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  • Ames Laboratory physicist develops new technique to study electronic properties

    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 of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall visited Ames Laboratory on Friday, June 12th. During her visit, Sherwood-Randall met with Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University administration, toured two research laboratories and met with Critical Materials Insitute Director Alex King, made an all-hands address, and met with students, scientists and community leaders in a roundtable discussion. Photos from the visit appear below.


  • Former Ames Laboratory Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) student William Robin Lindemann has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GFRP). Lindemann is a senior at Iowa State University majoring in materials science and engineering. (05/14/15)

  • The awards for research excellence just keep stacking up for Andrew Fidler, former Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program intern at the Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. Fidler’s latest award, a Director's Fellowship, comes from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the Department of Energy national laboratory where he’s currently serving as a postdoctoral fellow. (05/14/15)

  • It’s a science lesson so fundamental that we teach it to small children, planting bean seeds in Styrofoam cups: plants take nutrients from the soil to grow.

    It is surprising, then, that the complex interchange between the microorganisms in soils and the cellular activities of plants’ root systems, what scientists call the rhizosphere, remains one of science’s great mysteries. (11/20/2014)