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Spotlight on Commerce: Elizabeth Fong, Computer Scientist and “Dean of Staff," National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

May 26, 2016

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda

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Keeping America Competitive: Will You Answer the Call?

May 26, 2016

The following is a cross-post from the Economic and Development Administration (EDA ) Blog
Blog post by Julie Lenzer, Director, EDA Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Craig Buerstatte, Deputy Director, EDA Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
“We have a patriotic duty to make our country stronger, our people more empowered, and the world better. That is as much a responsibility of business as it is of government.” – excerpt from The Third Wave, by Steve Case

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Understand the Law Before Dropping or Reducing Employee Benefits

May 25, 2016

Small businesses facing poor or uncertain financial circumstances may be forced to consider drastic employment decisions including layoffs and benefit reductions. If your business faces such...

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Email from Ashwani Jain: I'm a cancer survivor

May 25, 2016

This afternoon, Ashwani Jain, a cancer survivor and Director of Outreach for the Cancer Moonshot Summit, wrote the below message to the White House email list to share how every American can play a part in the Vice President's national effort to advance progress toward a cure.

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When I was 13 years old, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer that is rarely found in children.

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Precision Medicine Initiative and Data Security

May 25, 2016

“We’re going to make sure that protecting patient privacy is built into our efforts from day one.”

- President Barack Obama, January 30th 2015

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Spotlight on Commerce: Eric K. Lin, Chief, Materials Science and Engineering Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology

May 25, 2016

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda

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NIST Forensic Scientist Helps Vietnamese Counterparts Identify Wartime Remains

May 25, 2016

This week, President  Barack Obama paid an historic visit to Vietnam to celebrate the Comprehensive Partnership between the two countries and to advance their shared vision for the future.
Further deepening this long-lasting partnership,  Mike Coble, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and an expert in forensic DNA analysis, recently stepped away from his research at NIST to travel to Vietnam  and present the latest methods to Vietnamese scientists in identifying the remains of those killed in war.

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2016 Sector-Specific Reports Provide U.S. Companies with Latest Assessment of Export Opportunities

May 25, 2016

The following is a cross-post from Tradeology, the official blog of the International Trade Administration 
Yesterday,  U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker released the second set of Top Markets Reports that provides the latest assessment of export opportunities for U.S. companies in 19 sectors. The Top Markets series is a collection of 19 sector-specific reports that are designed to help U.S. exporters compare markets across borders, using market intelligence and data to inform decision-making.

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President Obama Is Returning to Elkhart

May 24, 2016

Email from President Obama: Elkhart

This evening, President Obama wrote the below message to the White House email list to announce his trip to Elkhart, Indiana on Wednesday, June 1st and reflect on the economic progress we've made in both Elkhart and across the country since he originally visited there in the first weeks of his presidency.

If you didn't get the email, make sure to sign up for updates -- and check back right here for updates on President Obama's trip to Elkhart.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Archana Sahgal, Director, Office of Advisory Committees and Industry Outreach

May 24, 2016

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda
My parents immigrated to Los Angeles from India in the 1970s as another example of people in search of more opportunity and a better life for their family; they left their community, family, and friends in hope for more opportunity and a better life for their children. Growing up, my parents encouraged me to study hard, think critically about current events, and pursue my passion of public service.

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