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Michelle Hall Receives 2012 Excellence in Geophysical Education Award

on August 1, 2012 - 11:32am

By Carol A. Clark

Local scientist Michelle Hall has received the 2012 American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award.

The American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award is the AGU’s top prize recognizing career accomplishment in education.

This award recognizes and honors Hall for her "sustained commitment to excellence in geophysical education. She is an educator who has had a major impact on geophysical education and has made a long-lasting, positive impact on geophysical education through her professional service.

Bradbury Science Museum Gets Martian Fever

on August 1, 2012 - 8:24am

Artist's conception of the Curiosity rover on Mars. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Public invited to Curiosity rover landing party Sunday night at new Mars exhibit

Curious about Curiosity, the SUV-sized rover scheduled to touch down on Mars on Sunday? Then come to an opening party for a new exhibit this Sunday at the Bradbury Science Museum at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos.

The public is invited to the special opening reception at 10 p.m. Sunday Aug. 5 to celebrate Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies aboard the six-wheeled mobile science laboratory.

The

Reduced Traffic at 2008 Olympics Yielded Big Cut in Planet-Warming Gas

on August 1, 2012 - 8:11am

New research shows that levels of carbon monoxide dropped sharply in the Beijing area between 2007 and 2008, due to traffic restrictions imposed because of the 2008 Summer Olympics. This change in emissions, determined from a computer model along with satellite measurements of carbon monoxide, enabled scientists to infer that carbon dioxide emissions also dropped dramatically, an indication of the effect that reduced traffic can have on the greenhouse gas. Image by Lex Ivey/CourtesyAGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON—China’s Olympian attempt to improve air quality during the 2008 summer games did more

DOE Announces Issuance of Draft Supplemental Environmental Study on Plutonium Disposition

on August 1, 2012 - 7:42am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration Friday released the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SPD Supplemental EIS) for public review and comment. 

The Draft Supplemental EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of alternatives for the disposition of 7.1 metric tons (MT) of additional weapons-usable plutonium from pits that were declared surplus to national defense needs in 2007 but were not included in DOE's prior decisions as well as 6 MT of surplus,

Robot Dazzles Crowd Friday Night @ the Bradbury

on July 28, 2012 - 7:35am

BRADBURY SCIENCE MUSEUM News:

Curious spectators gathered at the Bradbury Science Museum, Central Avenue and 15th Street, Friday evening to watch a robot lob basketballs during a robotics demonstration as part of Friday Night @ the Bradbury Science Museum. The museum hosted special family programs until 9 p.m. each Friday night in June and July. July 27 was the last Friday Night @ the Museum for this summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

LANL Fuel Cell Research and Partnership with Chevron - Tour

on July 26, 2012 - 2:02pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fuel Cell Research Scientist, Tommy Rockward, displays a fuel cell's catalyzing membrane to community members. Photo Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com.

 

Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-part report on LANL's Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast meeting and tours. Part one can be viewed by clicking HERE.

By Greg Kendall

Energy security for the United States is a rapidly growing mission of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Coalition Requests Support for LANL Funding From DOE and New Mexico's Congressional Delegation

on July 26, 2012 - 10:34am

COUNTY News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (Coalition), along with representatives from Gov. Susana Martinez’s Office, the Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque Chambers of Commerce, and other New Mexico business leaders visited Washington, D.C., last week to discuss the importance of funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the impact of funding cuts on New Mexico’s economy and employment rate.

The group met with members of the New Mexico delegation and U.S.

Former Spy to Appear on Sunday's Report From Santa Fe

on July 26, 2012 - 10:29am

Former CIA Operations Officer Valerie Plame, left, with "Report From Santa Fe" host Lorene Mills. Courtesy photo

This week: Valerie Plame Wilson, former CIA Operations Officer will be interviewed on “REPORT FROM SANTA FE” on Ch. 5 at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 29. 

Plame Wilson is the author of “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.” She is highly trained in the field of nuclear proliferation and openly continues this work as a leader In “Global Zero” - an international movement to eliminate the global nuclear threat.

On Sunday's program, the former spy is scheduled to

Los Alamos-Operated Mobile Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Facility Used for Understanding Earth’s Climate System

on July 26, 2012 - 10:14am

This observatory is part of an air particles research initiative at Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts, and includes dozens of sophisticated instruments that take continuous ground-based measurements of clouds, aerosols, and other atmospheric properties. | Photo courtesy of the ARM Climate Research Facility. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Energy today announced that scientists are beginning an air particles research initiative at Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts designed to improve model  simulations of  the Earth’s climate system.

Measurement Could Advance Speed Innovation in Solar Devices

on July 26, 2012 - 8:46am

Sections of the new NIST measurement system's LED plate are shown. A water-coolant system on the back (a) keeps the operating temperature constant. Collectively, the different-colored LEDs (b) generate light in wavelengths covering much of the solar spectrum. LEDs in the second row from the bottom emit most of their radiation in the near infrared region and appear very faint to the human eye. Light from the last row of LEDs is completely invisible. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

A new versatile measurement system devised by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

LANL Hosts Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast

on July 25, 2012 - 3:30pm

From left, Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan, Lori Heimdahl Gibson and Mellis Schmidt mingle at the Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast Tuesday at LANL. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com.

By Greg Kendall

Tuesday morning, the Los Alamos National Laboratory held a Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast at the J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  

LANL community breakfast events are held periodically. The focus of this event was LANL's partnerships with industry and governments.

Terry Wallace, Principal LANL Associate Director, Global Security, described

Inside the Inaugural Microbial Olympics

on July 24, 2012 - 7:27am

London prepares for the 2012 (human) Olympics. Photo: avail/Flickr

By Jeffrey Marlow

With global attention focusing on London for the Games of the 30th Olympiad, a parallel competition of superlative ability has gone largely unnoticed.

I’m referring, of course, to the Microbial Olympics, a truth-based but (largely) fictional test of microbial abilities published in Nature Reviews Microbiology.

For the contributors, it’s an exercise in extreme – and occasionally cringe-inducing – punnery: Bacillus Bill and Salmonella Sam serve as announcers, and a spherical contestant is said to be

Behold, the Artificial Jellyfish: Researchers Create Moving Model, Using Silicone Polymer and Heart Muscle Cells

on July 24, 2012 - 7:15am

This is a still shot of the artificial jellyfish. Courtesy/Harvard University-Caltech

ScienceDaily — Using recent advances in marine biomechanics, materials science, and tissue engineering, a team of researchers at Harvard University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have turned inanimate silicone and living cardiac muscle cells into a freely swimming "jellyfish."

The finding serves as a proof of concept for reverse engineering a variety of muscular organs and simple life forms.

Los Alamos Researcher Honored with Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

on July 23, 2012 - 12:30pm

LANL News:

  • Amy J. Clarke, materials scientist, studies uranium alloys

Amy J. Clarke, a young Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist, is among the honorees that President Obama named today as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

“Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people.” President Obama said. “The impressive accomplishments of today’s awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead.”

This is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S.

Entrepreneurs Turnout for Bradbury Science Museum Event

on July 23, 2012 - 7:22am

President Andy Andrews of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network at his booth during the Bradbury Science Museum's event featuring local entrepreneurs Friday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dr. Merry McIntyre D.C., of Reunion Chiropractic & Wellness talks about her business services during entrepreneurs night Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Owner John Battles, right, of Mountain Storm Instruments LLC discusses his company during Friday's entrepreneur event at the Bradbury Science Museum.

Bradbury Hosts Entrepreneur Night 5-9 p.m. Today

on July 20, 2012 - 2:57pm

BRADBURY News:

Entrepreneur's will be at the Bradbury Science Museum from 5-9 p.m., today to network and share details of their business ventures.

Members of the Los Alamos Entrepreneur's Network (LAEN) will be out in force.

The event is free and open to the public and part of the museum's "Friday Nights @ the Museum" in which the Museum remains open until 9 p.m. Fridays during June and July offering different movies, speakers and demos free of charge to the public.

NIST Assists in Solar Stake-Out to Improve Space Weather Forecasts

on July 20, 2012 - 12:15pm

With the aim of improving forecasts of space weather, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory will peer deep inside the sun, to where the solar magnetic field is generated. It also will keep tabs on how energy is released into the solar atmosphere and how the sun's output of extreme ultraviolet radiation varies. Courtesy/NASA, Ryan Zuber

NIST News:

The sun is about to undergo unremitting scrutiny. About six times each minute of every hour for at least five years, a soon-to-be launched NASA satellite will measure the sun's quirky—and sometimes stormy—output of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light.

To

SFI Lecture: The Paradox of the Plankton Meets Public Health: How do So Many Serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae Coexist

on July 20, 2012 - 11:56am

The Santa Fe Institute presents a talk by Marc Lipsitch, Director, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard University; SFI External Faculty called:

The Paradox of the Plankton Meets Public Health: How do So Many Serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae Coex

• 12:15 p.m. Friday, July 20 • Noyce Conference Room

Marc Lipsitch

Abstract: Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major human pathogen, responsible for ~800,000 deaths annually and much additional morbidity worldwide.

Conjugate vaccines, introduced in 2000, provide

NNSA Awards First NNSA Science and Technology Excellence Award to Michel McCoy from LLNL

on July 20, 2012 - 7:25am

NNSA News:

Mike McCoy shows off his NNSA Science and Technology Award to a standing ovation crowd of his peers. Photo by Jacqueline McBride

LIVERMORE, Calif. – Administrator Thomas D’Agostino of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today awarded the first NNSA Science and Technology Excellence Award to Dr. Michel McCoy from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for his leadership with the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program.

McCoy serves as the program director for ASC in the Weapons and Complex Integration Principal Directorate at LLNL.

Kristy Ortega Tapped to Lead Local United Way

on July 19, 2012 - 9:15pm

Photo: Kristy Ortega

By Carol A. Clark

Her new role as executive director of United Way feels like coming home for Kristy Ortega. The 30-year-old began working in the heart of the community at 18.

She spent seven years with the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation where she interacted with local businesses, nonprofits and Los Alamos County personnel.

In 2007, Ortega joined the Hilltop House Hotel as marketing and sales director where she coordinated public events.

Ortega left her community oriented career path four years ago to take a job as an operations specialist at Los

LANL and County Close West Road to Vechicle Traffic

on July 19, 2012 - 5:12pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News

Because of possible flooding upstream of West Road, LANL and Los Alamos County have decided today that, in the best interest of public safety, beginning Friday, July 20, West Road will be closed to vehicle traffic.

This road closure is expected to extend several weeks until the end of the summer monsoon season.

Residents who live in Western Area will have access to Fairway via Diamond Drive. Access to Pajarito Mountain is unimpeded from Camp May Road off of West Jemez Road (NM 501).

Day Three of Hunger Strike for Los Alamos High School Graduate

on July 18, 2012 - 9:26pm

Alaric Balibrera is on day three of his hunger strike in protest of the continued development of nuclear weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com.

Staff Report

Alaric Balibrera grew up in Los Alamos and is a graduate of Los Alamos High School. He studied film and television at UCLA.

Balibrera currently lives in Santa Fe, working as a screenwriter. Balibrera told the Los Alamos Daily Post that as young boy he played in Acid Canyon.

He is one of a number of hunger strikers participating in this protest.

SFI: Seminar on The Immune System Detects Intruders by Randomly Migrating Detectors

on July 18, 2012 - 11:06am

SANTA FE INSTITUTE News:

Monday, July 23 • 12:15 p.m. • Medium Conference Room

The Immune System Detects Intruders by Randomly Migrating Detectors

Rob J. De Boer
Theoretical Biology & Bioinformatics, Utrecht University; SFI External Professor

Abstract: The immune system is a distributed system where billions of individual cells, each carrying a unique receptor (detector), scavenge the body to detect the presence of pathogens (intruders) in any of its tissues.

The very few cells detecting a pathogen will expand, generating a large clone of effector cells that together become capable of

LANL: HIV Immunity Study Could Pave Way for Vaccine Development

on July 17, 2012 - 8:29am

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos scientists among Duke-led consortium

Photo: LANL Researcher Bette Korber. Courtesy/LANL

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are among the team recently funded to explore ways to create the precise immune factors needed for effective vaccines against HIV.

The Duke University-led consortium will largely concentrate on inducing broadly neutralizing antibodies that can prevent HIV-1 infection, as well as on generating protective T-cell and innate immune system responses.

“A vaccine-elicited broadly neutralizing antibody response has the potential to block HIV

16 Countries Take Part in NNSA Radiation Medical Training in Vienna

on July 17, 2012 - 6:31am

NNSA News:

Emergency responders. Courtesy/NNSA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Participants from 16 countries took part in a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) international radiation medical (I-MED) training course last week in Vienna, Austria. The training was hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Joseph J. Krol, Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Retired), is the Associate Administrator for NNSA's Office of Emergency Operations. Courtesy/NNSA

“The course instructed medical responders on how to treat injured contaminated patients following a radiation incident,” said

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