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April 2013

NNSA has 'Natitude'

Headquarters employees and their friends and families enjoyed the annual NNSA-EM-LM Day at the ballpark this week. The Nationals lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2.

More photos are available on NNSA's Flickr page.

Nick Williams, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retiree

Nick Williams, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retiree, spends a lot of time explaining science concepts to 5th grade students. And now his time has paid off. He has been selected as a finalist in the 2013 Flame Challenge, an international contest that asks scientists to communicate complex science in ways that interest and inform an 11-year-old. The contest is sponsored by the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.

Williams' entry (#154)  was selected as one of the top 6 finalists in two categories: written and video. As a finalist in the written category, he is competing with two other entries.

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Brig. Gen. Dawkins honored at Air Force promotion ceremony

Brig. Gen. James Dawkins, Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application for NNSA's Office of Defense Programs, was formally honored at a promotion ceremony at the Pentagon last week. Special guests were invited to witness his promotion from Colonel to Brigadier General.   

Brig. Gen. Dawkins began working at NNSA in January 2013. He is responsible for maintaining global nuclear deterrence through effective planning, maintenance and enforcement of a safe, secure and effective nuclear weapons stockpile and its associated materials, capabilities and technologies. He serves as a bridge between the NNSA and the DoD on joint nuclear operational and infrastructural matters, engaging in frequent dialogue with the various military services concerning weapons issues specific to each service and supporting related programming and budget matters pertinent to the NNSA and the DoD.

More photos are available on NNSA's Flickr page.

Pantex sponsored its Electric Battery Car Race this weekend as part of the annual Science Bowl Competition. Nearly 30 teams from middle schools across the Texas Panhandle competed in the races, which were won by Bovina Middle School. Panhandle Junior High came in second and Dumas Junior High was third.

Pantex Electric Battery Car Race

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