Sunday, November 20, 2005

LANL: Lab retirees tout perks of UC contract

By ANDY LENDERMAN | The New Mexican
November 20, 2005

Tom and Ruth Buhl's three children left Santa Fe and earned college degrees in California. Some scientists quit their jobs and started their own companies. And every day at quitting time, thousands of expensive cars and trucks zip downhill from Los Alamos National Laboratory and spread more than $1 billion into the local economy.

The University of California, which now manages the lab, has made a historic impact on Northern New Mexico over the past 60 years, providing a lifeline between a thriving coastal economy and an isolated mountain state.


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Hmm, all three to a UC school. I wonder why none to a NM school?
Would you send your kids to the "University of No Math" (UNM)?
Or the University where "Anyone who bombs the Pentagon gets my vote" is part of the indoctrination?

How about a school reserved for Hispanics, run by a long-time political cur, where no Anglos need apply?

No, given a choice, I certainly wouldn't send my kids to any North Mexico school.
SL, my understanding is that several NM universities will likely be part of the educational consortium helping "manage" Los Alamos, regardless of which contractor wins.

A previous UNM press release touts their role at INL.

"November 10, 2004. UNM Alliance wins contract to manage Idaho National Laboratory.

The University of New Mexico School of Engineering is included in an academic alliance that will contract to manage the Idaho National Laboratory for 10 years for the U.S. Department of Energy.

“It’s a major accomplishment for our School of Engineering to be part of this consortium,” said UNM President Louis Caldera. "This contract is another sign of the growing national reputation of our programs - in this case, for our work in nuclear energy generation in space."

Idaho National Laboratory is being created by the U.S. Department of Energy by combining the research and development components of the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory West.

Operation under the new name begins Feb. 1, 2005 when the Battelle Energy Alliance assumes management of the contract. Other Battelle Energy Alliance members include BWX Technologies, Inc., Washington Group International, and the Electric Power Research Institute.

“This recognizes our national leadership role in nuclear engineering and science education and helps make it possible for us to sustain and grow our programs in these areas in the future,” said UNM Vice President for Research and Economic Development Terry Yates. “As we work together to train our next generation of nuclear engineers and scientists, this will provide new opportunities for our faculty and students to form new research collaborations with the Idaho Lab and our other university collaborators”

Other universities involved in the consortium are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State, Oregon State and three Idaho universities.

“The UNM School of Engineering is very pleased to be a part of the Battelle Energy Alliance team,” said Joseph L. Cecchi, professor and dean of the UNM School of Engineering. “We look forward to working with the other members of the team and Idaho National Laboratory to help address the nation's critical energy challenges.”

The Department of Energy says one of the laboratory’s first major tasks will be to lead an international research and development effort to create an advanced nuclear energy technology called the Next Generation Nuclear Plant.

The plant will be a fourth generation nuclear system that will produce both electric power and hydrogen to support the development of a clean and efficient hydrogen economy in the U.S. The laboratory will also lead the establishment of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies.""
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