LL Retirees Association Luncheon
Next luncheon: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Our January speaker will be James L. Baker, President of Cytel Group. He will speak to us about the history of the Middle East, terrorism and threats to the U.S.
Web Manager's Farewell
After fourteen years of seving as the web manager for the LLNL Retirees web site, I will be leaving the position at the end of this year.
Parney Albright steps down as Laboratory Director
Parney Albright announced that he is stepping down as director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory at the end of October 2013 to pursue his broader interests and contributions to the U.S. national security enterprise. Albright has served as Laboratory director since December 2011.
Albright also steps down as president of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), which manages the Laboratory for the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration.
In a meeting before employees, Albright announced "I cannot express in words how much of an honor it has been for me to work with you, and to see you continue to grow and flourish as a national security laboratory to make a difference for our Nation."
Norman Pattiz, chairman of the LLNS Board of Governors, indicated in a memo distributed to all employees: "The LLNS Board respects and accepts Parney’s decision and appreciates his many contributions to LLNL and the nation…Parney has been a strong advocate and spokesman for expanding the contributions of LLNL to the entire spectrum of Lab programs and has brought about significant advancements in how the Laboratory executes work for interagency sponsors."
Pattiz advised that a national search for a new Laboratory director would be conducted under the leadership of the University of California. In the interim, the LLNS Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Bret Knapp, principal associate director for weapons programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), as acting LLNL director and LLNS president effective November 1, 2013.
Knapp is a recognized expert in national security with 26 years of work experience at LLNL in programmatic roles of increasing responsibility before he joined the senior management team at LANL in 2006. "He is an energetic and passionate leader with 33 years of combined experience between the two Labs," Pattiz said.
In addressing LLNL employees, Knapp said, "I am honored to be selected by the LLNS Board of Governors to serve during this transition period until a permanent successor is named. I would also like to acknowledge Director Albright for his hard work and dedication to the people and programs at LLNL. Livermore is a vital national security institution, and I will work to continue and grow its cutting edge science and engineering programs."
Knapp has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center Discount Tickets
The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center would like to offer your employees $10.00 off on mid-level (price 2) Adult Tickets on a variety of world class performances coming to the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore. Enjoy endless variety and exciting entertainment close to home!
Just have them call 925.373.6800 or purchase online at www.bankheadtheater.org and use the password "TENOFF". Handling fees apply on line and also with phone orders. Offer expires 24 hours prior to performance. Please see the attachment for the lineup of attractions and for more details. The discount only applies to LVPAC performances listed in the attachment.
The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is a not-for-profit, community-based organization that supports and encourages the education, creation and presentation of visual and performing arts in the Tri-Valley, while enhancing the public's appreciation, enjoyment and understanding of the arts. LVPAC operates the Bankhead Theater, located in historic downtown Livermore, and the Bothwell Arts Center. The Bankhead serves as the home for a number of the area's finest performing arts organizations, including Del Valle Fine Arts, Livermore-Amador Symphony, Livermore Valley Opera, Pacific Chamber Symphony, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre and Valley Dance Theater. LVPAC presents a full array of performance activities drawn from artists and ensembles across the United States and beyond. The Bothwell is an arts incubator that provides affordable classroom, studio and rehearsal space for area artists, students and arts organizations.
We look forward to seeing one and all.
Renew Membership or Join LL Retirees Association
It is time to renew your membership in the LL Retirees Association or to join if you are not already a member. Click on Renew/Join LL Retirees Association.
Photos from Retirees
2013 Retirees Picnic, courtesy of Arne Kirkewoog.
2012 Retirees Picnic, courtesy of Frank Rainer.
2011 Retirees Picnic, courtesy of Frank Rainer.
2010 Retirees Picnic, courtesy of Frank Rainer.
2009 Retirees Picnic, courtesy of Frank Rainer.
2005 Retirees Picnic courtesy of Alan Mode.
Dick Ryon's kayak cruise Dick Ryon made an eleven-day kayak expedition out the Columbia River and down the Oregon coast for 180 miles to Florence
Fleet Week Photos by Ron Gunn taken during Fleet Week on October 7, 2007, aboard the Hornblower party boat in San Francisco Bay.
LL Retirees Association Travel Group
The Travel Group needs a volunteer to run the program. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Carole Hilton at Chair@LLNLretirees.org.
LL Retirees Association Discounts
Are you ready to go Wild at Work? Enjoy money-saving deals exclusive to LLRA members made possible through our partnership with Wild at Work. Your discount program includes money-saving offers on theme parks, hotels, restaurants, and many more! Some featured offers include Disneyland, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, Knott's Berry Farm, Grand Canyon Railway, T-Mobile, Marriot Hotels, over 15,000 restaurants…everything is on the website!
Go to www.wildatwork.com.
New Element to be Named Livermorium
The city of Livermore and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory may soon have an element named in their honor. Lab scientists and colleagues at a Russian institute synthesized a superheavy element a decade ago, and it landed a spot as No. 116 on the periodic table -- the master list of elements.
Temporarily called ununhexium, it will become "livermorium," an international chemistry organization announced this week. The name honors the scientists who helped create it and the city hosting the national security lab... more.
Retiree Health Benefits
If you have any questions or problems with your LLNL retiree health benefits, you may contact Liza Hahlbeck by phone at 925-423-0950 or Belisa Miller at 925-424-9778. If you are unable to reach Liza or Belisa by phone, please email them at email@example.com.
Change of Address
Change of Address for Mailings from LLNL: Have you moved since leaving the Lab? Send an email to Liza Hahlbeck at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to keep receiving mailings from the Lab. Include your old address along with your new address. You need to file a separate change of address with your retirement plan and benefits.
Change of Address for Mailings from LL Retirees Association: To change your address, home or email, with the LL Retirees Association, send an email to secretary@LLNLretirees.org.
We are all aware that tests show that the performance of students in science and mathematics in elementary school in the United States fall behind students in many industrialized countries in the world and even some of the developing countries, such as China and Korea. Furthermore, eighth grade students in California ranked 47th out of 52 (50 states plus DC and DoD) in mathematics achievement in 2009 according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Report. One way you might be able to help rectify this problem is to help improve elementary school education, using your wealth of experience and training. And you can have a rewarding and fun experience in the process.
TOPScience (Teaching Opportunities for Partners in Science) is a program using volunteers (the "Partners") for (1) assisting teachers in grades K-8 with preparation and delivery of science and engineering lessons in the classroom, (2) providing content knowledge to teachers when needed to teach quality science and engineering lessons, (3) motivating students with career and educational models and information, and (4) educating families through after school family science events. TOPScience began with Partners who were retired scientists and engineers. Currently, the source of volunteers includes scientists and engineers who are employed or on leave as well as retired. The program began in 1993 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education with three Partners at three elementary schools. The program has grown to over 40 Partners at as many schools in a five county region in Central California.
Most Partners volunteer to serve about one-half day per week during the school year; however, the schedule can be flexible to accommodate differing needs of the Partners. The Partners attend a TOPS Institute during the summer preceding each school year which provides training for new Partners.
In February of this year, the Pleasanton School District decided to institute a TOPScience program and they need four volunteers to get started.
This is your chance to make a difference. Contact:
It’s a Bumpy Ride to Private Management for Los Alamos, Livermore
Dave Edwards pointed out an interesting article that appeared in the American Physical Society's June 2010 issue of APS News. We include it here with the permission of the APS. Click here to read the article, “It’s a Bumpy Ride to Private Management for Los Alamos, Livermore”.
Outreach for the Medical Screening Program for Former Lab Workers
We are contacting you on behalf of the Medical Screening Program for Former Workers of LLNL, LBNL, and Sandia-CA. This is a joint venture between Boston University and UCSF and is one of many screening programs for former employees of DOE facilities nationwide. Our program is looking to inform the Lab retiree community of its presence and encourage anyone who may be interested to contact us. We are interested in collaborating with your organization by attending events held for your members, newsletter postings, fliers, and possibly a link to our program website www.bu.edu/formerworker.
Click here for a brochure that gives an overview of what our program does. Please contact our Dublin office at (925) 551-7844 or send an e-mail to email@example.com with any questions you may have. We look forward to discussing how we can work together to serve the Lab retiree community.
Gail St. John, MPH
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Tours of LLNL and Site 300
Two free tours are available for LLNL Retirees and also for the general public. Both tours last about 2 hours and 30 minutes. All attendees must be at least 18 years old. US Citizens must sign up at least two weeks in advance, non-US citizens must sign up at least one month in advance. To make a reservation, contact the LLNL Public Affairs Office at (925) 422-4599.
Tour 1: Community Tour of LLNL on Tuesdays starting at 9:00 AM.
Guides will describe buildings and equipment during a bus tour of the entire site with time to view of the surrounding terrain from the West observation post (the highest location at Site 300).
For more information send an email message to info@LLNLretirees.org.
Any comments or problems with the web site, send an email message to webmanager@LLNLretirees.org.