Friday, June 6, 2008

News from Los Alamos National Laboratory for June 2 - 6

Students, satellites could aid
in study of space

An object the size and shape of a third of a loaf of bread could bring space-science opportunities to college students across New Mexico. They aren't edible like bread, but the objects, little satellites called cube sats, are feeding and growing lots of little science projects across the country that would never have made it to space even five years ago. And Los Alamos National Laboratory wants in on the action. Read the whole story here.

Venture catalyst

Los Alamos National Laboratory is looking for a full-time visitor with a sharp eye for hot technology. LANL officials held a bidder briefing for a new entrepreneurial initiative that they hope to begin with the new fiscal year in October. The program, called the Los Alamos Venture Accumulation Initiative (LAVA), is worth up to $1 million over three years to the right company and maybe more. The funds are intended to defray a portion of the company's costs, which would include one or more "on-site" company representatives and direct expenses for each deal. Invest in this story here.

Fellowship to Aid UCSB Student in
Studying Population Activity

In recognition of research in modeling and simulation resolution for homeland security, Kriste Henson, a doctoral student in the geography department at the UCSB, has recently been awarded three prestigious grants and fellowships. As a member of the technical staff in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Decisions Applications Division, Henson works on projects dealing with homeland security. Henson is developing a Structural Equations Model, which is a statistical technique to measure changes in relationship variables. See the story here.

LANL Foundation establishes Domenici endowed scholarship

Laboratory employees can contribute to a new Senator Pete Domenici Endowed Scholarship and at the same time help raise money for Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund scholarships. The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation plans to honor New Mexico's senior senator during a banquet August 15 at Ohkay Owingeh Convention Center north of EspaƱola. Funds raised at the banquet will be used to underwrite seven new yearly scholarships, one for each of seven New Mexico counties near the Laboratory. Read the LANL Daily NewsBulletin story here.

June Issue of Currents now available online

The Laboratory’s monthly employee magazine features articles on the many programs at the Bradbury Science Museum, a feature article on the Laboratory’s sign language interpreter, and several pieces about safety at the Laboratory. Enjoy the June issue of Currents here.

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