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Madeline Lockhart Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

on April 16, 2018 - 3:41pm
Madeline Lockhart. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School 2016 graduate and Texas Tech University sophomore Madeline Lockhart is one of 211 students in the United States selected for a Goldwater Scholarship.

The Goldwater Scholarship was established to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry Wallace Speaks To Community Leaders At Quarterly Breakfast

on April 15, 2018 - 10:19am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace, center, chats with Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and Santa Fe Community College President Dr. Cecilia Cervantes at the quarterly LANL Community Leaders Breakfast Thursday at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Daily Post

“I’m extremely both proud and humbled to be the director of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

LANL: Understanding A Cell’s ‘Doorbell’

on April 15, 2018 - 7:57am

Advancing the design of drugs for better medical effects takes a combination of experimental and computer simulation research. Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory,  University of Toronto, Canada,  University of  California, San Diego and Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan are exploring how cellular components communicate with various nearby molecules. In this image, calcium bridges two parts of a cell receptor, possibly regulating its activity. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Drug design advances are the research goal

A multi-institutional project to understand one of the major targets of

Los Alamos County Enters Stage I Fire Restrictions

on April 12, 2018 - 6:44am

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County Stage I Fire Restrictions After consulting with Los Alamos National Laboratory, and in cooperation with the Santa Fe National Forest, the Los Alamos Fire Department has announced that Los Alamos County will enter into Stage I Fire Restrictions, effective immediately.  
Under Stage I Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See first exemption below for additional details.)
  • Smoking is prohibited except within

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty Statement On Secretary Perry’s Supercomputing Initiative

on April 10, 2018 - 9:08am
Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty
NNSA News:
Statement from NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty on Secretary Perry’s supercomputing initiative:
“Today’s announcement by Secretary Perry is great news for NNSA and our nuclear security missions. Exascale computer systems will be 50 to 100 times more powerful than today's machines, promising a profound impact on research efforts to enhance our national security. 
“The new system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will be an invaluable tool to ensure the continued safety, security, and effectiveness of the Nation’s nuclear

Purdue University Confirms LANL Bid With Bechtel

on April 10, 2018 - 8:27am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

By ExchangeMonitor

Purdue University on Friday confirmed it teamed with Bechtel National, Reston, Va., on a bid to run the Los Alamos National Laboratory — a teaming arrangement first reported by Weapons Complex Morning Briefing’s sister publication in February.

The confirmation came Friday from Mitch Daniels, president of Indiana-based Purdue University. Daniels spoke to the local Lafayette Journal and Courier newspaper on the sidelines of a meeting of the institution’s board of trustees.

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security

Sink Malfunction At LANL Causes Stir With DNFSB

on April 7, 2018 - 6:34am
Los Alamos Daily Post

A Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesman told the Los Alamos Daily Post Friday that during the week of March 5, a few gallons of water overflowed from a sink in an administrative area of TA-55 with a small amount eventually settling in the basement rad storage area, which is specifically designed to isolate and contain water intrusions.

He said the system functioned as designed and there were no incidents.

“There was no contamination associated with this water overflow, and it did not occur in an area of the facility where

New Nuclear Security Chief Visits LANL

on April 6, 2018 - 9:44pm

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty addresses Laboratory staff this morning during an all-employee meeting. Courtesy/LANL

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, left, is greeted by Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., center, and Bob Webster, head of the Laboratory’s Weapons program. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

The new Department of Energy Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty visited Los Alamos National Laboratory today to tour Laboratory facilities and address employees.

“The work that’s done at Los Alamos is

NNSA Administrator Cuts Ribbon At Pantex Plant

on April 6, 2018 - 9:00am
NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty cuts the ribbon Thursday on the new John C. Drummond Center at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas. Courtesy/KFDA
Pantex Plant has several national security missions that protect the country and its allies around the world. Providing the nuclear deterrent for the nation and allies, ensuring the stockpile is strong and viable, reducing the total nuclear weapons in the stockpile, and supporting the stockpile as the High Explosives Center of Excellence are key activities at this historic site. Courtesy/Pantex
NNSA News:

Film And Discussion Of J. Robert Oppenheimer April 22

on April 6, 2018 - 7:06am

J. Robert Oppenheimer



The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society and the Los Alamos Jewish Center is sponsoring a screening and discussion of the PBS film, “The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer” at 2 p.m. April 22 at Fuller Lodge.

Refreshments will be served. There will be a suggested $10 donation that will go toward future New Mexico Jewish Historical Society’s programs.

The first part of the film covers Oppenheimer’s life through his leadership of Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory during World War II.

Regional Coalition Meeting Canceled

on April 5, 2018 - 3:30pm

DOE-Savannah River Site Welcomes Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette

on April 5, 2018 - 9:51am
DOE-Savannah River Facility Representative Steve Stamper, left, walks with Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette through the Salt Waste Processing Facility. Courtesy photo
DOE News:
AIKEN, S.C.  Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette toured the Savannah River Site (SRS) for the first time in late March, visiting SRS facilities and engaging the workforce and community leaders.
“It was a great visit at Savannah River Site, where I learned more about your impressive work in stockpile stewardship, environmental cleanup, and putting science to work,” Brouillette told the workers

NNSA: LANL Road Construction Contract Awarded

on April 5, 2018 - 9:30am

NNSA News:

Road improvements to several stretches of highways to and from Los Alamos National Laboratory will begin in about a month, following a $7 million contract award to Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc.

The road project is part of a $34.5 million settlement agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the U.S. Department of Energy following the February 2014 drum breach at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

The Supplemental Environmental Projects agreement requires DOE to perform several safety and environmental improvements to support LANL operations.

“This has been a

NMED Finds Marked Improvement In RCRA Violations At LANL For 2017

on April 4, 2018 - 4:51pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Results of the annual Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) inspection for 2017 by the New Mexico Environment Department indicate only five violations for proper management of hazardous waste for the year under Los Alamos National Laboratory’s RCRA Hazardous Waste Operating Permit, a marked improvement from previous years.

LANL’s chief spokesman said Wednesday that overall, this year’s annual RCRA inspection by the State shows improvement in Lab performance from past years, as evidenced by fewer non-compliances.


Sen. Jeff Steinborn Presses Governor, State Agencies On Nuclear Waste Storage Facility Preparedness

on April 4, 2018 - 8:54am

New Mexico Sen. Jeff Steinborn


New Mexico State Democrats News:

...Presents Letters Asking State Agencies for Prompt Response to Allow Legislators and Residents to Become Informed and Participate in Public Comment Period

LAS CRUCES – Sen. Jeff Steinborn, the Chair of New Mexico’s Legislative Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Interim Committee, sent letters Tuesday to Gov.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on April 2, 2018 - 4:34pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meets at 11 a.m. Friday, April 6 in the Taos County Commission Chambers at 105 Albright St., in Taos.

The meeting is open to the public.


A. Call to Order

B. Confirmation of Quorum

C. Approval of Agenda

D. Business

1. Approval of March 16, 2018 Meeting Minutes - Draft Minutes from 3-16-18 meeting attached

2. Approval of Open Meetings Act Resolution - RCLC Resolution 2018-01 Open Meetings attached

3. Review of  Revised Joint Powers Agreement and discussion regarding potential updates - Draft RCLC Joint Powers Agreement

LANL: Finding Order In Disorder Demonstrates A New State Of Matter

on April 2, 2018 - 12:43pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist Cristiano Nisoli. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • ‘Spindoctors’ note that topological order, associated with quantum mechanics, also applies to classical material called artificial spin ice

Physicists have identified a new state of matter whose structural order operates by rules more aligned with quantum mechanics than standard thermodynamic theory. In a classical material called artificial spin ice, which in certain phases appears disordered, the material is actually ordered, but in a “topological” form.

“Our research shows for the first time that

LANL Foundation Call For Applications: Scholarships Available For Nontraditional Students & Native American Students Seeking Business Degrees

on April 2, 2018 - 7:47am
The LANL Foundation, through the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund, is accepting applications starting April 2 for Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarships and Regional College/Returning Student Scholarships.
This year, both one-time awards increased from $1000 to $1500 to better serve the needs of local students.
Tribal Business Scholarships are awarded to qualified applicants pursuing undergraduate degrees in business-related fields such as accounting, finance and business information systems from an accredited post-secondary educational institution, in

Scenes From Wildfire Day At Ashley Pond Park

on April 1, 2018 - 8:22am

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Taylor Garcia-Anaya helps a young firefighter run a hose Saturday during Wildfire Day at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Mike Paxson adjusts a new bicycle helmet for a young cyclist to take home. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos DWI Planning Council volunteers Cheryl Pongratz, left, and Juanita McNiel check in young participants in the bike rodeo during Saturday's Wildfire Day at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

A boy pulls a ‘person’ to the end of

LANL Faces Penalties For Delayed Shipment Of Five Hazardous Waste Containers

on March 30, 2018 - 8:28am
Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is expected to propose a civil penalty against Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for storage of two hazardous waste containers for more than the 90-day storage time limit in central accumulation storage areas and three hazardous waste containers over the one-year storage time in a permitted unit.

LANL notified NMED Feb.

Airman Mary Grubel A Distinguished Graduate Of Basic Military Training At Lackland AFB

on March 29, 2018 - 12:20pm

A1C Mary Grubel


A1C Mary Grubel, daughter of Dr. Patricia Grubel and Lt. Col. Paul Grubel of Los Alamos graduated March 23 from U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Airman Grubel is a distinguished graduate of Basic Military Training.

She will attend technical training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where she will be trained in Emergency Management.

Airman Grubel graduated May 2013 from Academy Del Sol High School in Alamogordo and attended New Mexico State University, prior to joining the US Air Force.

LANL: Air Quality Permit Application For The Technical Area 3 Power Plant Facility

on March 29, 2018 - 11:44am
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory announces its application to the New Mexico Environment Department for an air quality permit for the modification of its Technical Area 3 Power Plant facility. The expected date of application submittal to the Air Quality Bureau is March 30, 2018.
The exact location for the proposed facility known as Technical Area 3 Power Plant is at TA-3, SM-22 on Diamond Drive in the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The approximate location of this facility is 1 mile south of the intersection of Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive in Los Alamos county.

NMED Investigates Misplaced Containers At Lab

on March 29, 2018 - 10:22am
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is actively pursuing the matter of two containers of hazardous waste – one containing a quarter-gallon and the other a gallon – that were overpacked into a 55-gallon waste container in late January at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Area L.

A Department spokesperson said Wednesday afternoon that upon completion of its investigation, the NMED will “proceed accordingly”.

A March 19 letter from Department of  Energy Permitting and Compliance Manager Karen Armijo and LANS Division

LANL: Accepting Applications For Free Summer Physics Camp For High School Girls ... Deadline April 30

on March 28, 2018 - 5:42pm

Students watching a science demonstration at the 2017 Summer Physics Camp for Young Women. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico Consortium and Pojoaque Valley High School are hosting a two-week Summer Physics Camp for Young Women in Northern New Mexico.

While gaining a better understanding of the physics of the sun, Earth and everything in between, participants will learn how to write computer programs and get introduced to internship opportunities at the Laboratory.

Daily activities will include demonstrations, hands-on laboratory experiments, and

LANL: New Issue Of 1663 Magazine Now Available

on March 28, 2018 - 9:58am


LANL News:

Science news from Los Alamos National Laboratory is now available in the new issue of 1663 magazine.

In this issue:

  • How lightning starts and what it can be used for;
  • Shocks, whirls, and the science of turbulence;
  • Ultrathin metasurfaces for electromagnetic signal control;
  • Zika and chikungunya risk in the United States;
  • The environment and its tiniest inhabitants;
  • …and more.

Click here to get your science and technology fix from Los Alamos.