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  • As 2016 ramps up, we’d like to reflect on a few of the science and technology achievements that have resulted from research performed by Ames Laboratory scientists in 2015.  From learning more about how electrons communicate to creating cheaper magnetic materials for cars and wind turbines, Ames Laboratory scientists are helping address the Department of Energy’s most pressing materials challenges.

    In 2015, Ames Laboratory scientists and engineers:

  • In just a little over a year of operation, Ames Laboratory’s dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer has successfully characterized materials at the atomic scale level with more speed and precision than ever possible before. Spectra for materials important to catalysis, solar energy, and hydrogen storage have helped scientists better understand how these materials work.

  • “Time does fly, right!” responded former Ames High School coach Kirk Daddow when asked to comment on the 25th anniversary of the Ames Laboratory regional High School Science Bowl in 2016.   And time has flown for those who have participated in, volunteered for, or helped organize Iowa’s longest-running quiz-bowl competition for high-achieving, high-school students.

  • As world leaders including President Obama gathered in Paris to discuss climate change last week, Ames, Iowa, Mayor Ann Campbell joined a conference call of U.S.

  • When Karl A. Gschneidner Jr. began work on his Ph.D. at Iowa State University and hired on as an Ames Laboratory graduate researcher in metallurgy, Dwight Eisenhower was serving his first term in the White House. Now, more than six decades later, Gschneidner is formally retiring effective Jan. 5, 2016 after a distinguished career that led him to become internationally recognized as Mr. Rare Earth.