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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • LANS board chair reaches out to employees in new director search

    Within the next couple of months, a search committee will convene at Los Alamos National Laboratory to hear from various constituencies and to determine the criteria that will used to evaluate candidates to become the lab's next director.

    Norman Pattiz, chairman of the Los Alamos National Security Board of Governors, made the announcement in a letter issued to LANL employees outlining the next steps in the search process.

  • Suits save money, protect environment

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will save more than $800,000 and reduce the amount of material sent to a landfill by expanding the use of protective clothing made from a recyclable fabric.
    Called OREX, the fabric is an organic polymer that is sent to a treatment facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where it can be dissolved and returned safely to nature. That saves both disposal costs and space in landfills. The cost of the treatment that dissolves the material is included in the initial price of the clothing.

  • LANL shuts down most operations in response to gas emergency

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will be closed Friday in response to the disruption of gas service in areas of New Mexico. Operations at the laboratory also will be curtailed over the weekend.

    LANL is requesting that employees stay away from the laboratory during the closure, with the exception of mission-essential personnel, who will be contacted by their managers for direction.

  • 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.