|Ames Laboratory senior research technician Paul Ness retired in December after more than 50 years of service to the Lab. A surprise party, complete with Cy, was held Dec. 7.|
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|Ames Laboratory scientist Danny Shechtman received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry at the Nobel Awards ceremony in Stockholm. Ames Laboratory's Pat Thiel and Jim Evans were invited guests and attended the multi-day event which culminated with the awards ceremony on Dec. 10.|
|Ames Laboratory exceeded its goal for the 2011 United Way campaign, raising $10,568, more than 105 percent of the goal.|
|Ames Laboratory senior metallurgist Karl Gschneidner Jr. was one of several invited presenters testifying before the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment on Dec. 7. The hearing, entitled "Critical Materials Shortages: Opportunities for Competitive Innovation," was arranged through the American Chemical Society and was hosted by Sen. Mark Udall.|
A bacterium recently discovered near Death Valley has some very unusual properties according to a report published in the December 23 issue of Science magazine. Ames Laboratory scientist Tanya Prozorov was a collaborator on the research project.
|The 10th annual Ames Laboratory Holiday Auction raised more than $4,400 for the Story County Dental Clinic and the Bethesda Food Pantry. This year's fund raiser also boosted the total amount generated in the event's history to more than $30,000.|