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Titanium imaging advances

Albuquerque-based Advanced Optical Technologies has worked with Sandia through the NMSBA to test and verify their patented Crystallographic Polarization-Classification Imaging process, which reduces time spent on metals characterization from hours to minutes. The new imaging process has applications in the aerospace, automotive, energy and medical industries and for 3D printing.

Battling COVID-19 with CRISPR

Two Sandia researchers are using genetic resequencing tools to find a way to stop the COVID-19 pandemic in its tracks. Biochemist Joe Schoeniger and virologist Oscar Negrete are working on genetically engineering a deployable antiviral countermeasure for COVID-19 using CRISPR-based technology.

Radiation-detecting plastic gets ingredient to stay in the clear

Sandia researchers have identified a straightforward change to the formula for radiation-detecting plastic. The change prevents “fogging,” which reduces the lifetime of the plastics used to detect nuclear material transiting through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s radiation detectors.

NM distillery partners with Sandia on hand sanitizer

In response to widespread shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wayward Sons Craft-Distillery in Santa Fe has reconfigured its operations to produce a hand sanitizer. The owners worked with Sandia through the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program to test and confirm that their product meets standards set by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Four Sandia leaders honored among 40 Under Forty

Amid the challenges New Mexico is facing, 40 outstanding young professionals are bringing enormous optimism to the state — and four Sandia leaders are a part of that cohort. Jim Cleary, Emily Gaffney, Bernadette Gallegos and Johnathon Huff have joined the ranks of Albuquerque Business First’s 40 Under Forty honorees, recognized for their professional achievement, leadership and the critical roles they play in the community.

Walk MS: 2020 goes virtual

Abilities Champions of Sandia, formerly the Disability Awareness Committee, organized Labs workforce members to participate virtually in Walk MS: 2020 at both the Livermore, California, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, sites.