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Freed And McClenahan Discuss Dr. Atomic At Rotary

on May 22, 2018 - 9:12am

In anticipation of the Dr. Atomic opera being performed this summer at the Santa Fe Opera, Los Alamos Living Treasure Art Freed and Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society, recently told Rotarians about the June-September events commemorating the opera about J. Robert Oppenheimer. Freed has seen the opera 12 times, performed nationally and internationally by 11 different companies. Photo by Kurt Schoenberg

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan discusses the June-September events commemorating Dr. Atomic, the opera about J.

DOE Awards Contract To BluePath Labs For EM Administrative And Business Support Services

on May 21, 2018 - 12:29pm
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of a contract to BluePath Labs, LLC of Washington, DC, for Environmental Management Administrative and Business Support Services.
 
This contract is an Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) from which Firm-Fixed-Price and Time-and-Materials task orders may be issued. The IDIQ contract contains a $4 million maximum value of services, and has a five year ordering period from the date of contract award.
 
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environmental Management’s (EM) mission

FBI Albuquerque Special Agent In Charge Terry Wade Tapped For Assistant Director Of Inspection Division In Washington, D.C.

on May 18, 2018 - 3:57pm
FBI Albuquerque Division Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade speaks with Citizens Academy participants during a recent session in Albuquerque. Courtesy/FBI
 
Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade chats with Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Maire O'Neill during an interview Tuesday morning in Albuquerque. Courtesy/FBI
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

FBI Albuquerque Division Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade is headed to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as Assistant Director for the Inspection Division.

Wade, a native of Chattanooga, Okla., said when he

National Commander Awards Norm Wilson Of Los Alamos Prestigious Gold Patrick Henry Medallion

on May 17, 2018 - 9:47am

MOWW National Commander-in-Chief David Gibson presents LTC. Norman G. Wilson of Los Alamos with the prestigious Gold Patrick Henry Medallion Tuesday at the American Legion. From left, MOWW Commander LTC Gregg Giesler, Barbara Jean Wilson, LTC Norm Wilson and NCIC Gibson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

MOWW National Commander-in-Chief David Gibson, right, presents LTC Norman G. Wilson with the Gold Patrick Henry Medallion Tuesday. His wife Barbara Jean Wilson is at his side for the presentation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Lab Profile: Elena Giorgi ... Murder Mysteries With A Twist Of Science

on May 17, 2018 - 7:10am

Elena Edi (E.E.) Giorgi

LANL News:

Chimeras, a murder mystery by Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Elena Edi (E.E.) Giorgi, begins on a stiflingly warm day in Los Angeles.

“It was one of those hot summer afternoons,” she writes, “with air made of cobwebs and a glare as sharp as pencils.”

The story’s detective, Track Presius, soon is trying to solve the disappearance of a young woman working for a private genetics lab and is pulled into several seemingly unrelated murders.

Matt Davenport Receives 2018 Brown Award From NMT; Named 2018 Engineering Student Of The Year

on May 16, 2018 - 8:02am

Matt Davenport receives the 2018 Brown Award Saturday from President Stephen G. Wells at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School alumni Matt Davenport has received the 2018 Brown Award at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro.

Davenport, who graduated with a with a degree in chemical engineering, received a plaque and a $1,000 prize at Saturday’s commencement ceremony. He also was named Engineering Student of the Year for 2018.

The prestigious

A Guide To The Manhattan Project In Washington State

on May 15, 2018 - 2:32pm
AHF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF), in partnership with the B Reactor Museum Association (BRMA) and other organizations, has published a new edition of its popular, colorful guide to Manhattan Project sites in Washington State.
 
AHF President Cindy Kelly stated, “With the Manhattan Project National Historical Park drawing thousands of new visitors, we saw the need for a more comprehensive guide to Hanford’s history. Working closely with BRMA and other local contributors, we expanded the original guidebook by one-third. New sections address Native

LANL: Mapping Body’s Battle With Ebola And Zika

on May 14, 2018 - 11:27am

Computer models are providing valuable insight to the structure and function of both Ebola and Zika viruses as they invade the host’s cells. Side view, left, and top view of the Ebola Virus fusion end-state in a molecular dynamics computer model. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

 

The viruses that cause Ebola and Zika, daunting diseases that inspire concern at every outbreak, share a strong similarity in how they first infiltrate a host’s cells.

DOE Moving Forward With Key WIPP Upgrades

on May 14, 2018 - 11:16am
Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is moving forward with a key infrastructure upgrade at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico to enable increased progress in DOE’s mission to address the environmental legacy of decades of nuclear weapons production and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.
 
Assistant Energy Secretary for Environmental Management Anne White approved the start of construction for a $288 million underground ventilation system at WIPP.

Wallace: Plutonium Decision Big Vote Of Confidence For Los Alamos National Laboratory

on May 11, 2018 - 1:52pm
LANL Director Dr. Terry Wallace
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace told Lab staff today in an internal memo obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post that the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) has given the Lab “a big vote of confidence”.

“They are investing an additional $3 billion in new mission space, which includes people, infrastructure and equipment.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Statement On NNSA’s Announcement On Pit Production

on May 11, 2018 - 7:38am

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) released the following statement Thursday in response to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) recommended alternative for recapitalization of plutonium pit production announced Thursday: 

“While we are pleased that Los Alamos National Laboratory will remain the Research & Development Plutonium Center of Excellence and will be allowed to expand their plutonium pit production capability

LANL Officials Welcome Plutonium Pit Production Announcement

on May 10, 2018 - 6:16pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory officials are welcoming a joint announcement today that in order to produce 80 plutonium pits a year by 2030, pit production activities at LANL will be maximized to at least 30 pits a year.

The announcement was made by Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment and Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Department of Energy Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration.

LANL: Levitation Yields Better Neutron-lifetime Measurement ... At Last, Potential Corrections Are Not Larger Than Uncertainties

on May 10, 2018 - 3:45pm

Trapping ultracold neutrons and measuring their lifespans has been a successful project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory accelerator center, LANSCE. Here, part of the magnet array is shown, with the vacuum vessel end cap removed for magnetic field mapping, performed by Tennessee Technological University physics student Keegan Hoffman. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Being repulsive can have its advantages.

NNSA Notice Of Proposed Floodplain Actions At LANL

on May 10, 2018 - 2:11pm

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing upgrades to the Technical Area (TA) 72 Outdoor Live Fire Range at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), which will ensure that the Protective Force has the tactical training functionalities required to maintain proficient security and response capabilities.

This project is at LANL in the bottom of Sandia Canyon in TA-72. The proposed project will result in vegetation removal, added ground disturbance, and soil stabilization within the 100-year floodplain.

In accordance with 10 Code of

Northern New Mexico Students Celebrated During Scholarship Award Ceremony

on May 10, 2018 - 1:59pm

The 2018 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund award winners. Photo by Andrea Multari/LANL Foundation

 

LANL FOUNDATION News:

 

ESPAÑOLA—On May 6, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), LANL Foundation, families, donors and invited guests celebrated the 107 Northern New Mexico (NNM) students who received 113 awards from the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund. The scholarship reception and brunch, held that Eldorado Hotel, marked the 20th year of scholarships though the program. More than 300 guests were in attendance.

 

Recipients from 37 local high schools and few local colleges

Iconic Objects Represent Many People And Their Stories

on May 10, 2018 - 7:43am

Visitors check out the exhibits at the Los Alamos History Museum. Courtesy photo

An exhibit at the Los Alamos History Museum. Courtesy photo

An exhibit at the Los Alamos History Museum. Courtesy photo

By Heather McClenahan
Executive Director
Los Alamos Historical Society

A wrought iron gate, a smudged letter, and an old drum might rarely have intrinsic value. Rather, at least in the case of a museum, their value is in the stories behind them—what they represent—that gives them meaning.

Such is the case at the Los Alamos History Museum.

One of the most prominent objects on display at the

LANL, University Of Nebraska Partner For Biodefense

on May 8, 2018 - 5:11pm

From left, Ken Bayles, Ph.D., of UNMC; Mark Riley, Ph.D., of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Harshini Mukundan, Ph.D., of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A partnership involving the University of Nebraska and Los Alamos National Laboratory will boost educational opportunities for students seeking careers in the biodefense field.

“You can develop solutions through partnerships. You can accomplish much more as a whole than by working alone,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist and partnership coordinator Harshini Mukundan, Ph.D.

The partnership

NNSA Senior Leader David Huizenga Nominated For Prestigious Public Service Award

on May 8, 2018 - 4:11pm

David Huizenga named finalists for 2018 Samuel J. Heyman Medal

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A leader in nuclear nonproliferation at the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has been named one of 27 finalists for the 2018 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.

David Huizenga, the Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for NNSA’s Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, works to reduce global nuclear dangers by advancing capabilities to prevent nuclear and radiological proliferation and terrorism threats worldwide.

“Dave is a widely regarded

Alzheimer’s Researchers To Convene In Albuquerque

on May 8, 2018 - 8:54am

Brain inflammation from Alzheimer’s Disease. Courtesy/NIH, National Institute on Aging

New Mexico Consortium News:

More than 50 New Mexico researchers specializing in Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias will meet Wednesday in Albuquerque to discuss current research efforts and progress, as well as funding opportunities for continued research.

In order to promote collaborative research across the state, this workshop will bring together stakeholders from government, academia, industry, non-profit organizations, patient organizations and regulatory agencies to address challenges

Luján Visits Sandia; Discusses Workforce Training

on May 6, 2018 - 5:09pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) visited Sandia National Laboratories to meet with employees and discuss issues of interest to the labs.
 
The Congressman toured the Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) Complex and the Neutron Generator Laboratory. Sandia personnel also briefed Luján on the laboratory’s workforce needs.
 
Recently, Luján introduced the DOE National Labs Jobs Access Act to expand apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs to deliver the training and educational requirements needed for

Col. Ted Spain Shares Inspirational Stories At 2018 Annual GOP Patriots’ Day Dinner Saturday Night

on May 2, 2018 - 12:00pm

Col. Ted Spain, USA (retired) brought the audience to its feet with his inspirational talk on war and patriotism Saturday night at the annual GOP Patriots’ Day Dinner at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com  

Col. Ted Spain, center, and attendees stand in honor as the Los Alamos High School NJROTC presents the colors and cadet Echo Rogers sings the National Anthem at Saturday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

When the head of security at Los Alamos National Laboratory took

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Board Hears Public Comment On Joint Services Agreement

on May 2, 2018 - 11:56am
Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board members hear public comments during their April 27 meeting in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board members meeting in Espanola Friday agreed on a new Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) to be distributed to Coalition communities for their review including a last minute change proposed by Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler.

The change related to the Coalition’s advocacy of “long-term, stable funding for LANL

N3B Completes Transition For Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract

on May 2, 2018 - 10:07am

N3B News:

N3B has announced it has completed transition for the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract (LLCC) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA).

N3B’s contract standup brings LANL in line with the model DOE uses at its national laboratories and production facilities across the country, where the environmental cleanup mission is managed separately from the operations mission.

N3B is responsible for carrying out EM-LA’s legacy cleanup and legacy waste management mission at LANL.

N3B Takes Over Environmental Management Contract At Los Alamos National Laboratory Today

on April 30, 2018 - 12:13pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Environmental Management (EM) program at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) transferred over to the new contractor N3B this morning.

In an email to all LANL staff obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post, LANL Director Dr. Terry Wallace said this significant change for the Lab marks the beginning of a new era.

“For nearly 30 years, the EM program has been dedicated to packaging, shipping, and disposing of legacy waste that

LANL: 28th Annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Winners

on April 28, 2018 - 1:53pm
LANL News:
 
Jen Marie Phifer and Forest Good of Los Lunas High School won top honors Tuesday at the 28th Annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge held at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
 
Their project, “What’s Missing?” looks at a way to create a systematized method for finding missing pieces of data. The project has implications for the fields of accounting, logistics, and cybersecurity.
 
Second place went to Lillian Petersen of Los Alamos High School for her project, “Predicting Food Shortages in Africa from Satellite Imagery.” She created a tool to predict crop yields so that

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