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LAFD Prepares Six New Fire Units For Service

on February 23, 2017 - 11:39pm

Los Alamos Fire Department personnel prepare six new trucks for service. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD firefighters train on new fire apparatus at the facility on DP Road. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department is in the process of preparing six new fire apparatus for service. 

The six units include:

  • Two Pumper Trucks capable of 1,500/gpm capacity;
  • One Heavy Rescue Truck;
  • One Light Rescue Truck;
  • One Type Four Wildland Engine; and
  • One Type Five Wildland Engine.

The pumpers and rescue trucks are replacements

Among Our Distant Cousins: An Extinct Pig-Turtle With Tusks

on February 23, 2017 - 5:01pm
Christian Kammerer is a paleontologist at the Museum fur Naturkunde (Museum of Natural History) in Berlin, studies mass extinctions and the ancestors of mammals. The photo was taken with a timer in the Paleontological Institute in Moscow while he was examining fossils of mammal-related ancestors from the Ural Mountains. Courtesy photo
 
Artist’s recreation of Bulbasaurus by M. Celeskey. Courtesy image

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Naturalists worry about endangered species and the threat of a sixth great extinction in the contemporary world, which some fear might sweep our own

NNSA: W88 ALT 370 Program Reaches Milestone

on February 23, 2017 - 9:10am

NNSA News:

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) officially authorized the start of the production engineering phase for the W88 Alteration (Alt) 370 program Feb. 22.

The alteration of the W88 nuclear warhead is part of NNSA’s multi-faceted strategy to ensure the American nuclear arsenal continues to be safe, secure, and effective. 

“Thanks to a team of talented scientists and engineers, we reached this important milestone in the W88 Alt 370 program on schedule,” said NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank G.

Councilor Rick Reiss At Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meeting In Washington, D.C.

on February 22, 2017 - 5:00pm

From left, Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives, Los Alamos County Councilor Rick Reiss and Santa Fe County Commissioner Robert Anaya at today's Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Federal Legislative Agenda meetings in Washington, D.C.Courtesy photo

Sig Hecker To Address Nuclear North Korea, Moderated By Valerie Plame Thursday

on February 22, 2017 - 1:41pm
CIR News:
 
Sig Hecker, Stanford University Research Professor and Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus will offer his thoughts and opinions on the timely topic of “Nuclear North Korea and Lessons for the Iran Deal.” 
 
His talk is 5:50 p.m., Thursday at the Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de Los Marquez.
 
Dr. Hecker is an internationally recognized expert in plutonium science, global threat reduction and nuclear security.

LANL: Science Versus ‘Horatio Alger Myth’

on February 22, 2017 - 9:43am

LANL News:
  • Physicists use condensed matter theory to explore whether personal initiative can overcome frustration and create more equality

In a new study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have taken a condensed matter physics concept usually applied to the way substances such as ice freeze, called “frustration,” and applied it to a simple social network model of frustrated components. They show that inequality of wealth can emerge spontaneously and more equality can be gained by pure initiative.

It’s a computer-modeling exploration of the

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Math And Science Academy Offers Partnership Opportunities

on February 21, 2017 - 3:33pm

Monica Martinez-Archuleta of LANL's Math and Science Academy facilitates a teacher discussion of their students' understanding of math concepts. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

The Math and Science Academy of Los Alamos National Laboratory is inviting elementary schools and institutions of higher education in northern New Mexico to partner with them in opportunities to influence educational outcomes, practice and policy.

These opportunities include developing and operating a partnership school and developing and participating in a math teacher leader network.

Information sessions are scheduled

NNSA Elite Unit Marks 20 Year Anniversary

on February 21, 2017 - 12:25pm

NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Counter, respond, and if necessary mitigate a nuclear or radiological incident quickly. This critical mission is the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) JTOT (Joint Technical Operation Team) Program, which marks its 20th anniversary this month. 

JTOT is an agile, task-organized unit, ready to react at a moment’s notice to support nuclear and radiological weapons of mass destruction incidents.

Los Alamos’s Rusty Gray Elected To National Academy Of Engineering

on February 17, 2017 - 9:30am

Rusty Gray was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

George “Rusty” Gray III, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Materials Science in Radiation and Dynamic Extremes group, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He was cited for his contributions to the understanding of the dynamic and shock-loading deformation and damage response of materials. 

“Rusty’s investigations of the structure and property behavior of materials subjected to dynamic and shock-loading conditions have provided significant understanding of material strength

Los Alamos Historical Society's Annual Overnight Guided Tour To Trinity Site March 31-April 1

on February 17, 2017 - 6:58am
 
LAHS News:
 
Trinity Site, the location where on July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated, is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site March 31 and April 1 for the spring opening.
 
The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range. Departure from Trinity Site will be out of the northern Stallion Gate, with a lunch stop at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.
 
Bonuses include a visit to the

WIPP Releases Preliminary Shipping Estimates

on February 16, 2017 - 3:33pm
WIPP News:
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) has developed estimates for the resumption of shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) over the next 12 months. 
 
Shipments are expected to be made during that time from Idaho, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, the Savannah River Site, and Waste Control Specialists.
 
Shipments of TRU waste from generator sites across the U.S. are expected to commence in April.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Heads To Washington, D.C. Next Week

on February 16, 2017 - 10:16am

RCLC News:

SANTA FE — The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) is traveling next week to Washington, D.C. The RCLA will attend the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) meeting and other meetings with Congressional offices and Department of Energy (DOE) government officials Feb. 20-24 to discuss matters relating to LANL’s upcoming management and operations contract, workforce priorities, mission diversification and legacy waste cleanup.

Members of the RCLC Board of Directors attending  the D.C.

LANL Hosts Public Meeting At Fuller Lodge March 8

on February 15, 2017 - 4:12pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory will hold a public meeting 5:30-7:30 p.m., March 8 at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave., in Los Alamos.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on a hazardous waste permit modification request to add storage units at Technical Area 55 at the Laboratory.

The proposed permit modification is available for public review weekdays 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the New Mexico Environment Department – Hazardous Waste Bureau, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Building 1, in Santa Fe.

Copies also are available at the Los Alamos Hardcopy Public Reading Room 9

Los Alamos Teens Needed For Citizen Science Mission

on February 11, 2017 - 8:37am
 
SCIENCE News:
 
Café Scientifique Los Alamos is hosting a Teen Science Café at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 9 in the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
The presentation will focus on the Sun’s Corona Observed During A Solar Eclipse.
 
Café Presenter, Dr. Galen Gisler of Los Alamos National Laboratory will present on sun’s corona, which is normally visible only during a total solar eclipse and why this is important. He also will talk about the upcoming solar eclipse Aug. 21 and the path it will be take to seen as a full solar eclipse across the US.
 
Eight Los Alamos

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill To Protect Scientists From Political Interference

on February 10, 2017 - 12:40pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 25 of their Senate colleagues in cosponsoring a bill that would protect government scientists and their capacity to share information with the public from political interference. The legislation comes in the wake of recent reports that President Trump’s transition team sought a list of all Department of Energy employees and national lab contractors who attended meetings on climate issues and Trump administration officials placed gag orders on employees at the Environmental Protection Agency.
 

Los Alamos Research On Cancer’s Origins Key Part Of Huge Grant

on February 10, 2017 - 8:41am

Ludmil Alexandrov, Los Alamos National Laboratory, part of a team seeking to build a much deeper understanding of DNA damage – what causes it and how it leads to cancer. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • $25 million from Cancer Research UK funds Big Data analysis identifying mutational signatures of cancer​

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Ludmil Alexandrov has been announced as a member of one of the first four global research teams funded under Cancer Research UK’s “Grand Challenge,” which seeks to revolutionize the understanding of cancer and its prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The

SNL Sued In Class Action Alleging Gender Bias

on February 8, 2017 - 4:49pm
COURT News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorneys Kelly Dermody of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and David Lopez of Outten & Golden LLP announce the filing of a federal class action lawsuit in New Mexico alleging that Sandia National Laboratories has engaged in systemic and pervasive discrimination against its female employees.

The lawsuit, Kennicott v. Sandia National Laboratories, filed by three current and former employees, accuses Sandia of engaging in a pattern and practice of gender discrimination against its female employees.

Sandia Technical Partners Announces Participation In NTESS Team For Management And Operation Of SNL

on February 8, 2017 - 9:03am

STP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Sandia Technical Partners, LLC (STP), a New Mexico-based joint venture, announces its participation in the new Management and Operations Contract for Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) recently awarded to National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS). Los Alamos Technical Associates (LATA) is the managing member of STP formed to enhance small business participation in the SNL operation.

In addition to LATA, STP member entities include:
  • Strategic Management Solutions, LLC (SMSI);
  • Innovative Technology Partnership, LLC (ITP); and 
  • Sigma Science, Inc.

LANL: Two Regional Businesses Receive Native American Venture Acceleration Fund Awards

on February 4, 2017 - 4:01am
Phoebe Suina, owner of High Water Mark, LLC. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
Two Northern New Mexico Native American-owned and -operated businesses received $30,000 in grants through a Native American Venture Acceleration Fund created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and the Regional Development Corporation (RDC).
 
“These investments create jobs for pueblo-owned businesses and help strengthen the area’s economy,” LANL Community Partnerships Director Kathy Keith said.
 
To date, more than $280,000 has been invested in the northern area regional economy through the Native

LANL: Exascale Computing Project (ECP) Announces Formation Of ECP Industry Council

on February 3, 2017 - 8:29am

LANL News:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Exascale Computing Project (ECP), a collaborative project led by six Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories with the project management office established at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Wednesday announced the formation of the ECP Industry Council, an external advisory group of executives from some of the nation’s most prominent companies with a collaborative interest in bringing the potential of exascale computing to a wide range of industry segments.

Exascale refers to computing systems operating at least 50 times faster than the

Writer Discusses Manhattan Project Through Poetry

on February 3, 2017 - 7:23am

​Poet and professor Joni Wallace

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
 

What occurred in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project has never faded from history or from our minds. It’s a period of time that poet and University of Arizona Poetry Center Professor Joni Wallace always wanted to write about and she achieved her wish with “Kingdom Come Radio Show.”

The Los Alamos Historical Society will feature Wallace during its lecture series, “Mesas and Particles: Los Alamos as Literary Muse,” at 7 p.m., Feb. 14 at Fuller Lodge.

To Wallace, Los Alamos is more than just a location of

Former LANL Manager Steve Younger Lands Top Job At Sandia

on February 2, 2017 - 11:27pm
Sandia National Laboratories' signature centrifuge is one of  the tools used in stockpile stewardship and national security work. Under a new contract, a former LANL physicist assumes the director’s post. Photo by Randy Montoya/SNL
 

Steve Younger


By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Close observers of the nuclear weapons complex might have been surprised last month by the news that Lockheed Martin’s long run as manager of Sandia National Laboratories would come to an end after 23 years at the job.

For Steve Younger, who will become the new SNL director May 1, the change of

Changes Announced To LANL Foundation Education & Community Grants Process

on February 2, 2017 - 4:34pm

LANL News:

ESPAÑOLA—The LANL Foundation supports the work of schools, nonprofits and community programs in Northern New Mexico through its grants program. Changes have been made to the grantmakingprocess to assure fair distribution of funds and alignment of outside programs with Foundation strategies.

Public school districts, nonprofit New Mexico educational institutions, IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) organizations, government agencies, and Pueblo/Tribal communities are eligible to apply for grants of up to $2500. The individual grant amount was increasedfrom $1,500 to be more impactful.

BSMA Seeks Volunteers To Staff Souvenir Kiosk At Bradbury Science Museum

on February 2, 2017 - 9:24am

Bradbury Science Museum Association's Ryn Herrmann assists local shopper Katy Korkos to make her selections recently at the Gadgets Museum Store Kiosk. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Volunteers are needed to help operate the Gadgets Museum Store Kiosk, which is run by volunteers of the Bradbury Science Museum Association inside the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Katie Herrmann

BSMA News:

The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) needs volunteers to help operate Gadgets, the museum’s souvenir kiosk.

The Bradbury Science Museum is open 7-days a week and the BSMA seeks to

John Yeager Wins Presidential Early Career Award

on January 31, 2017 - 7:56pm

John Yeager is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • Award honors leading early-career scientists and engineers

John Yeager of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s High Explosives Science and Technology group is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

The Presidential Early Career Awards are intended to encourage and accelerate American innovation to grow our economy and tackle our greatest challenges.

“I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful

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