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Chamber Business Zoom Calls Now Serving Breakfast

CHAMBER News:

Prior to COVID-19, the Chamber supported local restaurants by hiring them to cater the monthly Business Breakfasts, which were sponsored by LANL.

In the spirit of continuing to support local small businesses, the chamber has  looked for creative ways to continue to do so in this virtual environment.

The Chamber is announcing that through a sponsorship with LANL, it will be partnering to provide vouchers for local Chamber member restaurants to attendees of Business Zoom Calls.

Starting in April, the Chamber will offer a $10 voucher for a local Chamber member restaurant to those


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McClenahan: Mechanical Abilities And Small Hands Propelled Frances Dunne’s Manhattan Project Work

Frances Dunne working at the Manhattan Project, c. 1945. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society Archive

Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society

Frances Dunne wasn’t sure where or when she was born. Even now, nearly 30 years after her death, much of her life remains a mystery, but her work on the top-secret Manhattan Project is well documented.

Born in 1910, or maybe 1903, probably in Canada, Dunne was an orphan by the age of four and spent years in boarding schools and dreary summer camps. She attended Swarthmore College but did not graduate, contrary to references on the internet.


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LANL: Fighting The Next Outbreak Before It Starts

By J. PATRICK FITCH and
KIRSTEN TAYLOR-MCCABE
Los Alamos National Laboratory

COVID-19 is not the first global pandemic and it certainly won’t be the last. As the light at the end of the tunnel of this pandemic is in sight, now is the time to take stock in what we’ve learned over the last 12 months—and prepare for the future.

Specifically, the last year has taught us that an effective response against a disease outbreak depends on timely integration of expertise and data across academia, industry, and government. As we move forward, we must continue to foster this integration and our capabilities


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McClenahan: Librarian Charlotte Serber Was Top Woman Leader In Los Alamos During Manhattan Project

Charlotte Serber’s badge photo. Courtesy/Project Y

By Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society

Many stories about women in the Manhattan Project, such as those of the “Calutron Girls” of Oak Ridge and the “Computers” of Los Alamos, report that the women did not realize the enormity of the project they were working on.

Whether turning dials on big machines or crunching huge mathematical calculations, the women knew they were contributing to the “war effort” but did not know they were assisting in the making of an atomic bomb.

That is not the case with Charlotte Serber, who had an important


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Police Chief Dino Sgambellone Marks 30-Year Milestone

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone in his office Monday at the LAPD. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone marked 30-years of service in law enforcement March 17. He told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he is grateful for having had the opportunity to serve in this way and alongside some amazing people. 

“It has always been important to me to be in a career that made a difference,” he said. “And while there have been many challenges along the way, both personally and professionally, I believe I can


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LANL Part Of DOE/NNSA Virtual Job Fair March 31

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) is hosting a virtual hiring event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, Eastern Daylight Time.

Jobs are available at Los Alamos, Sandia and more than six other locations nationwide.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, although candidates will have the opportunity to register and submit resumes up until the day of the event.

Registration available here.

NNSA and contractor personnel will review resumes submitted in advance to help determine which candidates can be pre-scheduled


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LANL: Next-Generation Technologies For Biofuels Refining

Wire diagram of Smart Chutes demonstrating the innovative functionality to actively discard problematic biomass material having high-moisture content. Courtesy/Jenike & Johanson

LANL News:

Helping to strengthen the economic viability of biorefineries in the production of alternative fuels derived from biomass is critical to decreasing the use of fossil fuels and mitigating carbon dioxide emissions.

To that end, a collaboration between Los Alamos National Laboratory and Jenike & Johanson, a bulk solids storage company, and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy


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