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Honors and Awards
Kogan receives Abrikosov Prize

After a delay of several months, Ames Laboratory Scientist Vladimir Kogan finally received his Abrikosov Prize in Vortex Matter. The award was formally made May 22 at the International Workshop on Vortex Matter in Superconductors at a ceremony in Antwerp, Belgium, but Kogan was unable to attend the ceremony. 

However, Wai-Kwong Kwok from Argonne National Laboratory did attend and brought the Prize back. He was in Ames on Nov. 21 to present an Iowa State University Physics & Astronomy talk and also presented the Abrikosov Prize in Vortex Matter to Kogan (above).


Get to Know -- Purchasing and Travel Services
They are the folks that keep Ames Laboratory stocked in everything from rubber gloves and toilet paper to liquid nitrogen and high-priced pieces of state-of-the-art research equipment. On top of that, they help make sure Ames Lab staff traveling around the world get to their destinations -- and back! Meet the staff of Purchasing and Travel Services.


For the sake of the planet, refrigeration tech needs an update
Refrigeration keeps our food is fresh and our offices and living rooms are temperature-controlled thanks to vapor compression technology developed over a century ago, but it's reached its theoretical limit for potential energy efficiency.  A group of scientists and engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory are inspired by the idea that refrigeration could be radically improved—made cheaper, cleaner, and more energy-efficient—by abandoning vapor compression for something entirely new: a solid-state caloric system.


Next CCC session to focus on In-group Bias
The next session will be held Monday, December 16, at noon in 301 Spedding. This session will build on the topic bias and focus on In-group Bias specifically. As a group we will learn how to recognize and define it, identify the impacts of in-group bias, how self-esteem pays a role, and ways to guard against negative consequences. As an introduction to this concept, read this article What Is the Ingroup Bias?.


Bud'ko, Canfield and Soukoulis make "Highly Cited" list again
Three Ames Laboratory scientists— Sergey Bud'ko, Paul Canfield, and Costas Soukoulis— have been named by Clarivate Analytics as Highly Cited Researchers for 2019, and are among 4000+ Researchers recognized in the world across 21 fields of science.


Green Dot training offered Dec. 11
A Green Dot overview presentation and training is being offered at Ames Laboratory on Wednesday, December 11 from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in 301 Spedding. Green Dot is the power-based violence prevention program and strategy at Iowa State University.  


New experimental apparatus gathers more insight on magnetic and superconducting states
Ames Laboratory scientists have developed a method to study a material's specific heat under pressure, which revealed new properties in the studied materials. It opens up new avenues of research for Ames Laboratory, but also collaborations with other research institutions that could benefit from measurements using the apparatus. 


Ames Laboratory Blood Drive Dec. 10
You can give a special gift this holiday season by donating blood at the Ames Laboratory Blood on Tuesday, Dec. 10.  Persons donating blood will receive a $5 Amazon gift card courtesy of Suburban Propane. 


Holiday Auction Dec. 5
The 18th annual Ames Laboratory Holiday Auction is just around the corner and donated items have been streaming in. The auction will be held Thursday, Dec. 5 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in 301 Spedding Hall and proceeds this year will go to Shop with a Cop and the Bethesda Community Food Pantry.


Still time to volunteer for Science Bowl

Volunteers are still needed to serve as judges, moderators, timers, scorekeepers and runners for our upcoming Science Bowl events -- High School Science Bowl -- Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 and Middle School Science Bowl -- Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. This will be the 30th year for High School Science Bowl


Insider highlights TASF, CRADAS, and Flag Football
Ames Lab employees celebrated the opening of TASF with a group photo that graced the cover of the November 1994 Insider. Elsewhere in the issue were articles on the signing of three new CRADAs (Cooperative Research and Development Agreement) and a new wind generator near the warehouse that was used to recharge the batteries on the Lab's solar truck, the Sun Ranger.


Brown Bag with Adam Dec. 19
The monthly brown bag lunch with Director Adam Schwartz for December is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19 at noon in 301 Spedding. Any Lab employees may attend and are welcome to bring their own lunch.


November 2019