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Wed, 2011-10-05 16:30

Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) colleagues of
Dan Shechtman joined others in the scientific community today in
congratulating him on winning the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Shechtman made his astonishing discovery of a quasicrystal—an
arrangement of atoms thought to be forbidden by nature—while working as a
guest researcher at NIST (then known as the National Bureau of

Mon, 2011-10-03 16:00

Guest blog post by John Fernandez, U.S. Assistant Secretary of
Commerce for Economic DevelopmentI was
pleased to join U.S. Congressman Maurice Hinchey today at the beautiful State
University of New York Orange (SUNY Orange) campus in Newburgh, New York to
celebrate the award of $1.95 million in federal Jobs & Innovation Accelerator Challenge funding to catalyze the growth
of the Hudson Valley region’s alternative energy cluster.

Fri, 2011-09-30 15:00

Today,
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and
Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos addressed the Brookings Institution’s Center
for Technology Innovation, outlining how comprehensive patent reform, signed
into law by President Obama two weeks ago today, impacts American innovation,
American jobs and American leadership. Representing the most significant overhaul of the U.S. patent
system in a generation, the America

Fri, 2011-09-30 13:00

This morning Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank addressed the 29th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference about the importance of Congress passing the American Jobs Act. Dr. Blank emphasized that the American Jobs Act will help a private sector in need of a little boost. It will create jobs. It will prevent the layoffs of teachers and first responders. And it will rebuild the roads, railways and airports that form the very backbone of Commerce.  She noted that the Obama Administration knows government can’t solve all the problems facing our country.

Fri, 2011-09-30 10:00

Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce
series, which highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are
contributing to the president's vision of winning the future through their
work.Angela M. Manso is Chief of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Census BureauAs Chief of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at
the U.S. Census Bureau, I serve as the primary advisor to the Director of the
Bureau regarding congressional and intergovernmental matters. 

Thu, 2011-09-29 12:28

U.S. Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank
today joined the Obama administration in announcing a national initiative
leveraging resources of five federal agencies to advance clean technology
commercialization. Six winners were announced today of the i6 Green Challenge, an
initiative to drive technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in support
of a green innovation economy, increased U.S. competitiveness and new jobs.
Projects in Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan,

Thu, 2011-09-29 07:08

Did you know that an astonishing 52 percent of small businesses are home-based? That’s according to the SBA’s Office of Advocacy.

Wed, 2011-09-28 13:00

Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will unleash its Dragon—a NIST invention that bellows showers of glowing embers, or firebrands—at a unique wind tunnel test facility in Japan, where researchers will evaluate the vulnerability of outdoor deck assemblies and materials to ignition during wildfires, a growing peril that accounts for half of the nation’s 10 most costly fires.In a new report, NIST researchers summarize suggestions for test designs and objectives offered by experts at a recent workshop convened in Los Angeles, Calif., with support from the U.S.

Wed, 2011-09-28 11:00

Ed. Note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce
series, which highlights members of the Department of Commerce who are
contributing to the president's vision of winning the future through their
work.Anna Gomez is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and the Deputy Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.As
Deputy Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration, I serve essentially as the Chief Operating Officer of the

Tue, 2011-09-27 17:00

Earlier today, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank announced $102 million for
three Louisiana projects in the Barataria and Terrebone basins, to restore
deteriorated wetlands and barrier island habitats along the state’s coast. These
awards are funded by the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration
Act (CWPPRA) program.  U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., Louisiana Coastal
Protection and Restoration Authority Director Garret Graves and Great Lakes
Dredge & Dock Project Director Bobby Guichet also participated in the

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