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NIST and NSF Partner to Launch Industry-University Consortium to Provide Input on National Advanced Manufacturing Research and Development Priorities
Release Date: April 22, 2015

The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that they will establish a consortium to provide … more

'Standing Room Only’ for PML’s Hands-On Dimensional Metrology Workshop
Release Date: April 22, 2015

Workshop attendee using a Universal Length Measuring Machine.Earlier this month, PML’s Dimensional Metrology Group hosted a three-day hands-on training event for 13 industry and government … more

Baldrige Endorses Manufacturing Day
Release Date: April 22, 2015

To support U.S. manufacturing and to connect Baldrige community schools and manufacturers with resources, the Baldrige Program has become an endorser of Manufacturing Day 2015. Established in 2012, … more

Nanoelectronics Conference Focuses on Future of Semiconductor Manufacturing
Release Date: April 22, 2015

The characterization technology needed for nanoelectronic materials and device research, development, and manufacturing was discussed by experts from industry, government, and academia at the 2015 … more

Getting Better All the Time: JILA Strontium Atomic Clock Sets New Records
Release Date: April 21, 2015

In another advance at the far frontiers of timekeeping by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers, the latest modification of a record-setting strontium atomic clock has … more

New Report Recommends Policies for Improved Preservation of Biological Evidence
Release Date: April 20, 2015

All states should have laws ensuring that criminal justice systems properly handle, store and retain forensic biological evidence, according to a new report* from the National Institute of … more

It's a Trap! But That's Okay for Novel Light-Detecting Material
Release Date: April 17, 2015

Traps. Whether you’re squaring off against the Empire or trying to wring electricity out of sunlight, they’re almost never a good thing. But sometimes you can turn that trap to your advantage. A … more

NIST Technique Can Measure Volumes of Key ‘Lab on a Chip’ Components
Release Date: April 17, 2015

Imagine shrinking tubes and beakers—in fact, most of a clinical chemistry lab—down to the size of a credit card. When engineers figured out how to do that two decades ago, they enabled complex … more

Commerce Acting Under Secretary Encourages Business to take Active Role in Corporate Cyber Security
Release Date: April 17, 2015

The acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology today called on corporate CEOs and board members to take active roles in managing how their institutions deal with cybersecurity … more

Executives Prepare to Tackle Strategic Leadership Challenges During Year-Long Fellowship
Release Date: April 16, 2015

Embarking on a year-long fellowship to dialogue on all aspects of leadership and how it relates to a visionary focus, operational intelligence, engagement, and delivering results, fifteen … more

Executives Solve Leadership Challenges with the Baldrige Framework
Release Date: April 16, 2015

The Baldrige Program is proud to announce the completion of the year-long Baldrige Executive Fellows Program by 14 senior leaders exploring all aspects of leadership through the lens of the … more

NIST Requests Comments for Revising Its Electronic Authentication Guideline
Release Date: April 14, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public comment on a possible update of its 2012 Electronic Authentication Guideline. Credit: © … more

NIST Makes 'Bio Inspired' Flame Retardants in a Jiffy
Release Date: April 14, 2015

After devising several new and promising "green" flame retardants for furniture padding, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers took a trip to the grocery store and … more

NIST Develops NMR ‘Fingerprinting’ for Monoclonal Antibodies
Release Date: April 14, 2015

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) have demonstrated the most precise method yet to measure the … more

NIST to Launch Review of Resilience Planning Guide at Houston Workshop, April 27, 2015
Release Date: April 14, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)will issue the full draft of its Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure for public comment during a workshop … more

New Report: Online Identity Projects are Creating More Options for Businesses, Individuals
Release Date: April 14, 2015

Organizations and individuals have more options for securely and conveniently confirming identity online, thanks to a grant program that has been funding pilot projects in support of the National … more

NIST Tightens the Bounds on the Quantum Information 'Speed Limit'
Release Date: April 14, 2015

If you’re designing a new computer, you want it to solve problems as fast as possible. Just how fast is possible is an open question when it comes to quantum computers, but physicists at the … more

Securing a Public Safety Broadband Network with Identity Management
Release Date: April 14, 2015

Th First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), part of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), is building a nationwide public safety broadband network to provide … more

Commerce Deputy Secretary Andrews Honors Four Organizations with the 2014 Baldrige Award
Release Date: April 13, 2015

On April 12, 2015, U.S. Commerce Department Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews presented four U.S. organizations with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest honor for … more

Report Charts a Research Path for Improving 'Printed' Metal Parts
Release Date: April 13, 2015

Additive manufacturing has been called a game changer. But new games require new instructions, and the manuals for a growing assortment of methods for building parts and products … more

Carroll Thomas Named Director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Release Date: April 9, 2015

 Carroll Thomas/Credit:NIST Carroll Thomas has been appointed director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In … more

World Standards Day 2015 Paper Competition
Release Date: April 8, 2015

Announcing the SES Paper Competition In Honor of the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2015 The World Standards Day Paper Competition is co-sponsored by SES (The Society for Standards … more

Vendors Sought to Develop Model System for Identity and Access Management for Financial Services Companies
Release Date: April 6, 2015

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is seeking collaborators on an effort to demonstrate an identity and access management system for financial services organizations. Current … more

NIST Request Comments on Its Big Data Framework Development
Release Date: April 6, 2015

As part of a major collaborative effort to develop a standard framework to make it easier for scientists to use "Big Data" sets in their work, the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST Calls for Final Comments on Guide to Protecting Sensitive Information on Nonfederal Systems
Release Date: April 3, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting comments on the second and final draft of a guidance document for federal agencies on protecting the confidentiality of … more

NIST Invites Comments on Challenges in Protecting Consumer Data
Release Date: April 2, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites the public to comment on a report from the Feb. 12, 2015, Executive Technical Workshop on Improving Cybersecurity and Consumer … more

Comments Sought on Access Control Building Block
Release Date: April 2, 2015

NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has posted a revised draft white paper that will inform projects aimed at helping companies better manage who has access to their IT … more

Baldrige Program Tops in Leadership Development for Two Straight Years
Release Date: April 2, 2015

For the second year in a row, the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) has received the first place award in the government and military category of the Leadership 500 Excellence Awards, … more

NIST Advisory Committee 2014 Report Released
Release Date: April 1, 2015

The primary external advisory committee for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its annual report to Congress today, expressing support for the institute's efforts in … more

Mind the Gap: Nanoscale Speed Bump Could Regulate Plasmons for High-Speed Data Flow
Release Date: April 1, 2015

The name sounds like something Marvin the Martian might have built, but the “nanomechanical plasmonic phase modulator” is not a doomsday device. Developed by a team of government and university … more

Federal Funding Opportunity Solicits Projects That Support Online Privacy
Release Date: March 31, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is soliciting applications for funding pilot privacy-enhancing technologies that embrace and advance the National Strategy for Trusted … more

David Wilson of Morgan State University Joins NIST Advisory Committee
Release Date: March 30, 2015

David Wilson Credit: Anderson/NIST David Wilson has joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), the agency's primary … more

Spotlight on Commerce: Donna F. Dodson
Release Date: March 27, 2015

  Donna F. Dodson, Associate Director and Chief Cyber Security Advisor and Director, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of … more

New Publications Scope Future Research, Detail Design and Operation of NIST's Net-Zero Energy House
Release Date: March 27, 2015

The NIST Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility in Gaithersburg, Md. Credit: Healthy Indoors Magazine/IAQ.net The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently … more

Precocious GEM: Shape-Shifting Sensor Can Report Conditions from Deep in the Body
Release Date: March 27, 2015

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have devised and demonstrated a new, shape-shifting probe, about … more

NIST, NTIA, DOD Agree to Facilitate Testing and Evaluation of Wireless Spectrum-Sharing Methods
Release Date: March 25, 2015

Credit: ©italianestro/Shutterstock The Department of Commerce (DOC) and Department of Defense (DOD) have signed a memorandum of agreement that establishes a new collaborative framework to … more

PML Helps Lead Standardization for Firearm and Toolmark Examinations
Release Date: March 24, 2015

A fired cartridge case and a fired bullet. Xiaoyu Alan Zheng and Ted Vorburger of PML’s Semiconductor and Dimensional Metrology Division were appointed to the Organization of … more

Identifying Plutonium Isotope Ratios
Release Date: March 23, 2015

Two of the TES-based devices sitting on one key of a computer keyboard. The brown rectangle at the top is the mount upon which the gold-and-plutonium sample is placed. It is connected to … more

NIST Presentations at AAFS 2015 Point to the Future of Forensic Science
Release Date: March 20, 2015

  Members of the OSAC Scientific Area Committee on Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis at the 2015 AAFS meeting. Credit: NIST The future of forensic science was on display at last month's … more

NIST International Symposium Seeks Improved Quality in Forensics
Release Date: March 20, 2015

For decades, research programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made significant contributions to forensic science, strengthening its scientific underpinnings and … more

Lack of Effective Timing Signals Could Hamper ‘Internet of Things’ Development
Release Date: March 19, 2015

Our fast-approaching future of driverless cars and “smart” electrical grids will depend on billions of linked devices making decisions and communicating with split-second precision to prevent … more

Making U.S. Manufacturing Stronger
Release Date: March 19, 2015

In a guest post on The Commerce Blog, NIST’s Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services Phillip Singerman discusses a new Federal Funding Opportunity in support of manufacturing.During … more

NIST’s MRI Measurement Tools to Help Diagnose Veterans' Traumatic Brain Injuries
Release Date: March 17, 2015

More than 300,000 U.S. veterans have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in recent years, a legacy of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But these numbers don’t tell the whole story. While … more

NIST Releases Federal Laboratory Technology Transfer Report for Fiscal Year 2012
Release Date: March 17, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the Federal Laboratory Technology Transfer, Fiscal Year 2012, Summary Report to the President and Congress. The report … more

NIST Names Two to Earthquake Advisory Board
Release Date: March 16, 2015

A public health expert and a sociologist have been appointed by Willie May, acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and acting director of the National Institute of … more

Lab to Market: When One Plus One Equals Three
Release Date: March 13, 2015

Guest blog post by Paul R. Zielinski, MS, MBA, Director, Technology Partnerships Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology & Chair, Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology … more

NIST 2015 SBIR Grants to Fund Research in Manufacturing, Clean Energy, Cybersecurity and Bioscience
Release Date: March 11, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is offering to fund research projects that address specific challenges in the fields of … more

Mapping Microscopic Surfaces Could Help Solve Crimes
Release Date: March 10, 2015

 Example of a 3D image of firing pin impression showing microscopic surface features. Credit: NIST Topographic maps that display surface features like mountains, valleys and coast lines, have long … more

NIST Gets New Angle on X-Ray Measurements
Release Date: March 9, 2015

Criminal justice, cosmology and computer manufacturing may not look to have much in common, but these and many other disparate fields all depend on sensitive measurements of X-rays. Scientists at … more

New Neutron Detector Design
Release Date: March 9, 2015

A team of researchers has successfully demonstrated a new design concept for a neutron detector that does not rely – as nearly all current models do – on a dwindling worldwide supply of a very rare … more

NIST Gaithersburg Will Be Closed Friday, March 6, 2015
Release Date: March 6, 2015

On Friday, March 6, NIST Gaithersburg is closed due to continuing efforts to clear parking lots and walkways of ice and snow following yesterday's heavy snowfall. All meetings and conferences are … more

NIST Gaithersburg Will Be Closed Thursday, March 5, 2015
Release Date: March 5, 2015

On Thursday, March 5, NIST Gaithersburg is closed with limited access due to expected heavy snowfall. All meetings and conferences are canceled for today. No public access will be … more

New Data Show Baldrige State-by-State Impacts
Release Date: March 4, 2015

Newly released data highlight benefits throughout the country of the network of state and local Baldrige-based programs called the Alliance for Performance Excellence. The Alliance is a key partner … more

New Imaging Technique Finds Formation of Aluminum Alloys to Blame for Next-Gen Battery Failures
Release Date: March 3, 2015

Researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland, and Sandia National Laboratories, have for the first time imaged the inner workings of … more

Double Vision: New NIST Technique Can See Nanoscale 'Tree' and Microscale 'Forest' Simultaneously
Release Date: March 3, 2015

A close-up view of an individual tree won’t tell you much about what’s going on in the forest, or even what’s going on in the tree’s upper branches. The same goes for studying nanoparticles. What … more

New NIST Reference Material Provides a Silver Lining for NanoEHS Research
Release Date: March 3, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new silver nanoparticle reference material to support researchers studying potential environmental, health and safety risks … more

NIST Invites Applications for the 2015 Standards Services Curricula Development Program
Release Date: March 3, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering financial support for the development of undergraduate and graduate-level curricula that integrate standards and … more

OSAC Forensic Science Standards Priority Discussions Now Available in Webcast Archive
Release Date: March 3, 2015

Those who missed presentations of forensic science standards development priorities at the first public meetings of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) earlier this month can now … more

Recapping the First Public OSAC Meetings: What is an SDO?
Release Date: March 2, 2015

 The five Scientific Area Committees within the NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees held their first public meetings in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 16-17, coinciding with the American Academy … more

NIST Gaithersburg Will Open at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 2, 2015
Release Date: March 2, 2015

On Monday, March 2, NIST Gaithersburg will have a delayed opening due to ice/snow. The site is closed for business until 11 a.m.  Gates A (Main Gate) and F (Muddy Branch Road) will open at 10 a.m. … more

NIST Gaithersburg Will Open at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 26, 2015
Release Date: February 26, 2015

On Thursday, February 26, NIST Gaithersburg will have a delayed opening due to snow. The site is closed for business until 11 a.m.  Gates A (Main Gate) and F (Muddy Branch Road) will open at 10 … more

NIST Boulder Site Will Open at 10:00 a.m. (MST), Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Release Date: February 26, 2015

The Department of Commerce Labs site in Boulder, Colo., including NIST, NOAA, and NTIA, will open at 10:00 a.m. today. Designated emergency employees should report to work as scheduled. Employees … more

PML to Help Automated Precision Incorporated Improve Laser Tracker Measurement Testing
Release Date: February 25, 2015

Laser trackers are state-of-the-art measuring machines that are capable of measuring the dimensions of large objects (up to approximately 120 meters in length) with uncertainties as small as … more

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