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Trying to resist the urge to splurge? Ditch the smartphone
You are more likely to indulge in guilty pleasures when shopping online with a touchscreen versus a desktop computer, according to research from UBC's Okanagan campus. (2017-08-16)

How off-line retailers can fight back
For concrete thinkers, product touch is important; for abstract thinkers, not so much. The offline retailer who can mine the wealth of consumer research data available through the internet to pinpoint these concrete thinkers, the authors suggest, can target them with appropriate marketing strategies. (2017-07-19)

Study: After watching disturbing video, CPAP usage soars
More than 20 million Americans are diagnosed with sleep apnea, yet more than half of those prescribed a CPAP mask to keep their airways open at night don't use it. So, National Jewish Health conducted a study where researchers recorded the patients sleeping without the CPAP mask and those who watched the video were more likely to wear it in the end. (2017-07-12)

Network traffic provides early indication of malware infection
By analyzing network traffic going to suspicious domains, security administrators could detect malware infections weeks or even months before they're able to capture a sample of the invading malware, a new study suggests. The findings point toward the need for new malware-independent detection strategies that will give network defenders the ability to identify network security breaches in a more timely manner. (2017-05-21)

OU research scientist recipient of presidential award
University of Oklahoma research scientist, Corey Potvin, is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of independent research careers. Potvin, a research scientist with OU's Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Severe Storms Laboratory, was the only PECASE recipient from Oklahoma. He was nominated by the US Department of Commerce. (2017-01-20)

Top in US Chamber of Commerce's BusinessH2O Summit, Dec. 12, in Las Vegas
The summit will bring together policy experts, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and investors to discuss best practices in water policy. Water experts from BGU's Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research will discuss proven practices for promoting corporate water stewardship and public policies in Israel and the US that address the growing demand for water. (2016-12-06)

Sellers 3.5 times more influential than buyers in driving e-commerce platform growth
E-commerce platforms, such as Uber and eBay, face the dilemma of what is more lucrative, supporting the needs of the buyers or the sellers. The belief is it is more important to focus on buyers, who create demand, than on sellers. A forthcoming study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, sheds new light on this dilemma with the discovery that sellers are 3.5 times more impactful than buyers in driving growth of e-commerce platforms. (2016-11-30)

KBED partnership wins national award for economic development
Kansas State University's Knowledge Based Economic Development, or KBED, partnership with the Manhattan community is receiving a national award for enhancing the region's economy. (2016-11-03)

Making a new pitch for coal
Engineers from the University of Utah are launching a $1.6 million project to research cost-effective, carbon-friendly methods of turning coal-derived pitch into carbon-fiber composite material. (2016-10-26)

Non-metal catalyst splits hydrogen molecule
Chemists at Goethe University have now developed a new catalyst for the activation of hydrogen by introducing boron atoms into a common organic molecule. The process, which was described in the Angewandte Chemie journal, requires only an electron source in addition and should therefore be usable on a broad scale in future. (2016-10-21)

New NIST test bed makes the 'digital thread' accessible
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have launched the Smart Manufacturing Systems Test Bed, an innovative model factory that will facilitate the advanced manufacturing technology known as the 'digital thread' and help manufacturers cut costs, shorten production time, reduce errors and provide higher quality goods. Researchers estimate that moving manufacturing from 2-D paper-based systems to 3-D digital manufacturing could cut production time by as much as 75 percent. (2016-10-07)

Colonel Sanders was ahead of his time
A team of marketing experts has demonstrated that including even a photo of a store or of a business owner on a shopping site -- something visual and representational -- can encourage wary buyers to make a purchase from a vendor with which they were unfamiliar. (2016-08-02)

Four Loyola physicians named to Who's Who in Hispanic Chicago
Four Loyola Medicine physicians have been named to Negocios Now's 2016 'Who's Who in Hispanic Chicago.' Loyola has more physicians on the list than any other medical center. Negocios Now, a national award-winning business publication, develops a list each year of the most prominent Hispanics in the Chicago area. (2016-07-15)

Lyncean Technologies Inc. receives export achievement award at Hannover Messe, Germany
Lyncean Technologies Inc. announced today that they recently received an Export Achievement Award from the United States Department Commerce's US and Foreign Commercial Service, for its recent success in exporting a Lyncean Compact Light Source to the Technical University of Munich. (2016-05-19)

USDA awards $8.5 million to improve communities' water sources
In celebration of World Water Day the US Department of Agriculture today awarded more than $8.5 million in grants that 10 universities will use to help communities improve water resource quality and quantity. (2016-03-22)

China Event: Reducing the Global Cardiovascular Disease Burden
Please join the American College of Cardiology, with the support of the United States Department of Commerce's International Trade Agency, for a discussion on the ACC's global mission to advance cardiovascular health and improve patient care. (2016-03-18)

With Boxmate malicious programs have no place left to hide
By preventing unexpected behavior changes, the 'Boxmate' approach defends existing embedded systems, mobile devices, and even servers against known and as-yet unknown forms of attack. (2016-03-09)

ACC: A catalyst for change in reducing the global cardiovascular disease burden
Please join the American College of Cardiology, with the support of the United States Department of Commerce's International Trade Agency, for a discussion on the ACC's global mission to advance cardiovascular health and improve patient care. (2016-03-08)

Online shopping might not be as green as we thought
A study by researchers in the Delaware Center for Transportation provides insight into the impacts of home shopping on vehicle operations and greenhouse gas emissions. (2016-02-05)

New solution to economic eyesores?
Michigan State University researchers will use nearly $250,000 from the US Department of Commerce to test whether recycling and repurposing building materials is an effective solution to economic blight. (2016-02-05)

Access to millions of US patents records will dramatically improve
A team of UMass Amherst computer scientists took the top prize in an international competition sponsored by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and US Department of Commerce. They designed a computer algorithm that rapidly removes inventor ambiguity from patent records, which will provide users more efficient and effective searches. Their winning approach will be incorporated into the USPTO's new online platform, PatentsView. (2016-01-07)

Redirected flood waters lead to unintended consequences
1.2 million acres of farmland are protected from Ozark Plateau runoff by the Headwaters Diversion in Missouri. Climate scientists predict a continued pattern of extreme rainfall events in the upper Mississippi River region. When levees fail under pressure from heavy flooding, farmland and livelihoods are at risk. Preventative policies are needed (2016-01-06)

Let go my info: People are info-egoists when it comes to their privacy
People are much more concerned about sharing their own private information with third-party app developers than they are about revealing their friends' data, according to Penn State researchers. (2015-12-15)

NOAA announces $4 million in funding to build coastal resilience
As part of its efforts to provide communities and businesses with products, tools, services, and funding to better address weather- and climate-related threats, today NOAA announced $4 million in recommended funding for six habitat restoration projects across the United States. (2015-12-01)

Confessions of the Pricing Man -- How price affects everything
In his latest book Confessions of the Pricing Man, management thinker and pricing specialist Hermann Simon explains how innovative pricing strategies, tactics and tricks work. Simon is the founder and chairman of Simon-Kucher & Partners, the global leader in price consulting represented in 22 countries. (2015-11-11)

Study says cheerleading could help challenge gender stereotypes
New research from the University of East Anglia suggests that cheerleading has the potential to challenge traditional ideas about gender and to be an inclusive activity for both boys and girls. The study examined the educational and transformative potential of mixed-sex sports and what the obstacles might be in practice. It focused on cheerleading, often considered a 'feminized' activity, and in particular UK university-level competitive cheerleading, which exists in both mixed and single sex formats. (2015-11-03)

Everything you always wanted to know about marketing channels
A handy guide to the much-studied subject of marketing channels that includes definitions, context, key theories, strategies, and analysis, along with many content-rich tables and citations to important literature on virtually all key aspects of the subject. (2015-10-21)

Think global, act local goes for e-commerce, too
Almost every aspect of an online business must be adjusted to local culture, regulatory environment, and industry-specific factors. By relating different components of e-service quality to its outcome, this paper aims to develop a conceptual framework that can serve as guidance to online marketers. (2015-10-21)

NSF awards $74.5 million to support interdisciplinary cybersecurity research
The National Science Foundation has long supported cybersecurity research to protect the frontiers of cyberspace. NSF investments in basic research have resulted in innovative ways to secure information and ensure privacy on the Internet and have led to algorithms that form the basis for electronic commerce, software security bug detection, spam filtering, and much more. (2015-10-15)

NSF awards $74.5 million to support interdisciplinary cybersecurity research
The National Science Foundation has long supported cybersecurity research to protect the frontiers of cyberspace. NSF investments in basic research have resulted in innovative ways to secure information and ensure privacy on the Internet and have led to algorithms that form the basis for electronic commerce, software security bug detection, spam filtering, and much more. (2015-10-08)

NSF, NIST launch new consortium to support advanced manufacturing
The National Science Foundation and the US Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology announced today the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor will lead a consortium to identify new, emerging areas of advanced manufacturing that would benefit from shared public-private investment in research and development, education, and training. (2015-10-05)

Endangered icebreakers: The future of Arctic research, exploration and rescue at risk
The United States' Icebreaker Fleet -- operated by the US Coast Guard -- consists of just two ships that are used for everything from search and rescue to national security operations to scientific research. Examine the various roles icebreakers play, especially in Arctic research, and how insufficient funding is affecting the icebreakers' roles. (2015-07-28)

NIST develops first 'roadmap' for public safety communications research
The US Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology has published the first 'roadmap' for the next 20 years of research needed to establish seamless, broadband public safety communications networks across the United States. The new roadmap, the first of a planned series on relevant technologies, focuses on location-based services to improve situational awareness for police, firefighters, emergency medical services and other first responders. (2015-05-26)

New NIST Center of Excellence to improve statistical analysis of forensic evidence
As part of a national collaborative effort to strengthen the scientific basis for forensic evidence used in the criminal justice system, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded Iowa State University up to $20 million over five years to establish a Forensic Science Center of Excellence focused on pattern and digital evidence. (2015-05-26)

As price tag of extreme weather soars, a call for strong partnerships to support decisionmaking
The weather has far-reaching and profound effects on the safety of our communities and the health of the nation's economy. The Forum will bring together top private, public, and academic sector decision makers leading the nation's efforts in researching, planning for, forecasting, and responding to extreme weather and climate events. (2015-04-17)

What drives American competitiveness? Public lecture at the National Press Club and online
With productivity slowing and wages stagnant, what can we make of American competiveness? This question and more will be addressed by Rebecca M. Blank, the former US Secretary of Commerce and current chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, as she delivers the third annual Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize Lecture on May 7 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. (2015-04-15)

Louisiana Tech University wins EDA grant for I-20 Corridor Maker's Innovation Network
US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced Monday that Louisianan Tech University is among 17 winners of the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategiesi6 Program national competition designed to advance innovation and capacity-building activities in regions across the country. (2015-04-02)

Teenage TV audiences and energy drink advertisements
Researchers at Dartmouth College examined a database of television advertisements broadcast between March 2012 and February 2013 on 139 network and cable channels and found that more than 608 hours of advertisements for energy drinks were aired. Nearly half of those advertisements, 46.5 percent, appeared on networks with content themes likely to appeal to adolescents. (2015-03-06)

Federal agencies award UT Arlington's TMAC $6.7 million to bolster manufacturing
UT Arlington's TMAC, formerly the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, has won a five-year, $33.5 million Commerce Department award to manage Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers to help small and mid-sized manufacturers across the state. (2015-03-06)

OU engineering professors will play key role in NIST Community Resilience Center
University of Oklahoma College of Engineering professors will participate as part of a multi-disciplinary team from 10 universities on a $20 million cooperative agreement awarded by the US Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology to Colorado State University to establish the Community Resilience Center of Excellence in Fort, Collins, Colo. OU researchers will play key roles in the development of the Center's research program. (2015-02-26)

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