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In an effort to raise awareness of bike safety and to protect their fellow cyclists, a group of Pantexans recently left their cars in the garage and hopped a two-wheeled ride to work. The six Pantexans met in Amarillo, Texas and rode their bicycles approximately 25 miles to the Pantex Plant, then returned to Amarillo after a full day’s work.

Pantex raises bike safety awareness

Pantex raises bike safety awareness

May 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Joining a list that includes structures like the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower, the Savannah River Site has officially been named as a Historical Landmark by ASM International, the professional society for materials science and manufacturing.

SRS is one of only three landmarks designated from the current year’s class of nominees. ASM historical landmarks identify sites and events that have played a prominent part in the discovery, development and growth of metals, metalworking and engineered materials. The designation became official with the dedication of a historical marker, presented by Professor Ravi Ravindran, current President of ASM International.

Ravindran noted that the award recognized SRS for advancements in the production of tritium, plutonium and other isotopes used in national defense, research and medical applications. Ravindran cited several contributions over SRS’s history, including large-scale production of aluminum-lithium alloys; production of kilogram quantities of radioactive waste glass; materials science improvements made at SRS through the U.S. tritium program; and discovery of the neutrino, a Nobel Prize-winning experiment conducted at the P Reactor.

Savannah River National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Michalske joined Ravindran at the marker presentation, acknowledging that that the listing validated the work of people who contributed throughout decades of research, development and execution. The marker will be permanently placed near the former M Area facilities, where fuel and target assemblies were once produced for the site’s production reactors.

About the photo: President of ASM International Professor Ravi Ravindran presents the ASM historical landmark plaque to Executive Vice President and Director of SRNL Terry Michalske.

SRS becomes a historical landmark

May 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists Jennifer Pett-Ridge and Todd Gamblin have been selected by DOE’s Office of Science Early Career Research program to receive funding for proposed projects.

Jennifer Pett-Ridge was selected for her work titled “Microbial Carbon Tranformations in Wet Tropical Soils: The Importance of Redox Fluctuations.

Todd Gamblin will receive funding for a project to accelerate the adaptation of scientific simulation codes to increasingly powerful supercomputers.

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About the photos:
Lawrence Livermore scientist Jennifer Pett-Ridge will receive funding through the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science Early Career Research Program for her research in soil microbial communities and carbon cycling in the tropics. 

Lawrence Livermore computer scientist Todd Gamblin will receive up to $2.5 million in funding through the DOE's Office of Science Early Career Research Program to accelerate the adaptation of scientific simulation codes to increasingly powerful supercomputers.

Lawrence Livermore scientist Jennifer Pett-Ridge Lawrence Livermore computer scientist Todd Gamblin

 

May 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

For the past two weeks, a group of volunteers at Pantex has been collecting donations for the Snack Pak 4 Kids program, gathering an impressive amount of food for needy children.

Pantexans donated more than $1,000 to the effort, as well as a variety of food items, which were placed in barrels located throughout the plant.

Snack Pak 4 Kids is an Amarillo-based charity started in 2010 to provide backpacks with snacks in them for children to take home for the weekend. The program is designed to provide food to hungry children when they are away from school and unable to access a reliable source of sustenance. The program serves more than 4,000 students in 24 school districts in the Texas Panhandle.

The volunteers this week delivered 5,000 Pop Tarts, 82 jars of peanut butter, as well as other snacks and money donated by Pantexans.

About the photo: A Snack Pak 4 Kids volunteer, left, helps Dale Philyaw unload food donated by Pantexans.

Pantex collects food for kids

May 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Catalyst, a first-of-a-kind supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is available to industry collaborators to test big data technologies, architectures and applications.

Developed by a partnership of Cray, Intel and Lawrence Livermore, this Cray CS300 high performance computing cluster is available for collaborative projects with industry through Livermore's High Performance Computing Innovation Center.

The supercomputer is a resource for NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing program and will provide a common user environment across NNSA’s national labs.

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About the photo: The Catalyst supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore employs a Cray CS300 architecture modified specifically for data-intensive computing. The system is now available for collaborative research with industry and academia.

Catalyst supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

May 16, 2014 at 11:00 am

To highlight the successful completion of the major goals of the 1993 HEU Purchase Agreement, Greg Dwyer, Director of the U.S.-Russia HEU Transparency Program within NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and International Security, recently spoke at a side event at the United Nations in New York City. The event, which took place under the auspices of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, included delegates, nongovernmental organizations and other attendees. It was moderated by Mr. Adam Scheinman, Senior Advisor for Nuclear Nonproliferation in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the Department of State, and included a presentation by Mr. Vladimir Kuchinov, Senior Advisor to the Director General of the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, “Rosatom.”

Dwyer’s presentation focused on the transparency monitoring and technical aspects of the 1993 Agreement, how monitoring was conducted in Russian nuclear facilities and the results after twenty years. Kuchinov’s presentation focused on the history of the 1993 Agreement and its commercial success.

NNSA’s full presentation slides are available here.

About the photo: (left to right) Vladimir Kuchinov, Senior Advisor to the Rosatom General Director, Adam Scheinman, Senior Advisor for Nuclear Nonproliferation in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State, and Greg Dwyer, Director of NNSA’s HEU Transparency Program, discuss the successfully completed 1993 U.S.-Russia HEU Purchase Agreement.

NNSA highlights ‘swords to ploughshares’ efforts

NNSA highlights ‘swords to ploughshares’ efforts

May 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Anne Harrington, NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, visited the Kansas City Plant recently for a facility tour of the new National Security Campus and to receive project briefings on its proliferation deterrence programs.

During the visit, Harrington toured the Analytical Sciences Lab, one of the most complete and diverse labs under one roof. The lab provides analysis such as metallurgical diagnostics, mechanical/physical testing, environmental testing, and analytical chemistry to test a product under any condition and understand the conditions for product failure.

Anne Harrington tours new National Security Campus

Anne Harrington tours new National Security Campus

May 14, 2014 at 8:00 am

Sandia National Laboratories recently completed the renovation of five large-scale test facilities that are crucial to ensuring the safety and reliability of the nation’s nuclear weapons systems. The work supports Sandia’s ongoing nuclear stockpile modernization work on the B61-12 and W88 Alt, assessments of current stockpile systems, and test and analysis for broad national security customers.

The renovation of two additional facilities was completed in 2005 during the first phase of the project. The two-phase, $100 million project, which was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, renovated Sandia’s major environmental test facilities.

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About the photo: Sandia recently completed the renovation of five large-scale test facilities, including this Centrifuge, which are critical to Sandia’s stockpile stewardship and national security work.

Sandia completes major overhaul of key nuclear weapons test facilities

May 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

More than 85 employees from the Savannah River Site M&O contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (SRNS) volunteered to work on their day off at six United Way agencies located throughout the greater Augusta, Ga., area as part of this year’s Project SERVE.

Dan Armstrong of SRNS said most of the United Way agencies supported by this effort have limited budgets to support programs and even smaller amounts of funding dedicated to lawn care and building maintenance.

Tasks typical of Project SERVE include clearing debris, painting, repairing flooring, putting up dry wall, building wheel chair ramps, installing smoke detectors, fixing faulty plumbing and yard work. Other 2014 Project SERVE teams worked at locations including the Easter Seals facility, Kroc Center, Heritage Academy and Senior Citizens Center Council. 

About the photo: Employees of SRS M&O contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions help spruce up Heritage Academy in Augusta, Ga.

SRS employees spend a day off working for the community

May 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

From liquid nitrogen to the 3D simulation room, students were immersed in hands-on science fun at this year’s Take Your Child To Work Day at the Kansas City Plant. 

“We are proud of the work we do, and we welcome any opportunity to share the story of our mission.” said Mark Holecek, Kansas City Field Office Manager. “As a parent, I think it is even more important that we share our scientific and technical knowledge, and our pride in what we do with the people who matter most in our lives – our kids.”

Middle school students combined corn starch and water to make Oobleck, a non-newtonian fluid, which acts like both a liquid and a solid; ate grapes frozen with liquid nitrogen; and generated hair-raising electricity with the Van de Graaff machine.

The high school students got a detailed view of the B-61 trainer and explored next generation engineering techniques such as 3D printing and 3D simulations. Students also had the opportunity to learn how KCP is advancing the state of manufacturing with Molecular Dynamics and Physics-Based simulations at the National Security Campus.

KCP shows off the fun side of science

KCP shows off the fun side of science

May 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm