Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) visited Sandia National Laboratories last Friday for tours and briefings. This was the Congresswoman’s first visit to Sandia. Congresswoman Lujan Grisham was accompanied by her Deputy Chief of Staff Deborah Armstrong and her Deputy District Director Gilbert Gallegos. While at Sandia, Congresswoman Lujan Grisham participated in a tour of Sandia’s Integrated Technologies and Systems exhibit that includes displays and demonstrations of technologies related to homeland security, homeland defense, and nonproliferation and assessment.
About the photo: From left to right, Jerry McDowell, Deputy Laboratories Director & Executive Vice President for National Security Programs, Sandia National Laboratories; Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham; Paul Hommert, President and Laboratories Director, Sandia National Laboratories; Kim Sawyer, Deputy Laboratories Director & Executive Vice President for Mission Support, Sandia National Laboratories; Geoff Beausoleil, Sandia Field Office Manager and Los Alamos Field Office Acting Manager.
In an effort to create new opportunities and to save money, the Pantex Plastics Shop has began formulating a new method of mixing polyurethane to make molded parts for explosives, coatings, seals, cushions, tool covers and more.
As part of this project, Pantex has teamed up with West Texas A&M University to give students the opportunity to be engaged in this research.
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Pantex chemist Stephanie Steelman, right, and West Texas A&M University student Devin Cook work on a new dynamic adiprene mixing machine.
Cary Bronson, from Los Alamos Field Office, and Michael Kaufman from Los Alamos National Laboratory were honored Monday for receiving the 2012 Bradley A. Peterson Federal and Contractor Security Professional of the Year Awards. Bronson received the federal award and Kaufman received the contractor award.
The awards recognize employees whose contributions to security programs within the NNSA enterprise exemplify the excellence and commitment for which NNSA is known.
Bronson was recognized for his proactive approach to contractor oversight in security resulting in significant achievements. Kaufman was recognized for his active engagement and leadership in security which has greatly facilitated operations at LANL.
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Steve Asher, center, NNSA Acting Chief and Associate Administrator for the Office of Defense Nuclear Security, presents Cary Bronson, left, and Michael Kaufman with the 2012 Bradley A. Peterson Federal and Contractor Security Professional of the Year Awards.
Andrew Whitaker from Dumas Junior High School in Dumas, Texas, lines up the team's race car during the Electric Car Competition at the 2013 National Science Bowl near Washington, D.C. last Sunday.
The Dumas team, which won the regional competition sponsored by NNSA's Pantex Plant to advance to nationals, won fourth place in the competition.
Photo by Jack Dempsey, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science
Computer scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have set a high performance computing speed record that opens the way to the scientific exploration of complex planetary-scale systems.
In a paper to be published in May, the joint team will announce a record-breaking simulation speed of 504 billion events per second on LLNL’s Sequoia Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, dwarfing the previous record set in 2009 of 12.2 billion events per second.
Sequoia has a peak performance of 25 petaflops and is the second fastest supercomputer in the world, with a total speed and capacity equivalent to about one million desktop PCs. A petaflop is a quadrillion floating point operations per second.
Dozens of Savannah River Site employees recently spent time off volunteering at 16 area United Way agencies as participants in this year’s Projects SERVE, CARE and VISION - part of the “Days of Caring” United Way program at SRS.
Each year a large number of employees commit their day off to projects that will improve the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged children, low-income senior citizens, disabled community members and others. Team projects typically include clearing debris, painting, repairing flooring, putting up drywall, building wheelchair ramps, installing smoke detectors, fixing faulty plumbing and yard work.
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Cynthia Williams of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Nuclear Nonproliferation Programs volunteers at the Salvation Army as part of Project SERVE.
Michelle Racicot, a contract family nurse practitioner at Sandia National Laboratories, was one of 14 women recognized by first lady Michelle Obama at the White House as Champions of Change. The event during Women’s History Month honored women veterans who have made a major impact on the nation’s communities, businesses and schools. Hundreds were nominated for the award.
Researcher emeritus Gordon Bell spoke at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory this week and joked that when it comes to the security badge requirements for getting on site, "nothing has changed since my first visit in 1961."
But when it comes to high performance computing at LLNL, much has changed thanks to the computing technology revolution Bell helped bring about. Bell's presentation, “The Supercomputer Class Evolution: A Personal Perspective,” was a PowerPoint journey through time from LLNL's earliest supercomputing systems in the early 60s to today's era of massively parallel computing systems.
Nick Williams, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retiree, spends a lot of time explaining science concepts to 5th grade students. And now his time has paid off. He has been selected as a finalist in the 2013 Flame Challenge, an international contest that asks scientists to communicate complex science in ways that interest and inform an 11-year-old. The contest is sponsored by the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.
Williams' entry (#154) was selected as one of the top 6 finalists in two categories: written and video. As a finalist in the written category, he is competing with two other entries.