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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


N3B: LANL Individual Permit Status Meeting Oct. 28

N3B News:

The Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and its cleanup contractor Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) will host the required semi-annual meeting for the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Individual Permit.

This meeting is 5:30-7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, and will be conducted virtually.

The Individual Permit authorizes the discharge of storm water from LANL sites where historical industrial activities occurred.

Discussion topics for the meeting include:

  • Draft Permit Update
  • 2020 Storm Water Season
  • Overview of Maintenance


Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Identifies Potential Safety Hazards In Transuranic Waste Processing At LANL

A crew prepares a waste shipment at LANL for transport to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy/DOE

Los Alamos Daily Post

In a letter dated Sept. 24 to Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) Acting Chairman Thomas A. Summers updated the Secretary on potential safety hazards in transuranic waste storage, handling and processing across Los Alamos National Laboratory facilities.

The Board has found that safety bases for both National Nuclear Security Administration and Environmental Management


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


Centerra-Los Alamos Supports Community Through Annual Donation To United Way Of Northern New Mexico

Centerra-Los Alamos continues its longtime annual support of United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) with a $10,000 contribution during a check presentation Tuesday in front of the Los Alamos Daily Post Newspaper in downtown Los Alamos. Centerra officials presenting the check to UWNNM Executive Director Cindy Padilla, from left, Environment, Safety, Health and Quality Assurance Director Rick Gandenberger, Business Management Director Graig Newell and General Manager Lennie Upshaw. This generous donation from Centerra helps support UWNNM in its mission to improve the lives of children


Travel Virtually With LANL Physicist Martin Cooper Friday

A jaguar about to swim the Three Brothers River. A free Zoom presentation by Martin Cooper will take place this Friday. If you have already requested an invitation, you are asked to request again due to a technical glitch, by emailing Photo by Martin Cooper

Executive Director

Many may know Martin Cooper as a LANL physicist, but this week you can see him through the eye of the camera lens, a virtual tour, from before the world changed the very meaning of travel.

Friday, seniors enduring the pandemic who find the need to “get out”


NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty Visits Kansas City National Security Campus As Part Of National Tour Of Agency’s Eight Laboratories, Plants And Sites

NNSA Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty visiting KCNSC Oct. 13 as part of her national tour of the agency’s eight laboratories, plants and sites. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration and U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Nuclear Security (DOE/NNSA), continued her tour of the Nuclear Security Enterprise Oct. 13 visiting the Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC).

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of NNSA’s creation, the Administrator is making her way across the Nation visiting


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


NNSA And Atomic Energy Of Canada Sign Memorandum Of Understanding On Safeguards And Nonproliferation

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States and Canada have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enable more effective collaboration in the areas of nuclear safety and security.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) today signed an MOU for Cooperation and Exchange of Information in Nuclear Security, Safeguards, and Nonproliferation Matters.

“Accomplishments like these are important to celebrate, especially when travel and face-to-face engagements are not possible during the COVID-19


NNSA Administrator Visits Naval Nuclear Laboratory Sites

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and U.S. Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, visited two sites Thursday within the Naval Nuclear Laboratory Enterprise. 

One of NNSA’s three mission pillars is to provide the U.S. Navy with safe, militarily-effective naval nuclear propulsion plants, supporting both submarines and aircraft carriers.

This mission is executed through the Naval Reactors program, which has joint leadership from