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Ames Lab named FLC Outstanding Laboratory
Ames Laboratory was recently named Outstanding Laboratory by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer Midwest Region. The award is presented to the management of a Mid-Continent member laboratory or facility that has provided exceptional support and encouragement to the transfer of federal technologies to the private sector.


Ames Laboratory Unite for Operation Safety on Oct. 22
Join forces with fellow Ames Laboratory Safety Heroes on  Thursday, October 22, for a lab-wide safety day.


An all-organic UV on-chip spectrometer created
Researchers at Ames Laboratory have developed a near ultra-violet and all-organic light emitting diode (OLED) that can be used as an on-chip photosensor. It’s a first in a rather specialized field of research to capture and manipulate light near the invisible end of the spectrum, around 400 nm in wavelength.


ISU vanpool provides cheaper commutes
  You may have seen a white Iowa State University van parked at the north end of Ames Lab Lot 28A across the street from Metals Development. At 4:00 p.m. sharp every day, Ames Lab engineering technician Dale Meyer hops behind the wheel of that van, picks up people at various spots on campus and heads south down I-35. The next morning, that same group makes the return trip to Ames from the Windsong Theater parking lot in Johnston as one of six University-run commuter van pools.


Ames Lab postdocs feted
In honor of National Postdoc Awareness Week (Sept. 21-25), Ames Laboratory's 40+ postdocs were celebrated with a reception on Sept. 24 and with lab-wide posters featuring photos of the postdocs with their principal investigators.


Scientific Modeling: our scientists in portrait
This spring Public Affairs asked professional photographer Shauna Stephenson to capture our scientists in portrait, and we are ready to share her beautiful work with the staff at Ames Laboratory.  All are welcome to drop by and see the new portraits for the first time on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Desserts and coffee will be served. Afterward, the portraits will be hung in their permanent location in the first floor hallway, TASF.


Grassley staffer tours Ames Laboratory
Kurt Kovarik, a staffer to U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, was in Ames on Thursday, Sept. 3. Kovarik met with Ames Lab administrators and toured the Lab, including the new Sensitive Instument Facility.


Wilhelm Children Pay a Visit to the Ames Laboratory
Ames Laboratory’s contributions to the Manhattan Project were front and center on Thursday, September 9, first at the Laboratory and then at the Ames Public Library. At midafternoon, the Laboratory hosted a visit from Dr. Harley Wilhelm’s four children, Lorna, Max, Myrna and Gretchen, who toured Wilhelm Hall, stopping to talk over old times in Wilhelm’s old office and laboratory on the first floor and in the basement of the building.


Safeguards and Security appointments made
Ames Laboratory Deputy Director Tom Lograsso recently announced two staffing appointments for the Safeguards and Security program, effective Oct. 1. Chris Strasburg will be serving as cybersecurity manager and Jeff Bartine will be the new program director.


Occ Med open house/tailgate
Occupational Medicine hosted an open house and tailgate party on Sept. 9 in advance of the Iowa State v. Iowa football game (we won't talk about that!). The event gave employees a chance to meet the new staff, take a tour, receive a free blood pressure screening , enjoy treats and enter a prize drawing. More photos inside.


Flu shots available beginning Oct. 5
Occupational medicine staff will administer flu shots at no cost to employees (while supplies last) weekdays, from Oct. 5 to Oct. 16 (9 a.m.-4 p.m., 205 Technical and Administrative Services Facility). No appointment is necessary. Bring your ISU ID card to the shot clinic and wear a short-sleeve or loose-fitting shirt for better access to your arm.


Applied Sciences Complex Dedicated
The August/September 1990 issue of Insider featured a center spread on the dedication of the Applied Sciences Complex (now home to Ames Lab's new Sensitive Instrument Facility).


Benefits Open Change Coming Soon - Mark Your Calendars!
The Benefits Open Change period to elect or change your health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, flexible spending accounts and eyewear plan for the upcoming plan year (health and dental only for post-doctoral associates). is coming up soon.  Even if you are not planning to change your benefit elections, it is a great opportunity to review your benefits and beneficiaries


Teaching kids about money
Conversations about money can be sensitive, particularly when your kids are age 12 and under. Some parents believe that young children should be spared from any discussions regarding money, and wait to teach their kids about money until they’re more grown-up. In reality, the right conversations early on can give kids a foundation for financial literacy. By teaching your children sensible habits about saving and spending, you can set them up to handle money wisely their entire lives.


Two former longtime employees pass away
Former Ames Laboratory metallurgy program chair John (Jack) Smith of Ames passed away Sept. 26 and long-time facilities plumber Pat Stowell of Boone, passed away on August 26.


September 2015