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Bechtel and LANL Make Woman Engineer Magazine’s Top 50 Employers List

BECHTEL News:

FREDERICK, MD (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) Bechtel has been named a top employer by the readers of Woman Engineer magazine, earning a spot on the magazine’s 2012 list of Top 50 Employers.

The list is based on the magazine’s annual survey that asks readers which companies they would most prefer to work for, or believe are progressive in hiring woman engineers.

In addition, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, both of which are managed by Bechtel partnerships, were named on the list of Top Government Employers.

“Bechtel works


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NNSA Training Attracts 27 Countries

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Members from the NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations and the Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) from the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) continue to conduct consequence management training around the globe. Most recently the RSL and NNSA team conducted training for the international community with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. Courtesy/NNSA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that the NNSA Office of Emergency Operations is conducting an International Consequence Management


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DOE Honors Local Scientists

LANL News:

Amy Clarke of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Metallurgy group and Ivan Vitev of the Lab’s Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology group are among the recipients of the DOE Office of Science 2012 Early Career Awards.

The DOE Office of Science recently announced the researchers who have been selected for a financial award under the fiscal year 2012 Early Career Research Program.

The funding opportunity for researchers in universities and DOE national laboratories supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists


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SFI: Seminar About Why Sex Ratios Vary

SFI News:

John Martin will present the talk, Sex Ratios at Birth Vary with Maternal Residence, Age, Parity and Their Interactions, at 12:15 p.m., Wednesday May 23 in the medium conference room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Martin is a Visiting Research Associate, School of Advanced Research; Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University.

Abstract: The ratio of male to female births [(m/f) x 100] is reported to vary from 100 or less among national populations in southern Africa to 105-6 among national populations in Europe, Asia, and in the United States.

In northern


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Dignitaries Break Ground on Biological Research Lab

Dignitaries break ground Friday for a new research laboratory set to be constructed on property adjacent to the Los Alamos Cooperative Market at 95 Entrada Dr. From left, Dr. Peter Lammers (NMSU faculty), Bill Enloe (LANB), Secreary David Martin (NM Environment Dept.), Kevin Smith (LASO), Charlie McMillan (LANL), Richard Sayer (LANL/NMC), Sen. Tom Udall, Sharon Stover (LA County Council), Fran Berting (LA County Council) and Katherine Chartrand (NMC). Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, who celebrated his birthday Friday, spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony


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House Passes Luján’s Lab Mission Amendment

NNSA News:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District offered an amendment Friday to the National Defense Authorization Act, which in response to recent reports, calls for a study about broadening the mission of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) national laboratories.

The amendment passed with unanimous support.

“Our national labs provide a tremendous resource that is essential to our efforts to spur innovation and economic development, but multiple reports have called attention to the need to expand the labs’ mission in order


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SFI Presents Evolution on ‘Realistic’ Landscapes Tuesday

SFI News:

Peter Schuster of the University of Vienna and Santa Fe Institute external professor will present the talk, Evolution on “Realistic” Landscapes at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday May 22 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: Ever since Sewall Wrights publication of the landscape metaphor in 1932 evolutionary optimization is visualized as hill climbing on a rugged landscape. It took more than 50 years before the first reliable data became available that gave an idea how these evolutionary landscapes might look like and only this year the first large


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Udall to Help Break Ground at Los Alamos Energy Facility

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will speak at 4 p.m. today at a groundbreaking ceremony for the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) Biological Research Laboratory at 95 Entrada Dr. near the Los Alamos Cooperative Market.

Construction of the laboratory, and the ensuing research, is the product of a partnership from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County and NMC.

The new lab will be utilized by Dr. Richard Sayre and his growing team of researchers.

Sayre is director of the Biofuels Project at NMC and chief scientist for the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB).

Their research


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A Neutron and Proton Go Into a Bar…

SFI News:

Alaina Levine will conduct a seminar at 12:15 p.m., July 17 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract. What did the bartender say to the neutron? What’s the difference between an introverted and an extraverted scientist?

When you think about it, being a scientist is, well, kind of funny.

In this boring, monotonous, time-wasting lecture, science journalist and comedian Alaina Levine will explore humor in science, probe the most comedic aspects of the scientific profession, and relate real-life anecdotes from a science communicator and wannabe nerd who worked


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