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  • Former Ames Laboratory student intern Elliot Combs has won a prestigious national fellowship to help fund his Ph.D. studies. Combs, 2009 Ames Lab Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) student and 2011 Iowa State University chemical engineering graduate, recently learned he is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

  • Ames Laboratory and several of its scientists were in the spotlight as the PBS television series NOVA aired a two-hour special, “Hunting the Elements,” on Wednesday, April 4. Here, Ames Lab senior physicist Paul Canfield explains some of the properties of rare earth elements.

  • Dan Shechtman, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, returned to Ames from Israel on Feb. 14 for the first time since the award was announced in early October. Shechtman, an Ames Lab researcher, held a news conference and photo session at The Ames Laboratory and later met with students during a reception in his honor at the ISU Memorial Union.

  • Computers, smartphones, tablets – they’re ubiquitous in today’s society and many of them have one thing in common – the use of lead-free solder.  The Exchange host Ben Keiffer talks with senior metallurgist Iver Anderson of the Ames Lab about the technology that earns Iowa State University millions of dollars in royalties every year.

  • Making superconducting nanocircuits with rounded corners will improve their performance, according to John R. Clem, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, and Karl K. Berggren, an associate professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.