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JRO Memorial Lecturer Dr. J. Michael Kosterlitz On ‘A Random Walk Through Physics To The Nobel Prize’

on November 10, 2018 - 10:52am
Dr. J. Michael Kosterlitz holds the medallion he received from the Oppenheimer Committee. Photo by Chris Hazard
 
JRO MEMORIAL LECTURE News:
 
This year’s J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecturer was Dr. J. Michael Kosterlitz, Harrison E. Farnsworth Professor of Physics at Brown University and a 2016 Nobel Laureate in Physics. The lecture was held Monday, Oct. 28 at Crossroads Bible Church.
 
The title of Dr. Kosterlitz’s lecture was “A Random Walk Through Physics to the Nobel Prize.” Dr. Alison Pugmire, Chair of the Oppenheimer Committee, opened the event and presented Dr.

LAHS Project Y Team Host Women In STEM Night

on November 9, 2018 - 10:37am

Dr. Mandie Gehring speaks to LAHS students Thursday about ‘Finding Your Superpower, a Guide to STEM’ at the Project Y STEM Center. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Robotics Team, Project Y, hosted a talk Thursday by Dr. Mandie Gehring at the Project Y STEM Center on “Finding Your Superpower, a Guide to STEM” to LAHS students.

Dr. Gehring discussed her career in nuclear physics, why it is fun to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the challenges she faced to obtain her PhD, and generally shared her passion about physics with the high school students.

The talk was

LANL Launches Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium; DDN Joins Ultra-Scale Computing Quest

on November 8, 2018 - 9:49am

Los Alamos National Laboratory recently formed the Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3) to investigate ultra-scale computing architectures and systems. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory recently formed the Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3) to investigate ultra-scale computing architectures, systems and environments that can achieve higher efficiencies in extreme-scale mission-centric computing.

 

“We are excited about EMC3 and seek partnerships with high performance computing (HPC) technology providers and consumers that are

Los Alamos National Laboratory: Levitating Particles Could Lift Nuclear Detective Work

on November 8, 2018 - 9:35am
LANL News:
 
Laser-based ‘optical tweezers’ could levitate uranium and plutonium particles, thus allowing the measurement of nuclear recoil during radioactive decay.
 
This technique, proposed by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, provides a new method for conducting the radioactive particle analysis essential to nuclear forensics.
 
“Our idea relies on trapping a particle using ‘optical tweezers,’ a technique which is the subject of this year’s Nobel prize in Physics,” said Alonso Castro of the Lab’s Actinide Analytical Chemistry group, one of the authors of a new paper in

Los Alamos Resident Malcolm Burns Conquers Scotland's Longest Lake ... In A Bathtub

on November 8, 2018 - 9:30am
Malcolm Burns rows his bathtub in Loch Lomond, Scotland's longest lake. Courtesy photo
 
Malcolm Burns, right, and his brother-in-law Colin MacDonald pose next to his bathtub, which featured Bathtub Row Brewing Coop's logo. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
It took a bit of critical thinking, muscle and determination but Los Alamos resident and Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist Malcolm Burns did it. In August, he rowed the entire length of Loch Lomond in Scotland in a bathtub.
 
The feat was done over the course of two days.

Historical Society Dives Into LANL’s Infamous Kitty Litter Drum

on November 7, 2018 - 2:44pm

Vincent Lalenti

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

The next lecture in the Los Alamos Historical Society’s series will feature Vincent Lalenti who will present “Waste Makes Haste: An Anthropologist’s View of the 2014 LANL-WIPP Organic Kitty Litter Accident.”

Lalenti will begin his talk at 7 p.m., Nov. 13 in Fuller Lodge. This talk explores political, social, and financial factors that contributed to LANL’s transuranic waste drum #68660 bursting open and spewing out fire underground at the WIPP deep geologic repository on Valentine’s Day 2014.

To what extent was this infamous “organic kitty litter”

Los Alamos National Laboratory Pursues Efficient Computing With Cray, Marvell, And Arm

on November 6, 2018 - 7:28am
Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
In a drive to significantly boost usable operations per watt, per dollar and per development hour for extreme-scale computing, Los Alamos National Laboratory is running classified simulation codes in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Stockpile Stewardship Program on the new Cray® XC50™ system with Marvell® ThunderX2® processors.  
 
The collaboration with Cray Inc., funded by the NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing Program, integrates the Marvell ThunderX2 processors with Cray’s proven networking

Council Works To Revise Role In Regional Coalition

on November 4, 2018 - 4:51am
RCLC Executive Director Eric Vasquez speaks to the Los Alamos County Council during its regular meeting Oct. 30 at the White Rock Fire Station. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The Los Alamos County Council began reshaping and redefining its role in the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) Oct. 30 during its regular meeting in the White Rock Fire Station.
 
Councilor Susan O’Leary requested the item be put on the agenda and several motions were presented for council’s consideration.
 
Council

LANL Posts Lowest-ever Illness And Injury Rate

on November 1, 2018 - 12:21pm
Courtesy/LANL
 
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory has posted its lowest-ever monthly illness and injury rate, as documented by the industry standard of Days Away Restricted Transfer Rate (DART) and Total Recordable Case (TRC) rates. The Laboratory’s rates are well below comparable industry averages.

This summer, DOE renewed the Laboratory’s Voluntary Protection Program Star status, making LANL the largest VPP Star site among the 17 national laboratories.

Triad National Security Takes The Helm Today At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on November 1, 2018 - 9:32am

The National Security Sciences Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • New LANL Director Thom Mason stresses, ‘Change where needed, continuity where critical.’ 

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory begins operations today under a new management and operating (M&O) contract between Triad National Security, LLC (Triad) and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The NNSA awarded the M&O contract to Triad June 8, 2018. 

 

“The new leadership team at Los Alamos is determined to strike the right balance between mission delivery for

OJP Awards $64 Million To Combat Human Trafficking

on October 28, 2018 - 2:56pm

OJP News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced awards of more than $67 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 grant funding to support state, local and tribal jurisdictions’ efforts to protect human trafficking victims, prosecute those who commit trafficking crimes and support coordinated community responses to human trafficking throughout the United States

“Human trafficking is a particularly perverse and illegal form of evil that enriches its perpetrators by exploiting its victims in atrocious ways,” said OJP’s Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matt

Letter To The Editor: The Lab, The County, And GRT

on October 28, 2018 - 2:37pm
By GEORGE HAGEDORN
Los Alamos

 

I think the county has been looking at the Lab GRT issue as the glass being half empty verses being half full.

If the government would have closed down the Lab after WWII and moved out of town, Los Alamos would most likely now be a one horse town at the end of the road. The major employer would most likely be a seasonal boys ranch. Because the Lab stayed in business the county has over 18,000 population with about 8,000 households and a proportionate number of businesses/commercial properties to service this population.

The population pays sales taxes on

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty Recognizes LANL Director Terry Wallace In Special Ceremony

on October 25, 2018 - 4:20pm

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty presents LANL Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., with the Gold Award—the NNSA’s highest honor. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, the Department of Energy’s undersecretary for nuclear security and administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), visited Los Alamos National Laboratory today to present Dr. Terry Wallace, outgoing Laboratory director, with the Gold Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed by an NNSA Administrator.

NNSA is the government agency that oversees the entire U.S.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Votes To Support Continued Funding For Blue Bus Service

on October 25, 2018 - 4:05pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) voted last Friday, during its monthly board meeting, to formally acknowledge how important it is to continue funding for the North Central Region Transit District (NCRTD), and passed a resolution expressing its support for the reauthorization of the 1/8 of 1 percent increment in local gross receipts taxes in Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Taos counties.

The measure is on this year’s ballot in all four counties.

LANL Breaks Ground On National Security Office Space

on October 24, 2018 - 1:32pm

Breaking ground Monday on a new national security office building on LANL property, from left, Steve Goodrum, manager of NNSA’s Los Alamos  Field Office; Nancy Jo Nicholas, principal associate director for Global Security at LANL and Terry C. Wallace, Jr., director of LANL. Courtesy/LANL

LANL Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., speaks at the groundbreaking next to an artist’s rendering of the new national security office building that will be constructed on Lab property. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Monday morning, Terry C.

LANL: Clues To Creating An HIV Vaccine: HIV Sugars Are Key For Effective Immune Responses

on October 24, 2018 - 9:42am

Artistic rendition of antibodies targeting ‘gaps’ in the HIV virus’s sugar shield. Blue protein is antibody, and the HIV surface protein called Env is depicted using the predicted sugar shield – dark blue are sites where sugars are attached, green is the predicted sugar shield, and magenta/pink are uncommon gaps in the sugar shield. Study author Kshitij Wagh et al. show that the completeness of sugar shield of the infecting virus is key to developing effective antibody responses in HIV infected individuals. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The search for a vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes

ORNL: Past And Present DOE Missions Displayed In American Museum Of Science & Energy At Oak Ridge

on October 23, 2018 - 12:05pm

Participants in the Oct. 18 opening of the new American Museum of Science and Energy facility gather for the ribbon cutting. Courtesy/ORNL

From left, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thomas Zacharia, DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann tour the new American Museum of Science &d Energy facility with Museum Director Julia Bussinger. Courtesy/ORNL

Visitors are greeted by an interactive map of Oak Ridge and five exhibit areas when they enter the new American Museum of Science & Energy facility. Courtesy/ORNL

ORNL News:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.

Students May Apply Now For Traditional & Nontraditional Scholarships From LANL Foundation

on October 23, 2018 - 11:48am

LANL FOUNDATION News:
  • Scholarship Applications Now Accepted: Awards Available for Graduating High School Seniors, Undergraduates & Nontraditional Students

Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) is now accepting applications for 2019 awards in two categories.

High school seniors enrolling in or undergraduates currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution in pursuit of a four-year degree may apply for awards ranging from $1,000 to $20,000. Application deadline for traditional four-year scholarships is Jan. 22, 2019, with awards announced in spring.

Excellence in Teaching Award: Call For Nominations To Honor Teachers In Rio Arriba County & Pojoaque

on October 23, 2018 - 10:20am

LANL FOUNDATION News:

Española — Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition to honoring teachers in Rio Arriba County, this year educators in Pojoaque also are eligible.

An engraved plaque and $1,000 prize will be given to seven teachers in honor of their dedication and to bring encouragement and support to the education profession.

The program is offered by the nonprofit Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation and Centerra-Los Alamos (CLA), the Laboratory’s protective force contractor.

Qualified nominees must have taught at their

LANL Director Terry Wallace Briefs Regional Coalition

on October 22, 2018 - 4:14pm

LANL Director Terry Wallace speaks to members of the RCLC board during a meeting Friday in the Municipal Building. County Councilor Pete Sheehey and council candidate Sara Scott listen at left. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace presented a briefing about the laboratory to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) during its meeting Friday in the Los Alamos Municipal Building.

With Triad National Security, LLC set to take the laboratory’s management reigns next month,

Heinrich Releases ‘Labs & Bases’ TV Ad

on October 18, 2018 - 9:09am

To view video click here.

From the Martin Heinrich for Senate Campaign:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich’s campaign for U.S. Senate released a new television ad titled “Labs & Bases”.

The ad features former Sandia National Laboratories Director Jill Hruby, President and Chief Technical Officer of Pajarito Powder Barr Zulevi, General Atomics physicist Robert Peterkin and retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Gene Sisneros, speaking about Sen. Heinrich’s work to strengthen New Mexico's labs and bases and bolster the state’s economy.

Transcript:

Barr Zulevi: “Martin Heinrich is

LANL Profile: Michael Martinez Capturing Culture In Art

on October 18, 2018 - 7:08am

Artist and LANL employee Michael Martinez. Courtesy photo

LANL News:

With pen and ink, artist Michael E. Martinez of Los Alamos’ Detonation Science and Technology group takes to paper, beautifully crafting a bleached skull with a headdress inspired by the American Plains Indians. To give it a New Mexican theme, he uses the Zia symbol for the skull’s eyes and accents the smooth face and war bonnet with turquoise coloring. Emblazoned on the New Mexico flag, the Zia symbol originated with the Zia people.

“I come from a creative family,” Martinez said.

EM’s Office Of River Protection Energizes Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Analytical Laboratory

on October 18, 2018 - 6:12am
The Analytical Laboratory will analyze samples of vitrified low-activity waste to ensure it meets regulatory requirements and standards. Courtesy photo
 
An electrician tests control panel switches in Hanford’s Analytical Laboratory. The laboratory is the first of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization’s four primary facilities to be fully energized. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:

RICHLAND, Wash.

Voices Of Los Alamos Meeting Features Elizabeth Allen

on October 17, 2018 - 6:14pm
Elizabeth Allen
 
VOLA News:
 
Los Alamos residents are invited to the next Voices of Los Alamos meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Unitarian Church.
 
During the meeting, Steven Horak from the Los Alamos Environmental Management Office, will give a brief update on the Chromium plume, and democratic candidate for municipal judge, Elizabeth Allen, will give a presentation on restorative justice.
 
Restorative justice is an alternative approach to justice that aims at repairing the harm done by a crime by bringing together victims, offenders, and community members.

LANL: Arctic Greening Thaws Permafrost, Boosts Runoff

on October 17, 2018 - 4:20pm

NGEE-Arctic researchers from Los Alamos, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Oak Ridge National Laboratory dig deep snow pits in tall shrub patches to understand the warming effect of snow-shrub interactions on underlying permafrost. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Study finds shrubs trap snow, creating permanently thawed zones that destroy permafrost and create pathways for increased water and carbon flow

A new collaborative study has investigated Arctic shrub-snow interactions to obtain a better understanding of the far north’s tundra and vast permafrost system.

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