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Governor Kicks Off First Space Valley Summit

on January 10, 2020 - 8:12am

Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan Hicks fastens a pin on the lapel of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday during the Space Valley Summit at NMSU in Las Cruces. Courtesy photo

Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan Hicks facillitates the first Space Valley Summit. Courtesy photo

SPACEPORT AMERICA News:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham kicked off New Mexico’s first Space Valley Summit Wednesday at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

The event brought together federal and state leaders of New Mexico’s space industry.

Facilitated by Spaceport Authority Executive Director Dan

Los Alamos National Laboratory On Delayed Opening

on January 10, 2020 - 7:38am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed opening today due to weather conditions.

Employees should report to work between 10 a.m. and noon.

LANL Scientists And International Partners Create 3-D Image Of Heart RNA Structure For First Time

on January 9, 2020 - 1:43pm

The first 3-D images have been created of an RNA molecule known as ‘Braveheart’ for its role in transforming stem cells into heart cells. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Work could lead to new strategies in regenerative medicine for heart conditions

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and international partners have created the first 3-D images of a special type of RNA molecule that is critical for stem cell programming and known as the “dark matter” of the genome. 

“As far as we know,” said corresponding author Karissa Sanbonmatsu, “this is the first full 3-D structural study of any

Former LANL Director Siegfried Hecker To Speak At Alice And Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11

on January 9, 2020 - 8:46am
Dr. Siegfried Hecker during the official CTBTO photostream. Courtesy photo
 
LAHS News:
 
Dr. Siegfried Hecker will give his annual talk on the state of nuclear arms control and world politics, 7 p.m., Jan. 11 at the Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture.
 
Hecker served as the fifth director of Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986 to 1997, and is now a senior fellow emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

He has spoken to a full house each year he has returned to Los Alamos for this event. Come early for the best seating!

Northern New Mexico College Partners With LANL To Develop; Provide Training For Lab Employees

on January 7, 2020 - 10:55am

NNMC News:

 

ESPAÑOLA – Northern New Mexico College has partnered with Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop and provide training to enhance the skills of current lab employees.

 

Beginning this month, continuing education courses in mathematics for technicians and basic blueprint reading, will be delivered face-to-face at LANL to employees in the Detonator Production Division. 

 

The development and delivery of these courses is made possible by a $458,000 contract with LANL to deliver 360 hours of instruction to at least 50 technicians over the next two years.

 

“Northern New

Scientists In The Spotlight: Nathan Debardeleben And Linda Anderman At Bradbury Science Museum Jan. 11

on January 7, 2020 - 7:37am
Nathan Debardeleben and Linda Anderman. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
Scientists in the Spotlight: Nathan Debardeleben and Linda Anderman will meet community members 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Bradbury Science Museum.
 
Supercomputing Reliability
 
Nathan Debardeleben, with the Lab’s High Performance Computing Design Group, started designing, programming and tinkering at an early age. At the Lab, Debardeleben uses his knowledge to help build the latest supercomputers and keep them running in tip-top shape—no matter what the environment throws at them.

Science On Tap With Hisato Yamaguchi Jan. 13

on January 7, 2020 - 6:54am
LANL scientist Hisato Yamaguchi examines a material for night vision goggles that is coated with atomic armor one atom thick. A piece of paper is 500,000 atoms thick. Courtesy/BSM
 
BSM News:
 
Science on Tap with Hisato Yamaguchi: a conversation about how this research at Los Alamos contributes to the Lab's national security mission, at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13, at projectY Cowork, 150 Central Park Square.
 
Yamaguchi studies initial corrosion processes using surface science techniques and synthesizes atomically thin, two-dimensional protection crystals for the Finishing

The Manhattan Project Electronic Field Trip Feb. 4

on January 7, 2020 - 6:21am
Film crew at the replica guard gate in Los Alamos. Courtesy/BSM
 
BSM News:
 
The National WWll Museum in New Orleans is presenting the Manhattan Project Electronic Field Trip Feb. 4. This interactive streaming exploration will feature live polling and Q&A, so students can participate without ever leaving their classroom.
 
Answering student questions on-location at the WWll Museum will be Sharon Squassoni, research professor at George Washington University and member of the Science and Security Board at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The experience is geared for grades 7-12.

NNSA Field Office Issues Floodplain Assessment For Starmer’s Gulch At LANL Technical Area-08

on January 6, 2020 - 2:52pm

Starmers Gulch at center left on map. Courtesy/LANL

NNSA FIELD OFFICE News:

The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office (NA-LA) has issued a Floodplain Statement of Findings, Los Alamos National Laboratory Starmer’s Gulch Floodplain Assessment for the Fencing Project at Technical Area-08.

NA-LA is proposing to take action within the Starmer’s Gulch 100-year floodplain at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area-08.

The action consists of the installation of approximately 4-5 T-posts by hand and strung with barbed 3-wire perimeter

Former LANL Director Siegfried Hecker To Speak At Annual Alice And Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11

on January 1, 2020 - 6:39am

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Siegfried Hecker

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Dr. Siegfried Hecker will return to Los Alamos to present this year’s annual Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11.

The talk is open to the public and will start at 7 p.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St.

Titled, “North Korea and Iran: Looking back and looking ahead,” the talk will assess the current issues in two of the world’s major hotspots.

Hecker said that “the signs are ominous for what will happen in North Korea and in Iran in 2020 and beyond.” He

NNSA Issues Partial Withdrawal Of November 2019 Floodplain Assessment For NM 4/East Jemez; TA-72

on December 30, 2019 - 6:01am
NNSA News:
 
The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office (NA-LA) has issued a partial withdrawal of the November 2019 Floodplain Assessment for the New Mexico State Route 4 and East Jemez Road Intersection and Floodplain Statement of Findings Technical Area-72 Shooting Range Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos New Mexico(Floodplain Assessment). 
 
The New Mexico State Route 4 and East Jemez Road intersection Floodplain Assessment analysis is withdrawn.

Amigos Bravos: Legal Action Spurs EPA To Require New Water Pollution Controls In Los Alamos

on December 27, 2019 - 3:51am

Staff Report

Amigos Bravos has issued a news release regarding the recent determination by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it will require new water pollution controls.

In response to a lawsuit filed by clean water advocates citing extremely high water pollution in Los Alamos County – with some pollutants more than 14,000 times above public safety limits – the EPA announced this Monday it will require new water pollution controls.

EPA issued a final determination that stormwater discharges from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Los Alamos County are contributing to

NMED Hosts Public Meeting Focused On Scientific Monitoring; Environmental Oversight Of LANL Jan. 9

on December 24, 2019 - 9:31am

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) announce today details of the upcoming quarterly public engagement meeting to discuss issues related to scientific monitoring and environmental oversight of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The meeting is 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 9 in Room 631, Building 6 at the University of New Mexico - Los Alamos, 4000 University Dr.

The primary topic of the meeting is the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Order on Consent (Consent Order) signed by the United States Department of Energy and NMED in 2016.

“The Los Alamos community asked for this discussion on

DOE: Notice Of Draft EA For Construction And Operation Of Second Fiber Optic Circuit Route To LANL

on December 23, 2019 - 11:00am

DOE News:

This notice is to inform the public that the Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office has published for public review and comment the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Construction and Operation of a Second Fiber Optic Circuit Route to Los Alamos National Laboratory (EA).

The purpose of the EA is to provide sufficient evidence and analysis for determining whether to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement or to issue a Finding of No Significant Impact.

NNSA is providing stakeholders and the public with a 30-day

LANL Director Thom Mason Speaks To LACACIS On Leveraging Science Against National Security Threats

on December 21, 2019 - 1:14pm
LANL Director Thom Mason addresses members of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security Thursday at the United Church of Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason presented a talk Thursday evening about leveraging the nation’s scientific base against national security threats.

Mason was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security meeting at the United Church of Los Alamos.

Counting Photons Routine Enough To Need Standards

on December 20, 2019 - 9:42am

As part of a research project to help establish standards for photon-counting detectors, NIST physicist Thomas Gerrits adjusts the laser beam hitting a detector. The squiggly overhead light helps researchers see the lab setup without disturbing the detectors, which are insensitive to blue light. Photo by J. Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

Since the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) built its first superconducting devices for counting photons (the smallest units of light) in the 1990s, these once-rare detectors have become popular research tools all over the world.

NNSA Issues Floodplain Assessment For Fencing Project At Technical Area-08 For Public Review, Comment

on December 16, 2019 - 1:38pm
NNSA News:
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office has issued a Los Alamos National Laboratory Starmer’s Gulch Floodplain Assessment for the Fencing Project at Technical Area-08 (Floodplain Assessment) for a 15 day public review and comment period ending December 30, 2019.
 
The Floodplain Assessment analyzes the proposal for the  installation of a T-post 3-strand barbed wire perimeter fence to create an operational boundary marker within Technical Area (TA)-08. Fencing will run from the TA-08 access gate in the south to

Scenes From Hour Of Coding At Aspen School

on December 13, 2019 - 5:50pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason volunteers during the Hour of Code this morning at Aspen Eementary School as part of International Computer Science Education Week. Director Mason supervises third graders as they navigate a spherical robot through a maze, using programming they developed this week during Hour of Code. Each year, Hour of Code teaches K-12 students coding basics and broadens participation in the field of computer science. Director Mason is one of 60 Laboratory volunteers in 94 classrooms in 24 area schools. For Computer Science Education Week, Dec.

DOE Awards Hanford Central Plateau Cleanup Contract

on December 13, 2019 - 4:23pm
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio Thursday, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the Central Plateau Cleanup Contract that will provide a variety of services at the Hanford Site, to Central Plateau Cleanup Company LLC of Aiken, SC.
 
The Central Plateau Cleanup Company LLC members are AECOM Management Services, Inc. (Germantown, MD), Fluor Federal Services, Inc. (Greenville, SC), and Atkins Nuclear Secured, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN). This is an Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity contract under which firm-fixed-price and/or Cost Reimbursement task orders may be issued.

Catch Of The Week: Holiday Scam Roundup

on December 12, 2019 - 6:44am
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos
 
It’s the holiday season, and we all have so many things to do; wrapping presents, watching holiday movies, online shopping, clicking bad links… wait, don’t do that last one! Crooks know that you are busy, and this is their favorite time of year to get you to fall for a phish.
 
Small Businesses are Targets Scammers used to be less discriminating, but they have refined their methods to better target small businesses. They find targets through websites, social media, and compromised third-party vendors.
 
They also mine data from publicly available data

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Michelle Thomsen Awarded Prestigious Fleming Medal

on December 11, 2019 - 10:41am

LANL fellow Michelle Thomsen awarded the John Adam Fleming Medal by the American Geophysical Union. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

Michelle Thomsen, a Los Alamos National Laboratory fellow and guest scientist, was awarded the John Adam Fleming Medal by the American Geophysical Union today at a ceremony in San Francisco, Calif.

The Fleming Medal is given annually to one honoree in recognition of original research and technical leadership in geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity, aeronomy, space physics, or related sciences.

LANL Announces Winners Of First-Ever New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge

on December 10, 2019 - 8:54am
Judges from Los Alamos National Laboratory Jake Miner and James Owen listen to students from Taos Academy Charter School as they explain their entry in the New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
Roughly 600 people convened at Los Lunas High School Saturday for the first-ever New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge, a competition testing students’ ability to use science, technology, engineering, and math to solve real-world problems.
 
Led by New Mexico’s Office of the Governor, the Challenge was a collaboration between the Department of Public Education, the

Staff, Guests Gather For Holiday Luncheon At BSM

on December 9, 2019 - 5:22pm

Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck, in front of grumpy cat photo, gathered today with staff, Bradbury Science Museum Association members and guests for a holiday luncheon at the museum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Gadgets Inside BSM

on December 9, 2019 - 4:28pm

On the job in Los Alamos this afternoon at Gadgets inside the Bradbury Science Museum at 15th Street and Central Avenue are volunteer Ronaele Freestone, left, and Gadgets Store Manager Shari Foley. The one-of-a-kind store is stocked full of unique products for holiday shoppers including Manhattan Project era books, t-shirts and vests with LANL logos like the one Foley is wearing in sizes up to 3X, stuffed animals, coffee cups. Christmas tree ornaments and much more. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANL Director Thom Mason Speaks At Military Order Of The World Wars Pearl Harbor Commemoration Dinner

on December 9, 2019 - 8:54am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, left, receives a certificate of appreciation from Cmdr. Gregg Giesler following his presentation on ‘Leveraging our scientific base against national security threats’ during the Military Order of The World Wars annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration Dinner Sunday at the Los Alamos Research Park. An Act of Congress chartered the Military Order of the World Wars in 1919 as a national patriotic organization. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Following his presentation Sunday, LANL Director Thom Mason, left, answers questions from members of

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