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Pat Thiel talks about attending the Nobel Prize ceremony

Pat Thiel, Ames Laboratory senior scientist and Iowa State University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, was invited to be a guest at the ceremony on December 10th, in Stockholm, Sweden, where Danny Shechtman, Ames Laboratory scientist, received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Following her return to the Lab, Thiel shared some of her recollections of the momentous event.

The Ames Project (1942-1946)

The Ames Laboratory was officially founded on May 17, 1947, following development of a process to purify uranium metal for the historic Manhattan Project.  From 1942 to 1946, Ames Lab scientists produced over two-million pounds of uranium metal.  This video details that work and has interviews with some of the researchers involved in the project.

Ames Lab 101: Rare-earth Magnets

Ames Laboratory senior scientist Bill McCallum talks about controlling the element cerium for use in rare-earth magnets. McCallum is working to develop a rare-earth magnet that uses more abundant cerium in place of neodymium. McCallum's work is being funded through a recent grant by ARPA-E, the Department of Energy's advanced research agency.


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