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NNSA: Lisa Gordon-Hagerty Confirmed As DOE Under Secretary

on February 20, 2018 - 3:54pm
Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty
 
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty was confirmed Thursday by the U.S. Senate as the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
 
Once she is sworn in to the position, Gordon-Hagerty will be responsible for the management and operation of NNSA, in support of Secretary Perry and President Trump’s nuclear security agenda.
 
“We are excited to welcome Lisa to the DOE team following her confirmation,” Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said.

LANL Researchers Discover Novel Exciton Interactions In Carbon Nanotubes

on February 20, 2018 - 10:28am

Stephen Doorn, of Los Alamos National Laboratory, working on an instrument used for spectroscopic characterization of carbon nanotubes. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • In the study, a collaborative research team showed that Raman spectroscopy (a form of light scattering) can provide more extensive characterization of intertube excitons.

Nanotechnology researchers studying small bundles of carbon nanotubes have discovered an optical signature showing excitons bound to a single nanotube are accompanied by excitons tunneling across closely interacting nanotubes.

Unexpected Encounter Leads To Interview With Manhattan Project Veteran Reid Cameron

on February 20, 2018 - 5:43am
Reid Cameron and his Manhattan Project service patch. Photo by Sharon Snyder
 
By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society
 
Sometimes a chance encounter can result in something unexpected. That was the case last August when I visited Mesa Verde National Park. I was wearing my Los Alamos Ranch School shirt with the embroidered logo when I met a volunteer ranger in the park.
 
We were enjoying a nice conversation when she noticed the logo and said, excitedly, “My husband’s uncle was at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project!”
 
I immediately asked, “Is he still living?”
 

Notice Of Proposed Floodplain Actions At LANL

on February 17, 2018 - 5:08pm

NNSA News:
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing to install a permanent fire break across the canyon bottom, which includes approximately 300 feet of the 100-year floodplain.
 
The proposed work will occur in Portrillo Canyon in Technical Area (TA) 36. The purpose of this work is to further reduce wildfire risk in upper Potrillo Canyon from the Lower Slobbovia firing site operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
 
In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations 1022 Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental

Science On Tap: ATHENA & Surrogate Human Organs

on February 17, 2018 - 10:20am

Creative District News:

New drugs are under constant development but most fail in clinical trials. Why do so many drugs pass animal testing, but fail in Phase 1 clinical trials in humans? Are animal models of human diseases ultimately really a good model for humans?

Enter ATHENA. ATHENA, which stands for Advanced Tissue-engineered Human External Network Analyzer, is designed to simulate organ systems (such as liver, heart, lung, and kidney) and can be used as a first-line test for potential toxicity analysis since the system can mimic the response of actual human organs.

NMED Secretary Tongate And AG Balderas On Lawsuits Against Gold King Mine Contractor Ruling

on February 17, 2018 - 7:43am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE Wednesday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Butch Tongate released a joint statement regarding a federal judge’s ruling that lawsuits filed by New Mexico and the Navajo Nation against a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractor will proceed:
 
“We are pleased that our lawsuit against EPA's contractor, Environmental Restoration LLC, will proceed, and we look forward to continuing to work alongside the Navajo Nation to recoup the damages done to our environment, cultural sites, and our economy.”

Legacy Clean Up Contractor N3B Visits Daily Post

on February 15, 2018 - 12:06pm

Charity Meinhart, right, with public affairs and communications at N3B, the new legacy clean up contractor for the Department of Energy, visited the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning to meet the news team including Lifestyles Editor Bonnie Gordon pictured here. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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