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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Lab boss to U.S. Senate: Delaying CMRR a mistake

    LANL director Charlie McMillan’s written testimony in Washington Wednesday provided a glimpse at the various issues he has dealt with in what is not quite his first year on the job.

    In his testimony submitted to the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, McMillan touched upon governance of the National Nuclear Security Administration, nuclear infrastructure, pit reuse, life extension programs, long-term science, looking ahead, funding issues and pension relief.

  • McMillan to testify in Washington today

    Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan, along with other lab directors and NNSA officials, will testify in Washington Wednesday afternoon.
    McMillan will testify before the subcommittee on strategic forces, which is a part of the Committee on Armed Services.
    Also testifying is Paul Hommert from Sandia, Penrose Albright from Livermore, Charles Shank and Kumar Patel, co-chairs of the committee to review the quality of management and of the science engineering research at the Department of Energy’s labs.
    Senator Ben Nelson (D-Fla.) chairs the subcommittee on strategic forces. A report on McMillan’s testimony will be in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Perma-Fix picks up two cleanup contracts at LANL

    Perma-Fix Environmental Services, based in Idaho, was selected for two major Master Task Order Agreement clean-up contracts at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    DOE’s prime contractor at Los Alamos, Los Alamos National Security, LLC selected the Portage/Perma-Fix team, along with several other teams, to retrieve, manage, process and disposition a variety of low-level radioactive, mixed, hazardous, and transuranic wastes that have been generated over decades as part of the DOE’s nuclear weapons mission.

  • Supercomputing challenge slated for this next week

    More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will convene at Los Alamos National Laboratory April 23 and 24 for judging and the awards ceremony in the 22nd annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge.

    More than 60 teams of students from elementary, middle, and high school are participating in the event, said David Kratzer of the Laboratory’s High Performance Computer Systems group and LANL’s coordinator of the Supercomputing Challenge.

    While at LANL, students will present their projects and take part in tours, talks, and demonstrations with Laboratory scientists and researchers. Student projects will be recognized during an awards ceremony from 9 to 11:30 a.m., April 24 at the Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive in Los Alamos.

  • LANL post-docs, staff members honored

    Three postdocs and six staff members will receive Postdoc Distinguished Performance and Postdoc Distinguished Mentor awards respectively at an invitation-only event April 25.
    Tanmoy Das, Nan Li and Nikolai Yampolsky are recipients of Postdoctoral Distinguished Performance awards, which recognize individual postdoctoral researchers or teams of no more than three postdoctoral researchers who have made an outstanding and unique contribution resulting in a positive, significant impact on the lab’s programmatic or organizational efforts, or status in the scientific community during the 2011 fiscal year.

  • Cyber exercise puts labs to test

    Intense pressure creates diamonds from coal, they say, and for Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory cyber security programs, it’s an apt comparison.

    Fending off thousands of computer attacks from around the world, controlling vast libraries of sensitive information, yet keeping the scientific flow of knowledge moving, cyber teams such as those at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and elsewhere in the government complex feel the squeeze.

  • Cancer Therapy Gets Boost From New Isotope--Video Extra

    A new medical isotope project at Los Alamos National Laboratory shows promise for rapidly producing major quantities of a new cancer-treatment agent, actinium 225 (Ac-225).

    Using proton beams, Los Alamos and its partner Brookhaven National Laboratory could match current annual worldwide production of the isotope in just a few days, solving critical shortages of this therapeutic isotope that attacks cancer cells. A collaboration between Los Alamos, Brookhaven, and Oak Ridge national laboratories is developing a plan for full-scale production and stable supply of Ac-225.

  • Dissecting NNSA’s evaluations

    Walter Pincus of the Washington Post has covered defense, intelligence and foreign policy for years.

    He knows better than most in how to read between the lines and getting to the top of a sensitive subject.

    In his latest blog, Pincus took a look at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s performance evaluations of the nation’s eight nuclear weapons laboratories and production facilities, including Los Alamos.

    In fact, it was Los Alamos that he put under his microscope.

  • Two lab employees honored

    The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) has selected John Carpenter of LANL’s Metallurgy and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies groups and Nathan Mara of the Lab’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies group to receive a 2012 TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award.
    The Society created the annual award to enhance the professional development of young people from the five technical divisions of TMS.
    Awardees participate in Society activities, attend TMS conferences, network with Society members and leaders, receive mentoring from TMS division leaders, and serve as judges for division-sponsored student events at the TMS Annual Meeting.

  • NNSA releases evaluation reports

    In the face of impending litigation, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) released the Performance Evaluation Reports for its eight nuclear weapons sites including Los Alamos Wednesday.

    On March 28, Nuclear Watch New Mexico filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in federal court in Albuquerque.

    “These reports are the government’s scorecard for awarding tens of millions of dollars to nuclear weapons contractors, and were previously available to the public until 2009,” Nuclear Watch New Mexico’s Jay Coghlan said. “However, since that time the NNSA has withheld them in a general move toward less contractor accountability. We sought to help reverse that wrong direction through our litigation.”