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