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New Issue Of LANL’s 1663 Magazine Now Available

on July 17, 2019 - 5:58am
Cover of the new issue of 1663 magazine. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
The new issue of Los Alamos National Laboratory's 1663 magazine is available.
In this issue:
  • Averting a satellite-collision apocalypse in low earth orbit
  • Chasing beauty quarks in ultrahigh-energy collider experiments
  • Modeling the climate effects of sea ice
  • Using ultrasound to look underground
  • Protecting crops from untimely frost damage
  • …and more!
Click here to get your science and technology fix from Los Alamos!

New Mexico Tech And Los Alamos National Laboratory Make Joint Appointment To Work On Robotics Projects

on July 16, 2019 - 5:23pm

From left, Joint appointee David Grow, Laboratory Director Thom Mason and New Mexico Tech President Stephen Wells at the ceremony to mark the joint appointment. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Engineer becomes first researcher hired under cooperative agreement

New Mexico Tech (NMT) and Los Alamos National Laboratory marked the first scientific staff appointment under their cooperative agreement at a July 11 ceremony held at the Laboratory and attended by NMT President Stephen Wells and Laboratory Director Thom Mason.

Appointee David Grow will work as an R&D Engineer with the Laboratory’s

Environmental Management Los Alamos Interim Measure Shows Progress Reducing Contaminant Plume

on July 16, 2019 - 2:24pm

Crews installed a monitoring well to help the EM Los Alamos Field Office and cleanup contractor Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos better characterize chromium distribution in the eastern edge of the plume. Courtesy/EM-LA

EM-LA News:

The Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and cleanup contractor Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos are seeing positive results from an interim measure to contain and control migration of a contaminant plume in groundwater.

The groundwater extraction, treatment, and injection system has been fully operational for the past year along the

LANL Director Thom Mason Shares Plans For Working With Local Communities During RCLC Board Meeting

on July 15, 2019 - 9:25am
LANL Director Thom Mason briefs board members Friday during the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting in Council Chambers at Española City Hall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos County Councilor and RCLC liaison David Izraelevitz, right, speaks with LANL Director Thom Mason, left, as RCLC Executive Director Eric Vasquez, second from left, and Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives listen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

ESPAÑOLA “It’s a scary world out there,” Los Alamos National

Los Alamos Scientists Abigail Hunter And Shea Mosby Win 2019 Presidential Early Career Awards

on July 15, 2019 - 8:24am

Abigail Hunter and Shea Mosby are recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Abigail Hunter, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Computational Physics Division, and Shea Mosby, of the Laboratory’s Physics Division, have received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

“Abigail has become a technical thought leader within the Laboratory’s weapons program and our materials modeling community, as well as an internationally recognized expert in materials science and the physics of solid-state materials,”

Meet Red Rover Author Roger Wiens At BSMA Booth During ScienceFest At Ashley Pond Park Today

on July 13, 2019 - 12:27pm

Stop by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) booth during Los Alamos ScienceFest to get a signed copy of Red Rover and meet author Roger Wiens today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Science-themed items available for purchase at the BSMA booth at Los Alamos ScienceFest today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Beverage classes available for purchase at the BSMA booth at Los Alamos ScienceFest today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Assistant Speaker Luján Secures Major Environmental And Scientific Investments For New Mexicans

on July 13, 2019 - 6:37am
U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced Friday that he secured major environmental and scientific victories for New Mexican families in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which Friday passed the House.
“As President Trump continues to undermine our country’s national security and economy, House Democrats took the responsible step to keep Americans safe, invest in our communities, support our servicemembers, and protect our environment.

Catch Of The Week: Tech Support Scams

on July 12, 2019 - 6:33pm
Los Alamos

Your phone rings, you pick up, and it’s “Microsoft” calling to let you know that you have “a virus” on your computer. What do you do?

  1. Pay whatever they are asking to have them remove it.
  2. Hang up.
  3. My computer has a virus?? OH NO!!! Kill it with fire!!!

Hopefully, you answered, “B. Hang up.”  Microsoft, Apple, Dell, etc. will NEVER ever call you to tell you there is a problem with your computer.  These scammers will try to get you to hand over remote access to your computer so they can “fix” it.

Governor Announces 1st New Mexico STEM Challenge

on July 12, 2019 - 5:38pm

NMDWS Secretary McCamley flanked by Santa Fe High School computer science teacher Brian Smith, School of Dreams student Annalicia Sena, and Victor Reyes from the Office of the Governor. Courtesy/Governor's Office

From the Office of the Governor:

Albuquerque - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today the first ever New Mexico Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Challenge program.

High schools that elect to participate will use a question formulated by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as a problem-solving tool in science classes and will receive funding for teacher

LANL Hosts Community Conversation On Needs Of Area Nonprofits And How To Meet Them

on July 12, 2019 - 10:04am
Los Alamos National Laboratory  hosted a Community Conversation Thursday morning at UNM-Los Alamos. The Conversation focused on the challenges facing nonprofit staff and board members in the search for organizational excellence. The morning began with a panel presentation. Panel members from left, LANL Director Thom Mason, Barrios Unidos Executive Director Lupe Salazar, Pajarito Environmental Education Center Executive Director Katie Bruell, Mesa to Mesa Executive Director Inez Leibman and N3B-Los Alamos Regulatory and Stakeholder Interface Program Manager Frazer Lockhart.

Luján, Torres Small Criticize Veto Threat Harming National Security, New Mexico Dairy Farmers

on July 12, 2019 - 7:34am
Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) Thursday sharply criticized the threats from the Trump administration to undercut the country's national security and harm dairy farmers in New Mexico.
U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small
This week, President Trump threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act – legislation that responsibly funds the nation's defense systems – over the inclusion of language requiring the Air Force to replace or clean water found to

NIST’s Compact Atomic Gyroscope Has New Twists

on July 11, 2019 - 2:44pm

NIST physicist Elizabeth Donley holds a card used to trace the paths of laser beams in the atomic gyroscope. The atoms are in a small glass container inside the magnetic shield box with the pink tape on it. Photo byJ. Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have upgraded their compact atomic gyroscope to enable multitasking measurement capabilities and measure its performance, important steps toward practical applications.

Described in a new paper, the quantum gyroscope design and evaluation processes were led by three women — a

LANL Subcontractor Forum At Buffalo Thunder Aug. 8

on July 11, 2019 - 7:28am

Chamber Breakfast Features Laboratory Staff Director

on July 10, 2019 - 6:27pm

Rotary: Galen Gisler On Threat Of Near-Earth Asteroids

on July 10, 2019 - 4:09pm

Dr. Galen Gisler, retired LANL astrophysicist and community volunteer, recently spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the threat of near-Earth asteroids. He described the impacts of the Chicxulub impact in present-day Yucatan that is responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, as well as those impacts in our modern age: Tunguska, Siberia in 1908 and Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013. To study the threat, scientists find potentially hazardous asteroids, calculate their orbits, monitor and characterize them, and if necessary, develop and execute a deflection mission.

Nan & Jeffrey Sauer Endow Science Scholarship With Donation To Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund

on July 9, 2019 - 9:23pm
Nan and Jeff Sauer in their home in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LANLF
Nan Sauer with Nancy & Jeffrey Sauer Scholarship recipient Amadeo Suazo. Courtesy/LANLF
Nancy and Jeffrey Sauer know the importance of education. Through their own experiences, they understand that while some students have clear direction and assistance along the path to college and career, many others, especially those in Northern New Mexico, face greater obstacles to get there.
It is the resiliency of local students, the couple’s lifelong commitment to science, and their desire to support the hopes

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets July 12

on July 9, 2019 - 8:33pm

UNM; LANL Sign Cooperative Joint Faculty Agreement

on July 9, 2019 - 9:31am

Los Alamos National Laboratory is coordinating with the University of New Mexico with a new joint faculty agreement to increase learning and research opportunities. Image credit, Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:


The University of New Mexico (UNM) and Los Alamos National Laboratory signed a landmark Institutional Agreement that provides staff from both institutions unprecedented access to collaborative research and allows for academic appointments for LANL staff and scientific staff appointments for UNM faculty.

New Partnership To Preserve Manhattan Project History

on July 9, 2019 - 7:54am
AHF News:
With an agreement signed June 28, 2019, the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History are forging a new partnership to preserve the history of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Age.
This significant agreement will ensure that the Atomic Heritage Foundation’s extensive collection of oral histories, interpretive vignettes, and articles about the Manhattan Project and its legacy will remain available to the public for the foreseeable future.
Founded in 2002, the Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) is a

Cold War Patriots Hosts Town Hall Events For LANL, Sandia, Uranium Workers In Los Alamos July 9

on July 8, 2019 - 11:06am

CWP News:
  • Workers will hear customized information on government compensation; healthcare benefits they've earned.

DENVER, Colo. – Cold War Patriots (CWP), a community resource organization that is the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice advocating for worker benefits, will host free information events for uranium workers July 9 in Los Alamos, July 10 in Española and July 11 in Albuquerque.

The meetings are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Refreshments will be offered.

Tuesday, July 9

University of New Mexico
Building 6, Room 631
4000 University Dr.
Los Alamos

Wednesday, July

MOWW Meeting/Picnic Features Sig Hecker July 16

on July 8, 2019 - 10:11am

Dr. Sigfried Hecker

MOWW News:

This month’s meeting and annual picnic of the Military Order of the World Wars is Tuesday, July 16 at the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa.

Dr. Sigfried Hecker is the featured speaker. He is a former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and noted authority on the status of nuclear weapon states. His talk will focus on global nuclear issues.

The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation begins at about 7:15 p.m.

The Military Order of the World

A Letter From Edith Warner To Robert Oppenheimer

on July 6, 2019 - 7:46am

Edith Warner

Los Alamos Historical Society

Edith Warner and Robert Oppenheimer began their friendship several years before World War II, which explains the comfort level in a letter written just weeks after the end of the war.

Oppenheimer had stopped at Edith’s home at Otowi Bridge in 1937 on a pack trip from his ranch near Cowles, NM, to the Jemez. He referred to that encounter as his “first unforgettable meeting.” Not long after that, he brought his wife, Kitty, to meet Edith and enjoy slices of the chocolate cake for which she became famous.

NMED Hosts First Quarterly Outreach Meeting In Los Alamos At Fuller Lodge Monday

on July 5, 2019 - 9:43am
NMED News:
The New Mexico Environment Department will host its first quarterly public meeting in Los Alamos, 5:30-7 p.m., Monday, July 8 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave.
The primary topic will be the mission and work of the Environment Department’s Department of Energy Oversight Bureau, as well as a discussion on a proposed move of the Bureau’s Los Alamos Field Office to Santa Fe.
The meeting is open to the public.

LANL MSC Accepting Proposals For 2019 Economic Development Grants: Deadline 5 p.m. July 18

on July 5, 2019 - 7:41am

NMF News:
Los Alamos National Labortary Major Subcontractors Consortium (LANL MSC), in partnership with New Mexico Foundation and Triad National Security, LLC, is now accepting proposals for its 2019 Economic Development Grants.
The grant application deadline is 5 p.m., July 18, 2019.
Created in 2006, LANL MSC is a collaboration of LANL major subcontractors that pool resources to support projects that strengthen the economy within their communities. Projects can include those that strengthen local product development, create jobs and increase sales for local businesses.

ScienceFest Special Section Now Online!

on July 3, 2019 - 6:12pm

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