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Canfield chairs APS March Meeting

When more than 12,000 physicists from around the world gathered in Boston earlier this month for the American Physical Society March Meeting, it was the culmination of a year’s work by Paul Canfield, a senior scientist at Ames Laboratory, who served as program chair for the event.

Canfield, who is also a Distinguished Professor and the Robert Allen Wright Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University, chaired the conference by virtue of also serving as chair of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics, the largest within APS. 


Get to Know ... Custodial Services
This month, we are featuring the Custodial Services crew who are part of the Facilities and Engineering Services staff. They are the folks who come in early to make sure the Lab is spick and span for the rest of us. The custodians have a unique position at Ames Lab because the work is always there.


New research aims to unearth how plants "talk" to soil microbes
To better understand how plant roots interact with soil at a molecular level, researchers at Ames Laboratory have developed a model instrument that will enable scientists to look at the biological interactions in the rhizosphere -- a narrow zone around roots of intense microbial activity-- in real time, in the field-- a capability that doesn’t currently exist.


Cardinal Women to host additional Lunch and Learn sessions

Ames Laboratory's Cardinal Women hosted an initial lunch and learn session on March 5 to explain the program and are planning to host additional monthly noon-time sessions to address a variety of workplace topics. In April and May, the group will lead a discussion on Dealing with Bullies and Intimidators.



DOE Accountability Exercise April 11
The quarterly DOE accountability exercise will be held Thursday, April 11, beginning at 10:00 a.m. As with past drills, e-mail messages will be sent to staff with instructions on reporting, and public address announcements will be made until 100 percent accountability is achieved. Participation is mandatory.


Two new employees join Lab in March
Two new employees joined the Lab in March -- Jesse Schmipf in the Accounting Department and Valery Borovikov as an assistant scientist II in DMSE. Welcome to Jesse and Valery!


TIAA one-on-one counseling to be offered

Paige Cook from TIAA-CREF will be visiting Ames Laboratory on Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for individual counseling sessions. The appointments will take place in the Performance Management Conference Room (112 TASF). If you’re interested in meeting with Paige, please register at or call 800-732-8353 to schedule an appointment.


Events planned for 2019 Earth Day
Earth Day takes place each year on April 22, and there are plenty of local activities and events planned for this year. At the Laboratory, the Environmental Management System Steering Committee has coordinated a seminar on Wednesday, April 24 in 301 Spedding Hall from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with Iowa State University Recycling Coordinator, Ayodeji Oluwalana.  


WorkCyte News -- March 2019
This month’s edition of WorkCyte News is focused on Workday training, which will vary depending on your role within the University.


Self-defense, VIRT training to be offered in April
Learning and Development is partnering with the ISU Police Department to offer Ames Laboratory personnel two opportunities to learn about and practice techniques designed to help you survive and get to safety in the event of workplace or personal violence.


Insider highlights Health Fair, graphics department
The March 1994 issue of Insider had a cover story on the ISU Carnival of Health and Occupational Medicine's participation in the fair. Also featured was a story detailing the many services offered by the Graphics section of the Engineering Services Group, including design, printing, and photography.


EIS to change name to Information Technology (IT)
Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) is changing its name to Information Technology (IT), effective April 1. According to Jennifer Lohrbach, Ames Lab Information Officer, the change is to better match industry naming conventions.


Monthly Brown Bag with Adam April 18
The monthly brown bag lunch with Director Adam Schwartz for April is scheduled for Thursday, April 18 at noon in 301 Spedding Hall. Any Lab employees may attend and are welcome to bring their own lunch.


March 2019