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Honors and Awards
Canfield wins Humboldt research award

Paul Canfield, Ames Laboratory senior physicist and Iowa State University Distinguished Professor and the Robert Allen Wright Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has been selected to receive a Humboldt Research Award in recognition of his achievements to date – fundamental discoveries, new theories, insights that have had significant impact on their discipline. He'll be spending time in Germany collaborating on research into compounds with magnetic states that can be adjusted to create new states when fragile states are suppressed. 


Meet Doug Hoenig, new Facilities and Engineering Services manager
Although managing the buildings and grounds at Ames Laboratory presents some challenges, they won’t begin to compare to some of the situations newly-hired Facilities and Engineering Services manager Doug Hoenig has faced throughout at least a portion of his career. 


Valley wins 2015 High School Science Bowl
West Des Moines Valley defeated Bettendorf 72-32 in the championship match to win the 25th Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl. Valley will advance to represent the region at the National Science Bowl®, to be held April 30-May 4 in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl®, and sponsors the finals competition.


Spedding entry closed due to falling debris
The north entry into Spedding Hall will be closed indefinitely due to falling limestone that has spalled off the Research Laboratory sign. The limestone fell overnight on Jan. 28 but no one was injured.


Performance Appraisal Process begins Feb. 11
The Ames Laboratory 2015 Performance Appraisal Process will kick off Wednesday, February 11th and wrap up Friday, March 27th.  All tasks in the process will be completed within Halogen eAppraisal, Ames Laboratory’s electronic performance appraisal system.  


Work continues on SIF
Work, primarily electrical and mechanical systems, continues on Ames Laboratory's new Sensitive Instrument Facility. Work is expected to be completed in April with a formal commissioning of the unique facility.


Hints for a healthy heart (month)
February is American Heart Month so here's a chance to learn about your body's most important muscle and how to keep it in tip-top shape.


Bethesda offers thanks for Holiday Auction support
Bethesda Lutheran Church and the Bethesda Community Food Pantrysent a letter to Ames Laboratory thanking employees for their generous support through last month's annual Holiday Auction. Ames Lab employees contributed $2,457.35 along with coats, hats, scarves, mittens and miscellaneous food items.


Top five Android power user tips

Tech Geek Corner

New York Times technology writer Molly Wood offers up her five top tips for Android phone users in this short video.


Back to basics: TIAA Traditional Account
TIAA-CREF has lots of options for retirement investments but the oldest, the TIAA Traditional Account, is still a good one. Retirement information consultant Ann Doty explains how it works and what you need to know.


Insider turns 25 this month
Twenty-five years ago this month, the first issue of Insider rolled off the press. The cover, shown here, featured the Boone and Scenic Valley's Chinese-built steam locomotive. Why? Because an Ames Lab graduate assistant, Ping Liu, coordinated a group of mainland Chinese students who served as interpreters with the Chinese engineers installing the steam engine. You can read the full issue inside.