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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • CMRR faces possible budget cut

    The House Appropriations Committee voted Wednesday to cut $100 million in FY 12 funding for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The committee recommended allocating $200 million for the project, 33 percent below the budget request.

    It’s nowhere near a done deal.

    The Energy and Water appropriation bill must now be passed by the House and sent to the Senate for consideration.

    In his report, subcommittee chairman Rodney Freylinghuysen (R-NJ) said the National Nuclear Security Administration has a lot of work to do.

  • Walp wants authorities to reopen probe

    Convinced there was more to uncover during an investigation from 2002 at Los Alamos National Laboratory, former Office of Security Inquiries (OSI) Leader Glenn A. Walp said he intends to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation for help.

    Because of information that surfaced in 2010, Walp said he will be in New Mexico the first week in July and plans to meet with agents and ask the bureau to reopen its case into wrongdoing that he began to uncover after the lab hired him in January 2002.

  • Taxpayers to foot hefty lab pension tabs

    A Manhattan Project-era business model is responsible for a $1.7 billion dollar tab that taxpayers will have to pick up next year to cover ballooning pension liabilities for the national labs.

    As more scientists and engineers become eligible for retirement, future liabilities represent potentially billions of dollars more, according to a report released the last day of May by the Government Accountability Office. The findings reveal that the Department of Energy has been lax in examining other post-retirement costs, such as health care, which factor into the overall reimbursements DOE makes to contractors like Bechtel, Babcock and Wilcox, URS, and Lockheed Martin, which manage operations at national labs like Los Alamos and Sandia here in New Mexico.

  • Lab program helps small businesses overcome technical challenges

    The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program is ready to help small New Mexico enterprises overcome technical challenges. The free program, run jointly by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, leverages the laboratories’ expertise and capabilities to promote regional economic development.
    Although small businesses need not be technology-based to apply, the challenges they face must be potentially solvable using Los Alamos or Sandia resources and expertise, and reasonably priced assistance from the private sector must not be available.

  • LANL Foundation receives $715K for First Born Program

    Since its founding in 1997, the First Born Program (FBP) has been committed to serving first time families and women pregnant for the first time. The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has been awarded a $715,000 grant for the First Born Program by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to continue its signature brand of home prenatal support and community based family curriculum.
    “The W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant will help the LANL Foundation expand services to young children and their families in New Mexico. We are thrilled to be a partner in their initiative to help New Mexico improve early childhood wellbeing,” Susan Herrera, CEO of the LANL Foundation said.

  • A mineral is born: Terrywallaceite

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory’s principal associate director for Science, Technology and Engineering has been granted the unusual and prestigious honor of having a mineral named after him.
    On June 2, the International Mineralogical Association Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification officially added “Terrywallaceite” to its roster of known minerals. Terrywallaceite is an extremely rare silver-based mineral that was discovered in 2005 about 180 miles southeast of Lima, Peru, by William Pinch and characterized by a University of Arizona mineralogy team led by Robert Downs.

  • LANL Foundation brings $10 million to northern NM school districts

    In an effort to further science education in New Mexico, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation is joining the National Science Resource Center of the Smithsonian Institution to bring $10 million to northern New Mexico school districts participating in a validation study of the NSRC’s Leadership and Assistance for Science education and Reform (LASER) model of science instruction. 

  • 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.