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February 26, 2013
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  • ACC's Dooley: GlobalChem is crucial to meeting industry challenges
    The annual GlobalChem Conference is critical for industry stakeholders to communicate and cooperate on international chemicals management, as well as to improve the U.S. chemical regulatory system and the Toxic Substances Control Act, writes American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley. "Consumers, businesses, state and local lawmakers all need to have confidence that the federal regulatory system we put in place works, and that it protects children, families and the environment without creating unnecessary barriers to getting our economy back on track," Dooley writes. ICIS News (U.K.) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

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  • Record recycling of plastic film in 2011
    More than 1 billion pounds of plastic films were recycled in 2011 after a 4% year-on-year increase, according to a report prepared for the American Chemistry Council. "The plastic film industry is now working to help grocers and retailers maximize the collection of this valuable material by sharing tools and best practices and through consistent customer education," said Steve Russell, ACC vice president of plastics. PlasticsToday.com (2/25), PlasticsNews.com (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Read more from ACC on plastic film recycling  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Honeywell, Dow Chemical CEOs join call for U.S. energy expansion
    Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris and Honeywell CEO David Cote are among Business Roundtable executives promoting a U.S. energy blueprint that urges expansion of oil and natural gas production. "Reliable, affordable energy makes the United States the location of choice for manufacturing. We have outlined a strategy to ensure America stays on top," Liveris said. FuelFix.com (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

Research & Innovation 
 
  • Researchers come up with polymer-based crystalline material
    Scientists have developed a crystalline-structured material made of polymer that could be used for high-strength engineering applications. "In nature, chemistry in confined environments is very often used to regulate biomaterial synthesis, [but] this strategy is under-explored in man-made materials. Here, a porous coordination polymer was used to template the synthesis of a polystyrene network," said Jean-Fran├žois Lutz of the University of Strasbourg in France. Royal Society of Chemistry (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

Leadership & Management 
  • How to bounce back when a product flops
    After pouring resources into developing a product, it can be devastating to see it fail, writes Karen Firestone. Still, it's essential to quickly recognize that your idea isn't playing out correctly and to take correctional measures. "A charismatic CEO with the willingness to accept a setback, move in a different direction, and persevere to achieve this new and difficult vision can succeed where most fail," Firestone writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 8 ways to sabotage your negotiations
    Negotiations can be lost before you even meet your opponent, writes Jim Camp. Begging for someone's time or leaving rambling and overly detailed voicemail messages reveal your desperation, he writes, making it hard to negotiate as equals once the meeting actually begins. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • Leading economic indicator suggests consumer confidence strengthening, notches seventh consecutive monthly gain
    The American Chemistry Council's monthly Chemical Activity Barometer continued to show a slowly expanding U.S. economy, increasing 0.6% over January on a three-month moving average basis. The year-over-year 3MMA showed a 2.9% gain over February 2012. The CAB is a leading economic indicator derived from a composite index of chemical industry activity. Due to its early position in the supply chain, chemical industry activity leads that of the overall economy. February was the CAB's seventh consecutive monthly gain. Read more from ACC on the January Chemical Activity Barometer.

    Interested in learning more on chemistry in commerce and the benefits of chemistry in your state? View the interactive Chemical Activity Barometer website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • State oversight of shale gas development is the right course, policymakers say
    For America's chemical manufacturers, the future is now. Front-page stories from the Financial Times to the Washington Post have trumpeted our country’s manufacturing renaissance, courtesy of chemistry’s ability to leverage abundant and affordable supplies of natural gas from shale to drive growth and create jobs. ACC has cautioned that the full potential of shale gas can only be realized with sound state policies that encourage infrastructure development and maximize energy production in an environmentally responsible manner. Read more from ACC on the importance of sound policy to shale gas development. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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