On Feb. 28, 1949, during Harry S. Truman's Presidency, the Bendix Corporation signed a prime contract to operate the Kansas City Plant for the Atomic Energy Commission. Today, the Kansas City Plant is celebrating 65 years of delivering on its national security mission and nearing the end of one of the largest industrial moves in the nation to the new state-of-the-art National Security Campus.
This week, NNSA brought together researchers from various academic programs to report on their accomplishments over the past year and promote interaction in areas of physical science relevant to stockpile stewardship.
Sponsored by NNSA's Office of Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, the symposium is geared toward NNSA-supported researchers with grants or cooperative agreements as part of the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Program, the High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas (HEDLP) Program, the National Laser Users' Facility (NLUF) Program and the Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program (PSAAP).
One of the goals of the symposium is to highlight accomplishments of the academic programs and encourage student and postdoctoral researcher involvement and interaction with the scientific community.
Presentations on topics of general interest were given by national lab participants. All presentations and discussions were unclassified. In addition, students and post-docs highlighted their work during a poster reception.
About the photos: Bruce Held, Acting Administrator and Acting Undersecretary for Nuclear Security, spoke at the Stewardship Science Academic Programs Annual Review Symposium and met with various participants during the poster presentation.
Dona Crawford, Associate Director for Computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been selected as a member of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST).
The council is an assembly of corporate CEOs, academics, scientists and scholars who are leaders in their respective fields. CCST members provide expert counsel on the science and technology issues facing California. CCST was formed more than 20 years ago as an independent body to advise the legislature and state agencies on technical issues.
Crawford says many of the challenges California faces, such as energy, environment and cyber security, are also national concerns that are the focus of Livermore missions.
Sandia National Laboratories researchers Matthew Brake, Adrian Chavez, Seth Root and Daniel Stick have been named by President Barack Obama as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is the highest honor the U.S. government gives outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their careers.
About the photo: Sandia researchers, left to right, Adrian Chavez, Matthew Brake, Seth Root and Daniel Stick will be recognized in a ceremony later this year as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering. (Photo by Randy Montoya)
This week marks the fifth anniversary of NNSA’s Alarm Response Training (ART) program for local law enforcement and other critical first responders around the country. In the five years of providing this course, NNSA has trained more than 3,000 on-site radiation safety and security personnel, local law enforcement officers, and other first responders on how to respond to a security incident involving nuclear or radiological materials.
The three-day course is held at NNSA’s Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. While at Y-12, participants develop and discuss their own tactics, techniques, procedures, and protocols for responding to a theft or sabotage event involving radioactive materials. After two days of classroom instruction, Y-12 experts facilitate live-action scenarios in which participants get to test their knowledge and exercise their revised response plans.
The ART program is a key component of NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI), which works domestically with volunteer sites like hospitals, universities, and industry as well as state and local governments to install sustainable security enhancements for high-priority nuclear and radiological materials.
GTRI achieves permanent threat reduction by converting research reactors and isotope production facilities from highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium, removing and disposing of excess nuclear and radiological materials, and protecting high priority nuclear and radiological materials from theft and sabotage.
For a fact sheet on NNSA’s GTRI program, click here.
The Future City New Mexico Competition, a unique opportunity for middle school children to use their skills in engineering, planning, writing and art to create a vision for the future, was recently held. Learning about how town infrastructures are built and how resources are shared is essential for ensuring sustainable growth for our communities. More than 70 students from 22 New Mexico schools participated in this event. The winning team was Xenex City from Albuquerque Academy. The program is sponsored in part by Sandia National Laboratories and the National Nuclear Science & History Museum.
Companies from around the Central Savannah River Area had the opportunity to learn from the Savannah River Site’s continuous improvement success stories when SRS management and operations contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions hosted the regional Lean Alliance event. The Lean Alliance is a membership-based group of area companies that share best practices in continuous improvement.
One of the success stories presented was an initiative by the Savannah River Tritium Enterprise to right-size and organize its chemical inventory – an effort that reduced the number of chemicals by 95%, which in turn significantly reduced the amount of time involved in the annual chemical inventory for a cost savings of $18,282. Other presentations covered SRNS’ award-winning employee suggestion program, called IDEAS, and several other continuous improvement initiatives.
Anthony Carey is not just focused on developing the next generation of Test Systems for our nation’s military; he’s also focused on developing the next generation of young leaders.
A Technical Manager for the Kansas City Plant, Anthony was honored Jan. 16 at the annual Black Achievers Society of Kansas City event for his leadership both in the workplace and in the community.
The Kansas City Black Achiever’s Society is comprised of nearly 500 African-American businessmen and women who were nominated by their employers over the past 39 years as exemplary leaders in their corporate roles as well as their commitment to the social, economic and educational development of area youth.
In addition to teaching strategic thinking to interns at INROADS (a national nonprofit dedicated to preparing youth for corporate and community leadership), Anthony also mentors high schoolers through PREP KC (a Kansas City-based organization), and coaches soccer, basketball and softball youth teams. As an Engineering Advisory Board Member for Shawnee Mission South high school, he helped determine engineering based academic curriculum for students that support FIRST Robotics and other national events. He also participates in various local community charities including the local Knights of Columbus chapter.
More than 350 DVDs and some 360 teddy bears were collected by Y-12 employees for patients at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville.
The DVDs were collected as part of the “DVDs for Joy” campaign, which is the brainchild of KelliAnn Corbett, daughter of B&W Y-12’s Kevin Corbett. KelliAnn and her sisters collected DVDs at some Oak Ridge schools last year, and they invited Y-12ers to join them this year. Kathi Hofstad, ETCH coordinator for volunteer services and programs, said the DVDs gathered have helped create a mobile library where families can check out movies to entertain them during their stay at the hospital.
The Y-12 Employee Society launched the teddy bear collection campaign during December. Bears are given to patients during their hospital stay, eventually going home with them. Volunteers decorated the lobby of Y-12’s Jack Case Center with the bears as they collected them.
About the photos:
Top, from left to right: AnnMarie Corbett, Lily Matthiessen, KelliAnn, Kevin, Emily and Victoria Corbett deliver DVDs to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. More than 350 DVDs were collected at Y-12 for patients at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Bottom, from left to right: Y-12ers Karen Dixon, Linda Cantrell and John Buck decorate the Christmas tree in the lobby of Y-12’s Jack Case Center with donated teddy bears. Some 360 bears and other animals were collected for patients at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.