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Cybersecurity While Traveling

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In a world where we are constantly connected, cybersecurity cannot be limited to the home or office. When you’re traveling — whether domestic or international—it is always important to practice safe online behavior and take proactive steps to secure Internet-enabled devices. The more we travel, the more we are at risk for cyberattacks. #BeCyberSmart and use these tips to connect with confidence...

Spotlight on Commerce: Laura Espinal, Materials Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Blog post by Laura Espinal, Materials Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. I am the oldest of three sisters, raised in a home filled with great appreciation for Latin music. I learned very early on that music brings friends and family together. At home, my dad played the cuatro all the time. (The cuatro is an instrument with four...

Don't overlook the unique skills of first-generation professionals

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Posted with permission from cyberFEDS IN FOCUS: Traditional assessment methods may overlook first-generation professionals when identifying the best and brightest candidates for a position, but FGPs often bring top skills to the table, according to Gregory White, a data analyst in the Commerce Department's Office of Human Capital Strategy and Diversity. Research, he said, shows that the top five...

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Reaffirms Excellent Bilateral Ties

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Secretary Ross called on Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on October 7, 2019 during his visit to Singapore. Secretary Ross and Prime Minister Lee reaffirmed the excellent state of bilateral relations, underpinned by our strong defense and economic ties. Secretary Ross emphasized the United States’ continued engagement in the region. Secretary Ross also met with Minister for Trade and...

Spotlight on Commerce: Jim Alstrum-Acevedo Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

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Blog post by Jim Alstrum-Acevedo Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) I am a Supervisory Patent Examiner (SPE) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). My team and I examine pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent applications. My team includes fifteen skilled examiners who evaluate patents concerning short polypeptides having less than 100 amino acids,...

Spotlight on Commerce: Cindy Orellana Good, Program Manager, National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

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Blog post by Cindy Orellana Good, Program Manager, National Technical Information Service (NTIS) I have been a public servant for roughly 11 years. Most of my time has been dedicated in helping organizations overcome challenges and identifying opportunities for growth. It’s these types of experiences that fuel my passion in being purposeful and making a difference. As a program manager for the...

Spotlight on Commerce: Marcos A. Reyes-Martinez, Materials Research Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 

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Blog post by Marcos A. Reyes-Martinez, Materials Research Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) I often say I was born in paradise, surrounded by idyllic weather, stunning landscapes and beautiful people. I was born in the oldest city of “New Spain,” Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. I am the product of the clash and melding of worlds. In my blood runs...

The Intersection of Manufacturing & FDI: Job Creation

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The following is a cross-post from Tradeology, the official blog of the International Trade Administration (ITA). This Manufacturing Day we are highlighting the positive impact of investors in manufacturing. Whether a business decides to expand existing operations in the United States, or a new international investor opens a manufacturing plant for the first time, U.S. communities reap rewards....