|Long-time Ames Lab chemist John Corbett passed away Sept. 2. Corbett was one of the Lab's longest serving employees and was honored earliers this year for 60 years of service.|
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|Ames Lab Occupational Medicine staff will administer flu shots from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 7 through October 18 in 205 Technical Administrative Service Facility (TASF). No appointment is necessary. Be sure to bring your ISU ID card or your university ID number to the shot clinic.|
Ames Laboratory is taking advantage of Titan, one of the worldâ€™s most powerful computers, to discover substitutes for rare-earth magnets. In the race to find substitutes, supercomputers are the lead-off runner, ensuring that scientists can rapidly target the best possibilities for materials discovery.
|Ames Lab employees can use a new web-based computer program called ALEC to help the Lab keep track of commuting miles as part of an overall goal to reduce the Lab's carbon footprint. You enter basic information into the program and it will automatically keep track of your commuter miles.|
|The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Ames Laboratory, and Iowa State University marked their newest endeavor in intensive energy research with the official opening of the Critical Materials Institute on Tuesday, Sept. 10.|
|Ames Laboratory and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), a Japanese energy and industrial technology R&D organization, signed a memorandum of understanding today to promote cooperation between the two agencies in rare-earth and critical-materials research.|
Ames Laboratory is taking advantage of Titan, one of the worldâ€™s most powerful computers, to discover substitutes for rare-earth magnets. In the race to find substitutes, supercomputers are the lead-off runner, ensuring that scientists can rapidly target the best possibilities for materials discovery. Titan, located at the DOEâ€™s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., uses a combination of traditional central processing units and graphics processing units that were first created for computer gaming.
In just one generation, scientists have seen an incredible increase in their ability to perform calculations. When Bruce Harmon, senior scientist for the Ames Laboratory, attended Lane Technical High School in Chicago, slide rules were the uniform for scientists and engineers. Now supercomputers are moving towards the goal of processing 1018 calculations per second.
Iowa State University News Service issued a news release on work by a team ISU and Ames Laboratory researchers that discovered where a protein binds to plant cell walls, a process that makes it possible for plants to grow. Researchers say the discovery could one day lead to bigger harvests of biomass for renewable energy. The findings have just been published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Online Early Edition.
Ames Laboratory's founding director, Frank Spedding was one of several Iowa inventors featured on Iowa Public Radio's Sept. 24 River to River program. Host Ben Keiffer talked about a number of Iowa inventors, including John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry, Inventors of the first digital computer, the "ABC computer;" George Gallup, creator of the Gallup poll; and Otto Frederick Rohwedder, inventor of the sliced bread machine.