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2020 AFRL Fellow Advances Nation’s Space Technology

Air Force Research Laboratory senior engineer Dr. Michael Starks standing in front of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket that carried AFRL’s Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) satellite into orbit on Jun. 25, 2019. DSX was designed and built at AFRL, and is successfully conducting new research to advance understanding of the Van Allen radiation belts and their effect on spacecraft components. Courtesy/AFRL

AFRL News: 

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE – The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) commander, Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle, recently announced the sought-after annual AFRL Fellow


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Los Alamos National Laboratory Brings Next-Generation HPC In Fight To Stop Spread Of COVID-19

Chicoma high-performance computing platform to support the nation’s response to COVID-19. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has completed the installation of a next-generation high-performance computing platform, with aim to enhance its ongoing R&D efforts in support of the nation’s response to COVID-19.

Named Chicoma, the new platform is poised to demonstrate Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s new HPE Cray EX supercomputer architecture for solving complex scientific problems.

“As extensive social and economic impacts from COVID-19 continue to grip


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Learn About A Molecule Named ‘Braveheart’ Oct. 19

The first 3-D images have been created of an RNA molecule known as ‘Braveheart’ for its role in transforming stem cells into heart cells. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

What is the human heart truly made of? Why can it become diseased? With the right tools, could scientists actually grow healthy ones?

Karissa Sanbonmatsu, a team leader in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group, will answer these questions and more in the Science on Tap virtual talk, “Secrets of the heart: imaging the dark matter of the genome”,  5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19. Register here.

The lecture


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STEM Pathways For Girls Virtual Conference Nov. 13-15

SSF News:

STEM education has suffered during the pandemic with distance learning.

In response, STEM Santa Fe expanded programming virtually, offering a math festival and five STEM summer camps. They are continuing this effort by launching their annual STEM Pathways for Girls Conference.

This conference kicks off STEM Santa Fe’s monthly program which aims to spark interest in STEM education for girls in 5th-8th grade. With hands-on workshops led by women in STEM, the goal is to keep girls engaged in STEM education while providing a local support system of like-minded peers and role models.


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Six Los Alamos National Laboratory Physicists Elected 2020 Fellows Of The American Physical Society

Six LANL physicists elected American Physical Society Fellows, top row from lef, Luis Chacon, Andrea Favalli and Ralph Menikoff. Bottom row from left, Andrea Palounek, Nicolai Sinitsyn and Blas Uberuaga. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Six Los Alamos National Laboratory physicists have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society this year. The Lab’s 2020 APS Fellows are Luis Chacon, Andrea Favalli, Ralph Menikoff, Andrea Palounek, Nikolai Sinitsyn, and Blas Uberuaga.

“I’m pleased to see six members of our technical staff recognized through their election as Fellows of the American


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Los Alamos National Laboratory Post-Doctoral Student Eun Joo (Sarah) Park Wins Hydrogen And Fuel Cell Award

Eun Joo (Sarah) Park of Los Alamos National Laboratory is honored for her work on high-temperature fuel cells. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

Eun Joo (Sarah) Park has won the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Office post-doctoral award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office for her work at Los Alamos advancing fuel-cell technology.

Fuel cells are a clean technology that cleanly and efficiently produce electricity from the chemical energy of hydrogen or another fuel, with water and heat as the only byproducts.

Park’s


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LANL: Seven Los Alamos Scientists And Engineers Named 2020 Laboratory Fellows

The 2020 Laboratory Fellows: top row from left, Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Christopher Fontes, Vania Jordanova and Thomas Leitner. Bottom row from left, Ralph Menikoff, Joseph Martz and John Lestone. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Seven Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) scientists and engineers have been named 2020 Laboratory Fellows: Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Christopher Fontes, Vania Jordanova, Thomas Leitner, John Lestone, Joseph Martz and Ralph Menikoff.

“Recognizing the Fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of my proudest responsibilities. To be a Fellow is to be a leader at


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HAPSMobile’s Sunglider Holds Successful Stratospheric Test Flight At Spaceport America

Sunglider flying in the stratosphere above Spaceport America. Courtesy/HAPSMobile

Sunglider’s inaugural flight at Spaceport America, July 2020. Courtesy photo

SPACEPORT AMERICA News:

SIERRA COUNTY — HAPSMobile Inc., a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) and minority-owned by AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), successfully reached an altitude of more than 60,000 feet above sea level during a 20-hour test flight of the Sunglider™ solar-powered high-altitude platform station (HAPS) at Spaceport America.

This is the second successful test flight of the Sunglider at Spaceport


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LANL: Eight Los Alamos Projects Win R&D 100 Awards

LANL brought home eight R&D 100 awards this year, plus an additional four special-recognition awards. Scientist Ramesh Jha was among the winners, with the Smart Microbial Cell Technology project, an ultra-high-throughput screening platform to engineer custom biocatalysts. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies brought in eight R&D 100 Awards and Special Recognition Awards, including a Gold Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, Gold and Silver Awards for Market Disruptor – Services, and a Bronze Award for Green Technology, presented


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Santa Fe Institute Scientist Sidney Redner Awarded 2021 Leo P. Kadanoff Prize From American Physical Society

Sidney Redner

SFI News:

SFI Professor Sidney Redner has been awarded the 2021 Leo P. Kadanoff Prize “For leadership in transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries by applying and advancing deep concepts and methods of statistical physics to gain novel insights into diverse real-world phenomena.”

The annual prize from the American Physical Society is one of its highest honors in theoretical physics.

According to the APS website, the prize “recognizes a scientist or scientists whose work (theoretical, experimental, or computational) has opened new vistas for statistical and/or


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Top Students Tapped For Los Alamos Science Experience

 
National Security Sciences Building (NSSB) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL 
 
LANL News:
  • Graduate program from DOE prepares students for STEM careers

As part of a U.S. Department of Energy graduate-student program, 52 students from 43 different universities will be sponsored to conduct research at 12 national laboratories. Seven of them will come to Los Alamos National Laboratory for their research experience for between three and 12 months.

“These graduate student awards help prepare new scientists for STEM careers that are vitally important to the DOE mission and the


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NNSA Administrator Statement On 2020 Nobel Prize In Physics Recipient Dr. Andrea Ghez With Ties To LLNL

2020 Nobel Prize in Physics recipient Dr. Andrea Ghez of UCLA. Courtesy/@NobelPrize

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Administrator Lisa E Gordon-Hagerty of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security issued the following statement on the winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics, Dr. Andrea Ghez:

“Congratulations to Andrea Ghez, this year’s co-recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics. Now an esteemed professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, she has close ties with NNSA’s Lawrence Livermore


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Los Alamos National Laboratory Early Career Scientist Sumantra Sarkar Receives 2021 Irwin Oppenheim Award

LANL early career scientist Sumantra Sarkar receives the 2021 Irwin Oppenheim Award. Courtesy/LANL

LANL New:

Sumantra Sarkar, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist specializing in self-replicating materials, is the recipient of the 2021 Irwin Oppenheim Award from the American Physical Society.

“Self-replication is a biophysical process through which an object can create a near identical replica of itself,” Sarkar said. “Biological systems such as all animals and plants are master self-replicators. As I write, millions of cells in our bodies are copying themselves and producing


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National Institute Of Standards And Technology Innovation Could Improve Detection Of COVID-19 Infections

COVID-19 testing. Courtesy/NIST (Shutterstock)

NIST News:

A multidisciplinary research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a way to increase the sensitivity of the primary test used to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19.

Applying their findings to computerized test equipment could improve our ability to identify people who are infected but do not exhibit symptoms.

The team’s results, published in the scientific journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, describe a mathematical technique for perceiving comparatively


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New Report Provides Recommendations For Effective Data Practices Based On NSF Research Enterprise Convening

ARL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of research library and higher education leadership associations released Sept. 25 Implementing Effective Data Practices: Stakeholder Recommendations for Collaborative Research Support.

In this new report, experts from library, research and scientific communities provide key recommendations for effective data practices to support a more open research ecosystem.

In December 2019, an invitational conference was convened by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the California Digital Library (CDL), the Association of American Universities


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Udall Promotes New Mexico Space Economy, Peaceful Use Of Space In Senate Hearing With NASA Administrator

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a hearing of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) progress on major missions, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) secured commitments from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the agency’s continued collaboration with key stakeholders in New Mexico’s growing space economy, and on U.S. leadership in international cooperation to maintain the peaceful use of outer space.

Udall is the author of S.Res.386, a resolution to support implementation of international


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Manhattan Project Lecture: Life Of Scientist Harold Urey

The cover of the new biography of Nobel Prize-winning chemist Harold Urey (1893–1981), The Life and Science of Harold C. Urey, by Matthew Shindell. Courtesy/LAHS

Smithsonian Curator Matthew Shindell discusses Manhattan Project scientist Harold Urey online at 6 p.m., Oct. 13 as part of the Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series. Courtesy/LAHS

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

The community is invited to join the Los Alamos Historical Society online at 6 p.m., Oct. 13 for a fascinating look at the life of Manhattan Project scientist Harold Urey.

Smithsonian Curator Matthew Shindell


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AGU: Jupiter’s Ocean Moons Raise Tidal Waves On Each Other

Jupiter’s four largest moons, Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, are shown in their relative positions to each other and Jupiter. A new study argues that these moons may have a bigger influence on each other’s tides than Jupiter has, contrary to popular thought. Courtesy/NASA/JPL

AGU News:

A new study argues that Jupiter’s four largest moons may have a bigger influence on each other’s tides than Jupiter itself does.

The findings suggest that oceans on these moons could then generate more heat from friction and could be more suitable to hosting life than previously thought.

Jupiter is the largest


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AFRL Satellite Program Preparing Future Workforce

Two University Nanosatellite Program students assemble the Oculus-ASR satellite. Courtesy/AFRL

AFRL News:

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE — After more than 20 years and 5,500 graduates, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s University Nanosat Program is still providing college students around the country with a hands-on education in designing, building, and launching a satellite into space.

In 1999, the first year of the program, 10 universities participated. Over the years, that number has tripled, and is now being managed by one of its graduates, Jesse Olson. 

Having entered the University


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Northern New Mexico College Alumnus Jazmine Lopez To Attend Prestigious Johns Hopkins Science Writing Program  

Jazmine Lopez 

NNMC News:

After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from Northern New Mexico College (NNMC), alumnus Jazmine Lopez will attend the prestigious Masters in Science Writing program at Johns Hopkins University.

The Cundiyo native, who graduated with a Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree with an emphasis in Psychology this year, found a love of writing and the natural world late in her college career.

After working as an intern with the Air Quality Bureau at the New Mexico Environment Department, she discovered a new interest and decided to apply for the program with the Krieger


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