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New CMI process recycles magnets from factory floor
A new recycling method developed by scientists at the Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by the Ames Laboratory, recovers valuable rare-earth magnetic material from manufacturing waste and creates useful magnets out of it. Efficient waste-recovery methods for rare-earth metals are one way to reduce demand for these limited mined resources.


Deputy Secretary holds roundtable discussion on STEM
Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall held a roundtable Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University and local officials to discuss the importance of STEM education to the Department of Energy, to listen to short descriptions of research projects from the Laboratory’s education program students and others and to have an open dialogue with city and national representatives on STEM-related workforce development and opportunities for strengthening exiting relationships between the Ames Laboratory, the city of Ames and other groups.


Homegrown solution for synchrotron light source
It’s often said that necessity is the mother of invention.  Such was the case for Ames Laboratory physicist Adam Kaminski who took the research challenge he was facing and turned it into a new solution that will help advance his research.


Deputy Secretary speaks to Ames Laboratory employees
During her June 12 visit to Ames Laboratory, Department of Energy Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall gave an all-hands address to Ames Laboratory employees and others from the Iowa State and Ames Community. Sherwood-Randall talked about her background and then shared some insights on the DOE’s priorities and how those relate to the Ames Laboratory.


Safety Heroes video/program debuts
ESH&A and Public Affairs collaborated to mark National Safety Month in June by launching Be a Safety Hero. Check out the superhero-themed safety poster and video that are displayed in Ames Laboratory building hallways – and look for a monthly Safety Hero to be recognized starting in the July Insider.


Alex King testifies before Congressional committee
Critical Materials Institute Director Alex King testified this month before the Energy Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology (SS&T).


The Four Percent Rule to Take Income in Retirement
For the last two decades, financial professionals have touted the "four percent rule" — a guideline for how much money retirees should take from their nest eggs each year to ensure their money lasts a lifetime. A recent USA Today article ("Retirement: Is the four percent rule still relevant?" December 2014) evaluated the rule and its place in the current market.


Get your cute baby animal fix
A nest of baby cottontails called Ames Laboratory home for at least a short time. In case you missed them, you can see another photo inside Insider.


June 1990 is all about OSHA
The June 1990 issue of Insider had a cover story on the OSHA Inspection that resulted in an overall rating of Excellent. Other features from the issue included a story on Lewis Oswood who grew orchids as a hobby, awards for James Vary, Kerry Whisnant, Jim Fritz, and Glennn Schrader, and artwork by Ed Gurganus.