Recently confirmed Under Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration Jill Hruby lauded the Laboratory’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and praised several significant infrastructure improvements in an address to all employees and Los Alamos Field Office staff on Aug. 26. She also touted the Lab’s dedication to mission delivery and discussed her top priorities for Los Alamos as the new NNSA administrator. Hruby's trip to the Laboratory was her first since she was confirmed this summer. Her visit included private meetings with Los Alamos leadership and a tour of Lab facilities. Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of three laboratories owned by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy.
Laboratory to require all employees and contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
Triad National Security, LLC, the entity that operates Los Alamos National Laboratory will soon require COVID-19 vaccinations for its entire workforce. Under the requirement, full vaccination will be mandatory for all regular employees and on-site contractors and on-site subcontractors. This requirement will apply to all employees working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires. Laboratory Director Thom Mason announced the requirement Aug. 23 in a memo to the Laboratory’s workforce. The announcement coincides with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision on the same day to grant full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 16 and older.
Bradbury Science Museum features in Emmy-nominated documentary
The Bradbury Science Museum is proud to feature in the Manhattan Project Electronic Field Trip documentary, created by the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Led by local students from across the country, it tells the unique histories of the Manhattan Project and the people who dramatically changed science and society. Targeting middle and high school students, 80,000 students across the country watched the program when it broadcast last year, and the documentary was one of this summer’s Daytime Emmy nominees for Outstanding Daytime Non-Fiction Special. You can watch the World War II Museum's Manhattan Project Electronic Field Trip here.