Friday, December 7, 2012

Lab names weapons program heads

Bob Webster has been named associate director for Weapon Physics and John Benner has been named associate director for Weapon Engineering and Experiments. Both have been in their positions as acting associate directors since March 2012. (Full Story)

U.S., South Korea participate in nuke deterrence exercise

U.S. and South Korean defense and diplomatic experts will conduct a tabletop exercise examining nuclear deterrence on the Korean Peninsula beginning tomorrow, a Pentagon official told reporters today.

Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico will host 40 U.S. and South Korean officials for the extended deterrence exercise, which will look at deterrence methods in response to a nuclear threat scenario. (Full Story)

Bid to preserve Manhattan Project sites in a park stirs debate

Pond Cabin.  LANL image.

Scientists used the remote Pond cabin in the seclusion of Los Alamos, N.M., as the administrative base for a critical experiment to see if plutonium could be used to fuel the bomb. Early in 1944, sensitive measurements unexpectedly showed that the silvery metal underwent a high rate of spontaneous fission — a natural process of atoms splitting in two. 

The plan for a Manhattan Project National Historical Park would preserve that log cabin and hundreds of other buildings and artifacts scattered across New Mexico, Washington and Tennessee. (Full Story)

Manhattan Project sites part of proposed park

A quonset hut on the grounds of the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico where "Fat Man" was assembled in World War II. LANL photo.

Congress is considering whether to turn three top-secret sites involved with creating the atomic bomb into one of the country's most unusual national parks.   

The Manhattan Project — the U.S. program to design and build the first atomic bomb during World War II — largely took place at three sites: Los Alamos, N.M.; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and Hanford, Wash. (Full Story)

AAAS honors UC scientists

Seventy-six University of California scientists have been elected as fellows to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Los Alamos National Laboratory — Jennifer S. Martinez, chemistry; Mary P. Neu, chemistry; Basil I. Swanson, chemistry; William Hamilton Woodruff, chemistry. (Full Story)

Resource fair for business owners

Business owners can learn more about doing business with Los Alamos National Laboratory or other government agencies at the Northern New Mexico Resource Fair.

At the resource fair, attendees can learn how to register their business with various state government agencies, how to become more successful in bidding for contracts, and more. (Full Story)

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