Los Alamos High School Bound for Science Bowl Team Nationals
Los Alamos High School from Los Alamos, N.M. bested 39 other teams from around New Mexico in the 10-hour New Mexico Regional Science Bowl, held Saturday, March 3, at the Albuquerque Academy. Los Alamos High School will represent New Mexico in the 22nd Annual Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl in April.

In addition to their travel expenses, the team also won $5,000 for their school. The team consists of Alexander Wang, Micha Ben-Naim, Scott Carlsten, Lorenzo Venneri and Kevin Gao. Paolo Venneri is their coach.

Albuquerque Academy School in Albuquerque, N.M., took second place, and the La Cueva High School from Albuquerque placed third.

In the “Jeopardy!” – style competition, students are asked questions from astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, math, trigonometry and calculus.

The Regional Science Bowl is coordinated by Sandia National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. 

Mar 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Faith Lutheran Middle School wins Nevada Regional Science Bowl Front row-kneeling: Andrew Kim-8th grade; Back row-standing, Brenda Beery-coach/teacher, Destyni Vincent-8th grade, Mica Oka- 8th grade, Cameron Cruden-8th grade, Henry Stone-8th grade, Dante Pistone-NSTec Public Affairs)

Faith Lutheran Middle School was crowned the champion of Nevada Regional Science Bowl for Middle Schools. The competition was held Saturday, March 3, at Henderson International School. Twenty-nine teams started the double-elimination competition at 7:30 a.m., and by 5 p.m., the field of student teams was whittled down to Faith Lutheran Middle School and Coral Academy of Las Vegas.

Faith Lutheran received $1,000 for the school’s math and/or science department. The students and coach also receive an expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the National Science Bowl sponsored by the Department of Energy on April 26-30, 2012. High school students from Advanced Technologies Academy (ATech) in Las Vegas won the Nevada Regional Science Bowl for High Schools last month and will also represent Nevada in the National Science Bowl.

Sponsors of the Nevada Regional Science Bowl include: U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Site Office, National Security Technologies (NSTec), Northrop Grumman, U.S. Department of the Interior, WSI-Nevada Team, Desert Research Institute, Nevada Energy, VegasPBS, Henderson International School, the National Atomic Testing Museum and Southwest Gas.

Mar 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm


More than 125 students from 13 schools from New Mexico and southern Colorado recently competed in the Department of Energy’s 10-hour Northern New Mexico Middle School Regional Science Bowl at the Albuquerque Academy.

The students competed in a fast-paced “Jeopardy” style competition, answering questions about math, biology, chemistry, earth science, and astronomy.

The winning team received a $5,000 check for their school and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in DOE’s National Science Bowl in early May.

The four students representing Albuquerque Academy are Kainoa Correa, Dylan Hendrickson, Andrew Chu, Thor Larson and team captain Dylan Hendrickson coached by Barbara Gilbert. Second place was Los Alamos Middle school, and Eisenhower came in third.

The Regional Science Bowl is coordinated by Sandia National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The U.S. Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in Mathematics and science and to pursue career in these fields. More than 200,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl in its 22 year.

Mar 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino and Principal Deputy Administrator Neile Miller hosted New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam while the governors were in Washington, D.C. during the bi-annual National Governors Association meeting this weekend.

NNSA leadership recognizes that governors serve as a source of strength not only in advancing NNSA goals in states where NNSA laboratories and production plants are located, but also in strengthening the organization’s relationships with other key federal and state officials to move the nation’s nuclear security agenda forward.


Feb 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Finan ROTC
Approximately 80 ROTC cadets, midshipmen and cadre from California, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona attended the recent ROTC Day at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The event helps strengthen the relationship between NNSA, LLNL and the Department of Defense.

ROTC Day included an overview of LLNL's mission and a distinguished panel discussing “Future Careers in the Military and the Role Science and Engineering Will Play.” Panel members included Brig. Gen. Sandra Finan, US Air Force and Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application, Office of Defense Programs, NNSA; Dr. L. Wayne Brasure, US Air Force and Executive Director, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center; LTC David R. James, Commander, US Army; CDR Tim Unrein, US Navy, Naval Postgraduate School; Dr. James C. Petrosky, Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Dept. of Engineering Physics, Air Force Institute of Technology; Thomas F. Gioconda, US Air Force (Retired) and Deputy Director for LLNL; George Sakaldasis, US Air Force (Retired), Assistant Director for Military Affairs for LLNL.

The afternoon involved tours of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the High Explosive Application Facility (HEAF) and the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC).

Gen. Finan discussed her nuclear career experience, followed by a series of table top demonstrations and exhibits, allowing participants a chance to focus on LLNL projects that address their individual areas of interest.


Feb 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Pantex science bowl winners
Members of the Amarillo High School Science Bowl Team savor their victory along with Mark Padilla, assistant manager of Contract Administration and Business Management at the Pantex Site Office, who was on hand to present the awards at Saturday’s Pantex High School Science Bowl. Amarillo High School won the event after a tense final round competition, edging out second place Lubbock High School in two straight games to take home the title. Amarillo High will represent the area at the National Science Bowl competition in Washington, D.C.

About 150 volunteers helped to run the event, which marked the 21st year Pantex has sponsored the Science Bowl competition.

Feb 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Michelle Foster of Y-12 Facilities, Infrastructure and Services, demonstrates the use of an ultrasonic detector with Oak Ridge High School sophomores Morgan Grady, left, and Samantha Bell at Y-12's New Hope Center on Thursday, Feb. 23, during the Introduce a Girl to Engineering event. This was a first-time Y-12 event in recognition of National Engineers Week (Feb. 19-25).

Some 400 9th-12th grade girls from area schools were encouraged to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The girls were able to interact with women working in the engineering fields and experience hands-on activities at this event. Organizations, including Women in Nuclear, the American Nuclear Society, the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, also were on hand to talk with the girls.

Feb 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

Nuclear family
"A Nuclear Family: Y-12 National Security Complex" is a four episode documentary film that provides a first-hand perspective on the reasons Y-12ers want to do their jobs well and how they view their work to support the nation’s continued freedom. The Y-12 story is both one of technological challenges being met and people serving their nation by working on nuclear weapons to help win World War II, the Cold War and now fighting the War on Terror.

February's episode, "The Manhattan District," aired last night on East Tennessee PBS and is available online at http://www.y12.doe.gov/about/history/video.php.

Located in the Bear Creek Valley of East Tennessee, the Y-12 National Security Complex dates to the earliest days of the Manhattan Project, when the Army Corps of Engineers turned fields and forests into facilities that would help win World War II. Like the city of Oak Ridge that grew up around it, Y-12 would emerge from secrecy to be known worldwide for its role in creating the world’s first atomic bomb used in warfare. Y-12 is more than just a place where people come to work; they are an integral part of national security. The series is giving viewers never-before-seen glimpses into the world-changing work done in Oak Ridge by East Tennesseans, some natives, some transplants, but all proud to work at Y-12.

"A Nuclear Family: Y-12 National Security Complex" is produced by Y-12 Video Services for broadcast by the East Tennessee Public Broadcasting System. The 30-minute programs are being shown the last Thursday of each month, January - "I've seen it," February - "The Manhattan District," March - "The race for peace," and April - "Lifting the veil." After each episode is broadcast, it is placed, along with several other historical videos, on the Y-12 National Security Complex's public web site.

Feb 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Donna Soria
Donna Soria, campaign director with the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon, presents the Sybil B. Harrington Leadership Award to B&W Pantex General Manager John Woolery on Monday. B&W Pantex received the award for being the company that does the most to increase the number of leadership givers, those who pledge $1,000 or more to the United Way. Pantex pledged $614,535 to United Way this year, including gifts of $40,000 from B&W Pantex and $1,000 from the Metal Trades Council.

Woolery said Pantex was honored to receive award. “This confirms what we’ve always known, that Pantexans are incredibly generous and are eager to support this community,” he said. “The United Way is an important organization that does so much to help people in need. We are proud to support its work.”

Feb 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm

President Obama has asserted that the “cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation.” With new threats arising every day, it is important that we have a superior mechanism in place to monitor and protect our sensitive data. As we work to be a smarter, more modern and more secure NNSA, the new Joint Cybersecurity Coordination Center (JC3) will help us to better understand the health and security of our systems, data and networks complex-wide.

The JC3 is a unique way to tackle cybersecurity threats. I am working with members of senior leadership from the Department of Energy and other federal agencies to spearhead a team that will help maintain constant surveillance of our sensitive information. By pooling the resources of multiple organizations, we will more efficiently protect our cyber assets from those with malicious intent.

As issues arise, the JC3 will be able to pinpoint the problem area and work quickly to neutralize the threat. It will streamline information sharing, reporting and access to technical resources 24/7, while preserving individual participating organizations’ unique requirements and information.

This diagram shows how the JC3 will function:

JC3The JC3 aims to consolidate more than 11 stand-alone security solutions into one super cyber security monitoring machine, saving all involved parties time and money. This pillar of the NNSA Network Vision is vital to national security and the health of our organization.

Check back soon to hear more exciting news as we continue to work towards becoming a smarter, unified and more secure OneNNSA.

Feb 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm