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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Public to get chance to tour Neutron Science Center

    Members of the public will have an  opportunity to tour the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 20,  as part of Rosenfest, a celebration of LANSCE founder Louis Rosen and the facility he conceived. In addition, Rosenfest organizers are offering a special tour time-slot for teachers and students beginning at 3:30 p.m. to accommodate school schedules.

  • Edgewater earns DOE honor

     

    Edgewater Technical Associates, LLC, of Los Alamos was named Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Department of Energy.

    DOE, the largest civilian contracting agency within the Federal government, is conducting its 12th Annual Small Business Conference & Expo at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri today through Thursday.

  • CMRR public comment extended

    The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office has extended the public comment period and added a fourth public meeting on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Project — Nuclear Facility (CMRR-NF).

    The comment period is extended by 15 days, making it a 60-day comment period. The formal comment period recently opened on April 29.

    A public meeting in Albuquerque has been added, in addition to those already planned in Los Alamos, Espanola and Santa Fe.

  • Hecker to be featured in Domenici documentary

    Former Los Alamos National Laboratory director Sig Hecker will be featured in a documentary about Pete Domenici to air this fall.

    A couple of weeks ago, an Albuquerque-based TV producer Chris Schueler interviewed Hecker and they discussed a number of topics.

  • LANL boss set to retire

    If Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Mike Anastasio had his way, Wednesday would be his final leadership breakfast as director.

    And the heavy hitters were in town to celebrate the occasion. Gov. Susana Martinez made her second trip to Los Alamos since being elected. And National Nuclear Security Administration’s director Thomas D’Agostino made the trip from Washington.

    A couple of months ago, Anastasio announced he was going to retire in June.

    On Wednesday, he said that was still his goal.

  • LANL, community groups reach water settlement

    Los Alamos National Laboratory announced it has reached a settlement with nine community groups and individuals that will result in the dismissal of a 2008 environmental lawsuit on Thursday.

    The suit, filed by the Western Environmental Law Center in Taos, alleged that LANL violated its EPA Clean Water Act permit, and allowed stormwater bearing contaminants from more than 100 legacy (Cold War era) environmental sites to run off at levels above standards —charges LANL denies.

    Under the terms of the settlement, WELC agreed to drop the lawsuit in exchange for access to inspect certain sites, funding for technical consulting and a portion of legal fees.

  • Governor visits Los Alamos

    Gov. Susana Martinez spent Wednesday morning visiting the Hill.

  • Lab accounts for $3 billion to state economy

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is crucial to New Mexico’s economic health, creating a $2.9 billion impact on the state’s economy and supporting about 24,000 jobs, according to a new University of New Mexico study.

    In fiscal year 2009, the Lab directly injected $1.6 billion into New Mexico’s economy, with an additional $1.3 billion resulting from indirect economic spending.  The indirect impacts are the ripple effect of LANL vendors purchasing goods and services and LANL employees and vendors’ employees spending their earnings in the region.  UNM calculated the Lab’s economic impact based on employee compensation, purchases of goods and services, construction expenditures, taxes, and other outlays.

  • LA middle schooler wins supercomputer challenge

    Los Alamos Middle School student Cole Kendrick captured the top prize in the 21st New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory. For his research project, “Computer Simulation of Dark Matter Effects on Galaxy Rotation,” Kendrick developed a computer program to model the rotation of a galaxy including dark matter in an attempt to answer these questions:

    • How does dark matter affect rotational curves in galaxies?

    • How accurately this effect can be modeled?

    • What happens when the dark matter and galaxy masses are changed?

    • How well would this method work for different galaxies?

    Kendrick received a check for $1,000.

  • Students descend on LANL for computing challenge

    More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will gather at Los Alamos National Laboratory Monday and Tuesday for judging and an awards ceremony in the 21st annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge.

    About 50 teams of students from elementary, middle and high schools are expected at the Expo, said David Kratzer of the laboratory’s High Performance Computer Systems group and the lab’s coordinator of the Supercomputing Challenge.

    While at Los Alamos, 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 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive.