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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • LANL to certify influenza surveillance system

    A compact, self-contained, automated system for surveillance and screening of potential pandemic strains of influenza and other deadly infectious diseases is a step closer to reality, thanks to an agreement between Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health, and HighRes Biosolutions of Boston, Massachusetts.

  • LANL scientists develop 3D tracking microscope

    Jim Werner got the idea after attending a conference in Aspen, Colo., back in 2002.
    “The conference highlighted two-dimensional views of a single idea and I got the idea we have to start doing this in three-dimensions,” Werner said this week. “I wrote a proposal and got it funded.”

  • LANL unveils new fund

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, through the Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund (LAESF), is launching a scholarship for students who plan to return to formal education after taking a break. The first round of awards is scheduled for this spring.
    This new fund, called the Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship, will award scholarships to returning students pursuing a certificate or a two-year-degree at a regional college.

  • Key Piece of Laser Weapon Built

    Thanks to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Navy took a big step in its quest to build a powerful new anti-aircraft gun.
    LANL scientists have achieved a breakthrough with the Office of Naval Research’s Free Electron Laser (FEL) program, demonstrating an injector capable of producing the electrons needed to generate powerful megawatt-class laser beams for the Navy’s next-generation weapon system.
    The Dec. 20 milestone, which happened months ahead of schedule, was highlighted in a two-day preliminary design review Jan. 20-21 in Virginia.

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory hires state firm for waste staging facility

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has selected an Albuquerque small business, Weidlinger-Navarro Northern New Mexico Joint Venture, to perform architectural and engineering work for the Lab’s new transuranic (TRU) waste staging facility.
    The approximately $5 million task order is expected to run through October 2012.
    Weidlinger-Navarro will support the preliminary and final design phases of the 5-acre complex, where waste containers will be staged, characterized, and certified prior to shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) repository near Carlsbad.

  • LANL honored with awards in Technology Transfer

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently congratulated, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories for receiving a combined total of five 2011 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer.
    The award honors scientists and research organizations that successfully advance their technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace.

  • LANL honors seven small businesses

    In all, close to 1,300 small businesses do business with the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    On Thursday, LANL held a recognition ceremony at Fuller Lodge for seven businesses that were most successful in the past fiscal year.
    “We are here today to recognize the seven suppliers we believe have done an outstanding job at the lab,” LANL Small Business Program Manager Dennis Roybal said.

  • Bishop earns top honor

    Alan Bishop, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s associate director for theory, simulation, and computation, has been selected as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. The IOP is a scientific charity devoted to increasing the practice, understanding, and application of physics. Fellows are distinguished as having a very high level of achievement in physics and demonstrating outstanding contributions to the profession.

  • Employees Survive SOC Transition

    Security employees tasked with protecting Los Alamos National Laboratory can breathe a collective sigh of relief now that the transition period for its new contract is settled.
    Despite the contract’s shorter term, scaled back scope of work and lower dollar amount, SOC has announced that it will not layoff any employees.

  • Curiosity's Mission to Mars

    One can see why Roger Wiens monitors the website, www.ustream.tv/nasaijpl, on a continuous basis. The site provides a camera into the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., where the next Mars rover is being built.
    Wiens, a geochemist with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory, has more than a vested interest. Wiens serves as ChemCam’s principal investigator and he makes occasional trips to California to check on the rover, which is named Curiosity.
    So what is ChemCam exactly?