Science and Technology Sampler: NIST Highlights from 2013, page 2

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Contributions to Public Safety

aerial image of Joplin, MO tornado damage

The multiple-vortex storm impacted an area 35 kilometers (22 miles) long and destroyed some 8,000 structures in its path.

Credit: © 2011 GeoEye. Building footprint data Pictometry®. Used with permission. Enhancements by NIST.
Tornadoes, wildfires, high-rise fires, and laser pointers are among the safety hazards that came under the careful eye of NIST scientists and engineers in 2013. The results of NIST disaster studies and safety research provide impartial technical guidance for standards, building codes, best practices, and other tools for protecting lives and property. These examples illustrate how.

Three Organizations Selected for 2013 Baldrige Awards

Two hospitals and a small Wisconsin school district joined an elite club of organizations: winners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The award is the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership. They were selected from a field of 22 applicants that were evaluated rigorously by an independent board of examiners in seven areas defined by the Baldrige Criteria: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; operations focus; and results.

Developing a Cybersecurity Framework to Protect U.S. Critical Infrastructure

NIST released on Oct. 22 its Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework to help critical infrastructure owners and operators reduce cybersecurity risks in industries such as power generation, transportation and telecommunications. After a 45-day public comment period on the Preliminary Framework, NIST plans to issue the official framework in February 2014, as called for in Executive Order 13636—Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.

NIST Readies Tests for DARPA Robotics Challenge

This Dec. 20-21, research teams from around the world will be competing in the trials of the DARPA Robotics Challenge— a mock-up of a disaster scenario prompted by Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown and distilled into standardized performance tests by NIST robotics researchers.

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Created December 16, 2013, Updated September 21, 2016