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Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Researchers investigate Greenland ice-mass

    Warming in the Arctic during the past several decades has caused Greenland’s ice sheet and outlet glaciers to thin and retreat. The lost ice mass makes a growing contribution to global sea-level rise.
    Sebastian Mernild of the Laboratory’s Computational Physics and Methods group, William Lipscomb of the Lab’s Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics group, and collaborators have investigated ice-mass loss for the Mittivakkat Gletscher, the only glacier in Greenland with long-term observations of both the surface mass balance (the difference between ice mass gained by snow accumulation and that lost to various processes) and glacier front fluctuations.

  • Lab honors 400 employees

    LANL’s 2011 Pollution Prevention Awards Ceremony, held recently 21 on the lawn at Fuller Lodge, honored more than 400 Lab employees for their success in incorporating pollution prevention strategies—reducing pollution, enhancing operations, saving money, or reducing environmental impacts—into their daily work.
    This year’s winners participated on 62 projects in the following 10 categories: Living Laboratory, Health and Environment, Water Resources, Cradle to Cradle (Prevention, Recycling, Minimization, and Cleanouts), Energy and Fleet, Community Collaboration and Engagement, and Change Agents.
    Six projects received the Star Award for outstanding achievement in pollution prevention.

  • Space still available on LANSCE jaunt

    Monday at 8 a.m. is the deadline for anybody interested in taking a tour of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) accelerator at LANL, in conjunction with the Rosenfest Lectures.

    The tour is scheduled for Friday, May 20, and it will start at 1 p.m. and end by 5:30 p.m.

    Anybody interested in the tour must submit an application at http://rosenfest.lanl.gov/tour_application_form.shtml.

  • LANL expose' garners international award

    “Implosion at Los Alamos: How Crime Corruption and Cover-ups Jeopardize America’s Nuclear Weapons Secrets,” authored by former LANL security official Glenn Walp, tells the story of Walp’s efforts to expose theft and lapsed security at LANL in 2002.

    His book was among nearly 4,000 reviewed from the U.S., Canada and seven other countries for the 2011 IPPY Book Awards (Independent Publisher Book awards.) 

  • 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.