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


Rotary Club Of Los Alamos: Former Intelligence Analyst Bob Hull Discusses Russian Interference In US Elections

Bob Hull

Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

“An America divided is a Russia empowered.” –Bob Hull

Former intelligence analyst Bob Hull spoke during the Oct. 13 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about Russian interference in U.S. elections.

Citing non-classified documents, Hull explained that the Internet Research Agency, a Russian organization housed in St. Petersburg, Russia has been using cyber-espionage to obtain adverse information about political adversaries for years.

Individuals known as “trolls” are hired at high wages to create “fake blogs and online


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


Planet Mars Viewed From White Rock

If you look to the skies – Mars rises in the east at sunset, is at its highest at midnight, and sets in the west at sunrise. Pictured here is the planet Mars about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the western skies viewed from White Rock. Mars is a fiery red and very wonderful sight all night long. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

NASA’s diagram of Mars opposition shows the Sun, the Earth and Mars lining up every two years. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Stargazers perk up — Mars is getting big and bright the coming week, as the sun, Earth and Mars line up close to a new moon on the night of Oct. 13. 


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


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


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


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


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


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


FBI: Experts Urge Public Vigilance As 2020 General Election Approaches In New Mexico

FBI News:

A team of federal, state and local law enforcement, intelligence and other government agencies in New Mexico has been working for more than a year to prepare for the Nov. 3 general election.

The Albuquerque FBI Division is part of an election working group that includes the U.S. Attorney’s Office, New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office, New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the U.S. Postal Service and other agencies.

“The American