More than 200 students converged in Kansas City recently for the annual Science Bowl Regional Competition to answer questions like, "One-hundredth of a millibar equals how many Pascals?" (The answer is 1).

During the many rounds of competition, students showed a remarkable understanding of chemistry, geology, physics, biology, electronics, and more as they used brainpower to compete their way through several rounds of the science-focused contests. Some carried out a theme - from wearing pajamas to wild hairstyles to face paint. Many brought cheering sections.

At the end of the grueling day, Blue Valley West High School won the Kansas division and Fort Zumwalt South won the Missouri division. Both teams will advance to Washington, D.C., to compete against 65 other regional winners at the DOE’s National Science Bowl from April 30 – May 4. 

Support for the Science Knowledge Bowl is an important piece of NNSA’s efforts to promote science, math, and technology education in order to keep America technologically competitive and to stoke the pipeline with future employees.


Mar 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm

NNSA BlogNNSA has released its 2016 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan (SSMP). The plan documents NNSA’s 25-year strategic plan for accomplishing its core stockpile stewardship mission area of maintaining the safety, security and effectiveness of the nuclear stockpile without nuclear testing.

The SSMP describes NNSA’s comprehensive approach to maintaining and recapitalizing the scientific and production infrastructure of the nation’s nuclear security enterprise.

As the SSMP details, NNSA’s life extension program remain on schedule and on budget. Significant changes from the last SSMP include: the W88 Alteration 370 effort; the cruise missile warhead life extension program (LEP) is now designated as the W80-4 LEP; additional resources have also been requested to ensure the nation’s long-term ability to perform highly-enriched uranium operations at Y-12 and at Los Alamos National Laboratory; and the revised the Uranium Processing Facility Project design concept.

See the plan here.

Mar 19, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Medical patients, both locally and potentially nationwide, should be the beneficiaries of the first-ever public-private partnership agreement between National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTec), and Henderson, Nevada-based Global Medical Isotope Systems, LLC (GMIS). The agreement on research and development aims to enable production of an essential radioactive isotope used in millions of medical diagnostic imaging procedures every year.

Known primarily as the management and operations contractor for the Nevada National Security Site, NSTec is leveraging its traditional national security role with the signing of its first CRADA. The agreement describes NSTec’s technical integration, modeling, materials, and design support to GMIS’s mission in the development and deployment of a ground-breaking approach in the production of the radioactive isotope - molybdenum-99 (Mo-99).

Read more.

NNSA BlogAbout the photo:
Imaging is Everything! (from left to right) Dr. Francis Tsang of Global Medical Isotope Systems (GMIS), Dr. Chris Deeney of National Security Technologies (NSTec), and Zane Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of GMIS, observe the electrically powered neutron source that generates isotopes for medical imaging in GMIS’s southern Nevada facility.   

Mar 19, 2015 at 11:00 am

NNSA recently celebrated the successful completion of the Uranium Processing Facility site readiness subproject at Y-12. The project was completed $20 million under budget, on schedule and work was achieved with more than 600 days without a recordable accident or injury.

The project included the Bear Creek Road extension and the creation of a haul road.

The successful delivery of the project signifies the first milestone of moving UPF forward and meeting NNSA’s commitment to cease programmatic operations in Building 9212 by 2025 for a cost not to exceed $6.5 billion. UPF is the U.S. Department of Energy’s single largest capital investment in Tennessee since World War II and NNSA’s largest-ever construction project. UPF will replace the hub of the nation’s uranium processing operations.

Read more.


About the photo:
NNSA leadership and other dignitaries congratulate the UPF team for demonstrating an exceptional commitment to safety, high quality, cost and schedule. Participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony are (from left to right) Don Peters, Uranium Processing Facility Project Office; Lt. Col. John Hudson, Commander of the Nashville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; NNSA Administrator General Frank Klotz; Congressman Chuck Fleischmann; UPF Federal Project Director John Eschenberg; UPF Project Director Brian Reilly; and Eric Thompson, Uranium Processing Facility Project Office.

Mar 18, 2015 at 2:51 pm

NNSA BlogThis week, NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Madelyn Creedon was at the Savannah River Site. She visited the nation’s only center for extracting, recycling and processing tritium, an isotope of hydrogen that is a vital component to the nation’s nuclear defense. She also visited SRS’ facilities for supporting NNSA’s Nonproliferation-Material Management & Disposition program, and the Savannah River National Laboratory, which is an integral part of the Savannah River Tritium Enterprise, in addition to being an important contributor to NNSA’s nonproliferation missions.

About the photos:
Lee Schifer, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Director of Tritium Operations, and NNSA-Savannah River Field Office Manager Doug Dearolph, show Creedon the Savannah River Tritium Enterprise facilities.

Mar 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm

NNSA BlogTen Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have been selected as 2014 fellows of the American Physical Society (APS).

Those honored are: Michael Armstrong, Chris Barty, Ray Beach, Debbie Callahan, Tony Gonis, Frederic Hartemann, Nobuhiko Izumi, Robert Rudd, James Tobin and Yinmin (Morris) Wang.

APS, a non-profit membership organization, works to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through research journals, scientific meetings, education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. Ten fellows is the highest number of recipients LLNL has garnered in a single year. In the past 30 years, nearly 100 LLNL employees have been elected APS fellows.

Read more about the fellows here.

About the photo:
Top row from left, Michael Armstrong, Chris Barty, Ray Beach, Debbie Callahan, Tony Gonis and Frederic Hartmann. Bottom row from left, Yinmin "Morris" Wang, James Tobin, Robert Rudd and Nobuhiko Izumi.

Mar 12, 2015 at 10:05 am

The clue: This famous square mile is where you will discover the "Science of Security."

The answer: What is Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was featured in an entire category of clues on the TV game show "Jeopardy!," Monday, March 9. Called the "Science of Security," the category featured basic science questions that tie into LLNL facilities and programs, among them laser science and the National Ignition Facility, high performance computing and Sequoia, astrophysics and the GeMINI planet imager, satellite technology and LLNL’s work to track them for traffic control and breakthroughs in nanotechnology.

The LLNL category took place during the double jeopardy round. To test your knowledge of LLNL, click here.

Mar 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm


More than 400 girls, grades six to nine, attended the recent Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons Conference on the Las Positas College campus in California. Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was a sponsor of the 37th annual event. The conference seeks to inspire girls to recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

At this year's conference, “A Window into Your Future,” girls participated in group activities along with 90-minute hands-on workshops in chemistry, biotechnology, computer science, engineering, environmental science and robotics. There also was a career fair for participants and a program for parents on college planning, California university and state college academic requirements, transferring from community college to a four-year university and financial aid.

More than 100 volunteers from Lawrence Livermore, Sandia National Laboratories/California, Las Positas College and the American Association of University Women helped to coordinate the conference.

Mar 10, 2015 at 9:00 am

This weekend, students from the Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Mora, San Miguel, Sandoval and Taos Counties will come together to participate in the 2nd annual Robowave Rally. The event, being held on Saturday, March 7th at the Northern New Mexico Community College, will consist of students working in teams to compete in robotic challenges ranging from beginner to advanced levels.

The event is not only an excellent opportunity for the participants to utilize teamwork and critical thinking skills, but also serves to expose them science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM fields) at an early age.

The rally is also being used as a practice day for the upcoming 13th annual Robowave International, New Mexico’s largest K-16 robotics competition, being held April 30th to May 2nd.

The Robowave Rally Northern New Mexico is supported by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, Northern New Mexico University and a number of other partners.

Mar 6, 2015 at 2:03 pm

The Northwest Career and Technical Academy’s Science Bowl Team had the distinct honor of meeting with members of the Las Vegas City Council yesterday, in recognition of their winning the annual 2015 Nevada Science Bowl on January 30, 2015.

The Nevada Science Bowl is the premier academic competition in the region. NNSA’s Nevada Site Office is the signature sponsor of Nevada Science Bowl. Nevada Science Bowl also receives donations from Northrop-Grumman, National Security Technology (NSTec), Navarro-Intera, Centerra, the Bureau of Reclamation, the National Atomic Testing Museum and VegasPBS.

Read more about the team’s recent victory here.

The high school students will continue on to represent the state in the 2015 National Science Bowl sponsored by the Department of Energy in April 2015.

Mar 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm