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Los Alamos National Laboratory Names Lisa Danielson Director Of The Center For Space And Earth Sciences

Lisa Danielson is the new director of the Center for Space and Earth Science. Courtesy/LANLLANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has named Lisa Danielson the new director for the Center for Space and Earth Science.

As one of six strategic centers within the National Security Education Center, CSES is a multi- and Interdisciplinary Center for Astrophysics, Near Space Environment, Planetary Science, Geophysics, Earth Systems and Climate, and Bioscience.

CSES provides a gateway for collaborations with academic institutions in these science areas, provides external visibility and


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LAPS Shares 2021 Los Alamos County Science Fair Results

LAMS 8th grader William Borovina earned 1st place in the Animal Science Junior Division and Best in Show in the Life Science Junior Division for his project on a comparison of hardness between collected Fossil shark teeth and Modern shark teeth. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Fifty-nine students participated in the 2021 Los Alamos County Science Fair this past weekend, with six projects being named best of show in the elementary, junior and senior categories. 

Every student participant is considered to be a winner.

“We were able to host the Science Fair while sticking to the current COVID restrictions


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TechSource Providing Expertise Through Newly Awarded Savannah River National Laboratory M&O Contract

TechSource Chairman/CEO V. Brian D’Andrea

BUSINESS News:

TechSource, Inc., headquartered in Los Alamos, is part of the Battelle Savannah River Alliance, LLC (BSRA) team to which the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) has awarded the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) Management and Operations contract (M&O).

The $3.8 billion cost plus award fee contract scope includes operations and maintenance of SRNL’s nuclear and non-nuclear facilities. The contract also entails DOE missions support in environmental management, national security,


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AFRL Astronomer Observes New Asteroid Satellite

Dr. Jack Drummond on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea telescope site. Courtesy/AFRL

AFRL News:

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE — “I was wrong,” said Air Force Research Laboratory researcher, Dr. Jack Drummond, when looking back to his early research on asteroids and their orbiting moons.

Drummond is an astronomer at AFRL’s Directed Energy Directorate Starfire Optical Range (SOR) on Kirtland Air Force Base. First as a government civil servant, and now as a Leidos contractor supporting AFRL, he has spent decades studying the solar system, and his research has often focused on asteroid satellites.

Just what


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Mountaineers Feature Antarctic Explorations Jan. 26

France Córdova in the ice-free dry valleys of Antarctica will discuss ‘The Best Journey in the World’ at the Jan. 26 virtual meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. Courtesy/NSF

By BILL PRIEDHORSKY
Los Alamos Mountaineers

The November Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting continues in its electronic format, consistent with the needs of this special time.

The meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. As usual, the Mountaineers meeting is held in collaboration with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. This month, the meeting features a talk by France Anne Córdova entitled “The Best Journey in


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Los Alamos National Laboratory 2020 Year In Review

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

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

Looking back over 2020, Director Thom Mason said it is the 13,000 Laboratory employees that he is most proud of … how they have stepped up and met the challenges of a global pandemic.

LANL Director Thom Mason

Just shifting that large number of employees from working onsite to working remotely was quite an endeavor and Mason commended the employees on having adapted so well.

“Those employees that had to be onsite were safer by not having more people here,” he said during a recent


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National Nuclear Security Administration Job Fair Jan. 27

DOE/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, Jan. 27.

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

The registration link is available here.

During the virtual job fair, candidates will have the opportunity to browse videos about the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) sites. From the virtual lobby, attendees can visit hiring booths, view information for each NSE


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New Algorithm Mimics Electrosensing In Fish

Weakly electric fish are specially adapted to traverse obscured waters without relying on vision; instead, they sense their environment via electric fields. Courtesy/SIAM

SIAM News:

While humans may struggle to navigate a murky, turbid underwater environment, weakly electric fish can do so with ease. These aquatic animals are specially adapted to traverse obscured waters without relying on vision; instead, they sense their environment via electric fields.

Now, researchers are attempting to adapt these electrosensing techniques to improve underwater robotics.

Scientists have


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Homegrown New Mexico Science And Tech Companies Including UbiQD Awarded Innovation Research Grants

UbiGro inside a greenhouse of UbiQD of Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD

STATE News:

  • ‘Each of these companies is developing technology that will greatly benefit mankind…’ –EDD

SANTA FE – Three high-tech New Mexico companies will receive New Mexico Small Business Innovation Research (NMSBIR) Grants to help their businesses thrive, announced New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes.

The three companies receiving awards for this round of the grant are:

  • UbiQD in Los Alamos;
  • BennuBio in Albuquerque; and
  • Mesa Photonics in Santa Fe.

Each of these companies


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U.S., Canada Complete Nuclear Material Shipping Campaign

Acting NNSA Administrator Dr. William Bookless. Screenshot/LADP

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited President and CEO Richard Sexton. Screenshot/LADP

NNSA News:

  • Material had been used to create life-saving medicines

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) announced the completion of a multi-year campaign to repatriate 161 kilograms of highly enriched uranium (HEU) liquid target residue material from Chalk River Laboratories in Ontario, Canada, to the Savannah River Site in Aiken,


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