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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Lab touts pollution reductions

    POJOAQUE — Denny Hjeresen of the Los Alamos National Laboratory probably summed it best Tuesday night at the Cities of Gold conference room when in the middle of his presentation, he said, “we have the most sampled sites on earth.”
    Hjeresen, the division leader for environmental protection at LANL, was describing how the lab is complying with a new EPA storm water permit that regulates runoff at several hundred Cold War-era environmental sites.
    The lab was required to install and certify completion of baseline control measures at all 250 site monitoring areas (SMAs), which includes 405 total sites by May 1.

  • Bradbury to host updated supercomputing exhibit

    For decades, Los Alamos National Laboratory has been synonymous with supercomputing, achieving a number of milestones along the way. Those milestones and more are now showcased in a new, updated supercomputing exhibit on display at the Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum.
     The grand opening of the exhibit, which features a lecture and reception, is from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 26 at the museum. The general public is invited.
     “I’m so thrilled that the exhibit is upgraded now,” said Linda Deck, director of the museum.

  • LANL earns volunteer award

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has earned an award as the top corporate volunteer organization among large employers in VolunteerMatch’s network of more than 140 leading companies and brands.
    Debbi Wersonick of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Programs Office, coordinator of volunteer programs at the Laboratory, traveled to Chicago to receive the Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year Award, given by the San Francisco-based nonprofit organization for outstanding achievement and results in program reach, connection rate, volunteer hours tracked per 1,000 employees, and volunteer impact.

  • NNSA unveils strategic plan

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today released its new 2011 Strategic Plan, which details how NNSA will invest in the future, build the nuclear security enterprise required to implement President Barack Obama’s nuclear security agenda and enhance global security, and continue to improve the way it does business.  
    As we work to build “OneNNSA,” a single integrated enterprise that is organized to successfully complete the NNSA mission, the 2011 Strategic Plan will serve as an outline of NNSA’s goals for the next decade and a guide for its planning, programming, and budgeting processes.
    In a message included in the Strategic Plan, Administrator Thomas D’Agostino writes:

  • Another truck uncovered at TA-21

    Workers cleaning up Material Disposal Area B at Technical Area 21 off DP Road have finished 80 percent of their excavation.
    And surprise, surprise, guess what excavators have unearthed in the past month?
    Another truck.
    “This one was really mangled,” said Patricia Jones, who works in the environmental programs division for the Recovery Act projects at LANL. “Nobody took a photo of it.”
    There were photos taken of another truck unearthed a couple of months ago that were published in the Los Alamos Monitor.
    For years rumors have been circulating about a truck, which hauled the original device to the Trinity Bomb site in 1945 and was later buried in a landfill at what is now known as TA-21 just off DP Road.

  • Researchers investigate Greenland ice-mass

    Warming in the Arctic during the past several decades has caused Greenland’s ice sheet and outlet glaciers to thin and retreat. The lost ice mass makes a growing contribution to global sea-level rise.
    Sebastian Mernild of the Laboratory’s Computational Physics and Methods group, William Lipscomb of the Lab’s Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics group, and collaborators have investigated ice-mass loss for the Mittivakkat Gletscher, the only glacier in Greenland with long-term observations of both the surface mass balance (the difference between ice mass gained by snow accumulation and that lost to various processes) and glacier front fluctuations.

  • Lab honors 400 employees

    LANL’s 2011 Pollution Prevention Awards Ceremony, held recently 21 on the lawn at Fuller Lodge, honored more than 400 Lab employees for their success in incorporating pollution prevention strategies—reducing pollution, enhancing operations, saving money, or reducing environmental impacts—into their daily work.
    This year’s winners participated on 62 projects in the following 10 categories: Living Laboratory, Health and Environment, Water Resources, Cradle to Cradle (Prevention, Recycling, Minimization, and Cleanouts), Energy and Fleet, Community Collaboration and Engagement, and Change Agents.
    Six projects received the Star Award for outstanding achievement in pollution prevention.

  • Space still available on LANSCE jaunt

    Monday at 8 a.m. is the deadline for anybody interested in taking a tour of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) accelerator at LANL, in conjunction with the Rosenfest Lectures.

    The tour is scheduled for Friday, May 20, and it will start at 1 p.m. and end by 5:30 p.m.

    Anybody interested in the tour must submit an application at http://rosenfest.lanl.gov/tour_application_form.shtml.

  • LANL expose' garners international award

    “Implosion at Los Alamos: How Crime Corruption and Cover-ups Jeopardize America’s Nuclear Weapons Secrets,” authored by former LANL security official Glenn Walp, tells the story of Walp’s efforts to expose theft and lapsed security at LANL in 2002.

    His book was among nearly 4,000 reviewed from the U.S., Canada and seven other countries for the 2011 IPPY Book Awards (Independent Publisher Book awards.) 

  • Public to get chance to tour Neutron Science Center

    Members of the public will have an  opportunity to tour the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 20,  as part of Rosenfest, a celebration of LANSCE founder Louis Rosen and the facility he conceived. In addition, Rosenfest organizers are offering a special tour time-slot for teachers and students beginning at 3:30 p.m. to accommodate school schedules.