Public and Business Affairs (PBA)
PBA provides communications support to help NIST share its research results, services, and programs with U.S. industry, universities, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and the public; to assist policymakers in learning about NIST's role and activities; and to advise and assist NIST managers on public affairs and policy strategies.
Gail Porter, Director, Public and Business Affairs Office
NIST General Information
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Current and archived news releases, newsletters, budget updates, and other news items.
NIST Colloquium Series
Our most prestigious forum, the NIST Staff Colloquium Series brings outstanding scientists, engineers, explorers, scholars and leaders of government and industry to NIST to present challenging and stimulating ideas on scientific and technical topics of current interest. Colloquia addresses usually are scheduled on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and presented in the Green Auditorium of the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The chairman of the NIST Colloquium Committee is Dr. William R. Ott, Deputy Director for Measurement Science of the Physical Measurement Laboratory.
NIST Contacts for the News Media
Provides assistance to reporters and other news media representatives seeking information about NIST programs.
NIST Tech Beat
NIST's lay language newsletter for journalists and others interested in NIST news, issued biweekly. Contact Michael Baum, editor, NIST Tech Beat, (301) 975-2763
The central contact for public inquiries about NIST activities and ordering information for NIST publications.
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1070
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
Phone: (301) 975-NIST, Fax: (301) 926-1630
Assists in all aspects of planning and managing meetings and conferences at NIST: budgeting, registration, food, lodging, transportation, publicity, and accounting.
Contact: Kathy Kilmer, (301) 975-2858 (Gaithersburg)
Wendy McBride, (303) 497-3693 (Boulder)
Provides a single contact for initial information on various NIST educational activities, including school tours.
Contact: Gayle Swenson, (301) 975-2770
Audiovisual Production & Exhibits
Consults and assists in producing NIST audiovisual materials (film, video, and their use in data gathering). Coordinates display of general NIST exhibits at trade shows and conferences.
Contact: Ron Meininger, (301) 975-2761
Tours | Visitor Information
NIST offers tours for industry groups, the scientific and technical community, college students, and students in grades 9 through 12.
Contact: Gayle Swenson, (301) 975-2770 (Gaithersburg)
Contact: James Burrus, (303) 497-4789 (Boulder)
General Publications & World Wide Web
Consults and assists in writing and producing brochures and flyers to describe NIST programs and activities for general audiences. Also manages central NIST World Wide Web pages.
Contact: Jennie Covahey, (301) 975-4158, General Inquiries & NIST WWW homepage
Liaison with state, local, and community organizations.
Contact: Gail Porter, (301) 975-3392
NIST Public and Business Affairs (Gaithersburg)
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1070, Gaithersburg, Md. 20899-1070
Telephone: 301-975-2758 Facsimile: 301-926-1630
Federal Relay Service (800) 877-8339 (TTY)