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Joseph Stroscio Receives AVS Nanotechnology Recognition Award
Release Date: December 21, 2009

NIST Fellow Joseph Stroscio was honored with the 2009 Nanotechnology Recognition Award at the AVS 56th International Symposium in San Jose, California on November 10, 2009. This award recognizes a … more

Twenty-Two NIST Boulder Employees Receive Awards
Release Date: December 16, 2009

BOULDER, Colo.—The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has honored 22 employees of its Boulder Laboratories with the NIST Bronze Medal and other prestigious … more

NIST Updates Automated Computer Security Validation Guidelines
Release Date: December 15, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a draft publication for public comment that describes changes to the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP). SCAP is a … more

Deadline Extended for Entering NIST Microrobotics Challenge
Release Date: December 15, 2009

An article in the Oct. 20, 2009, issue of NIST Tech Beat, “Is Your Microrobot Up for the (NIST) Challenge?”, invited university and collegiate student teams currently engaged in microrobotic, … more

NIST Seeks Comments on Cryptography Standards Publication
Release Date: December 15, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released for public comment a new revision of one of its key computer security documents, a set of information processing standards … more

New Automated Technique with Online Verification Eases Network Analyzer Calibration
Release Date: December 15, 2009

Verifying the accuracy of network analyzers--instruments that are used to measure key performance characteristics of electronic networks--was once an awkward process involving multiple steps and … more

Demonstration Network Planned for Public Safety 700 MHz Broadband
Release Date: December 15, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) have announced plans to create a demonstration broadband … more

Five Organizations Honored with 2009 Baldrige National Quality Award
Release Date: December 15, 2009

President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced on Dec. 7, 2009, that five organizations have been named the recipients of the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the … more

Everlasting Quantum Wave: NIST Physicists Predict New Form of Soliton in Ultracold Gases
Release Date: December 15, 2009

Solitary waves that run a long distance without losing their shape or dying out are a special class of waves called solitons. These everlasting waves are exotic enough, but theoreticians at the … more

Web Site Highlights 50 Years of NIST Contributions to Laser Science
Release Date: December 15, 2009

The year 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the first demonstration of the laser, one of the most important inventions of the 20th century. Lasers now touch almost every aspect of modern life, from … more

Text Retrieval Expert Named Distinguished Scientist by Computing Group
Release Date: December 15, 2009

Ellen Voorhees, leader of the text retrieval group in the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), was recently recognized as a “Distinguished … more

Among Apes, Teeth Are Made for the Toughest Times
Release Date: December 15, 2009

The teeth of some apes are formed primarily to handle the most stressful times when food is scarce, according to new research* performed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Handheld Touch Screen Device May Lead to Mobile Fingerprint ID
Release Date: December 15, 2009

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Hostage Rescue Team had a problem--they needed a small, portable tool to identify fingerprints and faces, but couldn't get anyone interested in building a … more

NIST Team Demystifies Utility of Power Factor Correction Devices
Release Date: December 15, 2009

If you've seen an Internet ad for capacitor-type power factor correction devices, you might be led to believe that using one can save you money on your residential electricity bill. However, a team … more

NIST Technology Program Announces 20 Research Project Awards
Release Date: December 15, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced funding for 20 new research projects under its Technology Innovation Program (TIP), including projects ranging from … more

ITL Staff Members Receive Tech Transfer Award
Release Date: December 15, 2009

Raghu Kacker of the ITL Mathematical and Computational Sciences Division, Rick Kuhn of the ITL Computer Security Division, Jeff Yu Lei of the University of Texas at Arlington (and a guest … more

JQI Researchers Create 'Synthetic Magnetic Fields' for Neutral Atoms
Release Date: December 15, 2009

Achieving an important new capability in ultracold atomic gases, researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute, a collaboration of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the … more

Budget News
Release Date: December 15, 2009

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U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology Invests up to $71 Million in New Manufacturing, Infrastructure Research and Development
Release Date: December 15, 2009

Technology Innovation Program funding focuses on advanced materials and infrastructure monitoring and repair The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) … more

Robert McMichael Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society
Release Date: December 14, 2009

The CNST's Robert McMichael has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). His fellowship citation notes his "broad contributions to the measurement, modeling, interpretation, and … more

Board of New Smart Grid Panel 'Boots Up' - Key Position Filled and Next Steps Assigned
Release Date: December 14, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md.— The three-week-old Smart Grid Interoperability Panel’s (SGIP’s) governing board appointed Steve Widergren, a principal engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, as … more

Sixty-Four Staff Members Earn Departmental Bronze and Other NIST Awards
Release Date: December 8, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has presented 64 local staff members with the Departmental Bronze Medal and other NIST awards in … more

Mark Stiles Recognized as American Physical Society Outstanding Referee
Release Date: December 7, 2009

NIST Fellow Mark Stiles has been designated a 2010 Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society (APS). This lifetime APS award was initiated in 2008 "to recognize scientists who have been … more

CNST Adding Major Capabilities for Transmission Electron Microscopy
Release Date: December 7, 2009

The CNST has recently awarded contracts with FEI Company for two Transmission Electron Microscope systems that will bring significant new capabilities to both the NanoFab and the CNST Research … more

Five U.S. Organizations Honored for Innovation and Performance Excellence with the 2009 Baldrige National Quality Award
Release Date: December 7, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced that five organizations are the recipients of the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the … more

Vice President Biden and Commerce Secretary Locke Present Baldrige Award to Three Organizations
Release Date: December 2, 2009

Go to Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke's Remarks at Baldrige Quality Awards On Dec. 2, 2009, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Gary Locke presented three U.S. … more

NIST Staff Recognized in Annual Commerce Department Awards
Release Date: December 1, 2009

Fourteen staff members at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have received one of this year’s Department of Commerce Gold Medals and an additional 23 have received Commerce … more

NIST on Facebook and Twitter
Release Date: December 1, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) now has a fan page on the popular social networking site, Facebook, and the microblogging service Twitter. Become a fan or follow us to … more

Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Launched; Governing Board Elected
Release Date: December 1, 2009

The inaugural meeting of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), a new forum to provide technical support to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as it coordinates … more

Vice President Biden, Secretary Locke to Present 2008 Baldrige Awards
Release Date: December 1, 2009

What: Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will present three U.S. organizations with the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest honor for … more

NIST Develops Experimental Validation Tool for Cell Phone Forensics
Release Date: December 1, 2009

Viewers of TV dramas don't focus on the technology behind how a forensics crime team tracks a terrorist or drug ring using cell phone data, but scientists at the National Institute of Standards and … more

Combining Nanotubes and Antibodies for Breast Cancer ‘Search and Destroy’ Missions
Release Date: December 1, 2009

Single-walled nanotubes--cylinders of carbon about a nanometer in diameter--have been highly touted for potential applications such as ultrastrong fibers, electrical wires in molecular devices, or … more

NIST Researchers Put a New Spin on Atomic Musical Chairs
Release Date: December 1, 2009

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Naval Research Laboratory have developed a new way to introduce magnetic impurities in a semiconductor crystal by … more

Nervy Research: Researchers Take Initial Look at Ion Channels in a Model System
Release Date: December 1, 2009

Before one of your muscles can twitch, before the thought telling it to flex can race down your nerve, a tiny floodgate of sorts--called an ion channel--must open in the surface of each cell in … more

CNST Researchers Design Optical Interface to Probe Single Quantum Dots
Release Date: November 30, 2009

CNST researchers have designed a nanophotonic interface to very efficiently collect light emitted from single semiconductor quantum dots, providing an avenue for high resolution measurements needed … more

CNST Researchers Win Best Nanolithography Poster Award at International Conference on Micro Nano Engineering
Release Date: November 30, 2009

CNST researchers were recognized for the best poster presentation on nanolithography on October 1, 2009 at the 35th International Conference on Micro Nano Engineering, in Ghent, Belgium. The CNST … more

37 Employees Earn DOC Awards
Release Date: November 20, 2009

The U.S. Department of Commerce has presented 37 local employees of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with Gold and Silver Medal Awards—the two highest honors from the … more

Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Launched; Governing Board Elected
Release Date: November 19, 2009

DENVER--The inaugural meeting of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), a new stakeholder forum to provide technical support to the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and … more

Senate Confirms Gallagher as 14th NIST Director
Release Date: November 17, 2009

On Nov. 5, 2009, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher by unanimous consent as the 14th director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Gallagher has worked at … more

Wavering Named Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Release Date: November 17, 2009

Albert Wavering III has been named to the College of Fellows of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Wavering is acting deputy director of the National Institute of Standards and … more

Time Magazine Names JQI Work Among Year’s Best Inventions
Release Date: November 17, 2009

Time Magazine has named research on the "quantum teleportation" of information from one atom to another in its "50 Best Inventions of 2009" feature. The research was performed at the Joint Quantum … more

Computer Researcher Named Distinguished Fellow of Information Security Group
Release Date: November 17, 2009

Ron Ross, senior computer scientist and information security researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the Information … more

Baldrige Program Calls for Applicants for 2010 Examiners
Release Date: November 17, 2009

Each year the Baldrige Program recruits experts from business, education organizations, health care providers, nonprofits and other groups to serve on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm … more

Certification and Accreditation Process for Federal Information Systems Transformed
Release Date: November 17, 2009

A revised draft publication on computer security guidance issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is focused on transforming the episodic information system … more

Technology Innovation Program Seeks Comments on Potential Future Funding Areas
Release Date: November 17, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is asking for public comment on four white papers that outline potential areas for research funding grants under the Institute's Technology … more

Publication Offers Constructive Advice for Construction Industry Efficiency
Release Date: November 17, 2009

A new workshop report from the National Research Council (NRC) identifies five key activities to advance the competitiveness and effectiveness of the nation's construction industry that employs … more

NIST Demonstrates 'Universal' Programmable Quantum Processor
Release Date: November 17, 2009

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated the first “universal” programmable quantum information processor able to run any program allowed by quantum … more

Novel NIST Connector Uses Magnets for Leak-Free Microfluidic Devices
Release Date: November 17, 2009

Like other users of microfluidic systems, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researcher Javier Atencia was faced with an annoying engineering problem: how to simply, reliably and … more

Small Nanoparticles Bring Big Improvement to Medical Imaging
Release Date: November 17, 2009

If you're watching the complex processes in a living cell, it is easy to miss something important--especially if you are watching changes that take a long time to unfold and require … more

JQI Researchers Create Entangled Photons from Quantum Dots
Release Date: November 17, 2009

To exploit the quantum world to the fullest, a key commodity is entanglement--the spooky, distance-defying link that can form between objects such as atoms even when they are completely shielded … more

‘No Muss, No Fuss’ Miniaturized Analysis for Complex Samples Developed
Release Date: November 17, 2009

The goal of an integrated, miniaturized laboratory analysis system, also known as a "lab-on-a-chip," is simple: sample in, answer out. However, researchers wanting to use these microfluidic devices … more

NIST Demonstrates 'Universal' Programmable Quantum Processor for Quantum Computers
Release Date: November 16, 2009

BOULDER, Colo.— Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated the first "universal" programmable quantum information processor able to run any program … more

NIST, CU to Build Instrument to Help Search for Earth-like Planets
Release Date: November 3, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will collaborate with the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) to build and apply a custom laser-based instrument--a frequency comb--to … more

NIST Test Proves ‘The Eyes Have It’ for ID Verification
Release Date: November 3, 2009

The eyes may be the mirror to the soul, but the iris reveals a person's true identity--its intricate structure constitutes a powerful biometric. A new report by computer scientists at the National … more

NIST Quantifies Low Levels of 'Heart Attack Risk' Protein
Release Date: November 3, 2009

Searching for a needle in a haystack may seem futile, but it's worth it if the needle is a hard-to-detect protein that may identify a person at high risk of a heart attack circulating within a … more

Capturing Those In-Between Moments: NIST Solves Timing Problem in Molecular Modeling
Release Date: November 3, 2009

A theoretical physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a method for calculating the motions and forces of thousands of atoms simultaneously over a wider … more

Taner Yildirim wins Tubitak Award
Release Date: October 30, 2009

Dr. Taner Yildirim, a physicist at the NCNR, has won the prestigious Special Award for 2009 from Tubitak, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. The Special Award is reserved … more

Scientists Build First 'Frequency Comb' To Display Visible 'Teeth'
Release Date: October 29, 2009

Finally, an optical frequency comb that visibly lives up to its name. Scientists at the University of Konstanz in Germany and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the … more

Is Your Microrobot Up for the (NIST) Challenge?
Release Date: October 27, 2009

The scientists and engineers who introduced the world to tiny robots demonstrating soccer skills are creating the next level of friendly competition designed to advance microrobotics-the field … more

EEEL’s New Optical Performance Monitoring of Polarization Impairment in Optical Fiber Communication, Oct 2009
Release Date: October 22, 2009

High-performance optical fiber networks are susceptible to degradation effects that can change with time. An example of this is polarization-mode dispersion (PMD). EEEL researchers Paul Williams … more

Manufacturing Extension Partnership to Host Growth Training Programs for Businesses in Appalachian Region
Release Date: October 21, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WVMEP), in cooperation with the U.S. Commerce Department's MEP office, will offer training sessions in Charleston and … more

New Smart Grid Documents Include Call for Governing Board Nominations
Release Date: October 20, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has posted three documents related to the Smart Grid, the next-generation electricity network for U.S. power distribution. The draft … more

NIST Signs U.S.-China Cooperative Agreement on Earthquake and Volcano Sciences
Release Date: October 20, 2009

In the aftermath of the Sichuan Earthquake that occurred in China this past year and its high number of casualties, which included many children, the United States and China have signed a protocol … more

NIST Physicist David Wineland to Share 2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics
Release Date: October 20, 2009

David J. Wineland, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will share the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics for "experimental realization of the first device … more

Blueprint for Industry Change Aims to Improve Construction Productivity
Release Date: October 20, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new publication aimed at strengthening the U.S. construction industry's efficiency and productivity in the next two to 10 … more

NIST Physicists Turn to Radio Dial for Finer Atomic Matchmaking
Release Date: October 20, 2009

Investigating mysterious data in ultracold gases of rubidium atoms, scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of … more

Biochemical ‘On-Switch' Could Solve Protein Purification Challenge
Release Date: October 20, 2009

Drugs based on engineered proteins represent a new frontier for pharmaceutical makers. Even after they discover a protein that may form the basis of the next wonder drug, however, they have to … more

NIST Receives Highest Honor from Automotive Industry Action Group
Release Date: October 20, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been awarded the 2009 Automotive Industry Action Group's (AIAG) Chairman's Award, the organization's highest honor. NIST was honored … more

The White Stuff: Marine Lab Team Seeks to Understand Coral Bleaching
Release Date: October 20, 2009

With technology similar to that used by physicians to perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, researchers from six institutions--including the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Is Your Microrobot Up for the (NIST) Challenge?
Release Date: October 20, 2009

The scientists and engineers who introduced the world to tiny robots demonstrating soccer skills are creating the next level of friendly competition designed to advance microrobotics--the field … more

Synthetic Cells Shed Biological Insights While Delivering Battery Power
Release Date: October 20, 2009

Trying to understand the complex workings of a biological cell by teasing out the function of every molecule within it is a daunting task. But by making synthetic cells that include just a few … more

Scientists Create NICE Solution to Pneumonia Vaccine Testing Problems
Release Date: October 20, 2009

Pneumococcus colonies (bottom) ordinarily must be counted manually to determine whether pneumonia vaccine is effective on a patient, but freely available NICE software (top) … more

AIAG Honors NIST/EL with Chairman's Award
Release Date: October 16, 2009

October 9, 2009 -- The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), presented the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with its highest honor, the 2009 AIAG Chairman's Award. “Thomas … more

Shutdown Planned for 2011
Release Date: October 13, 2009

The NCNR expansion project is proceeding on a schedule that will require a 10½ month shutdown of the reactor beginning around March 2011.   more

AIAG Outstanding Achievement Award
Release Date: October 9, 2009

The Automotive Industry Action (AIAG) awarded Peter Denno the Outstanding Achievement Award for substantial contribution and leadership on behalf of the automotive industry. They proudly present … more

New NIST Method Reveals All You Need to Know About ‘Waveforms’
Release Date: October 6, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has unveiled a method for calibrating entire waveforms -- graphical shapes showing how electrical signals vary over time -- rather than … more

New Publication Offers Security Tips for WiMAX Networks
Release Date: October 6, 2009

Government agencies and other organizations planning to use WiMAX -- Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access -- networks can get technical advice on improving the security of their systems … more

New NIST Database on Gas Hydrates to Aid Energy and Climate Research
Release Date: October 6, 2009

NIST has created an on-line database of physical properties of gas hydrates, strange, naturally occuring materials that look like water ice but burn, as shown by this man-made example of … more

New Computer Security Guide Can Help Safeguard Your Small Business
Release Date: October 6, 2009

Just in time for October's Cyber Security Awareness Month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a guide to help small businesses and organizations understand how … more

For Safer Emergencies, Give Your Power Generator Some Space
Release Date: October 6, 2009

To subdue the steaming heat of hurricanes or to thaw out during a blizzard, gasoline-powered, portable generators are a lifeline during weather emergencies when homes are cut off without … more

Large-Scale Cousin of Elusive ’Magnetic Monopoles’ Found at NIST
Release Date: October 6, 2009

Magnetic monopoles are created (top) when the spin of an ion in one corner of a spin ice crystal is knocked askew, creating a monopole (red sphere) and adjacent antimonopole … more

Draft NIST Report on Cowboys Facility Collapse Released for Comment
Release Date: October 6, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—A fabric-covered, steel frame practice facility owned by the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys collapsed under wind loads significantly less than those required under … more

NIST Releases Draft Report on Cowboys Facility Collapse
Release Date: October 6, 2009

A fabric-covered, steel frame practice facility owned by the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys collapsed under wind loads significantly less than those it should have resisted under … more

Webinars on Planning for Smart Grid Panel Announced
Release Date: October 6, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold three one-hour "webinars" to brief the diverse Smart Grid community on its progress toward establishing a panel to coordinate the … more

Standards Development Plan for 'Smart Grid' Announced
Release Date: October 6, 2009

On Sept. 24, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced an accelerated plan for developing standards to transform the U.S. power distribution system into a 'Smart Grid' that would be more secure, more … more

Convoy Returns World Trade Center Steel to New York City
Release Date: October 6, 2009

After seven years on the Gaithersburg, Md., campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), more than 200 pieces of structural steel recovered from the World Trade Center … more

Showcase - Bio-imaging Technologies (9/2009)
Release Date: October 6, 2009

A TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND FEDERAL MARKETPLACE EVENT TEDCO, NIST and NIH Present Bio-imaging Technologies For Commercial Adoption On Tuesday, October 6, 2009, NIST and NIH presented novel … more

November Workshop to Examine Challenges to Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing
Release Date: October 6, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is holding the “National Workshop on Challenges to Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing: Industry Drivers and R&D Needs” at its … more

Scripps Director Joins NIST Advisory Group
Release Date: October 6, 2009

Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, has been chosen to serve on the primary policy advisory body of the National Institute of … more

EEEL develops all-fiber photon pair source with record low noise and high brightness
Release Date: October 1, 2009

Researchers in the Optoelectronics Division of EEEL have demonstrated an all-fiber photon-pair source with the highest coincidence-to-accidental ratio (CAR) reported to date in the fiber-optic … more