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Former New York Times Reporter to Talk on State of Nuclear Threats and Possibility of a Nuclear 9-11


Phillip Taubman

Former New York Times reporter Philip Taubman talks about the current state of nuclear threats, including Pakistan, North Korea, Iran, and the possibility of a nuclear 9-11 at a presentation beginning at 6 p.m. March 15 at Los National Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum.

Taubman also will talk about his newly published book, “The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb.”

The talk is open to the public; seating is limited to 100.

Taubman is a former Moscow and Washington, D.C., bureau chief for the New York Times.

He worked at the Times for more than 30 years Read More

LANL Schedules Three Community Forums

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is hosting three Northern New Mexico community forums about the Lab’s voluntary workforce separation program now under way.

The public is invited to ask questions and get answers about Lab workforce action starting Monday, March 12.

Employees, spouses and the general public are welcome to attend.

Lab officials will be on hand to answer questions:

  • March 12 in Pojoaque, 6-7:30 p.m., Cities of Gold Conference Center
  • March 13 in Española, 6-7:30 p.m., Nick L. Salazar Center for the Arts, Northern New Mexico College
  • March 14 in Los Alamos, 6-7:30 p.m.,
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Clairvoyance and Confusion: Some Remarks on Composite Hypothesis Testing

By James Theiler, LANL

James Theiler of the Space and Remote Sensing Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory is presenting a talk at 12:15 p.m. Friday in the
Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute:

Abstract: The composite hypothesis testing problem is one of the great unsolved problems of statistics — but it is not unsolved because it is particularly hard; it is unsolved because it is fundamentally ambiguous. It is also enormously useful: it lies at the core of what it means to do science, and provides a nice framework to do target detection in multispectral imagery.

For simple Read More

NNSA Initiates International Nuclear Forensics Training with the IAEA

NNSA News:

Anne Harrington

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announces the successful completion of the “International Workshop on Nuclear Forensics Methodologies,” held at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, and conducted in partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Office of Nuclear Security. The technical workshop brought together 24 participants from 12 countries — Argentina, Brazil, China, Georgia, Hungary, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Read More

Dr. John C. Hopkins to Lecture on ‘The Cold War and U.S. Nuclear Weapons: From My Perspective’

Mushroom-shaped cloud and water column from the underwater Baker nuclear explosion of July 25, 1946. Photo taken from a tower on Bikini Island, 3.5 miles away. Courtesy Photo

Los Alamos Historical Society News:
 

Dr. John C. Hopkins will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge on “The Cold War and U.S. Nuclear Weapons: From My Perspective” as part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2011-2012 lecture series.

John Hopkins

“Nuclear weapons, and hence Los Alamos, played a major role during the Cold War.

Immediately after World War II, the task at Los Alamos was to rebuild the staff Read More

A Glimpse of the Engineering Behind the Science at LANL

LANL Associate Director of Engineering Steve Girrens discusses current data on R&D engineering
demographics at the Lab. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories about the important role engineers play at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

February is National Engineers Month and several local engineers recently appeared on the Behind the White Coat Program now airing on PAC 8 to spotlight the role engineering plays at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Steve Girrens, LANL’s associate director for engineering participated in the five-part Read More

LANL Cost Management and Workforce Planning Memo

Charlie McMillan

LANL Director Charlie McMillan sent out the following memo to all employees this afternoon:

Subject: Cost Management and Workforce Planning

On Thursday, the Laboratory submitted a plan to NNSA calling for a voluntary separation program (VSP) with a severance package based on years of service.

There are three main reasons why we are taking this action now:

* Our current budget and future financial outlook require significant cost-cutting to position the Lab for FY13 and beyond. In FY12 alone, we face a budget reduction of around $300 million across multiple Read More

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