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  • 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.

  • 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’s being honored for over six decades of research in the rare-earth metals with a colloquium on his 85th birthday, Monday, Nov. 16.

  • Usually when we talk about scientific modeling around the Ames Laboratory, we’re talking about the science: using visual, mathematical, or operational methods to better understand the chemical and physical properties of our world. Because that’s what we do. But this spring we asked professional photographer Shauna Stephenson to set up her own lab here—a photography lab, where for her week-long visit she invited our scientists to model in an entirely different sense, for the camera.

  • Chris Strasburg is a systems analyst at Ames Laboratory and a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Iowa State University. He started at Ames Laboratory in 1998 as an undergraduate, working in Ames Laboratory’s Information Systems group. In 2001, he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Iowa State University and joined Ames Laboratory full-time as a systems support specialist, and later was Ames Laboratory’s computer protection program manager for six years, a role he recently resumed. He earned a master’s degree in computer science in 2009, also from Iowa State University. Since 2012, Strasburg has been conducting security-related research.

  • Two years ago the Critical Materials Institute launched, bringing together the best scientific minds from national labs, universities, and industry that could move research on rare-earth metals quickly and on to marketable technologies, shortening development time by years if not decades. In that time, this U.S. Department of Energy Energy Innovation Hub has more than doubled its research accomplishments, bringing the total number of invention disclosures to 34. This week CMI holds its annual planning meeting at Idaho National Laboratory.