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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Two LANL meetings scheduled

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory will hold two public meetings in the next six days.
    At 5:30 tonight at Fuller Lodge, LANL will host an informational meeting, regarding the Hazardous Waste Permit Modification Request for the planned Transuranic Waste Facility. This meeting was originally scheduled for June 27 but was postponed because of the Las Conchas Fire.
    LANL will submit a request to the New  Mexico Environment Department to operate a transuranic waste container storage facility at Technical Area 63. The facility would replace current storage facilities at TA-54. The meeting will describe the planned facility and the permit modification system.

  • Sauer named Chemistry, Life and Earth Sciences associate director

    Nancy (“Nan”) Sauer has been named associate director for Chemistry, Life, and Earth Sciences (ADCLES) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
    In her 25-year career at LANL, Sauer has held several positions of increasing responsibility.  After working as a director’s postdoctoral fellow, she advanced to a principal investigator and team leader in the Chemistry Division to leader of several projects. Most recently she has been the director of the LANL Institutes Office from its inception, responsible for oversight and strategic engagement of six institutes and three innovation centers.

  • Snyder leaves Los Alamos Site Office Deputy Manager post

    Following six years at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office, Roger Snyder leaves his post as LASO Deputy Manager to head the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest Site Office.
    PNSO is one of 10 laboratories within DOE’s Office of Science. Located in Richland, Wash., PNSO oversees and manages the contract for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

    “I have thoroughly enjoyed working for LASO and living in Los Alamos,” Snyder said. “I value my colleagues, many of whom I consider friends, on both the federal and contractor side. I know they will continue to successfully move the lab forward.

  • HAZMAT Challenge

    The Farmington Fire Department was the big winner at the annual HAZMAT Challenge held at TA 49 last week. Farmington won the technical events and the overall title. LANL was second overall, finishing fourth in the technical event. Los Alamos Fire Department Team No. 1 was sixth overall and seventh in the technical events while LAFD Team No. 2 finished 10th.

  • LANL to host two meetings

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory will hold two public meetings in the next six days.

    At 5:30 Wednesday night at Fuller Lodge, LANL will host an informational meeting, regarding the Hazardous Waste Permit Modification Request for the planned Transuranic Waste Facility. This meeting was originally scheduled for June 27 but was postponed because of the Las Conchas Fire.

    LANL will submit a request to the New  Mexico Environment Department to operate a transuranic waste container storage facility at Technical Area 63. The facility would replace current storage facilities at TA-54. The meeting will describe the planned facility and the permit modification system.

  • Pet supply drive

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory wrapped up its pet supply drive for local animal shelters Friday. Debbie Wersonic organizes supplies at the Del Norte Credit Union. And Nancy Ambrosiano, who works in the communications department, donated her horse trailer to take the supplies to Espanola. A pickup truck was filled with supplies and taken to Santa Fe. According to LANL, there were more than $1,500 in donations, 500 pounds of dry dog food, 100 pounds of dry cat food, 700 pounds of kitty litter, 150 rolls of paper towels, 150 bags of rawhide chews (approximately 20 in each bag), more than 200 dog/cat toys, and more than 1,500 cans of dog and cat food.

  • LANL honors inventors

    The 13th Annual Outstanding Innovation Technology Transfer Awards reception honored laboratory inventors of patented, licensed, and copyrighted technologies for their important role in transferring science and technology from Los Alamos National Laboratory to industry. The awards reception took place Thursday at Fuller Lodge.

    The commercialization of technologies developed at the Lab helps to strengthen U.S. economic security by creating jobs and enhancing U.S. industrial competitiveness.

    As Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said recently about technology transfer, “This is part of the reason we are being funded…now, more than ever, scientists, both in research universities and national labs will need to come to the aid of our country.

  • NNSA conducts aerial survey

     The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration is conducting a detailed flyover of Los Alamos National Laboratory this week to measure background radiation.
    The information will be compared to results from a similar aerial survey conducted in 1994. Data will also be used for environmental assessments and activities.

  • McMillan addresses community leaders' event

    Los Alamos Site Office Manager Kevin Smith probably summed it best when it comes to LANL Director Charlie McMillan.

    “It was a good first month challenge for a new lab director,” Smith said.

    McMillan, attending his first regional community leaders’ breakfast as director, assumed the post at the beginning of June. But on June 26, the Las Conchas Fire erupted, threatening the lab and the townsite.

    McMillan put himself up front and center during the crisis, attending daily news conferences at Ashley Pond. And most of what the lab went through during the fire already has been well documented.

  • Cielo begins high res 3-D weapon simulations

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that it has begun production runs focusing on high resolution 3-D weapon simulations on NNSA’s largest supercomputer platform, Cielo.
    The simulations will be used to ensure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nuclear stockpile while maintaining the moratorium on underground nuclear explosive testing. Users from NNSA’s laboratories – Los Alamos (LANL), Lawrence Livermore and Sandia laboratories – are using Cielo for NNSA’s Capability Computing Campaign 2 (CCC2).