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NNSA, Maryland Partner to Improve Radiological/NuclearSecurity, Emergency Preparedness and Response

on January 17, 2013 - 10:36am

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the State of Maryland today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) intended to strengthen efforts to prevent, mitigate and respond to radiological/nuclear threats and incidents in Maryland.

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the MOU, providing a strategic framework for areas of ongoing collaboration between NNSA and the State of Maryland.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley

“This agreement represents the

Administration Unveils Initial Design Plans for National Network

on January 16, 2013 - 11:24am

NIST News:

The Administration's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) today released a report based on the input of nearly 900 stakeholders that describes an approach to implementing and managing a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI)—a proposed national network of up to 15 manufacturing institutes around the country that would serve as regional hubs of innovation to boost U.S. competitiveness and strengthen state and local economies.

The NNMI was announced by President Obama last March and is designed to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge

LANL Cancels Thursday's Surplus Property Sale

on January 16, 2013 - 11:14am
LANL News:
The monthly surplus property sale at Los Alamos National Laboratory scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17 has been cancelled because of cold and ice creating unsafe conditions.
Weather permitting, the next regularly scheduled surplus property sale is Feb. 21.

ChemCam Follows ‘Yellowknife Road’ to Martian Wet Area

on January 16, 2013 - 6:48am

This graphic from NASA's Curiosity mission shows close-ups of light-toned veins in rocks in the 'Yellowknife Bay' area of Mars together with analyses of their composition. The top part of the image shows a close-up of the rock named 'Crest,' taken by the remote micro-imager (RMI) on Curiosity's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument above the analysis of the elements detected by using ChemCam's laser to zap the target. The spectral profile of Crest's light-colored vein is shown in red, while that of a basaltic calibration target of known composition is shown in black.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Jan. 16

on January 16, 2013 - 6:47am

This week's preview sponsored by

During Warm Water Weekend at the Aquatic Center the main pool temperature is raised to 84-85 degrees. The Inflatable Obstacle Course is also set up for everyone to enjoy. Courtesy Photo

FAN Club at Library Gallery - partnering with Friends of the Library 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16
Los Alamos' finest cultural providers will host the January FAN Club, in conjunction with the opening reception in the upstairs gallery at Mesa Public Library. Wonderful, whimisical, inventive and sometimes on a grand scale, join sculptors Richard Swenson and

NNSA Awards Largest Federal Wind Farm Contract to Siemens

on January 16, 2013 - 6:40am


Siemens wind turbine. Courtesy photo

NNSA News:

AMARILLO–The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded a contract to Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., (Siemens) to construct and operate the federal government’s largest wind farm.

The Pantex wind farm, a first in the NNSA enterprise, will consist of five 2.3 megawatt turbines located on 1,500 acres of government-owned property east of the Pantex Plant.

Energy savings from the wind farm average $2.9 million annually over a 20-year contract term and the project will enable Pantex to meet the President’s energy

NIST Patent Could Give 'Lab on a Chip' Technology Long Shelf Life

on January 15, 2013 - 6:38am

A recent NIST patent shows that nanopores, which may one day help doctors perform quick analysis of blood samples, are not harmed by the polymerization process that could help nanopores operate in biochips. Polymerization hardens and stabilizes the membrane surrounding the nanopores, both of which are beneficial effects. Courtesy Robertson/NIST

NIST News:

Having blood drawn and analyzed to diagnose disease is a process that can take a few days, but what if your doctor could perform this analysis in moments, right before your eyes?

That’s the promise of “lab on a chip” technology, and

Michelle Hall Garners Top Geophysical Education Award

on January 12, 2013 - 9:17am

Michelle Hall of Los Alamos with Michael McFadden, President of the American Geophysical Union at an awards ceremony last month in San Francisco at which Hall was honored. Courtesy photo


By Carol A. Clark

Michelle Hall of Los Alamos received the 2012 American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award during a special honors ceremony Dec. 5 in San Francisco.

Hall is a geophysicist and science educator who is married to Terry Wallace, Principal Associate Director of Global Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Hall was recognized and honored by the AGU for her

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Jan. 18

on January 12, 2013 - 8:02am

RCLC members from top row left, Commissioner Mayfield, Brian Bosshardt, Harry Burgess, Mayor David Coss, Seth Kirshenberg, John Heaton. Bottom row from left, Sharon Stover, Commissioner Chavez, Mayor Alice Lucero. Courtesy photo

RCLC News:


Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Business Meeting is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. Jan. 18 at Ohkay Casino Conference Center, Suite C/D, Highway 68 - two miles North of Espanola in the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh.





Welcome & Introductions

Mayor Lucero



Confirmation of Quorum

Mayor Lucero



Approval of Agenda

Mayor Lucero



NNSA Holds Radiation Emergency Consequence Management Training in Israel

on January 11, 2013 - 9:49am

Soreq Nuclear Research Center is an applied R&D Institute affiliated to the Israel Atomic Energy Commission. Courtesy/

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) this week conducted a training course on Consequence Management (I-CM) in Israel.

The training was held in the Soreq Nuclear Research Center and was attended by 25 Israeli participants.

“The training is part of an ongoing bilateral cooperation between NNSA and Israel,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol.

LANL 6 Found Guilty on Two of Three Counts

on January 10, 2013 - 8:07am

The self-named LANL 6 protesters outside the Los Alamos Justice Center Wednesday include Janet Greenwald, Catherine Euler, Pamela Gilchrist, Cathie Sullivan, Benjamin 'Summer' Abbott and Barbara Grothus. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

Six defendants sat in the front of Judge Alan Kirk’s Municipal Courtroom at the Los Alamos Justice Center Wednesday morning with their defense lawyer, Santa Fe Attorney Jeffery Haas.

The defendants were on trial for charges of trespass, refusing to obey an officer and obstructing movement as a result of their actions during an

Sig Hecker to Talk on Los Alamos and Kazakhstan

on January 10, 2013 - 7:59am
Sig Hecker
Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker, PhD, is an Austrian-Polish-American nuclear scientist and metallurgist who served as director of Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986 until 1997.

On Jan. 19, Hecker will present a public talk titled, “One of the Greatest Nuclear Stories Never Told - Los Alamos and Kazakhstan.”

Hecker works at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.
He explains that in 1992, the Russians pulled out of their former huge nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk, now in the newly independent Republic of Kazakhstan.
Los Alamos

Local Scientist Competing in 3,000-Mile Race

on January 9, 2013 - 9:54am

Lisa Dougherty participating last November in the 24 Hour World Time Trial Championships in Coachella Valley, Calif., finished 2nd among the women, one 16-mile loop behind six-time Race Across AMerica (RAAM) winner Seana Hogan. Courtesy photo

By Carol A. Clark

Local athlete Lisa Dougherty is a Ph.D. materials scientist, Project Management Professional and Certified Quality Engineer working full-time as an engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL.)

In November, she qualified to participate in the 3,000 mile non-stop Race Across AMerica - RAAM. She will start in Oceanside, Calif.,

'Standard Quantum Limit' Smashed, Could Mean Better Fiber-Optic Comms

on January 9, 2013 - 7:13am

Fiber optic communications illustration. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

Communicating with light may soon get a lot easier, hints recent research* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), where scientists have potentially found a way to overcome a longstanding barrier to cleaner signals.

The findings, which demonstrate for the first time an error rate far below the "standard quantum limit" for a wide range of light levels, could increase the efficiency of fiber-optic systems by reducing both the power needed to

LANL: Check Out Latest Addition of National Security Science Magazine

on January 8, 2013 - 10:50am

Readers May Be Surprised: look inside the new issue of National Security Science magazine

In this issue:
  • Solving a Nuclear Whodunit—How Los Alamos solves the crime could deter it from happening.
  • Giving Nuclear Watchdogs Their Bite—Who trains all of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) inspectors?
  • Surplus Plutonium Pits—Only Los Alamos can convert them into fuel for civilian nuclear reactors.
  • Los Alamos Technology Goes to Mars—The Mars Curiosity rover wouldn't rove without the Laboratory's plutonium power source.
  • Stockpile Size—Too many? Too few? Brig. Gen.

NNSA Selects CNS to Manage Consolidated Contract for Nuclear Production Operations

on January 8, 2013 - 9:47am

NNSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

  • New Partnership Shapes Future of Nuclear Security, Saves Taxpayers more than $3 Billion

WASHINGTON, D.C.–In a move that shapes the future of the United States’ nuclear security enterprise and will save $3.27 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next decade, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) has been selected to be the management and operating contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Pantex Plant near Amarillo,

Bringing Calorimetry to CT Dose Assessment

on January 8, 2013 - 9:07am

Heather Chen-Mayer at the PET/CT scanner with HDPE phantoms. The large sections are for whole-torso measurements; the small cylinder is one of two other sizes tested in the course of the project. Courtesy/NIST.

NIST News:

In the United States, about 80 million x-ray computed tomography (CT) scans are made every year – 7 million of them on children – according to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM.)

Not surprisingly, there is intense interest in accurate determination of the radiation doses that patients receive from CT machines, and researchers are actively seeking

LANL's Terwilliger Named American Crystallographic Fellow

on January 7, 2013 - 10:48am

LANL News:

Tom Terwilliger of the Biosecurity and Public Health Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been named Fellow of the American Crystallographic Association.

Terwilliger graduated magna cum laude in Physics from Harvard College in 1978. He obtained his PhD on the structure of melittin from bee venom with David Eisenberg at UCLA in 1981.

He was a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow with Daniel E. Koshland, Jr., at UC Berkeley from 1981-1985, then a Presidential Young Investigator at the University of Chicago from 1985-1990, and has been on the staff of LANL since 1991.

LANL Inaugural Lecture: Homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau

on January 5, 2013 - 6:30am

Local authors Dorothy Hoard, Judy Machen and Ellen McGehee stand next to their informational plaque in front of the Romero homesteader cabin in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lecture series begins yearlong commemoration of 70th anniversary

In commemoration of its 70th anniversary, Los Alamos National Laboratory kicks off a yearlong lecture series at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 with a presentation about homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau at the Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central Ave., Los Alamos.

The inaugural lecture is based on a book by local writers Dorothy Hoard, Judy

Quantum Gas Goes Below Absolute Zero

on January 5, 2013 - 5:50am

Temperature in a gas can reach below absolute zero thanks to a quirk of quantum physics. Michal Bednarek/Thinkstock


Quantum Gas Goes Below Absolute Zero
By Zeeya Merali

It may sound less likely than hell freezing over, but physicists have created an atomic gas with a sub-absolute-zero temperature for the first time1.

Their technique opens the door to generating negative-Kelvin materials and new quantum devices, and it could even help to solve a cosmological mystery.

Lord Kelvin defined the absolute temperature scale in the mid-1800s in such a way that nothing could be

SFI Colloquium: Reconstructing the Wiring Diagrams of Earth's Biogeochemical Cycles

on January 3, 2013 - 6:39am


Dr. Paul G. Falkowsk

SFI News:

The next SFI Colloquium features Paul G. Falkowski (Environmental Biophysics and Molecular Ecology Program, Rutgers University) speaking on "Reconstructing the Wiring Diagrams of Earth's Biogeochemical Cycles."

Falkowski's talk is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road. 

Abstract: Life is far from thermodynamic equilibrium.

Korea Increases Support of NNSA's Anti-Nuclear Smuggling Efforts

on January 3, 2013 - 6:38am

DOE and Korean officials sign a memorandum of understanding in 2010. Courtesy/NNSA News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Republic of Korea announced Wednesday that the Republic of Korea renewed its partnership to combat nuclear smuggling with a $300,000 contribution to support NNSA’s ongoing nonproliferation work in Azerbaijan.

The funding, provided by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and facilitated by the U.S.

Local Trial Set For Anti-Nuclear Protestors

on January 2, 2013 - 11:02am

LANL 6 protestors Cathie Sullivan, Wind Euler, Janet Greenwald, Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Barbara Grothus and Pam Gilchrist. Photo by Greg Kendall/


Staff Report


Trial is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 for six protestors arrested during last year's Hiroshima Day demonstration at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


The trial will be heard by Judge Alan Kirk in Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos.

Police arrested the six protestors Aug.

LANL Employee to Share Amazing Workplace Discoveries

on January 2, 2013 - 10:06am

Dr. Jack Shlachter

By Kirsten Laskey

Work sometimes gets a bad rep. It is easy to consider a job a necessity but not something that is entirely embraced.

Sometimes to truly appreciate an occupation you need to do what Theoretical Division Deputy Division leader Jack Shlachter did and do some digging. You may just luck out, as Shlachter did, and discover some amazing insights about your workplace.

Shlachter is a Ph.D. physicist as well as an ordained rabbi. He has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 33 years.

NNSA Awards LANS Additional Contract Year

on December 27, 2012 - 12:15pm


LANS News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan issued the following memo Friday, Dec. 21 to all employees regarding a recent NNSA evaluation of Lab performance:


As a premier national security laboratory, we are held to very high standards for safety, security and mission performance – and rightly so.

These expectations are reflected in NNSA’s evaluation of our performance for Fiscal Year 2012, which we received last week.

While we fell short in some areas, I can report that NNSA gave us a final score of 80 percent and – I’m very pleased to say –