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Editor's Note

Welcome to the Spring Communicator

 Image  By Brian Boyer
INMM Communicator Editor
E-mail: bboyer@lanl.gov

Here at Los Alamos we are awaiting the end of our worst season -- spring -- winds, snow squalls and dust storms -- and the onslaught of summer interns.  It was a big winter for INMM.  We had our INMM Technical Program Committee and Executive Meeting in Chicago. It was sunny and cold but with not much of the vaunted Windy City bluster off the lake. The Marriott Renaissance Blackstone Hotel was a pleasant spot for our meetings. Our Technical Program Committee meeting started off things on Tuesday where we put together the program for the summer meeting in Palm Desert, Calif., this July.  We were able to have Charlie Pietri lead us again through the chaos and whirl of paper abstracts to mold together a fine huge program.  This meeting will be the biggest yet.

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Chicago EC Meeting on Michigan Avenue at the Marriott Renaissance Blackstone Hotel, March 2011 
(Photo by B. Boyer)

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Secretary Chris Pickett, Vice President Ken Sorenson, President Scott Vance, and Immediate Past President Steve Ortiz
(Photo by B. Boyer)

As a Penn State alum, I am proud to announce that the Penn State INMM Student Chapter is officially in the fold and on the INMM Web site.  We brought chapter president and founder Phyllis Ko to the Chicago TPC and EC to get to meet our executives and other young people we are pulling into the mainstream of our national organization.  We are building for the future by infusing new blood. Phyllis Ko contributed a piece about the new PSU chapter in this Communicator.  Our other student contributor is Chantell Murphy from LANL who has made strong contributions to both LANL and INMM in the last year and gives us an idea what being an intern at LANL is like in her article on the Next Generation Safeguards Initiative.

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INMM professionals mentor our youthful future INMM leaders. From left - Steve Ward-NRC, Rick Wallace-LANL, Member-at-Large Southwest Chapter, Chantell Murphy - LANL, Jim Lemley - BNL, President of the Northeast Chapter, Phyllis Ko-Penn State, President of the Penn State Student Chapter
(Photo by B. Boyer)

We also have an announcement from Shirley Cox on the new Facility Operations Division.  We hope that you members will get involved with this division.

There is an announcement about theWorkshop on Preparing for Nuclear Arms Reductions: Addressing Technical Transparency and Verification Challenges on May 4-5, 2011 at Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.

On behalf of Denny Mangan, editor of the Journal of Nuclear Materials Management, I'd like to ask our members to contribute to the JNMM. It is an opportunity to:

  • Put your work before your peers
  • Network with others 
  • Make yourself more competitive

You can read about why you should submit your work to the JNMM here.

We also have an appeal to help out the people of Japan who have suffered greatly in the tsunami through the Red Cross. Our Annual 3k Run will benefit the Red Cross this year, too.

We have our usual features, Inside Insights by INMM Vice President Ken Sorenson, and Member News by Membership Committee Chair Al Garrett.

Enjoy!  Remember if you have any items for the Communicator they will be welcome!