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Udall: Passage Of Major National Defense Bill Will Strengthen New Mexico and Nation

on November 19, 2017 - 6:20am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON — Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting for final passage of a major national defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to support troops and military families, and to strengthen national defense programs in New Mexico and across the country.
The bill, which will now be sent to the president, includes several measures that Udall has championed to benefit the national security mission being carried out at New Mexico’s national laboratories, military bases and installations, to strengthen the

NNSA Delivers Annual Reports To Congress On Progress Of Stockpile Stewardship, Nuclear Nonproliferation

on November 18, 2017 - 9:39pm
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) released the Fiscal Year 2018 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan (SSMP) and the Prevent, Counter, and Respond—A Strategic Plan to Reduce Global Nuclear Threats (NPCR).
These annual reports to Congress outline the strategic direction for maintaining a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent and for reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation and terrorism.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Trinity Supercomputer Lands On Two Top-10 Lists

on November 17, 2017 - 4:23pm
The Trinity supercomputer, with both Xeon Haswell and the Xeon Phi Knights Landing processors, is the seventh fastest supercomputer on the TOP 500 list, and number three on the High Performance Conjugate Gradients Benchmark project. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
The Trinity Supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory was recently named as a top 10 supercomputer on two lists: it made number three on the High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) Benchmark project, and is number seven on the TOP500 list.
“Trinity has already made unique contributions to important national security

UC Board Of Regents Votes To Bid On LANL Contract

on November 17, 2017 - 8:03am

University of California News:


The University of California Board of Regents voted Thursday to authorize a bid for the $2.2 billion Los Alamos National Laboratory management and operations contract, which begins in October 2018.

The 10-campus UC has been involved with the Lab since the 1940s and since 2006, has been part of the LANS, LLC consortium, which holds the M&O contract.

A statement, issued by UC Regent Ellen Tauscher and UC Vice President for National Laboratories Kimberly Budil following the vote, said UC is committed to assembling a proposal that upholds LANL’s “long

WIPP Marks Milestone With 12,000th Safe Transuranic Waste Shipment

on November 15, 2017 - 10:57am
The 12,000th shipment of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant arrives at the facility from EM’s Idaho Site late Nov. 9. Courtesy photo
DOE News:
CARLSBAD  EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently received its 12,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste for disposal since opening in 1999.
“We are all very proud of receiving the 12,000th shipment of transuranic waste and contributing to the Department’s cleanup mission.” said Todd Shrader, manager of the Carlsbad Field Office.  
Since the underground repository’s opening, WIPP drivers have safely

LANL: Scalable Clusters Make HPC R&D Easy As Raspberry Pi

on November 14, 2017 - 8:00am

The BitScope Pi Cluster Modules system creates an affordable, scalable, highly parallel testbed for high-performance-computing system-software developers. The system comprises five rack-mounted BitScope Pi Cluster Modules consisting of 3,000 cores using Raspberry Pi ARM processor boards, fully integrated with network switching infrastructure. Image: Bitscope. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • System with thousands of nodes brings affordable testbed to supercomputing system-software developers

A quest to help the systems software community work on very large supercomputers without having to

Joint Statement From U.S. Department Of Energy And Los Alamos Department Of Public Utilities On Chromium Plume Issue

on November 13, 2017 - 4:55pm


Recent reports in the media about the presence of a chromium plume in the regional Pajarito Plateau aquifer has led to some confusion and misinformation about the safety of the drinking water in the Los Alamos community.

This joint statement by the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office and the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is to provide assurances to the public that the drinking water in Los Alamos County is safe and meets all Safe Drinking Water Act standards.

These wells are highly monitored by Los Alamos County and the

UT Regents Postpone Vote On LANL Contract Proposal

on November 11, 2017 - 4:56pm

University of Texas News:

University of Texas System Board of Regents has postponed until Nov. 27 a vote on whether to submit a proposal to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory.

In September the Board voted to spend $4.5 million to pursue the contract and when the final request for proposals was published Oct. 26, Deputy Chancellor David E. Daniel issued a statement that the UT team was “deeply engaged in developing the most responsive thoughtful plan possible” for future management of the Lab.

UT representatives have

Report Criticizes LANL Emergency Preparedness And Response Program

on November 10, 2017 - 5:46pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

A report sent Oct. 11 to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board alleges weaknesses in federal oversight of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s emergency preparedness and response program, the Lab’s demonstrated emergency response during drills and exercises, the site emergency exercise program and facility-level emergency planning and drills.

The Board told Secretary Perry that its staff team performed a review of the Lab’s emergency preparedness and response program in April 2016 and

Marine Veteran Roger Anaya Is Proud To Give Back

on November 9, 2017 - 7:58am

VFW Post 8874 Cmdr. Roger Anaya speaks at a ceremony at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Photo by Leland Lehman/


Los Alamos Daily Post

When U.S. Marine Corps veteran Rogelio “Roger” Anaya is not at his job at Los Alamos National Laboratory as the team leader for 13 software developers, there’s a good chance you can find him at the Veterans of Foreign Wars John D. Gamble Post 8874 where he serves as commander.

Anaya was born in Sahuayo, Michoacan in Mexico and came to the United States when he was eight years old.

DOE Completes Remediated Nitrate Salts Treatment At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on November 7, 2017 - 3:12pm

For several months, technicians practiced and refined the treatment method using a mock-up glovebox closely resembling the glovebox used during the actual treatment. Courtesy/NNSA

The RNS containers were stored inside a climate-controlled steel enclosure. Courtesy/NNSA


NNSA News:

The EM and National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos field offices and contractor Los Alamos National Security, LLC have finished treating the remediated nitrate salts (RNS) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). 

“Safe and successful completion of the RNS treatment is due to effective

Los Alamos Security Professional Adolfo Meana Jr. Earns DOE’s Highest Security Award

on November 7, 2017 - 6:56am

Adolfo Meana Jr. receives DOE’s highest award for a security professional. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Los Alamos resident Adolfo Meana Jr., a security specialist at the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy’s highest award for a security professional.

This is the first year of the Department of Energy Outstanding Security Award. In May, Meana received the Bradley A. Peterson Federal Security Professional of the Year award.

LANL: First-Ever U.S. Experiments At New X-Ray Facility May Lead To Better Explosive Modeling

on November 6, 2017 - 10:24am

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LANL News:

The detonation of carbon-rich high explosives yields solid carbon as a major constituent of the product mixture, and depending on the thermodynamic conditions behind the shock front, a variety of carbon allotropes and morphologies may form and evolve.

For the first time in the U.S., time-resolved small-angle x-ray scattering (TRSAXS) is used to observe ultra-fast carbon clustering and graphite and nanodiamond production in the insensitive explosive Plastic Bonded Explosive (PBX) 9502, potentially leading to better computer models of explosive performance.

New Program Highlights Los Alamos Innovations

on November 4, 2017 - 8:11am
AHF News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  “I was a computer,” recalls Jean Bacher, describing her work at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.
As retired Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist James L. Smith explains, “The word ‘computer’ didn’t exist then. Instead, the women doing calculations with mechanical calculators were known as ‘computers’.”
The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) has launched a new online interpretive program, “Los Alamos Innovations,” with 50 audio/visual vignettes.

NMAM Annual Conference In Los Alamos Nov. 15-18

on November 2, 2017 - 10:31am

NMAM News:

The New Mexico Association of Museums annual conference is taking place Nov. 15-18 in Los Alamos.

This year’s conference theme is “New Mexico Museums: Where Discoveries Happen!” Attendees will explore how the process of discovery is transforming New Mexico museums, science centers and historic sites by igniting curiosity, inspiring creativity, and instilling a spirit of innovation.

One highlight will be a keynote from Superintendent Kris Kirby sharing her perspective on how the NPS is interpreting the newest National Historic Park, the Manhattan Project National Historic Park.

LANL Teams With Pojoaque To Boost Teacher Prep

on October 31, 2017 - 3:13pm

Lorenzo Gonzales from the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Math and Science Academy program works with teachers at the recent Ir-Rational Number Institute. Under the Partnership School Initiative, teachers from Pojoaque Valley School District took part in the Institute, which was also attended by teachers from six other school districts.

LANL News:

  • New Mexico Highlands University to help implement best-practices for math and science education

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Math and Science Academy has selected Pojoaque Valley School District as the partnership school for its new teacher

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Tours San Ildefonso Sacred Area Above Chromium Plume

on October 28, 2017 - 5:28pm

San Ildefonso Gov. James Mountain hosted members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board Thursday at San Ildefonso Pueblo. From left, RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero, Gov. Mountain, Espanola Mayor Alice Lucero, Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler and RCLC Communications and Administrative Manager Scarlet Rendleman. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board and staff were guests Thursday at San Ildefonso Pueblo where they visited the Pueblo Sacred Area below Los Alamos National Laboratory with Gov.

LANL Foundation To Host Conference On Education

on October 27, 2017 - 8:26pm

Dennis Embry


LANL Foundation is hosting a Conference on Education focused on the topic of  Building Positive Culture from Classroom to Community” 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov.10 at the Hilton Buffalo Thunder. The event is free and open to K–12 educators.

The morning keynote speaker is Dennis D.

Cornerstone Companies Gather At Municipal Building

on October 27, 2017 - 11:08am

United Way of Northern New Mexico Cornerstone Company representatives gather Thursday afternoon at the Community Action Fund thermometer in front of the Los Alamos Municipal Building.

Seven Los Alamos Scientists Honored As APS Fellows

on October 26, 2017 - 4:19pm

The seven scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory named this year as Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) are, clockwise from upper right, Vivien Zapf, Stuart A. Trugman, Laura Beth Smilowitz, John W. Lewellen, Christopher J. Fontes, Han Htoon and Toshihiko Kawano. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Fontes, Htoon, Kawano, Lewellen, Smilowitz, Trugman and Zapf noted for career accomplishments

Seven scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory were tapped this year as new Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS), a significant honor for the Laboratory and its people.

DOE/NNSA Issues RFP For LANL Management & Operating Contract

on October 25, 2017 - 4:55pm


DOE/NNSA issued today the solicitation/Request for Proposal (RFP) for a full and open competition for the management and operating (M&O) contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

In May 2016, NNSA extended the period of performance of the LANL M&O contractor, Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), through Sept. 30, 2018. The pursuit of a full-and-open competition will provide the Department the best opportunity for improving the terms and conditions of the contract to incentivize mission performance and cost savings for the taxpayer.

This competition also

Help Kick Off LANL’s Annual Holiday Food Drive

on October 24, 2017 - 7:16am

A scene from a previous LANL food drive. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

This year, Los Alamos National Laboratory is running its annual Holiday Food Drive Nov. 1 through Nov. 20.

Donated food items will be distributed in the second week of December to Northern New Mexico families to ensure they will have a meal for the holidays.

Food items being requested:

  • 1 box instant mashed potatoes 
  • 1 box stuffing 
  • 2 cans evaporated milk 
  • 2 cans vegetables 
  • 2 cans sweet potatoes or cranberries 
  • 1 4-pound bag of sugar 
  • 1 5-pound bag of flour or biscuit mix 
  • 1 quart (32 oz.) vegetable oil 
  • 1 box cake or cookie

NNSA: Production Of W76-1/Mk4A Arming Fuzing Subsystem Completed On Time And Budget

on October 21, 2017 - 10:53am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has completed production of the U.S. Navy-sponsored Arming Fuzing Subsystem in support of the W76-1/Mk4A Life Extension Program (LEP) on time and on budget.
The subsystem is a key component of the W76-1 LEP that will extend the original warhead service life from 20 to 60 years.
“Completing this subsystem is a major achievement for NNSA and the many gifted engineers, scientists and technicians dedicated to serving our vital national security mission through stockpile

LANL Scientists, Engineers Receive 2017 Fellows Prizes

on October 19, 2017 - 11:26am

Laboratory Fellows Prize recipients from top left,Tess Light, Nikolai Sinitsyn and Harshini Mukundan. Bottom, from left: Eric Flynn and Brian Albright. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Flynn, Mukundan, Sinitsyn, Albright and Light honored for outstanding research, leadership

Five Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been awarded the Laboratory’s prestigious Fellows Prize in the areas of science or engineering research and leadership: Eric Flynn, Harshini Mukundan and Nikolai Sinitsyn were awarded the Fellows’ Prize for Outstanding Research, and Brian Albright and Tess Light were awarded

New Mexico Democrats Recommend National Labs To Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

on October 19, 2017 - 11:05am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Luján, joined by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, sent a letter today urging the Administration to utilize programs run by national labs in New Mexico to help with the reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure.

The members of the New Mexico delegation are asking the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security to leverage the unique expertise and resources at the labs, including Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, to help Puerto Rico rebuild.

“The scale of the devastation in Puerto Rico