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Ames Laboratory is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 national research laboratories and is operated under contract for the DOE by Iowa State University. Ames Laboratory is unique among the national laboratories – it is the only one physically located on the campus of a major public research university. Because of its location, Ames Laboratory enjoys an open-door policy. By entering any Ames Laboratory facility, visitors agree to abide by our policies and procedures to ensure the safety of everyone visiting or working at the Laboratory.