the Mission in Action Award from AAUW-NM Awards Chair Sheila Portillo at AAUW’s annual state convention Saturday evening in Los Alamos. Courtesy/AAUW-NM

AAUW-NM News:

AAUW-New Mexico has announced that the New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering (the Network) is the first recipient of its Mission In Action Award.

Awards Chair Sheila Portillo presented the award Saturday evening at AAUW’s annual state convention in Los Alamos to Dr.

DOE Awards Technical Assistance Contract For Los Alamos Field Office To S&K Logistics LLC

on May 1, 2017 - 7:33pm

DOE EM News:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Management – Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) awarded a Requirements Contract, utilizing Fixed Price and Time and Materials Task Orders, to S&K Logistics LLC, a certified small business of St. Ignatius, Montana, to provide technical and business support services.

The contract will have a maximum value of $17.4 million over five years.

S&K will provide support in the following areas: records management, project controls, training, safeguards and security, safety, quality assurance, property management, community relations,

Summer Physics Camp For Young Women June 5-16

on May 1, 2017 - 6:21pm
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Pojoaque Valley High School and the American Physical Society would like to invite young women attending high school in Northern New Mexico to join them for a two-week "Summer Physics Camp for young women”.
 
  • When? 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 5-16.
  • Where? Pojoaque Valley High School
 
The camp will focus on boosting local young women's understanding of the physics of the Sun, Earth, and everything in between.
 
Daily activities will include demonstrations, hands-on laboratory experiments, and discussions with female

AHF: 'Ranger In Your Pocket: Hans Bethe House'

on May 1, 2017 - 2:35pm
AHF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) and the Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) have launched an online “Ranger in Your Pocket” program on the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row at Los Alamos.
 
AHF President Cindy Kelly explained, “During the Manhattan Project, two famous scientists lived in the Hans Bethe House. This program gives a unique glimpse into life at Los Alamos with first-hand accounts.”
 
The Hans Bethe House is now the Harold Agnew Cold War Gallery of the Los Alamos History Museum.

LANL Foundation Awards $53,000 In Education And Community Grants

on April 28, 2017 - 6:35pm
LANL FOUNDATION News:
 
ESPAÑOLA — The LANL Foundation awarded 21 grants totaling $53,000 to support education and community programs in Northern New Mexico during the first-quarter grantmaking period.
 
Twelve programs received Education Outreach funding that directly supports K–12 public school children. An additional nine Community Outreach Grants were awarded to programs aligned with the LANL Foundation’s mission and vision of innovative programming, collaboration, and advocacy for lifelong learning but are not directly tied to K–12 public education.

May Is Motorcycle Awareness Month

on April 28, 2017 - 5:46pm
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
LANL’s Motorcycle Safety Committee would like to remind the residents of Los Alamos that May is “Motorcycle Awareness Month.” 
 
This year, the Committee is driving safety awareness throughout our local community in the form of kid’s motorcycle safety awareness activity and coloring sheets. 
 
Committee members designed and have distributed the sheets to local restaurants in the Los Alamos area and beyond. We hope that as you visit these establishments, you will take advantage of the safety sheets to promote motorcycle awareness among your family and friends.
 

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.

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