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Karl Gschneidner Jr

Thiel, Gschneidner Named AAAS Fellows

Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University scientists Pat Thiel and Karl Gschneidner Jr. have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The two, along with seven other ISU colleagues, were among 503 AAAS members who were named fellows at the association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 19. The award recognizes “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.”
Thiel, an Ames Laboratory faculty scientist and an Iowa State Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, was cited “for increasing the level of understanding of surface properties of metallic quasicrystals and for work on pathways by which metallic nanoclusters and thin films form and rearrange on metal surfaces.”
Gschneidner, a senior metallurgist for the Ames Laboratory, and ISU Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering was elected based on “distinguished contributions to fundamental studies of the rare-earth elements and their applications.”

Pat Thiel

Two Named APS Fellows

Two Ames Lab scientists have been elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society. Associate scientist Vikram Dalal was elected “for pioneering applied research in physics of thin-film photovoltaic materials and devices and for invention of industrially important photovoltaic devices.” He was nominated by the APS’ Industrial and Applied Physics committee.
Physicist Robert McQueeney was elected “for the development and use of neutron scattering techniques to advance the understanding of strongly correlated electron systems.” McQueeney was nominated by the Condensed Matter Physics committee. The two bring the number of Ames Lab/Iowa State researchers who are APS Fellows to 25.


Meyer Wins NSF CAREER Award

Terry Meyer, an Iowa State University assistant professor of mechanical engineering and an Ames Laboratory associate scientist, has been selected for a $400,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award.  Meyer, who will use the funding for a project entitled, “Ultrafast Time/Frequency Domain Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy for Combustion and Plasma Systems,” is planning to study non-equilibrium gas-phase chemistry in novel combustion and plasma systems. In his research, Meyer will use a new laser diagnostic tool that has the potential to extract key information under reacting conditions that would otherwise be inaccessible with conventional measurement techniques.


ImageThiel Named Corbett Professor in Chemistry
Pat Thiel, Ames Laboratory faculty scientist and Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University, has been named the next ISU John D. Corbett Professor in Chemistry. This professorship has a three-year term.
The Corbett Professorship in Chemistry was established by John D. Corbett, Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences, professor of chemistry and senior chemist with the Ames Laboratory. Corbett made plans through his estate to support three-year professorships for faculty members in the Department of Chemistry at $100,000 per year during each three-year term.
“This professorship is designed to reward outstanding faculty members,” Corbett says. “As a former department chair, I’m very familiar with the troubles the Department of Chemistry has had in keeping faculty here at Iowa State. People who do well here get national recognition and are very attractive to other colleges and universities. I’m hopeful this will help in the reward and retention of those current and future faculty members.”


Lab Recognized for Safety
The Iowa-Illinois Safety Council named the Ames Laboratory a recipient of its Safety Award for 2010. The award was presented during the Council’s 58th Annual Professional Development Conference.
The Ames Laboratory reported only three recordable injuries for calendar year 2010 for an incidence rate of .65. The incidence rate is the ratio of recordable injuries per 100 employees.  The national average for the organizations in the Lab’s North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code is 1.2.

Live Green Award to Shivvers
Ames Laboratory’s Rebecca Shivvers, program coordinator for the Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, received one of two Live Green Awards, presented during the third annual Iowa State University Symposium on Sustainability, held Feb. 22. Shivvers was recognized for a number of earth-friendly initiatives at Ames Lab, including a setback mode for fume hoods not in use, poster and cardboard recycling, replacing or retiring 70 CRT computer monitors, and shutting down unused computer clusters during city peak electric alerts.
Rebecca Shivvers and ISU
President Gregory Geoffroy

ImagePaper Wins Excellence Award
A paper by Joel Rieken, a graduate research assistant at Ames Laboratory, was recently selected for the grand prize in the APMI International Excellence in Metallography competition at the PowderMet2010 Conference, held this past June in Hollywood, Fla.  Rieken’s paper, “Gas Atomized Chemical Reservoir ODS Ferritic Stainless Steels,” which was co-authored by Iver Anderson and Matt Kramer “demonstrated the supporting use of metallography to substantiate the conclusion” of the paper.

ImageIntern Wins Forensic Research Award
Victoria Richards, a 2010 Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship student at the Ames Laboratory, has won the 2010 Peter R. De Forest Forensic Science Student Research award through the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists. The award was announced at the NEAFS/New England Division of the International Association of Identification joint conference held Nov. 8-12 in Manchester, Vt.
Richards spent 10 weeks as a SULI program intern at the Ames Lab, where she worked in the Midwest Forensics Resource Center. She was mentored by David Baldwin, director of the MFRC. Her research project at the Lab was entitled, “An investigation of the effects of different laundering treatments on commonly used fabrics in regards to bloodstain pattern formation and analysis.”


ImageAment Named Outstanding Student Leader
Katherine Ament was selected as Iowa State University’s Outstanding Leader of the Year for her leadership as president of ISU’s chapter of the Materials Research Society. Ament is a graduate research assistant in Ames Laboratory senior metallurgist Karl Gschneidner’s research group. In addition to her role as MRS president, Ament was one of the organizers of an MRS Symposium on Rare Earths held April 7, and she served as the outreach coordinator for Ames Laboratory’s activities in conjunction with the PBS television series “Making Stuff.”






ImageStreit Receives CYtation Award
Carol Streit, medical administrator for Ames Laboratory’s Occupational Medicine, received a CYtation Award from the Iowa State University Professional and Scientific Council. The CYtation award is designed to recognize individual staff members, particularly those people who might not otherwise receive recognition for outstanding work. Streit was nominated for the award for “coordinating an Ames Laboratory blood drive last fall. Carol helped encourage participation by developing a contest between the Ames Lab buildings. As a result, the event collected 47 units of much needed blood for the American Red Cross. The blood collected through the drive potentially saved or impacted the lives of up to 141 people.”