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Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes Completes Studies At Naval Postgraduate School Center For Homeland Defense And Security

on December 17, 2017 - 7:09am

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, with his friend, former Los Alamos National Laboratory Physical Security Division Leader Michael Wismer Friday at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Wismer, who lives in Santa Fe flew out with his wife Lisa Wismer to join Hughes and his wife Jodi Hughes at a ceremony in which Hughes graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

More Scenes From Toys For Tots

on December 16, 2017 - 4:54pm

Motorcyclists from the LANL Jemez Riders Club lead the delivery of Toys for Tots Friday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from Toys for Tots delivery Friday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from Toys for Tots send-off Friday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Volunteers formed a human chain to load presents Friday for Toys for Tots. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

A truck-load of presents gets ready to leave Friday afternon. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Truck No. 6 was on hand as the gifts made their departure Friday.

LANL Employees Share Big-hearted Holiday Spirit

on December 16, 2017 - 9:12am

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Motorcycle Safety Committee and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department gathered Friday afternoon at the LANL Community Partnerships Office at 15th Street and Central Avenue to help transport the more than 1,000 gifts donated by Lab employees to less fortunate children as part of their annual Holiday Gift Drive. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

LANL’s Motorcycle Safety Committee and members of the LAFD help pack more than 1,000 gifts donated by Lab employees to less fortunate children. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

LANL’s Motorcycle Safety

Manhattan Project Unsung Hero: Mathematician Ulam

on December 16, 2017 - 6:58am
Mathematician Stanislaw Ulam is featured in a display in the Hans Bethe House, part of the Los Alamos History Museum. Courtesy photo

Ulam used this slide rule--before calculators were invented--to solve many mathematical problems. Courtesy photo
 
By HEATHER MCCLENAHAN
Los Alamos Historical Society
  • A mathematician does something on a piece of paper & then lo & behold a big explosion may occur. —Stanislaw Ulam, 1967, written in his desk drawer.
 
Stan Ulam may be one of the least known of the leading Manhattan Project scientists.

UC And UT Confirm Submitting Proposals For LANL Management Contract

on December 14, 2017 - 4:21pm

Staff Report

 

The University of California and the University of Texas have both confirmed that they submitted bids to the National Nuclear Security Administration before Monday’s deadline to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory beginning Oct. 1, 2018. A NNSA spokesman declined to release the names of other entities that submitted proposals.

Stephanie Beechem, a spokesperson for the UC Office of the President said today that UC has submitted a proposal as evidence of its ongoing commitment to the stewardship of “this great scientific and technological enterprise and its

Four Scientists Win Los Alamos Medal

on December 14, 2017 - 8:51am

The Los Alamos Medal was established in 2001 to honor those who have contributed to the Laboratory at the highest level. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Cram, Deaven, Menlove and Moyzis receive Laboratory’s highest honor

Los Alamos National Laboratory will award four former researchers with the Los Alamos Medal for their scientific contributions. Scott Cram, Larry Deaven, Robert Moyzis and Howard Menlove will receive the award, the highest honor bestowed by the Laboratory.

The team of Cram, Deaven, and Moyzis are recognized for their work sequencing the human genome and Menlove for his work on

RCLC: Op-Ed On Upcoming LANL M&O Contract

on December 13, 2017 - 9:22am
RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero
 
By RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero, and
RCLC Administrative Manager Scarlet Rendleman

NNM Communities United on Issues Regarding Next LANL Contractor

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) persists as the largest job supplier in Northern New Mexico, generating the greatest economic impact throughout the region.

RCLC Administrative Manager Scarlet Rendleman

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC), has been closely following the process and progress on naming the next LANL manager and operator (M&O), overseeing 10-12,000 jobs and a

Wreaths Across America Event At Santa Fe National Cemetery Saturday Morning

on December 12, 2017 - 2:47pm

Wreaths Across America. Courtesy photo

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory employee volunteers, their families and friends are invited to place wreaths at grave markers at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, as part of the Wreaths Across America initiative.

Employees, in partnership with Los Alamos National Security LLC, Centerra-LA (the Lab's protective force contractor), Berardinelli Funeral Home, the International Guard Union of America Local 69, and Los Alamos National Bank raised $11,500 to sponsor 1,150 wreaths of remembrance for the ceremony.

"It was

DOE Investigates ‘Near Miss To A Fatality’ At Lab

on December 12, 2017 - 2:16pm

Staff Report

The Department of Energy has notified Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan that its Office of Enforcement will investigate the facts and circumstances associated with an incident that occurred Sept. 13 at LANL.

The incident, described as a “near miss to a fatality”, involved a Lab worker who entered a room containing an oxygen deficient atmosphere.

Los Alamos National Security (LANS) reported this event Sept. 18 to DOE.

Copy of DOE letter:

New Mexico History Museum And Santa Fe Opera Presentations Recognize State’s ‘Atomic Histories’

on December 12, 2017 - 10:46am
Test of Atomic Bomb at Trinity Site, New Mexico, July 16, 1945, near Alamogordo, NM. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives. Courtesy/National Park Service
 
General Leslie Groves walks across the Trinity Site in September 1945, 45 days after the first nuclear bomb was tested there. Courtesy/Historical AP News Features Photo
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico History Museum and the Santa Fe Opera will each feature presentations exploring New Mexico’s Atomic Histories during 2018 and 2019.
 
The History Museum’s Atomic Histories exhibition opens June 3, 2018 and runs through May 2019.

Update: LANL Public Meeting On Storm Water Project

on December 11, 2017 - 3:03pm

Incoming LANL Director Terry Wallace Visits Mountain

on December 10, 2017 - 4:11pm

Incoming LANL Director Terry Wallace, center, who officially starts his new job next month, clearly had fun interacting with 6th graders during an ‘Hour of Code’ event Friday morning at Mountain Elementary School. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAPS School Board Member Ellen Ben-Naim, left, Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus and Mountain Elementary Principal Jennifer Guy, right, at an ‘Hour of Code’ event with incoming Lab Director Terry Wallace Friday morning at Mountain. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Voices Of Los Alamos Targets Chromium Plume Safety

on December 9, 2017 - 4:49am
By BARBARA CALEF
League of Women Voters of Los Alamos

Because the existence of a chromium plume in the regional aquifer below Sandia and Mortendad Canyons has been a source of concern for citizens of northern New Mexico, Voices of Los Alamos asked experts to discuss the problem at a Nov. 27 meeting.

Danny Katzman is the Technical Program Director for LANL’s chromium project and a hydrogeologist. Katzman began by saying that he was working on a way to explain the complicated technical project, putting together FAQs (frequently asked questions) for the DOE website. This is now posted here.

Luján Introduces Bill To Spur Partnerships Between National Labs And Local Businesses

on December 8, 2017 - 7:29am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

  • Bill Makes it More Affordable for NM Businesses to Partner with Labs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has introduced legislation to help foster relationships between businesses and national laboratories that can help spur new economic growth and create new jobs.

Luján’s bill authorizes funding for Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) that foster partnership with businesses and startups to transfer commercially relevant technologies to the private sector.

“For over a half a century, our national laboratories

Rich: Leaked Document Indicates LANL May Lose Plutonium Pit Production To South Carolina

on December 8, 2017 - 6:39am
By MICK RICH
Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate
 
According to a leaked report by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) may lose a project to produce plutonium pits to South Carolina.
 
Not only would this represent a gigantic failure – for almost two decades, LANL has been America’s only nuclear weapons site capable of producing plutonium pits – it would reduce LANL’s mission to produce and secure America’s nuclear weapons capability.
 
Senators Heinrich and Udall crafted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that

Common Questions For Los Alamos History Museum

on December 7, 2017 - 7:59am
Gen. Leslies Groves thought Los Alamos would be easy to guard, and Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer loved the inspiring vistas. Courtesy photo
 
By HEATHER MCCLENAHAN
Los Alamos Historical Society
 
There are two common questions that visitors ask at the Los Alamos History Museum. Why was Los Alamos chosen for the Manhattan Project? and How did Bathtub Row get its name?
 
Those popular questions aren’t just from out-of- town visitors; they often come from our own residents, so here are the answers.
 
Los Alamos was an ideal location for a top-secret laboratory for the Manhattan Project.

EM’s Los Alamos Field Office Awards Contractor 84 Percent of Available Fee

on December 6, 2017 - 4:33pm

​Technicians load the last remediation notrate salt drum for transportation. Courtesy photo

LANL News:  

The cleanup contractor for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) earned approximately 84 percent of the available fee for fiscal year (FY) 2017, according to a recently released award fee scorecard from the EM Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA).

Los Alamos National Security (LANS) received $8,458,736 of an available $10,083,579 fee. In its scorecard, EM-LA noted the contractor’s strong performance in several areas, including: 

  • Successfully completing an operational test of the Chromium

Los Alamos National Laboratory: Computer Simulations Reveal Roots Of Drug Resistance

on December 6, 2017 - 11:43am
Bacterial efflux pumps, such as the P. aeruginosa MexAB-OprM pump shown here, are one of the dominant molecular mechanisms available to Gram-negative pathogens for removing toxins, including antibiotics. Inactivation of the pump assembly and function would be a major step for reducing bacterial multidrug resistance. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
New supercomputer simulations have revealed the role of transport proteins called efflux pumps in creating drug-resistance in bacteria, research that could lead to improving the drugs’ effectiveness against life-threatening diseases and restoring

Terry Hawkins Speaks At MOWW Meeting Dec. 10

on December 6, 2017 - 8:33am
MOWW News:
 
This month’s meeting is the annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration and is Sunday Dec. 10. Note the change in date and time.
 
This month’s speaker is Dr. Houston “Terry” Hawkins. Dr. Hawkins has spent his entire career in work related to nuclear weapons, first as an Air Force officer, then a scientist at LANL. He is now a LANL Senior Fellow working on nuclear counterterrorism. He will be talking about the relative state of nuclear forces in the world.
 
The meeting is at the Los Alamos Research Park in the 2nd floor conference room.

LANL FY2017 Hazardous Waste Facility Noncompliance Numbers Decline

on December 4, 2017 - 3:39pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
 

Los Alamos National Laboratory had 25 noncompliance reports under its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit from the New Mexico Environment between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, according to a report filed Nov. 28 with state.

The number is down from 100 instances in 2016 and 400 in 2015. The report also states that there were no releases from a permitted unit that could have posed a threat to human health or the environment.

Noncompliance issues included containers not labeled “hazardous waste”, failure to protect two containers

Documentary Shines Spotlight On Influential Manhattan Project Scientist Dr. Raemer Schreiber

on December 4, 2017 - 3:11pm
An MP with Dr. Raemer Schreiber. Courtesy photo
 
BY KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 

 

Ben Saunders’ grandfather, Dr. Raemer Schreiber, or Schreib to his friends, had an extraordinary career during and after the Manhattan Project. In fact, Schreiber’s work caught the interest of Documentarian John Webb so much so that Webb reached out to Saunders about doing a documentary about his grandfather.  

 

Saunders said Webb felt his grandfather was a “person who had a story that needed to be told.”

 

After three years crafting this story, the film, “Half-Life of a Genius,”

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Shipments Resume

on December 4, 2017 - 10:46am

Shipments from Los Alamos National Laboratory to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad resumed Nov. 8. In this photo, the initial shipment is loaded into a Trupact-II container at the Laboratory’s Technical Area 55 Nov. 7. The first shipment was successfully delivered to WIPP and contained sealed radioactive sources from the Off Site Source Recovery Program (OSRP). OSRP is a NNSA program managed by LANL. Since 1997, OSRP has been able to recover more than 39,400 sources from more than 1,390 sites, including all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and 25 foreign countries.

LANL: First Efficacy Study Announced For HIV-1 Preventive ‘Mosaic’ Vaccine

on December 4, 2017 - 9:24am
LANL theoretical biologist Bette Korber. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
International partners are announcing the first efficacy study for an investigational HIV-1-preventive “mosaic” vaccine. Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson are joining forces with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and National Institutes of Health on this study, and they have enlisted the aid of top researchers worldwide to conduct the trial.
 
The HIV-1 mosaic vaccine in the trial was originally designed at Los Alamos National Laboratory by theoretical biologist Bette Korber and her team.
 

Los Alamos Public Safety Association Honors Det. Ryan Wolking, Pilot Amy Ross And Ofc. Jose Urbano

on December 4, 2017 - 5:30am

The Los Alamos Public Safety Association held its annual awards banquet Friday evening at the Posse Lodge. From left, LAPSA Vice Chairman and Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris, Treasurer Lisa Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo Fire Chief Mel Tafoya, award recipient Amy Ross, award recipient LAPD Det. Ryan Wolking, FBI agent Chris Mamula and LAPSA Secretary Donna Martinez. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Det.

Notice Of Proposed Floodplain Actions At LANL

on December 2, 2017 - 10:57am
NNSA News:
 
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing to allow Los Alamos County to replace an irreparably damaged water line from the Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir to the townsite of Los Alamos. 
 
This activity would occur on small segments of land within the Los Alamos County 100-year floodplain. The majority of this project occurs on property owned by the U.S. Forest Service. A segment of this project occurs on U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) administered land in Technical Area (TA) 62.
 
In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations

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