Friday, February 28, 2014

Understanding pollution in a pristine rainforest

An atmospheric observation tower, as viewed through the foliage below. ARM photo.

DOE has opened a new two-year field study of the Amazon Basin called Green Ocean Amazon, or GOAmazon. Labs with a key role in GOAmazon include Brookhaven, Lawrence Berkeley, Los Alamos, and Pacific Northwest.

Data obtained during the field campaign will enable scientists to study the intricacies of the natural state of the Amazon rainforest atmosphere and land systems, and how these may be perturbed by human influences such as pollution and deforestation. (Full Story)

Chevron, GE form technology alliance

Chevron Energy Technology Co. and GE Oil & Gas have created the Chevron GE Technology Alliance, which will develop and commercialize technologies to solve critical issues for the oil and gas industry.

The Alliance provides a mechanism for commercializing early stage technologies like Swept Frequency Acoustic Interferometry metering technology incubated in an alliance between Chevron and Los Alamos National Laboratory. (Full Story)

LANL to co-sponsor youth conference

Doing science at an EYH conference.  LANL photo.

Approximately 150 Northern New Mexico girls will get hands-on experience learning about science and math at the 35th annual Expanding Your Horizons conference March 6 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

Los Alamos National Laboratory partners with New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering, Los Alamos Women in Science, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, and the LANL Foundation on EYH to increase awareness of and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities and careers. (Full Story)

Math teacher’s skills add up to a presidential award

Vivian Valencia.  From the Taos News.

Vivian Valencia knows it takes a lot to make math an elementary school student’s favorite subject.  A native TaoseƱa, she achieved this feat and as a result received the 2012 Presidential Award for Math and Science Teaching.

“I wouldn’t be where I am right now if it wasn’t for the Math and Science Academy,” said Vivian Valencia about the 2012 Presidential Award for Math and Science Teaching. The academy is supported by the LANL Foundation. (Full Story)

Material technology that can increase performance of fuel cells

Chulsung Bae, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  NSF photo.

Chulsung Bae is working to develop a key fuel cell component that he hopes will be more durable and efficient than what is currently available, as well as less costly, with the hope of promoting more widespread use of the technology.

The National Science Foundation is funding Bae to study the chemical structures of polymer membranes in fuel cell operations. He has a candidate membrane and is collaborating with the Los Alamos National Laboratory to test it. (Full Story)

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