Tom Barton of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has been elected president-elect of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. He will be president-elect in 2013, president in 2014 and immediate past-president in 2015. Among his leadership priorities is improving elementary and secondary science education in America.
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Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s Ames Laboratory are working to more effectively remove the neodymium, a rare earth, from the mix of other materials in a magnet. Initial results show recycled materials maintain the properties that make rare-earth magnets useful.
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s (DOE) Ames Laboratory are learning more about how nano-scale catalytic systems work, and their research could be the key to improved processes for refining biofuels and producing other chemicals.
Thomas Lograsso has been named Interim Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s Ames Laboratory. The appointment is for one year. Lograsso replaces Bruce Harmon, who stepped down from the position of Ames Laboratory Deputy Director on September 1 to return to research and teaching at Ames Lab and Iowa State University.
Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies, a start-up company based on technology developed at the Department of Energyâ€™s Ames Laboratory, has won the 2012 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition. The competition honors top business plans of companies in business for four years or less, with an aim of stimulating business development. The prize includes $25,000 in seed money.