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BBC News - US to build $120m rare earth research institute

BBC News technology reporter Katia Moskvitch writes about the announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy to locate a $120 Innovation Hub for Critical Materials at the Ames Laboratory. The Critical Materials Institute will be a partnership of four national laboratories, seven research universities and seven industrial partners charged with finding ways to reduce the criticality of rare earth materials used in most new technologies.

Ames Lab Awarded Big Money

WHO-TV covered the announcement of the location of a $120 million DOE Innovation Hub for Critical Materials at the Ames Laboratory. Channel 13 reporter Aaron Brilbeck interviewed Ames Lab Director Alex King and included video of rare-earth research taking place at the lab. (Go to article)

Other media outlets covering the CMI announcement included:

The Ames Laboratory to Lead New Research Effort to Address Shortages of Critical Materials

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that a team led by The Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, has been selected for an award of up to $120 million over five years to establish an Energy Innovation Hub that will develop solutions to the domestic shortages of rare earth metals and other materials critical for U.S. energy security.  The new research center --  the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) -- will bring together leading researchers from academia, four Department of Energy national laboratories, as well as the private sector.

Ames Laboratory Science Performance Excels in 2012

Scientific research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory continues to garner high marks.   The just released FY2012 DOE Laboratory Performance Report Card awards Ames Lab an A- for Mission Accomplishments (Science and Technology), a key performance measurement area.  This high grade reflects a continuance of the same high standard of excellence achieved in this area in 2011.

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