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March 7, 2013
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  • Will there be enough workers to support petrochemical expansion?
    U.S. oil and natural gas producers are finding it difficult to source sufficiently skilled employees for petrochemical expansions that could be worth $100 billion. "The oil and gas industry has a missing generation. You have men and women who are in their 50s, and then from ... 1985 to the late 1990s, no one was graduating with petroleum engineering degrees and those sorts of things," said Carl Tricoli, global natural resources chief at Denham Capital Management. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/7), Reuters (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Companies: Cybersecurity information sharing requires liability protection
    Improved federal cybersecurity measures should include corporate immunity from being sued over privacy, negligence or public disclosure related to information sharing, according to companies including Dow Chemical. Two senators have scheduled a hearing today on possible legislation in response to President Barack Obama's recent executive order on cybersecurity. Bloomberg (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Researchers tout advances in sustainable industrial chemistry
    Scientists at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science highlighted the breakthroughs being made in efforts to drive sustainability in industrial chemistry. Key issues include improving the sustainability of plastics throughout the life cycle, John Timmer writes. Ars Technica (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PolyOne eyes use of PVC in medical equipment
    PolyOne is looking to substitute polyvinyl chloride for polycarbonate in medical devices because PVC has stronger chemical resistance, said Charles Kutchin, the company's global industry director for health care. "The market interest has been strong, and we have seen some niches where they have been adopted," he said. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Business tips from an octopus' tentacle
    Some octopuses change color to blend in with their surroundings, but they do so by delegating decisions about coloration to individual skin cells, writes Rafe Sagarin. Business leaders, too, can often achieve better results by leaving key decisions to individual workers. "[D]ecentralized organization yields faster, cheaper, and more effective solutions to complex problems," Sagarin writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why the CIA is so good at retaining talent
    The CIA has great retention numbers despite the stress and danger that many of its employees experience, J.C. Carleson writes. Part of the reason is that CIA officers frequently change assignments, and new hires are allowed to take on challenging projects right away. "High performers hate stagnant environments," Carleson writes. Fast Company online (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • ACC announces upcoming REACH workshop: "Reach & CLP Requirements -- What U.S. Companies Need to Do"
    ACC is partnering with Steptoe & Johnson LLP to conduct a REACH workshop at ACC headquarters on Tuesday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Join us to learn about tasks to complete before the next REACH registration deadline (May 31, 2013), lessons learned during the first registration cycle, and other issues surrounding REACH compliance. Should you and/or someone on your staff plan to participate, please notify ACC's Lora Magruder. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Energy and Power Subcommittee highlights private-sector contributions to energy efficiency
    "The U.S. has steadily improved its energy productivity as a result of advances in technology driven by private sector innovation," according to House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., speaking during a recent Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing featuring ACC member Arkema. Read more on the recent hearing. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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