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March 18, 2013
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  • Nanofilm CEO: EPA can help economy by embracing nanotechnology
    Nanotechnology can help increase sustainable practices, including more efficient use of air, water and energy, writes Scott E. Rickert, CEO of Nanofilm. The Environmental Protection Agency and Gina McCarthy, the presidential nominee to lead the EPA, can play a crucial role in promoting nanotech, Rickert writes. "[T]here's much to be done and many opportunities for making a difference. Rest assured that the nanotechnology community is ready to set the pace with you," he writes. IndustryWeek (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BPA perception is influenced by media treatment
    The perception that bisphenol A is a harmful chemical stems from how news reports can sensationalize inconclusive reports and findings about the substance, writes author Paul Alexander. "Based on the science, regulators have repeatedly declared BPA to be safe," said Steve Hentges of the American Chemistry Council. "Until spin is removed from the coverage, it will be impossible for agencies like the Food and Drug Administration to make a final, informed decision on BPA," Alexander writes. DailyCaller.com (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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Research & Innovation 
  • BASF strikes research deal with Mass. universities
    BASF has struck an agreement with three Massachusetts-based universities for advanced materials research. The venture follows similar efforts by Dow Chemical and Eastman Chemical to partner with educational institutions to expand research. BASF's five-year deal will establish about 20 postdoctoral positions and focus on specific bio-based and nanotechnology products. Chemical & Engineering News (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Auto supplier offers advanced tech for plastics lightweighting
    U.S. auto supplier Cascade Engineering is developing injection-molded plastics materials for vehicle components as automakers seek to meet U.S. fuel-economy standards. Plastics make up about half the volume of modern cars, but their percentage in weight measures only about 10%, according to the American Chemistry Council. MiBiz (Michigan) (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • How you can benefit from competitors
    Professional golfers will give each other tips in the middle of a tournament even though each of them is out to win. In business, such cooperation among competitors shows confidence, a recognition of the power of coaching and the shared benefits of everyone being better at what they do, Scott Eblin writes. EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Getting the greatest effort from your employees
    Many employees will acknowledge that they aren't fully dedicated to their jobs, Julie Winkle Giulioni writes. Fixing that requires a different approach to increasing productivity, including prioritizing the tasks of human resources and the need for persistent training. "Supply the equipment, tools, and resources to support excellence," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • ACC Weekly Economic Report
    The economic reports this week were positive. Business inventories continued to expand and inventory growth remains ahead of sales growth compared to a year ago. Retail sales posted a healthy gain, exceeding expectations. Industrial production rebounded in February with broad-based gains across many manufacturing industries. Industrial production is now at its highest level since the recession and is within striking distance of the pre-recession peak. Capacity utilization also tightened as manufacturing demand rose.

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