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2009 Solar Decathlon Winners Announced

U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman today announced the winners of the 2009 Department of Energy Solar Competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  Team Germany, the student team from Darmstadt, Germany, won top honors by designing, building, and operating the most attractive and efficient solar-powered home.  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign took second place followed by Team California in third place.

Ames Laboratory to Receive Approximately $1.7 Million in Recovery Act Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Ames Laboratory will receive approximately $1.7 million as part of President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funds are part of $1.2 billion announced by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today from funding allocated under the Recovery Act to DOE’s Office of Science.

Ames Laboratory Launches Pre-Service Teacher Education Program

Spring semester marked the launch of a new education program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory called Pre-Service Teachers, or PST. The program provides Iowa State University pre-service science teachers a chance to work in a research lab and gain first-hand experience that will equip them with a better understanding of the scientific research process.

Ames Laboratory-Made Materials Are Out of This World

Materials produced at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory were launched into space on May 14 with the European Space Agency’s Planck Mission. Ames Laboratory’s Materials Preparation Center synthesized over 20 kilograms of a lanthanum-nickel-tin alloy for use in a metallic hydride sorption cryocooler system—built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory—that will cool instruments during the space mission.


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