West Des Moines Valley defeated Bettendorf 72-32 in the championship match to win the 25th Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl. Valley will advance to represent the region at the National Science Bowl®, to be held April 30-May 4 in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl®, and sponsors the finals competition.
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U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Critical Materials Institute materials chemist Anja Mudring is harnessing the promising qualities of ionic liquids, salts in a liquid state, to optimize processes for critical materials.
Scientific performance at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory continues to achieve a high rating according to the just-released 2014 DOE Laboratory Performance Report Card. Ames Laboratory received an A- for Mission Accomplishment (Quality and Productivity of R&D). This grade reflects an ongoing commitment to quality science.
Ames Laboratory scientist Cai-Zhuang Wang, a senior scientist at the Ames Laboratory, was named a 2014 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).
According to APS, Wang was elected for “significant advances in developing computation methods including tight-binding molecular dynamics for atomistic simulations, genetic algorithm for crystal and interface structure prediction, and Gutzwiller density functional theory for strongly correlated electron systems.”
Javier Vela, scientist with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and an assistant professor in chemistry at Iowa State University, has been selected as a 2014 recipient of the Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in Chemical Sciences. The award is given by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and is sponsored by the ACS Committee on Minority Affairs. The award honors nominees who have created and fostered ongoing programs or activities that result in increased numbers of persons from diverse and underrepresented minority groups, persons with