For several years, Ames Laboratory has partnered with the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University to provide opportunities for Greenlee students to interview Ames Lab scientists and researchers and to write science articles based on those interviews. Students are enrolled in JLMC 347 Science Communication class and through a coordinated effort with course instructor, Greenlee assistant professor Michael Dahlstrom and Ames Laboratory's Office of Public Affairs, are paired with Ames Lab scientists.
While the articles are written as class assignments, the ultimate goal is to have articles published in the student newspaper or elsewhere. Stories are edited by the course instructor and the scientist, as well as Public Affairs staff to provide students with valuable feedback on the mechanics of science writing and the ability to communicate complex scientific information and concepts in terms easily understood by a general audience.
Stories produced by students include the following:
- Scientist hopes to improve rare earth purification process (phys.org - 7/22/14 by Austin Kerber)
- Ames Lab scientist hopes to improve rare earth purification process - by Austin Kerber
- Ames Laboratory Scientist Studies Metallic Glass - by Kayla Schantz (ISU Daily 4/28/11)
- Complex metal hydride holds potential for hydrogen storage - by Cristobal Matibag (ISU Daily 1/12/11)
- Lignin provides short cut to high-strength materials - by Kyle Debelak
- Aluminum composite benefits power companies and consumers alike - by Nicholas Dudak
- Modern-day Alchemists - by Elizabeth Polsdofer
- New process could double ethanol production - by Melanie Snyder
- Solar House on the Prairie: A High-Tech House Returns to Iowa - by Annie Thompson