Friday, May 06, 2005

Few at the Los Alamos national lab will be surprised at today's news that the lab's director is stepping down

I didn't have time to develop more audio yesterday from that two-hour
hearing, but have pertinent comments here:

SANTA FE (2005-05-06) -- 7 a.m. -- Few at the Los Alamos national lab will
be surprised at today's news that the lab's director is stepping down. The
rumor mill has been abuzz for weeks on that subject. Anonymous posters to
a webblog about Los Alamos even got Nanos' replacement right - he's Robert
Kuckuck, who has been involved with other national labs.

The timing of Nanos' departure also fits with conjecture on the internet
rumor mill. They say it's to clear the decks for a decision by the
University of California to announce its intention to bid for the Los
Alamos contract.

So far the school has not said whether it will enter the open-bidding
competition. But sources tell KSFR that installing a new director not
tainted by controversy could make the school's position stronger. That
webblog, caught the attention of members of congress holding a hearing
about Los Alamos issues yesterday. Congresswoman Diana DeGette of Colorado
called it no more than high-school-style whining.

And Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak asked an energy department official
why isn't it possible to shut down the lab and move its science to other

I agree with the Honorable Congressperson that the Science should be moved to other labs. First, we need to set up a task force on Science Mobility. Then, a technical advisory panel will be named to establish requirements for a Secure Science Packaging Initiative. Wouldn't it be ironic to pay a lot of money to move the Science only to have it damaged in transit, or worse, lost or stolen? We will establish a Tiger Team dedicated to detecting any residual science in areas of the Lab we think are currently free of Science, or in areas where Science has been anonymously reported on this blog. We must all pull together at this critical time. Check your offices and Labs for Science, it could be anywhere. Have you inadvertently or maybe even on purpose taken any Science home? The Science Amnesty Program can help: meet with other staff in a nonjudgmental environment to share thoughts, feelings, and concerns about Science infractions. Remember our mottos: "Science: it is everyone's job."
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