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Anderson to edit Journal of Chromatography A

Jared L. Anderson, Ames Laboratory scientist and Iowa State University professor of chemistry, has been named editor for the Journal of Chromatography A, an Elsevier publication.  He will be one of eight members of the journal’s editorial board, and only one of two Americans to hold the position.


Get to Know ... Materials Preparation Center (MPC)
This month, we're featuring the staff of the Materials Preparation Center. The MPC provides ultra-high purity rare earth samples to researchers here and around the world, but that just a part of the services they provide. Find out more about that work and the people who make it happen.


Green Dot training offered Oct. 24
Green Dot training, the power-based violence prevention program and strategy at Iowa State University, is being offered at Ames Laboratory on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. in 301 Spedding. Green Dot’s mission is to decrease power-based personal violence on campus by utilizing education, outreach, and development as mechanisms for increasing awareness and competency around bystander intervention skills. 


Operation Safety activities in October

The Safety Squad has heard your feedback and is working to provide events throughout the year in addition to those marking specific health, safety and wellness campaigns. Join us for the following opportunities to relieve stress, get to know Laboratory personnel, and learn more about resources provided to you as Ames Laboratory/ISU employees.


New training course aims to streamline "Doing Work at the Laboratory"
A new course called "Doing Work at the Laboratory" has consolidated and streamlined several annual required training courses (Business Ethics, Personally Identifiable Information, Cyber Security Awareness, Security Awareness, Host Responsibilities for Foreign Nationals, and Records Management); reducing completion time from 90 minutes to 25 minutes.


Roovaart, Pezzini join the Lab
Ryan Roovaart joins the Lab as the new Director of Purchasing and Travel Services and Paolo Pezzini moves from postdoc researcher to associate scientist. Find out more about these two new employees.


Employee picnic picture perfect!
After two sweltering "company" picnics the past two years, Mother Nature came through with a perfect evening for the 2018 Ames Laboratory employee picnic, Sept. 26 in Inis Grove Park. A good turnout of staff, and packed with kids and canines, enjoyed conversation and Jethro's barbeque and a huge selection of shared salads, sides and desserts. Check out the photos -- it really was picture perfect!


University preparing to switch to new business software, processes
Iowa State University is in the process of switching to a new, cloud-based enterprise resource management program, Workday, to replace a number of old business software programs. The transition to Workday is also part of a larger effort, known as WorkCyte, that will both modernize our software systems and redesign the way we do business. 


Video details faculty, staff obligations regarding Title IX issues
If anyone witnesses suspected sexual misconduct, harassment, or other Title IX issues, whether the conduct involves staff, faculty or students, the situation must be reported to the Office of Equal Opportunity or Title IX Coordinator on campus. ISU faculty and staff are classified as “Responsible Employees” under Title IX, and have a required reporting obligation. A short video is also available that explains reporting obligations and other information about the policy and process.


Tailgate fundraiser for United Way Oct. 5
In support of the University’s United Way campaign, Ames Laboratory will host its third annual United Way Fall Event on October 5. This year will have a tailgate theme, with a variety of games and prizes. The fall campaign officially kicked off on Sept. 8 and donations are welcome at any time during the campaign.


Spedding window project progressing
Work on the Spedding Hall window replacement project is progressing despite weather related delays. The curtain wall is nearly finished and the first windows are going in on the east end of third floor. 


Science Bowl events set for Jan. 26 and Feb. 16
The 2019 Ames Laboratory Regional Science Bowls will take place Jan. 26 for high school and Feb. 16 for middle school. Mark your calendars and plan to volunteer!


Insider looks at employees' first jobs

In recognition of Labor Day, the September 1993 issue of Insider asked employees to share stories about their first jobs. Twenty-four employees shared reminiscences about their first foray into the working world. Elsewhere in the issue, Insider recapped Director Tom Barton's ISU summer commencement address and the new sprinkler system to be installed throughout the lab buildings.


Get your flu shot Oct. 1-12
ISU WellBeing will sponsor the annual flu shot for eligible Iowa State employees Oct. 1-12 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 205 TASF). A new, one-stop paperless registration process will be in place this year. Employees will check in on an electronic tablet -- using their 9-digit university ID number -- with the nurse who administers the vaccination. 


Transportation Service offers 24/7 self-service kiosk
Effective September 4, all daily vehicle rentals from Iowa State University Transportation Services are now picked up using our new 24-hour kiosk system, located in the vestibule of the Transportation Services building. The new kiosk features a user-friendly touch screen and two locked panels for easy 24/7 access. 


October Brown Bag with Adam is Oct. 25
The monthly brown bag lunch with Director Adam Schwartz for October is scheduled for Oct. 25 at noon in 301 Spedding Hall. Any Lab employees may attend and are welcome to bring their own lunch.


September 2018