The annual Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Science Bowl competitions will be taking place in January and February.This year marks the 24th year for the high school event and the 11th for the middle school competition.
On Jan. 25, high school students from 40 schools across Iowa will compete on campus at Hoover, Howe and Pearson Halls. School competing are: Albia, Ames, Benton, Bettendorf, Boone, Boyer Valley, Centennial (Ankeny), Central Academy (Des Moines), Central Clinton (DeWitt), Chariton, Clear Creek Amana, Davenport North, Dowling Catholic, Dubuque Senior, East Union (Afton), Fort Dodge, Grinnell-Newburg, Hempstead (Dubuque), Home Schools of Eastern Iowa, IKM Manning, Indianola, Johnston, Kennedy (Cedar Rapids), LeMars, Lynnville-Sully, Madrid, Melcher-Dallas, Mid Prairie (Wellman), Mt. Pleasant, Ogden, Pella, Pleasant Valley (Bettendorf), Regina (Iowa City), South Hamilton (Jewell), Southwest Webster Grand Comm (Burnside), St. Albert (Council Bluffs), Urbandale, Valley (West Des Moines), Wahlert (Dubuque), and Williamsburg.
The middle school event this year will be one day only, Feb. 22, with the elimination of the model car race. The academic competition, which will be held in Hach Hall, TASF, Spedding Auditorium and Gilman Hall, will feature an expanded field of 24 schools. Schools competing are: Adel DeSoto Minburn, Ames, Benton (Van Horne), Boone, Central Lee (Donnellson), Chariton, Fort Dodge, Home Schools (Walker), Lynnville-Sully, Madrid, Mediapolis, Nishnabotna (Hamburg), North Winneshiek (Decorah), Pella Christian, Sacred Heart (West Des Moines), Southeast Webster Grand (Burnside), St. Albert (Council Bluffs), Stanton, Starmont (Arlington), Stilwell (West Des Moines), Union (Dysart), West Fork (Rockwell), West Hancock (Kanawha), and Williamsburg.
The winning team from each event will represent the Iowa Regional at the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl, April 24-28 in Washington, D.C.
For more information on Science Bowl, click here.
Ames Laboratory went animated for it's 2013 holiday greeting card. The animation was created by Public Affairs videographer Brian Marczewski who started with a Google maps image of the Ames Lab buildings. From there, he built 3-D images of the buildings, added some extra's like the waving flag, smoke coming from chimneys, a moving CyRide bus and the swirling snowflakes.
Click the image below to play the animation.
The Ames Laboratory continues to score high in scientific performance according to the just-released 2013 DOE Laboratory Performance Report Card. Ames Lab received an A- for Mission Accomplishment (Quality and Productivity of R&D). This grade reflects an ongoing commitment to quality science.
In a message to employees, Ames Lab Interim Director Tom Lograsso commented on the significance of the A- in Mission Accomplishment. “Since performing leading-edge science is our focus, grading an A- in this area is the absolute best reflection of the strong commitment of our scientists and staff to exemplary science. We had a fantastic year.”
Another notable Ames Laboratory grade received in 2013 is an A- in Contractor Leadership/Stewardship. “Our contractor received high marks from the DOE in areas such as strategic recruitment of faculty scientists and key leadership positions,” said Lograsso. The Lab also received an A- in Facilities Maintenance and Infrastructure, which is the care of the Lab’s buildings. It is important to note that a B+ rating “meets expectations in the DOE report card." Ames Laboratory grades in all eight performance areas can be found at: http://science.energy.gov/lpe/performance-appraisal-process/fy-2013/. A copy of the Ames Laboratory’s 2013 PEMP can be found at: http://www.ameslab.gov/operations/resources/performance-measures.
Since FY 2006, a standardized Performance Evaluation and Measurement Plan, or PEMP, has been utilized as a means of appraising the scientific, technological, managerial, and operational performance of the contractors who manage and operate each of the 10 DOE Office of Science laboratories. Assessments are against eight common performance goals. These evaluations provide the basis for determining annual contractor performance fees and the possibility of winning additional years on contracts through an “award term” extension. A significant result of the Ames Laboratory’s high marks in scientific performance in 2013 will be the granting of a 12-month extension of the Iowa State University contract to operate the Ames Lab for the DOE.
“We are certainly pleased with the Ames Laboratory’s report card and the Department of Energy’s 12-month extension of Iowa State’s contract to operate the laboratory,” said ISU Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Warren Madden. “The Lab creates exciting collaborations and opportunities for our faculty and students. The New Critical Materials Institute is an important addition to the Lab’s programs. This report card makes it clear the Ames Laboratory is producing science and technology that can help meet the nation’s challenges of the 21st century.”
In reflecting on the contribution of employees in helping the Ames Laboratory achieve its high performance marks in 2013, Interim Director Tom Lograsso said, “Congratulations to everyone at the Ames Laboratory and Iowa State who take our research mission so seriously. Great job everyone.”
Six Ames Laboratory scientists have been recognized for their outstanding scientific achievement and service to professional organizations.
Three have been named 2014 Fellows of the American Physical Society. The Fellow award recognizes exceptional contributions the field of physics through research, application, service or education.
|Adam Kaminski for “angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy studies of unconventional superconductors.”|
|Klaus Schmidt-Rohr for “inventing and improving advanced solid-state NMR techniques that provide important new information about polymers, such as the Nafion used in fuel cells, those which occur naturally in plants and soils, and those which form nanocomposites in bone.”|
|Makariy Tanatar for “studies of the superconducting and normal states of unconventional superconductors using directional charge and heat transport measurements.”|
Two Ames Lab scientists were named 2014 APS Outstanding Referees. The award recognizes scientists for their exceptional quality, number and timeliness of their work assessing manuscripts for publication in APS scientific journals.
Andreas Kressig and Pat Thiel are among the class of 2014 year’s Outstanding Referees.
The World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists has named Ames Lab scientist Mark Gordon the 2014 Schrodinger Metal winner. The WATOC awards the Schrodinger medal each year to one outstanding theoretical and computational chemist.