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Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking of Intelligent Systems
Release Date: September 30, 2009

This contributed volume is dedicated to the subject of performance evaluation and benchmarking of intelligent systems by drawing from the experiences and insights of experts gained both through … more

Vijay Srinivasan Elected as ASME Fellow
Release Date: September 28, 2009

Vijay Srinivasan was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). This award is to acknowledge Dr. Srinivasan's distinguished dual career in industrial research and … more

Commerce Secretary Unveils Plan for Smart Grid Interoperability
Release Date: September 24, 2009

Photo: NASA/DMSP download a high-resolution version WASHINGTON – Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today unveiled an accelerated plan for developing standards to transform the U.S. … more

Fifteen to Receive Site Visits as Next Step Toward 2009 Baldrige Award
Release Date: September 22, 2009

The Panel of Judges for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest recognition for organizational performance excellence, has selected 15 organizations for the final review … more

October IT Security Automation Conference to Highlight Healthcare IT, Cloud Computing
Release Date: September 22, 2009

The Fifth Annual IT Security Automation Conference, co-hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will focus on emerging technologies designed to support the security … more

NIST to Receive 2008 Federal Library of the Year Award
Release Date: September 22, 2009

The Library of Congress Federal Library & Information Center Committee (FLICC) has announced that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Information Services Division (ISD) … more

Workshop Aims to Establish Standards for Voting Machine Data
Release Date: September 22, 2009

To facilitate audits of election results and making the election process more transparent, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a workshop next month to discuss … more

Two Named to Earthquake Advisory Board
Release Date: September 22, 2009

Two distinguished earthquake experts have been named to serve on the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR) of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) by … more

NIST Updates Popular Guide to Radio-Controlled Clocks
Release Date: September 22, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has updated its popular guide to radio-controlled clocks. Many millions of radio-controlled clocks, watches, and other timepieces are … more

Updated NIST 'Master Plan' Sent to Capital Planning Commission
Release Date: September 22, 2009

Planned and potential expansions and new facilities across campus, the addition of 400-500 kilowatts in power from solar panels, and increasing already heavy employee use of alternative … more

Gallagher Nominated to be 14th NIST Director
Release Date: September 22, 2009

NIST Deputy Director Pat Gallagher photo credit: D. Anderson/NIST View hi-resolution image On Sept. 10, the White House announced President Barack Obama’s intention to nominate … more

New NIST Nano-Ruler Sets Some Very Small Marks
Release Date: September 22, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new ruler, and even for an organization that routinely deals in superlatives, it sets some records. Designed to be the most … more

New Beryllium Reference Material for Occupational Safety Monitoring
Release Date: September 22, 2009

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with private industry and other government agencies, have produced a new reference material for beryllium. … more

Diamonds May Be the Ultimate MRI Probe, Say Quantum Physicists
Release Date: September 22, 2009

Diamonds, it has long been said, are a girl's best friend. But a research team including a physicist from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently found* that the gems … more

Therapeutic Nanoparticles Give New Meaning to Sugar-Coating Medicine
Release Date: September 22, 2009

A research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) studying sugar-coated nanoparticles for use as a possible cancer therapy has uncovered a delicate balancing act that … more

New Nanochemistry Technique Encases Single Molecules in Microdroplets
Release Date: September 22, 2009

The NIST "on-demand" single-molecule drop dispenser: Water flows through a microfluidic channel, roughly 35 microns wide, and enters a narrow constriction where it breaks up into droplets. … more

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to Present Major Report on Smart Grid Interoperability Standards
Release Date: September 17, 2009

NIST to Host Detailed Briefing Following Report’s Unveiling WASHINGTON—U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will present a major new … more

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to Present Major Report on Smart Grid Interoperability Standards
Release Date: September 17, 2009

NIST to Host Detailed Briefing Following Report’s Unveiling WASHINGTON—U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will present a major new … more

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Breaks Ground on Major San Diego-Area Recovery Act Project
Release Date: September 15, 2009

From left to right: Patrick Gallagher, Deputy Director, NIST; Tony Haymet, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Gary Locke, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce; Jerry Sanders, … more

NIST Submits Updated Master Plan for Gaithersburg Campus
Release Date: September 14, 2009

Roadmap Features New Buildings, Energy, Environmental Improvements GAITHERSBURG, Md.—Planned and potential expansions and new facilities across campus, the addition of 400-500 kilowatts in power … more

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Statement on President Obama’s Intent to Nominate Patrick Gallagher as Director of NIST
Release Date: September 10, 2009

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama today announced his intent to nominate physicist Patrick Gallagher to be the 14th director of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and … more

Seventeen Years of Baldrige Scoring Data Now Available
Release Date: September 8, 2009

The Baldrige National Quality Program recently published “blinded” (anonymous) scoring data on 1,033 applicants for the Baldrige National Quality Award during the years 1990-2006. The data, posted … more

New NIST Publications Describe Standards for Identity Credentials and Authentication Systems
Release Date: September 8, 2009

Two publications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) describe new capabilities for authentication systems using smart cards or other personal security devices within and … more

NIST Issues New Call for White Papers on Critical National Needs
Release Date: September 8, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a new request for "white papers" that outline or help define potential new funding competitions under the agency’s Technology … more

New NIST Trace Explosives Standard Slated for Homeland Security Duty
Release Date: September 8, 2009

SRM 2905, Trace Particulate Explosive Simulants, consists of four different test substances designed to simulate trace residues of C-4 plastic explosives and TNT. Seen through a pair of … more

NIST Calculations May Improve Temperature Measures for Microfluidics
Release Date: September 8, 2009

If you wanted to know if your child had a fever or be certain that the roast in the oven was thoroughly cooked, you would, of course, use a thermometer that you trusted to give accurate readings at … more

High in Sodium: Highly Charged Tungsten Ions May Diagnose Fusion Energy Reactors
Release Date: September 8, 2009

Just as health-food manufacturers work on developing the best possible sodium substitutes for low-salt diets, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have acquired … more

Prototype NIST Method Detects and Measures Elusive Hazards
Release Date: September 8, 2009

A chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has demonstrated a relatively simple, inexpensive method for detecting and measuring elusive hazards such as concealed … more

NIST Deploys Experts to Assist in California Fires
Release Date: September 3, 2009

Ongoing Effort Aims to Aid Understanding, Mitigation of Wildfires in Urban Areas The Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has sent two experts to … more

Applying Neural Networks
Release Date: September 1, 2009

High-performance optical networks are susceptible to degrading effects that can change over time. Knowledge of the degradation can be used to diagnose the network, repair the damage, drive a … more

Bio-Imaging Technology Transfer and Commercialization Showcase
Release Date: August 25, 2009

On Oct. 6, 2009, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) will sponsor a technology transfer and commercialization showcase for bio-imaging technologies developed by the National … more

Biometrics Conference Meets Sept. 22–24 in Florida
Release Date: August 25, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Security Agency (NSA) are cosponsoring the Biometric Consortium Conference 2009 on Sept. 22-24 at the Tampa (Fla.) … more

Penetrating Insights: NIST Airframe Tests Help Ensure Better Shielding for Flight Instruments
Release Date: August 25, 2009

Airline travelers are used to being instructed to turn off computers and cell phones during takeoffs and landings as a precaution against interfering with the plane's navigational equipment, but … more

Up-Scale: Frequency Converter Enables Ultra-High Sensitivity Infrared Spectrometry
Release Date: August 25, 2009

In what may prove to be a major development for scientists in fields ranging from forensics to quantum communications, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have … more

With Three New Reference Materials, NIST Gets the Dirt on Soil
Release Date: August 25, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued three new certified reference materials for soil. Intended for use as controls in testing laboratories, the new Standard … more

Hankering for Molecular Electronics? Grab the New NIST Sandwich
Release Date: August 25, 2009

The flip-chip lamination method creates an ultra-smooth gold surface (left), which allows the organic molecules to form a thin yet even layer between the gold and silicon. Gold surfaces … more

Who Are You? Mobile ID Devices Find Out Using NIST Guidelines
Release Date: August 25, 2009

A new publication that recommends best practices for the next generation of portable biometric acquisition devices--Mobile ID--has been published by the National Institute of Standards and … more

Safer, Denser Acetylene Storage in an Organic Framework
Release Date: August 25, 2009

The century-old challenge of transporting acetylene may have been solved in principle by a team of scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). A NIST research … more

Newly Improved NIST Reference Material Targets Infant Formula Analysis
Release Date: August 25, 2009

Chemists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have issued a new certified reference material--a standardized sample backed by NIST--for determining the concentrations of … more

NIST Awards Contract to Sustain Fast Track Development of Smart Grid Standards
Release Date: August 21, 2009

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that EnerNex Corporation, Knoxville, Tenn., was awarded a contract to help … more

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Release Date: August 20, 2009

Dr. Craig Brown, an instrument scientist for the Disk Chopper Spectrometer at the NIST Center for Neutron Research, will receive a PECASE award for showing scientific excellence at an early stage … more

Multi-Laboratory Study Sizes Up Nanoparticle Sizing
Release Date: August 11, 2009

As a result of a major inter-laboratory study, the standards body ASTM International has been able to update its guidelines for a commonly used technique for measuring the size of nanoparticles in … more

Novel Temperature Calibration Improves NIST Microhotplate Technology
Release Date: August 11, 2009

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new calibration technique that will improve the reliability and stability of one of NIST's most versatile … more

First Report from New Nuclear Energy Standards Group Released
Release Date: August 11, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have published a report on the inaugural meeting of the Nuclear Energy Standards … more

NIST Releases Final Version of New Cybersecurity Recommendations for Government
Release Date: August 11, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released its final version of a publication that represents a major step toward building a unified information security framework for … more

NIST Demonstrates Sustained Quantum Computation Processing
Release Date: August 11, 2009

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated sustained, reliable information processing operations on electrically charged atoms (ions). The new work, … more

Ytterbium Gains Ground in Quest for Next-Generation Atomic Clocks
Release Date: August 11, 2009

An experimental atomic clock based on ytterbium atoms is about four times more accurate than it was several years ago, giving it a precision comparable to that of the NIST-F1 cesium fountain clock, … more

NIST Demonstrates Sustained Quantum Processing in Step Toward Building Quantum Computers
Release Date: August 6, 2009

NIST physicists demonstrated sustained, reliable quantum information processing in the ion trap at the left center of this photograph, improving prospects for building a practical quantum … more

Brochure Availalbe on New NIST Boulder Laboratory
Release Date: July 28, 2009

A new, high-performance research and measurement laboratory is under construction at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus in Boulder, Colo. The $102.2 million Precision … more

Recent NIST Smart Grid Testimony
Release Date: July 28, 2009

NIST’s work on standards and cyber security for a nationwide “smart” electric power grid was featured in recent congressional testimony. On July 21, Cita Furlani, director NIST’s Information … more

NIST Awards $55.5 Million for New University Research Facilities
Release Date: July 28, 2009

On July 20, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the award of new grants totaling more than $55.5 million to four universities to provide cost-shared support for the … more

‘Microfluidic Palette’ May Paint Clearer Picture of Biological Processes
Release Date: July 28, 2009

(Top) The NIST microfluidic palette. The mixing area is the pin-sized chamber bordered by three holes in the center of the top layer. (Bottom) For each of the three dyes injected into … more

September PerMIS Workshop Takes Measure of Intelligent System Performance
Release Date: July 28, 2009

Intelligent machines of the future will turn custom designs into finished products quickly and efficiently, save lives in catastrophes, and minimize complications caused by surgeries. Researchers … more

Shake, Rattle, No Roll: Construction Guide for Earthquake-Resistant Buildings
Release Date: July 28, 2009

A guide* for designing buildings using steel moment frames to resist earthquakes has been published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as part of its support for the … more

NIST Scientists Study How to Stack the Deck for Organic Solar Power
Release Date: July 28, 2009

A new class of economically viable solar power cells - cheap, flexible and easy to make - has come a step closer to reality as a result of recent work* at the National Institute of Standards and … more

NIST Physicist Cited as 'Federal Player of the Week'
Release Date: July 28, 2009

NIST physicist Ian Spielman has been profiled at washingtonpost.com as “This Week’s Federal Player”, a regular feature created by the Washington Post Web site and the Partnership for Public … more

Product Incorporating NIST Expert System Wins R&D 100 Award
Release Date: July 28, 2009

Commercial process-design software that incorporates NIST’s thermophysical and thermochemical property data sets will receive a 2009 R&D 100 award, R&D Magazine has announced. The annual … more

New NIST Video Highlights Postdoctoral Fellowships in Materials Science
Release Date: July 28, 2009

Every year, the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (MSEL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology appoints 10 to 15 new postdoctoral research fellowships under a program … more

NIST Announces Third Smart Grid Public Workshop, Aug. 3-4
Release Date: July 24, 2009

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a third major stakeholders workshop as NIST expedites the development of the … more

The CNST Welcomes Eight New Staff Members
Release Date: July 23, 2009

Robert Celotta, Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), welcomed eight new staff members in July 2009. C. Stephen … more

Two ITL Mathematicians Named SIAM Fellows
Release Date: July 22, 2009

Dianne O'Leary and G. W. (Pete) Stewart, Faculty Appointees in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences Division, have been named Fellows of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics … more

Scientific Visualization Team Wins OASCR
Release Date: July 22, 2009

A short movie entitled "Simulation of Non-Newtonian Suspensions: Shear Thinning Case" developed by ITL's Scientific Applications and Visualization Group in collaboration with scientists from NIST's … more

NIST Awards $55.5 Million in Grants for New University Research Facilities
Release Date: July 20, 2009

The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it is awarding grants totaling more than $55.5 million to four universities to provide … more

Federal Energy Regulation Commission Issues Smart Grid Policy Statement
Release Date: July 17, 2009

On July 16, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) issued a new policy statement that provides "guidance regarding the development of a smart grid for the nation's electric transmission … more

Physicists Find Way to Control Individual Bits in Quantum Computers
Release Date: July 14, 2009

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have overcome a hurdle in quantum computer development, having devised* a viable way to manipulate a single "bit" in a … more

NCNR Reactor Relicensed by U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Release Date: July 14, 2009

To explore the structure and dynamics of novel materials, the more than two dozen scientific instruments at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s Center for Neutron Research … more

NIST Releases Vitamin D Standard Reference Material
Release Date: July 14, 2009

Responding to concerns about the quality and accuracy of methods used by testing laboratories to measure levels of vitamin D in the body, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and … more

New Baldrige Brochure Helps Steer Organizations Toward Excellence
Release Date: July 14, 2009

If your organization is eager to learn about how the Baldrige Criteria can help chart a course toward innovation and performance excellence, then a new brochure from the Baldrige National Quality … more

Three NIST Researchers Win 2008 PECASE Honors
Release Date: July 14, 2009

Three scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have won Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the nation’s highest honor recognizing … more

2009 Baldrige Improvement Day Goes Virtual, Seeks Participants
Release Date: July 14, 2009

The Baldrige National Quality Program (BNQP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) collects suggestions throughout the year on opportunities for improving the Baldrige … more

NYPD Report on Protecting Buildings Adopts NIST WTC Recommendations
Release Date: July 14, 2009

A recently released New York City Police Department (NYPD) report designed "to aid the New York City building community by providing information on how to prevent and mitigate the effects of a … more

New Report on Improving Software Tools that Improve Software
Release Date: July 14, 2009

If the shiny new software on your computer or mobile phone runs without crashing, you may have another computer program to thank--a static analyzer. Static analyzers try to find weaknesses in other … more

Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking of Robotic and Automation Systems
Release Date: July 9, 2009

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society approved formation of a new Technical Committee entitled "Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking of Robotic and Automation Systems" (TC-PEBRAS) Chaired by … more

Uncertainty Analysis for Pulse Parameters
Release Date: July 1, 2009

Oscilloscopes are routinely used to measure the properties of a wide variety of pulsed waveforms, including digital data streams in computers and in electrical and optical communications. Accurate … more