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Insider Vol. 1, Issue 2

Ames Laboratory's employee newsletter Insider turns 25 this year so each month, we'll share the issue from 25 years ago.  In February 1990, the issue focused on the newly renovated Spedding Auditorium. For those who remember, this was how the auditorium looked before the most recent renovation that was completed in 2012.

 

Ames wins 2015 Middle School Science Bowl

AMES, Iowa -- Ames Middle School repeated as champion of the 2015 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Middle School Science Bowl here on Feb. 21, defeating Central Academy of Des Moines 66-16 in the championship match. In the semi-final match, Central Academy defeated Spencer Middle School 88-26.Ames advances to the 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.

A 3D Superconductor in 1D Clothing

A newly-discovered superconducting material, potassium-chromium-arsenic (K2Cr3As3), is a remarkable example of 3D nature in 1D single crystals.  The shape of a single crystal typically is indicative of the dimensionality of certain properties.  Researchers grew relatively large single crystals of K2Cr3As3 and found that the crystals grow as long thin rods.

From Science Bowl competitor to Ph.D. volunteer

Former Johnston High School Science Bowl competitor George Vardaxis continued to stay involved in the Ames Laboratory Regional Science Bowl as an Iowa State University undergraduate and graduate student. Vardaxis will receive his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering later this spring.

In this video, Vardaxis talks about his Science Bowl "career" and the value the event has for students pursuing degrees in science, math or engineering.

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