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Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman led his band, “Yellow Cake,” at “Lollachilipalooza” today to benefit DOE’s 2014 Feds Feed Families effort. Poneman was joined by Deputy Chief of Staff Jonathan Levy on drums, Deputy Assistant Secretary Julio Friedman on keyboards, and a special guest appearance featuring the vocal talents of Anna Ruch from the Office of the Secretary. 

This summer, DOE employees have contributed more than 150,000 pounds of donations for distribution to local food banks and pantries. DOE’s goal this summer is to collect more than 215,000 pounds of food.

DOE and NNSA employees can still participate throughout this month by dropping off non-perishable food, household items and hygiene products in boxes located throughout the Forrestal, Germantown and L’Enfant buildings and field offices.

See more photos from the event here.

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Aug 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Sandia National Laboratories has received four regional awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for its work to develop and commercialize innovative technologies.

The FLC is a nationwide network of more than 300 members that provides the forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace.

To see the Sandia awards click here.

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Mike Heroux of Sandia, co-lead of the Federal Laboratory Consortium award-winning Mantevo project, shows the code from the Mantevo miniapp MiniFE.

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Aug 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm

DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Frank G. Klotz will deliver keynote remarks this week at the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) Deterrence Symposium. The Symposium, held in Omaha, Neb., from August 13 – 14, gathers members from the defense, policy, and academic communities to discuss approaches to deterrence in the 21st century. General Klotz will discuss NNSA’s role in maintaining a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent; countering nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism around the world; and efforts to develop a more agile infrastructure and maintain a strong science base to meet future mission needs and challenges.

For highlights of General Klotz’s remarks, follow him on Twitter: @FrankKlotzNNSA

Read more about the 2014 STRATCOM Deterrence Symposium here.

Aug 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

Augusta Technical College recently announced a formal Agreement of Understanding with Georgia Power and Savannah River Site management and operating contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) in support of the College’s Nuclear Engineering Technology Program. The agreement recognizes SRNS as an industry partner, which means the contractor will collaborate on developing curriculum, support outreach efforts to students and participate on advisory councils.

More than 75 students have graduated since the program began admitting students in the Fall of 2010, and most are currently working at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle or at the Savannah River Site.

The Engineering Technology programs at Augusta Technical College are high-tech, associate degree programs that prepare graduates for careers in plant maintenance and operations at commercial nuclear facilities, Department of Energy nuclear facilities such as those at SRS, and other related nuclear support companies. These robust programs span three technical areas to include electrical, mechanical and nuclear specific courses.

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About the photo: Jeff Gasser, Site Manager, Plant Vogtle (left), joins Dr. Rick Hall, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Augusta Technical College and Carol Johnson, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions President & CEO, to sign an Agreement of Understanding, creating a mutually beneficial partnership to support the nuclear industry throughout the region.

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Aug 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

NNSA BlogLos Alamos National Laboratory scientist Jaqueline L. Kiplinger has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry, sponsored by the F. Albert Cotton Endowment Fund.

Kiplinger was honored for her work in establishing synthetic routes to novel uranium and thorium compounds that have opened new frontiers in understanding the nature of bonding and reactivity in actinides. The award recognizes outstanding synthetic accomplishment in the field of inorganic chemistry. A formal announcement of the names of the 2015 ACS National Award Recipients is in the August 11 issue of Chemical & Engineering News. The American Chemical Society will present Kiplinger with the award at the Society’s 249th ACS National Meeting in Denver, Colo., next spring.

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Aug 12, 2014 at 11:00 am

Rebecca Chamberlin and Donivan Porterfield, both of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Actinide Analytical Chemistry group, have been selected as 2014 Fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

A specialist in inorganic chemistry and radiochemistry, Chamberlin is currently the co-principal investigator for the development of novel microreactor-based systems for plutonium process chemistry and one-step extraction and separation of rare earths at LANL. She is also managing the startup of newly-constructed nuclear material analysis laboratories in the Radiological Laboratory Utility and Office Building.

Porterfield is a radiochemist engaged in research and development and analytical services supporting stockpile stewardship and nuclear forensics and nonproliferation. His work includes plutonium heat source fabrication for deep space exploration and national security applications, nuclear material safeguards, radiobioassay, environmental monitoring and more.

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Aug 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Madelyn Creedon was sworn in today by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz as the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Principal Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

As NNSA’s Principal Deputy Administrator, Ms. Creedon will support NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz in the management and operation of the NNSA, as well as policy matters across the DOE and NNSA enterprise in support of President Obama’s nuclear security agenda.

Ms. Creedon most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs at the Department of Defense (DoD), overseeing policy development and execution in the areas of countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, U.S. nuclear forces and missile defense, and DoD cybersecurity and space issues. She was confirmed to serve in this position by the Senate in August 2011.

For further background, the NNSA press release on her confirmation can be found here.

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Aug 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm


NNSA BlogJohn Edwards, associate program director for inertial confinement fusion and high energy density science and the ICF program leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has received the Leadership Award from Fusion Power Associates Board of Directors.

Edwards was recognized for several scientific contributions to inertial confinement fusion and high energy density plasma physics, as well as for his guidance in research efforts. Of particular note was his leadership "of the scientific program on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) for both high energy density physics and for the eventual achievement of ignition leading toward a commercial fusion power source."

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Aug 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm

NNSA recently participated in the inaugural Nationwide RadResponder Drill conducted by the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors. The drill involved more than 200 participants from 38 states, including NNSA’s Consequence Management Home Team and Radiological Assistance Program responders from six of the nine DOE regions. More than 21,000 environmental radiation measurements were collected and validated during this one-day drill .

The RadResponder Network is a mobile, cloud-based radiation data collection system that provides federal and state, local, tribal, and territorial response teams and leadership with a standardized service for managing, organizing, analyzing, and mapping radiation data. The Network is built on the experiences and lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi reactor emergency that revealed the need for a coordinated effort across all levels of government when responding to a catastrophic incident. This capability uses data management technology initially developed by NNSA and subsequently extended to state and local responders by FEMA. One of the goals of the drill was to help fully and quickly engage the state and local trained radiation specialists. The ability to collect more timely information for incident commanders is essential to not only save lives and stabilize a radiological event, but also to make better use of support resources. 

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During the drill, participants collected 21,835, radiation measurements, 200 field samples, and recorded 132 observations. During the drill, measurements were collected using handheld meters, stationary monitoring systems, and soil and water samples.

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Aug 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Douglas Dearolph, acting NNSA Associate Administrator and Chief for Defense Nuclear Security, presented Nevada Field Office employee Susan Christian-Payne with the Bradley A. Peterson Professional of the Year award yesterday.

The award recognizes employees whose contributions to NNSA security programs serve as models for excellence and commitment to the NNSA mission.

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Aug 6, 2014 at 11:00 am