Energy Secretary Moniz visits Y-12

Newly appointed Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (seated) visited the Y-12 National Security Complex this week. Before touring production and storage facilities at the site, Moniz held an All Hands meeting with Y-12, ORNL and Federal employees at Y-12's New Hope Center. Joining him at the meeting was U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann.


Energy Secretary Moniz visits Y-12

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (at right) tours the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility during his visit Monday to the Y-12 National Security Complex. Joining him are (from left) B&W Y-12 President and General Manager Chuck Spencer, Julie Huff of B&W Y-12's Materials Management Organization, B&W Y-12 Senior Vice President of Security Rod Johnson, and NNSA Production Office Manager Steve Erhart. Moniz toured storage and production facilities at the site after holding an All Hands meeting with Y-12, ORNL and federal employees at Y-12's New Hope Center.

Jun 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Pantex wildlife biologist Jim Ray will be teaming up with York University researcher Dr. Kevin Fraser from Toronto this weekend to help study the movements and behaviors of Purple Martins.

Ray, Fraser and several volunteers will be capturing the Martins, which are the largest member of the swallow family in North America, and affixing small geolocator tracking devices to help expand scientific knowledge about the birds. The geolocators were provided by the Department of Energy and Pantex in connection with a Presidential directive to help study and preserve migratory birds.

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Pantex Wildlife Biologist Jim Ray prepares to release a Purple Martin after it was captured and fitted with a tiny geolocator tracking device this weekend. Ray teamed up with Dr. Kevin Fraser from York University in Toronto to study the Martins, which were captured in birdhouses Ray maintains at his home.

Ray said Purple Martins have been popular among bird watchers since early settlers found Native Americans creating living quarters for the birds in hollowed-out gourds. Providing birdhouses has been a popular pastime for birders ever since. However, the birds are in decline in some areas of the United States, which makes preserving them an important effort.

Pantex biologist teams up with university researcher to study Purple Martins

Jun 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm

B&W Y-12 President and General Manager Chuck Spencer presented a check for $25,000 to City of Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan and Vice Mayor Jane Miller during a recent City Council meeting. Y-12 has been a premier sponsor of the Secret City Festival for the past eight years.

Y-12 provides $25,000 to support Secret City Festival

Jun 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Nick Williams, a retired engineer and science presenter from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, not only has done a fine job of conveying the concept of time to 11-year-olds, he's being recognized for it. Williams took top honors in the written category of the Flame Challenge, a global science contest run by actor and science afficionado Alan Alda and by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.

The contest challenges scientists to explain complex scientific principles in simple terms so they could be clearly understood by a 5th grade student. In 2012 the question put to scientists was "What is a flame?" This year the question was "What is time?

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From left: Steve Maguire, who won in the video category of the 2013 Flame Challenge, Alan Alda and Nick Williams, who won in the written category.

Alan Alda awards LLNL engineer for making science understandable

Jun 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Representatives from the Y-12 National Security Complex; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Stanley Healthcare recently signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) during the Tennessee Valley Corridor's National Technology Summit at Y-12's New Hope Center in Oak Ridge. The three entities are sharing their expertise to fast-track commercialization of an intelligent interactive dashboard that can be used to increase efficiency in manufacturing, maintenance or the service industry.

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(From left) Taylor Eighmy, UT’s vice chancellor for research and engagement; Van Mauney, B&W Y-12 vice president of program management; and Scott McFarland, senior vice president of sales at Stanley Healthcare, sign the formal agreement.

Y-12, UT, Stanley Healthcare work to advance technology

Jun 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm

LDRD program update set for June 12

The NNSA will host an Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program update on June 12, 2013, from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 1E-245 in the Forrestal Building in Washington, D.C.

Speakers from NNSA, the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories will provide overviews during the event. Technical speakers will present success stories and project examples benefiting the DOE/NNSA national security missions and missions of other federal agencies. In addition, technical posters will be displayed throughout the day highlighting science, technology, and engineering from the labs, the plants, and NNSS. The event will consist of three separate two-hour sessions and participants are free to attend one, two or all three.

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May 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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.

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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.

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SSAP annual now available

May 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm