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Latest Inquiry Now Available

Inquiry 2012, Issue 1, the latest installment of Ames Laboratory's biannual science magazine, is now available in both print version and online.

This issue of Inquiry focuses on the vital link between materials and manufacturing. The Ames Laboratory is among the research centers that are the most consistently successful in the world at bringing advanced basic science together with manufacturing applications in the realm of materials.

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Facilities: Electrical fire closes Metals Development
Ames firefighters were called to extinguish a fire in a high-voltage electrical switch panel on the second floor of Metals Development on Friday morning. There was no structural damage and no injuries, but electrical service to the building was knocked out and it may be some time before full electrical service is restored.Image

 Research: Unraveling the mysteries of exotic superconductors
Ames Laboratory researchers are using specialized techniques to help unravel the mysteries of a new type superconductor. The group was part of an international collaboration that found that magnetism may be helping or even responsible for superconductivity in iron-based superconductors. The results were published in the June 22 issue of Science.Image

 People: Ames Lab Almuni Gather
ImageA number of Ames Lab alumni returned on June 6 to visit, tour the newly remodeled Spedding Hall auditorium, thumb through old Insiders and photos and reminisce about "the good ol' days." They also watched a video on the history of Ames Lab and enjoyed cookies and refreshments.

 ESH&A: Mixed paper recycling to continue
After successfully collecting more than a ton of mixed paper for recycling in May, Ames Laboratory is making mixed paper recycling a permanent fixture. Mixed paper includes most types of paper other than white office paper, which is recycled separately.Image

 People: Akinc Named Interim Engineering Dean
Mufit Akinc, an Ames Laboratory associate and a faculty member at Iowa State University since 1981, has been named interim dean of the College of Engineering effective July 30. He succeeds Jonathan Wickert, who will assume the role of senior vice president and provost at Iowa State on the same date.Image

 People: Constant Named ISU Materials Sciences and Engineering Chair
ImageIowa State University’s College of Engineering has named Kristen Constant chair of its materials science and engineering program. Her appointment will begin July 1, 2012. She was identified through an internal search to replace Richard LeSar, chair since 2006, who is stepping down to devote more time to his research activities.

 Outreach: Books4Cause collecting old textbooks
ImageBooks4Cause, a Chicago based organization that collects unwanted textbooks for donation to benefit the educational programs in Africa, will be at Iowa State University on July 23 & 24. They will pick up and package the books and the only thing staff would be responsible for is collecting the textbooks in a central location in each building.