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Displaying news from January 30, 2015 To March 31, 2015

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

NIST Awards $26 Million to Support Manufacturing in 10 States
Release Date: February 24, 2015

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced the award of new cooperative agreements to 10 nonprofit organizations and … more

NIST's Michael Boss to Receive Tech Transfer Award for MRI Calibration Standard
Release Date: February 24, 2015

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist Michael Boss will receive the 2015 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, according to the … more

MedImmune and NIST Partner to Advance Development of Biological Therapies
Release Date: February 20, 2015

Additional Contact: Tracy Rossin (MedImmune) 301-398-1468 GAITHERSBURG, Md.—MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s … more

Computing for Better Radiation Therapy
Release Date: February 19, 2015

A photograph of the free-air chamber used for the physical measurements (left) and the corresponding model used in the computational simulations (right). Doctors devising a plan of attack on a … more

A New MAP for LED Lighting
Release Date: February 19, 2015

Ben Tsai (left) and Maria Nadal demonstrate one kind of solid-state light that can be mounted in the integrating sphere for measurements. Click on image for wider view of laboratory area. LED … more

Accelerometer Calibration Service
Release Date: February 19, 2015

In a few weeks, NIST will begin offering a new, state-of-the-art calibration service for accelerometers. Based on a technique called laser interferometry, the system will be sensitive enough to … more

NIST Awards $20 Million for Research Center to Help Communities Increase Resilience to Disaster
Release Date: February 19, 2015

San Diego—The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it has awarded a $20 million cooperative agreement to Colorado State … more

New NIST Tools to Help Boost Wireless Channel Frequencies and Capacity
Release Date: February 18, 2015

Smartphones and tablets are everywhere, which is great for communications but a growing burden on wireless channels. Forecasted huge increases in mobile data traffic call for exponentially more … more

Seeking Excellence? All Roads Lead to 2015 Quest Conference in April
Release Date: February 18, 2015

Look up the origin of the word “quest” and you’ll find it comes from a Latin verb to “seek or ask.” For organizations seeking insight toward improved performance and results, there’s no better … more

CNST Releases the Winter 2015 Edition of the CNST News
Release Date: February 18, 2015

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of the Winter 2015 edition of The CNST News. This quarterly newsletter highlights recent … more

Last Call for 2015 Baldrige Sponsorship Opportunities for the Quest Conference!
Release Date: February 17, 2015

The sponsor application process closes February 27. Organizations and individuals are invited to help support the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program by becoming Baldrige sponsors, who support … more

NIST Gaithersburg Will Be Closed Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Release Date: February 17, 2015

On Tuesday, February 17, NIST Gaithersburg is closed with limited access due to snow. All meetings and conferences are canceled for today. No public access will be permitted. Telework ready … more

Autonomous Atom Assembly of Nanostructures using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope
Release Date: February 13, 2015

Automated assembly of individual cobalt atoms on an atomically flat copper surface into simple geometric shapes, a square, a triangle, and a circle. From left to right, each figure shows the … more

First Scientific Area Committee Meetings for Forensic Science to be Webcast
Release Date: February 13, 2015

Forensic scientists interested in watching the first public meetings of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees will be able to see them online via a NIST webcast. The meetings will take … more

NIST Drafts Plug-and-Pay Standards
Release Date: February 12, 2015

Photos: Ted Bohn, Argonne National Laboratory Plug-in electric vehicles make up a growing share of the nation’s rolling stock and are prompting increased demand for the electrical equivalent … more

NIST Announces Pilot Grants Competition to Improve Security and Privacy of Online Identity Verification Systems
Release Date: February 12, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is launching a competition for a fourth round of grants to pilot online identity verification systems that help improve the privacy, … more

NIST Shows Crystal Pattern Mapping Can Recover Obliterated Serial Numbers in Metals
Release Date: February 11, 2015

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a technique for mapping deformation in metals that can recover destroyed serial numbers on metal objects … more

More Evidence that Baldrige Criteria Help Organizations Perform Better
Release Date: February 11, 2015

Several recent articles in national journals support the validity of the Baldrige approach across several sectors, including health care and manufacturing.First, "Understanding High-Reliability … more

Vendors Sought to Develop Model System to Monitor Security of Energy Industry Networked Control Systems
Release Date: February 10, 2015

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is seeking collaborators on an effort to help energy companies improve the security of the networked technologies they rely upon to control … more

NIST Releases Update of Industrial Control Systems Security Guide for Final Public Review
Release Date: February 10, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued proposed updates to its Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security (NIST Special Publication 800-82) for final public … more

NIST Scientists to Give Latest Results at American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting
Release Date: February 5, 2015

Whether they're analyzing fingerprints at a murder scene or digital clues on a criminal's cell phone, forensic laboratories use research, standards and data from the U.S. National Institute of … more

NIST Advisory Committee Welcomes New Member
Release Date: February 5, 2015

Michael Garvey, president and CEO of M-7 Technologies, an engineering, manufacturing and research organization, has joined the primary advisory committee for the National Institute of Standards and … more

New Best Practices Guide Shows Unit Pricing Is a Great Deal
Release Date: February 3, 2015

In an effort to help shoppers everywhere get the best value for their money, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have produced a best practices guide for the … more

Flip Out! Noncommittal Material Could Make For Hypersensitive Magnetic Direction Detector
Release Date: February 3, 2015

While the mysterious, unseen forces magnets project are now (mostly) well-understood, they can still occasionally surprise us. For instance, thin films of cobalt have been observed to spontaneously … more

President’s FY 2016 Budget Request for NIST Seeks a Safer, More Secure and Smart Tech Future
Release Date: February 3, 2015

The U.S. Department of Commerce today released details of the President’s budget request for fiscal year 2016 for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The total discretionary … more

Hidden Uncertainties Uncovered in Nuclear Forensic Measurement
Release Date: February 2, 2015

A visualization of the detectors used for anticoincidence counting, the popular method for precisely measuring radioactive nuclides that was the subject of this work. The image depicts the … more

NIST Modeling Study Reveals the Lethal Dynamics of a San Francisco House Fire
Release Date: January 30, 2015

A new computer-based fire-dynamics study by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has helped to clarify the circumstances and violent fire behavior of a lethal … more

NIST Announces New Center to Support Florida Manufacturers
Release Date: January 30, 2015

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will fund a new center in Florida … more

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