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IAEA inspector checks list in nuclear facility

How to multitask when nuclear nonproliferation is on the line

New cognitive science research from Sandia shows that while maps can help you identify landmarks while being escorted, using one also limits situational awareness and knowledge of surroundings not on the map. This finding is one of several coming from a three-year project that paired cognitive scientists and nuclear safeguards experts to conduct human performance tests and develop recommendations for inspectors.

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researchers investigate a turbine and compressor

NM companies may receive up to $150K in technical assistance

Eligible New Mexico companies have submitted statements of intent to work with scientists and engineers at Sandia or Los Alamos national laboratories through the Technology Readiness Gross Receipts Tax Credit Initiative. The new program allows selected companies to receive up to $150,000 in direct technical assistance per year for prototyping, proof-of-concept, field demonstrations, technical validation, testing and development or other activities.

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Carrie O’Hara teaches nuclear safety class

O’Hara named 2020 ‘Woman Worth Watching’

Sandia systems engineer Carrie O’Hara has been selected as a 2020 Women Worth Watching award winner by Profiles in Diversity Journal. The awards, in their 19th year, recognize dynamic professional women who are using their talents and influence to change our workplaces and our world.

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Peery gets a flu shot

While waiting on ‘the’ vaccine, another vaccine is recommended

While the world awaits an effective vaccine for COVID-19, Sandia is encouraging employees to get another vaccine that is available now: the 2020 flu vaccine. Off-site vaccines currently are available at places like Walgreens and CVS and are covered by Sandia’s health plan. And, employees can earn 500 Virgin Pulse Points for getting the vaccine.

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cyclists wearing face masks ride bikes on-site

Bike to Work Week re-imagined

Bike to Work Week has been moved to September this year, due to the pandemic, and since many Labs employees are still working from home, the Sandia Bicycle Commuter Group is adapting the annual event a little further, encouraging participants to “bike to get somewhere.”

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new Eubank gate intersection

Road construction finishes early

Construction of the road project on Kirtland Air Force Base, west of the Eubank gate entrance, began Oct. 1, 2019, and was expected to take 12 months. But thanks to reduced traffic due to the pandemic, the project was finished two months early and under budget.

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