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New timeline at Bradbury Science Museum spans Laboratory’s history

November 16, 2023

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Major events on the new timeline range from work on Project Poltergeist in the '50s (which proved the existence of the neutrino) to modern-day advancements in simulation and modeling.

A newly installed timeline of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s history is now on view at the Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum. Spanning the length of two walls in the museum’s Research Gallery, the milestone-marking timeline was produced with the Lab’s National Security Research Center (NSRC).

“The timeline begins in 1938 with the discovery of fission and covers the history of the Lab within the context of major world events up through the present day,” explains NSRC historian Madeline Whitacre. 

The Bradbury’s timeline is based on an initial version created by the NSRC for its facilities, which cannot be viewed by the public due to its location in a secure facility at the Laboratory. 

“Sharing our history provides insight into the breadth of work we do as a Laboratory and shows how we grew from our Manhattan Project beginnings into the multidisciplinary institution we are today,” says Whitacre. 

The Bradbury Science Museum is open Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission is always free.

LANL Foundation President and CEO Jenny Parks stepping down

Jenny Parks, president and CEO of long-term Laboratory partner the LANL Foundation has announced that she is stepping down from her role at the end of this year to pursue a new position as senior vice president of strategic philanthropy at Anchorum. Parks has led the LANL Foundation since 2015.

During Parks’ tenure, the LANL Foundation awarded $7,275,950 in both Four-Year and Career Pathways scholarships to 1,466 students from Northern New Mexico, and made more than 1,000 grants totaling more than $9,874,000 to schools, school districts, nonprofits, Pueblos and tribal communities.

Tony Fox, currently vice president of institutional advancement and scholarship at the LANL Foundation, has been named the interim CEO while the foundation’s board of directors seeks a permanent replacement for Parks.