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LANL's New Box Line Facility Largest of its Kind Ever Built

on March 8, 2013 - 8:39am

The record-setting new box line facility where transuranic waste will be repackaged at Los Alamos National Laboratory is 110 feet long by 48 feet wide. Courtesy/LANL

A worker transports the first box of waste to be repackaged at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s newest box line facility. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory opens new waste repackaging facility

Box line facility is largest of its kind ever built

Los Alamos National Laboratory has brought a third waste repackaging facility online to increase its capability to process nuclear waste for permanent disposal.

LANL 70th Anniversary Lecture @ Bradbury Science Museum March 13

on March 8, 2013 - 6:28am

LANL's 70th Anniversary Lecture Focuses on Early Days of Sandia National Laboratories

on March 7, 2013 - 11:01am

The Hermes II flash X-ray accelerator was built in 1968 to support testing of materials and components. Courtesy/SNL

LANL News:

Sandia National Laboratories historian Rebecca Ullrich discusses Sandia’s transition from a Los Alamos division to an independent organization during a talk at 5:30 p.m., March 13 at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos. The talk is part of the Laboratory’s 70th anniversary lecture series.

Sandia Labs’ origins are in Los Alamos’ Z Division, the engineering assembly and test support functions of the Manhattan Project.

At the end of World War II, Z Division

Los Alamos Taps Sarrao for Science Leadership Post

on March 6, 2013 - 8:49am

John Sarrao is LANL's new Associate Director for Theory, Simulation, and Computation. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has named John Sarrao as the new Associate Director for Theory, Simulation, and Computation (ADTSC.)

Sarrao joined the Laboratory in 1997 as a technical staff member in experimental condensed matter physics. He has held a variety of management positions including Materials Physics and Applications division leader.

His most current position was LANL’s DOE Office of Science program director, and director of the Material Radiation Interactions in

LANS LLC Recognizes Rep. Nick Salazar Today

on March 6, 2013 - 6:46am

Rep. Nick Salazar

LANL News:

SANTA FE – Rep. Nick Salazar, D-Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, will be recognized today, March 6, by Los Alamos National Security LLC for the “Lifetime Achievement Award” he received from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) earlier this year.

Salazar serves on the Board of Directors of LANL and will be video-conferencing into the board meeting of LANS LLC, to be officially recognized by LANL Director Charlie McMillan.

Salazar has been associated with the Lab for more than 60 years, as an employee, associate and now as a member of the Board of

LANL Meteorologist Leads Cloudspotting Class March 19

on March 6, 2013 - 6:31am
Lenticular clouds over Washington. Courtesy/NASA


Do you wonder what all the different types of clouds in the sky mean?

Come to a free Cloudspotting Class led by Los Alamos National Laboratory Meteorologist Jean Dewart at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. 

Dewart first learned to watch the sky when she came to New Mexico many years ago. In this talk, she will take participants on a tour through many types of clouds.

She’ll also explain what different types of clouds can tell us about the atmosphere and weather.

Udall Issues Statement on DOE and EPA Nominations

on March 4, 2013 - 8:33pm
DOE Secretary Nominee Dr. Ernest Moniz
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall,D-N.M., issued the following statement after President Obama nominated Dr. Ernest Moniz and Gina McCarthy to lead Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), respectively:
"I look forward to meeting with the two candidates President Obama has put forth to lead the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency.

NNSA Hosts Los Alamos County Officials

on March 2, 2013 - 10:19am

From left, Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess, Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoffrey Rodgers, Acting Administrator Neile Miller, Los Alamos County Councilor Peter Sheehey in Washington, D.C. last week.  Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

NNSA Acting Administrator Neile Miller last week hosted Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoffrey Rodgers, County Councilor Peter Sheehey and County Administrator Harry Burgess.

Miller thanked the county officials for their active interest in Los Alamos National Laboratory and for their leadership in the community.

NNSA recognizes the value of a strong and

Mysterious Electron Stash Found Hidden Among Van Allen Belts

on March 2, 2013 - 10:14am

This NASA rendering depicts Earth's Van Allen radiation belts and the path of the Van Allen Probe spacecraft, which were launched in August 2012. Data from the spacecraft have confirmed a never-before-seen phenomenon—a long-lived zone of high-energy electrons residing between the inner and outer radiation belts. Courtesy/NASA

LANL News:

  • Instruments detect never-before-seen phenomenon in Earth’s Magnetosphere


'Never Cry Wolf' with Anthropologist Paula Sabloff March 13

on March 2, 2013 - 7:34am

Anthropologist Paula Sablouff. Courtesy/SFI

SFI News:

The popular Science On Screen series at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe, continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, with anthropologist  Paula Sabloff's take on Never Cry Wolf.

Dropped alone into the Arctic Circle to study the hunting patterns of wolves, a biologist discovers the deeper mysteries of the wild.

Sabloff, a Santa Fe Institute (SFI) professor and anthropologist, brings a natural science perspective, gleaned from years of field work, to Carroll Ballard’s 1983 Oscar-nominated classic.

LANL Announces Strategy for Long-Term Environmental Sustainability

on March 1, 2013 - 9:33am

LANL News:

Blueprint for planning work activities with the environment in mind

The Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a long-term strategy for environmental stewardship and sustainability that provides a blueprint for protecting the environment while accomplishing the Laboratory’s national security missions.

“This plan represents a significant amount of effort on the part of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office to set the standard for Environmental Stewardship in New Mexico,” said

LANL: Federal Budget Sequestration Update

on February 28, 2013 - 5:49pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan sent the following memo to all LANL employees today regarding the sequestration action looming tomorrow:

Charlie McMillan

SUBJECT: Federal Budget Sequestration

We are now hours away from March 1, the day federal budget cuts are scheduled to take effect in an action called “sequestration,” and I wanted to keep you posted on where things stand here at Los Alamos.  

We will be in business as usual here tomorrow and next week. I will be at work and you should plan to be as well.

What remains uncertain is the final budget reduction

Nature Climate Change Features Los Alamos Forest Research

on February 28, 2013 - 9:25am

Burned trees in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico after the 2011 Las Conchas Fire. Photo by Craig D. Allen/USGS

LANL News:

  • New print edition of journal tags tree-stress project for cover story

The print issue of the journal Nature Climate Change released this week features as its cover story the tree-stress research of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist A. Park Williams and partners from the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Arizona and several other organizations.

Originally released in a Fall 2012 online edition, the paper, “Temperature as a potent driver of regional forest

LANL Invites Public to Informational Meeting

on February 28, 2013 - 8:40am

LANL News:
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste Facility Permit EPA ID No. NM0890010515

The community is invited to comment on a draft Class 2 permit modification prepared by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and participate in an informational public interest meeting.

The document linked below is a draft Class 2 modification request to change the LANL Hazardous Waste Facility Permit issued to the U.S. Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (collectively the Permittees.)

Due to the New Mexico Environment Department - Hazardous Waste Bureau (NMED-HWB)

John A. Andersen Presents 'Hiroshima and Nagasaki 2010'

on February 28, 2013 - 7:42am


The Los Alamos Historical Society is hosting the presentation by John A. Andersen, "Hiroshima and Nagasaki 2010" at 7:30 p.m. March 12 in Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave.

"Hiroshima and Nagasaki 2010" is a pictorial tour of the peace parks and museums at the locations of the two U.S. atomic bombings of Japan in August 1945. 

The epicenters are visited, numerous monuments and shrines are shown, and some impression is given of the groups of Japanese people in visitation.

Local travel arrangements and the reception as a visitor and the hospitality accorded are

Forum on 'The New Mexico Consortium' Sunday

on February 28, 2013 - 6:18am

UCLA News:

The community is invited to atteend a forum, 10:10-10:50 a.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 on North Sage Street.

New Mexico Consortium Executive Director Katharine Chartrand and Financial Manager Patrick Sullivan will discuss, "The New Mexico Consortium," programs in Advanced Computing, Plant Biology, Bio-medical Engineering and Modeling and Analysis.

Chartrand and Sullivan also will talk about the organization's collaboration with Los Alamos County to construct a 27,000-square-foot Biology Laboratory in the Entrada area of

Los Alamos.

LANS, LANL Fostering Economic Development in Northern New Mexico

on February 26, 2013 - 3:10pm

Ribbon cutting and grand opening of Than Povi Fine Art Gallery in Cuyamungue. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Native American Venture Acceleration Fund provides boost to six regional businesses

Six Native American businesses received grants through a new Native American Venture Acceleration Fund created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and the Regional Development Corporation.

The grants are designed to help the recipients create jobs, increase their revenue base and help diversify the area economy.

Funding comes from LANS, which manages Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the New

Fines Dropped: LANL 6 Given Community Service

on February 26, 2013 - 10:44am
LANL 6 protestors Cathie Sullivan, Wind Euler, Janet Greenwald, Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Barbara Grothus and Pam Gilchrist. Photo by Greg Kendall/
LANL 6 News:
The six anti-nuclear activists who went before Judge Alan Kirk in Los Alamos Municipal Court last month have been granted their request to perform community service in lieu of paying fines. 
The LANL 6, as they became known, were arrested during a Hiroshima-Day protest at Las Alamos National Laboratory Aug. 6, 2012,
The defendants spoke during their Jan. 9 court appearance about U.S.

Frisbee Shooting Robot Bagged and Ready to Ship

on February 24, 2013 - 7:00am
Members of the Los Alamos FIRST Robotics Team 4153 from left, Jacob Marks, Ariel Koh, Steve Anton, Simon Redmond and George Barnum conduct the final assembly Feb. 19 of this year's robot, which throws frisbees at targets and climbs pipe pyramids. It's a lot more complicated than last year's bot that shot basketballs and balanced on treadles. This year's robot had to be completed by midnight, Feb. 19 and locked into a plastic bag with locker ties. The team will compete in Lubbock, Texas the end of February and then on to Salt Lake City in March. Photo by TK Thompson/

US, UK, Russian Federation Hold Trilateral Nuclear Security Best Practices Workshop

on February 22, 2013 - 11:39am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence and Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) met this week in Vienna, Austria, for their Seventh Annual Nuclear Security Best Practices Exchange.

The two-day workshop focused on overcoming challenges associated with securing nuclear materials worldwide.

NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington.

These workshops grew out of commitments in a 2005 U.S.-Russian Joint Statement on Nuclear Security.

NIST, DOJ Form Commission to Develop Guidelines for Forensic Labs

on February 21, 2013 - 6:48am

NIST News:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have announced the establishment of a National Commission on Forensic Science as part of a new initiative to strengthen and enhance the practice of forensic science.

The National Commission on Forensic Science will be composed of approximately 30 members, bringing together forensic science service practitioners, academic researchers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and other relevant stakeholders to develop policy recommendations for the Attorney General.

The commission

LANL's Thursday Surplus Property Sale Cancelled

on February 20, 2013 - 2:33pm
LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory's monthly surplus property sale scheduled for Thursday Feb. 21 has been cancelled because of unsafe conditions caused by snow and ice.

Weather permitting, the surplus property sale is scheduled for Feb. 28.

NNSA Completes Facilities and Infrastructure Recapitalization Program

on February 20, 2013 - 10:50am

NNSA News:

  • FIRP modernized NNSA sites, executed nearly 800 projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the successful completion of the Facilities and Infrastructure Recapitalization Program (FIRP).

FIRP was created to reduce a substantial accumulation of backlogged facility maintenance, repair and demolition projects across NNSA’s eight sites. NNSA has enhanced mission reliability, improved safety and working conditions and reduced operating costs across the national nuclear security enterprise.

“One of the primary goals of FIRP was

Computer Modeling Reveals How Surprisingly Potent Hepatitis C Drug Works

on February 20, 2013 - 8:34am

LANL News:

A study by researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and a multinational team reveals how daclatasvir, a direct-acting antiviral agent in development for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV), targets one of its proteins and causes the fastest viral decline ever seen with anti-HCV drugs – within 12 hours of treatment.

Chronic infection with hepatitis C virus affects about 150 million people worldwide. It is the leading cause of cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver transplants and results in some 350,000 deaths worldwide every year.

The team’s work reveals that daclatasvir

They Did It Again ... LAHS Students Head to DOE National Science Bowl!

on February 20, 2013 - 8:12am

Los Alamos High School regional winners, from left, Willie Zhao, Aaron Bao, Kevin Gao, Alex Swart, Alex Wang and their coach Kathy Boerigter. Courtesy/SNL


  • Los Alamos High School Students Headed to DOE National Science Bowl

ALBUQUERQUE – Students from Los Alamos High School will represent New Mexico at the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in April.

The team took first place Saturday, Feb. 16, at the New Mexico Regional High School Competition after besting 28 teams representing 14 New Mexican high schools.

Students answered questions related to astronomy,