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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Site Office names deputy manager

    The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration today announced selection of Espanola native Juan Griego as Deputy Site Manager for the Los Alamos Site Office (LASO).

    Griego, who has served as deputy manager for the past seven months, will report to LASO Manager Kevin Smith.

    “I’m extremely pleased to have Juan as my deputy manager,” Smith said. “His breadth and depth of experience coupled with his skilled leadership will certainly help serve the Los Alamos Site Office well and contribute to the success of the laboratory.”

  • Businesses brace to take a hit

    POJOAQUE — An attempt at light humor from Los Alamos National Laboratory Executive Director Richard Marquez fell on deaf ears during a community forum Monday to discuss the lab’s budget slashing efforts.

    But one question from an attendee about how the lab’s cuts may affect the local economy set a dour tone for the night.

    Northern New Mexico businesses face losing more than $30 million, or a third, of lab contracts, Marquez said.

    And in addition to the highly publicized voluntary layoffs currently underway, the lab is also looking to cut $150 million in goods and services because of decreased revenue.

    At some point, there will be more expenditures than the budget has coming in, Marquez said.

  • It’s decision time at LANL

    A fair amount of Los Alamos National Laboratory employees have either made or about to make some big decisions concerning their livelihoods in the coming week.

    Eligible employees have until Wednesday to decide whether to take a voluntary separation package.

    From March 15-19, employees will have the opportunity to rescind their decision. On March 26, employees will be notified if their application has been accepted. April 5 will be the final day for those employees, who have opted to take the buyout.

    So do they take it or not?

  • Historic, unique Manhattan Project footage from Los Alamos

    In 1943, the top scientists from the United States and other nations gathered in Los Alamos, NM for the Manhattan Project. Among them was physicist Hugh Bradner. With informal permission from the U.S. Army, he shot a collection of home movies of life in a place that officially didn't exist, and of people working on a project that ultimately changed history. His footage represents the only look at life in the Los Alamos area during that time. To read the story behind this footage, click here.

  • LANL names nuclear, high hazard ops head

    Following a national search, Charles Anderson has been selected as associate director for Nuclear and High Hazard Operations (ADNHHO).  Anderson has been in the acting role since July 2011. Prior to the acting position he served as the deputy associate director in ADNHHO.
    Anderson succeeds Bob McQuinn, who now works for URS Corporation.
    “Nothing is more important than the safety of our employees and the public, especially where nuclear and high hazard facilities are concerned,” said LANL Director Charlie McMillan.  “Charlie Anderson has both the credentials and the experience to make sure we continue to place a very high value on safety.”

  • Watson to discuss latest in imaging

    Los Alamos National Laboratory research and development engineer Scott Watson talks about the history of imaging technology and the relatively new fields of high-speed photography and flash radiography at a Frontiers in Science series talk at 7 p.m. Thursday (March 8) in the Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road N.W., Albuquerque.
    “Capturing the Light: Scientific Imaging in the Modern World” also showcases the world’s fastest movie camera called MOXIE, for Movies Of eXtreme Imaging Experiments.
    The shoe box-sized device makes movies at 20 million frames per second and won a prestigious 2010 R&D 100 award.

  • Lujan expresses concerns to Energy Secretary Chu

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District expressed his concerns with budget cuts to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in a Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing with Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
    Lujan brought up the deferment of the CMRR project and the workforce reduction at the lab along with the National Academies report warned that distrustful oversight by NNSA, in which individual transactions are reviewed at every step, is harming the vitality and long-term viability of the science and engineering capability at the labs.

  • LANL taps Pantex vet as head of plutonium operations

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Principal Associate Director for Weapons Programs Bret Knapp has announced the hiring of Jeff Yarbrough as the new Associate Director for Plutonium Science and Manufacturing (ADPSM).

    Yarbrough joins Los Alamos from the B&W Pantex plant in Amarillo, Texas, where he led the Pantex directed stockpile work (DSW) and weapons science campaigns.  During his DSW tenure, B&W Pantex earned the highest performance evaluation score in the history of the Pantex plant.

    His selection was the result of a national search.

  • LANL researchers to develop E. coli detection tools

    Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Consortium received a portion of a recent $25 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture to study E. coli in the beef industry.
    The USDA awarded the grant to this team of researchers to help reduce the occurrence and public health risks from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) along the entire beef production chain.
    The University of Nebraska-Lincoln are the principal investigators on the multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary team of researchers, educators and extension specialists.  The LANL-NMC portion of the grant totals $1 million for three years.

  • Lab workers mull buyout details

    Severance packages of up to 39 weeks of pay will be offered as details emerged from director Charlie McMillan’s meeting Thursday with lab employees concerning the volunteer separation program.

    McMillan discussed specifics of the program during an all-hands meeting.

    The NNSA announced late Wednesday that it approved a plan that would cut 400 to 800 jobs from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Eligible employees from the regular workforce of about 7,600 may begin applying for voluntary separation on March 5. According to a person who attended the meeting, employees can declare whether they are taking the package March 5-14.