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U.S., New Zealand Collaborate to Combat Trafficking of Nuclear Materials

on July 24, 2013 - 8:28am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced a collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to provide mobile radiation detection equipment to countries in Latin America, South East Asia and Africa.

This is the fifth joint NNSA-New Zealand project under a bilateral memorandum of understanding, as a result of the 26-member G8 Global Partnership (GP) Against the Spread of Weapons and Material of Mass Destruction.

Udall, Corker: End Use of Burn Pits in Afghanistan

on July 24, 2013 - 8:22am
A bulldozer dumps a load of trash into a burn pit just 300 yards from the runway at Bagram Airfield, January 2012. An Army memo from 2011 found the burn pit is associated with 'long-term' health effects on soldiers at Bagram. Courtesy/U.S. Army

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced they have sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asking for immediate action to halt the use of open-air burn pits at two camp sites supporting Operating Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Their letter follows reports by the Special

Britain's Royal Baby is a Boy

on July 22, 2013 - 3:30pm

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Courtesy/

Staff Report

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a boy, according to a statement by Clarence House.

Prince William was present at the birth of the infant who weighed in at 8 pounds 6 ounces.

The newborn's name has not been announced but his title will be Prince of Cambridge, according to reports. He is third in line to the throne.


E.U. and U.S. to Extend Scientific Cooperation on Measurements and Standards

on July 19, 2013 - 8:13am

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-PA, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, Joint Research Centre Director General Dominique Ristori and European Parliament Member Edit Herzog at a signing ceremony July 17. Photo by K. Delak/NIST

NIST News:

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the U.S.

LANL: Mudundi R. Raju Receives Padma Shri Award

on July 18, 2013 - 8:29am

President of India Pranab Mukherjee presents the Padma Shri award to former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Mudundi Raju. Courtesy/M. Raju

Mudundi Raju and his wife M. Subhadra Devi Raju met recently for lunch with John Hopkins at the Blue WIndow Bistro in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANL News:

Mudundi R. Raju Receives Padma Shri Award

  • Los Alamos retiree brings medical advances to poor of India

The government of India honored former Los Alamos scientist and Laboratory Fellow Mudundi Raju with a Padma Shri award this year for his distinguished

NNSA Conducts I-RAPTER Training in Kazakhstan

on July 17, 2013 - 8:33am

Joseph J. Krol Jr., NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) last week conducted an International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response (I-RAPTER) training in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The training, held at the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Almaty, included using radiation detection equipment to locate hidden radioactive sources during a practical exercise.

Toshiba Commercial Shooting in Los Alamos

on July 6, 2013 - 11:03am


A Toshiba commercial is being filmed in Los Alamos and Ghost Ranch next week.

WHEN: Monday, July 8-9


  • Los Alamos County Department of Utilities, EMS Building at Pajarito Cliffs Site;
  • Los Alamos County Landfill;
  • Smart House;
  • Sandia Road at 47th Street; and
  • Cheyenne in Tsikimu Village.

Flier notifications have been distributed to all affected neighbors in the Sandia/47th Street neighborhood and the Cheyenne/Tsikimu Village. No interim traffic controls are required.

The commercial is intended for the country of Japan, in Japanese, and will probably

Truman’s Decision to Drop Bomb Discussed at 70th Anniversary Lecture July 10

on July 4, 2013 - 8:15am

Noel Pugach. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

President Harry S. Truman’s decision to use atomic bombs on Japan during World War II will be discussed in the next installment of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 70th Anniversary Public Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

Noel Pugach, professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico, will discuss Truman’s decision to drop atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; he also will explain the nature of Truman’s decision and how and why he made it.

“Harry S.

US, International Partners Remove Last HEU from Vietnam, Set Nuclear Security Milestone

on July 3, 2013 - 9:19am

Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) removel in Viet Nam. Courtesy/NNSA News

A Vietnamese commander gives instructions prior to departing in a convoy carrying highly enriched uranium. Courtesy/NNSA News


NNSA News:

VIENNA, Austria – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), in a joint operation with the Russian Federation, announced today the successful removal of 11 kilograms of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from the Dalat Nuclear Research Institute in Dalat, Vietnam.

With this

Russian Youth Paint White Rock Rock

on June 28, 2013 - 3:45pm

This morning in White Rock, Russian youth visiting from Sarov as part of the Los Alamos-Sarov Sister Cities Initiative painted the White Rock Rock at Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The rock project begins to take shape. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The rock is painted. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Once the rock was painted, the group headed over to the nearby White Rock Fire Station for a tour. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Russian Visitors Present Painting to Paul White

on June 28, 2013 - 3:35pm

This morning in White Rock, Russian youth visiting from the Sister City of Sarov presented a painting to Paul White of the Los Alamos-Sarov Sister Cities Initiative. White asked the youth how they ever got the painting over here from Russia to which they answered, "It wasn't easy." Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Humans Stoked Australia’s ‘Angry Summer’ Heat

on June 28, 2013 - 7:49am

The Australian continent endured unprecedented high temperatures in the summer of 2013. This image, using data from NASA’s Aqua satellite, shows Australian land-surface-temperature anomalies, or departures from average, during Jan. 1-8, 2013. Red means above-average temperature; blue, below average; grey, incomplete data. Australia’s summer occurs during the northern-hemisphere winter. Image by Jesse Allen/NASA Earth Observatory

AGU News:


US, Japan Develop New Method for Radiological Dose Assessment Around Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants

on June 27, 2013 - 9:53am


NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) have developed a novel method for analyzing airborne radiological monitoring data. This new method has been used to perform a detailed study of survey data taken by the NNSA and JAEA in the months following the March 2011 radiological incident in Japan.

Aerial surveys were employed in the region surrounding the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to cover the area impacted by the accident quickly, thoroughly and safely.

Russian Youth Visit Los Alamos

on June 26, 2013 - 3:02pm

At Tuesday's first meeting in the new Municipal Building, Los Alamos County Councilor Fran Berting presents gifts on behalf of the Council to youth from Sarov, Russia visiting town as part of the Los Alamos Sarov Sister Cities Initiative. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Russian youth present Los Alamos County Council members with gifts during Tuesday's meeting. The group has a full schedule of activities and events to attend before leaving for home Monday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


US-Russia Partnership Reaches Key Milestone in Converting Russian Nuclear Weapons into US Nuclear Fuel

on June 25, 2013 - 10:26am
HEU. Courtesy/NNSA
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has monitored the elimination of more than 475 metric tons (MT) of Russian highly enriched uranium (HEU) under a landmark nuclear nonproliferation program, commonly known as Megatons to Megawatts.
With today’s 475 MT HEU milestone, deliveries under the U.S.-Russia HEU Purchase Agreement of low enriched uranium (LEU) produced from Russian HEU are 95 percent complete, and HEU roughly equivalent to 19,000 nuclear weapons has been permanently eliminated.

“The HEU Purchase

Los Alamos Soldier Injured in Afghanistan

on June 24, 2013 - 9:09am

Micah Jay Andersen of Los Alamos during a ceremony in Afghanistan in which he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. Courtesy photo


On June 1, 2013, First Lieutenant Micah Jay Andersen formerly of Los Alamos was severely injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) while leading his platoon on a mission near Kandahar Afghanistan. 

Andersen lost both legs above the knees. One soldier was killed and six others injured in the attack that included multiple IEDs. Andersen was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored

Udall on Syria: Intervening in Another Middle Eastern Civil War Not in U.S. Interests

on June 18, 2013 - 7:08am
Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Monday urged those pushing for military intervention to answer three basic questions before rushing into a Middle Eastern civil war in Syria.
To watch video of Udall’s speech, click here.
Below are Udall’s remarks as prepared for delivery:
Like many others, I am deeply disturbed by the current situation in Syria. The appalling atrocities. The tragic loss of human life. The reported use of chemical weapons.

U.S. Army Col. Bob Loy (Ret.) Shares Experience With Operation Tomodachi

on June 14, 2013 - 7:45am

U.S. Army Col. Bob Loy (now retired) was the guest speaker at the June 4 Rotary Club lunch meeting at the Dixie Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos. Loy was a liaison officer working at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo when the devastating tsunami of 2011 struck Japan’s shores. During his talk, Loy shared his experiences leading the evacuation in Operation Tomodachi. Loy is married to Rotarian Laura Loy and is the son in law of Rotarians Anne and Hal Davis. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

U.S. Army Col. Bob Loy, retired, now lives in Los Alamos with his wife Rotarian Laura Loy and their

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Lessons Learned in Fort Worth

on June 12, 2013 - 8:40am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Lessons Learned in Fort Worth

The fine folks at the Los Alamos Daily Post have let me chew up a lot of digital space over the past 10 days writing about an event in (gasp!) Texas. I have been known to grouse about our local media covering off-the-hill arts events at the expense of local efforts. So what’s going on here? What does the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition have to do with us?

The most obvious answer is, of course, that the Los Alamos Concert Association will be presenting one of the three

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Three Magnificent Performers

on June 11, 2013 - 7:04am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Three Magnificent Performers

Hello from high in the Texas sky.

On day three of the Cliburn Competition finals, Russia’s Nikita Mndoyants surprised the audience with two original cadenzas in his performance of Mozart’s Concerto No. 20. On day four, Ukrainian Vadym Kholodenko went him one better by performing a cadenza that he composed during his nine-hour flight to Fort Worth.

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Three Finalist, Three Concertos

on June 10, 2013 - 7:06am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Three Finalist, Three Concertos

Something unique in my concert-going experience happened last night. Cliburn Competition finalist Nikita Mndoyants played his own cadenzas.

A cadenza is a virtuosic solo interlude inserted into a movement of a concerto, an opportunity toreally show off. In the good old days, when pianists were trained to do this, they often improvised elaborate cadenzas on the spot. Composers usually wrote cadenzas for their pieces and those the ones most frequently performed.

Mndoyants has

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Final Three Finalists Display Their Talents

on June 9, 2013 - 7:47am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Final Three Finalists Display Their Talents

The weather in Fort Worth has been one of many very pleasant surprises during the Cliburn Competition. The oppressive heat and humidity one expects at this time of year have been blessedly absent.

The Bass Performance Hall, however, maintains the arctic chill typical of every interior space in the city. No wonder the Cliburn’s back stage “mom” keeps a heating pad on hand, reportedly clutched like a teddy bear by the competitors before each performance.


Moscow Hosts International Drug Enforcement Conference

on June 9, 2013 - 7:45am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.The Government of Russia, in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), presided over the 30th Annual International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC) June 5-7.

The conference brought together high-level drug law enforcement officials from more than 100 countries throughout the world. IDEC typically focuses on issues such as global drug trafficking organizations, precursor chemical control, the nexus between drugs and terrorism, financial facilitators, demand reduction, and intelligence sharing across multi-national law enforcement agencies.

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: First Three Finalists Perform with Fort Worth Symphony

on June 8, 2013 - 8:27am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
First Three Finalists Perform with Fort Worth Symphony

Last night, the audience was much larger and the stage was filled with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for the finals of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Leonard Slatkin, in his first appearance at the Cliburn, led the orchestra through some very challenging repertoire. This gig makes unusual demands on everyone involved.

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Plumbing - The Sublime to the Ridiculous

on June 7, 2013 - 11:26am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

With just five hours remaining before the Cliburn Competition final round begins, I want to turn from pianists and music to a topic of vital concern to every female concert-goer ─ bathrooms.

Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall is an admirable venue: lovely to look at, comfortable, with great acoustics.