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Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Launches New Website

on December 3, 2012 - 9:16am

RCLC News:


The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced today that it has launched a new website at


As part of the Regional Coalition's goal to increase transparency, the website includes the latest information regarding Regional Coalition Board members, meeting notices and minutes and news related to the Regional Coalition.


It also has a sign-up feature where community members can be added to the Regional Coalition's information distribution list.


"We are excited to launch the new website to ensure that our communities are informed and

Administration Strongly Objects to 2013 Construction Start Date for CMRR Project

on December 3, 2012 - 6:16am



In a statement of administration policy issued Nov. 29 by the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, the Obama Administration expresses its reluctance to commence construction in 2013 on the replacement project for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building (CMRR) at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

To do so would require taking funding from other National Nuclear Security Administration priorities, which would create "undue risks" for other parts of the program, according to the policy statement.


LANL Director Addresses Protective Force Terminations

on November 30, 2012 - 9:36am

Illustration photo of SOC guards from

Staff Report

Five protective force firing range personnel at Los Alamos National Laboratory were terminated earlier this month for inappropriate behavior while on duty.

These individuals worked for SOC (Securing Our Country), a full-service security management company under contract to protect the Laboratory.

SOC is owned by Day & Zimmerman, a 110-year-old company headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa.

SOC's mission is to provide security services for individuals, domestic facilities, nuclear power plants and military bases in the United States

LANL Cosponsors Northern New Mexico Resource Fair

on November 30, 2012 - 7:34am

LANL News:


Doing Business With LANL


Business owners who want to learn more about doing business with Los Alamos National Laboratory or other government agencies are encouraged to attend the Northern New Mexico Resource Fair.


When: 8-11 a.m., Dec. 5.

Where: Ohkay Owingeh Convention Center, north of Española.


At the resource fair, attendees can:


• get up-to-date information on how to register their business with various state government agencies;

• learn how to become more successful in bidding for contracts from LANL and other government agencies;

• learn how to certify their

SFI Seminar: A Hidden Markov

on November 29, 2012 - 9:26am

SFI Seminar: A Hidden Markov

Tuesday, Dec, 612:15 p.m.Medium Conference Room 1399 Hyde Park, Santa Fe

Speaker: Aram Galstyan
University of Southern California

Abstract: A Hidden Markov

Model (HMM) is a Markov process observed through a noisy channel. HMMs are used extensively for modeling sequential data and have various applications in natural language processing, bioinformatics, mathematical economics, and so on.

One of the main problems underlying HMMs is inferring the hidden state sequence based on noise-corrupted observations, which is usually solved via the maximum a

NIST Experiments Challenge Fundamental Understanding of Electromagnetism

on November 29, 2012 - 8:00am

Photo: Observations made with NIST's Electron Beam Ion Trap indicate that in ions with a strongly positive charge, electrons can behave in ways inconsistent with quantum electrodynamics (QED) theory, which describes electromagnetism. While more experiments are needed, the data could imply that some aspects of QED theory require revision. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

A cornerstone of physics may require a rethink if findings at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are confirmed.

Recent experiments suggest* that the most rigorous predictions based on the fundamental theory

Udall, Bingaman Offer Amendments to Defense Authorization Act

on November 29, 2012 - 6:18am

Key Amendments Target Energy & Defense Industries, Support NM Military Communities


Sen. Jeff Bingaman
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman announced that work on several amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, including one amendment passed Wednesday that would ensure the Department of Defense could continue to purchase biofuels, such as those being advanced by companies in New Mexico.
“With these amendments, we are ensuring New Mexico is a leader in the 21st century clean energy economy, and at the forefront of the national security achievements

Bradbury Science Museum Director to Address Kiwanis Dec. 4

on November 28, 2012 - 10:21am

Linda Deck. Courtesy photo


Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck is the guest speaker at the noon, Tuesday Dec. 4 meeting of the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club.

Deck will speak on the current displays at the Bradbury Science Museum.

Approximately 40 interactive exhibits trace the history of the WWII Manhattan Project, highlight Los Alamos National Laboratory's current and historic research projects related to defense and technology, and focus on Laboratory research related to national and international economic, environmental, political, and social concerns.

These exhibits

Audit of LANL Notes Millions in Unresolved Costs in FY2010

on November 27, 2012 - 5:34pm

Staff Report

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Inspector General has identified millions of dollars in "Questioned, Unresolved and Potentially Unallowable Costs" incurred by Los Alamos National Laboratory during Fiscal Year 2010 ending Sept. 30, 2010. 

In a memorandum released this month to the National Nuclear Security Administration, Rickey R. Hass of the Office of Inspector Geneneral reported specific problems uncovered by an audit of LANL's FY 2010 financial reports.

Here are excerpts from the memorandum:

We identified approximately $50,000 in questioned and unresolved costs

Cobalt Discovery Replaces Precious Metals as Industrial Catalyst

on November 26, 2012 - 11:49am


LANL News:

  • Transforming the chemistry of catalysis

Cobalt, a common mineral, holds promise as an industrial catalyst with potential applications in such energy-related technologies such as the production of biofuels and the reduction of carbon dioxide.

That is, provided the cobalt is captured in a complex molecule so it mimics the precious metals that normally serve this industrial role.

In work published Nov.

Researchers Test Novel Power System for Space Travel

on November 26, 2012 - 11:22am

John Bounds of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Advanced Nuclear Technology Division makes final adjustments on the DUFF experiment, a demonstration of a simple, robust fission reactor prototype that could be used as a power system for space travel. DUFF is the first demonstration of a space nuclear reactor system to produce electricity in the United States since 1965. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Joint DOE and NASA team demonstrates simple, robust fission reactor prototype

A team of researchers, including engineers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, has demonstrated a new concept for a

Bradbury Science Museum Exhibit: Strengthening Global Security

on November 26, 2012 - 5:27am

Strengthening Global Security

The central mission of Los Alamos National Laboratory is to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent while reducing the global threat of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.

As part of that mission, the Laboratory provides the necessary expertise and technology developed here to help the nation respond effectively to significant threats of broad scope and to help make the world a safer place.

Bradbury Science Museum Exhibits:

  • Replicas of Little Boy and Fat Man, the first nuclear bombs
  • Understanding Nuclear

SFI Colloquium Explores Animal-Human Correlation

on November 26, 2012 - 4:40am

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, left, and Kathryn Bowers. Courtesy photo

SFI Colloquium

Zoobiquity: How Jaguar Breast Cancer, Dolphin Diabetes, and Flamingo Heart Attacks will Transform Human Medicine

Tuesday, Nov. 27 • 3:30 p.m. • Noyce Conference Room, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCLA Division of Cardiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Kathryn Bowers University of California, Los Angeles.

Abstract: Dinosaurs suffered from brain cancer, arthritis and gout. Koalas catch Chlamydia.

Santa Fe Institute Elects New Chair

on November 24, 2012 - 9:13am

Michael Mauboussin, Chief Investment Strategist for Legg Mason Capital Management, has been elected chairman of the Santa Fe Institute’s Board of Trustees.

His three-year appointment began Nov. 4 and he replaces Jim Rutt, who served as chairman since 2009.

Mauboussin has been an active member of SFI’s Board since 2000 and of SFI’s Business Network since 1998.

He has contributed extensively to the Network’s activities as a speaker, panel member and co-organizer of Network Topical Meetings and Symposia.

His complex systems-inspired advice on market behavior and dynamics is frequently sought by

LANL Employees Make Gifts of Time, Talent and Money

on November 22, 2012 - 8:17am

A student receives a new pair of shoes from the generosity of Los Alamos National Laboratory employees through the LANL Laces Program. Courtesy/LANL

Staff Report

Throughout the year, the generous efforts of Los Alamos National Laboratory management and employees helps to enhance the lives of others through the sharing of their time, talent and money.

Each Thanksgiving season, LANL hosts "Take a Turkey to Work Day." Last year, employees donated more than 400 frozen turkeys and helped fill holiday meal food baskets for 852 Northern New Mexico families.

LANL's manager, Los Alamos National

SFI's Science On Screen Series: Raiders of the Lost Ark

on November 21, 2012 - 10:11am

Photo: George J. Gumerman

SFI News:

Science On Screen

Raiders of the Lost Ark will be presented by George J. Gumerman, Senior Scholar, School for Advanced Research and External Professor, Santa Fe Institute at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 21 at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

Thirty years after its premiere, Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning tale of archaeological derring-do remains one of cinema’s most thrilling and rugged film adventures.

Archaeologist and SFI External Professor George Gumerman shares real-life tales of risk and reward on his journey of

Scientists Chart Emergence of High-Temperature Superconductivity

on November 21, 2012 - 8:28am

Brookhaven Lab physicist Ivan Bozovic with the molecular beam epitaxy system he uses to engineer atomically precise superconducting materials. Courtesy/BL

BL News:

  • New study reveals unexpected disappearance of superconducting fluctuations at super-cold temperatures

UPTON, NY – The next generation of sustainable energy systems, from magnetic storage to offshore wind turbines, hinges in part on high-temperature superconductors (HTS), which can carry current with zero loss and perfect efficiency.

Unfortunately, that loss-free behavior comes at the cost of extreme and inefficient cooling,

LASO's Kevin Smith Gets New Assignment

on November 20, 2012 - 12:24pm


Washington, D.C. – The Office of Environmental Management (EM) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today jointly announced two key personnel changes that will bring significant leadership and project management experience to both organizations.

Scott Samuelson, Manager of the Office of River Protection (ORP), will be leaving EM in January to return to NNSA, where he previously worked from the date it was formed in 2000. With Samuelson’s departure, Kevin Smith, Manager of NNSA’s Los Alamos Site Office (LASO), will become the ORP Manager.

“Scott and Kevin are

Los Alamos Research and Leadership Prizes Awarded

on November 20, 2012 - 9:16am

  • Garzon, Batista and Beyerlein noted for exemplary research

Commendations for exemplary scientific research and leadership have been bestowed upon three Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers, Fernando Garzon, Cristian Batista and Irene Beyerlein, by the Laboratory Fellows organization.

Leadership Prize – Fernando Garzon

Over the course of a 20-year career at LANL, Fernando Garzon’s efforts in the development of electrochemical sensors have become recognized world-wide, and have received sustained support through a multi-million dollar program from DOE’s Energy Efficiency and

Los Alamos Honors Laboratory Fellows

on November 19, 2012 - 4:49pm
  • Engineering, physics and computer science leaders announced

Three distinguished members of the Los Alamos National Laboratory scientific staff are being honored with appointment as Laboratory Fellows for 2012.

The committee ranked a collection of nominations on the basis of:

  • Sustained, high-level achievements in programs of importance to the Laboratory;
  • A fundamental or important discovery that has led to widespread use;
  • Having become a recognized authority in the field, including outside recognition and an outstanding record of publications.

The new Los Alamos Fellows are Charles Farrar,

New Companies Get Boost from Los Alamos National Security

on November 19, 2012 - 4:09pm

  • Venture Acceleration Fund awards help region’s businesses grow

Two local biotech start ups, a water and power company and a hardware inventor are the latest recipients of $165,000 in Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) awards from Los Alamos National Security, LLC.

Mustomo, Inc., IX Power, Synfolia, and Tape-Ease will receive funding to take their products and services to the next development level.

Three of the four companies are commercializing technology and intellectual property developed by New Mexico’s national laboratories and educational institutions.

“Although the program was

NNSA Delivers W76-1 Units to Navy for 2012

on November 18, 2012 - 11:16am

W76-1 units. Courtesy/SNL

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that it delivered all of its scheduled W76-1 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile warhead units to United States Navy in FY 2012.

“As our stockpile ages, we have to put ourselves in a position where the president can be certain that it is safe, secure and effective,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook. “Our continued success with the W76-1 Life Extension Program is key to the United States’ nuclear deterrent.

LANL's Ward Hawkins to Speak on Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

on November 17, 2012 - 12:05pm
Ward L. Hawkins, Program Manager for Nuclear Testing Limitations at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will present a talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at an open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security.
Hawkins talk, "CTBT On-Site Inspection: The Final Verification Measure” will provide general background information on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and a detailed description of the On-Site Inspection verification regime.
The public is invited to attend Hawkin's talk, which will be held in Room 311 in the Education

US, Kazakhstan Commission Radiation Detection Systems Aimed at Preventing Nuclear Smuggling

on November 17, 2012 - 10:11am

Anne Harrington. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Kazakhstan Customs Control Committee (KCCC) recently held a ceremony to commission the specialized radiation detection equipment at Astana International Airport – a significant milestone in the joint effort to prevent the illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials.

The ceremony recognized the effective ongoing cooperation between the U.S.