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Value of Baldrige Criteria Affirmed at Conference of U.S. Health Care Executives
Release Date: March 31, 2014

U.S. hospitals and other health care organizations can raise the quality of health care while reducing costs by improving their performance using the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence as … more

NIST Issues Final Joplin Tornado Report, Begins Effort to Improve Standards and Codes
Release Date: March 28, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the final report on its technical investigation into the impacts of the May 22, 2011, tornado that struck Joplin, Mo. The … more

Explaining Interactions between Light, Heat, and Charge Carriers in Silicon Photonic Microresonators
Release Date: March 27, 2014

In an article appearing in the March 28th issue of Physical Review Letters, researchers from Northwestern University working with researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and … more

FY 2015 Budget Request for NIST Focuses on Innovation, Technology Transfer and Economic Growth
Release Date: March 26, 2014

On March 13, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce released details about the President's fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request to Congress for the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

NIST Gives Astronomers a Better Ruler in the Search for Extrasolar Planets
Release Date: March 26, 2014

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have rejuvenated a technique for finding planets near distant stars.* New measurements of light from special lamps could … more

New Roadmap Outlines Research Path to Reduce Storm Impacts
Release Date: March 26, 2014

A new measurement science research and development (R&D) roadmap,* prepared for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) over the past two years by a private-sector group of … more

NCCoE Invites Collaboration on Energy Sector Cybersecurity Challenge
Release Date: March 26, 2014

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology seeks collaborators to address key security challenges in identity verification and … more

NIST: The Year in Patents
Release Date: March 26, 2014

Scientists and engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invent tools, technologies and techniques applicable to a spectrum of disciplines, including the biosciences, … more

Engineering for Privacy: NIST Workshop Meets April 9-10, 2014
Release Date: March 26, 2014

On April 9 and 10, 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a workshop that focuses on developing "privacy engineering" to ensure that privacy is an integral part … more

Weighing Atoms to Apples
Release Date: March 26, 2014

New NIST watt balance, open for assembly and testing. In its final operating configuration, it will be covered and operate in vacuum.Very soon, the International System of Units (SI) may be … more

NIST Information Technology Professionals Recognized for Excellence
Release Date: March 26, 2014

Three employees of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently received awards for their national and international contributions to information technology.Naomi … more

Rochford Chosen to Head New Joint NIST/NTIA Communications Lab
Release Date: March 25, 2014

Officials of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have announced the selection of Kent Rochford to head NIST's new Communication Technology Laboratory (CTL) in Boulder, Colo. … more

PML Scientists Develop 3D SEM Metrology for 10 nm Structures
Release Date: March 21, 2014

Dr. András Vladár operates the NIST dimensional metrology reference scanning electron microscope. PML researchers have devised an idea for determining the three-dimensional shape of … more

Portable Frequency Comb Rolls Out of the Lab
Release Date: March 20, 2014

Co-developers Laura Sinclair (left) and Ian Coddington with a test version of the newly miniaturized portable frequency comb that fits in two small metal cases for a total volume of about 1 … more

Cell Phones and Cable Signals: Interference Can Happen
Release Date: March 20, 2014

Jason Coder (left) and John Ladbury in the reverberation chamber used for studying interference between cell phones and various kinds of telecommunications equipment. The angled metal … more

Magnetization Dynamics on the Femtosecond Time Scale
Release Date: March 20, 2014

The photon beam line of a HHG experiment to observe the dynamics of exchange interactions in a ferromagnetic alloy. X-ray pulses generated in the case at left travel to the right and are … more

NIST Chips Help BICEP2 Telescope Find Direct Evidence of Origin of the Universe
Release Date: March 18, 2014

The view back in time—way back to the origins of the universe—just got clearer. Much clearer. NIST chip identical to the 16 chips integrated into the BICEP2 telescope camera at the South Pole. Each … more

Application Form for NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees Coming Soon
Release Date: March 18, 2014

The NIST Forensic Science Program expects to open the application process for members of the forensic science, criminal justice and academic research communities to join the new Organization of … more

NIST Gaithersburg Will Be Closed Monday, March 17, 2014
Release Date: March 17, 2014

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

NIST’s FY 2015 Budget Request Focuses on Innovation, Expands Technology Transfer and Economic Growth Priorities
Release Date: March 13, 2014

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Commerce released details today about the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request to Congress for the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

Top-100 List Again Demonstrates Baldrige Impact in U.S. Health Care
Release Date: March 12, 2014

In early March, Truven Health Analytics released its annual study identifying the 100 top hospitals (PDF) based on their overall organizational performance. As in previous years, health care … more

Magnetic Attraction: Physicists Pay Homage to the SQUID at 50
Release Date: March 11, 2014

From humble beginnings in a series of accidental discoveries, SQUIDs have invaded and enhanced many areas of science and medicine, thanks, in part, to the National Institute of Standards and … more

Over 6 Months, NIST Zero-Energy House Gives Back to the Grid
Release Date: March 11, 2014

Over the first six months in their special, new, four-bedroom home in suburban Maryland, the Nisters, a prototypical family of four, earned about $40 by exporting 328 kilowatt hours of electricity … more

NIST's April 7 Workshop Launches Effort to Improve Disaster Resilience of Communities
Release Date: March 11, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Md., will host the first of six workshops devoted to developing a comprehensive, community-based disaster resilience … more

Akron to Host Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Regional Meeting, April 2, 2014
Release Date: March 11, 2014

The second regional meeting of President Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership initiative—AMP 2.0—will be held Wednesday, April 2, at the InfoCision Stadium on the campus of The University of … more

Looking Inside: Assessing the Chemical Composition of a Metal-Organic Framework with Nanoscale Resolution
Release Date: March 11, 2014

Mixed-linker metal–organic frameworks were characterized using photothermal induced resonance (PTIR), a novel technique that combines the lateral resolution of atomic force microscopy with … more

March Cloud Computing Meetings at NIST Discuss Impact on Mobile Devices, Forensic Science
Release Date: March 7, 2014

As part of its cloud computing forum and workshop series, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting two meetings in March at its Gaithersburg, Md. Campus, "The … more

NIST Issues Guidance for Federal Use of Secure Mobile Technology
Release Date: March 7, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published two draft documents for public comment that describe processes that federal employees and contractors could use to provide … more

Pilot Projects to Launch Manufacturing Technology Acceleration Centers
Release Date: March 6, 2014

To improve small U.S. manufacturers' supply chain competitiveness and the rates at which they adopt technology, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded nearly $2.5 … more

Normalizing Aerosol Method of Sale
Release Date: March 5, 2014

Different methods of sale -- one by net weight, one by fluid volume -- may make consumer comparisons difficult.The work of NIST can be found in many unexpected places in American life -- … more

PML Contributes to Formation of Landmark IEEE Standards Committee and Working Group for MEMS Sensor Performance Parameters
Release Date: March 5, 2014

MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) devices are everywhere, from automobiles (airbag sensors, tire-pressure monitoring systems, vehicle stabilization control) to movie theaters and conference … more

NIST Forensic Science Efforts Take Center Stage in Seattle
Release Date: March 5, 2014

A half dozen of the NIST Forensic Science Planning Committee members: (standing, left to right) John Paul Jones II, Richard Cavanagh, Mark Stolorow; (seated, left to right) John Butler, Melissa … more

Funding Available for a New Center to Support Manufacturing in Florida
Release Date: March 4, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking proposals for a new Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center in Florida. The award will provide up to $3.5 … more

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Announces Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request
Release Date: March 4, 2014

Commerce Department budget focuses on the key attributes of a globally competitive economy, including promoting U.S. trade and investment, spurring innovation, and fueling data-driven economyU.S. … more

NIST Scientists to Present Research at Forensic Science Conference
Release Date: February 28, 2014

What's new in forensic science research? NIST scientists will be presenting recent research results – from fingerprint examination to biological evidence handling – at the American Academy of … more

President Obama Announces Two New Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institutes and Launches the First of Four New Manufacturing Innovation Institute Competitions
Release Date: February 26, 2014

A Detroit-area based consortium of 60 companies, nonprofits, and universities and a Chicago based consortium of 73 companies, nonprofits, and universities are partnering with the federal government … more

JILA Physicists Discover 'Quantum Droplet' in Semiconductor
Release Date: February 26, 2014

JILA physicists used an ultrafast laser and help from German theorists to discover a new semiconductor quasiparticle—a handful of smaller particles that briefly condense into a liquid-like … more

'How Well Did You Sequence that Genome?' NIST, Consortium Partners Have Answer
Release Date: February 25, 2014

In December 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first high-throughput DNA sequencer (also known commonly as a "gene sequencer"), an instrument that allows laboratories to … more

NIST SBIR Program Soliciting Proposals
Release Date: February 25, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, invites small businesses to submit proposals for solutions to technology … more

Perspective: Weights and Measures Week 2014—Making Sure the Marketplace Measures Up
Release Date: February 25, 2014

Commentary by Mark Esser. Scales condemned by the Seattle Department of Weights and Measures, 1917. Credit: Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives/Creative Commons Every year, we hear … more

Find the Path to Performance Excellence at 2014 Quest Conference
Release Date: February 25, 2014

For organizations seeking insight toward improved performance and results, the annual Quest for Excellence® conference is the definitive showcase of best practices from the winners of the Malcolm … more

NIST Invites Applications for the 2014 Standards Services Curricula Development Program
Release Date: February 25, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering financial support for the development of curricula with standards and standardization content at colleges and … more

NCCoE Launches Building Blocks for Access Control and Mobile Devices
Release Date: February 25, 2014

NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has proposed two new building blocks, one to help organizations develop capabilities for attribute based access control, the other to help … more

2013 Improvement Survey Results Available
Release Date: February 24, 2014

In fall 2013, the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award sponsored a survey of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program’s customers and stakeholders. The purpose of the … more

NIST Microanalysis Technique Makes the Most of Small Nanoparticle Samples
Release Date: February 24, 2014

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have demonstrated that they can make sensitive chemical analyses of minute … more

Baylor Plano Announcement
Release Date: February 21, 2014

Today, February 21, 2014, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, a 2013 Baldrige Award honoree, officially notified us that it is withdrawing from the process and will not be accepting the award. … more

NIST Requests Comments on its Cryptographic Standards Process
Release Date: February 19, 2014

As part of a review of its cryptographic standards development process, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public comment on a new draft document that describes … more

Stirred, Then Shaken: NIST Atomtronic Study May Pave the Way for New Devices
Release Date: February 19, 2014

While pursuing the goal of turning a cloud of ultracold atoms into a completely new kind of circuit element, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have … more

Hysteresis in a Quantized BEC Superfluid
Release Date: February 14, 2014

Project leader Gretchen Campbell with part of the experimental apparatus. The bright yellow glow at rear is produced by sodium atoms in a magneto-optical trap. These atoms form the … more

NIST webcast on New Forensic Scientific Area Committees Set for Feb. 18, 2014
Release Date: February 14, 2014

The NIST forensics science team is holding a public presentation and live webcast on its new Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual … more

NIST Releases Cybersecurity Framework Version 1.0
Release Date: February 12, 2014

To help organizations charged with providing the nation's financial, energy, health care and other critical systems better protect their information and physical assets from cyber attack, the … more

CNST Deputy Director Lloyd Whitman Serving as Interim Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
Release Date: February 12, 2014

Lloyd Whitman, Deputy Director of the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, has been detailed to serve as the Interim Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office … more

New NIST Method Evaluates Response to Oxidation in Live Cells
Release Date: February 11, 2014

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new method for accurately measuring a key process governing a wide variety of cellular functions that may … more

Clever NIST/JPL Technology Decodes More Information from Single Photons
Release Date: February 11, 2014

It's not quite Star Trek communications—yet. But long-distance communications in space may be easier now that researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Jet … more

NIST to Hold Cryptographic Key Management Workshop March 4-5
Release Date: February 11, 2014

A workshop aimed at improving federal cryptographic key management systems will be held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s Gaithersburg, Md., campus on March 4-5, 2014. … more

Statement from Willie May, Associate Director of Laboratory Programs concerning the Appointment of Patrick Gallagher to be the Next Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh
Release Date: February 10, 2014

"Pat Gallagher will be sorely missed at NIST. As Director of NIST for the last several years and a 20-year veteran of the organization, he has been a model of leadership and passion for our … more

NIST Study Suggests Ways to Improve Common Furniture Fire Test
Release Date: February 10, 2014

The bench-scale test widely used to evaluate whether a burning cigarette will ignite upholstered furniture may underestimate the tendency of component materials to smolder when these materials are … more

NIST Presents an Infrastructure Plan to Strengthen Forensic Science Committees
Release Date: February 7, 2014

NIST forensic science experts presented a plan for a new Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) at the first meeting of the National Commission on Forensic Science in Washington, D.C., … more

Shape-Sifting: NIST Categorizes Bio Scaffolds by Characteristic Cell Shapes
Release Date: February 7, 2014

Getting in the right shape might be just as important in a biology lab as a gym. Shape is thought to play an important role in the effectiveness of cells grown to repair or replace damaged tissue … more

NIST Awards Funding to Support Manufacturing in Nebraska and Alaska
Release Date: February 6, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has announced two funding awards that will support small and mid-sized manufacturers … more

2014 Baldrige Examiner Training Experience
Release Date: February 5, 2014

Have you—or someone else in your organization—ever wanted to learn what Baldrige examiners learn but thought you didn’t have enough time to commit to being an examiner? If so, you are in luck. This … more

Researchers Develop Framework for Understanding Current-Switched Magnetic Devices
Release Date: February 5, 2014

An international collaboration led by researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) has made significant progress in modelling how electric currents affect the … more

A New Era for Atomic Clocks
Release Date: February 4, 2014

A revolution is under way in timekeeping. Precision timekeeping based on atomic clocks already underpins much of our modern technology—telecommunications, computer networks and satellite-based … more

New Precision for Neutron Lifetime Measurements
Release Date: February 3, 2014

A team of PML scientists and collaborators* has achieved a five-fold reduction in the dominant uncertainty in an experiment that measured the mean lifetime of the free neutron (exceptionally long … more

Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics
Release Date: February 3, 2014

Scenes from the first day of MACUWiP, in which participants came to NIST for lunch, lectures, and lab tours. “If the profession of physics is to thrive, we must make it our goal to achieve a … more

Seeking Your Input on the Criteria for Performance Excellence
Release Date: February 3, 2014

What are the top five leading-edge strategic and competitiveness challenges you are facing in your organization (or seeing in the organizations you work with)?What are your specific, actionable … more

Baldrige Program Director Receives Commerce Department Honor Award
Release Date: January 30, 2014

Robert (Bob) Fangmeyer received a silver medal award at a Department of Commerce ceremony honoring selected employees for exceptional federal service. Fangmeyer was cited in the ceremony program … more

Studying the Why and How of Mass Variation
Release Date: January 30, 2014

The DPO (gray) mounted face-down before placement in the vacuum chamber. Both symmetrical paddles and the center spine oscillate in response to electrical excitation. An increase (decrease) in … more

2014 Baldrige Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available!
Release Date: January 30, 2014

Organizations and individuals are being invited to help support the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program by becoming Baldrige sponsors. Baldrige sponsors support a range of products and … more

Nearly Everyone Uses Piezoelectrics. Be Nice to Know How They Work.
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Piezoelectrics—materials that can change mechanical stress to electricity and back again—are everywhere in modern life. Computer hard drives. Loud speakers. Medical ultrasound. Sonar. Though … more

NIST Cell Membrane Model Studied as Future Diagnostic Tool
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and in Lithuania have used a NIST-developed laboratory model of a simplified cell membrane to accurately detect and measure … more

NIST March Meeting Showcases Advanced Technologies to Help Manage the Nation's Infrastructure
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Tiny, self-powered sensors that can be embedded in bridge structures and networked wirelessly to continuously monitor the structure's health. Little fly-by-wire vehicles that can flit around … more

Rita Colwell Joins NIST Advisory Committee
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Rita R. Colwell has joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), the agency's primary private-sector policy advisory group. She is … more

JILA/NIST Fellow Deborah Jin to Receive 2014 Comstock Prize in Physics
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Physicist Deborah Jin of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been named the recipient of the 2014 Comstock Prize in Physics. Deborah Jin Credit: University of … more

NIST Director Recognized by the National Safety Council
Release Date: January 29, 2014

The National Safety Council has named Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher one of 2014's "CEOs Who 'Get It.'" The annual recognition honors … more

Mikulski Tours Auto Lightweighting Center at NIST
Release Date: January 28, 2014

U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher hear a presentation from NIST researcher Mark Iadicola as part of tour of the NIST Center for Automotive … more

It’s About Time – But Also Much More
Release Date: January 23, 2014

40° 0.435', -105° 16.116'—that’s where I work. I know this because my smart phone says so. The same phone that woke me up in the morning, reminded me to give my dog his heartworm medication, and … more

JILA Strontium Atomic Clock Sets New Records in Both Precision and Stability
Release Date: January 22, 2014

Heralding a new age of terrific timekeeping, a research group led by a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist has unveiled an experimental strontium atomic clock that has … more

PML Measurements Drive Development of New Length Artifact
Release Date: January 17, 2014

Vincent Lee adjusts the laser target tracker on the prototype length artifact, a hollow carbon-fiber beam approximately 2.5 meters long. (Click image to enlarge.)Laser trackers are … more

MML Researcher R. Joseph Kline Receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Release Date: January 15, 2014

Material Measurement Laboratory researcher R. Joseph Kline was recently named among the 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest … more

President Obama Announces New Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institute
Release Date: January 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – The President today will announce new steps with the private sector to strengthen the manufacturing sector, boost advanced manufacturing, and attract the good paying jobs that a … more

Layered Security: Nanotubes Promise Improved Flame-Resistant Coating
Release Date: January 14, 2014

Using an approach akin to assembling a club sandwich at the nanoscale, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have succeeded in crafting a uniform, multi-walled … more

Quantum Physics Could Make Secure, Single-Use Computer Memories Possible
Release Date: January 14, 2014

Computer security systems may one day get a boost from quantum physics, as a result of recent research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Computer scientist Yi-Kai Liu … more

NIST-MEP Supply Chain Optimization Program to Aid U.S. Manufacturers
Release Date: January 14, 2014

After a successful pilot project held in five states, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has launched a new supply chain … more

First Members of New National Commission on Forensic Science Named
Release Date: January 14, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have announced the appointment of 33 individuals to a newly created National Commission on Forensic … more

NIST Stars in Media’s Top Science and Technology Stories of 2013
Release Date: January 14, 2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) advances in atomic clocks and telescope cameras made it into five magazines' lists of the top science and technology stories of 2013.NIST's … more

A New Value for the Planck Constant, and More to Come
Release Date: January 14, 2014

Stephan Schlamminger examines a mass tray and associated apparatus for the prototype of NIST's new watt balance. (Click image to enlarge.)After two years of difficult and meticulous work … more

Illegal Laser Strikes on Aircraft
Release Date: January 14, 2014

Simulated laser flashes at three levels -- distraction, glare, and flash blindness -- as they would be seen by the pilot of an aircraft. Images: FAA Joshua Hadler and colleagues in PML’s … more

26th Quest for Excellence Registration Open
Release Date: January 14, 2014

Registration is now open for the 26th annual Quest for Excellence® conference hosted by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The conference will showcase the best practices and lessons … more

U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce Name Experts to First-Ever National Commission on Forensic Science
Release Date: January 10, 2014

DOJ Contact: Office of Public Affairs, 202-514-2007The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced … more

NIST Researchers Develop a Novel Approach for the Measurement of a Crucial DNA Repair Enzyme in Human Cells
Release Date: January 7, 2014

NIST researchers, in collaboration with researchers at the National Institute on Aging, NIH, recently reported a novel approach for identifying and quantifying an important DNA repair enzyme in … more

NIST Analysis Helps the U.S. Chemical Safety Board Pinpoint Root Cause of Pressure Vessel Failure
Release Date: January 7, 2014

 In 2009, a violent rupture of a 50-foot pressure vessel used to produce synthetic crystals at the NDK Crystal facility in Belvidere, Illinois fatally injured a member of the public and caused … more

A New NIST Online Database: The NIST Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Structure Index
Release Date: January 6, 2014

 Recently, a new website containing a wealth of information on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) was made publicly available by NIST. PAHs are compounds that are produced during the … more