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Los Lunas High School Students Take Top Award In 28th Annual Supercomputing Challenge

on April 28, 2018 - 5:24am
Jen Marie Phifer and Forest Good win top honors.  Teams from Los Alamos High School take second and third place awards. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Jen Marie Phifer and Forest Good of Los Lunas High School won top honors Tuesday at the 28th Annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge held at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  
Their project, “What’s Missing?” looks at a way to create a systematized method for finding missing pieces of data. The project has implications for the fields of accounting, logistics, and cybersecurity.
Second place went to Lillian Petersen of Los Alamos

Scenes From LANL Sustainable Fair Thursday

on April 27, 2018 - 12:22pm

A crowd checks out the vendor booths at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Small Business Department's sustainability fair Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Sustianable Acquisition Lead for LANL Maryrose Montalvo said 14 vendors participated in the fair, which showcased businesses' sustainable products and services. She explained the participating vendors have blanket order agreements with the laboratory. While the businesses offer a wide range of products and services, they were able to promote their green services and products during the fair.

HU Computer Science Graduate Rosario Vasquez Lands Position At LANL

on April 27, 2018 - 9:32am
Rosario Vasquez
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM A Highlands University computer science master’s degree candidate has landed a career position at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Rosario Vasquez, who also earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science at Highlands, will work at LANL in a position that focuses on computer support and system administration.
“My position at LANL will allow me to work on innovative projects as well as put to the test my problem-solving skills when administering technical issues,” said Vasquez, who has worked at LANL as an intern for the last year.

LANB Continues Decades Of Support To J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee

on April 26, 2018 - 3:17pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

As the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee (JROMC) approaches its 47-year anniversary, JROMC Chair Alison Pugmire shared the organization’s long history of support from Los Alamos National Bank.

Pugmire told the Los Alamos Daily Post Tuesday that for three decades the J. Robert Oppenheimer Committee has welcomed the financial support of LANB in funding scholarships for outstanding high school seniors as they head to college.

“We are proud of the remarkable students that we’ve been able to support as a

Bradbury Science Museum Celebrates 25th Anniversary!

on April 26, 2018 - 3:16pm

The Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos celebrated its 25th Anniversary Wednesday and BSM Director Linda Deck received a Letter of Recognition from Manhattan Project National Historical Park officials and Site Manager Ranger Charlie Strickfaden at the event. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

BSM Educator Mel Strong stands in front of a photo of Ian Aeby, inventor of modern day Pinocchio during the demonstration. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

BSM Director Linda Deck speaks to crowd during the 25th anniversary celebration at the museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Staff Report


NNSA Awards $7 Million Cooperative Agreement To University Of Texas At Austin

on April 26, 2018 - 2:40pm
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has designated a new Center of Excellence at the University of Texas at Austin as part of the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Program. 
“These grants ensure a pipeline of world-class scientists trained in areas of relevance to our stockpile stewardship mission,” said Dr. Kathleen Alexander, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation in NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs. 
The University of Texas at Austin Center for

Cold War Patriots Hosts Town Hall Meetings For LANL, Sandia, And Uranium Workers May 8-10

on April 26, 2018 - 8:46am
CWP News:
DENVER, Colo.  Cold War Patriots (CWP), a community resource organization that is the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice advocating for worker benefits, will host free town hall meetings for nuclear weapons and uranium workers in New Mexico at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., May 8, 9 and 10 each day.
With a new format this year, CWP is making it easier for workers to get the specific information they need about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).
The morning sessions, starting at 10 a.m., will be customized for people who have

David Trujillo Named Government Affairs Representative For Los Alamos National Laboratory

on April 25, 2018 - 10:46am

LANL Government Affairs Representative David Trujillo

LANL News:

The Government Affairs and Protocol office has named northern New Mexico native David Trujillo as the new head of state and local government affairs for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“I am excited about this new opportunity and I look forward to further strengthening the Laboratory’s relationship with all of our state and local government officials,” Trujillo said.

Trujillo is replacing Rick Ulibarri, who is retiring from the Laboratory after more than three decades of outstanding service.

Scenes From 28th Annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Awards Ceremony

on April 24, 2018 - 4:13pm

Scene from the 28th Annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Awards Ceremony this morning at the Los Alamos Church of Christ at 2323 Diamond Dr. More than 30 awards and recognitions were presented to high school students at the event. Also, more than $18,000 in scholarships was awarded along with some $5,000 in cash given to participants during an action-packed computer random drawing. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos High School student Lillian Petersen receives the Community Impact Award for her project, Predicting Food Shortages in Africa from Satellite Imagery from

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on April 24, 2018 - 12:36pm

NNSA: Albuquerque Complex Project Authorized To Begin Construction

on April 24, 2018 - 9:10am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) authorized Friday the start of construction of the Albuquerque Complex Project.

The project will provide a modern, safe and reliable workspace for approximately 1,200 employees in Albuquerque, who support NNSA’s vital national security missions.

“Our dedicated employees at sites across the country deserve high-quality workspace,” said Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, DOE under secretary for nuclear security and NNSA administrator.

LANL Officials Present Lessons Learned On Remediated And Unremediated Salts To NNMCAB

on April 23, 2018 - 11:28am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Associate Director for Environmental Management (EM) Randy Erickson, left, and Deputy Associate Director for EM Dave Funk, center, chat with Doug Hintze, manager of the EM Los Alamos Field Office following the April 18 meeting of the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board subcommittes in Pojoaque. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Lessons learned during the treatment of remediated and unremediated nitrate salts at Los Alamos National Laboratory were shared April 18 by LANL Associate

LANL: New High-resolution Exascale Earth-modeling System Announced For Energy

on April 23, 2018 - 10:16am

The high-resolution E3SM earth system model simulates the strongest storms with surface winds exceeding 150 mph—hurricanes that leave cold wakes that are 2 to 4 degrees Celsius cooler than their surroundings. This simulation from E3SM represents how sea surface temperature changes evolve as a hurricane (seen here approaching the U.S. East Coast) moves across the Atlantic and how the resultant cold wake affects subsequent intensification of the next hurricane. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Supercomputing advances will improve analysis of Earth system variability and energy sector needs

A new

NNMCAB Discusses Recommendations For DOE On Energy Communities Alliance Waste Disposition Report

on April 23, 2018 - 9:18am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board combined committee members meeting in Pojoaque April 18 discussed their proposed recommendations to the Department of Energy on the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) report on waste disposition to the Department of Energy (DOE).

NNMCAB member Dr. Stanley Riveles confirmed Sunday that he drafted the recommendations on the ECA repost, “Waste Management: A New Approach to DOE’s Waste Management Must Be Pursued” at the request of a NNMCAB subcommittee.

Nerses ‘Krik’ Krikorian Dies At 97

on April 20, 2018 - 9:33am

Nerses ‘Krik’ Krikorian. Courtesy Atomic Heritage Foundation

Staff Report

Renowned Los Alamos National Laboratory chemist Nerses “Krik” Krikorian died Wednesday at his home in Los Alamos at the age of 97.

He was a refugee from Europe, Manhattan Project veteran, postwar nuclear program worker, chemist and spouse to a Manhattan Project worker.

After World War II, Krikorian was approached to join the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos. He arrived Aug. 19, 1946 at 109 East Palace in Santa Fe.

He met his future wife Katherine “Pat” Patterson at Los Alamos.

Read more about Krikorian here and

LANL Wildland Fire Manager Discusses Drought

on April 19, 2018 - 3:00pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Wildland Fire Manager Manny L'Esperance addresses the crowd gathered at Science on Tap Monday at Unquarked in Central Park Square. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Participants in Monday evening's Science on Tap event listen to a wildland fire presentation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

“I don’t think I’m going to surprise anybody when I tell you what the current conditions are,” Los Alamos National Laboratory Wildland Fire Manager Manny L’Esperance said Monday evening at a

LANL’s Ian Tregillis: Master Of Alternate Worlds

on April 19, 2018 - 1:43pm

Ian Tregillis is physicist by day and novelist at night. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Laboratory physicist Ian Tregillis, of the Plasma Theory and Applications group, spends his work days on physics validation of the models in simulation codes. Nights and weekends, he invents his own.

Tregillis writes category-bending science-fiction/fantasy novels. His Milkweed Triptych series veers into alternate World War II history, with magic and superhumans.

LANL: Student Teams Showcase Computing Projects

on April 19, 2018 - 8:43am

More than 200 New Mexico students and teachers will come together April 23-24 at Los Alamos National Laboratory to showcase their computing research projects. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • The Supercomputing Challenge is project-based learning geared to teaching a wide range of skills including computational thinking and computer programming.

More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will come together April 23-24 at Los Alamos National Laboratory to showcase their computing research projects at the 28th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony.

“One of

NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Completes Analysis Of Sitewide Environmental Impact Statement

on April 19, 2018 - 8:16am

NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office has completed and posted a Supplement Analysis for the 2008 “Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico” (SWEIS).

The document provides an analysis of changes in operations at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) since the publication of the 2008 SWEIS, which covered the period from 2008 through 2017.

It also evaluates the continued adequacy of the 2008 SWEIS for the future of LANL operations from 2018 through 2022.


NMED Hearing On Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Plant Discharge Permit Slated For Thursday

on April 18, 2018 - 3:25pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) will hold a public hearing beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge Art Center.

The purpose of the hearing is to consider Discharge Permit DP-1132 prepared in response to a discharge plan submitted by the Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC.

LANL: One Step Closer To Understanding Explosive Sensitivity With Molecule Design

on April 18, 2018 - 9:27am

LANL scientists from left, Daniel Preston, Virginia Manner and Geoff Brown prepare a drop-weight impact test on an explosive PETN derivative. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Explosives have an inherent problem – they should be perfectly safe for handling and storage but detonate reliably on demand. Using computer modeling and a novel molecule design technique, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have replaced one “arm” of an explosive molecule to help unravel the first steps in the detonation process and better understand its sensitivity – how easily it begins a violent reaction.


LANL’s Highest Honor Bestowed On Four Scientists

on April 17, 2018 - 9:40am

Winners of the Los Alamos Medal, the Laboratory’s highest honor, from left, Larry Deaven, Robert Moyzis, Scott Cram and Howard Menlove. Courtesy/LANL

Laboratory Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., presents Howard Menlove with the Los Alamos Medal. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos Medal Awardees Honored For Exceptional Work

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists were honored at the Los Alamos Medal ceremony Thursday, April 12, for their distinguished achievements that have impacted the success of the Laboratory, and consequently the nation, either through mission accomplishments or

LANL And LAFD Respond To Bulging Drum At Sigma Facility

on April 16, 2018 - 10:27pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory personnel and Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a report of a bulging drum at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Sigma facility, according to a LANL spokesman.

“The drum has been rendered safe, and there is no threat to workers or the public. Full access to the facility has been restored,” the spokesman said.

The Sigma complex was built in the 1950s and 1960s and houses extensive laboratory areas for materials synthesis and processing, characterization, and fabrication.

Centerra Donates $10,000 To United Way Of NNM!

on April 16, 2018 - 4:23pm

Officials from Centerra Los Alamos, the security force at Los Alamos National Laboratory, visited the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon to present a $10,000 donation to United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) to help those in need in the local area. Post Publisher Carol A. Clark is on the UWNNM Board and took the photo at today's check presentation. From left, UWNNM Board President Steve Boerigter, Centerra General Manager Ted Spain, UWNNM Executive Director Mary Beth Maassen and Director Lennie Upshaw of Centerra Protective Force Operations and Training. Photo by Carol A.

New Mexico Environment Department Accepts 2016-2017 Los Alamos Airport Landfill Report

on April 16, 2018 - 4:13pm
Los Alamos County Airport. Courtesy/LAC
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Environment Department has accepted the 2016-2017 report on the Los Alamos County Airport evapotranspiration landfill cover, which states that the cover is in excellent condition and is performing as designed.

The report, prepared by Stephen F. Dwyer of Dwyer Engineering, LLC., indicated that there was no methane emission and no water percolation through the cover into the underlying waste but rather that moisture is migrating upward from the waste.