|Computers, smartphones, tablets â€“ theyâ€™re ubiquitous in todayâ€™s society and many of them have one thing in common â€“ the use of lead-free solder. Iowa Public Radio's The Exchange host Ben Kieffer talked with Ames Laboratory senior metallurgist Iver Anderson about the technology that earns Iowa State University millions of dollars in royalties every year.|
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|The Materials Preparation Center had a birthday celebration of sorts on Jan. 11 to mark its 30th anniversary. The celebration included a short program and reception and tours of the MPC's research space.|
|Staging the Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl, that was held this past weekend, is a major undertaking. Volunteers play a huge role in its success, serving as moderators, judges, timers, scorekeepers and runners in the 16 competition rooms|
|Making superconducting nanocircuits with rounded corners will improve their performance, according to Ames Lab physicist John R. Clem and Karl K. Berggren, an associate professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.|
|Throughout much of its history, Science Bowl had one "official" scorekeeper in Bruce Thompson, who posted the match scores with efficiency and authority that students and coaches alike appreciated. Thompson, who lost a long battle with cancer this past March, was remembered at this year's event with his image and name incorporated into the scoreboard design.|
|Filling out the annual performance review â€œpaperworkâ€ is about to get easier for Ames Lab employees and especially for managers and supervisors. A new electronic appraisal system thatâ€™s been in works for two years will be rolled out in February.|
|Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies, a start-up company seeking to commercialize Ames Lab technology, is one of 14 companies competing for the title of America's Next Top Energy Innovator. The contest, staged by the U.S. Department of Energy, is using on-line voting by the public to determine who will be awarded the title.|
Teams from Des Moines and Dubuque dominated the competition at Saturday's Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science bowl. But West Des Moines Valley outlasted Central Academy in one of the closest matches in recent history to win the championship and the right to represent the regional at the National Science Bowl, April 26-30 in Washington D.C.
A proof of concept initiative, launching this month at Iowa State, provides resources for innovative research and helps facilitate and accelerate the transfer of the university's innovative research to the marketplace.