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Benson: The 75th Anniversary Celebration

on July 2, 2018 - 8:29am
Los Alamos

I lean against the logs of the east wall of Fuller Lodge with my paper-plated piece of anniversary cake and watch the so-many-people who are there for the celebration of the Lab’s 75th anniversary.

Next to me, also leaning, is a life-sized cardboard WAC smiling sort-of shyly in her army uniform with that weird little hat that looks like a folded napkin that we ARCOA girls refused to wear with our Red Cross uniforms in Korea and Vietnam.

She’s young, this WAC, and she might never in the rest of her life participate in such a world-changing event as what she is

DOE Awards EM Cyber Security Services Contract

on July 2, 2018 - 7:58am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of a contract to Cyber Security Professionals, Inc. of Fairfax, Va., for Environmental Management Cyber Security Services.
This contract is a Time and Materials type contract that contains a $5.2 million estimated value of services, and has a 12-month period of performance.
DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) mission is to complete the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy resulting from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

More Scenes From LANL 75th Anniversary Picnic

on July 1, 2018 - 9:15am
Scene from LANL's 75th Anniversary Celebration and family picnic Saturday at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. ‘As a new LANL employee, this was my first picnic … I was so delighted to see families out together celebrating the work they do to serve the country,’ Tammy J. Jimines said. ‘I am inspired by the camaraderie of the employees and their pride in the unique work they do. I plan to be a part of this group for a long time to come.’ Photo by Tammy J. Jimines
Face painting adds to the fun at LANL's 75th Anniversary Celebration and family picnic Saturday at Ashley Pond Park.

More Scenes From LANL’s 75th Anniversary Celebration

on July 1, 2018 - 7:37am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace addresses the crowd gathered Saturday morning at Fuller Lodge during the LANL 75th Anniversary Celebration and family picnic. Courtesy photo

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján speaks at the Leadership Breakfast Saturday morning on at Fuller Lodge during LANL’s 75th Anniversary celebration. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney chats with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján at the Leadership Breakfast Saturday morning at Fuller Lodge during LANL’s 75th Anniversary celebration. Courtesy photo

Michelle Hall and her husband LANL Director Terry Wallace

Scenes From LANL’s 75th Anniversary Celebration

on June 30, 2018 - 5:28pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace addresses the crowd gathered for LANL’s 75th Anniversary celebration today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján speaks at LANL’s 75th Anniversary celebration today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from LANL’s 75th Anniversary celebration today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos National Laboratory Deputy Director Rick Kacich and his wife Barbara Kacich at LANL’s 75th Anniversary celebration today at Ashley Pond Park.

U.S. Rep. Lujan Grisham On DOD Appropriations Bill

on June 30, 2018 - 5:07pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement on the House passage of the Department of Defense appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019:
“I am proud to have voted for the Defense Department Appropriations Bill which demonstrates our commitment to service members and our national security.

LANL 75th Anniversary: Family Story Of Mohammed And Elaine Alei

on June 30, 2018 - 9:19am
Mo and Elaine Alei on their wedding day in October 1953 outside The United Church on the corner of Canyon Road and 15th Street in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
Mo and Elaine Alei and their five children in 1963. Courtesy photo
By Lauren Griffith
Los Alamos
Learning From The Best ... Mohammed And Elaine Alei

There have been so many moments in my life where I have been struck by the reminder that my grandparents are remarkable people.

NNSA, Air Force Complete Successful End-To-End B61-12 Life Extension Program Flight Tests At Tonopah

on June 29, 2018 - 8:32am


NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and the U.S. Air Force completed two non-nuclear system qualification flight tests of the B61-12 gravity bomb June 9 at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.

“These qualification flight tests demonstrate the B61-12 design meets system requirements and illustrate the continued progress of the B61-12 life extension program to meet national security requirements” said Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, NNSA’s Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application.

Udall Fights For Justice For Victims Of Radiation Exposure In Key Senate Hearing

on June 28, 2018 - 12:12pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. In a major step forward in the fight for justice for victims of radiation exposure, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) testified Wednesday in a key Senate hearing on the need to enact his legislation to expand the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and provide compensation to all New Mexicans, Tribal members, and families throughout the country affected by exposure to radiation during the Cold War.
The hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee was held eight years after

Los Alamos Names Bret Kniss New Senior Fellow

on June 28, 2018 - 11:54am
Kniss serves as the program architect of the infrastructure strategy for plutonium facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory named Brett Kniss a Laboratory Senior Fellow, one of only five senior fellows currently at the Laboratory. Kniss serves as the program architect of the infrastructure strategy for plutonium facilities at Los Alamos.
“The designation of Senior Fellow is in recognition of extraordinary service to Los Alamos’ mission,” Laboratory Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr. said.

Robinson: Third Generation Labbie

on June 28, 2018 - 8:50am
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

We all know the tale, in 1943 scientists and military officials came to the Pajarito Plateau to work on the Manhattan Project and bring the atomic bomb to life. Then, in the deserts of southern New Mexico, their work brought the world into the atomic age. Seventy-five years later, Los Alamos National Laboratory continues to bring new discoveries and technology to the world.

Not only has this laboratory had a profound effect on the world, but also on my life.

LANL 75th Event Saturday May Cause Traffic Congestion And Limited Parking Downtown

on June 28, 2018 - 8:28am


Because of the LANL 75th Anniversary Celebration being held Saturday, June 30 at Ashley Pond Park, motorists may experience congestion and greatly reduced parking options around the downtown area of Los Alamos, including Trinity Drive and Central Avenue.

The event is expected to bring several thousand LANL employees to the townsite. Central Avenue will be closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., from 15th Street to Oppenheimer for the event. Canyon Road is an option to detour around the event.

Heinrich Secures Amendment To Boost Tech-Transfer From National Laboratories To Private Sector

on June 26, 2018 - 5:23pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

  • Bipartisan amendment would help national laboratories work with the private sector to commercialize innovative energy technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured an amendment to improve technology transfer from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) national labs to the private sector.

The amendment was included in the fiscal year 2019 spending bill that sets funding for the Department of Energy and passed out of the Senate by an 86-5 vote.

“New Mexico’s national labs play a critical role in

Registration Opens Friday For Debut Public Tours Of Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on June 26, 2018 - 5:00pm

Pond Cabin, which served as an office for Emilio Segrè’s Radioactivity Group studying plutonium is on the upcoming tour. Courtesy photo

ScienceFest 2018 News:

The U. S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Los Alamos Field Office and Los Alamos National Laboratory, partnering with the U. S. Department of Interior and National Park Service, will offer public tours of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park July 12 and 13 as part of Los Alamos ScienceFest 2018.

Registration is required in advance for limited tour slots.

East Jemez Road Commuters Face Traffic Delays

on June 25, 2018 - 7:46am

Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc. crews worked through the weekend on East Jemez Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ 
Los Alamos Daily Post

Commuters to and from Los Alamos are noticing delays along NM 4 and East Jemez Road since road improvement work recently commenced.

Work is expected to continue through October on several sections of highway from east of the Omega Bridge to the Totavi service station on NM 502 under a $7 million contract with Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc.

The road work is being funded under a settlement agreement reached

Matthew Amato Charged With DUI Following Traffic Stop By LANL Security

on June 25, 2018 - 7:36am

Matthew Amato


Matthew Amato, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested June 13 by Los Alamos Police Cpl. David Randleman and charged with driving under the influence.

Randleman was dispatched to Diamond Drive and Pajarito Street after Los Alamos National Laboratory security personnel pulled Amato over on a traffic stop. Randleman’s report states that he observed the odor of alcoholic beverages, that Amato’s speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. He said Amato admitted to consuming alcohol.

Amato agreed to perform a series of standardized field sobriety tests.

DOE Releases RFP For Hanford OccMed Services

on June 25, 2018 - 7:25am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Thursday issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a contract to provide a variety of services at the Hanford Site, called the Hanford Occupational Medical Services Contract (OccMed).
The total estimated value of the contract is up to approximately $125 million. The period of performance includes a base period of three years (including a transition period of 90 days), and two option periods of two years for a total of seven years. The current OccMed contract at Hanford expires Sept. 30, 2018.
DOE anticipates awarding

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Votes For Major Defense Bill To Strengthen New Mexico And Nation

on June 24, 2018 - 9:27am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON. D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the full Senate in voting to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a major bill to benefit New Mexico’s service members and military families, veterans, military bases, and defense programs throughout the state.
The NDAA, which passed the Senate by a margin of 85-10 and must now be reconciled with a House version of the bill, contains a number of provisions that Udall fought for to strengthen New Mexico.
“The funding authorized by this major defense bill will provide critical

LANL: Exploring Carbon Nanotube Optics As Pathway For Quantum Information Processing

on June 24, 2018 - 8:47am

Depiction of a carbon nanotube defect site generated by functionalization of a nanotube with a simple organic molecule. Altering the electronic structure at the defect enables room-temperature single photon emission at telecom wavelengths. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:


Researchers at Los Alamos and partners in France and Germany are exploring the enhanced potential of carbon nanotubes as single-photon emitters for quantum information processing. Their analysis of progress in the field is published in this week’s edition of the journal Nature Materials.


“We are particularly interested

J. Robert Oppenheimer Made Famous Martinis

on June 21, 2018 - 4:02pm

Parties at the Oppenheimer House during the Manhattan Project were known for their strong martinis. Courtesy photo

By Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society

The martinis made by Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer are legendary.

It’s no wonder, when his recipe calls for four ounces—four ounces!—of gin.

According to Pat Sherr, wife of a Manhattan Project physicist, “He served the most delicious and coldest martinis.”

Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, wrote that Oppeniemer’s “usually empty stomach” was “assaulted by highly praised martinis

LANL Profile: The Play’s The Thing...

on June 21, 2018 - 10:33am

Sheryl Bailey of LANL Acquisition Services Management Division Office. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Sheryl Bailey of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Acquisition Services Management Division Office sits at a table surrounded by actors with diverse personalities. Her soft eyes and captivating smile make her easily approachable, but it is the intensity behind those eyes and smile that will bring together this group of talented actors to produce an appealing and highly charged new play for a Santa Fe theater.

“Ever since I was a little kid I’ve been drawn to the theater,” Bailey said.

Sheriff Candidate James Whitehead Sues LANS

on June 21, 2018 - 10:32am

James Whitehead
Los Alamos Daily Post

A lawsuit filed against Los Alamos National Security by Republican nominee for Los Alamos County Sheriff James Whitehead, has been slated for a pretrial conference more than a year from now.

A scheduling conference held Tuesday morning before First Judicial District Judge Greg Shaffer resulted in the pretrial conference being calendared for July 26, 2019 with jury selection Aug. 26, 2019.

Whitehead filed the complaint Sept.

Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum June 27: Beyond The Neo-Darwinian Evolution Synthesis

on June 21, 2018 - 8:49am

Crowd at a Los Alamos Faith and Science talk at the Unitarian Church. Courtesy/LAFASF

Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum News:

Glenn Magelssen presents the fourth talk in the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum summer series Wednesday, June 27. The title of Magelssen’s talk is “Beyond the Neo-Darwinian Evolution Synthesis”. The theme of the 2018 Summer Series is “Purposeful Evolution”.

Most people are familiar with Darwin’s ideas about evolution.

LANL: Study Confirms Beetles Exploit Warm Winters To Expand Range

on June 20, 2018 - 2:58pm
Devin Goodsman
LANL News:
A new study by Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists and colleagues confirms that increasing minimum winter temperatures allow beetles to expand their range but reveals that overcrowding can put the brakes on population growth.
“It has long been predicted that warming winters will allow range expansion.

NNSA Conducts Rocket-Based Research In Hawaii With ‘HOT SHOT’

on June 20, 2018 - 8:39am

Sample of an instrument-carrying rocket designed to take measurements and perform scientific experiments during its sub-orbital flight. Courtesy image


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and Sandia National Laboratories successfully launched a research rocket in May that carried a series of experiments designed to deepen scientific understanding and support the stewardship of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.

This launch marks the first time NNSA has used scientific instrument-carrying rockets, also known as