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OKTA to require multi-factor authentication

Logging on to Ames Laboratory computers currently requires Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) using your Duo phone app or token. Multi-factor authentication protects your account with a second type of verification so that even if someone has your password, they will still be unable to log into your account.

Similar to how Duo verifies your computer login information, starting March 1, 2019 Iowa State will begin enforcing a separate MFA to access all Okta applications. This includes Ames Laboratory logins to G-Suite (Gmail) and ServiceNow. 

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2018: Year in Review
Take a look back at all the highlights, new projects, awards and recognitions, publications, patents, high level visits, changes in leadership and charitable giving that took place in 2018.  


Get to Know ... Engineering Services
This month we continue introductions to the staff in the Engineering Services division of the Facilities and Engineering Services Department. Engineering Services is responsible for design, fabrication, testing, installation, and repair of research equipment for Ames Laboratory researchers as well as other scientists on campus.


Video captures next-gen materials crystalizing
Experts in capturing atomic-level details of complex materials transformations, Lin Zhou and other scientists in Ames Laboratory’s Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering melted, super-cooled and then reheated a model alloy of aluminum and samarium, and monitored the reheating process in real time with a combination of high-energy x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy.


Exploring the mysteries of skyrmions
Scientists at Ames Laboratory have discovered the relaxation dynamics of a zero-field state in skyrmions, a spinning magnetic phenomenon that has potential applications in data storage and spintronic devices.


Professional Development workshops being offered
University Human Resources is offering a number of professional development opportunities, starting in February and running through April. The courses will be held in the Memorial Union and you can register through Learn@ISU.


Tackling the growing problem of trash we can’t recycle
Much of the growing global concern about the plastics polluting our oceans and clogging our landfills has focused on reducing consumption and reusing where we can. But there’s a reason manufacturers and consumers struggle to substitute other materials-- for many uses, plastics are simply the best material available. When it comes to keeping our food and drugs clean and uncontaminated and our medical procedures reliably sterile and safe, the one-use-only disposability of plastics has been essential to our health.


COO search to get underway soon
With Mark Murphy’s intent to retire later this year, plans are underway for hiring a new Chief Operations Officer (COO). Adam Schwartz hosted an open forum on Jan. 31 to discuss the search and gather input from staff on key considerations like how the position should be structured and essential attributes to look for in potential candidates. Over 50 staff attended the forum to ask questions and provide feedback.


Pleasant Valley wins 2019 High School Science Bowl
Pleasant Valley High School of Bettendorf won the 2019 Ames Laboratory Regional High School Science Bowl on Jan 26, defeating West Des Moines Valley 48-20 in the championship match. Pleasant Valley topped a field of 36 teams and will represent the Iowa Region at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl (NSB)®  April 25-29, 2019 in Washington, DC.


Annual Pancake Breakfast Feb. 20
Be sure to bring your appetite along on Feb. 20 for the 5th annual  Pancake Breakfast in 205 TASF. Ames Lab Exec Council will be serving Chris Cakes pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 


February brown bag with Adam Feb. 14
The monthly brown bag lunch with Director Adam Schwartz for February is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14 at noon in 301 Spedding Hall. Any Lab employees may attend and are welcome to bring their own lunch.


TIAA offers Financial Knowledge for All workshop
TIAA will be offering a workshop, part of its Financial Knowledge for All series, on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union. The session wil focus on Paying Yourself, Income Options in Retirement.


Insider seeks name for new admin building
In January 1994, Insider's cover story was seeking names for the new administration building instead of the lengthy Technical and Administrative Services Facility. Elsewhere in the issue, there was a feature story on Ames Lab's Documents and Records Program. The issue also had a story on an appraisal report for ES&H which had 12 findings and 17 recommendations, a story on a mobile laboratory that conducted soil tests for contamination at a site in Colorado. 


Science Bowl volunteers honored for their service
Several volunteers were honored for their years of service at the 2019 High School Science Bowl on Jan. 26. Volunteers received service pins for five, 10, 15 and 20 years of service. Pins were presented to volunteers by Deputy Director Tom Lograsso during opening ceremonies.


January 2019