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LANL Scholarship Drive Sets Record

on August 13, 2013 - 3:13pm

LANL news:

This year’s Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship Fund broke past fundraising records, raising a total of $563,827.

Of that, 601 LANL employees, visiting scientists and friends of the Lab contributed $313,000. Los Alamos National Security, LLC. provided a $250,000 match.

Nan Sauer, Associate Director for Chemistry, Life and Earth Science at the Lab and chair of the campaign, said this exceeded the Scholarship Advisory Committees’ goal of $300,000 from employees. Laboratory employees contributed $273,300 to the campaign last year.

Scholarship awards went to 73

LANL Scientists Show Muon Imaging May Offer Hope of Assessing Damaged Reactor Cores

on August 12, 2013 - 8:45am

LANL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. ─ Critical to the recovery efforts following the devastating effects of the 2011 tsunami on Japan’s Fukushima reactor is the ability to assess damage within the reactor’s core.

A study in the journal AIP Advances by a team of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) shows that muon imaging may offer the best hope of assessing damage to the reactor cores and locating the melted fuel.

Muon imaging, which utilizes naturally occurring muons created in the atmosphere by cosmic rays to image dense objects, should solve the problem of determining the

Dr. Steven Squyres to Deliver 43rd Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture Aug. 19

on August 11, 2013 - 10:17am

Dr. Steven Squyres
OML News:
Dr. Steven Squyres, Cornell University professor and NASA project scientist, will deliver the 43rd Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, in the Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos.
The talk is free and open to the public.
His talk, titled “Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet,” will describe the exploits of the plucky Martian Rovers Spirit and Opportunity and what we have learned from them after more than 3,000 days on Mars.

Safeguarding Wetland on Laboratory Property

on August 9, 2013 - 10:53am

The wetlands in Sandia Canyon on LANL property provide a home to a large amount of wildlife. Work is taking place to preserve the area and manage its water supply. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

From Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Connections August Edition:

Safeguarding Wetland on Laboratory Property

The Laboratory is in the process of reducing the number of its outfalls (discharges of liquids into the environment—most often treated wastewater) for a number of reasons:

  • Every outfall requires a separate characterization and permit with the state
  • Each requires sampling to ensure it’s

Seating Limited For Little Boy Weaponeer Talk

on August 9, 2013 - 10:33am

LANL News:

The Bradbury Science Museum is located at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos, New Mexico. The museum’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Admission is free and photography is allowed.

Information on future lectures can be found at:

SFI Lecture Ponders Moral Progress

on August 9, 2013 - 7:32am
Psychologist and author Steven Pinker and philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein. Photo coutesy of

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents a Community Event, “On Moral Progress: Is the Human Conscience Led by the Head or the Heart?”

The lecture will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 in the James A Little Theater (1060 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe). Lectures are free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Is the human conscience led by the head or the heart?

LANL’s Frontiers in Science Lectures Focus on Epigenetics

on August 8, 2013 - 10:40am
Cells in the human body contains strands of DNA nearly 10 feet long that look like this and are packed into cellular sacks less than a millionth of an inch in diameter. Courtesy of LANL.

Is Behavior Hardwired by DNA or a Product of Environment?

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Karissa Sanbonmatsu, will discuss epigenetics in a series of Frontiers in Science lectures beginning Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque.

The 7 p.m.

Udall, Bingaman, McMillan, Hommert Speaking at Tech Transfer Conference

on August 8, 2013 - 9:46am

Sen. Tom Udall

STATE News:           

SANTA FE U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. will host a conference on ways to help spur innovation and create high-tech jobs and businesses in New Mexico by encouraging technology transfer from the national labs and universities to private entrepreneurs at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, in the Jemez Room at Santa Fe Community College.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman

Udall will present the keynote address at 10:40 a.m.

LANL's Next 70th Anniversary Lecture Focuses on Little Boy Weaponeer 'Deak' Parsons

on August 8, 2013 - 8:16am

Little Boy weaponeer William 'Deak' Parsons, wartime Los Alamos division leader, is the focus of the Aug. 14, 70th Anniversary lecture at the Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Former Laboratory historian Roger Meade to talk about life, career, contributions to Lab, the nation by “The Last Commodore”

Los Alamos National Laboratory historian emeritus Roger Meade talks about William S.

LANL Set to Remediate Oppenheimer Neighborhood

on August 7, 2013 - 10:30am

Los Alamos National Laboratory is set to remediate an area in an  Oppenheimer neighborhood during August. Fieldwork will involve removing contamination from a former septic tank involved in uranium and plutonium purification and recovery processes. Read details here.

Reconciliation Ceremony Marks Anniversary of Hiroshima

on August 6, 2013 - 6:35pm

Los Alamos students participate in today's Peace Ceremony at Fuller Lodge Art Center marking the anniversary of Hiroshima. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Students were asked to turn out and look at the adults as part of today's ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Students joined adults at a reconciliation ceremony and reception at Fuller Lodge Art Center commemorating today's anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima Japan.

The Peace’s New Century Project is a collaboration between Betsie Miller-Kusz of the Jemez Valley and Masaru

NNSA Conducts International Radiological Response Training in Vienna

on August 6, 2013 - 9:08am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), in partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Incident and Emergency Center (IEC), last week conducted an International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response Advanced (I-RAPTER A) training course at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
The I-RAPTER A course provided incident commanders and second line responders training to address significant detailed response measures associated with a response to a nuclear and/or radiological incident or event.

Laboratory Retiree Group Meets Tuesday

on August 2, 2013 - 7:14am

LRG News:

The Laboratory Retiree Group’s first Tuesday monthly get together is at a new time and place.

The group will meet 8-10 a.m. at the Coffee Booth across from Smith’s in Mari Mac Plaza.

The Laboratory Retiree Group is a 501 (c)(4) organization of LANL retirees. For more information, click here.

Firefighters Douse Blaze Near TA-54

on August 1, 2013 - 4:38pm

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider has confirmed that a fire broke out a short time ago in the area near TA-54 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

"We're checking on the cause, which may have been a squirrel because it broke out near the powerlines," Grider said. "The fire is completely out now."

Grider described the fire as burning an area about 5 feet wide by 60 feet long.

TA-54 was not affected.


LANL Announces Express Licensing Program

on August 1, 2013 - 12:11pm

The following sequence shows the formation of nanoFOAM technology developed at LANL. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Streamlined procedure speeds business access to new technology

With the launch of a new "Express Licensing” program, access to innovative technology invented at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has gotten easier.

The new licensing alternative was announced today by David Pesiri, director of LANL’s Technology Transfer Division.

“The Express License program offers an additional licensing reso= urce for local entrepreneurs as well as national collaborators,” Pesiri said.

LANL Upgrades Powerwall Theater With Christie Visualization Projection System

on July 30, 2013 - 7:43am

The Powerwall is used by LANL scientists to view objects and processes in 3D. Courtesy photo

LANL News:

CYPRESS, Calif. – Los Alamos National Laboratory has selected visualization leader Christie® for an extensive upgrade to its Powerwall Theater (PWT), an innovative facility that enables researchers to view the complex models and simulations they have created using some of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

The new theater will feature a total of 40 Christie Mirage WU-L WUXGA DLP® 3D LED projectors in a 5 wide by 4 high node grid configuration with double-stacked projectors in each node

Governor Attends LANL's 70th Anniversary Family Day

on July 29, 2013 - 10:52am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan introduces New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez who spoke at Saturday's 70th anniversary celebration for Lab employees, families, alumni and retirees. The event included a picnic, family activities and visits to Lab facilities. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Dignitaries at Saturday's event included Rep. Stephanie Garci Richard, center, and Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, second from right. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/


LANL's Tree Mortality Research Area Part of Saturday Tours

on July 29, 2013 - 10:27am

The 70th anniversary celebration held Saturday for Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, families, alumni and retirees included tours of the Laboratory's tree mortality research area. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/


LANL Family Day Included Tour of Bio Fuel Lab

on July 29, 2013 - 10:21am

A tour of the new biofuel laboratory was part of Saturday's 70th anniversary celebration for Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, families, alumni and retirees. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Bradbury Science Museum Set Aglow With New Exhibits

on July 28, 2013 - 12:14pm

Alan Bishop, principal associate director for science, technology and engineering at LANL, introduces two new exhibits at the Bradbury Science Museum during Friday's grand opening event. Photo by Kirsten Laskey



Friday night may have featured overcast skies and rain showers but the gloomy weather did not dampen the atmosphere at the Bradbury Science Museum, which was set aglow by two new, innovative exhibits.

The displays touch on hot topics in the science world: alternative energy and nanotechnology.

Governor Celebrates LANL's 70th Anniversary Today

on July 27, 2013 - 10:23am

Gov. Susana Martinez


LANL News:


Gov. Susana Martinez will help celebrate Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 70th Anniversary with lab employees, their families and retirees. 


Tours will be offered to more than a dozen of the laboratory’s unique facilities and a picnic event will feature several musical groups.


What: Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Los Alamos National Laboratory 


Who: Gov. Susana Martinez, LANL employees, families, retirees


Where: Los Alamos High School, Football Field, 1300 Diamond Dr.


When: Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.


Community Attends New Exhibits at Bradbury Science Museum Friday Night

on July 27, 2013 - 9:27am

A crowd turns out for the Friday night grand opening of the Nanotechnology and Algae Biofuels exhibits at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Katy Korkos

Van Allen Probes Pinpoint Driver of Speeding Electrons

on July 26, 2013 - 6:53am
Artist's rendering of a mechanism within the Van Allen radiation belts that can accelerate electrons to satellite-killing energies. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Researchers believe they have solved a lingering mystery about how electrons within Earth’s radiation belt can suddenly become energetic enough to kill orbiting satellites. Thanks to data gathered from an intrepid pair of NASA probes roaming the harsh space environment within the Van Allen radiation belts, scientists have identified an internal electron accelerator operating within the belts.

“For years we thought the Van Allen belts

Public Invited to LANL Student Symposium

on July 26, 2013 - 6:45am

LANL News:

This year's LANL Student Symposium, "Championing Scientific Careers," is July 26-27 at the Los Alamos High School campus.

The Symposium provides a unique opportunity for students to present their research. The intent of the Symposium is to broaden students' expertise and prepare them for careers in science and nontechnical fields. This is an excellent forum for students to network and make professional contacts.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Student Programs Office invites all Los Alamos community members to attend.

For information, visit

SFI Seminar: 'Truth, Lies and Randomness' Friday

on July 25, 2013 - 8:13am

Jarad Saia. Courtesy photo

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will present a seminar titled “Truth, Lies and Randomness” by presenter Jarad Saia from the University of New Mexico at 12:15 p.m. Friday, July 26 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI.

SFI is at 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The talk is free and open to the public

Random bits are used in algorithms to: break symmetry and deadlock, ensure load-balancing, find a representative sample, maximize utility, and foil an adversary.