National Awards Recognize Los Alamos National Laboratory Leadership In Nuclear Safeguards

Nancy Jo Nicholas, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s associate director for threat identification and response, was recognized with the Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service award by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. Courtesy/LANL

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Two Los Alamos National Laboratory employees were recognized today by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management for their contributions to the nuclear safeguards profession.

Nancy Jo Nicholas, the Laboratory’s associate director for threat identification and response, was recognized with the Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service award. Martyn Swinhoe, a physicist in the safeguards science and technology group, received the Vincent J. DeVito Distinguished Service award.

Martyn Swinhoe, a physicist in the safeguards science and technology group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, received the Vincent J. DeVito Distinguished Service award. Here he holds a neutron-sensitive detector. Courtesy/LANL

Nuclear safeguards is the field devoted to keeping nuclear materials secure and ensuring they are used for peaceful purposes—such as for medicine and energy—and not for the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Los Alamos National Laboratory is celebrating 50 years of work and world leadership in nuclear safeguards. (Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B2A3U7J17g)

“Both Nancy Jo and Martyn have been leaders in nuclear safeguards for decades,” said Terry C. Wallace, head of the global security directorate at Los Alamos. “Nancy Jo has been a passionate advocate for nuclear safeguards for more than 20 years and, as a manager at the Laboratory, grown the workforce’s expertise in this area—enabling success in important nuclear-related national security missions. Martyn has brought to bear his considerable capabilities as a leader and technical expert in nuclear materials management to solve important global safeguards and nonproliferation challenges.”

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