|Ames Lab associate director Cynthia Jenks and Mufit Akinc, professor of materials science and engineering, and recent interim dean of the engineering college, will be leading the search process for Ames Laboratory's next director. ISU senior vice president and provost Johnathan Wickert is seeking nominations for additional search committee members from the Ames Laboratory.|
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|The Ames Laboratory will be offering a new opportunity to its employees in the form of a mentoring program. Mentoring can play a key role in the career development. Although there are many definitions that fit mentoring, in general, it could be viewed as two people sharing experiences and expertise to aide in personal and professional growth.|
|Ames Regional Science Bowl champions, Pleasant Valley High School of Bettendorf and Central Lee Middle School of Donnellson, competed this past week at the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C. Neither team advanced past the opening rounds in the academic competition, but Central Lee was in the top 16 in the model electric car race.|
|More than 40 Ames Lab employees have joined the team for the 2013 National Bike Challenge. The Challenge, which runs from May 1 through Sept. 30, has team members track and log the miles they bike to work or ride recreationally. As of April 29, more than 12,000 riders nationally have agreed to participate in the NBC.|
|Ames Laboratory Director Alex King has decided to step down as lab director to focus his energy's on the new Critical Materials Institute. King will serve as director of the CMI, the DOE's fifth Energy Innovation Hub and Tom Lograsso has been appointed to serve as interim Ames Laboratory director (see the Highlight Story at the right).|
Iowa State University senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert announced the appointment of Thomas Lograsso as interim director of the Ames Laboratory. Lograsso will replace Alex King, who is stepping down to the lead the Laboratoryâ€™s Critical Materials Institute, a $120 million DOE Energy Innovation Hub announced in January. Lograsso will assume the directorship as soon as funding for the Critical Materials Institute is received.
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|Ames Laboratory's 2013 Red Cross Blood Drive netted 41 units with a record 61 potential donors showing up. For the second straight year, TASF had the most donors and volunteers to win the brunch prepared by the Occupational Medicine staff.|
The MRS Bulletin for April carried a story on the establishment of the Critical Materials Institute, DOE's latest Energy Innovation Hub, that's located at the Ames Laboratory.