Friday, May 29, 2009

Lab highlights distinguished innovations

Scanning Electron Micrograph of well-defined, 200-nm diameter pillars etched with ENABLE. (LANL image)

The seekers and finders of technological advances at Los Alamos National Laboratory celebrated another year of ingenuity Tuesday evening at Fuller Lodge. Mark Hoffbauer of the Chemistry Division won the Distinguished Licensing Award.

Terry Wallace, the principal associate director for science, technology and engineering, who emceed the awards, called Hoffbauer's nanotech processing technology, known as ENABLE, "important for building the next generation of devices from microprocessors to solar films to light-emitting diodes." Read the whole Monitor story here.

Opinion: Quarantine may be solution to flu disaster

A group at Los Alamos, devised the elegant computer models EPISIMS and TRANSIMS, for predicting the spread of infection, and maintained the influenza sequence database, ISD, critical for identifying the genetic contributions to the current epidemic strain.

Support for the work was terminated in 2007. But the cat is out of the bag, and quarantine and treatment modalities with antiviral agents will dictate how well health officials cope with the current outbreak. See the
full story here.

Siegfried Hecker on recent nuclear
and missile tests by North Korea

Siegfried Hecker is well versed in the issues raised by North Korea's actions. He has spent much of his career working in nuclear science and is director emeritus of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

He is currently co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford, as well as a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a research professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering.
Read the Q&A with Sig Hecker here.

From Pyongyang to Tehran, with nukes

North Korea advertises its missile capability.
Photo from

International condemnation of North Korea's underground nuclear test Monday resonated the world over -- just in time for Pyongyang to defiantly test two short-range missiles.

After the U.N. Security Council condemned Pyongyang's long-range rocket launch on April 5, the country walked away from all previous nuclear agreements and threatened to restore normal operation of the Yongbyon nuclear plant. Read Sig
Hecker's blog here.

Energy research, economic development
discussed on KSFR radio

Solar- and nuclear-energy technology advancements and economic development programs that help strengthen Northern New Mexico's economy were discussed on two recent radio programs featuring Laboratory employees. Listen to the interview here!

Belinda Padilla of LANL’s Technology Transfer Division and Mariann Johnston of the Lab’s Community Programs Office spoke on KSFR-FM about efforts at the Lab that support economic development in the region. Listen to that
interview here!

Firefighter training

Los Alamos County firefighters spray a dry chemical fire extinguisher inside a glove box at a specially built training area. The nuclear facility response training also includes classroom sessions.

Los Alamos Fire Department personnel attend Laboratory training sessions to learn specialized techniques for responding to a variety of emergency firefighting scenarios inside nuclear facilities. The training includes classroom sessions.

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