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Be Alert For Emergency-Preparedness Exercise At Lab May 29

on May 8, 2019 - 5:52pm

LANL News:

On Wednesday, May 29, the Lab will conduct an exercise to test the preparedness of personnel who would respond in the case of an actual emergency. The exercise will last approximately five to six hours, beginning at 9 a.m. The event is only an exercise.

Some elements of this exercise may be observable to the public, so please be aware of possible unusual activity, which may include increased emergency vehicle traffic and “exercise in progress” signage in or near affected areas such as the Los Alamos Medical Center.

The Emergency Management Division works closely with the Lab and

Snyder: Serendipity Sometimes Takes Us To Places We Never Expected To Go

on May 6, 2019 - 10:05am

Philip Morrison talking with Emilio Segrè at the Nuclear Physics Conference held at Los Alamos in 1946. Courtesy photo

By Sharon Snyder
Los Alamos Historical Society

In my first years as a young science teacher not long out of college, I showed a film series titled, “Search for Solutions” to my students. The content featured scientists talking about the role that curiosity plays in discovery.

Manhattan Project scientist Philip Morrison appeared in the film, and I admired how easily he could get an abstract idea across to viewers.

In a memorable scene, he stood in a Bedouin’s tent and

UNM-LA Offering Welding Certificate Program

on May 4, 2019 - 6:44am
The UNM-LA 36 credit-hour program is designed to train students to enter the workforce as welders after one year of coursework. Courtesy/UNM-LA
UNM-LA News:
The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will offer a certificate program in welding beginning Fall Semester, 2019.
The 36 credit-hour program is designed to train students to enter the workforce as welders after one year of coursework.
The new program has garnered strong endorsement from Los Alamos National Laboratory, a major employer of welders in the region.
“Los Alamos supports its

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

on May 2, 2019 - 10:30am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

The Energy Technology Maturation Program Act would help national laboratories work with the private sector to commercialize innovative energy technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) reintroduced legislation to authorize an Energy Technology Maturation Program at the U.S.

EM Assistant Secretary Anne White Tours WIPP, LANL Projects, Meets With Workers

on May 1, 2019 - 10:56am
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White joins waste management staff from Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to mark the second shipment of transuranic waste from LANL’s Area G to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant this year. Courtesy photo
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White meets with early career professionals during a visit to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant last week. Courtesy photo
WIPP News:
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White visited the cleanup program's New Mexico sites last week.
Following is her report on the trip:
I had a

N3B Completes First Year Of Legacy Waste Cleanup At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on May 1, 2019 - 9:09am

N3B News:

This week, Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) celebrates its first anniversary as a new company cleaning up legacy waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

“We are very excited for the cleanup progress we’ve made the past year and to be a part of the Northern New Mexico community,” N3B President Glenn Morgan said. “We established a new company from scratch, completed several projects, resumed waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and laid the foundation for our goal of cleaning up the environment and protecting our future.”

Last year, the Department of

Scenes From YMCA Red, Black And Disco Ball

on April 30, 2019 - 6:50pm

Members of the Los Alamos Family YMCA Chairman’s Roundtable are honored for their ongoing support of the nonprofit organization at the 2019 YMCA Red and Black and Disco Ball fundraiser March 16 at Buffalo Thunder. Chairman’s Roundtable members from left, Roger Waterman of TRK, Lou Santoro of State Farm, LANL Community Programs Office Director Kathy Keith, Elizabeth Bailey of LANB, Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside, Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark and Centerra - Los Alamos General Manager Lennie Upshaw. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

YMCA Executive Director

Scenes From UWNNM Donor Appreciation Dinner

on April 30, 2019 - 6:08pm

United Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Mary Beth Maassen recognizes individual donors, business donors and Board members Thursday, March 14 at the organization's Donor Appreciation Dinner at Cottonwood on the Greens. The annual event is an opportunity for UWNNM to express its appreciation to the many community members and businesses whose donations enable the organization to assist area nonprofits serving critical needs.

LANL: SuperCam One Step Closer To Mars

on April 30, 2019 - 8:14am

The SuperCam has completed testing and evaluation at LANL and is on its way to JPL for full system integration. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The SuperCam instrument – designed, built and tested at Los Alamos National Laboratory in partnership with the French Space Agency – and destined for the exploration of Mars – has completed testing and evaluation at Los Alamos and is on its way to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California for full system integration. 

The SuperCam instruments left Los Alamos Monday, April 29. SuperCam will be one of two* Los Alamos instruments on the next rover, called

BSMA: Free National Geographic Summer Workshop

on April 29, 2019 - 11:23am

BSMA News:

In this interactive session, educators will discuss how they teach with a global and geographic perspective, reflecting on their teaching missions and collaborating to build upon one another's best project ideas.

They'll also be introduced to National Geographic's Learning Framework, which is a set of attitudes, skills, and knowledge areas that embody the attributes of an explorer-one who seeks solutions to our world's most pressing problems.  

This session counts as Phase 1 of the free professional learning program known as the National Geographic Educator Certification

LANB Enables 134 Students To Visit Bradbury Museum

on April 26, 2019 - 6:56am

A Lybrook Elementary School student explores the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

BSMA News:

In partnership with the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) recently provided bus transportation for 134 students from San Juan Elementary School in Espanola, Milagro Middle School in Santa Fe and Lybrook Elementary School in Counselor.

The BSMA/LANB partnership is enabling students from northern New Mexico Title 1 Schools to travel to the museum and visit Los Alamos.

While at the museum, the students learn about engineering.

“The students are

EM Update Marks WIPP's 20th Year With Special Issue

on April 24, 2019 - 6:05pm
Sunrise at EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy photo
EM News:
This special issue of the EM Update provides coverage of the 20th anniversary of EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
This issue's articles, photos, employee video testimonials, infographics, and other content illustrate the critical role WIPP has played in the cleanup program’s mission to address the nation’s Cold War environmental legacy.
Toread the special issue, click here: EM Update.

LANL: Two New Mexico Small Businesses Win National Department Of Energy Awards

on April 24, 2019 - 11:19am
Charlie Smith, director of the DOE Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization presents awards to Jennifer Barajas of RG Construction Services, left, and John Santoru of Holmans USA, right. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Two New Mexico companies that work with Los Alamos National Laboratory received small business awards from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at the 18th annual DOE Small Business Forum and Expo April 16 in Pittsburgh.
Albuquerque-based Holmans USA won the award for 8(a)/Small Disadvantaged Business of the Year, while RG Construction Services, based in Rio

Frances Chadwick Joins LACF Board Of Directors

on April 24, 2019 - 11:07am
Frances Chadwick
LACF News:
The Board of Directors of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is proud to welcome Frances Chadwick as its newest member.
She joins the current board consisting of Don Cobb, Linda Daly, David Izraelevitz, Jenny McCumber, Cindy Rooney and Pat Soran.
Chadwick is a member of the Triad National Security executive team, which assumed management of Los Alamos National Laboratory in November 2018.
Chadwick serves as the Laboratory’s staff director, managing the various offices that report into the Director’s Office.

29th Annual Supercomputing Challenge Concludes With Award Ceremony Tuesday April 30

on April 23, 2019 - 6:40pm

Supercomputing Challenge News:
  • New Mexico Middle and High School Students Compete for Scholarships and Awards

The 29th annual Supercomputing Challenge concludes with a festive Award Ceremony 9 a.m. to noon, April 30, at Smith-Brasher Hall on the campus of Central New Mexico Community College.

The competition for scholarships and awards showcases the school year-long research projects of budding scientists and engineers throughout the state of New Mexico.

Date Pending For Full Closure Of East Jemez Road

on April 23, 2019 - 9:26am

NNSA News:

Dates are pending for a weekend closure of East Jemez Road near the entrance of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Plans were to begin construction Friday, April 26. The new start date will be announced prior to construction.

The lane closures are necessary to allow workers to replace a main water line, which requires open trenching across East Jemez Road, between the Omega Bridge and LANL entrance.

Construction activities will include cutting of the roadway, excavation of trench, placement of the waterline pipe steel casings, welding of casings, followed by backfill and

LANL: Scientists Create First Billion-Atom Biomolecular Simulation Of Entire Gene Of DNA

on April 23, 2019 - 9:24am
A Los Alamos-led team created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model and will help researchers to better understand and develop cures for diseases like cancer.
“It is important to understand DNA at this level of detail because we want to understand precisely how genes turn on and off,” said Karissa Sanbonmatsu, a structural

Robinson: A Glimpse Behind The Fence...

on April 20, 2019 - 9:36am
Los Alamos County Councilor
If Robert Oppenheimer suddenly appeared at your home or college campus and asked you to go work on a project that he could not tell you about in a place that he could not elaborate, would you?
Recently, that question was asked of myself, Councilor Sara Scott, Councilor Randall Ryti and other fellow tourist as we had the wonderful opportunity to peek into some of the wonderful attractions that are part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, or MPNHP for short.
Our tour began at the Bradbury Science Museum.

LANL: Waste Shipment Successfully Completed At WIPP

on April 19, 2019 - 12:14pm
Transuranic waste barrels are loaded for transport to WIPP, the first TRU waste loading operations in five years at the Laboratory's RANT facility. Courtesy/LANL
Transuranic Package Transporter Model 2 (TRUPACT-II) containers are readied for transport to WIPP from the Laboratory's RANT facility April 10. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
The first shipment of Transuranic (TRU) waste from the newly reopened Radioactive Assay Nondestructive Testing (RANT) facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been successfully delivered to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad.

LANL: Data Mining Digs Up Hidden Clues To Major California Earthquake Triggers

on April 18, 2019 - 3:58pm

A historic image of quake damage in Long Beach, Calif., 1933. COurtesy/W.L. Huber, USGS. Public domain


LANL News:


A powerful computational study of southern California seismic records has revealed detailed information about a plethora of previously undetected small earthquakes, giving a more precise picture about stress in the earth’s crust.


A new publicly available catalog of these findings will help seismologists better understand the stresses triggering the larger earthquakes that occasionally rock the region. 


“It’s very difficult to unpack what triggers larger

Farewell To Los Alamos Historical Society Retiring Executive Director Heather McClenahan

on April 18, 2019 - 10:10am

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan bids farewell Monday to Oppie and Groves. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan will retire from full-time museum work April 26. She became executive director in May 2011, following the retirement of Hedy Dunn.

During an interview Monday with the Los Alamos Daily Post, McClenahan spoke about her most “spectacular day” on the job.

“I remember it well … Nov.

AHF Launches ‘Oak Ridge Innovations’ Program

on April 18, 2019 - 9:50am
Atomic Heritage Foundation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. “Nuclear medicine, nuclear energy, nuclear weapons. All of that goes back to Oak Ridge,” explains Denise Kiernan, bestselling author of The Girls of Atomic City. Oak Ridge, Tenn. has been a center for nuclear research since General Leslie Groves selected it as the Manhattan Project’s uranium enrichment site in 1942.
Today, Oak Ridge is the home of many leading scientific and engineering research facilities, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) has launched a new online interpretive program,

DOE Releases Sources Sought For Environmental Management Idaho Cleanup Project

on April 16, 2019 - 4:38pm
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wednesday issued a Sources Sought for the Environmental Management (EM) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) - Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Licensing and Other Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) Program Mission Objectives, and Facility Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) Requirements at the DOE Idaho National Lab (INL) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Site in southeast Idaho.
The EM ICP mission objectives are currently being performed by Fluor Idaho, LLC and Spectra Tech Inc.; and expire March 31, 2021 and May 31, 2021,

Manhattan Project NHP Superintendent Attends Friends Of MPNHP Annual Meeting In Los Alamos

on April 15, 2019 - 10:33am

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Superintendent Kris Kirby, back row third from left, traveled from Denver to attend the annual board meeting Thursday of the Friends of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park – Los Alamos. During the meeting, the board elected new officers and board members including, front row from left, Dr. Ben Neal, Shannon C’de Baca and David Jolly. Back row from left, newly elected President Rick Reiss, Heather McClenahan, Kirby, newly elected Vice President Kristin Henderson, Liddie Martinez, re-elected Treasurer Ron Wilkins and board member Carol A.

Teens Take Over The Bradbury Friday Night!

on April 15, 2019 - 8:59am

The Bradbury Science Museum at 1350 Central Ave. Courtesy photo

BSMA Teen Advisory Board News:

The first ever Teen Night is happening at the Bradbury Science Museum, 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 19.

Created by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) Teen Advisory Board, the event will have free food (catered by Sirphey!), a Bill Nye screening, remote control robots from the local FTC team (the Hawks), trivia and more. All high schoolers are welcome.

The BSMA Teen Advisory Board was created this year by Los Alamos High School junior Eleanor Henderson for her Girl Scout Gold Award project.