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Training and Events in the Library

 

The Around the Bureaus series provides a forum for DOC staff from all 12 bureaus to share their work and accomplishments with each other.

 

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Making Key Data User-Friendly

Andrew Hait, Data Product & Data User Liaison for the International Trade Management Division, US Census Bureau

For decades, the U.S. Census Bureau has collected and disseminated data, and now, with the implementation of new technologies under the Census Business Builder (CBB), users are able to access and use this data in ways never seen before. This presentation will feature new tools that include mapping software overlaid with U.S. demographic and economic data; help Commerce employees find, access, and use unknown tools and programs to make accessible amazing amounts of Commerce produced data that can be useful for customers; and highlight how user data can help businesses and communities thrive by helping them make informed decisions.

YouTube Video

Webex Recording

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Census March 8, 2017

Forecasting the Ferocious: The Predictive Science Behind NWS Forecasts for Tornadoes and Floods

Greg Carbin, Chief of Forecast Operations for the NWS Weather Prediction Center, NOAA

Despite tremendous advances in technology, meteorological prediction is still a mix of art and science. This presentation will describe the challenges of forecasting Nature's most destructive and deadly storms. The Department of Commerce's NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC), in Norman, Oklahoma, is the nation's leading operational center for tornado and severe thunderstorm forecasting. The talk will focus on how our scientific understanding of thunderstorm formation is used at SPC to predict the occurrence of tornadoes through human pattern recognition and massive data assimilation. Similar techniques are also applied to the challenge of predicting deadly flash flood events. The NWS Weather Prediction Center (WPC), in College Park, Maryland, is the operational hub and center of expertise responsible for heavy precipitation prediction. The talk will conclude with a look at the many other services provided by WPC, as well as a summary of the six other National Centers for Environmental Prediction located in the D.C. area, Boulder, Miami, and Kansas City.

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NOAA October 25, 2016

Commerce Data In Action: Creating Jobs & Saving Lives

Ian Kalin, Chief Data Officer, US Department of Commerce

Ian Kalin, DOC's first-ever Chief Data Officer, shares the Department's Data Strategy and also his vision for how our data resources can create jobs and save lives. Ian shares examples from every Commerce Bureau that demonstrates how our data is being used by companies and also how modernization initiatives within Commerce are empowering our teams to better accomplish their missions.

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EDA May 25, 2016

Protecting Peru's Precious Ocean & Coastal Resources

Ole Varmer, Attorney-Advisor, NOAA

Ole Varmer discusses the recent opportunity he had to travel to Peru through our US Embassy in Lima and assist Peru's Ministry of Environment. His work on integrated coastal management and marine spatial planning, particularly plans for marine protected areas, highlight the importance to the world that these areas are preserved and sustainably developed, and thus the reason DoS and NOAA provide a lot of technical assistance and capacity building, including legal assistance.

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NOAA May 4, 2016

NOAA’s Digital Coast: Actionable Information for Coastal Communities

Josh Murphy, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

The Digital Coast is an information resource developed for those who manage the nation's coasts. This web-based enabling platform provides access to the geospatial data, tools, training, and case studies that can be used by communities to address such issues as coastal hazards, land use planning, and climate change. The effort is supported by the Digital Coast Partnership, composed of national-level organizations representing coastal managers at the local, state, and national scales, who provide content for the website, information on priority issues, and feedback on decision support tools.

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NOAA April 19, 2016

See Differently with Neutrons at NIST

Robert M. Dimeo, Director, NIST Center for Neutron Research

NIST is home to the NIST Center for Neutron Research, a major multidisciplinary research facility serving over 2000 researchers from U.S. industry, academia, and government agencies. In this presentation Dr. Dimeo describes why neutrons are indispensable in research, why neutrons are in such high demand from the research community, how NIST operates the NCNR as a national user facility, and the policy environment for neutron scattering user facilities.

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NIST March 15, 2016

Moving DOC IT into the 21st Century

Steve Cooper, Chief Information Officer

Secretary Pritzker charged CIO Steve Cooper with transforming the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) organization to address key deficiencies in information technology (IT) services provided to DOC headquarters and Bureaus. Those key deficiencies included operational performance at the Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB) in wireless, teleconferencing and printing services for organizational performance as a result of a lack of collaboration across the Department. Mr. Cooper discusses the IT transformation agenda, capabilities, and operations across DOC to drive the business in a cost-effective and timely way.

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DOC February 23, 2016

The Patent Office and China: 130 Years of Advocacy and Engagement

Mark Cohen, Senior Counsel, China, USPTO and Elaine Wu, Attorney, Office of Policy and External Affairs, USPTO

Learn about USPTO’s China team and the work they do to serve as a resource and leader on Intellectual Property (IP) issues concerning China.

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USPTO February 2, 2016

Radio Spectrum: the Oxygen for Our Everyday Lives

Paige Atkins, Associate Administrator, Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA

In managing all Federal government use of wireless spectrum, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) plays a unique role by meeting the increasing radio spectrum needs of the government and non-Federal users. Paige Atkins discusses wireless (or radio frequency) spectrum and spectrum management - what it is, how it is used, and the Department’s role in supporting and balancing the national and economic security interests of our nation.

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NTIA January 14, 2016

Mapping the Ocean Floor from Space

Dr. Walter H.F. Smith, Geophysicist, Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry, NOAA

Depth measurements cover only about ten percent of Earth’s ocean floor. The topography of the bottom in unmeasured areas has been inferred indirectly, using satellite radar measurements of sea level to measure gravity anomalies on the ocean surface that reveal the presence of mountains and valleys on the sea floor. This talk looks at the present state of knowledge of global ocean bottom depth, shape and roughness, what is and isn’t known, what the consequences are, why they matter, and what the prospects are for improvements in the future.

Webex Recording

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NOAA November 19, 2015

Flexible Electronics

Dr. Dean DeLongchamp, Project Leader: Organic Electronics and Photovoltaics, NIST

Since the invention of semiconducting organic molecules in the 70’s, they have enabled the development of a wide variety of new flexible electronics devices including transistors, solar cells, and displays. Dr. DeLongchamp discusses the fundamentals of this technology and the important properties of materials that drive these exciting new applications.

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NIST October 20, 2015

Magnetism in the Nano World

Dr. Robert Shull, NIST Fellow, Material Measurement Laboratory, NIST

Learn how these nanostructured materials are one of the reasons for the excitement surrounding today’s global “Nanotechnology Revolution.” You will also learn about the unique domain kinetics of these materials, their “Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR)” effects, and their "Enhanced Magnetocaloric Effects."

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NIST July 30, 2015

A State-by-State Peek into Americans’ Shopping Carts

Mr. Ian Mead, Chief, Regional Product Division, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Consumers are a major force shaping the overall performance of the U.S. economy but until recently there were no official government statistics tracking how much consumers spend and what they buy state by state. Ian Mead, an economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis, will talk about state-by-state differences as well as trends in shoppers’ buying behavior revealed with the release of BEA’s new statistics. This state-by-state peek into consumers’ shopping carts has implications for hiring, business investment and consumer confidence.

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BEA July 21, 2015

A World Apart - Comparing Today’s Young Adults to Baby Boomers

Dr. Jonathan Vespa, Fertility and Family Statistics Branch, U.S. Census Bureau

This talk features an interactive app, Census Explorer, that showcases how today’s young adults compare to baby boomers. Using the app, Jonathan Vespa, a demographer at the Census Bureau, discusses how our cities and neighborhoods have transformed since 1980, by mapping changes in where young adults live and their shifting demographic characteristics. Today’s young adults look different from their parents’ generation, but their experiences aren’t the same across the country.

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Census

July 14, 2015

NOAA's Law of the Sea: Reclaiming Buried Treasure in the "Black Swan" Case

James A. Goold, Covington and Burling LLP and Dr. James P. Delgado, NOAA

Mr. Goold and Dr. Delgado describe their work on the famous landmark legal case concerning more than half a million silver coins recovered from a deep water site off the coast of Portugal by a commercial salvage firm, Odyssey Marine Exploration.

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NOAA June 4, 2015

Is Demography Destiny? Population Provide a Sneak Peak into How the Future May Unfold

Dr. Jennifer Ortman, Assistant Division Chief for Social Characteristics, Social, Economic, & Housing Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau

This presentation provides an introduction to the Census Bureau’s Population Projections program and includes results from the 2014 National Projections, with a focus on the aging of the U.S. population.

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Census May 21, 2015

DOC's Chief Economist on The White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative

Dr. Susan Helper, Chief Economist, Economics & Statistics Administration

Chief Economist Dr. Sue Helper discusses the supply chain innovation initiative recently announced by the President, in which the Department of Commerce is playing a key role. White House-Department of Commerce report, Supply Chain Innovation: Strengthening America's Small Manufacturers.

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ESA May 6, 2015

How BEA Tracks the Health of America’s Businesses

Erich Strassner, Chief, Industry Applications Division, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)

Did you ever wonder how much economic activity is generated at factories, retail stores, educational outlets, and other industries? Which industries are helping the U.S. economy to grow and which ones are restraining growth. For decades, BEA has taken the pulse of the U.S. economy and reported on it each quarter. But what wasn’t known – until recently – is how industries factor into the economy’s performance each quarter. Armed with this new economic intel, businesses, jobseekers and policymakers can make more informed decisions.

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BEA April 30, 2015

NOAA's Law of the Sea: Titanic Revisited

Craig McLean, Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

Craig McLean chronicles the story of RMS Titanic. Learn about his research on the Californian's proximity to Titanic that fateful night, NOAA's Titanic Guidelines for Exploration, Research & Salvage, and NOAA's joint expeditions with Dr. Robert Ballard. In this lively and engaging presentation, you will learn some first hand experiences about NOAA's work on perhaps the most famous shipwreck and about ocean exploration that has had an impact on our culture, law, and the world for generations

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NOAA April 9, 2015

Using Fire Dynamics Research to Save Firefighters

Daniel Madrzykowski, Engineering Laboratory/Fire Research Division, NIST

The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 provided NIST with the mission to conduct basic and applied fire research for the purposes of understanding fire behavior and to reduce losses from fire. Since the program began in the 70’s great strides have been made in improving the fire safety of civilians and reducing the number of structure fires. Unfortunately injuries and fatalities of firefighters are not being reduced at the same rate, in fact the rate of firefighter fatalities on the fire ground has increased. Why? The presentation will explore this topic and features videos of real scale fire experiments.

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NIST March 26, 2015

Human Identity Testing Using DNA

Dr. Peter Vallone, Leader, Applied Genetics Group, Biomolecular Measurement Division, NIST

Learn how NIST's Applied Genetics Group is providing standards for forensic laboratories, developing new DNA typing technologies, and evaluating novel genetic markers to assist the forensic community.

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NIST March 12, 2015

Nanotechnology Standardization: Sweating the Small Stuff

Ajit Jillavenkatesa, Senior Standards Policy Adviser, NIST

Nanomaterials are all around us – from naturally occurring soot particles, to aircraft components, and as a key element of many sunscreens. Nanomaterials were even used by ancient Romans more than 1,500 years ago to create beautiful goblets. Yet, today, “nano” generate both excitement and concern. While nanotechnology offers the promise of stronger and lighter materials, new approaches to medical treatment, etc., many are concerned about the safety of these materials. International standardization often brings out the best and worst aspects of cooperation and competition. This talk takes a lighthearted look at how processes for developing what have been traditionally science and technology-focused tools are being asked to consider and address societal and consumer issues, and how this may impact us as both citizens and DOC employees.

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NIST February 19, 2015

The Quest for the Northwest Passage

James P. Delgado, PhD, Director of Maritime Heritage, NOAA

In an illustrated presentation, James Delgado tells the story of the ships, people and the landscape of the Northwest Passage, linking images and old charts to the surviving relics of one of the longest and costliest endeavors in the annals of exploration.

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NOAA February 10, 2015

The Impact on Arts and Culture on the Economy

Paul Kern, Branch Chief, Travel and Tourism, Bureau of Economic Analysis, BEA

Arts and Culture – they’re not only good for the soul, but for the economy, too. Paul Kern, an economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis, discusses the economic impact of arts and culture on the U.S. economy – from the billions generated to the jobs spurred.

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BEA January 29, 2015

NIST's Pocket-Sized Chemistry

Dr. Wyatt N. Vreeland, Research Chemical Engineer, Material Measurement Laboratory, NIST

Right now you probably have a computer in your pocket that's more powerful than the sum total of the entire world’s computing power available just 40 years ago. But you probably don't have a "chemistry lab" in your pocket with the capability of all the chemistry labs in the world 40 years ago...yet. Today we can sequence a human genome in a few days for a few thousand dollars, a task that at the turn of the century took 13 years and cost almost $3 billion. This is made possible as we make “microchips” that do what was previously done in beakers and test tubes. During this presentation, you will learn how research at NIST is helping us move closer to putting that “chemistry lab” in your pocket.

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NIST November 12, 2014

NIST and the Lightweight Auto Body of the Future: Next-Generation Tools To Make Road Vehicles Safer and More Efficient

Dr. Tim Foecke, Director, Center for Automotive Lightweighting, NIST

Learn how NIST’s Center for Automotive Lightweighting (NCAL) is helping to create a set of tools that will enable a more efficient design process for the lightweight, multimaterial auto body of the future, saving fuel, emissions and cost.

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NIST November 06, 2014

NOAA's Journey In Ocean Exploration

Craig McLean, Acting Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

Join Craig McLean as he chronicles the story of ocean exploration from its humble, noble beginnings through its modern-day landmark achievements to a glimpse of the future-forward, ground-breaking research propelling this program for the years ahead. In this lively and engaging presentation, you will learn what we know--and yet still don't know--about the ocean and its inhabitants and what methods scientists take to coax out new discoveries. You will also find out just how much ocean exploration impacts you, the economy, and nation as a whole.

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NOAA October 30, 2014

Can You Build a House That Provides Free Energy to a Family of Four for an Entire Year?

Dr. A. Hunter Fanney, Engineering Laboratory/Energy and Environment Division, NIST

The NZERTF (Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility) was constructed on NIST's Gaithersburg, Maryland campus. During the past year, this lab-in-disguise was used to demonstrate that a home similar in size, aesthetics, and amenities to those found in the Washington D.C. area can generate as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis while meeting the needs of a virtual family of four. During this presentation, you will discover just how many virtual dollars NIST's virtual family of four saved on their energy bills, and what environmentally-friendly technology, building materials, and construction techniques got them there. You will also learn of NIST's future plans for the home and its virtual family.

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NIST October 24, 2014

The Coast Survey (Part Two: The World Wars)

Captain Albert E. "Skip" Theberge, NOAA Corps (ret.)

The Second World War marked the finest hour of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (C&GS). Following in the wake of the World War I law that established a commissioned service in the C&GS, over half of the officer contingent as well as 1100 civilians from the Survey served in the armed forces of the United States. Three major ships of the Survey were transferred into the Navy and served from the Aleutians to Guadalcanal. On the homefront, Coast Surveyors produced nearly 100 million maps and charts for Allied operations. For good measure, they also designed a world aeronautical chart system that was adopted by the International Civil Aeronautical Organization following the war. Join the Coast Survey as it helps put "iron on target", map uncharted reefs and islands of the Pacific, and help bring the world into a new era following the war.

  NOAA October 07, 2014

Unleashing American Innovation

Vikrum Aiyer, Deputy Chief of Staff, US Patent and Trademark Office

As the USPTO oversees reforms and challenges to the world’s strongest patent system, PTO Deputy Chief of Staff Vikrum Aiyer will discuss how the Department of Commerce's intellectual property agenda is helping unleash innovation in America, and advancing the President’s commitment to aligning federal policy to ensure entrepreneurs can flourish.

  USPTO September 18, 2014

The Coast Survey (Part One: The Civil War)

Captain Albert E. "Skip" Theberge, NOAA Corps (ret.)

Dating from 1807, the United States Coast Survey is the oldest science agency in the United States Federal Government and served the Union Cause during the American Civil War. Coast Surveyors marched with the Union Army, serving under fire as topographers, scouts, and aides-de-camp in all major theaters of the conflict, and produced some of the most outstanding maps and graphics of the War. The Coast Survey was instrumental in formulating Union strategy, from its involvement on the Blockade Strategy Board, to conducting artillery surveys, to the famous “Slavery Map”, which both garnered support for the Union cause and was consulted by Lincoln as he attacked the heart of the Confederacy.

  NOAA September 9, 2014

 

Enterprising Women of Commerce was a fireside-chat series that showcased the senior women of the Commerce Department. It ran from 2014-2016.

 

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Enterprising Women of Commerce: Secretary Penny Pritzker

Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce

Penny Pritzker has served as the 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce since June 2013. In this role, she is focused on providing American businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow and hire. Since taking office, she has worked closely with the business community and helped advance the president’s priorities of expanding growth and opportunity for all Americans.

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DOC June 9, 2016

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Izella Dornell

Izella Dornell, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Management and Business, U.S. Department of Commerce

Izella Dornell was named Deputy Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Commerce in July 2010. Selected based on her proven ability to lead and manage while achieving efficiency and results, she serves as a member on the OCIO senior leadership team responsible for providing leadership, establishing policy, and maintaining oversight for the information technology investments that support the diverse portfolio of programs across the Commerce Department’s dozen bureaus.

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DOC November 18, 2015

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Judy Rising Reinke

Judy Rising Reinke, Deputy Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, International Trade Administration

Judy Reinke assumed the position of Deputy Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (US&FCS) on June 3, 2013. In this role, Judy serves as the chief operating officer of the U.S. Government’s premier export promotion agency managing its domestic and overseas trade offices. From August 2010 to June 2013, Judy served as the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs in New Delhi, India. In this capacity, she was the senior representative of the U.S. Department of Commerce responsible for the operations of the US&FCS in India, supervising the strategic program of seven trade promotion offices and four related agencies. Prior to this position, Judy served as the Regional Director for Western Europe overseeing the operations of the US&FCS at U.S. Embassies and Consulates in 14 countries in Europe, as well as the US&FCS liaison office at the European Union.

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ITA June 15, 2015

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Bruce Andrews and Jay Williams

Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Jay Williams, Assistant Secretary, Economic Development

Bruce Andrews was confirmed as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce on July 24, 2014. Andrews was named Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce by President Obama and Secretary Penny Pritzker on June 9, 2014. Prior to this, Andrews served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce, a post which he began in October 2011. Prior to joining Commerce, Andrews served as General Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, where he served as the chief counsel for the Committee and was responsible for policy, legal and jurisdiction issues.

Jay Williams was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and was sworn into office on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Jay served as the executive director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. In this capacity, he worked directly with state and local stakeholders in areas affected by the changing American automotive industry to deliver federal support to ensure they returned to better economic condition.

Ellen Herbst was confirmed as the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary of Administration at the Department of Commerce on August 7, 2013. Ms. Herbst oversees the establishment and execution of Departmental policies and procedures for administrative functions affecting program operation in Commerce’s operating units. These administrative functions include: budget and financial management, strategic planning and performance management, human resources management and civil rights, employee safety and health, procurement and small business utilization, grants management, travel and transportation, real property and facilities management, directives management, and security.

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DOC, EDA June 25, 2015

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Michelle Lee

Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

As Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle K. Lee provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world. Ms. Lee serves as a principal advisor to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on both domestic and international intellectual property matters, and provides leadership and oversight of the day-to-day management of the policy, budget, and operations for an agency of over 12,000 employees. She also promotes innovation domestically and drives international harmonization efforts, in support of the administration's top economic priorities to increase economic growth.

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USPTO April 22, 2015

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Dr. Kathryn Sullivan

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator

Dr. Kathryn Sullivanis the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator. She is a distinguished scientist, renowned astronaut, and intrepid explorer. Her impressive expertise spans the frontiers of space and sea. An accomplished oceanographer, she was appointed NOAA’s Chief Scientist in 1993, where she oversaw a research and technology portfolio that included fisheries biology, climate change, satellite instrumentation and marine biodiversity.

  NOAA February 24, 2015

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Dr. Laurie Locascio

Dr. Laurie E. Locascio, Director, Material Measurement Laboratory, NIST

Dr. Laurie E. Locascio is the director of the Material Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Material Measurement Lab has more than 900 staff members and visiting scientists, an annual budget of more than $160 million, and serves as the nation's reference laboratory for measurements in the chemical, biological and materials sciences through activities ranging from fundamental research in the composition, structure and properties of industrial, biological, and environmental materials and processes, to the development and dissemination of certified reference materials, critically evaluated data and other measurement quality assurance programs.

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NIST January 14, 2015

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Alejandra Castillo

Alejandra Castillo, National Director of Minority Business Development Agency

In 2014, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Ms. Alejandra Y. Castillo to serve as the National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Ms. Castillo is the first Hispanic-American woman to lead the Agency since its creation. In this capacity, Ms. Castillo directs the Agency’s strategic efforts to enhance the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises (MBEs). Under Ms. Castillo’s leadership, the Agency has expanded its effort to help MBEs grow and succeed through access to capital, access to contract and access to business opportunities both domestically and abroad.

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MBDA December 4, 2014

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Dr. Nancy Potok

Dr. Nancy Potok, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Census Bureau

Dr. Potok previously served at the U.S. Department of Commerce as Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, the Census Bureau's Associate Director for Demographic Programs, and the Principal Associate Director and Chief Financial Officer in charge of Field Operations, Information Technology, and Administration during the 2000 Census.

  Census November 5, 2014

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Ellen Herbst

Ellen Herbst, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary of Administration

Ms. Ellen Herbst is Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary of Administration for the Department of Commerce. She oversees the establishment and execution of Departmental policies and procedures for administrative functions affecting program operations in Commerce’s operating units. These administrative functions include: budget and financial management, strategic planning and performance management, human resources management and civil rights, employee safety and health, procurement and small business utilization, grants management, travel and transportation, real property and facilities management, directives management, and security. Ms. Herbst will share her career path and experience as a senior woman leader.

  DOC October 15, 2014

 

The library frequently holds trainings to help DOC staff efficiently use the many resources available to them. 

 

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Advanced News Searching on Nexis.com

Dan Weissman, LexisNexis

Come learn how to find elusive individuals and companies within the news, and uncover leads to new information on Nexis.com. Nexis.com has more than 26,000 domestic and international news sources including an extensive archive of newspapers, magazines, journals, transcripts, wire services, blogs and videos. 

This course will cover:

  • Using Power Search on Nexis.com
  • Creating news alerts (stay on top of breaking news from New York Times!)
  • SmartIndexing and how to leverage it for better results
  • Finding sources by topic or location
  • Deep Dive into Terms & Connectors

Webex Recording

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LexisNexis April 11, 2017

Uniworld Directory Training Webinar

Liz Marchese, Uniworld

Attendees will learn about the new and expanded Uniworld Online database with over 180,000 new global records and an increased global presence. Since 1955, Uniworld Online has been known for their two directories: American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries and Foreign Firms Operating in the United States. The new Uniworld Online has merged these directories into one searchable database that covers multinational companies with headquarters in over 200 countries and 20,000 industries. With Uniworld Online, you’ll find contact information for headquarters, subsidiaries, and branches of multinational firms with offices in another country. 

Use the search filters to refine your search to view, print or download:

  • New Keyword filters, customize your searches even further by choosing new data options to fine tune your results. For example, search only Parent and Division of Companies by clicking those selections to see the data for those fields only;
  • Geographic location [zip/postal code, Country, State/Province];
  • Industry [NAICS code search];
  • Public/Private; and
  • Revenue/Employees.

Webex Recording

Uniworld March 22, 2017

Essential News Searching on Lexis Advance

Dan Weissman, LexisNexis

Lexis Advance houses one of the largest news databases in the world, with over 26,000 sources. Access both archival and current news articles from around the globe (with some, like the New York Times, updating every 15 minutes!). Learn how to leverage the powerful search tools on Lexis Advance to quickly hone your results to find the content most critical to your research.

This class covers setting up alerts, finding and favoriting specific news sources like the New York Times or the Washington Post, creating precision searches using terms and connectors or natural language, and segment searching to focus searching on specific portions of articles.

Webex Recording

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LexisNexis March 9, 2017

Lexis Courtlink 101: Docket Research & Management

Dan Weissman, LexisNexis

This program explores the best ways to most effectively search the millions of dockets and documents that previously fell outside the reach of traditional legal research.

**Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit was offered for this class when it was live. CLE credit will NOT be awarded for watching the Webex recording.**

Webex Recording

LexisNexis February 22, 2017

Bloomberg Terminal Training: Dive into Research

Rob Crampton, Bloomberg

Please join us for a discussion of the research available on the Bloomberg terminal to help you gain deeper insight into an industry or topic.

This session taught users how to:

  • Access industry research and analysis on companies, including financials, third-party datasets, and key factors that are likely to impact the company.
  • Track policies and legislation in the government and see how they can impact companies and industries.
  • View expert research that merges data, analytics, tools and news to gain a clear picture of macroeconomic trends and developments that drive financial markets.
  • Use Bloomberg Intelligence Primers to quickly get the most essential information about industries, companies, commodities, topics and economies.
  Bloomberg February 8, 2017

Lexis Advance: Transitioning from Lexis.com

Dan Weissman, LexisNexis

Lexis Advance will be replacing Lexis.com in May 2017. 

This session taught users how to:

  • Get started with basic Lexis Advance research.
  • Learn new search techniques to find relevant case law, annotated federal and state statutes, agency materials, exclusive Matthew Bender treatises, dockets, news and much more.
  • Search the latest legal, news and business developments—and quickly understand the implications.
  • Use Shepard’s to verify whether a case or statute is “good law” and to locate additional support for your legal argument.

Webex Recording

LexisNexis January 31, 2017

Bloomberg Terminal Training: Power, Gas, & Oil (BGOV)

Mike Lawn, Bloomberg

Market Specialist Mike Lawn provided a training on the data, analysis, and energy tools available on the Bloomberg Terminal.

 

The session taught attendees how to:

  • Leverage a new mapping product on Bloomberg to analyze data: worldwide factory locations, power plants and custom datasets.
  • Track shipping: LNG exports (liquefied natural gas) as an example of how to track shipping around the world.
  • Analyze Oil and LNG Trade Flows: use global customs data to keep track of shifts in supply and demand in the oil and LNG markets.
  • Set up alerts for energy news and research: stay abreast of these markets with personalized alerts to your inbox.
  Bloomberg November 16, 2016

Leadership Directories

Anne Marie Del Vecchio, Leadership Directories

This training from Leadership Directories Online (commonly referred to as the "Yellow Books") featured:

  • How to search for people and organizations in government, Congress, courts, media, law firms, and the corporate and nonprofit sectors by personal name, organization name, or keyword.
  • How to explore by a variety of criteria: issues covered on the Hill, media beat, job function, lobbying specialty, or alma mater and search the Internet for recent news about people and information on other people with similar jobs or expertise.
  • How to use specialized functions that allow you to save searches, build contact lists of full profile information on people and organizations, and more.
  Leadership Directories October 12, 2016

Bloomberg Government (BGOV)

Nick Sadoti, Bloomberg

A discussion on the analysis, data, and tools available from Bloomberg Government on the Terminal. BGOV provides access to the Bloomberg Government website, which provides valuable data on U.S. government policy and spending, so you can track government activity.

 

The session included the following:

  • Tools for legislative and regulatory intelligence
  • Valuable data on U.S. government policy and spending to track government activity
  • How to interpret government legislation, regulation, spending, lobbying, and campaign finance through the lens of industries
  Bloomberg September 15, 2016

Bloomberg Terminal Training: Sanctions Data & Analysis

Peter Maloney, Bloomberg

Attendees learned how Bloomberg creates, leverages and organizes open source content related to sanctions data and analysis. The training supported DOC staff involved in the intelligence community and those focused on performing better risk detection, monitoring, and assessment.

 

The session included the following:

  • CFIUS
  • SANCTIONS
  • TRADE
  • WMD
  • Chinese growth (real or not)
  • Global Energy
  • Trending News
  • Agricultural analysis
  • Supply/Vendor Chain Risk Management
  Bloomberg July 12, 2016

EIU's Global Economic Forecast

Joseph Lake, Director of Global Forecasting, Economist Intelligence Unit

The Economist Intelligence Unit's Joseph Lake shared the EIU's Global Economic Forecast for 2016 and beyond. Markets have been in turmoil in the beginning of 2016, but are these just financial wobbles or a reflection of underlying weakness? Is the US nearing a recession? Will China have a hard landing? Where are the world's economic bright spots? What are the big geopolitical and economic risks to consider? Mr. Lake addressed these questions, Brexit, and more.

  Economist Intelligence Unit June 28, 2016

Doing Your Due Diligence: Lexis DiligenceTraining

Adam Dietz, LexisNexis

Does your office conduct vetting or due diligence research? Come learn how to vet more efficiently and thoroughly with Lexis Diligence. This session covered the Lexis Diligence database, which allows users to:

  • Create a comprehensive public record report on a company or person of interest
  • Demonstrate how to research companies and persons of interest in authoritative global content
  • Create alerts in secondary sources for the latest developments in Government Contract Law
  • Use negative news to mitigate the risks associated with unwelcome negative associations
  • Generate a customized due diligence profile on an entity

Webex Recording

LexisNexis April 7, 2016

Bloomberg Terminal Training: Trade & Economic Data

Linnea Pittman, Bloomberg

Bloomberg’s trade & economic data and analytical tools were covered in this session, which focused on:

  • Tracking commodity imports/exports from shipping and US customs data
  • Cross-border flows products
  • Analytics such as economic surprise indicators, financial conditions monitors, and country risk tools
  • Corporate action tools to capture foreign direct investment and mergers/acquisitions
  • Economic indicators and forecasts (short term and long term)
  Bloomberg March 29, 2016

Bloomberg Terminal Training: Bloomberg News 101

Ellen Braitman, Bloomberg

News Specialist and accomplished Financial Journalist Ellen Braitman discussed Bloomberg News. This session focused on:

  • Filtering news to specific topics of interest, such as trade, employment, central banks, infrastructure investments and the economy
  • Locating the company's balance sheet, income statement and other SEC documents
  • Finding news from local language sources and learning how to quickly translate those stories
  • Setting up alerts for specific country and regional economic reports or topics such as sovereign ratings changes
  • News sentiment, social media, and Bloomberg briefs
  Bloomberg March 23, 2016

Bloomberg Terminal Training - Company Information 101

Robert Compton, Bloomberg

Attendees learned how to navigate the Bloomberg terminal for private and public company data. This session focused on:

  • Creating screened lists of public and private companies
  • Locating the company's balance sheet, income statement and other SEC documents
  • Finding all publicly available documents by keywords, form type, and industry
  • Company's supply chain and ownership tools
  • Third party and Bloomberg research on companies
  Bloomberg March 10, 2016

Bloomberg Terminal Training: Getting Started with the Bloomberg Terminal

Matt Traum & Linnea Pittman, Bloomberg

Attendees learned the basics of navigating the Bloomberg terminal. This session focused on:

  • How to create your own login
  • Navigation tips/trick
  • Sample security analysis
  • API Excel Introduction
  • Commonly used tools
  • FAQS/Open Questions
  Bloomberg March 2 & 3, 2016

Uniworld Company Database & Directory Training

Liz Marchese, Uniworld

Attendees learned about the new and expanded Uniworld Online database with over 180,000 new global records and an increased global presence. Since 1955, Uniworld Online has been known for their two directories: American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries and Foreign Firms Operating in the United States. The new Uniworld Online has merged these directories into one searchable database that covers multinational companies with headquarters in over 200 countries and 20,000 industries. With Uniworld Online, you’ll find contact information for headquarters, subsidiaries, and branches of multinational firms with offices in another country.

Webex Recording

Uniworld February 25, 2016

Lexis Advance 101 Training

Adam Dietz, LexisNexis

Still using Lexis.com? Lexis Advance now gives you a new design and timesaving tools, making it easier to access relevant content, analyze it, and put your findings to work. With the simplified new design, you can easily find what you need - where you expect it to be.

Webex Recording

LexisNexis February 11, 2016

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) 101

Nilar Andrea Chit Tun, OECD

Attendees learned how to navigate the online library of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The iLibrary features books, papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD’s international analysis and data. This training introduced the iLibrary platform, then focused on accessing the data. *Due to techinical issues the WebEx presentation starts on the third slide. If you would like to see the content on the first two slides please view the Presentation Slides above.

Webex Recording

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OECD December 1, 2015

Economist Intelligence Unit 101

Mike Schaeffer, EIU

EIU provides analysis on more than 200 countries and six key industries related to international business intelligence, global research, and market opportunities and risks. Attendees learned about EIU’s valuable economic, political and business expertise and their worldwide network of specialists who understand the local nuances of individual countries and industries.

Webex Recording

EUI October 29, 2015

Vetting Research Training Series: The ReferenceUSA & OneSource Databases

Jim Winner, InfoGroup

Does your office conduct vetting or due diligence research? Attendees learned how to vet more efficiently and thoroughly with the ReferenceUSA Databases featuring OneSource. This session gave a comprehensive understanding of the ReferenceUSA platform featuring OneSource, U.S. Businesses, and U.S. New Businesses, allowing you to: Find in-depth information on international companies, including key executives and detailed financial information; Search a database of 14million U.S. Businesses with verified, accurate data that is updated monthly; Use the U.S. New Businesses database to research hot areas of economic development; and Generate alerts and reports on an entity.

  ReferenceUSA & OneSource May 7, 2015

Vetting Research Training Series: The Lexis Diligence Database

Chris Vestal, LexisNexis

Does your office conduct vetting or due diligence research? Attendees learned how to vet more efficiently and thoroughly with Lexis Diligence. This session gave a comprehensive understanding of the Lexis Diligence database, allowing you to: Create a comprehensive public record report on a company or person of interest; Demonstrate how to research companies and persons of interest in authoritative global content; Create alerts in secondary sources for the latest developments in Government Contract Law; Use negative news to mitigate the risks associated with unwelcome negative associations; and Generating a customized due diligence profile on an entity.

Webex Recording

Lexis Diligence April 24, 2015

WestlawNext Training

Matthew Amon, Thomson Reuters

Ease your transition to WestlawNext from Westlaw Classic before Classic disappears for good. After decades of service, the time has come for Westlaw Classic to retire. Attendees learned WestlawNext to ensure a smooth transition. They learned about features in WestlawNext that improve collaboration and efficiency by using cutting-edge search technology to deliver relevant, ranked results with one query.

Webex Recording

WestLaw April 14, 2015
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Sarah Chayes on Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

Sarah Chayes, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

In Thieves of State, Sarah Chayes, a former adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, explains how government’s oldest problem is its greatest destabilizing force. In a thrilling narrative that includes insider revelations about the conduct of the Afghanistan war, and a provocative argument linking Martin Luther to the Arab Spring, Chayes challenges conventional wisdom about corruption and its implications.

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Author Talk January 22, 2015

Caitlyn Antrim on the Law of the Sea Convention

Caitlyn Antrim, Executive Director of the Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans

Caitlyn Antrim discusses the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. It is surprising that the U.S. is not a party to the current codification of the Law of the Sea — the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. This is so despite widespread support for the Convention among U.S. industry, environmental NGOs, academics, Congress, and all U.S. Presidents since the Convention was submitted by President Clinton to the Senate for its advice and consent to accession in 1994 as well as nearly universal global adherence (some 165 States).

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Guest Speaker January 21, 2015
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