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Taking Measure

Just a Standard Blog

Mark Esser

Mark is a writer in the NIST Public Affairs Office and the editor of Taking Measure (this blog). When he's not struggling to cleverly turn a phrase, he enjoys playing classical guitar and weightlifting.