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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.

May 31, 2013 at 11:00 am

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

May 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm

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

May 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm

The 2013 Stewardship Science Academic Programs annual (SSAP) is now available online. The annual focuses on various programs within the SSAP and highlights the programs’ commitment to the next generation of nuclear security stewards.

Check it out.

SSAP annual now available

May 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm

NNSA Associate Principal Deputy Administrator Michael Lempke recently visited the Savannah River Site, getting an up-close look at facilities that play important roles in NNSA’s mission. His three days of tours included the Tritium Extraction Facility. Tours of other Savannah River Tritium Enterprise facilities gave him the opportunity to view the new Tritium Instrumentation Demonstration Station (shown), a collaborative effort with the Savannah River National Laboratory to move new sensors from development into tritium service. In addition to SRTE and SRNL, Lempke visited other SRS facilities, including H Canyon, the only hardened nuclear chemical separations plant still in operation in the country.

Lempke visits Savannah River Site

May 29, 2013 at 11:00 am

Pantex honored its fire department personnel on Friday in advance of National Emergency Medical Services Professionals Week. All firefighters at Pantex are trained as emergency medical technicians and many are paramedics, qualified to perform advanced life support operations in the new ambulances. Pantex has fire and ambulance crews on standby 24 hours a day to respond to plant emergencies and to assist surrounding municipalities through mutual aid agreements.

About the photo:
Firefighter/paramedics Nikki Weiss, left, and Chard Zarback prepare to load equipment into one of two new ambulances recently acquired by the Pantex Plant.

Firefighter/paramedics Nikki Weiss, left, and Chard Zarback

May 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm

During a recent visit to the Y-12 National Security Complex, eighth graders Miller Sullivan, center, and Tyler Young, right, from Halls Middle School, learn what happens to a banana when it is submerged in liquid nitrogen. Darryl Smith, left, was one of four engineering, science and history experts to give nearly 50 Halls Middle School students a taste of science past and present at Y-12.

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Miller Sullivan, center, and Tyler Young, right, from Halls Middle School

May 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Y-12 earns national Best Workplaces for Commuters designation

Y‑12 National Security Complex was recently recognized for meeting the National Standard of Excellence, awarded by Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC).

BWC is an innovative program that encourages sustainable transportation. Qualified employers receive national recognition and designation for offering commuter benefits, and this year marks the second year Smart Trips and BWC have recognized local companies.

The Sustainability and Stewardship group estimates that Y‑12's compressed work week prevents more than 190,000 vehicle miles traveled each week and eliminates about 4,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

See more.

About the photo:
Durand Carmany shares how Y‑12's 4/10 schedule and on-site taxi service help make Y‑12 one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters. Sara Martin of Smart Trips looks on.

May 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions awards family scholarships

Fifteen students have each won a $3,000 Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (SRNS) Family Scholarship, received at a special ceremony held recently. The winners are sons and daughters of SRNS employees.

This program rewards graduating high school students on the basis of general ability, leadership, and scholastic achievement, recognizing the top students participating in the competition.

About the photo:
Westminster High School student Caroline Powell discusses her college and career plans with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Executive Vice President & COO Fred Dohse. Powell received a $3,000 scholarship from SRNS during the recent Family Scholarship Awards ceremony, where scholarships totaling $45,000 were awarded to 15 area students.

May 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Los Alamos IT Specialist Jerry Massee

Jerry Massee, a member of the Los Alamos Field Office Cyber Security Team, recently earned recognition as New Mexico Federal Employee of the Year by the New Mexico Federal Executive Board.

Massee provides oversight of the Information Technology and Records Management programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The two programs account for $250-$300 million of the lab’s $2.1 billion annual budget. As the local interface with NNSA’s Headquarters IT office, Massee spearheaded discussions with the Department of Energy regarding the impact that changes in IT requirements would have on LANL. The dialogue resulted in an alternative solution that saved the lab several million dollars and minimized adverse impacts to major software upgrades. The solution also led to significant savings for other contractors across the NNSA enterprise.

May 17, 2013 at 10:00 am