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April 2014

A team of five competitors from Panhandle Junior High School capped off an eventful visit last week to the nation’s capital with a second-place finish in the electric car race competition at the National Science Bowl.

Coach Kevin Meyer said the team competed hard, but was barely edged out at the finish line of the final race.

The academic portion of the Science Bowl is supplemented each year for middle school students with a battery-powered car race that gives competitors the chance to apply their knowledge to designing a car to compete on a 20-meter track.

The Panhandle team won the right to represent the area at the national competition by besting 40 other teams in the Pantex Middle School Science Bowl competition in February. They were joined on the trip by a team from Lubbock High School, which won the high school competition.

The Department of Energy sponsors the Science Bowl competition each year to give students across the country a chance to compete in a contest of science and math knowledge. More than 50 regional competitions are conducted, with the winners having the chance to represent their area in Washington.

The members of the team are: Bradlee Brandvik, Arianna Hann, Samuel Koone, Noah Ford and Grace Kuehler.

Panhandle Junior High takes second at National Science Bowl Car Race

Panhandle Junior High takes second at National Science Bowl Car Race

Panhandle Junior High takes second at National Science Bowl Car Race

Dan Krivitsky named Los Alamos Field Office Employee of the YearDan Krivitsky’s success in facilitating work between federal agencies and his efforts in counter-terrorism initiatives and Intelligence Work For Others (WFO) earned him Employee of the Year for NNSA’s Los Alamos Field Office. Krivitsky of Los Ranchos, near Albuquerque, is a member of the field office’s Security Operations Team.

He and federal employees from around the state were recognized recently at a banquet sponsored by the New Mexico Federal Executive Board.

In 2013, Krivitsky was instrumental in forming a counter-threat working group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, ensuring that disparate security and intelligence stakeholders met routinely to discuss potential threats to the laboratory. He also fostered relationships with numerous State and Federal agencies to improve the flow and expand the network of threat information providers for the Laboratory. In addition, Krivitsky is recognized for his contributions to the Intelligence WFO program. Through the WFO program, the Department of Energy and NNSA provide research and technical assistance to other federal agencies on a reimbursable, full cost recovery basis. WFO agreements are also used as a mechanism through which industry can use expertise and facilities at LANL.

Sandia National Laboratories researchers Mike Cuneo and Igal Brener have been selected Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Cuneo was selected for “developments in inertial confinement fusion with magnetically-driven-implosions and electrode cleaning.” Over the course of his 25-year Sandia career, he has pursued the goal of pulsed-power-driven thermonuclear fusion.

Brener, who joined Sandia in 2004, was selected for “contributions to terahertz science and technology.” Projects on which he has worked include chem-bio sensing, terahertz science and devices, plasmonics, metamaterials and solid state lighting.

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IEEE honors two Sandia researchers as fellowsIEEE honors two Sandia researchers as fellows

DOE today celebrated Earth Day with Community Day on the DOE Pavilion. More than 20 local green exhibitors, including various DOE departments, showcased their environmental programs. Here Fred Winter and Joyce Kim promote modernizing the grid through innovative technology.

DOE celebrates Earth Day