Ames Laboratory went animated for it's 2013 holiday greeting card. The animation was created by Public Affairs videographer Brian Marczewski who started with a Google maps image of the Ames Lab buildings. From there, he built 3-D images of the buildings, added some extra's like the waving flag, smoke coming from chimneys, a moving CyRide bus and the swirling snowflakes.

Click the image below to play the animation.

The Ames Laboratory continues to score high in scientific performance according to the just-released 2013 DOE Laboratory Performance Report Card.   Ames Lab received an A- for Mission Accomplishment (Quality and Productivity of R&D).  This grade reflects an ongoing commitment to quality science. 

In a message to employees, Ames Lab Interim Director Tom Lograsso commented on the significance of the A- in Mission Accomplishment. “Since performing leading-edge science is our focus, grading an A- in this area is the absolute best reflection of the strong commitment of our scientists and staff to exemplary science.  We had a fantastic year.”   

Another notable Ames Laboratory grade received in 2013 is an A- in Contractor Leadership/Stewardship.  “Our contractor received high marks from the DOE in areas such as strategic recruitment of faculty scientists and key leadership positions,” said Lograsso.  The Lab also received an A- in Facilities Maintenance and Infrastructure, which is the care of the Lab’s buildings.  It is important to note that a B+ rating “meets expectations in the DOE report card."  Ames Laboratory grades in all eight performance areas can be found at: http://science.energy.gov/lpe/performance-appraisal-process/fy-2013/.  A copy of the Ames Laboratory’s 2013 PEMP can be found at:  http://www.ameslab.gov/operations/resources/performance-measures.

Since FY 2006, a standardized Performance Evaluation and Measurement Plan, or PEMP, has been utilized as a means of appraising the scientific, technological, managerial, and operational performance of the contractors who manage and operate each of the 10 DOE Office of Science laboratories.  Assessments are against eight common performance goals. These evaluations provide the basis for determining annual contractor performance fees and the possibility of winning additional years on contracts through an “award term” extension.  A significant result of the Ames Laboratory’s high marks in scientific performance in 2013 will be the granting of a 12-month extension of the Iowa State University contract to operate the Ames Lab for the DOE.

“We are certainly pleased with the Ames Laboratory’s report card and the Department of Energy’s 12-month extension of Iowa State’s contract to operate the laboratory,” said ISU Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Warren Madden.  “The Lab creates exciting collaborations and opportunities for our faculty and students. The New Critical Materials Institute is an important addition to the Lab’s programs. This report card makes it clear the Ames Laboratory is producing science and technology that can help meet the nation’s challenges of the 21st century.”

In reflecting on the contribution of employees in helping the Ames Laboratory achieve its high performance marks in 2013, Interim Director Tom Lograsso said, “Congratulations to everyone at the Ames Laboratory and Iowa State who take our research mission so seriously.  Great job everyone.”

Six Ames Laboratory scientists have been recognized for their outstanding scientific achievement and service to professional organizations.

Three have been named 2014 Fellows of the American Physical Society. The Fellow award recognizes exceptional contributions the field of physics through research, application, service or education.

Image Adam Kaminski for “angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy studies of unconventional superconductors.”
Image Klaus Schmidt-Rohr for “inventing and improving advanced solid-state NMR techniques that provide important new information about polymers, such as the Nafion used in fuel cells, those which occur naturally in plants and soils, and those which form nanocomposites in bone.”
Image Makariy Tanatar for “studies of the superconducting and normal states of unconventional superconductors using directional charge and heat transport measurements.”

 

Two Ames Lab scientists were named 2014 APS Outstanding Referees. The award recognizes scientists for their exceptional quality, number and timeliness of their work assessing manuscripts for publication in APS scientific journals.

Andreas Kressig and Pat Thiel are among the class of 2014 year’s Outstanding Referees.

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The World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists has named Ames Lab scientist Mark Gordon the 2014 Schrodinger Metal winner. The WATOC awards the Schrodinger medal each year to one outstanding theoretical and computational chemist.

Updated Mileage Reimbursement - effective Jan. 1, 2014

For travel expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2014, the default rate of $0.2825/mile will be decreased to $0.28/mile.

Employees once again dug deep and helped the Lab meet its 2013 United Way fundraising goal.  The final tally for this year’s campaign was $9,322,which put the Lab over its goal of $9,250.  The news is equally good for the university as a whole, which raised almost $349,000, $14,000 over its $335,000 goal. Total money raised in Story County for the 2013 campaign was a record-breaking $1.9 million.

“Special thanks to the many organizations and volunteers who made this possible. Gifts of all sizes truly do make a difference. Each person doing what they can to help others is what it means to LIVE UNITED,” said Scott Bauer, United Way of Story County (UWSC) 2013 campaign chair.

United Way is celebrating its 60th anniversary.  The organization’s focus is to improve the education, income and health of Story County by addressing community-wide problems. 

Ames Lab employees opened their hearts, wallets and checkbooks to raise $4,498 at this year's Holiday Auction. This was the 12th year for the auction and proceeds went to benefit Youth and Shelter Services ($2,322), the Bethesda Community Food Pantry ($2,036) and United Way ($140).

The big ticket item this year was the Office Treats for a Year, sponsored by a consortium of Ames Lab "bakers" and organized by volunteer Kori Grooms. Rebecca Shivvers outbid all comers as a farewell gesture before retiring in January. Rumor has it the treats are going to the ESH&A office so be sure to visit there on treat day.

The Ugly Sweater contest proved popular as well in its innaugural year. Winner of the women's and men's division respectively were Ila Haugen and Brian Bergman and the voting -- at 25 cents per vote -- raised $73 dollars.

Since its inception, the Holiday Auction has raised more than $40,000 for local charities. The auction received support from the following local merchants who donated items for the auction: 3M, Ames Golf and Country Club, Ames Racquet and Fitness Center, Ames Silversmithing, Bike World, Bruegger's Bagel Bakery, Cookies, Etc., Cook's Emporium, Country Inn and Suites, Cyclone Liquor, Dogtown, Flowerama, Hy-Vee Lincoln Center, Nature's Touch Jewelry, Perfect Games, Riddle's Jewelry, Skunk River Cycles, Theisens, Wal-Mart (Grand Avenue), Western Edge LTD, Wild Birds Unlimited, Ames Cupcake Emporium LLC, The Ark Pet Shop, Mayhem Comics & Games, and Reflections Glass & Mirror.

 

ImageSteve Carter and Breehan Lucchesi share a laugh as they check out an "antique" government textbook.

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Jenni Brockpahler's Christmas sweater ensemble included flashing light earrings.
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Santa's elf (Mark Murphy) found the raucous surroundings a bit hard on his sensitive ears.
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Kori Grooms and Margaret Evans check out items on the silent auction.
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Tom Lograsso dishes up a big scoop of ice cream for the fruit cobbler.

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Vickie Hahn models her Christmas dickey, complete with red fringe.
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Ila Haugen, center, won the women's Ugly Sweater contest which was pulled together by Konnie Willie-Kennicker (right) and Cassie Dewey (left).
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Dewey and Willie-Kennicker pose with men's Ugly Sweater winner Brian Bergman in his homemade Hawkeye sweater (which was definitely ugly!).
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Votes cast for  ugly sweaters -- 25 cents per vote -- raised a total of $73 for the auction.
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Nancy Moore (right) and Norma Sandvick check out the silent auction as other "shoppers" cruise the auction tables.
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Bev Carstenson looks over silent auction items.
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Auction emcee Steve Karsjen tips up the Iowa Shine to stir up interest.
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Holiday auction attendees chat and wait for the live auction to begin.
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Shawn Nelson places the winning bid for a weenkend get-away package.
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Auctioneer Dale Meyer calls for bids on a set of earrings from Ames Silversmithing.
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Iowa Energy Center director Marc Petri places the winning bid for the Iowa State Fair "Cow" package.
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Tom Lograsso bids on the Office Treats ...

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only to be outbid by Iver Anderson ...

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who was outbid by Rebecca Shivvers at $1,000.
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Sheila Tellinghuisen looking dapper in her plaid hat.
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Going, going ..... sold to Jean Boot!
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Margaret Evans with new buddy Sheldon Cooper.
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On behalf of Ames Lab, Steve Karsjen presents YSS Associate CEO Roberta Milinsky with a check for YSS' portion of the holiday auction proceeds.
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Hats and mittens were donated to Lutheran Social Services Beloit facility in Ames.

Laboratory scores a grade of A- in Science and Technology

Contacts:                                                             For Release:  Dec. 20, 2013
Tom Lograsso, Director, 515-294-2770
Steve Karsjen, Public Affairs, 515-294-5643

Ames, IA – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory continues to score high in scientific performance according to the just-released 2013 DOE Laboratory Performance Report Card.   Ames Lab received an A- for Mission Accomplishment (Quality and Productivity of R&D).  This grade reflects an ongoing commitment to quality science. 

In a message to employees, Ames Lab Interim Director Tom Lograsso commented on the significance of the A- in Mission Accomplishment. “Since performing leading-edge science is our focus, grading an A- in this area is the absolute best reflection of the strong commitment of our scientists and staff to exemplary science.  We had a fantastic year.”   

Another notable Ames Laboratory grade received in 2013 is an A- in Contractor Leadership/Stewardship.  “Our contractor received high marks from the DOE in areas such as strategic recruitment of faculty scientists and key leadership positions,” said Lograsso.  The Lab also received an A- in Facilities Maintenance and Infrastructure, which is the care of the Lab’s buildings.  It is important to note that a B+ rating “meets expectations in the DOE report card."  Ames Laboratory grades in all eight performance areas can be found at: http://science.energy.gov/lpe/performance-appraisal-process/fy-2013/.  A copy of the Ames Laboratory’s 2013 PEMP can be found at:  http://www.ameslab.gov/operations/resources/performance-measures.

Since FY 2006, a standardized Performance Evaluation and Measurement Plan, or PEMP, has been utilized as a means of appraising the scientific, technological, managerial, and operational performance of the contractors who manage and operate each of the 10 DOE Office of Science laboratories.  Assessments are against eight common performance goals. These evaluations provide the basis for determining annual contractor performance fees and the possibility of winning additional years on contracts through an “award term” extension.  A significant result of the Ames Laboratory’s high marks in scientific performance in 2013 will be the granting of a 12-month extension of the Iowa State University contract to operate the Ames Lab for the DOE.

“We are certainly pleased with the Ames Laboratory’s report card and the Department of Energy’s 12-month extension of Iowa State’s contract to operate the laboratory,” said ISU Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Warren Madden.  “The Lab creates exciting collaborations and opportunities for our faculty and students. The New Critical Materials Institute is an important addition to the Lab’s programs. This report card makes it clear the Ames Laboratory is producing science and technology that can help meet the nation’s challenges of the 21st century.”

In reflecting on the contribution of employees in helping the Ames Laboratory achieve its high performance marks in 2013, Interim Director Tom Lograsso said, “Congratulations to everyone at the Ames Laboratory and Iowa State who take our research mission so seriously.  Great job everyone.” 

The Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory operated by Iowa State University. The Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global problems.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.  For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.

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ImageCutting-edge scientific analysis at the U. S. Department of Energy is not only speeding technological innovation, it’s helping keep the nation safe. Here at the Ames Laboratory, it means bringing our international reputation for advanced tools and techniques in materials characterization to the forensic field of questioned documents investigation.

The Ames Laboratory’s Midwest Forensics Resource Center is using its expertise in spectroscopy to assist the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Justice in creating a comprehensive data bank of printing inks and toners, as well as computer search software for sample identification. The MFRC’s scientists use multiple spectroscopic techniques to analyze ink and toner samples, combined with computer algorithms that interpret the data.

“We find that this provides search capability that is more robust and less subject to false alarms,” says Ames Laboratory scientist John McClelland. “This is particularly important as more and more ink data is put in the library and increasingly only small differences exist between various inks.”

The image above shows a side-by-side comparison of the infrared spectra of 450 different inks and toners.

The spectroscopic equipment was supported by funding from the U.S. DOE’s Advance Manufacturing Office.