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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • LANL man named Security Professional of the Year

    Bartolo “Bart” Torres from Los Alamos National Laboratory has been selected as the 2010 Security Professional of the Year. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) made the announcement Wednesday for the fourth annual Security Professionals of the Year Awards.

    Torres was the primary security and budget expert responsible for developing and implementing significant enhancements to the Defense Nuclear Security (DNS) Program, Planning, Budget, and Evaluation (PPBE) process, according a NNSA news release.

  • LA federal workers not expected to be furloughed Monday

    Employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory and local offices of the National Nuclear Security Administration as well as the Department of Energy are hopeful they will be able to return to work Monday even if there is a government shutdown.

  • LANL researchers make nuclear fuels advance

     Advances made by researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory could enhance the ability of scientists to develop advanced nuclear fuels in a safer, simpler manner.
    Uranium chemistry research relies heavily on a variety of uranium “starting materials”—solids and solutions—that are precursors to uranium compounds of oxygen, nitrogen, halogen, carbon, fluorine, and other elements, all of which are candidates for advanced nuclear fuels.
    Uranium also has been identified as a promising material in developing superconductors, and for use as catalysts—to speed up other chemical reactions.

  • House Republicans call for 'full funding' of nuke infrastructure

    With the deadline of Friday, the pressure is on in Washington to come up with a budget resolution.
    If a compromised is not reached, the federal government will shut down, which means the Los Alamos National Laboratory will have to close.
    Republicans and Democrats, of course, differ on what needs to be cut.
    But they actually do agree on one thing.
    The House Republicans unveiled a budget plan Wednesday morning, which calls for “full funding” to modernize the nuclear weapons infrastructure in the United States.
    The report was light on details, but the report did say, ““full funding for the modernization of the infrastructure that builds and maintains the nation’s nuclear weapons systems.”

  • Crews complete restoration at DP East

    Crews have completed grading and site restoration at the former site of a cluster of buildings on the east end of Technical Area 21. LANL and subcontractor crews demolished 10 structures during the past year with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
    Nearly 70,000 square feet of buildings were demolished in the area known as DP East, including the Tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA) facility and the 34,272-square-foot Building 21-209, which housed offices and labs.  The area is part of a large complex located at the end of DP Road in Los Alamos.

  • NMBSA celebrates 10-year anniversary


    The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program is celebrating “10 Years of Innovation” from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque.
    Over the past decade, NMSBA, a partnership between Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and the state of New Mexico, has created or maintained nearly 1,550 jobs, provided 1,736 small businesses with $25.2 million worth of research hours and materials, increased small companies’ revenues by $82 million, and reduced their operating costs by $45 million.
    These companies have, in turn, invested $19 million into New Mexico goods and services.

  • Anastasio, D'Agostino testify at U.S. Senate

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In testimony before the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D'Agostino Wednesday said President Obama’s FY 2012 Budget Request provides the resources required to invest in the future of the nuclear security enterprise, implement the president’s nuclear security agenda, and improve the way the NNSA does business.

  • NASA wants Mars Rover Spirit to phone home

    The prospect of ever hearing from the stuck Mars rover Spirit is fading after it failed to respond to repeated calls from Earth.

    Despite the dismal outlook, NASA will make a last-ditch effort to communicate with Spirit, which fell silent a little over a year ago. If there’s still no contact in the next month or so, the space agency will scale back its listening campaign for Spirit and focus on its healthy twin, Opportunity.

    That Spirit has not called home suggests that something is more seriously wrong than just a power issue, said program manager John Callas at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

  • DOE looking at lab, Carlsbad as disposal sites

    A nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico and the Los Alamos National Laboratory could be burying an additional type of low-level radioactive waste in the future.
    The U.S. Department of Energy is eyeing Los Alamos and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant east of Carlsbad and other sites around the country for waste known as greater-than-Class C low-level radioactive waste and greater-than-Class C-like waste.
    Such material consists of low-level radioactive waste generated by various activities, including electricity production by nuclear power plants, producing and using radioisotopes to diagnose and treat disease, oil and gas exploration, and other industrial uses, the DOE said.
    It does not include spent nuclear fuel or high-level waste.

  • LANL taps Bechtel man for position

    An internal restructuring at Los Alamos National Laboratory will combine project management and environmental cleanup functions under a new directorate.

    Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio also has announced the creation of a new senior leadership position, principal associate director for capital projects (PADCAP), adding that Paul Henry of Bechtel has been chosen for that position.

    The Los Alamos Monitor received inquiries as to why the position was not posted to give others an opportunity to apply.