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Crews Build Mercury Treatment Facility In Oak Ridge

on August 1, 2019 - 9:14am
Oak Ridge Site workers remove asphalt and concrete on the east end of the Y-12 National Security Complex to prepare the site of the Mercury Treatment Facility’s treatment plant. Courtesy/ORNL
 
Employees installed fences and barriers to identify the boundaries of the Mercury Treatment Facility’s treatment plant and headworks facility, ensuring safety and security. Courtesy/ORNL
 
DOE News:
 
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Oak Ridge Site crews recently mobilized to begin constructing the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatmen tFacility, vital infrastructure to fulfill Em’s regulatory commitments to reduce

Highlands University And LANL Success Story

on August 1, 2019 - 8:47am

Monte Roybal. Courtesy/LANL

Highlands University News:

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – Monte Roybal, a New Mexico Highlands computer science graduate student and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has landed a coveted permanent software developer position at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), calling it a dream come true.

Roybal is among six Highlands University graduates with a Master of Science in computer science whom LANL hired during early spring semester 2019.

“The most interesting thing about working at LANL is continually adding to my ‘bag of tricks’ in regard to computer science skills,” Roybal

DOE: DIII-D University Collaborators Receive Funding

on July 31, 2019 - 8:08am
The inside of the tokamak at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Monday $14 million in awards to 10 universities across the country to pursue fusion energy research at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego, Calif.
 
A major goal of the research is to develop and test innovative methods for understanding and sustaining high-temperature fusion plasmas, a key enabling step towards making fusion a virtually limitless source of practical energy.
 
The projects range from

NNSA: Finding Of No Significant Impact Issued For LANL Wildland Fire Mitigation And Forest Health Plan

on July 31, 2019 - 7:25am
NNSA News:
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the implementation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) 2019 Wildland Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Plan (Plan).
 
The FONSI was based on the analysis presented in the Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Program at LANL that there would be no significant effect on the human environment from Plan implementation.
 
The SEA evaluated

Catch Of The Week: Equifax Data Breach Settlement

on July 30, 2019 - 7:21pm
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

Good news! If you were affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach, you may be entitled to compensation.You can receive free credit monitoring for 10+ years from three credit agencies or up to $125 in compensation instead of the credit monitoring. If you had additional expenses as a result of the breach (and have documentation to prove it), you could file a claim for up to $20,000.

How can you check if you were affected by the data breach and file? The safest way is to go directly to the FTC’s website on the Equifax data breach settlement and click the “file a

LANL Foundation Now Accepting Education And Community Grants Applications

on July 30, 2019 - 6:50pm

LANL Foundation News:

ESPAÑOLA — The LANL Foundation is now accepting applications for $2,500 funding within its small grants program. Deadline to apply is Sept. 15, 2019.

Two types of grants are offered to nonprofit organizations, Pueblos, schools or education programs. Education Outreach Grants directly support public school children in grades K–12. Community Outreach Grants meet the Foundation’s mission and vision of innovative programming, collaboration and advocacy for lifelong learning but need not be tied directly to K–12 public education.

Aerospace: Building Gateway To The Galaxy

on July 30, 2019 - 6:39am
A NASA infographic shows the current lineup of parts comprising the Gateway. Modules shown in blue are U.S. contributions; modules shown in purple are proposed international components; and modules in yellow are both U.S. and international, or yet to be determined. Courtesy/NASA
 
Astronauts Stephanie Wilson, left, Shannon Walker and Raja Chari evaluate an American-made deep space habitat for the Gateway. Astronauts are participating in the evaluations to provide their perspectives as those who may one day live aboard the lunar outpost, which would be located about 250,000 miles from Earth.

LANL: Numerical Model Pinpoints Source Of Pre-Cursor To Seismic Signals

on July 29, 2019 - 3:00pm

These before and after simulations show the collapse of a stress chain after a laboratory quake. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Research could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes

Numerical simulations have pinpointed the source of acoustic signals emitted by stressed faults in laboratory earthquake machines. The work further unpacks the physics driving geologic faults, knowledge that could one day enable accurately predicting earthquakes.

“Previous machine-learning studies found that the acoustic signals detected from an earthquake fault can be used to predict when the next

Sig Hecker Speaks At MOWW Meeting

on July 29, 2019 - 1:59pm

Dr. Sig Hecker with Chapter Commander LTC Gregg Giesler. Courtesy/MOWW

MOWW News:

Former LANL Director Dr. Sig Hecker, a noted authority on nuclear weapons states, spoke at the annual picnic of the Military Order of the World Wars July 16 at the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa.

Dr. Hecker started by asking for questions. Hearing none, he read from a list of several questions giving short answers to each.

Are the U.S. and Russia in another Cold War? No, but relations between the two are the worst in years.

Will the trade war with China lead to war, possibly nuclear?

Book Signing And Science Fun For Kids Going On Now!

on July 27, 2019 - 11:48am

A free, family event is underway right now at the Bradbury Sicence Museum. Children's Science Author Misty Carty, who wrote Where Did The Sun Go, Where Is The Moon, and Why Are There Seasons, is giving a short talk with hands-on activities, followed by a book signing until 1pm today. She will have all three books on hand. Carty is a photographer with a Ph.D. in astronomy and has taught at Marymount and McKendree universities. Profits from the book sales will benefit the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and regional science-education support. Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Catch Of The Week: Data Privacy And App Usage

on July 26, 2019 - 11:25am
Courtesy/thenationalcouncil.org
 
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

It’s July, and it’s hot. So hot that … your friends are all prematurely aging? Surely by now you’ve seen Facebook friends posting images of themselves in 50 years, all thanks to a fun app called FaceApp.

FaceApp uses artificial intelligence to “age” uploaded photos by 50 years. So far, the app has been downloaded by around 80 million users.

Aside from the existential horror of seeing yourself in 50 years, it’s all fun and games until researchers start reading though the user and privacy agreements: by using this app, you

Snyder: The Journey Of Mrs. Frey’s Piano

on July 25, 2019 - 9:49am
Mrs. Frey sitting at her piano in Bandelier (date unknown). Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society
 
By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society
 
Recently I met up with friends who were visiting Bandelier National Monument for an afternoon. I hadn’t seen them in a long time, nor had I visited Bandelier in several years. We had a fine afternoon, and at times I found myself reminiscing about a lifetime of visits to the park.
 
One of my clearest memories of my teen years is of Mrs. Frey, an elderly woman who was always present somewhere in the visitor center or the curio shop.

LANL Employees Donate $372,491 For Scholarships

on July 23, 2019 - 8:52am
LANLF News:
 
During the recent Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) campaign, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employees pledged $372,491 to support scholarships for Northern New Mexico students.
 
The annual drive encourages Laboratory employees, retirees and subcontract personnel to donate to funds that award scholarships to qualified students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, or professional certification in any area of study or in pursuit of a trade.
 
“These life-changing scholarships would not be possible without the generous support of the LANL

LANL: Vampire Algae Killer’s Genetic Diversity Poses Threat To Biofuels

on July 23, 2019 - 6:08am
New DNA analysis has found genetic diversity in Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus, complicating efforts to protect algae ponds and the biofuels industry from this destructive pest. The predatory bacterium sucks out the contents of the algae cells, ultimately transforming a productive green algae pond to a vat of rotting sludge. Photo by Seth Steichen and Judith K. Brown, Plant Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
 
LANL News:
 
New DNA analysis has revealed surprising genetic diversity in a bacterium that poses a persistent threat to the algae biofuels industry.
 
With the

Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Science Camp Empowers New Mexican Young Women

on July 22, 2019 - 11:45am

Laboratory researcher Adrianna Reyes-Newell, right, shows students how laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy works. The ChemCam instrument on the Curiosity rover uses this technology to investigate the composition of Martian rocks. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Two-week program from Los Alamos National Laboratory aims to inspire and increase diversity in STEM fields

The third annual Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Physics Camp for Young Women recently concluded in Pojoaque, giving the 22 students from Northern New Mexico communities a grounding in science, technology, engineering and

Bradbury Science Museum Brings Summer Science On Wheels To Espanola Public Schools July 23-24

on July 19, 2019 - 4:16pm
LANL News:
 
The Bradbury Science Museum at Los Alamos National Laboratory is taking its Summer Science on Wheels program to several Espanola Public Schools to help students keep up with science education learning and inspire the youth toward future STEM careers.
 
Mel Strong, an educator with the museum, will engage students using a fun and creative hands-on activity on sound.
 
Students will build an instrument with straws and use tuning forks to listen to vibrations and understand how sound is created.
 
The classes are 12:30-2 p.m., July 23 at James H.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Advances Legislation To Establish Tech-Transfer Maturation Program

on July 19, 2019 - 9:17am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2019) - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has advanced legislation to authorize an Energy Technology Maturation Program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to facilitate successful commercialization of laboratory-developed energy technologies and boost regional, technology-driven economic impact.

Senator Heinrich introduced the Energy Technology Maturation Program Act of 2019 (S. 1286) earlier this year, and on Tuesday, the bill was reported by a voice vote during a markup in the U.S.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Recognize LANL Contributions To State Economy, Employment

on July 18, 2019 - 10:37am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

 

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) commended findings from an independent economic-impact analysis released Tuesday, which found that Los Alamos National Laboratory is responsible for creating 24,169 jobs in New Mexico.

 

The Economic Impact report, developed by the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), found that the Los Alamos National Laboratory contributes $3.1 billion to the states’

LANL: Machine-learning Competition Boosts Earthquake Prediction Capabilities

on July 18, 2019 - 10:29am

Competitors in an online Kaggle competition developed a variety of methods for predicting the timing of earthquakes generated in a laboratory. The work could someday help to improve earthquake hazard assessments that could save lives and billions of dollars in infrastructure costs. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • Competitors’ success predicting quake timing in the online Kaggle competition could help save lives, infrastructure

Three teams who applied novel machine learning methods to successfully predict the timing of earthquakes from historic seismic data are splitting $50,000 in prize money from an

East Jemez Road Lane Closures Resume

on July 18, 2019 - 9:51am
Courtesy/NNSA
 
NNSA News:
 
East Jemez Road lane closures near the entrance to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will resume Friday, July 19, and continue through Saturday night.
 
Drivers will be unable to get to Los Alamos via the truck route and should use the N.M. 502/Main Hill Road instead.
 
Full lane closures will start at 6 p.m. Friday and continue through Saturday night, July 20, weather permitting.
 
The water line replacement is part of a $34.5 million Supplemental Environmental Projects settlement agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S.

Ground-Breaking Los Alamos Inventions Grab Honors

on July 18, 2019 - 9:13am
Kent Coombs, right, receives his award for Best Pitch from Antonio Redondo, left, director of the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation and John Chavez, center, president of New Mexico Angels. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers Patrick McClure and Bob Reid were honored last week with the 2019 Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize for their work in developing small, cost-effective, and safe nuclear reactor designs to power future habitats in space, as well as remote terrestrial locations. 
 
“Patrick and Bob’s work demonstrates the ingenuity we value at

Who WIll Stump PEEC Astronomers Friday!

on July 18, 2019 - 8:26am
See who can stump PEEC’s team of astronomers 7 p.m. Friday, July 19. The nature center also will play the full-dome film 'Incoming!' 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
See who can stump PEEC’s team of astronomers this Friday, July 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at another round of “Stump the Astronomers.”
 
The fun starts at 7 p.m. and features local astronomers Galen Gisler, Akkana Peck, Dave North, Steve Becker and Peter Polko. Guests should bring their toughest astronomy-related questions and see if they can stump the experts.
 
This event is free to

Analysis: Los Alamos National Laboratory Supports 24,000 Jobs; High Pay Of Workers Generates Wealth

on July 18, 2019 - 8:21am

From New Mexico Economic Development Department:
SANTA FE – Los Alamos National Laboratory is responsible for more than 24,000 jobs in New Mexico and generates $3.1 billion in economic output across the state, according to a new analysis by UNM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
 
From federal fiscal years 2016 to 2018, LANL directly supported the employment of 14,754 workers and contractors. But LANL spending for procurement and by employees and families generated another 9,415 jobs.
 
The June, 2019 study indicates there are LANL employees in 27 of New Mexico’s 33 counties with

National Nuclear Security Administration Proposes Expansion Of TA-68 Water Canyon Test Site

on July 17, 2019 - 6:18pm

Existing TA-68 Water Canyon Test Site. Courtesy/NNSA

 

NNSA News: 

 

The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos Field Office has posted the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) categorical exclusion determination for the consolidation of existing Los Alamos National Laboratory capabilities for the research, development, and equipment calibration for imaging techniques to detect materials of interest by expanding the Technical Area-68 Water Canyon Test Site.

 

Consolidation of activities will improve the efficiency of operations that

N3B’s Frazer Lockhart Speaks At VOLA Meeting July 22

on July 17, 2019 - 5:23pm

Frazer Lockhart will speak on N3B’s cleanup work at TA-21 on DP Road across from the airport July 22. Courtesy/VOLA

VOLA News:

Te next Voices of Los Alamos meeting is 6:30-7:30 p.m.
 July 22, at the Unitarian Church, 1738 North Sage Loop.

The featured speaker is Frazer Lockhart, program manager for Regulatory & Stakeholder Interface at Newport News Nuclear BWXT - Los Alamos (N3B).

Frazier will speak on N3B’s cleanup work at TA-21 on DP Road across from the airport. He’ll address N3B’s accomplishments to date, as well as upcoming work.

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