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May 2013

LDRD program update set for June 12

The NNSA will host an Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program update on June 12, 2013, from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 1E-245 in the Forrestal Building in Washington, D.C.

Speakers from NNSA, the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories will provide overviews during the event. Technical speakers will present success stories and project examples benefiting the DOE/NNSA national security missions and missions of other federal agencies. In addition, technical posters will be displayed throughout the day highlighting science, technology, and engineering from the labs, the plants, and NNSS. The event will consist of three separate two-hour sessions and participants are free to attend one, two or all three.

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Sandia gives Japanese elected official a tour of Z machine

Sandia recently hosted Yasuyuki Kaneko, a Sapporo city councilor from Japan, to provide an understanding the importance of the work done at the Z machine and to explain the purpose of plutonium experiments conducted at Z.

Sandia Pulsed Power Sciences Center director Keith Matzen answered Kaneko’s question of how much plutonium was involved in a Z experiment shot by pulling a nickel from his pocket. “The amount of plutonium used is less than the size of this coin,” Matzen said.

Read more about the visit.

Researchers from Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos national laboratories are among 61 national recipients of DOE’s Early Career Research Program awards for 2013.

LLNL physicist Yuan Ping’s project, selected by the Office of Fusion Research, aims to provide high quality data on critical energy transport properties of high-energy-density (HED) matter.

LANL’s Marian Jandel won for his proposal, “New Data on Neutron Reactions Relevant to Basic and Applied Science,” selected by the Office of Nuclear Physics. Nathan M. Urban, also from LANL, will be supported for his work on “Beyond the Black Box: Combining System and Model Dynamics to Learn About Climate Uncertainties,” selected by the Office of Biological & Environmental Research.

The Early Career Research Program, now in its fourth year, is designed to bolster the nation's scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work.

Read about LLNL’s recipient.
Read about LANL’s recipients.
See the complete Early Career Research Program list.

Left photo: LANL’s Marian Jandel (left) and Nathan Urban
Right photo: LLNL’s Yuan Ping stands next to the target chamber in the Europa laser bay, part of the Jupiter Laser Facility.

LANL, LLNL researchers among Early Career Research Program award recipients

As part of the Kansas City Plant’s relocation, a massive 18-ton 5-Axis Horizontal Mill was recently moved from the Bannister Road location to the new National Security Campus in South Kansas City, Mo. It is just one of the 3,203 pieces of capital equipment that is being moved during one of the nation's largest industrial relocations.

It took nearly three days to disassemble the machine and prepare it for transport. The machine was partially disassembled, removing auxiliary pieces from the main part of the machine, so the pieces could be moved separately. A wall also had to be removed to make an opening wide enough to get the machine through.

The mill was loaded and ready to move from Bannister at 8 a.m. and by lunchtime that day, it was in place at the NSC. The machine will undergo laser alignment and build test parts around mid-June. It will be ready for production again at the end of July.

KCP relocates 18-ton machine