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WIPP Reaches 12,500-Shipment Milestone

on July 3, 2019 - 8:21am
A shipment of transuranic waste approaches EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. Courtesy/WIPP
 
WIPP News:
 
CARLSBAD Just before midnight June 27, EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its 12,500th transuranic (TRU) waste shipment since operations began there in 1999.
 
The shipment originated from the EM program at Idaho National Laboratory, which has sent WIPP the most TRU waste shipments — 6,500 and counting — of all DOE generator sites over the past 20 years.
 
WIPP drivers have safely traveled more than 14.9 million loaded miles, transporting more than

LANL: Researchers Cast Neural Nets To Simulate Molecular Motion

on July 2, 2019 - 12:15pm

New deep learning models predict the interactions between atoms in organic molecules. These models will help computational biologists and drug development researchers understand and treat disease. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Machine learning allows quantum mechanics to be efficiently applied to molecular simulations for drug development, detonation physics and more

New work from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Florida is showing that artificial neural nets can be trained to encode quantum mechanical laws to describe the

SMSI Promotes Rob Dunham To Vice President Of Los Alamos Operations

on July 2, 2019 - 9:21am

Rob Dunham

SMSI News:

Rob Dunham has been promoted to SMSI’s Vice President of Los Alamos Operations.

“Rob joined SMSI in 2014 and since that time has been integral in growing our office in Los Alamos by enhancing our capabilities and providing top-tier service to our clients,” SMSI President David O’Flynn said. “He has deep experience at LANL and client relationships across numerous programs.”

Dunham holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and has more than 35 years of experience throughout the DOE / NNSA Complex and industry.

Dunham and his wife Lisa-Jo moved to Los

RCLC Hears Talk On Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility

on July 1, 2019 - 3:12pm

Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) gathered Thursday afternoon in Council Chambers at Española City Hall at 405 N. Paseo De Onate. From left, RCLC Executive Director Eric Vasquez, Española Mayor Javier Sanchez, Española City Councilor Peggy Sue Martinez, Chair Henry Roybal, Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz and Rio Arriba County Commissioner Leo Jaramillo. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Program Director Ed Mayer of Holtec International discusses a plan for a consolidated interim storage facility for nuclear fuel in southeast New Mexico during

Sharon Snyder: Who Was Edith Truslow?

on July 1, 2019 - 8:51am

Courtesy/LAHS

By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society

Hundreds of people contributed to Project Y. Some were responsible for scientific contributions that made their names famous, while many others fell into obscurity, though they, too, contributed to the success of the Manhattan Project or the preservation of its history.

Their names aren’t recognizable when we see them. For me, one such name was Edith Truslow.  

In 1997, the Los Alamos Historical Society published Manhattan District History: Nonscientific Aspects of Los Alamos Project Y 1942 through 1946.

The author was Edith

Enchanted Evening 2019 Features Women In STEM

on June 30, 2019 - 3:10pm

Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck served as master of ceremonies at the at the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails at the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails (GSNMT) annual fundraiser, Enchanted Evening, Saturday evening at the Sandia Resort in Albuquerque. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dr. Jennifer Harris specializes in biosecurity at LANL and was the keynote speaker GSNMT annual fundraiser Saturday at Sandia Resort. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck served

On The Job In Los Alamos: At LAPSA Training Session

on June 29, 2019 - 7:50am

On the job in Los Alamos is Centerra Los Alamos General Manager Lennie Upshaw greeting Alice Bodelson PhD who spoke June 20 to First Responders gathered at the Los Alamos Public Safety Association meeting in the Fire Administration Training Room on identifying and working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Photo by Jennifer Bartram/ladailypost.com

On the job in Los Alamos is Alice Bodelson PhD speeking June 20 to First Responders gathered at the Los Alamos Public Safety Association meeting in the Fire Administration Training Room on identifying and working with people with Autism

New Mexico Environment Department Hosts Los Alamos Public Meeting At Fuller Lodge July 8

on June 28, 2019 - 5:02pm

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department is has announced the first of its new quarterly public engagement meetings to discuss issues related to the scientific monitoring and regulation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.   
 
The first meeting is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, July 8 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave. The primary topic of the meeting is 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.  
 
“We have heard from employees, community members

AGU: Space Station Mold Survives Ionizing Radiation

on June 28, 2019 - 2:41pm
Mold grows on the International Space Station on a panel where exercise clothes were hung to dry. Courtesy/NASA
 
Scanning electron micrograph of a Pennicillium mold producing chains of spores. Courtesy/David Gregory & Debbie Marshall, CC BY
 
AGU News:
 
BELLEVUE, Wash. — The International Space Station, like all human habitats in space, has a nagging mold problem.
 
Astronauts on the ISS spend hours every week cleaning the inside of the station’s walls to prevent mold from becoming a health problem.
 
New research being presented here finds mold spores may also survive on the

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Secures Major Wins For New Mexico In Annual Defense Spending Bill

on June 28, 2019 - 6:37am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

 

SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 27, 2019) – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted to pass the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that supports New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), Artificial Intelligence, and job-creating initiatives throughout the state.

The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 86-8.

Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, secured a

RCLC Reboot Underway

on June 27, 2019 - 4:49pm

Staff Report:

Misspent public funds, reimbursements for $38-a-shot whiskey, tickets to a major league baseball game, a woeful lack of proper financial controls.

These are only some of the scandal-ridden headlines of a story that broke a year ago ahead of the Democratic Primary Election for the District 46 state house seat in northern Santa Fe County.

This election resulted in the defeat of an incumbent and a special audit of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC), an advocacy organization that represents local communities on issues related to Los Alamos National Laboratory and

NNSA Announces Availability Of Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

on June 26, 2019 - 2:33pm

NNSA News:

 

The NNSA is making a Draft Supplement Analysis (SA) of the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) available for public review and comment.

 

NNSA also will publish a Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register June 28, 2019 to announce the availability of the Draft SA.

EM Crews Think Outside Box For Hanford Tank Waste

on June 26, 2019 - 7:52am
A Hanford Site team created unique tools to remove a radiologically contaminated thermocouple from single-shell tank AX-103. The team built a radiation-shielding box and remote extension tools to allow workers to complete the task more safely. Courtesy/Hanford Site
 
DOE News:
 
RICHLAND, Wash. EM Office of River Protection tank operations contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) recently developed unique tools to remove contaminated pieces of equipment from single-shell waste storage tanks at the Hanford Site.
 
WRPS developed a special shielding box and remote

Catch Of The Week: Software Vulnerabilities - Stay Up To Date

on June 25, 2019 - 6:44pm
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

Two significant vulnerabilities have recently caused headaches for users; an issue with Dell’s SupportAssist and a Windows vulnerability known as BlueKeep.

It’s essential to check your operating system (OS) and software regularly and make sure they are up to date. New flaws and “patches,” software fixes for the flaws, are released all the time. Be sure you are always running the most up to date versions of your OS and other software to protect yourself.   

Dell SupportAssist Vulnerability

Own a Dell PC running Windows 10? Your computer probably came with

LAESF: 116 Northern NM Students Receive $773,500 From Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund

on June 24, 2019 - 5:56pm
Gold scholarship award winner Estrella Torres from Nambé Pueblo is interning in the Materials Science Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LAESF News:

Graduating seniors Estrella Torres of Pojoaque Valley High School, Zachary Ginn of Taos High School and Leina Gries of Santa Fe’s Desert Academy will head to college in the fall with an extra $5,000 per year in scholarships provided by the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF).

These three recipients of the top-level $20,000 Gold Scholarship are among the 116 students in Northern New Mexico receiving 122 awards

Environmental Management Cleanup Forum June 26

on June 24, 2019 - 4:56pm

RCLC Meets At Española City Hall Thursday

on June 24, 2019 - 1:38pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meets at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 in City Council Chambers at the Española City Hall, 405 N. Paseo De Onate.

The meeting is open to the public.

A. Call to Order Chair Henry Roybal at 1:30 p.m.

B. Confirmation of Quorum Chair Henry Roybal at 1:32 p.m.

C. Approval of Agenda Chair Henry Roybal at 1:35 p.m.

D. Approval of Meeting Minutes Chair Henry Roybal at 1:40 p.m.
a. Draft minutes for June7meeting (Tab 1)

E. Public Comment (20 min) 1:50-2:10 p.m.

F. Treasurers ReportTreasurer Peter Ives at 2:10 p.m.
a. Treasurers

Los Alamos Makerspace Launches New Training, Collaboration And Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot

on June 24, 2019 - 11:59am

Alexandra De Lucia, a gifted LANL post-baccalaureate intern, learning how to solder and taking a stab at building hardware at the local makerspace. De Lucia researches machine learning-based monitoring tools on the LANL High Performance Computing Design team. She has been a seasonal volunteer with Los Alamos Makers since the summer of 2017. At that time, she mentored teens during the summer Coder Dojo. She has come back this year and led a weekly Python Club for teens and adults.

Air Force Research Lab Unveils New HPM System

on June 21, 2019 - 6:54am
An image of a 3-D solid model of the Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR) system. The system is used for modeling and simulation before integrating and testing. Courtesy/Verus Research and BAE Systems
 
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE The Air Force Research Laboratory has a new high power microwave system that will be a major asset to the warfighter.
 
The Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR) is a directed energy weapon that disables the electronics in flying drones. The technology is housed in a shipping container-sized unit.
 

LANL Director Emeritus Terry Wallace Speaks To MOWW At American Legion On Future Of War

on June 20, 2019 - 8:34am
Dr. Terry C. Wallace, Jr., Director Emeritus of Los Alamos National Laboratory speaks to the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars Tuesday at the American Legion in Los Alamos on the future of war. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
LTC Gregg Giesler, USA (Ret), Commander of the  Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars Companions presents Dr. Terry C.

Crews Demolish Largest Structure At Oak Ridge ETTP

on June 19, 2019 - 7:21am
Oak Ridge Site workers remove asbestos-containing panels from portions of the K-1037 Building while demolition and debris removal are underway on other sections. Courtesy/DOE
 
DOE News:
 
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) gained headway with the completion of demolition of the K-1037 Building recently — the largest and one of the most challenging facilities still standing there. Watch a video of the demolition here.
 
Crews began tearing down the building in February and safely completed the project almost four months ahead of schedule.
 
Built

Pocket Books Of World War II Popular And Important

on June 16, 2019 - 7:50am

The Armed Services Editions or ASEs were important to the soldiers during World War II and authors considered it an honor to have their books selected  for the ASEs. Courtesy/LAHS

By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society

The small, paperback volumes of fiction and nonfiction that were distributed to troops during World War II are little known today, but to the men and women who fought that war, they were tremendously popular and important.

The Armed Services Editions or ASEs are sometimes referred to as “the books that went to war,” but there were at least two other publishing

Final EA And Finding Of No Significant Impact For LANL Photovoltaic System Available Now To Public

on June 13, 2019 - 7:10am
LANL News:
 
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has completed the Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzed the potential impacts of construction and operation of a 10 megawatts ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) array and associated power transmission line.
 
Based on the analysis presented in the final EA NNSA is issuing a finding of no significant impact (FONSI).
 
NNSA requires a reliable, efficient, diversified, and sustainable electrical supply to support programs and

Los Alamos National Laboratory All-Woman Team Commands Rock-Zapping Laser On Mars

on June 12, 2019 - 9:53am

Members of Los Alamos National Laboratory’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/LANL

LANL News:

The laser that zaps rocks on Mars is commanded by a talented group of engineers and scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory—who also happen to all be women, a rarity in the engineering field.

“It’s unusual, simply because engineering still tends to be male-dominated,” said Nina Lanza, a planetary scientist on the team who has helped recruit some

Military Order Of The World Wars Meets June 18

on June 12, 2019 - 9:07am
LANL Director Emeritus Dr. Terry Wallace Jr.
 
MOWW News:
 
The speaker at the Military Order of the World Wars June 18 dinner meeting is LANL Director Emeritus Dr. Terry Wallace Jr. His broad background in global security should provide a very interesting and informative presentation on the future of warfare.
 
Note change in location: the meeting will be held in the dining room of American Legion Post 90 at 1325 Trinity Dr., behind Pasta Paradiso. Use the west side door to enter the dining room.
 
The meeting begins with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business

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