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Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets April 19

on April 17, 2013 - 7:26am

Meeting Agenda

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities

Business Meeting


Española City Council Chambers

405 N. Paseo de Oñate in Española

April 19, 2013, 9:00 - 11:00 AM




Welcome & Introductions

Mayor Coss



Confirmation of Quorum

Mayor Coss



Approval of Agenda

Mayor Coss



Approval of Minutes: March 2013

Mayor Coss








Report of the Chairman- Los Alamos NNSA Site Manager Update; NM Environment Dept. Leadership Change


Report of Board Members

- Update on Manhattan Project Park Legislation

Mayor Coss



Board Members

Councilor Fran Berting















NM Congressional

NNSA’s Sequoia Supercomputer Transitions to Classified Work

on April 16, 2013 - 4:00pm

OSIRIS simulation on Sequoia of the interaction of a fast-ignition-scale laser with a dense DT plasma. The laser field is shown in green, the blue arrows illustrate the magnetic field lines at the plasma interface and the red/yellow spheres are the laser-accelerated electrons that will heat and ignite the fuel. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that its Sequoia supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has completed its transition to classified computing.

The move is in support of the

Students Descend on LANL for Supercomputing Challenge Expo

on April 16, 2013 - 9:59am

Melrose High School students react to being named as the winning team at a recent New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge awards ceremony. Their research project modeled behavior of wildfires. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Research by student teams to be showcased

More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will be at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) April 21-23 for the 23rd annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony.

More than 60 teams of students from elementary, middle, and high school are expected at the event, said David Kratzer of the Laboratory’s High

Dr. Momchilo Vuyisich to Speak at Phi Beta Kappa Banquet Honoring High School Scholars

on April 16, 2013 - 9:46am

Dr. Momchilo (Momo) Vuyisich
Dr. Momchilo (Momo) Vuyisich to Speak at Phi Beta Kappa Banquet Honoring High School Scholars

On Sunday evening, April 28, the Los Alamos Phi Beta Kappa Association will hold its 57th annual banquet to honor the top graduates of Los Alamos High School.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honor society in the United States and has about 255 members in Los Alamos County (1.5 percent of the county’s population.)

The banquet for the honor graduates, Phi Beta Kappa Members and their guests, will be held at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos

Employers Thanked/Honored for Support

on April 14, 2013 - 9:46am

ESGR News:

SANTA FE Twenty-one New Mexico businesses and public entities were honored last week for their support of members of the New Mexico Guard and Reserve.

The New Mexico Chapter of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), hosted the lunchtime event April 11 at the National Guard Armory Aviation Support Facility in Santa Fe.

ESGR works to assist and educate employers about working with employees who are members of the National Guard or Reserve Units.

Larger businesses honored are Los Alamos National Security, Chugach Management, Fresenius Medical Corp., Honeywell,

SFI Colloquium: The Triple Revolution - Groups to Social Networks, Personalized Internet, Mobile Access

on April 12, 2013 - 9:02am

Barry Wellman

SFI News:

Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, will speak on "The Triple Revolution: Groups to Social Networks, Personalized Internet, Mobile Access" during the upcoming SFI Colloquium at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Abstract: I discuss the structural changes that have facilitated the turn to social networks.

I show how digital media — the Internet and mobile devices — have been both responded to and amplified the social network revolution in how people connect in the community, the

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets April 19

on April 11, 2013 - 10:01am

RCLC News:

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Business Meeting is set for 9-11 a.m., April 19 at the the Española City Council Chambers, 405 N. Paseo de Oñate in Española.

For more information:

Roger Wiens, Elizabeth MacDonald Join Great Conversations!

on April 11, 2013 - 7:28am

Roger Wiens will guide a Great Conversation April 28. Courtesy photo


Great Conversations is an afternoon of delicious appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. 

This is the 4th Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

It will take place 2-5 p.m., April 28 at Los Alamos High School in the new building. 

This is the fifth in a series about the conversations that will take place.

Roger Wiens: Satisfy your “Curiosity” about Mars!

Roger Wiens is the principal investigator of the ChemCam instrument on

Groves Portrait Now Permanently Displayed in Los Alamos

on April 7, 2013 - 2:24pm
The Los Alamos High School NJROTC presents the nation's colors at the Betty Ehart Senior Center during a community celebration of Los Alamos National Laboratory's 70 years of service. Highlighting the event was the unveiling of the official military portrait of Gen. Leslie Groves donated to the Los Alamos Historical Museum by the Groves family. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Listening to Los Alamos WWII Historian Nancy Bartlit, from left, LANL Director Charlie McMillan, Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers and Lt. Col. Antoinette Gant, commander, U.S.

LANL's 1663 Magazine Now Available

on April 6, 2013 - 10:15am


LANL News:

  • New issue of the Los Alamos National Laboratory's 1663 magazine available

In this issue:

  • Carbon capture and storage for greener fossil fuel energy
  • Rapid toxicity testing for nanoparticles using artificial human tissue and organs
  • Advancing research into quantum computers with quantum discord
  • Decades' worth of transuranic waste laid to rest in a repository made of salt

… and more

Click here to get your science and technology fix from Los Alamos!

A Picture of Leadership: Portrait Helps Commemorate Los Alamos Anniversary

on April 6, 2013 - 9:43am

Heather McClenahan and Mike Wheeler of the Los Alamos Historical Society unveil the portrait with Charlie McMillan, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

From left: Mike Wheeler, Nancy Bartlit, and Heather McClenahan of the Historical Society; Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers; Lt. Col. Antoinette Gant, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Albuquerque District; LANL Director Charlie McMillan; LANL historian Alan Carr. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Family of Gen. Leslie Groves donates official portrait to Historical Society

He was known as a gruff

LANL Trails Near TA 70, 71 Being Rerouted

on April 6, 2013 - 9:05am



LANL News:

  • Compliance ensures long-term use

Trails on Los Alamos National Laboratory property in White Rock, between Pajarito Acres and Bandelier National Monument in Technical Areas 70 and 71 are being rerouted to protect sensitive resources.

Trail user should expect to see signs that indicate new routes and trail use requirements.

Unlike other Department of Energy (DOE) sites, LANL allows backcountry use by hikers and equestrians but the privilege comes with requirements, primarily that resources such as plants, animals and culturally significant areas

LANL: Antibody Evolution Could Guide HIV Vaccine Development

on April 5, 2013 - 10:37am

Co-evolution of virus and antibody – The evolution of the viral protein (green) from 14 weeks through 100 weeks post-transmission is compared to the maturation of the human antibody. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Observing the evolution of a particular type of antibody in an infected HIV-1 patient, a study spearheaded by Duke University, including analysis from Los Alamos National Laboratory, has provided insights that will enable vaccination strategies that mimic the actual antibody development within the body.

The kind of antibody studied is called a broadly cross-reactive neutralizing

U.S. Removes Last Remaining HEU from Czech Republic, Sets Nonproliferation Milestone

on April 5, 2013 - 9:12am

Casks containing HEU being loaded into shipping containers at the Nuclear Research Institute in Rez, Czech Republic, Friday, March 22, 2013. Courtesy/NNSA

A worker checks for radiation at the Nuclear Research Institute in Rez, Czech Republic, Friday, March 22, 2013. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:


Portrait Unveiling for Manhattan Project Leader 3 p.m. Today

on April 5, 2013 - 7:26am

LANL News:
  • Family of Gen. Leslie Groves to donate official portrait to Los Alamos Historical Society

The family of the U.S. Army general who oversaw the building of Los Alamos National Laboratory will donate his official military portrait to the Los Alamos Historical Society Friday, April 5. Gen. Leslie Groves was commander of the Army Corps of Engineers Manhattan Engineer District.

WHO: Los Alamos Historical Society, the family of Gen. Leslie Groves, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan, Lt. Col. Antoinette Gant, Commander, U.S.

NIST Goes to the End of the Earth for Measurement Science

on April 4, 2013 - 6:46am

NIST researcher Johannes (Hannes) Hubmayr at the South Pole Telescope. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

NIST Boulder researcher Johannes (Hannes) Hubmayr recently spent several weeks at the South Pole Telescope, where he optimized the performance of a NIST camera delivered to the telescope in 2011.

The camera measures signals generated fractions of a second after the Big Bang to help scientists learn about the conditions and evolution of the early universe.

The instrument is performing remarkably well.

Save the Date for Veteran’s Expo & Job Fair

on April 4, 2013 - 6:36am

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a gold sponsor of this upcoming Veteran’s Expo & Job Fair and also participates as a planning committee member for this event. Courtesy/LANL

Los Alamos, Sandia National Labs Recognize New Mexico Small Businesses for Innovation

on April 3, 2013 - 4:02pm

LANL News:

Ten New Mexico small businesses participating in projects using the technical expertise and assistance of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories will be recognized at the 12th annual Innovation Celebration Thursday, April 4, at Technology Venture Corporation’s Deal Stream Summit being held at the Tamaya Resort in Bernalillo.

The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program was created in 2000 by the New Mexico State Legislature to bring national laboratory technology and expertise to small businesses in New Mexico and promote economic development

LANL's ChemCam Team Invites April Fool's Day Pranksters to Visit Real Thing

on April 3, 2013 - 2:40pm

Having a laugh after Monday's April Fool's Day hoax ran in the Los Alamos Daily Post, from left, ChemCam team members Dot Delapp, Agnes Cousin, Nina Lanza, Ryan Jackson, Operations Manager Bruce Barraclough, Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy, Los Alamos Daily Post webmaster and columnist Greg Kendall who wrote the story, Steve Bendy and Steve Johnston at the ChemCam operatons center Tuesday inside LANL's Community Programs Office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy keeps his hands to himself as he sits with members of the ChemCam team Tuesday as

LANL: Protecting Lab Land and the Creatures That Inhabit It

on April 3, 2013 - 11:10am

Mexican Spotted Owls live on Lab property. Courtesy/LANL


LANL Connections from the Community Programs Office:

The Los Alamos National Laboratory must protect areas where threatened and endangered species nest each spring.

As a result, fire mitigation work with heavy equipment stopped March 1, and the ban may not be lifted until May 15.

If wildlife surveys indicate sensitive species in canyons and adjacent areas, restrictions could remain in effect through Aug. 31.

While Lab property is home to the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, of more concern is the Mexican Spotted Owl, which is more

LANL: Grandson of Enola Gay Pilot Gives 70th Anniversary Lecture April 10

on April 3, 2013 - 10:16am

Col. Paul Tibbets IV, right, sits in the cockpit of "Fifi," a B-29 bomber, with his grandfather and Enola Gay pilot Paul W. Tibbets Jr., in this October 1998 photo taken in Midland, Texas. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Grandson of Enola Gay Pilot Gives 70th Anniversary Lecture

  • Paul Tibbets IV to remember his grandfather, share experiences of his own Air Force career April 10 at Bradbury Science Museum

Col. Paul Tibbets IV, grandson of Enola Gay pilot Paul W. Tibbets Jr., talks about his grandfather and his experiences as a U.S.

Los Alamos Police Chief Accidently Disables Mars Rover (April Fools)

on April 1, 2013 - 6:42am
Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy, right, leans against the upload control unit in the command center of the ChemCam project in downtown Los Alamos moments before accidently engaging the auto upload unit. Principle Investigator Roger Wiens, seated center, looks on with team member Bruno Dubois of France, seated  left as remaining tour members observe recent Curiosity images beamed back from Mars. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post


SFI Seminar: 'Information Spread in Structured Populations'

on March 31, 2013 - 8:08am

Burton Voorhees

SFI Seminar

Burton Voorhees, Athabasca University will speak on "Information Spread in Structured Populations."

Tuesday April 2 • 12:15 p.m. • Collins Conference Room

Abstract: Given a finite, genetically homogeneous population, suppose that a single mutant in introduced.

What is the probability this mutant will become fixed in the population? In 1958 the Australian statistician Patrick Moran answered this question for birth-death processes in unstructured populations.

Whether and how the introduction of structure in the population alters the Moran result, however, has

Research Deciphers HIV Attack Plan

on March 30, 2013 - 7:13am

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Bette Korber. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Scientists get inside look at how AIDS virus grooms its assault team

A new study by Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of Pennsylvania scientists defines previously unknown properties of transmitted HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS.

The viruses that successfully pass from a chronically infected person to a new individual are both remarkably resistant to a powerful initial human immune-response mechanism, and they are blanketed in a greater amount of envelope protein that helps them access and

LANL Hosts Community Leaders Breakfast

on March 29, 2013 - 2:26pm
LANL Director Charlie McMillan, left, speaks with Ohkay Owingeth Pueblo representative Ray Chavez at Tuesday's Community Leaders Breakfast in Española. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Several hundred northern New Mexico community leaders attended a breakfast at Ohkay Owingeth Conference Center in Española with LANL officials and staff Tuesday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory hosted a breakfast for northern New Mexico community leaders Tuesday at Ohkay Owingeth Conference Center.