U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm virtually visited Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) on Monday, June 14, to learn more about programs at LANL that support Department of Energy (DOE) missions – from stockpile stewardship to the geology on Mars.
Nearly 200 vaccinated employees gathered in the Laboratory's National Security Sciences Building auditorium to interact with the Secretary via Zoom. Video of Granholm, who participated from her office in Washington, D.C., was shown on a screen above the stage.
LANL Director Thom Mason said he was honored on behalf of the entire Laboratory to welcome Granholm and have the opportunity to share about programs including plutonium operations, NASA projects, supercomputing work, and more.
Bradbury Science Museum reopens to the public
The Bradbury Science Museum is now open to the public, welcoming back visitors of all ages to discover Los Alamos National Laboratory’s amazing scientific innovations that shape our everyday lives. If you are planning to visit here’s what you need to know:
- Masks required for all staff and visitors
- Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Social distancing encouraged
As always, admission to the Bradbury is free, and the Gadgets gift shop is also open.
RDC awards $70,300 to regional small businesses
The Regional Development Corporation, with support from Laboratory operator Triad, has awarded $70,300 in grants to 48 small businesses in Northern New Mexico under its 2021 Micro-Grant program. The majority of this year’s awardees are businesses with fewer than 10 employees located in rural locations. In addition, RDC offers technical assistance to all applicants, whether or not they were awarded funding.
The fund opens once a year and is available to any type of small business that has an immediate need for a small amount of funding to diversify, sustain or grow revenue, leverage other investments, and/or put proper systems in place that will create job opportunities. The awards were made through a competitive application process.
Awardees include the Rio Grande Hostel and Yacht Club in Embudo (Taos County), a small coffee bar and restaurant, Safety Training Solutions in Velarde (Rio Arriba County), a HUB zone-approved small business offering health and safety instruction and certification, and Pecos River Cabins in Pecos (San Miguel County), offering year-round, fully furnished, short-term cabin rentals.
LANL Foundation awards $56,000 to 22 students
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation, in partnership with the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF), awarded $56,250 to 22 Northern New Mexico students with its 2021 Fall term Career Pathways Scholarship grants. The Career Pathways Scholarship awards up to $3,000 to qualified applicants pursuing a 2-year degree, trade, or certificate. Funding for the scholarships comes in large part from Laboratory employees and an investment from Laboratory operator Triad. More details on the recipients are here.