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  • N.Y. fracking may rest on environmental review due Feb. 13
    The decision on hydraulic fracturing regulations in New York could rely heavily on the release of the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, due Feb. 13. The SGEIS will detail the reasons for the state Department of Environmental Conservation's decision on fracking. Despite increased pressure on the issue, Gov. Andrew Cuomo refrained from addressing the issue during his recent State of the State speech, mentioning only the following day that the state is still "doing a review of fracking on the merits." Poughkeepsie Journal (N.Y.) (1/14), The Washington Times (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report recommends voluntary cybersecurity improvements, information sharing
    U.S. cybersecurity could benefit greatly from communication between the public and private sectors, according to a report from the Business Roundtable, which called information sharing "the single most important element of an effective cybersecurity policy." However, the report cautioned against mandated government regulations. "BRT is concerned that these proposals would shift the nation's resources toward a static, compliance-based regime to address cybersecurity threats over a more dynamic information sharing and risk management solution," the report said. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Solvay, Bayer unit collaborate, use lessons to innovate elsewhere
    Bayer MaterialScience and Solvay's work on the Solar Impulse aircraft has helped Solvay improve its offerings in plastics and lithium ion-polymer batteries, said Claude Michel, head of Solvay's Solar Impulse team. "Everything we are doing with Solar Impulse has high relevance to our most important sectors including automotive, electronics, and construction," said Martin Kreuter of Bayer MaterialScience. Chemical & Engineering News (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Algae research offers promise for bio-based chemical precursors
    Researchers at the University of California, Davis, reported that they have genetically modified blue-green algae to produce chemicals that can be easily turned into biofuels and other bio-based products. The researchers successfully produced 2.4 grams of 2,3 butanediol per liter of growth medium from the algae, the biggest yield so far for bacteria-derived chemicals. United Press International (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Should you embrace Big Data or trust your gut?
    Bosses can't use Big Data as a substitute for instinctive, intuition-based decision-making, says Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Digital Business. Data-based analyses are increasingly playing a key role in strategic decisions. "There is going to have to be a balance. But it strikes me, over and over, that a data-driven approach seems to be winning much more," Brynjolfsson says. MIT Sloan Management Review online/Improvisations blog (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 7 steps to becoming your own leader
    Everyone is capable of being a leader, Kevin Eikenberry writes, but the key is to find the right leadership style. He advises you start by getting to know yourself, beginning with understanding your values, personality, strengths and weaknesses. Becoming a leader takes time, Eikenberry warns, as well as a desire to receive feedback and continuously learn. (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • Rare Earth Technology Alliance applauds the selection of founding member the Ames Laboratory as the new Critical Materials Institute
    The Rare Earth Technology Alliance today congratulated the Ames National Laboratory at Iowa State University for its selection by the U.S. Department of Energy to create the new Critical Materials Institute. The institute, for which the Ames Laboratory will receive $120 million over five years from DOE, will specialize in rare earth and other materials critical to energy, technology and national security. CMI partners include RETA founding members Iowa State University, the Colorado School of Mines, General Electric, and Molycorp.

    "This announcement has been eagerly anticipated by the rare earth producer and user communities. The Ames Laboratory, operated for DOE by Iowa State University, is an excellent choice as they have long been at the forefront of rare earth materials research," said Kevin Moran, director of RETA. For more information about RETA, visit the website. Read ACC's full statement. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Man of Steel" in 2013? Think industry of steel -- bigger, stronger, better than ever
    In 2012, the shale gas revolution was credited for revitalizing the chemical industry and sparking talks about domestic energy security, according to a recent Bloomberg news report. The House Energy and Commerce Committee agreed with this rosy assessment in a recent blog post: "The shale gas boom is driving job creation and investment in the energy sector and is also helping to revive other struggling sectors of our economy like manufacturing."

    In 2013, it's the steel industry's turn to emerge as the next major beneficiary of inexpensive natural gas. Read more from ACC on the benefits of the shale gas revolution for the steel industry. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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