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Current Issue of National Security Science Magazine Focuses on Supercomputing

on May 4, 2013 - 8:19am

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LANL news:

The Supercomputing Issue: look what's inside the current issue of National Security Science magazine

In this issue:
 

  • But Will It Work?—Supercomputing is key to assessing the performance and reliability of the aging U.S. nuclear stockpile.
  • Roadrunner: On the Road to Trinity—The next big supercomputer, Trinity, will be based on what the Roadrunner supercomputer could, and couldn't, do.
  • The Tip of the Iceberg: Say, what is "under the floor" of a supercomputer?—That floor is the size of a football field. What's even more amazing is what's under it.
  • Big Data, Fast Data—"Big

Oppenheimer Scholarship Winners Announced

on May 2, 2013 - 10:56am
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JROMC News:
 
Nine college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.
 
The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley and Santa Fe high schools.
 
The JROMC has awarded nearly 170 scholarships and other awards totaling more than $347,000 since the program was begun in 1984. The philanthropic organization's scholarship program is supported by several endowments; numerous small, individual donations; and major contributions from the Los Alamos National Bank.

Los Alamos Field Office Security Professional Cary Bronson Earns Top Agency Award

on May 2, 2013 - 9:15am

Steve Asher, left, NNSA Acting Chief and Associate Administrator for the Office of Defense Nuclear Security, presents Cary Bronson of the Los Alamos Field Office with the agency’s Federal Security Professional of the Year award. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Cary Bronson of the Los Alamos Field Office Security Operations Team is the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Federal Security Professional of the Year.

Bronson provides federal oversight of the nuclear Material Control and Accountability (MC&A)operations and programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

On Monday, Steve

Early Social History of Los Alamos Focus of 70th Anniversary Lecture at Bradbury Science Museum

on May 2, 2013 - 8:39am

Cars stopped at the main guard gate to Los Alamos looking east. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • TNMSU history professor Jon Hunner speaks May 8

The early social history of Los Alamos during Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Manhattan Project beginnings will be discussed at a talk by Jon Hunner at 5:30 p.m., May 8 at the Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum.

The talk is part of the Laboratory’s 70th anniversary lecture series.

Hunner heads the Department of History at New Mexico State University and is responsible for administering the department and teaching U.S., New Mexico and public history

Exploring Mars with Curiosity Subject of Next LANL Frontiers in Science Lectures

on May 1, 2013 - 11:19am

LANL scientist Roger Wiens. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Roger Wiens talks about the NASA Mars Curiosity rover, its journey to Mars and some of its discoveries on the Red Planet thus far in a series of Frontiers in Science presentations beginning May 7 in the Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School.

Wiens repeats his talk:

  • May 9 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road N.W., Albuquerque
  • May 14 in the James A. Little Theater of the New Mexico School for the Deaf, 1060 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe
  • May 16 in the

New Guide Details Steps for Preserving Biological Evidence

on May 1, 2013 - 10:59am

A forensic technician collects biological material from a pipe bomb. Courtesy/Forensic Science Program, PSU

NIST News:

A new handbook by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) provides forensic laboratories, law enforcement agencies and the judicial system with state-of-the-art guidelines and recommended best practices for preserving biological evidence so that it is available at any time to solve “cold cases,” confirm the guilt of criminals or exonerate the innocent.

Biological evidence refers to two

'Science on Screen' Shows 'Sneakers' with Commentary by Simon DeDeo

on May 1, 2013 - 9:15am
Simon DeDeo. Courtesy photo
Staff Report
The popular Science On Screen series returns to Santa Fe  at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 with Simon DeDeo and the 1992 cult hacker film Sneakers.
The event will be held at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.
Science On Screen is a collaboration of Santa Fe Institute (SFI) and the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Santa Fe. During each showing, an SFI scientist presents a favorite film, offering personal perspectives and insights from the world of science. It's an idea-rich spin on the movies.
Robert Redford, Sidney

Hear Early Social History of Los Alamos May 8

on May 1, 2013 - 8:36am

Los Alamos Improves Biomass-To-Fuel Process

on April 30, 2013 - 10:07am

Los Alamos improves biomass-to-fuLos Alamos research better converts energy from fields into fuel tanks. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

One of the more promising roads to energy independence leads away from crude oil and into the forests and fields.

For years, scientists have been seeking efficient means to convert non-food based biomass into fuels and chemical feedstocks, reducing fossil-fuel dependence and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

To that end, Los Alamos scientists and collaborators from The University of Guelph in Canada published an article in the scientific journal Nature

SFI Seminar: Inferring the Past for Traits that Alter Speciation and Extinction

on April 28, 2013 - 2:13pm

SFI News:

Sarah "Sally" Otto, Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, will present a seminar at the Santa Fe Institute, "Inferring the Past for Traits that Alter Speciation and Extinction" Tuesday, April 30 • 3:30 p.m. • Noyce Conference Room at 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Abstract: I will describe BiSSE, a likelihood-based approach to infer how speciation and extinction rates depend on the state of a particular character.

LANL's LAESF Reception Honors Students

on April 27, 2013 - 11:54am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan speaking during LAESF event Thursday. Photo by Richard Robinson

LANL Director Charlie McMillan with Sam Baty, left, and Dalton Smith. Photo by Richard Robinson

LANL News:

Direstor Charlie McMillan spoke at a Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund reception thursday evening.

The event recognized students from seven Northern New Mexico counties who are recipients of this year’s scholarships through the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund.

Funding for the scholarships comes from $411,500 in donations from Los Alamos National Laboratory employees and Los

Innovation Shines at 23rd New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

on April 27, 2013 - 9:09am
Justin Sanchez of Albuquerque's La Cueva High School during the finalist team judging at the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The styrofoam balls represent a word while the sticks that connect them represent a correlation between the words. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos High School freshman Cole Kendrick took second place in the 23rd New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge for his computer simulation project of Saturn’s ring structure.
 
Kendrick, who won the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge’s top prize in 2011 as

Roger Wiens Book Signing May 4 at CB Fox

on April 26, 2013 - 9:03am

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LANL: Seventy Three New Mexico Students Receive Scholarships

on April 25, 2013 - 11:09am

Gold Scholarship Winners Kevin Gao, Danielle Harrier and Micaela Lucero. Courtesy/LANL

LANL FOUNDATION News:

Seventy-three students from seven Northern New Mexico counties are recipients of this year’s scholarships through the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund.

Funding for the scholarships comes from $411,500 in donations from Los Alamos National Laboratory employees and Los Alamos National Security, LLC.

Los Alamos High School senior Kevin Gao, Micaela Lucero of St.

NNSA Hosts Nordic Countries in Technical Exchange Meeting

on April 25, 2013 - 9:10am

The technical exchange at the Remote Sensing Laboratory in Las Vegas, Nev. consisted of sharing information regarding techniques, processes, systems, capabilities and data analysis for aerial measuring. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

LAS VEGAS – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Emergency Operations last week hosted a Nordic Aerial Measuring System (AMS) Technical Exchange at its Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) in Las Vegas, Nev.

The technical exchange consisted of sharing information regarding techniques, processes, systems, capabilities and data analysis for

SFI Seminar: A Physicist Looks at Cancer, Tumor Location, and the Tumor Environment

on April 25, 2013 - 7:50am

Clare Yu

SFI Seminar

Monday, April 29 • 12:15 p.m. • Collins Conference Room, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe

A Physicist Looks at Cancer, Tumor Location, and the Tumor Environment

Clare Yu, University of California, Irvine

Abstract: I will discuss what physics can bring to cancer biology, and the types of questions that physicists can ask such as "Why does a tumor grow where it does?" and "How does the microenvironment of a tumor affect its growth?"

Cancer cells do not act alone.

LANL Employees Receive Pollution Prevention Awards

on April 23, 2013 - 11:08am

Molten plutonium in a crucible. The improved processing of old plutonium generates less than half of the waste of the former process. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Protecting environment, saving taxpayer dollars

Nearly 400 Los Alamos National Laboratory employees on 47 teams received Pollution Prevention awards for protecting the environment and saving taxpayers more than $8 million.

The employees were recognized at the Laboratory’s annual Pollution Prevention Awards ceremony Monday April 22, Earth Day.

“The Pollution Prevention Awards are the result of people taking the initiative to

LANL Director Honored By His Alma Mater

on April 22, 2013 - 10:38am

Charles McMillan named Washington Adventist University’s Alumnus of the Year. Courtesy photo

TAKOMA PARK, Md. – Charles McMillan, Ph.D., director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and president of Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the company that operates the lab for the National Nuclear Security Administration, was named alumnus of the year by his alma mater, Washington Adventist University during alumni homecoming weekend, April 12-14.

McMillan was the guest of honor at the annual alumni awards banquet held in Bethesda, Md., April 13.

In a brief address to the gathering,

Los Alamos Athlete Lisa Dougherty Bikes Across New Mexico Unofficially Setting New Women's Record

on April 22, 2013 - 9:13am

Los Alamos athlete Lisa Dougherty at the start of her west-to-east cross New Mexico record attempt April 13. Courtesy photo

Lisa Dougherty's crew: Gene Dougherty (crew chief, husband, Los Alamos, N.M.); Jerry Rieper (Santa Fe, N.M.); Ken Shipley (Phoenix, Ariz.); Ken Pritchett (Phoenix, Ariz.); Allegra Dougherty (daughter, Los Alamos, N.M.); and Sean Dougherty (son, Los Alamos, N.M.) Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos athlete Lisa Dougherty has made significant strides on her Race Across AMerica (RAAM) preparations.

The Los Alamos National Laboratory

Governor's Chief of Staff Addresses LANL Consortium

on April 20, 2013 - 8:18am
From left, Chief of Staff Keith Gardner, Consortium President Floyd Archuleta, Consortium Secretary/Treasurer Liddie Martinez, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Rep. Carl Trujillo and Robert Hollen. Courtesy Photo
 
RDC News
 
Wednesday April 17, Keith Gardner, Chief of Staff to Gov. Susana Martinez addressed the Consortium of Major LANL Subcontractors, an organization made up of LANL’s 33 largest subcontractors.

LANL: Advancing the Art of Tuberculosis Detection

on April 19, 2013 - 2:42pm

LANL researcher Harshini Mukundan is exploring new ways to detect and diagnose tuberculosis. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New approach to finding a TB biomarker could provide earlier diagnosis

New work from Los Alamos National Laboratory shows promise for stemming the advance of tuberculosis (TB) by revealing how the bacterium interacts with its human hosts and thus providing a new pathway for early detection in patients.

A recent publication from the Los Alamos Biosensor Team describes the association of a key tuberculosis virulence factor, lipoarabinomannan (LAM) with human high-density

Heinrich Seeks DOE Assurance for LANL Cleanup Funds

on April 19, 2013 - 12:58pm

U.S. SENATE News:

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing yesterday to consider the president's proposed budget for the Department of Energy for fiscal year 2014.

During that hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., sought assurance from DOE’s Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Poneman that waste cleanup efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory would receive sufficient funding this year.

This is part of Heinrich’s ongoing effort to ensure all priority cleanup efforts at LANL stay on schedule.

On April 3, Senators Heinrich and Tom Udall

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Visits LANL

on April 19, 2013 - 7:42am
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Rep. Carl Trujillo visit Los Alamos National Laboratory Monday. Courtesy photo
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Rep. Carl Trujillo chat with scientists during a visit Los Alamos National Laboratory Monday. Courtesy photo

LANL's Quality and Performance Assurance Division Earns Piñon Recognition

on April 18, 2013 - 12:30pm

LANL News:
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Quality and Performance Assurance Division receives Piñon Recognition from Quality New Mexico

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Quality and Performance Assurance Division received Piñon Recognition from Quality New Mexico and will be recognized at QNM’s annual learning summit and awards ceremony April 22-23 in Albuquerque.

Piñon Recognition signifies that organizations have demonstrated development and use of systematic processes as a foundation for analysis and improvement to attain improved organizational outcomes, according to Quality New

US, China Hold Joint Meeting to Discuss Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology

on April 17, 2013 - 10:12am

Beijing, China. Courtesy photo

NNSA News:

  • Eighth U.S.-China PUNT Joint Coordinating Committee Meeting Held in Beijing

NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington

BEIJING – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the China National Energy Administration (NEA) this week held the 8th Joint Coordinating Committee meeting of the 1998 U.S.-China Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology (PUNT) Agreement.

NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington and Director General of the NEA Nuclear Power Department Hao

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