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Haase named Critical Materials Institute Director

Chris Haase has been named Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute (CMI) at Ames Laboratory. His appointment follows an extensive search and will be effective June 25, 2018.

In announcing the selection of Haase, Ames Laboratory Director Adam Schwartz said, “CMI is poised to begin its next five years as a powerhouse of energy innovation and critical materials solutions, and I am thrilled Dr. Haase will lead CMI during this crucial next phase.”


Get to Know CaloriCool
A research team at Ames Laboratory is working to develop the first major advance in refrigeration technology in more than 100 years. CaloriCool - The Caloric Materials Consortium was established in 2016 as part of the Energy Materials Network and sponsored by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy through its Advanced Manufacturing Office. Here's a chance to learn more about the men and women working to make caloric cooling a reality. Get to Know ... CaloriCool!


Spedding Hall window project update
​The Spedding Hall Windows project is well underway; however, most occupants in Spedding may not see much activity until later in July. The project contract was awarded to Shekar Engineering, a full service civil and environmental engineering consulting company out of Des Moines, in early May. 


Demo sessions for ServiceNow before June 4 launch
The first phase of ServiceNow for Ames Laboratory will officially launch on June 4 and three demonstration sessions are being offered to help employees get acquainted with the system. ServiceNow is a cloud software tool that will be used to automate, track, and write about business processes at the Laboratory.


New scope reveals mysteries of superconductors
Ames Laboratory has successfully demonstrated that a new type of optical magnetometer, the NV magnetoscope, can map a unique feature of superconductive materials that along with zero resistance defines the superconductivity itself.


Ames Laboratory observes 71st anniversary
Ames Laboratory celebrated its 71st birthday May 17 with the annual State of the Lab address and a noon luncheon. Details of Director Adam Schwartz's address are inside along with photos from the picnic luncheon.


New copper and graphite combo could lead to more efficient lithium-ion batteries
A first-of-its-kind copper and graphite combination discovered in basic energy research at Ames Laboratory could have implications for improving the energy efficiency of lithium-ion batteries, which include these components.


Introducing Room Reservations in G-Suite
Ames Lab employees are now able to reserve conference rooms using G-Suite Calendar. This system replaces the previous Web Apps tool. 


Training Calendar now available in G-Suite
The Ames Laboratory training calendar is now available in G-Suite. This calendar provides course dates, times, and locations for classroom-based courses. Registration for classroom courses should be made via Learn@ISU. Access to online courses is also available through Learn@ISU. 
Nelson receives Director's Operations Excellence Award
Environment, Safety and Health program manager Shawn Nelson has been named as the second recipient of the Ames Laboratory Director's Operations Excellence Award. Nelson was selected by Operations Awards Committee and received a plaque and a $250 stipend. The award was announced at the annual State of the Lab Address on May 17.


G-Suite training available
A series of on-line training courses will be available in June to help employees get better acquainted with G-Suite. The hour-long webinars, offered by Onix, include New Gmail and Contacts (June 26), New Calendar and Keep (June 27), Intro to Drive and Drive Structure (June 28) and Life After Office (June 29). 
Introducing Open Monthly Brown Bag Lunch with Director
Starting in June, Director Adam Schwartz will expand his regularly scheduled weekly brown bag lunches to include one session each month that is open to everyone at the Laboratory. You are welcome to bring your own lunch and desserts will be provided.


Ames Lab has top participation in DOE Mile Run
Ames Laboratory took top honors for the highest percentage of participants in the 2018 DOE Mile on May 1. Runners and walkers from five of the national labs participated with runners from Lawrence Livermore claiming the top men's and women's invidual titles. Sandia National Laboratory had the fastest team times and Ames Lab brought nearly 20 percent of Lab staff to the starting line.


Landry wins Early Bird Golf Tourney
After finishing second a year ago, John Landry won the 43rd annual Early Bird Golf Tournament, held April 27 at Indian Creek Country Club in Nevada. Landry shot a 37 to edge Jon Augustus by one stroke for the title and claimed a 2018 American Eagle silver dollar and the traveling trophy. Results and photos.


Insider looks at summertime projects, program review and EAP
In the May 1993 issue of Insider, the cover story looked at some of the summertime construction projects taking place. Elsewhere in the issue, a story detailed the Chemical Science Program Review and a new Employee Assistance Program offered through the University. 


Red Cross Blood Drive June 7
  Ames Laboratory will hold a Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, June 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Spedding Auditorium. For an appointment, stop by Occupational Medicine (G11 TASF) or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). As a bonus, donors will receive a $5 Gift Card.
Bike to Work Week featured speaker and donuts
Ames Laboratory observed Bike to Work Week (May 14-18) with a lunch and learn presentation by the Ames Bicycle Coalition on May 15. Then on Bike to Work Day, May 18, riders -- and just about anyone walking past -- were treated to donuts. The events were organized by Ames Lab's Enviromental Management System Steering Committee as part of its 2018-2019 goal of promoting green commuting and reduction of the Lab's overall carbon footprint.


Active for Life Campaign has dedicated following
The third annual Active for Life campaign at Ames Laboratory officially kicked off on May 1. Active for Life is a friendly competition among Ames Laboratory employees to encourage being active. The campaign was previously supported through the American Cancer Society, but without the Society's support this year,  Occupational Medicine took on the challenge of setting up the program internally.


United Way Food Drive a success
​Ames Laboratory collected 227 pounds of food and $100 cash for the United Way Food drive that took place earlier this month. Ames Lab's total pounds of food was the second highest among all campus units. 


May 2018