Friday, May 15, 2009

Health and science briefs

LANL scientists named SIAM fellows

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Mac Hyman, Alan Perelson, David Sharp and Burt Wendroff have been named fellows of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Hyman…was recognized for his work in partial differential equations and modeling biological systems. Perelson…was recognized for his contributions to viral dynamics and other problems of mathematical biology. Sharp…was recognized for his work in dynamical systems, turbulence theory and biology. Wendroff…was recognized for his contributions toward solutions of partial differential equations.

LANL worker wins security award

David Telles of Los Alamos National Laboratory has won the National Nuclear Security Administration's Security Professional of the Year Award.

Telles leads the Vulnerability Analysis Office at the lab. He manages seven security professionals who conduct vulnerability analyses, write lab-site safeguards and security plans, and administer the performance-assurance program.

Solar- and nuclear-energy technology advancements from Los Alamos National Laboratory could help the nation in its quest to capture viable sources of alternative energy, thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Los Alamos will be home to two new Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs)-each designed to advance scientific research in alternative and renewable energy-through a five-year funding commitment by DOE.

The two LANL centers each will receive $3.8 million a year in funding ($19 million each total over the five-year term).

One center, led by Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Victor Klimov, will focus on exploiting the physical properties of nanomaterials…to more efficiently convert solar energy into electric power, or develop materials such as highly efficient solar collectors that could be painted onto a surface to generate electricity.

The other center, led by Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Michael Nastasi, will focus on developing robust materials that will be able to withstand extreme conditions such as constant bombardment by radiation or around-the-clock mechanical beatings.

Matthew Ellis and Miro Kovacevich of Los Alamos radio station KRSN-AM interview Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers Amit Misra and Blas Pedro Uberuaga about the Department of Energy's Energy Frontier Research Centers initiative. Listen to an excerpt from KRSN’s “Venus Transit Authority” talk show!

Anastasio: Budget request is 'pretty good news'

The Obama administration request will carry Los Alamos National Laboratory for another year, while potentially restoring and raising funding levels for the nuclear non-proliferation mission….
At an all-hands meeting Thursday at LANL, Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio told employees that DOE’s budget request is “pretty good news” for Los Alamos, according to the online LANL NewsBulletin.

Also this week in the Monitor:

LANS has new staff director

Jerry Ethridge has been selected as the new executive staff director for Los Alamos National security, LLC, the partnership that manages the laboratory. (Full story)

May Currents available

The May issue of the Currents magazine is now online. Coverage includes changing the way satellites are built, leadership in electrical safety, and a new approach to creating electronic circuits. Read all of Currents here.

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