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Draft Environmental Assessment For LANL Photovoltaic System Available To Public

on April 15, 2019 - 8:21am
LANL News:
 
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the proposed construction and operation of a 10 megawatts (MW) ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system (PV) and associated power transmission line within an existing power transmission line corridor.
 
The EA also analyzes the No Action Alternative of not constructing the PV.
 
The proposed PV location is on approximately 55-60 acres of which around 50 acres are within a

LANL: New First-Of-Its-Kind Model Accurately Predicts Harmful Space Weather

on April 14, 2019 - 7:02am
An artist’s rendering of the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth. The purple, concentric shells represent the inner and outer belts. They completely encircle Earth, but have been cut away in this image to show detail. Courtesy/NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab/Walt Feimer
 
LANL News:
 
A new, first-of-its-kind space weather model reliably predicts space storms of high-energy particles that are harmful to many satellites and spacecraft orbiting in the Earth’s outer radiation belt.
 
A paper recently published in the journal Space Weather details how the model can accurately give a

LAPS Renovates One Of Its Leased Spaces

on April 14, 2019 - 6:17am

LAPS recently completed renovations to one of its leased facilities in Building 6 on the UNM-LA campus. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools recently completed renovations to one of its leased facilities in Building 6 on the UNM-LA campus.

This 11,002 square foot space is leased out to the Los Alamos National Laboratory and is one of three facilities LAPS leases to the Lab. The space was vacated during the renovation and LAPS is pleased to be able to return the space to them on time as scheduled.

Renovations include new carpet, freshly painted walls and stained doors, new

Science On Tap With Dr. Sven Vogel April 15

on April 11, 2019 - 10:09pm
Dr. Sven Vogel will discuss the Ram's Horn wire gold specimen and DAHRT capabilities at the Lab at Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 15 at UnQuarked Wine Room. Courtesy photo
 
SCIENCE News:
 
Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 15 at UnQuarked Wine Room.
 
This On Tap will feature a conservation conversation with Dr. Sven Vogel about the Ram's Horn wire gold specimen and DAHRT capabilities at the Lab.
 
Recently, researchers at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) had the unique opportunity to

LANL Scientists Develop New Open-Source Software That Predicts Impacts Of Extreme Events On Grids

on April 11, 2019 - 8:03am
Carleton Coffrin, a computer scientist at LANL, developed the Severe Contingency Solver software to help government agencies better plan for power outages caused by extreme events. The software is now available publicly. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
A new, free, open-source software reliably predicts how damage from hurricanes, ice storms, earthquakes and other extreme events will restrict power delivery from utility grids.
 
The Severe Contingency Solver for Electric Power Transmission is the only software available—commercially or open-source—that reliably supports analysis of

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Hans Bethe House

on April 10, 2019 - 3:13pm

On the Job in Los Alamos recently is Bathtub Row Press Manager Michelle Stump in the Hans Bethe House, 1350 Bathtub Row, standing before the Noble Prize for Physics awarded in 1995 to Frederick Reines. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Scientific Computing In Cloud Gets Down To Earth

on April 9, 2019 - 10:53am

Seismology researchers at LANL have conducted a continent-scale survey for seismic signatures of industrial activity using the Amazon Web Services commercial cloud (AWS), then rapidly downloaded the results without storing raw data or needing a local supercomputer. Courtesy/Google
 
LANL News:
 
In a groundbreaking effort, seismology researchers have conducted a continent-scale survey for seismic signatures of industrial activity in the Amazon Web Services commercial cloud (AWS), then rapidly downloaded the results without storing raw data or needing a local supercomputer.
 
“Using a

Glenn J. Morgan Named President Of Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos (N3B)

on April 9, 2019 - 10:32am

New N3B President/Program Manager Glenn J. Morgan

N3B News:

Glenn J. Morgan has been named president and program manager for Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos (N3B).

N3B manages the 10 year, $1.38 billion Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management, Los Alamos Field Office. N3B is responsible for cleaning up waste sites, and packaging and transporting waste off-site for permanent disposal.

As program manager, Morgan is responsible for the work of more than 600 N3B and subcontractor employees cleaning up legacy waste at Los

Seventy Seven Students Take Field Trip To Visit Bradbury Science Museum Thanks To LANB

on April 5, 2019 - 8:39am
In partnership with the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) provided the bus transportation last week for 77 students to visit the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

BSMA News:

Students from Okhay Owingeh and Santo Domingo Pueblos lat week participated in a hands-on engineering challenge and explored the Bradbury Science Museum galleries in search of engineered artifacts.

“As the students explored the museum galleries and focus on engineered artifacts, they gain an understanding of how engineers make the world a better

County Approaches Budget Hearings With Optimism

on April 4, 2019 - 1:16pm
Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

After passing a flat budget in FY2019 and preparing to do the same for FY2020, Los Alamos County received a pleasant surprise: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed SB 11, which states prime contractors operating a laboratory facility in New Mexico are indeed subject to gross receipt taxes (GRT).

This means Triad, which operates Los Alamos National Laboratory, will pay GRT to Los Alamos County.

Sixty Students Visit Bradbury Thanks To Rotary Club

on April 2, 2019 - 9:53am
Students from Amy Beihl Community School during a field trip to the Bradbury Science Museum for which the Los Alamos Rotary Club sponsored the transportation expenses. Courtesy photo
 
BSMA New:
 
In partnership with the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), the Los Alamos Rotary Club recently sponsored the transportation expenses for three 5th grade classes from Amy Biehl Community School in Santa Fe to visit the Bradbury Science Museum.
 
The students divided into three groups and took turns touring downtown Los Alamos, stopping for lunch at Ashley Pond Park and visiting the

Elk Herd Spotted Crossing Truck Route Near TA-53

on April 1, 2019 - 8:29am

A herd of elk are spotted Sunday afternoon crossing the Truck Route near TA-53. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Elk herd spotted Sunday afternoon near TA-53. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Elk herd spotted Sunday afternoon near TA-53. Photo by Trisha Ancell

DOE Awards Contract For Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program To Technical Resources Group

on April 1, 2019 - 7:22am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of a contract to Technical Resources Group, Inc. for support services under the DOE Office of Packaging and Transportation’s TEPP program.
 
The contractor shall provide support to Federal, State, Tribal and local authorities to prepare for a response to a transportation incident/accident involving DOE shipments of radiological material.
 
The Contractor conducts reviews of state and federal regulations and standards to identify current requirements and changes in regulations that may impact the

A Recent Passing Reminds Us Of Our Wartime History

on March 29, 2019 - 8:39am

Mary Lou Maloney, Puye Cliff Dwelling. Photo by Mike Michnovicz/ Courtesy of Los Alamos Historical Society Archives

By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society

Mary Lou Michnovicz passed away March 9 at her home in Albuquerque. She was 91. Perhaps not many people in Los Alamos today will recognize her name, but at the least they should take note of this passing.

Mary Lou, and her husband, Mike Michnovicz, were among the last of those daring young people who came to an unknown place during the 1940s to join a secret project that ultimately ended World War II.

Champions Of Youth Ambitions Awarded $1,500

on March 29, 2019 - 6:50am
Chad Lauritzen, known as the Sci Guy does science with students from Dixon Elementary. Courtesy photo
 
C’YA News:
 
Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) has received a $1,500 award from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Board of Directors in support of educational hands on science, youth development and the Community Asset Awards.
 
“The LANL Foundation appreciates how Champions of Youth Ambitions celebrates community assets and achievements, and works to bring quality enrichment education to youth in Los Alamos,” C’YA Executive Director Bernadette Lauritzen said.
 
Since

Two LANL Researchers Win Women In Tech Awards

on March 28, 2019 - 9:18am

New Mexico Technology Council 2019 Women in Technology Award recipients Laura Monroe, left, and Janette Frigo. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Electrical engineer and mathematician recognized as outstanding contributors to STEM fields

Two researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory were recognized with 2019 Women in Technology Awards by the New Mexico Technology Council.

Janette Frigo, an electrical engineer with the Laboratory’s Intelligence and Space Research division, and Laura Monroe, a mathematician with the Laboratory’s High-Performance Computing division, were recognized for their

NNSA Los Alamos Field Office To Assess Installation Of Fiber Optic Cable To LANL

on March 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
LANL News:
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is preparing a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Construction and Operation of a Second Fiber Optic Circuit Route to Los Alamos National Laboratory (EA).
 
The EA will analyze the proposed construction and operation of a redundant fiber optic circuit originating at the transition of Santa Fe County Road 62 to Forest Route 24 to the terminus serving both Los Alamos County (County) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the No Action Alternative.
 
Currently

PCB Cleanup Completed At Los Alamos Canyon Site

on March 27, 2019 - 9:36am

The N3B team removed PCB-contaminated soil from a narrow canyon at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. About 300 cubic yards of soil will be shipped offsite for disposal. Courtesy/N3B

N3B LOS ALAMOS News:

N3B has have finished cleaning up PCB-contaminated soil near the former Omega research reactor site at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The PCB-contaminated soil was located in Los Alamos Canyon at Technical Area 02 (TA-02). The source of the contamination is suspected to have been electrical transformers that served the Omega Site.

The contamination was discovered during investigation

NNSA Los Alamos Field Office To Assess Wildfire Hazard And Forest Health Program

on March 26, 2019 - 8:29am
LANL News:
 
The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is preparing a Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
 
The SEA will evaluate and document changes in the LANL management of forest health and wildfire mitigation procedures since the publication of the 2000 Environmental Assessment for the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Forest Health Improvement Program at LANL (EA).
 
It will identify changes to the affected

LANL Foundation Hires Sylvan Argo As Grants Manager

on March 25, 2019 - 5:21pm

Sylvan Argo

LANL FOUNDATION News:

Española — Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening education in Northern New Mexico, welcomes Sylvan Argo as Grants Manager.

This new position was created to broaden the foundation’s grantmaking impact, build community connection and accommodate program growth.

Argo is a dedicated advocate for social equity, youth voice and redefining success and achievement.

Hathcock Receives Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award

on March 25, 2019 - 8:07am

Charles (Chuck) Hathcock, an ecologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is the recipient of the 2019 Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award. Courtesy/Friends of Bandelier

 

By TERRY FOXX
For the Friends of Bandelier

The founder of Friends of Bandelier, Dorothy Hoard, had a passion for teaching, history, and conservation. When she died in March 2014, The Friends of Bandelier established the Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award to be given as her legacy and for her important contributions to Bandelier National Monument and the community.

This stewardship award is given to someone who has worked

Draft Environmental Assessment For LANL Photovoltaic System Available To Public

on March 22, 2019 - 8:03am

LANL News:

 

The Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze  the proposed construction and operation of a 10 megawatts (MW) ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system (PV) and associated power transmission line within an existing power transmission line corridor. The EZ will also  analyze the No Action Alternative of not constructing the PV.

 

The proposed PV location is on approximately 55-60 acres of which around 50 acres are within a previously disturbed area that was used as a borrow pit at

Scenes From BSMA Night With A Nerd

on March 22, 2019 - 6:48am

Community members gather March 14 at Fuller Lodge for the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) presentation of Night With A Nerd. Featured speaker Tim Koeth presented ‘The Physicists in the Basement of the High Castle’, an intriguing talk about the race between WW2 United States and Germany to build the world’s first atomic weapon and how the United States succeeded where others failed. www.bradburyassociation.org for more information about the BSMA. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Community members at Fuller Lodge for the BSMA presentation of Night With A Nerd.

LAPSA Members Gather For Meeting At UNM-LA

on March 22, 2019 - 6:12am
Members of the Los Alamos Public Safety Association gather for a group photo during their meeting Jan. 17 at UNM-LA, front row from left, Treasurer Sgt. Daniel Roberts, President Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald, Vice President Centerra General Manager Lennie Upshaw and LASO-SM and member Adolfo Meana. Center row from left, members LANL Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Maines, LANL Psychologist/BHRT Coordinator Dr. Alice Bodelson, Centerra Director of Operations Jesse Galvan and N3B Lisa La-Pointe Tafoya. Back row from left, Ex Officio Cmdr.

LANL Profile: Frederico ‘Cisco’ Archuleta

on March 21, 2019 - 12:12pm

Bassist Frederico ‘Cisco’ Archuleta of LANL’s Hazardous Materials Management group performs with the country music band Perfect StrangR. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

It’s a Friday night and couples at the Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort are ready to dance and have a good time. As the lounge’s lights dim, the country music band Perfect StrangR takes the stage.

As the stage lights begin their colorful interplay of patterns, bassist Frederico “Cisco” Archuleta of the Laboratory’s Hazardous Materials Management group, along with drummer Timm Kailey, set the pace and the beat for the opening song,

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