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Council Works To Revise Role In Regional Coalition

on November 4, 2018 - 4:51am
RCLC Executive Director Eric Vasquez speaks to the Los Alamos County Council during its regular meeting Oct. 30 at the White Rock Fire Station. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The Los Alamos County Council began reshaping and redefining its role in the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) Oct. 30 during its regular meeting in the White Rock Fire Station.
 
Councilor Susan O’Leary requested the item be put on the agenda and several motions were presented for council’s consideration.
 
Council

LANL Posts Lowest-ever Illness And Injury Rate

on November 1, 2018 - 12:21pm
Courtesy/LANL
 
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory has posted its lowest-ever monthly illness and injury rate, as documented by the industry standard of Days Away Restricted Transfer Rate (DART) and Total Recordable Case (TRC) rates. The Laboratory’s rates are well below comparable industry averages.

This summer, DOE renewed the Laboratory’s Voluntary Protection Program Star status, making LANL the largest VPP Star site among the 17 national laboratories.

Triad National Security Takes The Helm Today At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on November 1, 2018 - 9:32am

The National Security Sciences Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • New LANL Director Thom Mason stresses, ‘Change where needed, continuity where critical.’ 

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory begins operations today under a new management and operating (M&O) contract between Triad National Security, LLC (Triad) and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The NNSA awarded the M&O contract to Triad June 8, 2018. 

 

“The new leadership team at Los Alamos is determined to strike the right balance between mission delivery for

OJP Awards $64 Million To Combat Human Trafficking

on October 28, 2018 - 2:56pm

OJP News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced awards of more than $67 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 grant funding to support state, local and tribal jurisdictions’ efforts to protect human trafficking victims, prosecute those who commit trafficking crimes and support coordinated community responses to human trafficking throughout the United States

“Human trafficking is a particularly perverse and illegal form of evil that enriches its perpetrators by exploiting its victims in atrocious ways,” said OJP’s Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matt

Letter To The Editor: The Lab, The County, And GRT

on October 28, 2018 - 2:37pm
By GEORGE HAGEDORN
Los Alamos

 

I think the county has been looking at the Lab GRT issue as the glass being half empty verses being half full.

If the government would have closed down the Lab after WWII and moved out of town, Los Alamos would most likely now be a one horse town at the end of the road. The major employer would most likely be a seasonal boys ranch. Because the Lab stayed in business the county has over 18,000 population with about 8,000 households and a proportionate number of businesses/commercial properties to service this population.

The population pays sales taxes on

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty Recognizes LANL Director Terry Wallace In Special Ceremony

on October 25, 2018 - 4:20pm

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty presents LANL Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., with the Gold Award—the NNSA’s highest honor. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, the Department of Energy’s undersecretary for nuclear security and administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), visited Los Alamos National Laboratory today to present Dr. Terry Wallace, outgoing Laboratory director, with the Gold Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed by an NNSA Administrator.

NNSA is the government agency that oversees the entire U.S.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Votes To Support Continued Funding For Blue Bus Service

on October 25, 2018 - 4:05pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) voted last Friday, during its monthly board meeting, to formally acknowledge how important it is to continue funding for the North Central Region Transit District (NCRTD), and passed a resolution expressing its support for the reauthorization of the 1/8 of 1 percent increment in local gross receipts taxes in Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Taos counties.

The measure is on this year’s ballot in all four counties.

LANL Breaks Ground On National Security Office Space

on October 24, 2018 - 1:32pm

Breaking ground Monday on a new national security office building on LANL property, from left, Steve Goodrum, manager of NNSA’s Los Alamos  Field Office; Nancy Jo Nicholas, principal associate director for Global Security at LANL and Terry C. Wallace, Jr., director of LANL. Courtesy/LANL

LANL Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., speaks at the groundbreaking next to an artist’s rendering of the new national security office building that will be constructed on Lab property. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Monday morning, Terry C.

LANL: Clues To Creating An HIV Vaccine: HIV Sugars Are Key For Effective Immune Responses

on October 24, 2018 - 9:42am

Artistic rendition of antibodies targeting ‘gaps’ in the HIV virus’s sugar shield. Blue protein is antibody, and the HIV surface protein called Env is depicted using the predicted sugar shield – dark blue are sites where sugars are attached, green is the predicted sugar shield, and magenta/pink are uncommon gaps in the sugar shield. Study author Kshitij Wagh et al. show that the completeness of sugar shield of the infecting virus is key to developing effective antibody responses in HIV infected individuals. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The search for a vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes

ORNL: Past And Present DOE Missions Displayed In American Museum Of Science & Energy At Oak Ridge

on October 23, 2018 - 12:05pm

Participants in the Oct. 18 opening of the new American Museum of Science and Energy facility gather for the ribbon cutting. Courtesy/ORNL

From left, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thomas Zacharia, DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann tour the new American Museum of Science &d Energy facility with Museum Director Julia Bussinger. Courtesy/ORNL

Visitors are greeted by an interactive map of Oak Ridge and five exhibit areas when they enter the new American Museum of Science & Energy facility. Courtesy/ORNL

ORNL News:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.

Students May Apply Now For Traditional & Nontraditional Scholarships From LANL Foundation

on October 23, 2018 - 11:48am

LANL FOUNDATION News:
  • Scholarship Applications Now Accepted: Awards Available for Graduating High School Seniors, Undergraduates & Nontraditional Students

Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) is now accepting applications for 2019 awards in two categories.

High school seniors enrolling in or undergraduates currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution in pursuit of a four-year degree may apply for awards ranging from $1,000 to $20,000. Application deadline for traditional four-year scholarships is Jan. 22, 2019, with awards announced in spring.

Excellence in Teaching Award: Call For Nominations To Honor Teachers In Rio Arriba County & Pojoaque

on October 23, 2018 - 10:20am

LANL FOUNDATION News:

Española — Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition to honoring teachers in Rio Arriba County, this year educators in Pojoaque also are eligible.

An engraved plaque and $1,000 prize will be given to seven teachers in honor of their dedication and to bring encouragement and support to the education profession.

The program is offered by the nonprofit Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation and Centerra-Los Alamos (CLA), the Laboratory’s protective force contractor.

Qualified nominees must have taught at their

LANL Director Terry Wallace Briefs Regional Coalition

on October 22, 2018 - 4:14pm

LANL Director Terry Wallace speaks to members of the RCLC board during a meeting Friday in the Municipal Building. County Councilor Pete Sheehey and council candidate Sara Scott listen at left. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace presented a briefing about the laboratory to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) during its meeting Friday in the Los Alamos Municipal Building.

With Triad National Security, LLC set to take the laboratory’s management reigns next month,

Heinrich Releases ‘Labs & Bases’ TV Ad

on October 18, 2018 - 9:09am

To view video click here.

From the Martin Heinrich for Senate Campaign:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich’s campaign for U.S. Senate released a new television ad titled “Labs & Bases”.

The ad features former Sandia National Laboratories Director Jill Hruby, President and Chief Technical Officer of Pajarito Powder Barr Zulevi, General Atomics physicist Robert Peterkin and retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Gene Sisneros, speaking about Sen. Heinrich’s work to strengthen New Mexico's labs and bases and bolster the state’s economy.

Transcript:

Barr Zulevi: “Martin Heinrich is

LANL Profile: Michael Martinez Capturing Culture In Art

on October 18, 2018 - 7:08am

Artist and LANL employee Michael Martinez. Courtesy photo

LANL News:

With pen and ink, artist Michael E. Martinez of Los Alamos’ Detonation Science and Technology group takes to paper, beautifully crafting a bleached skull with a headdress inspired by the American Plains Indians. To give it a New Mexican theme, he uses the Zia symbol for the skull’s eyes and accents the smooth face and war bonnet with turquoise coloring. Emblazoned on the New Mexico flag, the Zia symbol originated with the Zia people.

“I come from a creative family,” Martinez said.

EM’s Office Of River Protection Energizes Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Analytical Laboratory

on October 18, 2018 - 6:12am
The Analytical Laboratory will analyze samples of vitrified low-activity waste to ensure it meets regulatory requirements and standards. Courtesy photo
 
An electrician tests control panel switches in Hanford’s Analytical Laboratory. The laboratory is the first of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization’s four primary facilities to be fully energized. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:

RICHLAND, Wash.

Voices Of Los Alamos Meeting Features Elizabeth Allen

on October 17, 2018 - 6:14pm
Elizabeth Allen
 
VOLA News:
 
Los Alamos residents are invited to the next Voices of Los Alamos meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Unitarian Church.
 
During the meeting, Steven Horak from the Los Alamos Environmental Management Office, will give a brief update on the Chromium plume, and democratic candidate for municipal judge, Elizabeth Allen, will give a presentation on restorative justice.
 
Restorative justice is an alternative approach to justice that aims at repairing the harm done by a crime by bringing together victims, offenders, and community members.

LANL: Arctic Greening Thaws Permafrost, Boosts Runoff

on October 17, 2018 - 4:20pm

NGEE-Arctic researchers from Los Alamos, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Oak Ridge National Laboratory dig deep snow pits in tall shrub patches to understand the warming effect of snow-shrub interactions on underlying permafrost. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Study finds shrubs trap snow, creating permanently thawed zones that destroy permafrost and create pathways for increased water and carbon flow

A new collaborative study has investigated Arctic shrub-snow interactions to obtain a better understanding of the far north’s tundra and vast permafrost system.

RCLC Meets Oct. 19 Los Alamos Municipal Building

on October 16, 2018 - 4:28pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) is meeting at 1:30 p.m., Friday at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

For more information, visit https://regionalcoalition.org/.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda:

U.S. Senate Passes Udall-Heinrich Resolution Honoring Nuclear Weapons Workers

on October 16, 2018 - 11:45am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution, with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and others, to designate Oct. 30, 2018 as the 10th National Day of Remembrance to honor the thousands of New Mexicans and Americans who helped develop, support, and maintain the nation’s nuclear weapons efforts during the Cold War.

The full text of the resolution is available HERE.

“During the Cold War, thousands of New Mexicans sacrificed their health – and in many cases, even their lives – to bolster the

N3B Awards $1.5 Million In Cleanup Work To TerranearPMC/Envirocon

on October 16, 2018 - 10:04am

Potential cleanup contractors tour TA-21 in August to get an idea of the scope of work, which includes removing old fencing, telephone poles, hundreds of tons of cement and rebar, other contaminated and uncontaminated above-ground debris, and decontaminating two facilities (background) and six excavators. Courtesy/N3B

N3B News:

Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) has awarded a subcontract to TerranearPMC of Los Alamos and teaming partner Envirocon of Missoula, Mont., to perform cleanup activities at Technical Area-21, a former research site at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The

Interior Department ‘Open Science’ Directive Echoes Environmental Protection Agency Effort

on October 16, 2018 - 8:13am
The directive on ‘Promoting Open Science’ was issued by Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, pictured above at the Bureau of Land Management’s Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center in New Mexico. Courtesy/DOI
 
DOI News:
 
In a directive titled “Promoting Open Science” released late last month, the Department of the Interior outlined steps it plans to take to increase the transparency of its decision-making.
 
Those steps include requiring the department’s offices to make the data from scientific studies they use to develop regulations publicly available, with certain exceptions for

LANL: Three Los Alamos Medal Winners Changed The Course Of Science

on October 15, 2018 - 3:20pm

From left, Paul Whalen, Geoffrey West and John M. Pedicini are awarded the Los Alamos Medal—Los Alamos National Laboratory’s highest honor. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory today announced that three individuals have been awarded the Los Alamos Medal, the Laboratory’s highest honor, for groundbreaking contributions to science and national security. John M.

LANL: John, Reichhardt And Viswanathan Honored

on October 12, 2018 - 10:17am

LANL scientists from left, Kevin John, Cynthia Reichhardt and Hari Viswanathan will be honored Oct. 25 with the Laboratory’s Fellows Prizes for 2018. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Three Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists will be honored Oct. 25 with the Laboratory’s Fellows Prizes for 2018.

Cynthia Reichhardt and Hari Viswanathan will receive the annual Fellows Prize for Research, and Kevin John will receive the Fellows Prize for Leadership.

“I congratulate Cynthia, Hari and Kevin for their outstanding achievements,” said John Sarrao, principal associate director for Science, Technology and

LANL Scientists Honored With APS Fellowships

on October 12, 2018 - 6:49am
The American Physical Society Fellows inductees, top left to right), Brian Albright and Jennifer Hollingsworth and bottom left to right, Brian J. Jensen and Brian Kendrick. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
The American Physical Society (APS) has selected the Society's 2018 Fellows, four of which are Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists: Brian Albright, Jennifer Hollingsworth, Brian J. Jensen and Brian Kendrick.
 
“I congratulate Brian, Jennifer, Brian, and Brian on their selection as American Physical Society Fellows,” said John Sarrao, principal associate director for Science, Technology

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