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Night With A Nerd: Dr. Phil Goldstone On Thinking About Nuclear Deterrence In Today’s World

on August 18, 2019 - 9:01am

BSMA News:

The community is invited to join Dr. Phil Goldstone Sept. 12 as he explores how the invention of nuclear weapons 75 years ago changed international affairs – and also the existential framework of a large portion of the world’s people. 

It's now long beyond the confrontations of the cold war, and the world’s largest weapons stockpiles have been greatly reduced. Yet nuclear weapons issues are now present and rising, with Russia (again), Iran and North Korea looming large in the news—and with the playing field changing weekly, it seems. 

Modern war has held some “conventional”

UNM Provost And Vice Provost Visit UNM-LA

on August 18, 2019 - 7:48am

UNM Vice Provost Dr. Barbara Rodríguez, right, visits with faculty and staff Thursday at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

University of New Mexico Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. James Paul Holloway and Senior Vice Provost Dr. Barbara Rodríguez traveled to town Thursday to visit UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

At UNM-LA, Dr. Holloway toured the campus and met with faculty, staff and campus leadership. UNM-LA Advisory Board members Michelle Hall and Pat Soran also attended the meeting.

“UNM is a

RCLC Finalizing Turnaround Efforts

on August 18, 2019 - 7:38am
During a RCLC meeting Friday in Taos, Neptune’s Paul Black (together with Paul Black) discusses a stakeholder engagement and community outreach program the company is launching soon. Courtesy photo
DOE-EM Field Office Manager Doug Hintze at the RCLC meeting Friday in Taos. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) met Friday in Taos where they heard from an auditor contracted to complete six years of back audits in order to bring the organization into compliance following past mismanagement issues.

RCLC board members, staff and representatives from Los Alamos

Robotics Night @ Bradbury Science Museum Aug. 23

on August 17, 2019 - 7:44am

NNSA Okays LANL Cell; Telecommunications Upgrades

on August 16, 2019 - 9:33am
NNSA News:
The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office has issued a National Environmental Policy Act categorical exclusion (CX) to upgrade Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) cellular and radio communications capabilities.
The purpose of the project is to improve the current cellular and telecommunications network by providing a dedicated LANL cellular service through upgrades to existing infrastructure and the expansion of LANL’s two-way radio system.
The CX can be accessed online from the DOE Office of NEPA Policy and

LANL: $500K Grant To Boost Small NNM Businesses

on August 15, 2019 - 8:33am
Triad's investment in RDC will support micro-loans for technology-based and manufacturing businesses, and a tribal economic diversity fund. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
Small businesses across Northern New Mexico will benefit this year from an injection of capital through loans and a tribal diversity fund under a $500,000 grant from Los Alamos National Laboratory operator Triad National Security, LLC to the Regional Development Corporation (RDC). 
“The Laboratory boosts the region’s economy through employment and procurement, and we are always looking for direct ways to increase that

2019 LANL Hazmat Challenge: Toughest Scenarios Yet

on August 14, 2019 - 1:18pm

Scene from a previous LANL Hazmat Challenge in which members of the Midwest City, Okla., Fire Department use sandbags to stop simulated radioactive liquid waste from a spill from flowing downstream. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Ten hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee will test their skills in a series of graded exercises Aug. 19-23 at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Hazmat Challenge.

“The Challenge provides a unique training venue for hazmat responders where they are able to test and develop their technical response capabilities in a difficult

Science On Tap: Extraterrestrial Rock Zapping Aug. 19

on August 14, 2019 - 9:00am
Members of LANL’s ChemCam Engineering Operations team from left, Suzi Montano, Adriana Reyes-Newell, Roberta Beal, Lisa Danielson, Nina Lanza and Cindy Little (not pictured is Margie Root). Courtesy/LACD
Los Alamos Creative District News:
Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at projectY cowork in Central Park Square.
This On Tap will feature a conversation with Manager Lisa Danielson of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s all-female ChemCam Engineering Operations team, discussing extraterrestrial rock

On The Job In Los Alamos: Sheri Foley Of Gadgets

on August 13, 2019 - 7:18am
On the job in Los Alamos last Tuesday is Manager Sheri Foley of Gadgets, the gift shop inside the Bradbury Science Museum at 1350 Central Ave. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

LANL Donates Working FERMIAC Replica To Bradbury

on August 12, 2019 - 5:36pm
People can see the original 1947 FERMIAC at the supercomputing exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum, but it's safely behind glass. Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Office of Experimental Sciences has donated  a replica of  the FERMIAC - a mechanical device for tracing out neutron transport paths on a table-top blueprint - to the Bradbury Science Museum. Enrico Fermi built the original after the end of the Manhattan Project.

High School Students From Across New Mexico Attend Joint Science And Technology Institute

on August 9, 2019 - 2:23pm
ALBUQUERQUE — Lexi Alcala and Thilo Roelofs of Los Alamos, were two of 31 high school students attending the Joint Science and Technology Institute, an educational opportunity to expand their knowledge and experience in science, technology, engineering and math.
Alcala, daughter of Lisa and Jermain Bracy, and Roelofs, son of Nina and Andreas Roelofs, are students at The Academy for Technology and the Classics in Los Alamos.
Alcala and Roelofs collaborated with mentors and conducted research activities on the University of New Mexico campus.

EM Cleanup Forum In Española Tonight

on August 8, 2019 - 9:29am

NM Public Education Dept. Seeks Teacher Mentors For Governor’s 2019-20 STEM Challenge & Showcase

on August 5, 2019 - 3:23pm


SANTA FE – As New Mexico schools are preparing for the 2019-20 academic year, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) is reaching out to high school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educators to encourage participation in the first-ever Governor’s STEM Challenge and Showcase.

Over the course of the 2019 summer break, the PED contacted principals and superintendents in all 89 school districts and charter school directors across the state to share information about this exciting opportunity for New Mexico’s students.

Schools wishing to register a student

LANL Donates FERMIAC Replica To Bradbury Aug. 6

on August 5, 2019 - 7:28am
The FERMIAC -  a mechanical device for tracing out neutron transport paths on a table-top blueprint. Courtesy image
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Office of Experimental Sciences will donate to the Bradbury Science Museum a replica of one of its own artifacts, the FERMIAC -  a mechanical device for tracing out neutron transport paths on a table-top blueprint.
At the public ceremony, 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, there will be a short talk on the history of the Fermiac, a demonstration of the replica and people can meet the Los Alamos team that created it.
People also

New Mexico DHSEM Launches Drone Program

on August 2, 2019 - 9:09am
NM DHSEM Cabinet Secretary Jackie Lindsey signs the fuselage of the agency’s new drone representing the ceremonial start of its new drone program. Courtesy photo


ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s (NM DHSEM) Executive Team signed the fuselage of its new drone Wednesday representing the ceremonial start of its drone program.  

DHSEM has acquired two unmanned aircraft systems that will be used throughout New Mexico to support all aspects of Homeland Security and Emergency Management including risk emergency mitigation,

Lunch With LANL Director Benefits Local YMCA

on August 1, 2019 - 3:39pm

Gathered for a special lunch today at the Blue Window Bistro to benefit the Los Alamos Family YMCA, from left, Emily McGay, her husband and local developer Roger Waterman, Laboratory Director Thom Mason, Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark and Roger's brother Kent Waterman. Roger, a longtime YMCA Board member, was the successful bidder at the annual YMCA Red and Black Ball this year to have lunch with the director and he invited the others to join him. At about $20 a minute, the lunch will help the Y provide scholarships for many in need. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/

Workforce Solutions Department Funding Will Support Training For High-Demand Jobs At LANL And N3B

on August 1, 2019 - 9:52am

Officials and students gather Tuesday morning at NNMC for the announcement of a new program funded by Workforce Solutions that will train more than 50 area students for high-paying jobs at with LANL and N3B. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily Post


Valley Daily Post

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the Department of Higher Education, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos (N3B), Northern New Mexico College and University of New Mexico–Los Alamos held a joint press conference Tuesday at NNMC to announce a new program

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
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.