Previous Issue   March 2014
Honors and Awards

Soukoulis wins Max Born Award

Ames Laboratory senior physicist Costas Soukoulis has been named as the recipient of the 2014 Max Born Award by the Optical Society.

Soukoulis is being recognized for "his creative and outstanding theoretical and experimental research in the fields of photonic crystals and left-handed metamaterials and for novel applications of these materials to manipulate electromagnetic radiation."

Read More

Research: Polymerized nanocubes show promise as high-tech building blocks
Ames Laboratory scientists have developed a theoretical model to explore the effect of polymer coatings, including DNA, for self-assembly of nanocubes into so-called superlattices.Image

 Wellness: Sorting Out Cooking Oils
ImageLast month was heart healthy, so let’s go right into how to prepare what we eat. It's hard to cook without cooking oils. This article won’t promote one oil over another. It is purely meant to inform and educate the reader. There isn’t one oil that is meant to do it all in your kitchen. You should have several different oils available at all times.

 People: Beautiful Chemistry

One thing Andreja Bakac knows about her 37 years as a chemist—it has been beautiful.

“There is a lot of beauty to chemistry, the kind that anyone can appreciate. You don’t have to be a scientist to see it,” she said.


 Retirement: TIAA-CREF website offers info, second-chance at webinars
ImageDo you ever wish you could get information on your TIAA-CREF investments when it is convenient for you?  No need to worry about any of these issues in the future because everything you need is on the TIAA-CREF web site!

 Around the Lab: Photos from Around the Lab
From water main problems to CMI Advisory Board meetings, March has been a busy month for Ames Lab.Image

 ESH&A: Squeeze bottle safety alert
ESH&A has received reports of cracking/deteriorating squeeze (dispensing) bottles made of low density polyethylene (LDPE).  The cracked bottles are preprinted with the warning “For Dispensing Only. Not Recommended For Storage.Image

 Around the Lab: Step Into Storybooks provides science books
ImageAmes Laboratory’s donations to the 2012 Holiday Auction provided hundreds of children free books at the Raising Readers in Story County Step Into Storybooks event on March 29.

 Outreach: Ames Lab goes to the Capitol for Ames Day
ImageAmes Lab was one of several organizations representing Ames during Ames Day at the Capitol on March 11. Hosted by the Ames Chamber of Commerce, Ames businesses and organizations had the opportunity to talk with state legislators with displays set up in the Statehouse rotunda.

 Special Event: Blood Drive set for April 29
Ames Laboratory's annual Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Donors should make an appointment and volunteers are needed to assist with the drive.

 Around the Lab: Early Bird Golf Tourney set for April 18
Ames Laboratory's 39th Annual Early Bird Golf Tournament will be held April 18.Image

 HR: Lunch and Learn on Conflict
You are invited to attend a Lunch and Learn workshop on how the brain reacts to conflict, presented by Elaine Newell, Iowa State University's Ombuds Officer.Image

 Community: In Case You Missed It -- Here's a Link to Inside Iowa State
Just in case you missed it or didn't get around to reading it, here's a link to the latest Inside Iowa State --