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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • LANL wins cyber security award

    The SANS Institute announced Monday that Los Alamos National Laboratory has won the 2011 U.S. National Cybersecurity Innovation Award for their innovative use of vShield and other defense tools that represent a breakthrough model for securing virtual computing and private cloud deployments. As federal agencies and commercial organizations move quickly to take advantage of cloud computing, they are also concerned about the increasing risk of cyber-attacks.

  • Livermore gets new director

    Penrose “Parney” C. Albright has been named the director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), which manages the lab for the U.S. Department of Energy, made the announcement Oct. 27.
    The appointment takes effect Dec. 1. Albright also will serve as president of LLNS.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan knows Albright and is looking forward to working with him.
    “He got to Livermore after I left,” McMillan said Thursday night before the R&D Awards ceremony at the Best Western Hilltop Hotel. “We’ve interacted on global security issues and he will be great to work with.”

  • Second suit filed to block CMRR

    It looks like the issue of the $5.8 billion Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility will be spending more time in the court room.

    The Los Alamos Study Group has filed a second lawsuit against the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Friday morning,

    The Study Group, under Greg Mello, filed the suit under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) “seeking accurate, up-to-date analyses of the feasibility and impacts of alternatives to a proposed $6 billion plutonium building at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).”

    Spokesperson Toni Chiri said the NNSA has not seen the suit yet and does not comment on pending litigation.

  • Spinoff receives NIH grant for device

    A spinoff of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Mesa Tech, has been awarded a $300,000 Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will allow Mesa Tech to develop an inexpensive, instrument-free, nucleic-acid testing device able to diagnose various respiratory diseases in record time.
    The managers of Mesa Tech, who are currently developing a prototype, plan to initially target the global diseases surveillance market. They also envision applications in point-of-care diagnostics, particularly in poor areas of the world, said former LANL scientist Hong Cai, who co-founded Mesa Tech and is the principal investigator for the effort benefitting from the grant.

  • LANL celebrates International Year of Chemistry

    In order to bring attention to and celebrate the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to civilization, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution declaring 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry.

    The year 2011 was selected because it coincides with the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize in chemistry and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies (now IUPAC, the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry).

    The Chemistry Division and Los Alamos National Laboratory are doing their part.

    They are celebrating the International Year of Chemistry through a series of activities, lectures, and events, many of which are open to the public.

  • Lab gets help in saving water

    A project funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will provide the resources that will help Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) triple the lab’s capacity to save water.

    The upgrade of LANL’s Sanitary Effluent Reclamation Facility (SERF), a $16.1 million project, meets a Department of Energy and NNSA requirement for recycling water and reducing the consumption of potable water use. The 4,350-square-foot facility treats effluent water from LANL’s sanitary sewer system and meets a standard equivalent to drinking water which is ultimately recycled for industrial reuse. Using treated sanitary effluent in the cooling towers reduces LANL’s use of potable water, derived from the regional aquifer, for such purposes.

  • Crews complete LANL administration building demolition

    Demolition of the former Administration Building at the Los Alamos National Laboratory is complete.

    The 316,500-square-foot building that had been home to seven lab directors was completed five months ahead of the original schedule and significantly under budget.

    After we removed all regulated, hazardous materials such as asbestos, our team was able to recycle about 95 percent of the building,” said Darrik Stafford, LANL’s project director for the demolition.

    “At more than 300,000 square feet, this was a sizable undertaking,” added John Gallegos of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office. “I am pleased with the results of this project.”

  • Officials OK CMRR

    Editor’s Note: At press time Thursday final details remained in flux, however when the formal press statements were issued the story was updated on lamonitor.com. That story is being published today that also includes comments from the Los Alamos Site Office Manager.

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) issued a formal decision this week to push ahead with the Nuclear Facility portion of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement project (CMRR-NF).
    The NNSA issued an amended Record of Decision (ROD) after consulting with members of Congress and other top officials in Washington.

  • Sellers to become LANL deputy director

    Elizabeth (Beth) Sellers has been named the new deputy director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and is scheduled to start December 5.   Current Deputy Director Ike Richardson will be taking an overseas project leadership position with Bechtel to be announced next week.

    Beth Sellers comes to the Laboratory with nearly 30 years of management experience working for the U.S. Department of Energy and private industry, leading the integration and improvement of large, complex, and technically diverse environments.

  • LANL raises breast cancer awareness

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is doing its part to raise awareness of breast cancer by holding a number of events in October.
    In conjunction with national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, LANL started its “Think Pink for the Cure” campaign the week of Oct. 3.
    Events, though, are from over. Coming up this month will be a:
    • Cancer care resource fair, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Oct. 19, Otowi Building cafeteria side rooms.
    • A 1.5-mile run/walk, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at TA-3. Sign up at 11 a.m. outside the Otowi Building. Volunteers are needed.