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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • U.S., Russia lab directors meet

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation (Rosatom) announced the successful completion of the first meeting of the U.S. and Russian laboratory directors since 2004, a step toward improving nuclear security and scientific collaboration.
    The meeting provided an opportunity for U.S. and Russian laboratory directors, and representatives of Rosatom and NNSA to craft the next set of steps toward scientific and technical cooperation in areas that include non-proliferation, fundamental and applied research, energy and the environment, and nuclear medicine.

  • US, Russian lab directors meet in California to plan collaboration

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation (Rosatom) announced the successful completion of the first meeting of the U.S. and Russian laboratory directors since 2004, a step toward improving nuclear security and scientific collaboration.

    The two-day meeting provided an opportunity for U.S. and Russian laboratory directors, and representatives of Rosatom and NNSA to craft the next set of steps toward scientific and technical cooperation in areas that include non-proliferation, fundamental and applied research, energy and the environment, and nuclear medicine.

  • Meet the new lab director

    Twenty years ago, Charlie McMillan never envisioned being a laboratory director.
    McMillan remembers telling his family when they were in California how much fun it was just being a scientist at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.

    “I took the kids to the lab site and we were going home at the end of the day,” McMillan said. “My son said to me, you have the perfect job. Why would you give it up?

    “When I started my career, I was a physicist and it was a blast,” McMillan said. “I never thought about management and I definitely did not have a grand plan to be a lab director.”

    Funny how things change.

  • Lab reaches milestone in waste shipment

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has reached a milestone in its campaign to ship transuranic (TRU) waste from Cold War-era nuclear operations to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad.

    This month, the lab surpassed 100,000 plutonium-equivalent curies of TRU waste shipped to WIPP, about one-third of the lab’s total.

    The waste, sent from LANL to WIPP in more than 750 shipments since 1999, has amounted to several hundred pounds of radioactive residue on gloves, lab equipment, and protective clothing.

    As of May 23, there have been 789 shipments from LANL with close to 270,000 miles in transport.

  • Politicians praise McMillan's LANL appointment

    Politicians praise the appointment of Charles McMillan as the new director of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    New Mexico Gov. Susanna Martinez: “Los Alamos National Laboratory is a prestigious leader in maintaining our nation's security, as well as developing important energy research. Given its critical mission and its presence as the largest employer in northern New Mexico, LANL's contributions will continue to be vital to the future of our state and country. I look forward to working with Dr. McMillan as he serves as the steward of LANL's resources and mission, and will partner however possible to ensure that New Mexico remains at the forefront of technological development and national security efforts."

  • Nuke expert chosen to lead lab

    Monitor Staff Report

    Michael Anastasio said he had hoped to retire June 1 as the director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. It looks like he got his wish.

    On Thursday, Charles McMillan was appointed director of LANL and president of Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the company that manages and operates the lab for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

    The appointments were announced by Norman Pattiz, chairman of the LANS Board of Governors, and are effective June 1, 2011.

    McMillan becomes the 10th director in the laboratory’s nearly 70-year history.

  • 'Supersolid' in Helium-4 research questioned

    The long-held, but unproven idea that helium-4 enters into an exotic phase of matter dubbed a “supersolid” when cooled to extremely low temperatures has been challenged in a new paper published recently in Science.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers Alexander Balatsky and Matthias Graf joined Cornell University physicist J.C. Séamus Davis and others in describing an alternative explanation for behavior of helium-4 that led scientist to believe for nearly 40 years that the substance could hold properties of a liquid and solid at the same time when cooled to near Absolute Zero.

  • Maggiore gets NNSA post at LA Site Office

    Longtime New Mexico environmental advocate Pete Maggiore joined the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office this week as Deputy Assistant Manager for the Environmental Projects Office.
    Maggiore, a Certified Professional Geologist with a masters degree in geology, brings more than 28 years of experience in environmental management, hydrogeology and geology.
    From July 1998 through August 2002, he served as Secretary for the New Mexico Environment Department.
    “Pete’s experience and insight into environmental management - from the field and as a regulator – adds a valuable element to our environmental program,” said LASO Manager Kevin Smith, “and we are very glad he is joining our team.”

  • Proponents Speak Out For CMRR

    The second of four Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement public meetings take place in Los Alamos Tuesday and brought out the proponents as well as some activists.

    The CMRR Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is currently out for public comment. The study describes the possible environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the proposed action.

    Ray Baca, the executive director for the New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council, was the first to talk and he said he represented construction workers, including the 800 that work for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • LANL's Girrens and Beard take lead roles

    Director Michael Anastasio has announced that Steven P. Girrens is the new associate director for engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    “Steve is skilled at leading virtually all facets of engineering,” Anastasio said in a news release. “Whether it is preliminary design, analysis, computational modeling, commercialization or the transition to manufacturing, Steve has done it all.”

    Girrens began working at LANL right out of college in January 1979.

    “I’m enthused by the possibilities because my career at Los Alamos has taught me that the ultimate engineering challenge is enabling scientific discovery,” he said of his promotion.