Latest News Releases

  • 04/28/2008

    AMES, Iowa – Patricia Thiel has been appointed division director for Science and Technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory.  The appointment, which becomes effective May 1, 2008, was announced by Alex King, Ames Laboratory director.

  • 04/28/2008

    AMES, Iowa – Three scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have been recognized for their exceptional efforts in assessing manuscripts for American Physical Society journals.  Doug Finnemore, senior physicist, Bruce Harmon, deputy Lab director and senior physicist, and a third physicist who requested to remain anonymous are in the inaugural group of Outstanding Referee award winners.

  • 04/21/2008

    AMES, Iowa – Evans Middle School of Ottumwa edged out LeMars 34-26 to win the 2008 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Middle School Science Bowl here on Saturday, April 19. Council Bluffs St. Albert was third and Home Schools of Eastern Iowa was fourth in the 16-team science and math quiz bowl competition.

  • 04/14/2008

    AMES, Iowa – The competition is expected to be fierce on Friday, April 18, when middle school students from across the state of Iowa gather to race hydrogen fuel-cell cars they’ve built for the highly popular Middle School Science Bowl, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University.

  • 04/10/2008

    AMES, Iowa –When it comes to designing something, it’s hard to find a better source of inspiration than Mother Nature.  Using that principle, a diverse, interdisciplinary group of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is mimicking bacteria to synthesize magnetic nanoparticles that could be used for drug targeting and delivery,  in magnetic inks and high-density memory devices, or as magnetic seals in motors

  • 04/01/2008

    AMES, Iowa –What do Sophocles, the Rolling Stones, and Linus Pauling have in common and what do they have to do with fishing? Well, the unlikely trinity is quoted in a perspective piece on new materials in the March issue of Nature Physics by Paul Canfield, a senior physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. In it, Canfield argues that more effort and funding needs to go toward the design, discovery and growth of materials that exhibit new or exotic properties.

  • 03/20/2008

    AMES, Iowa –Researchers at the U. S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Microsoft Station Q have made significant advancements in understanding a fundamental problem of quantum mechanics – one that is blocking efforts to develop practical quantum computers with processing speeds far superior to conventional computers.  Their respective theoretical and experimental studies investigate how microscopic objects lose their quantum-mechanical properties through interactions with the environment.  The results of the researchers’ investigations were announced at the American Physical Society meeting held March 10-14 in New Orleans and also reported in Science Express, the advance online publication of the journal Science.

  • 03/14/2008

    AMES, Iowa – Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr., senior metallurgist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, has been awarded the prestigious Acta Materialia Gold Medal, considered by many scientists and engineers to be the top award worldwide in the field of materials research. Gschneidner received the award during the 2008 annual meeting of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society in New Orleans, La. on March 11, 2008, where Ames Lab senior metallurgist Iver Anderson was honored also with a TMS Distinguished Scientist/Engineer award.

  • 03/03/2008

    AMES, Iowa – R. Bruce Thompson, director of the Nondestructive Evaluation program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, has won the Sustained Excellence Award from the American Society for Nondestructive Testing’s Research Council.

  • 02/25/2008

    AMES, Iowa – Seventeen middle school team representatives from 11 schools around Iowa converged on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory on Feb. 22 to learn about hydrogen fuel-cell technology and to build hydrogen fuel-cell model cars.