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  • “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. (1/20/2016)

  • 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. mayors with Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz—all part of the 21st United Nations climate conference, COP21(12/10/2015)

  • 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.