Friday, November 25, 2005

CU, Mines await word on contract

In first-of-kind pact, schools could join weapons research at Los Alamos

The clock is ticking.

Sometime in the next few weeks, the U.S. Department of Energy is expected to announce whether the University of Colorado and Colorado School of Mines will take a more active role in research at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the once-secret birthplace of the atomic bomb.

The schools are part of a controversial, first-of-its-kind academic alliance that will intertwine with Los Alamos if the University of Texas and its bid partner, Lockheed Martin, wrest control away from the University of California, which has run the lab for more than six decades.

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