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Karl Gschneidner celebrated on his 85th birthday

​While scientists often talk about their life’s work, few lives have been fuller than that of Ames Laboratory’s Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr. who was honored for over six decades of research in the rare-earth metals with a colloquium on his 85th birthday, Monday, Nov. 16.

Gschneidner arrived in this neighborhood of the periodic table--the lanthanides plus scandium and yttrium-- early on, with a doctoral dissertation on rare-earth carbon systems in 1957 from Iowa State University. And the scope of his research expanded as rare-earth metals have found their way into everything from lasers and lighting to magnets and consumer electronics.


Lab embarks on Strategic Planning Process
Ames Laboratory Assistant Director for Scientific Planning Cynthia Jenks kicked off the Laboratory’s Strategic Plan FY2017-FY2021 initiative at three meetings in November, and the reaction from employees to hearing about the project has been both enthusiastic and positive.


Check before parting out equipment
Do you have a piece of equipment that you no longer use on a regular basis, but are hanging onto it as a possible source for spare parts? Before you take it apart, there's a process you need to follow.


Rare earths subject of on-line class
Critical Materials Institute and Iowa State University are offering a unique educational opportunity to get an in-depth overview of the rare-earth metals in a senior and graduate level course offered online spring semester 2016.


Microscopes being installed at the SIF
The crates and boxes have been arriving for almost a month now, and it’s now time for some serious unpacking: Ames Laboratory is in the process of installing nearly $6 million in microscope equipment at its soon-to-be-opened Sensitive Instrument Facility.


Ames Laboratory Veterans Honored
In observance of Veterans' Day, Nov. 11, Ames Laboratory's Human Resources department hosted a breakfast for Ames Laboratory employees who have served in the Armed Forces. Fifteen employees were honored for their service. 


Science Bowl Volunteers Needed
Ames Laboratory Regional Science Bowl is seeking 150 volunteers for its 2016 competitions. Volunteers serve as moderators, judges, timekeepers and scorekeepers. High School Science Bowl will be held Saturday, Jan. 23 and Middle School Science Bowl will be held Saturday, Feb 20 on the ISU campus.


Retiring at different times? How couples can manage the emotional and financial aspects
Retirement planning can be challenging for anyone, but when you’re part of a couple, every decision has an extra dimension. This is particularly true if you and your spouse or partner want to retire at different times. That’s a tricky transition that can have major implications—both in how you cover living expenses and how you set yourselves up for a happy and secure retirement down the road


Holiday Auction set for Dec. 10
The 14th annual Ames Laboratory Employees Holiday Auction will be held Thursday, Dec. 10 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Spedding Hall Auditorium. Over the auctions history, Ames Lab employees have raised more than $45,500 for a dozen different local charities. Last year, just more than $5,000 was split between Heartland Senior Services and the Bethesda Community Food Pantry.


November 2015