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The question: What attracted you to Los Alamos?

This question was part of a 75th anniversary panel that focused on women's contributions to the Laboratory mission.
October 1, 2018
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Joyce Ann Guzik (left) speaks at a 75th anniversary panel that focused on women's contributions to the Laboratory mission. CREDIT: Carlos Trujillo

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"If you’re way too sarcastic to serve in the military, this is a great place—it’s all the service without the boot camp.” - Kathy Prestridge

“In 30-plus years across the DOE complex, I’ve been to many sites, and Los Alamos National Laboratory is the pinnacle. I am honored to enable the mission of this Laboratory in the role I serve here.”
–Cheryl Cabbil, associate director, Nuclear and High-Hazard Operations Directorate 

“Many of us are patriotic and want to have some contribution to national security missions. The national laboratories are one of the few places—maybe the only places—left in the country where you can really do big things.”
–Dana Dattelbaum, program manager, Explosives Science and Shock Physics

“The mission of the Lab is very important, and I wanted to work on something important. There are a huge number of opportunities here. If you’re a scientist at Los Alamos, that opens doors.”
–Joyce Ann Guzik, Laboratory fellow, Nuclear Threat Assessment

“There’s such exciting science going on here, and I love the passion that people bring to their jobs. I couldn’t get over the passion and dedication every person had in the weapons program. And I think that exists across the Laboratory.”
–Carolyn Mangeng, Laboratory deputy director (retired)

“My family has a lot of military history, and if you’re way too sarcastic to serve in the military, this is a great place—it’s all the service without the boot camp.”
–Kathy Prestridge, team leader, Extreme Fluids Team

“I was unsure about coming into the Lab, but there are so many opportunities here. I know if I feel like I need a challenge in my job I can call a couple of people and I can go in a completely different direction than what I’m in right now.”
–Jamie Van Winkle, program manager, Plutonium Strategy Infrastructure