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LANL: High-Impact Los Alamos Innovations Honored As R&D 100 Award Finalists

on August 29, 2018 - 9:50am
Ten Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations are finalists for the 2018 R&D 100 Awards, including the Universal Bacterial Sensor developed by the team led by Harshini Mukundan. The sensor mimics biological recognition of bacterial pathogens to identify infections even before the patient's symptoms are evident. Courtesy/LANL
 
Cristian Pantea and Dipen Sinha with the Acoustic Collimated Beam (ACCObeam). Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
Ten Los Alamos National Laboratory innovations are finalists for the 2018 R&D 100 Awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year

On The Job In Los Alamos: BSMA Board At projectY

on August 25, 2018 - 2:11pm

On the Job in Los Alamos are members of the Bradbury Science Museum Board gathered for their annual Board Retreat today at projectY in Central Park Square. From left, Bob Hull, Ann Parsons, KayLinda Crawford, Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck, Heidi Hahn, Secretary Jennifer Cline, Andy Trottier, President Ryn Herrmann, Pam Miller and Ed Fenimore. Board members not pictured include Johnnie Martinez, Kristin Henderson, Carol A. Clark (taking the picture), Dorian Newton, Shari Foley and Pam Sutton. For information about the BSMA and to become a member, click here. Photo by Carol A.

Robotics Night At Bradbury Science Museum Features Sumo Bots 5-8 p.m. Today!

on August 24, 2018 - 9:42am

BSMA News:

Local robotics groups will demonstrate their robots to the public 5-8 p.m. today, Aug. 24 during Robotics Night at the Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central Ave.

This free event is brought to you by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and generously supported by New Mexico Bank & Trust. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the robots used by organizations such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County Police Department and the University of New Mexico at Los Alamos.

State Determines Triad National Security Will Pay GRT

on August 22, 2018 - 8:29pm

The State of New Mexico finds that Los Alamos National Laboratory’s newly designated management and operating contactor Triad National Security, LLC will pay Gross Receipts Tax. Triad's Scott Sudduth, who represents Texas A&M, center, announced at the Northern New Mexico Community Stakeholders meeting underway this evening at Fuller Lodge, that the State has determined that Triad is structured to pay GRT. When specifically asked by the Los Alamos Daily Post if Triad will pay GRT, Sudduth confirmed that the state has determined that the company is required to pay GRT.

LANL Director Terry Wallace Rocks Crowd With Cosmic Mystery Of Minerals Presentation At Fuller Lodge

on August 22, 2018 - 10:50am

LANL Director Terry Wallace listens as UNM-LA Advisory Board President Steve Boerigter delivers an introduction of Wallace laced with hilarity ahead of Wallace's presentation on ‘The Cosmic Mystery of Minerals’ during the UNM-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

LANL Director Terry Wallace cracks up as he is being introduced with some geeky humor by Lab physicist Steve Boerigter during the UNL-LA fundraiser Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos hosted “An Evening With Dr. Terry Wallace” Aug.

Strem And UbiQD Of Los Alamos Sign Distribution Agreement For Cadmium-Free Quantum Dots

on August 20, 2018 - 12:12pm

An example of UbiQD's innovative quantum dot (QD) technology. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

STREM CHEMICALS, INC. News:

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. – UbiQD, Inc., a nanotechnology company in Los Alamos, has signed an agreement with Strem Chemicals, Inc. to allow distribution of their innovative quantum dot (QD) technology.

Strem, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals for research and development, will now offer six new products in collaboration with UbiQD.

Romero Discusses Intent And Purpose Of RCLC

on August 19, 2018 - 6:42pm
Former RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Former Regional Coalition of LANL Communities executive director and candidate for House Dist. 46 Andrea Romero said what hasn’t been clear in recent discussion of RCLC issues is “intent versus what is now considered criminal because it's been petitioned to the Attorney General’s Office”.

“I think if the point of the board is to be able to move forward ... everyone needs to know that the intent was to have a proper board with good parameters, to be able to do good work in the

Science On Tap: Sensor Diagnosis Of Infectious Diseases – The Need For Speed Aug. 20

on August 18, 2018 - 5:26am
Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland
 
SCIENCE ON TAP:
 
The next Science On Tap, “Sensor Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: The Need for Speed” is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at UnQuarked - The Wine at 145 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.
 
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, recognizing the global health threat from drug-resistant bacterial infections, have developed a rapid diagnostic tool that promises to revolutionize the way hospitals test for infection.
 
Join Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland, with the Lab’s Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group, for a discussion about

LANL: Bird Communities Dwindle On Pajarito Plateau

on August 16, 2018 - 11:06am

The hairy woodpecker is among the species that declined from 2003 to 2013. Courtesy/LANL

The western tanager is among the species that declined from 2003 to 2013. Courtesy/LANL

Los Alamos scientist Jeanne Fair at Tsankawi on Bandelier National Monument, one area where the death of piñon pine trees may have caused a decline of some birds on the Pajarito Plateau. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Researchers have found declines in the number and diversity of bird populations at nine sites surveyed in northern New Mexico, where eight species vanished over time while others had considerably dropped.

Radioactive And Hazardous Materials Committee Meets In Los Alamos For Update On Clean-up Of Legacy Waste

on August 16, 2018 - 9:37am

Members of the Legislature's Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee, from left, Sen. Nancy Rodriguez, Sen. Jeff Steinborn and Sen. Richard Martinez listen Wednesday at UNM-LA as EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze and Jennifer Hower of the New Mexico Environment Department provde an update on Los Alamos National Laboratory's environmental clean-up of legacy waste. The update is required under the Compliance Order on Consent, which mandates annual planning for clean-up milestones and ensures the effective use of cleanup funds. Photo by Allison Scott Majure/N3B Los Alamos

Letter To The Editor: Regarding GRT Tax

on August 15, 2018 - 7:24am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos
 
I have a question for Lisa Shin regarding the GRT tax she discussed in her recent column. While I'm not a big fan of the GRT, I think that it is highly likely that it will be reimposed on LANL.
 
I think that the most likely scenario is that we will have both a Democratic governor and a Democrat controlled legislature after the election. Los Alamos County isn't the only county that receives GRT money from LANL. The counties adjacent to Los Alamos also receive funding.

NNMP Calls For AG Probe Of RCLC Audit Findings

on August 14, 2018 - 3:43pm

NNMP Vice President David Neal, right, speaks to Santa Fe County Manager Katherine Miller at a February RCLC meeting in Pojoaque. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Officers of the non-profit group Northern New Mexico Protecting Land, Water Rights also known as NNM Protects (NNMP) has formally asked Attorney General Hector Balderas to conduct a criminal investigation of the findings of “three recent audits” involving the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC), Andrea Romero Consulting, Inc., JLH Media, Inc., and

LANL: Two Los Alamos Scientists Named American Geophysical Union Fellows

on August 14, 2018 - 7:41am
S. Peter Gary
 
LANL News:
 
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) named two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists fellows in recognition of their leadership and excellence in Earth and space sciences.
 
Geoffrey D. Reeves and S. Peter Gary are among 62 new fellows who will be honored at AGU’s annual conference in December in Washington, D.C. Only 0.1 percent of AGU’s 60,000-plus member scientists are named fellows each year, according to the international organization.
 
Reeves has been involved in numerous NASA and national security missions, most recently the Van Allen Probes mission

NNSA Update: LANL Road Construction Project

on August 13, 2018 - 9:45pm

NNSA News:

Eastbound N.M. 502 traffic this week will encounter alternating lane changes as road crews continue mill and fill work on the inside and outside lanes.

Two lanes will continue to take drivers eastbound during the afternoon commute.

Albuquerque Asphalt construction crews also will begin painting traffic stripes along freshly laid roadways. Painting activities are scheduled to take place during off-peak traffic hours. Drivers are asked to watch out for the shadow car following road-striping crews.

Weather permitting, the schedule for striping is:

  • Tuesday Aug. 14 on N.M. 4;

LANL Director To Speak At UNM-LA Fundraiser

on August 13, 2018 - 12:26pm

LANL Director Dr. Terry Wallace

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board and the UNM-Los Alamos Fundraising Committee will host “An Evening with Dr. Terry Wallace” Aug. 15 at Fuller Lodge.

Wallace is the 11th director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and president of Los Alamos National Security, LLC.

The evening begins with a reception at 6:15 p.m., with h’oeuvres catered by Secret City Kitchen and beverages served by the Pajarito Brewpub.

DOE: RFI/SS For Environmental Management Deactivation, Decommissioning And Removal Services

on August 13, 2018 - 6:07am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI, Ohio ― The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Thursday issued a Request for Information (RFI)/Sources Sought for Environmental Management Nationwide Deactivation, Decommissioning and Removal (DD&R) Services.

The DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) is currently in the acquisition planning phase for a potential upcoming procurement to perform DD&R of Facilities, Waste Management, and Program Support for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Office of Science (OS). The services to be acquired may be performed at various locations throughout the

Pearce Discusses Lab, State During Los Alamos Visit

on August 12, 2018 - 10:07pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce and his wife Cynthia speaking with reporters Wednesday morning at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce and his wife Cynthia were in town Wednesday to talk with county officials and business leaders about the new management contract at Los Alamos National Laboratory among other topics.

Pearce is running for governor and spent time speaking with reporters at the Los Alamos Daily Post about LANL and state issues.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Scholarship Winners

on August 12, 2018 - 8:46am
Scholarship winners honored during an Aug. 8 reception at the LANL Foundation. Kneeling from left, Marisa-Ann Lopez of Santa Fe, studying culinary arts at Santa Fe Community College, Abiquiú Land Grant – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Scholar; Kamille Chavez of Los Alamos, studying nursing at Santa Fe Community College, Regional College/Returning Student Scholar; Olivia Yesenia Schollenberger of White Rock, studying science at University of New Mexico, Regional College/Returning Student Scholar; Mara Penfil of Santa Fe, studying nursing at Santa Fe Community College, Regional College/Returning

USS Los Alamos Crew Tour Bradbury Science Museum

on August 12, 2018 - 8:35am

Crew members of the USS Los Alamos pose for a group photo Friday morning in the Bradbury Science Museum. The Group had a reuinion in Los Alamos and received a grand welcome. The day started out with a tour of the Museum followed by a walking tour of the townsite. After lunch the group had a special tour of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Saturday morning the Veterans were honored in the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade on Central Avenue. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

This is a photo of the USS Los Alamos floating dry-dock used to service submarines including nuclear submarines

Luján Sends Bi-Partisan Letter Calling For House Hearing On Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

on August 11, 2018 - 5:04pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM-03) sent a bi-partisan letter calling on the House Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing to examine the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).
 
Earlier this year, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled, “Examining the Eligibility Requirements for the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program to Ensure all Downwinders Receive Coverage.” Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Tina Cordova with the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, and Jonathan Nez, Vice President of the Navajo Nation,

Independent Investigative Report Released On County Role In Regional Coalition Funds Fiasco

on August 11, 2018 - 9:51am

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess, right, and Deputy County Manager Steve Lynn at a Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting in Espanola earlier this year. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 38-page investigative report with hundreds of pages of back-up documentation was released Thursday to Los Alamos County officials by the law firm of Adams + Crow.

Cobb Family Contribute $55,000 To Build An Education Scholarship Endowment

on August 10, 2018 - 7:42am
From left, Allison Cobb, Don Cobb, Paula Ward, Mike Ward, Arielle Ward, Nathan Ward and Philip Etherington. Photo by Andrea Multari
 
LANL Foundation CEO Jenny Parks and Board Member Barry Herskowitz accept a $55,000 donation from Allison Cobb, Don Cobb and Paula Ward. Photo by Andrea Multari
 
LANL FOUNDATION News:
 
ESPAÑOLA— Los Alamos resident, retired Los Alamos National Laboratory manager and longtime friend of the LANL Foundation, Don Cobb made a $55,000 donation toward the Don & Connie Cobb Education Scholarship during a reception Aug.

NNSA: Environmental Assessment Finds No Significant Impact To Converting LANL Facility

on August 9, 2018 - 4:03pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has determined there is no significant environmental impact in converting a radiological laboratory at Los Alamos National Laboratory to a hazardous category 3 nuclear facility.

Documents, findings and public comments and responses for the Environmental Assessment of Proposed Changes for Analytical Chemistry and Materials Characterization at the Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building, are available at https://energy.gov/node/2501991.

The Environmental Assessment analyzes

The End Of World War II in Los Alamos

on August 9, 2018 - 12:57am

GIs in Los Alamos celebrate the news that the war is over. Courtesy photo

By Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society

This week marks the 73rd anniversaries of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as the end of World War II, the bloodiest conflict in human history.

Reaction to the end of the war in Los Alamos, according to those who lived it, was mixed.

Eleanor Jette described events in her classic book, Inside Box 1663: “About two o’clock, bedlam broke loose; word of the surrender request had reached the [army] barracks.

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