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Displaying news from October 01, 2013 To December 31, 2013

NIST Seeks Input in Advance of Request for Proposals to Support National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
Release Date: December 26, 2013

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is inviting comments on a Partial Draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for a contractor to operate a Federally Funded Research and Development … more

OWM Proficiency Testing Success
Release Date: December 23, 2013

Val Miller demonstrates a volume gauge. Americans rely on many measurements of mass and volume in their daily lives, from weighing broccoli at the grocery store to putting gas in the … more

President Obama Honors Outstanding Early-Career Scientists
Release Date: December 23, 2013

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers Gretchen Campbell, R. Joseph Kline, and Ana Rey were named today among the 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards … more

31,558,149,764 Milliseconds in Review: NIST in 2013
Release Date: December 17, 2013

Milestones on the way to quantum computing. A landmark study of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes. Publication of a draft cybersecurity framework for the nation. Evidence of a … more

New NIST Tests Explore Safety of Nanotubes in Modern Plastics Over Time
Release Date: December 17, 2013

Exposed to intense ultraviolet light and high temperatures, samples of epoxy containing multiwalled carbon nanotubes deteriorated. Exposure tended to destroy the epoxy, but on the surface … more

NIST Programs for Undergraduates, Teachers, Precision Measurements Announced
Release Date: December 17, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is advertising available grants in a pair of programs aimed at undergraduate students and middle school teachers, as well as the latest … more

2014 Cybersecurity Forum to Focus on Trusted Computing, Security Automation and Information Sharing
Release Date: December 17, 2013

The 2014 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum, to be held January 28-30, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md., will focus on the existing threat landscape and provide presentations … more

A Frequency Conversion Interface to the Telecommunications Band Using Nanophotonics
Release Date: December 17, 2013

As shown in the schematic, in frequency downconversion, an input signal at 980 nm is frequency shifted to the 1550 nm wavelength band through the application of two strong pump lasers. The … more

Wineland Elected Fellow of National Academy of Inventors
Release Date: December 17, 2013

David Wineland credit: Burrus/NIST high resolution version National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Fellow and Nobel laureate David Wineland has been named a fellow … more

Science and Technology Sampler: NIST Highlights from 2013
Release Date: December 17, 2013

Milestones on the way to quantum computing. A landmark study of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes. Publication of a draft cybersecurity framework for the nation. Evidence of a … more

Steve Blankenship Wins AVS George T. Hanyo Award for Outstanding Performance in Technical Support of Research
Release Date: December 16, 2013

Steve Blankenship holds the Hanyo award certificate at the 2013 AVS International Symposium and Exhibition. Left to right: John Russell, Jr. (Naval Research Laboratory, AVS Trustee), … more

PML Study Supports Validity of Toolmark Identification in Forensics
Release Date: December 13, 2013

Alan Zheng creates a chisel toolmark under controlled conditions with a custom-made rig. (Click image to enlarge and display labels.) Toolmark identification is an important forensic … more

Nanowire Atom Probe Results
Release Date: December 11, 2013

Left: Colorized image shows the manipulator probe used to place a nanowire (blue) into a hole drilled in the mounting post (green). Right: The nanowire is welded in place with platinum and … more

National Institute of Standards and Technology Presents 2013 Awards to Staff
Release Date: December 11, 2013

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recognized current and former employees in an awards ceremony Dec. 11, 2013, at its Gaithersburg campus. Under Secretary … more

Trusted Identities to Secure Critical Infrastructure
Release Date: December 9, 2013

Every week seems to bring news of yet another website hacked, user accounts compromised, or personal data stolen or misused. Just recently, many Facebook users were required to change their … more

Welcome Guests: Added Molecules Allow Metal-Organic Frameworks to Conduct Electricity
Release Date: December 5, 2013

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Sandia National Laboratories have added something new to a family of engineered, high-tech materials called … more

JILA Team Develops ‘Spinning Trap’ to Measure Electron Roundness
Release Date: December 5, 2013

JILA researchers have developed a method of spinning electric and magnetic fields around trapped molecular ions to measure whether the ions' tiny electrons are truly round—research with major … more

Characterizing Solar Cells with Nanoscale Precision Using a Low-Energy Electron Beam
Release Date: December 4, 2013

Electron beam induced current (red) superimposed on a scanning electron micrograph (gray). Bright contrast in the vicinity of grain boundaries indicates that these regions have higher … more

NIST Tornado Reports Urge New Standards for Saving Lives, Property
Release Date: December 3, 2013

Nationally accepted standards for building design and construction, public shelters and emergency communications can significantly reduce deaths and the steep economic costs of property damage … more

NIST Readies Tests for DARPA Robotics Challenge in December
Release Date: December 3, 2013

‘Twill be nearly the night before Christmas, but at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway many a robotic creature will be stirring, while visions of a $2 million prize and international prestige dance … more

NIST Calibration Tools to Encourage Use of Novel Medical Imaging Technique
Release Date: December 3, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed prototype calibration tools for an experimental medical imaging technique that offers new advantages in diagnosing and … more

MEP Awards Grants to Help Manufacturers "Make it in America"
Release Date: December 3, 2013

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has awarded a total of $3.75 million in Make it in America grants to 10 MEP centers in nine states. The 3-year grant awards are in addition to … more

Three NIST IT Staff Named To Top 15 "Forward-Thinking People in Government IT" List
Release Date: December 3, 2013

Three employees in the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were chosen as among top "forward-thinking people working in government IT," … more

$25 Million NIST Award Represents Major Milestone for the Materials Genome Initiative
Release Date: December 3, 2013

Officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today an award of $25 million over five years to a Chicago-based consortium that will build a new center of … more

NIST Announces New Center for Materials Research to Advance Manufacturing and Innovation
Release Date: December 3, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that it has selected a consortium led by Northwestern University to establish a new NIST-sponsored center of excellence for … more

Baldrige Program Seeks Examiners for 2014 Board
Release Date: December 2, 2013

  The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is seeking applicants for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners for the 2014 Award cycle. Serving as an examiner is an … more

Scale Model Smokestack
Release Date: November 27, 2013

Joey Boyd (left) and Aaron Johnson of the Fluid Metrology Group with a section of pipe to be used for a multi-path ultrasonic flow meter in the test section of the new facility. PML is … more

Search Underway for Director of New Office of Data and Informatics
Release Date: November 26, 2013

The Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) is seeking a highly experienced and self-motivated individual to lead the new Office of Data and Informatics (ODI), at the National Institute of Standards … more

NIST Demonstrates How Losing Information Can Benefit Quantum Computing
Release Date: November 25, 2013

Suggesting that quantum computers might benefit from losing some data, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have entangled—linked the quantum properties of—two … more

NIST Investigation of Joplin, Mo., Tornado Details Proposed Measures for Saving Lives and Property
Release Date: November 21, 2013

Report and Recommendations Released for Public Comment JOPLIN, Mo.—Nationally accepted standards for building design and construction, public shelters and emergency communications can … more

Three Organizations Selected for 2013 Baldrige Awards
Release Date: November 20, 2013

On November 13, 2013, 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 … more

2014 Baldrige Award in Your Future? Time to Apply!
Release Date: November 20, 2013

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence. Organizations can apply for awards in … more

Fangmeyer Named as New Baldrige Program Director
Release Date: November 20, 2013

Robert (Bob) Fangmeyer, deputy director of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been selected to be the program’s new … more

Comments on Updated Guidance for Role-Based IT Security Training for Federal Employees Requested by Nov. 30
Release Date: November 20, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting comments on its updated draft publication on information technology and cybersecurity role-based training for federal … more

NIST to Announce Results of Study of 2011 Joplin, Mo., Tornado Disaster
Release Date: November 19, 2013

Destruction caused by the Joplin, Missouri, tornado that struck on May 22, 2011 causing 161 fatalities and more than 1,000 injuries. The tornado was the deadliest single tornado since … more

Mode Competition in Phonon Laser
Release Date: November 19, 2013

Mode competition in a “phonon laser." A pump power exceeding the threshold level for oscillation of the mechanical modes pictured in the upper half of the figure is turned on, and both modes … more

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Develops and Deploys New NanoFab Management Software
Release Date: November 18, 2013

NEMO's tool reservation calendar allows onsite NanoFab users to make and change reservations with a simple click-and-drag.     The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology … more

High-Tech Measurements for High-Frequency Antennas
Release Date: November 14, 2013

A team of researchers at NIST’s Antenna Metrology Lab in Boulder, CO has devised a first-of-its-kind system – combining a precision 3-meter industrial robot arm with a metrology-grade laser tracker … more

CNST Releases the Fall 2013 Edition of The CNST News
Release Date: November 14, 2013

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is pleased to announce the release of the Fall 2013 edition of The CNST News. This quarterly newsletter highlights recent accomplishments … more

Public Comment Requested for Manufacturing Network's Suggested Metrics, IP Guidelines
Release Date: November 14, 2013

The federal interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) has issued for public comment draft performance metrics and intellectual-property-management guidelines for President … more

Three U.S. Organizations Honored with the 2013 Baldrige National Quality Award
Release Date: November 13, 2013

All Winners from Health Care and Education WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker today announced that three U.S. organizations will receive the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National … more

Researchers from U.S. and Korea Collaborate on Graphene Research
Release Date: November 7, 2013

Thermopower image of epitaxial graphene. The three distinct indexed regions correspond to (l) monolayer graphene, (ll) bilayer graphene, and (lll) trilayer graphene.  Researchers from … more

NIST’s New Compact Atomic Clock Design Uses Cold Atoms to Boost Precision
Release Date: November 5, 2013

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a compact atomic clock design that relies on cold rubidium atoms instead of the usual hot atoms, a switch … more

Perfect Faults: A Self-Correcting Crystal May Unleash the Next Generation of Advanced Communications
Release Date: November 5, 2013

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have joined with an international team to engineer and measure a potentially important new class of nanostructured … more

Updating Building Energy Codes: How Much Can Your State Save?
Release Date: November 5, 2013

How much in energy and cost savings would your state realize if it updated its commercial building energy codes? You can find out in a new on-line publication* from the National Institute of … more

Not Just a Pretty Face: Bodies Provide Important Cues for Recognizing People
Release Date: November 5, 2013

Computer recognition of people has focused almost exclusively on faces, but a new study suggests it may be time to take additional information into consideration. A study* published online Sept. … more

NIST Fellow Ron Ross Honored With Inaugural McNulty Information Security Leadership Award
Release Date: November 5, 2013

National Institute for Standards a Technology (NIST) Fellow Ron Ross has been awarded the inaugural Lynn F. McNulty Tribute U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Award. The (ISC)2* U.S. … more

NIST Scientists Contribute to Nobel Peace Prize Winning Efforts on Chemical Weapons Detection
Release Date: November 5, 2013

Innovative chemical weapons detection technologies developed by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have played a key role in the Organization for the … more

SIM Metrology School at NIST
Release Date: November 4, 2013

Gregory Strouse of the Sensor Science Division leads a laboratory lesson on temperature metrology. They spanned 140 degrees of latitude  – from Canada to Chile – and varied widely in age … more

White House Blog: Seeking Cybersecurity Framework Comments
Release Date: October 30, 2013

U.S. national and economic security depends on the reliable functioning of critical infrastructure. In recognition of that dependence, President Obama issued an executive order in February 2013 to … more

The NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Launches Updated NanoFab Website
Release Date: October 28, 2013

The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), NIST’s nanotechnology user facility, is pleased to announce a major update to the NanoFab website. The shared-use NanoFab gives researchers … more

NIST Seeks Public Input on Updated Smart Grid Cybersecurity Guidelines
Release Date: October 25, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public comments on the first revision to its guidelines for secure implementation of "smart grid" technology. New … more

New Spectrometry Standard for Handheld Chemical Detectors Aids First Responders
Release Date: October 24, 2013

When it comes to detectors for dangerous chemicals, toxins or nefarious germs, smaller and faster is better. But size and speed must still allow for accuracy, especially when measurements by … more

Force to be Reckoned With: NIST Measures Laser Power with Portable Scale
Release Date: October 22, 2013

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a novel method for measuring laser power by reflecting the light off a mirrored scale, which behaves as a … more

NIST/JQI Team 'Gets the Edge' on Photon Transport in Silicon
Release Date: October 22, 2013

Scientists have a new way to edge around a difficult problem in quantum physics, now that a research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and University of Maryland's … more

NIST Carbon Nanotube Chips Go Ballooning for Climate Science
Release Date: October 22, 2013

A huge plastic balloon floated high in the skies over New Mexico on Sept. 29, 2013, carrying instruments to collect climate-related test data with the help of carbon nanotube chips made by the … more

The Reins of Casimir: Engineered Nanostructures Could Offer Way to Control Quantum Effect ... Once a Mystery Is Solved
Release Date: October 22, 2013

You might think that a pair of parallel plates hanging motionless in a vacuum just a fraction of a micrometer away from each other would be like strangers passing in the night—so close but destined … more

NIST Physicists 'Entangle' Microscopic Drum's Beat with Electrical Signals
Release Date: October 22, 2013

Extending evidence of quantum behavior farther into the large-scale world of everyday life, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have "entangled"—linked the … more

NIST MEP Sets Up One-Stop Shop for Manufacturing-Related Research and Reports
Release Date: October 22, 2013

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST MEP) has a new website where users can find a collection of reports and studies on … more

NIST-University of Maryland Conference to Highlight Women in Physics
Release Date: October 22, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is partnering with the University of Maryland to co-host the 2014 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) conference from Jan. 17 … more

Allan Harvey Elected ASME Fellow
Release Date: October 22, 2013

Allan Harvey, a chemical engineer in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Material Measurement Laboratory, has been elected as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical … more

Obama Administration Awards $20.5 Million in Make It In America Challenge Grants To Spur Business Investment and Job Creation in the U.S.
Release Date: October 22, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, along with U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, and Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill, today announced the 10 winners of … more

NIST Releases Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework, Will Seek Comments
Release Date: October 22, 2013

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today released its Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework (PDF) to help critical infrastructure owners and … more

NTIA and NIST to host Innovative Spectrum Sharing Technology Day Event
Release Date: October 21, 2013

Additional Contact: Juliana Gruenwald, NTIA, 202-482-2145 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Institute … more

NIST Fire Protection Engineer Wins Service to America Medal
Release Date: October 18, 2013

Fire protection engineer Daniel Madrzykowski of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was honored on Oct. 3, 2013, with a Service to America Medal* for research and outreach … more

2014 Examiner Training Schedule
Release Date: October 18, 2013

As many current Baldrige examiners are planning schedules and budgets for the upcoming year, please note that in 2014 the Baldrige Program will offer three weeks of Baldrige examiner training in … more

New Ion Source for Focused Ion Beams uses Cold Atomic Beam
Release Date: October 17, 2013

Schematic of the LoTIS ion source. A compressed and laser-cooled atom beam is ionized by crossed laser beams. The resulting ion beam has the requisite brightness for creating a focal spot … more

NIST PJVS to BIPM
Release Date: October 17, 2013

Stephane Solve (left) and Sam Benz test the new quantum voltage standard at BIPM's voltage calibration laboratory. Photo: BIPM. A PML team has delivered a state-of-the-art 10 V voltage … more

Notification for Contractors and Grant/Cooperative Agreement Recipients
Release Date: October 17, 2013

Today, October 17, 2013, NIST resumed normal operations.  All contractors/cooperative agreement recipients who perform work on the NIST campus should report to work.  If you have any questions, … more