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Celebrate Earth Day the Ames Laboratory Way!

Earth Day 2018 is April 22 and Ames Laboratory’s Environmental Management System Steering Committee invites you to a special event, Thursday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. in 301 Spedding Hall. Steve Wilson, the Energy Services Coordinator for City of Ames Electric Services, will be presenting information about energy production here in Ames, renewable energy opportunities in the area, and tips and tricks for you to use at home to reduce your energy consumption.

There are lots of other ways to get involved and we've got links to a number of other local events, tips for reducing plastic pollution, and links to ISU and DOE Earth Day information.


CaloriSMART test system succeeds at magnetocaloric cooling
Ames Laboratory researchers have designed and built an advanced model system that successfully uses very small quantities of magnetocaloric materials to achieve refrigeration level cooling.  The development marks an important step in creating new technologies to replace 100-year-old gas compression refrigeration with solid-state systems up to 30 percent more energy efficient.


Under Secretary of Energy for Science Dabbar visits Ames Lab
Paul Dabbar, the Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science, visited Ames Laboratory on Tuesday, March 27 for facilities tours and discussions with laboratory leadership and scientists. The tours and meetings highlighted the breadth and depth of Ames Laboratory’s specialization in materials science and engineering, including high-purity metals preparation, advanced powder synthesis, condensed matter physics, quantum materials, exascale computational development, catalysis, and chemical sciences research.


Argyriou steps down as Chief Research Officer
Ames Laboratory Chief Research Officer Dimitri Argyriou announced on March 28 that he will be stepping down effective July 27. In announcing his resignation, Argyriou cited the need to be closer to his family as the reason for his decision.
Iowa cornfields could play a role in recycling old electronics

A new biochemical leaching process has been developed that uses corn stover as feedstock, and recovers valuable rare earth metals from electronic waste. Using corn stover for what is essentially a mining process may seem like a stretch even for Iowa – the world’s biggest producer of corn—but the new process does indeed use stover as a key ingredient. The research was directed by the Critical Materials Institute (CMI).


Aisenbrey named new Human Resources Director
​Chelsey Aisenbrey has been named the new Director, Human Resources & Diversity for Ames Laboratory. The announcement was made March 29 by Chief Operating Officer Mark Murphy and Aisenbrey officially assumed the job effective that date.


Granseth, Wiley presented CYtation awards


Ames Laboratory employees Molly Granseth and Sarah Wiley were members of the most recent class of recipients of the Iowa State University Professional and Scientific Council CYtation awards. The CYtation awards are presented to recognize individual staff members, particularly those people who might not otherwise receive recognition for outstanding work. Iowa State University recognizes that sometimes an individual does something above and beyond the call of duty, does something extraordinarily well, and acts in such a way as to make a very real difference in the institution.


Director's Excellence Award nominations sought
Nominations are now open for the 2018 Director’s Operations Excellence Award. This award seeks to honor Ames Lab operations and administrative employees. The fundamental purpose of such staff at the Lab is to support and enable the science and research. This award is for those employees who go above and beyond in doing so. Nominations are due by April 5. 


Goodman takes on Materials Handling and Property Management
In February, Stephanie Goodman officially took over as Supervisor of Materials Handling and Property Management for Ames Laboratory. She is a business and logistics professional with more than 25 years of experience in supply chain management with Shell Oil Company and ACH Food Company.


Ames Laboratory participates in ISU Research Day
Ames Laboratory was represented at ISU Research Day on March 27. The Lab was one of dozens of offices and units from around the campus to exhibit in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. Ames Laboratory's exhibit promoted research and technical services offered by the Sensitive Instrument Facility, the DNP-NMR group, the Materials Preparation Center, and Facilities and Engineering Services.


Active for Life 2018 Campaign
In response to last year's outstanding participation, Ames Laboratory Occupational Medicine is organizing an Ames Lab Active for Life challenge for 2018. Similar to last year's event, Ames Lab Active for Life is a laboratory-wide challenge that will take place over eight weeks. 


Science Bowl and Service Awards
The March 1993 issue of Insider focused on Science Bowl (find the youthful Iver Anderson and Kevin Dennis in the cover photos) and the annual employee service awards. Elsewhere in the issue, research by Martin Edelson in using lasers to decontaminate metals from radioactivity was featured.


ServiceNow set for phased rollout
The Laboratory is preparing a phased rollout of its new service management software system, ServiceNow. ServiceNow is a performance management tool that will automate and standardize forms and approval routings, providing increased efficiency and consistency to many existing processes. 


43rd Annual Ames Laboratory Early Bird Golf Tournament April 27
  The 43rd Annual Ames Laboratory Early Bird Golf Tournament will be held Friday, April 27 at Indian Creek Country Club in Nevada. Tee times begin at noon and the tourney is open to all Ames Laboratory staff, friends and family.


TIAA-CREF one-on-one counseling and workshop opportunities
Paige Cook from TIAA-CREF will be visiting Ames Laboratory on Tuesday, May 1 from 8:45 am – 4:00 pm for individual counseling sessions. The appointments will take place in the Performance Management Conference Room (111 TASF). 


Preparing for Retirement training sessions offered
The Benefits Office with University Human Resources will be hosting four instructor-led sessions on the topic of retirement preparation. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who plan to retire in the next year or two. The session will include the review of retirement processes with an emphasis on insurance and Medicare information.    

March 2018