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Lograsso named interim Deputy Director

Thomas Lograsso has been named Interim Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. The appointment is for one year.

Lograsso replaces Bruce Harmon, who stepped down from the position of Ames Laboratory Deputy Director on September 1 to return to research and teaching at Ames Lab and Iowa State University. Harmon had been the Deputy Director for 17 years.



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Research: Reclaiming rare earths
ImageAmes Laboratory researchers are working to more effectively remove the neodymium, a rare earth element, from the mix of other materials in a magnet. Initial results show recycled materials maintain the properties that make rare-earth magnets useful. The process uses magnesium to remove neodymium and other rare earths from magnet scrap.

 Opportunities: Ames Lab establishes Laboratory-Directed Research and Development program
Ames Laboratory has received the go-ahead to establish a Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program. Formal approval from the Department of Energy Office of Science and the Ames Site Office was granted earlier this month to initiate the FY13 program.Image

 Research: Discovering the keys to improved biofuel catalysts
ImageScientists at the Ames Laboratory are learning more about how nano-scale catalytic systems work, and their research could be the key to improved processes for refining biofuels and producing other chemicals.

 People: Kramer named DMSE assistant director
Image Matthew Kramer has been named Assistant Director for the Division of Materials Science and Engineering effective October 1, 2012. As the Assistant DMSE Director, Kramer will be responsible for DSME White Paper and capital equipment solicitations/allocations, foreign travel management and reporting, Safety Walk-through Inspections, and Associateship Renewals.

 Special Event: 11th Annual Holiday Auction set for Dec. 12
The 11th Annual Ames Laboratory Employees Holiday Auction will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12. This year the auction proceeds will benefit the Story County Raising Readers program and Bethesda Food Pantry.Image

 HR: Evaluations, employee assistance and benefit open change
ImageHuman Resources has information on a number of program. The three-month performance evaluation pilot program through eAppraisal is back on track, the Employee Assistance Program has posted new information on bulletin boards around the Lab, and employees are reminded that the open change period for benefits runs Nov. 1-16.

 Around the Lab: Ames Lab clothing available for order
Ames Lab employees have an opportunity to order clothing with the Ames Lab logo. Items include short- and long-sleeved shirts, fleece vests and jackets, and sweatshirts. See the attached order form for details.Image

 Around the Lab: Senate Appropriations Committee staff tour Lab
ImageStaff from the Senate Appropriations Committee visited Ames Laboratory on Oct. 10. They toured several labs and discussed on-going research and potential needs.

 ESH&A: Lab recycling program expands
Recyling efforts at the Lab have expanded. The Lab now has recycling containers for mixed paper and food/beverage containers in the TASF Vending area, 110 Wilhelm, the Metals Development break room, Zaffarano/Wilhelm loading dock, and A107 Zaffarano Hall.Image