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"Explosive" atom movement is new window into growing metal nanostructures
Ames Laboratory scientists expected to see was “random-walk diffusion”: atoms milling around when they dropped a few thousand lead atoms on to a lead-on-silicon surface at low temperature. Instead, they saw "explosive" growth in an organized fashion.


U.S Rep. Steve King visits Ames Laboratory
U.S. Rep. Steve King spent about two hours at the Ames Laboratory on April 2 as part of his visit to Iowa State University.  While here, Director Adam Schwartz gave him an overview of some the Laboratory’s significant research highlights and accomplishments.  King called one of those accomplishments, lead-free solder, a technology with zero downside and all upside.


New web page lists excess equipment
If you need a piece of equipment or office furniture, you can now go online to see if there's something at the Ames Laboratory warehouse that might meet your needs before you submit a purchase requisition for something new. The “Picker’s Paradise” Equipment Pool Listing is a new and growing web page that can save you a trip out to the warehouse to find out what's available.


Blood Drive collects 44 units
Ames Laboratory's annual Red Cross Blood Drive on April 22 was a success with a record 44 units collected. The total is 11 more than last year's drive and more than the 41 units collected in 2013. A large number of walk-ins contributed to the total, but also resulted in some delays.


Cheaper magnetic material for cars, wind turbines created

Ames Laboratory's Karl A. Gschneidner and fellow scientists have created a new magnetic alloy—a potential replacement for high-performance permanent magnets found in automobile engines and wind turbines--eliminates the use of one of the scarcest and costliest rare earth elements, dysprosium, and instead uses cerium, the most abundant rare earth.


A Wilhelm (back) in the house
Teresa Wilhem Waldof visited the Ames Laboratory on April 14 as part of a trip to the Laboratory and Iowa State University to collect information and documents on her grandfather, Harley Wilhelm, former associate director of the Ames Laboratory. 


Insider Vol. 1, Issue 4
The April 1990 issue of Insider featured a story on Ames Laboratory employees volunteering their time and expertise to help Iowa State students build a solar car. Former associate director for operations Rollie Struss is shown on the cover taking the car for a spin. (Be sure to check out that young guy in the dark jacket just behind Struss.)


State of the Lab, anniversary observance set for May 14
Observance of Ames Laboratory's 68th anniversary and the annual Director's State of the Lab address will be held on Thursday, May 14. The State of the Lab by Director Adam Schwartz will begin at 11:00 a.m. in Spedding Auditorium. Lunch for all employees will follow at 11:45 a.m. in the Ames Lab maintenance garage.


Mirrors installed to help direct Spedding hallway traffic
Spherical mirrors have been installed at hallway intersections on all floors of Spedding Hall to help prevent possible pedestrian collisions. The mirrors are mounted on the north wall of the east-west hallway near the ceiling and allow people approaching from the two main north-south hallways to see traffic approaching from the east or west (and vice versa).


Valley, Ames teams headed for National Science Bowl
Valley High School and Ames Middle School will be representing the Ames Laboratory Regional when the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® competition begins on Thursday, April 30 in Washington, D.C. The high school field with have 70 teams and the middle school event will have 50 teams.


Meis named 2015 Goldwater Scholar
Iowa State University student and former Ames Laboratory Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) intern Catherine Meis, Le Mars, has been named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar, the nation's premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.


Helpful financial advice for a healthy married lifestyle


Whether you are getting married or attending a wedding and you are asked for marital advice, here are some steps you could share with a couple to help them create a financially healthy lifestyle.


Schwartz wins 40th annual Early Bird Golf Tourney
  Apparently the first time was the charm for Adam Schwartz as he won the 40th annual Ames Lab Early Bird Golf Tourney, held April 10 at Honey Creek golf course in Boone. Schwartz shot a 36 to edge second-place finisher Mark Murphy by 4 strokes.