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Lawmakers Request Strong New NNSA Administrator

on February 9, 2013 - 7:26am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation, Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, are asking President Obama to nominate a candidate to lead the Nuclear National Security Administration (NNSA) who will work with Congress to reform the agency and maintain the highest scientific and technical capabilities at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.

In a letter to President Obama, the federal lawmakers who represent the two labs say, “The NNSA has recently suffered from a series

LANL Scientists Make Major Step Toward Transforming Biomass-Derived Molecules into Fuels

on February 8, 2013 - 10:52am

Artist’s conception of the process: Researchers open up a component of the biofuel molecule, called a furan ring, to make it easier to chemically alter. Opening these rings into linear chains is a necessary step in the production of energy-dense fuels, so these linear chains can then be converted into alkanes used in gasoline and diesel fuel. Image by Josh Smith/LANL

LANL News:

  • Fuels synthesis insight can reduce costs and greenhouse gases

Scientists made a major step forward recently towards transforming biomass-derived molecules into fuels.

The team led by Los Alamos National Laboratory

LANL's Long-Term Strategy for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability

on February 8, 2013 - 8:40am


LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory's Long-Term Strategy is to be the sound environmental stewards required for accomplishing our national security mission.

The strategy is to protect human and environmental health by:

  • Cleaning up or stabilizing historical releases to the environment
  • Controlling current programs to ensure an impact to the environment which is as low as reasonably achievable and
  • Creating a sustainable future through pollution prevention, waste elimination, energy and water conservation, and fostering resilient ecosystems.

The strategy looks from two

LANL's Emergency Services Division Leader Charged With Battery; No Longer Employed

on February 7, 2013 - 11:53am
Tony Stanford
Los Alamos Daily Post
Police have filed charges against Anthony "Tony" R. Stanford, who lost his job as Emergency Operations Division Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory Friday.

"Mr. Stanford is not currently an employee of the Laboratory. As general policy, because of employee privacy, the Laboratory does not discuss personnel matters," LANL Spokesperson Kevin Roark said.

Stanford, 56, was formally charged Monday, Feb. 4 with battery and assault against a female employee at the Laboratory.

The charges stem from a sexual harassment case filed against

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Feb. 15

on February 7, 2013 - 9:47am


The next meeting of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is schedule for 9-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, 501 Halona St., in Santa Fe.

The Coalition is comprised of Los Alamos County, City of Espanola, City of Santa Fe, County of Santa Fe, Town of Taos, County of Taos and the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh.

The Coalition proactively addresses issues of the neighboring cities, counties and pueblos directly affected by Los Alamos National Laboratory site activities.

By working together, the governments are better poised to define the public

Lecture Details LANL's Collaboration on Italy's Great Cupola

on February 7, 2013 - 9:42am
Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Courtesy photo


Learn about the construction of Brunelleschi's great dome for Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence, Italy and how collaborations with scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory may help to save it.

The Los Alamos Historical Society will sponsor a talk by Carlo Blasi, Eva Coisson and Federica Ottoni, from the University of Parma, Italy.

The speakers are Italian scientists and historians of Renaissance architecture. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at Fuller Lodge.

The speakers will tell the story of how

SFI's Science On Screen Series: Primer

on February 6, 2013 - 10:20am

Professor Cris Moore

SFI News:

The popular Science On Screen series in Santa Fe continues at 7 p.m. today, Feb. 6 with a presentation by Santa Fe Institute Professor Cris Moore in the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

Moore a physicist, mathematician, computer scientist, and author – providing a window into Shane Carruth’s twisty and unforgettable 2004 cult film Primer, in which two young inventors, working after hours in a garage, craft a machine that opens up a universe of possibility … and consequences.

For tickets and prices, call the CCA Box Office at

LANS: Funding Available for New Mexico Businesses

on February 6, 2013 - 8:26am

LANS News:

  • Los Alamos Venture Acceleration Fund accepting 2013 applications

The Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) of Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the company that manages and operates Los Alamos National Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration, is accepting applications for the 2013 calendar year.

Companies selected will receive awards that can range from $10,000 to $100,000 in order to commercialize technology and take it to market faster.

VAF helps innovative companies reach the next level of success through business and technology development

Luján Encourages Tech Transfer; Oversight of National Labs

on February 6, 2013 - 7:03am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District submitted the following statement into the record Tuesday during the House Energy and Commerce Committee mark-up of the Committee's oversight plan for the current Congressional session.

"Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the inclusion of 'management and operations issues at the Department of Energy' within the Committee's Oversight Plan for the 113th Congress.

"As Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is located in my district in Northern New Mexico, I am particularly interested in the

LANL Presents 'Lifetime Achievement Award' to Rep. Nick Salazar

on February 5, 2013 - 5:52pm

LANL Executive Director Rich Marquez presents Rep. Nick Salazar with 'Lifetime Achievement Award.' Courtesy/LANL
  • Rep. Salazar Longest Serving House Member

SANTA FE – Los Alamos National Laboratory presented Rep. Nick Salazar, D-Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba and San Miguel counties, with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at a breakfast Jan. 30 in Santa Fe.

Salazar received the highest honor recognizing his profound and significant contributions during his 63 years of service, which include expanding opportunities for research and development, small business and minority business development,

Lecture Examines Seven LANL Explosive Fatalities

on February 5, 2013 - 8:36am

Cary Skidmore. Courtesy photo

By Kirsten Laskey

In 1954, seven workers in Los Alamos lost their lives as a result of three high explosive accidents.

It is not a well-known event. In fact, at the time, even the workers’ families were not given a lot of information.

Times have changed, however, and Cary Skidmore, a group leader for the Explosives Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is sharing the story with the public.

Skidmore will present “The Seven LANL Explosives Fatalities: Technical and Human Perspective,” as part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series.


SFI Seminar: Shared Information — New Insights and Problems in Decomposing Information in Complex System

on February 5, 2013 - 8:32am

Eckehard Olbrich

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents a SFI Seminar by Eckehard Olbrich, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, at 12:15 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Collins Conference Room at 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Olbrich's seminar is titled "Shared Information — New Insights and Problems in Decomposing Information in Complex System."

Abstract: How can the information that a set of random variables contains about another random variable be decomposed? To what extent do different subgroups provide the same, i.e.

DNA and Quantum Dots: All That Glitters is Not Gold

on February 5, 2013 - 8:31am

The NIST team explored the behavior of quantum dots and gold nanoparticles placed in different configurations on small rectangular constructs made of self-assembled DNA. Laser light (green) allowed the team to explore changes in the fluorescent lifetime of the quantum dots when close to gold particles of different sizes. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

A team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has shown that by bringing gold nanoparticles close to the dots and using a DNA template to control the distances, the intensity of a quantum dot's fluorescence can

Los Alamos Daily Post Awarded 2013 Small Business of the Year

on February 4, 2013 - 3:11pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, center, with members of the Los Alamos Daily Post news team Friday, from left, Reporter Kirsten Laskey, Publisher Carol A. Clark, Lifestyles Editor Bonnie J. Gordon and Webmaster/Reporter Greg Kendall. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) has selected the Los Alamos Daily Post online newspaper as its Small Business of the Year for 2013.

“We are pleased to announce that the Los Alamos Daily Post will be recognized as our 2013 Success Client," LACDC Executive Director Kevin Holsapple said. "Carol A.

Heinrich Calls for Sufficient DOE Cleanup Funding

on February 4, 2013 - 11:56am

Sen. Martin Heinrich with President Barack Obama in January. Courtesy/U.S. Senate


Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. together with Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., sent a letter to President Obama today calling for sufficient funding for DOE’s Defense Environmental Cleanup program in FY2014.

Heinrich asked the president to consider funding two projects that he said are of particular importance to New Mexico.

"We urge you to request $225 million for environmental cleanup for Los Alamos National Laboratory and $222 million to operate and maintain the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in

World War II Role of Oak Ridge National Laboratory Featured in Second 70th Anniversary Lecture

on February 4, 2013 - 10:52am

Y12-142: Calutron Girls shown operating the electromagnetic separation units (Calutrons.) Gladys Owens, right, said hair pins would fly out of her hair and stick to the equipment because of the high level of magnetism in the room. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Shared national security mission with Los Alamos highlighted

Los Alamos National Laboratory continues its 70th anniversary lecture series at the Bradbury Science Museum at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 13 with a talk by Y-12 National Security Complex historian Ray Smith about that laboratory’s role during World War II and the shared national security

The Laboratory at 70: A Proud History, Leaning Forward to Shape the Future

on February 4, 2013 - 10:14am
LANL Director's Column
By Charlie McMillan

Seventy years ago on the Pajarito Plateau, the U.S. Army and the University of California joined together to undertake perhaps the most influential effort of the 20th century: the Manhattan Project.

The Project accomplished what it set out to do and gave birth to transformational technologies not only in national security, but in many areas which affect our daily lives. For example, in 1948, work began on the MANIAC computer, one of the first electronic, digital computers.

LANL's Xu Named Mineralogical Society of America Fellow

on February 4, 2013 - 9:05am

Hongwu Xu. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) has selected Hongwu Xu of LANL's Earth System Observations group as a Fellow.

MSA members who have contributed significantly to the advancement of mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, petrology or allied sciences and whose scientific contribution used mineralogical studies or data are elected to the rank of Fellow.

The Society recognized Xu as a crystallographer who is equally talented in neutron diffraction, conventional and synchrotron X-ray studies.

His research focuses on detailed crystallographic

SFI Colloquium: Diffusion of Microfinance

on February 3, 2013 - 11:31am

Matthew O. Jackson. Courtesy photo

SFI News:

SFI Colloquium features Matthew O. Jackson's talk on Diffusion of Microfinance at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Jackson is a professor on the Department of Economics at Stanford University.

Abstract: We develop a new, simple model of word-of-mouth diffusion that we then fit to data that we collected in 43 rural villages in Karnataka in southern India. Based on this model we do several things.

First, we use it to derive a new measure of how central a given

SFI Professor Provides Scientific Window into Cult Film

on February 3, 2013 - 7:47am

SFI News:

The popular “Science On Screen” series at the Center for Contemporary Arts continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

 Advance tickets are recommended. For tickets and prices, call the CCA Box Office at 505.982.1338.

Professor Dr. Cris Moore of the Santa Fe Institute, a physicist, mathematician, computer scientist and author provides a window into Shane Carruth’s twisty and unforgettable 2004 cult film Primer, in which two young inventors, working after hours in a garage, craft a machine that opens up a universe of possibility ... and consequences.

Energy Secretary Chu Opts Out of Second Term

on February 2, 2013 - 7:42am

Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

In a letter to Energy Department employees Friday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu highlighted the "tremendous progress" of the last four years, and announced his decision to not serve a second term as Secretary. Text of the letter is below.

Dear Colleagues:

Serving the country as Secretary of Energy, and working alongside such an extraordinary team of people at the Department, has been the greatest privilege of my life. While the job has had many challenges, it has been an exciting time for the Department, the country, and for me personally.

Chamber Breakfast Facilitates Communication Between LANL and Local Small Businesses

on February 1, 2013 - 11:34am
Local small business representatives met Thursday at UNM-LA with LANL staff to discuss relationships between the laboratory and the local business community. The event was sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
By Bonnie J. Gordon

Fifty local small business owners and managers met with the new head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Small Business Office, Chris Fresquez, and staff from the LANL Community Programs Office Thursday during a Business Breakfast at UNM-LA.

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, which was a

Historical Museum Unveiling Groves Portrait at LANL 70-Year Celebration

on February 1, 2013 - 9:27am

LAHM News:

The community is invited to mark their calendars now because in celebration of Los Alamos National Laboratory's 70th anniversary, April 5, 2013, the Los Alamos Historical Museum and LANL will hold a public celebration.

During this event, a magnificent portrait of Gen. Leslie Groves will be unveiled, which was recently donated to the Museum by the Groves family.

The community-wide celebration is set for 3 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. More details to come.

LANL Staff Biography / General Leslie R. Groves

The Manhattan Project extended far beyond the fences surrounding

Drell Named Winner of National Medal of Science

on January 30, 2013 - 6:24am

Sidney Drell. Courtesy/LLNL

LLNL News:

Sidney Drell, physicist, arms control expert and adviser, is one of 12 eminent researchers recently named by President Obama as a recipient of the National Medal of Science.

In addition, 11 inventors are recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Both awards represent the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers and inventors.

"I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators," President Obama said.

Meet LANL's Chris Fresquez at Thursday's Business Breakfast

on January 28, 2013 - 8:38am


Members and prospective members of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce are invited to the Business Breakfast Roundtable: LANL and Small Biz event, 7:30-9 a.m., Thursday Jan. 31 at the UNM-LA Lecture Hall, 4000 University Dr.

The purpose of the gathering is to introduce Chris Fresquez of LANL's Small Business Office to the business community.

There will be a roundtable/discussion format, so that business people can provide input as well as hear from Fresquez about his plans for the Lab's Small Business Office.

The presentation starts at 8 a.m., but business people are