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Thursday, March 15, 2018

LLNL's New Operations & Business Leader

Reva Nickelson to lead Operations and Business Directorate

Reva Nickelson has been named the principal associate director for Operations and Business at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Director Bill Goldstein announced. Nickelson will assume her new role on April 16.

Nickelson, who serves as Facilities Division director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was chosen for this key senior leadership position at Livermore, following a broad national search. As the principal associate director for Operations & Business, Nickelson will lead the multidisciplinary 1,200-person organization that includes property management, procurement, technical information, human resources, project management and construction, project controls, design engineering, infrastructure and facility management, business management, maintenance management, emergency preparedness, environmental restoration, sustainable energy management and nuclear operations.

She will serve as a key contact for the Laboratory on operational matters and will represent the Laboratory externally to the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and peer organizations and laboratories in the DOE complex in infrastructure, procurement and operations-related issues, as well as private industry and the local community.

“Reva has successful, proven broad experience in leading organizations in support of programmatic mission enablement, while balancing operational requirements with scientific and research needs,” Goldstein said.

Nickelson joins the Laboratory following senior leadership tenure at both Idaho National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. At Idaho (1990-2014), she rose to the position of deputy director for Facilities and Site Services. She has held the position of Facilities Division director at Lawrence Berkeley since 2014, leading the operational support organizations and developing a 10-year strategic infrastructure vision. She has earned numerous national honors and awards, is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and holds multiple U.S. patents. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho.

“I look forward to working with Reva as a member of the Laboratory’s Senior Management Team,” Goldstein said. “Her knowledge and national laboratory operational experiences are well aligned with the Laboratory’s strategic vision. Her leadership strengths and personal insights will help to ensure that the Laboratory continues to achieve operational excellence and enable the delivery of innovative science and technology to meet emergent national security challenges.”

In making his announcement, Goldstein thanked Anita Gursahani for serving as the acting principal associate director following Principal Associate Director Mark Martinez’s retirement from the Laboratory in July 2017. “Since that time, Anita has continued to move the O&B organization forward by improving processes to support our infrastructure construction portfolio growth, working to modernize our maintenance management system, and enhancing our hiring and onboarding processes, amongst other things. I appreciate her efforts and the Laboratory community’s support in the transition in leadership over the next several months.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hire Away

Hire Away:

Elizabeth has all the qualities we expect for LLNL management hires for gender diversity.... and most importantly groupthink of greatness without proof from the community.

LANL financial scandals

National news outlets picking up on LANL financial scandals

Monday, March 12, 2018

UC bid

UC has not yet been informed that UC has submitted a competitive bid for the LANL contract. 

Transition to new contractor is on schedule.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Latest rumour

New rumors

The contract change will be delayed by 6 months or more with the winning team not announced until Oct. This is due to "tax reasons". 

Wallace is part of a bid team, and it may be the Bechtel led team. But there are rumors of a 4th hidden team, like Boeing with Honeywell, a pure industry team with some very surprising partners. Nothing about Lockheed. 

UC team is the usual group, Sarao , Lesure, Zerkle, the "clever bid". Also someone named Perry?

Friday, March 2, 2018

You just can't make this stuff up

In the category of "You just can't make this stuff up", LANS funds ostrich farm.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

NIF Reductions?

 Cuts to Weapons Physics Research Both Puzzle and Worry Scientists 
Posted: Thursday, March 1, 2018 12:00 am 
By Jeff Garberson 
A proposal to slash the budget for a branch of physics research that is vital to understanding nuclear weapons performance is alarming weapons scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)and elsewhere.
The cuts, proposed by the Trump Administration, have the potential for dramatically shrinking operations at the nation’s key facilities for carrying out the research, the most important of which is arguably LLNL’s giant laser, the National Ignition Facility, or NIF.
As the Independent was going to press, NIF leadership was making precautionary plans to operate with resources reduced by some 30 percent, including suspending target experiments for at least six months.
Thousands of miles away, at the University of Rochester in New York, executives were dealing with an even more severe threat, the Trump Administration’s plan to close down their Omega laser over the next three years.
Omega is a national facility whose research complements and in many cases supports the science done at NIF.
In Southern California, the proposed budget reductions would close a long-standing program at General Atomic Corp. for fabricating targets used by both LLNL and Rochester laser programs.
If carried out, the closure would put further pressure on the budgets of the two big laser laboratories as they are forced to divert resources to develop their own target fabrication programs internally.
The cuts grow out of the President’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, which starts October 1. They were communicated in documents from the National Nuclear Security Administration, the branch of the U.S. Department of Energy that oversees the U.S. nuclear weapons complex.
To local scientists whose work would be slashed, the budget reductions are puzzling as well as dismaying because the Administration has also signaled its intention of strengthening the U.S. nuclear weapons program.
Although the proposal is subject to amendment, its negative message can have immediate consequences, such as lowering morale, forcing staff to look for new jobs, causing NIF to scale back operations and halting outreach efforts, like recruiting campaigns...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Senators say DOE may have reimbursed contractor

Senators say DOE may have reimbursed contractor for fighting whistleblower claims

"DOE and the Lawrence Livermore partnership did not return requests for comment on the senators’ letter."

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hello Charlie!

Trump Taps Livermore Hand to Lead NNSA Weapons Programs

"President Donald Trump plans to nominate current Lawrence Livermore hand Charles Verdon to lead the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) roughly $9-billion-a-year nuclear weapons portfolio."

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Feds say LANL Failed to Track Toxic Beryllium

Feds say LANL Failed to Track Toxic Beryllium

By Rebecca Moss | The New Mexican Feb 23, 2018 

Federal officials say Los Alamos National Laboratory failed to keep track of a toxic metal, potentially exposing an unknown number of workers to serious health consequences.

The failure to adequately track beryllium — a substance used in nuclear weapons production and of which small amounts can cause lung disease and cancer — violates federal regulations put in place to prevent worker overexposure, according to a report released this week by the Energy Department’s inspector general.

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