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Monday, July 20, 2015

NOAA Sea Grant: Increasing Community Resilience in Louisiana

Louisiana Sea Grant partnerships and education efforts have improved financial awareness in three local governments and trained over 100 facilitators on the Financial Decision Tool. Louisiana Sea Grant participation in the CRS Community User Groups has increased knowledge of available information related to mitigating flood risk and reducing flood insurance premiums for the participating communities, and helped support a cohesive approach to floodplain management in Louisiana with a focus on implementing non-structural projects and programs.
Monday, July 20, 2015

Profitable and Biosecure Rock Scallop Culture Created for the West Coast

California Sea Grant has successfully spawned purple-hinge rock scallop broodstock and reared fertilized eggs through their larval cycle, resulting in the production of scallop seed ready for growout.
NOAA Big Data Project:  Cooperative Effort to Get More use from Environmental Data
Monday, July 13, 2015

NOAA Big Data Project: Cooperative Effort to Get More use from Environmental Data

On April 21st 2015, NOAA and the Department of Commerce announced that they had entered into Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, IBM, Microsoft, and the Open Cloud Consortium. Under these agreements, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its collaborators will research and explore new ways to enable the use of NOAA data, furthering the Department of Commerce's goals of improving decision-making by government, industry, and citizens; growing the economy; and creating jobs.
High-Tech Small Businesses to Receive Tibbetts Awards for Innovative and Outstanding Contributions
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

High-Tech Small Businesses to Receive Tibbetts Awards for Innovative and Outstanding Contributions

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proud to announce the 2015 Tibbetts Awards to 23 small businesses, six individuals, and - for the first time - three supporting organizations for their exemplary roles in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. 



Friday, May 29, 2015

NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Increases Yield of Farmed Oysters

Building off the previous year's impact, the West Coast oyster industry implemented a cross breeding program, increasing the yield of farmed Pacific oysters.


Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Joins President Obama in Announcing Expanded Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) Initiative
Monday, May 18, 2015

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Joins President Obama in Announcing Expanded Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) Initiative


Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joined President Obama in celebrating emerging entrepreneurs from across the United States and around the world. During the event, the White House announced the addition of nine new members of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative, which Secretary Pritzker chairs. PAGE is a group of America’s most respected business creators who have committed to sharing their time, energy, ideas, and experience to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs around the world.

3 Amazing Upcoming Events from the USPTO!!!
Monday, May 18, 2015

3 Amazing Upcoming Events from the USPTO!!!

Dear Entrepreneurs, Small Technology Firms, Researchers, and Innovators, 

      Our sister agency The United States Patent & Trademark Office have 3 upcoming opportunities that might be of great interest to you all over the next few weeks. Our team figured to share with our great and inventive SBIR/STTR family across the 50 States! 

NOAA View:  Online Educational Tool
Thursday, May 14, 2015

NOAA View: Online Educational Tool

Center For Satellite Applications and Research

In November 2013, NOAA unveiled "NOAA View," an online educational tool that gives educators and the public interactive access to NOAA environmental data, enabling unique views of the world's oceans, land, atmosphere, cryosphere and climate. 
Continuous Light Absorption Photometer
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Continuous Light Absorption Photometer

Earth System Research Laboratory

NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory successfully transfers its innovative Continuous Light Absorption Photometer to Brechtel Manufacturing, Inc. of Fremont, CA.
$2500 Prize for New SBIR/STTR Logo Design
Friday, May 8, 2015

$2500 Prize for New SBIR/STTR Logo Design


The winning logo will premiere, and the winner will be recognized, the week of June 15 at the 2015 Tibbetts Awards in the White House and feature at the National SBIR/STTR Conference.  Oh yeah, there is also a $2,500 prize to the winner!

NOAA Announces Collaboration with Industry to Unleash the Power of Environmental Data
Friday, April 24, 2015

NOAA Announces Collaboration with Industry to Unleash the Power of Environmental Data

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced a big data project with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, IBM, Microsoft Corp., and the Open Cloud Consortium to explore ways of bringing the Department closer to its goal of unleashing its vast resources of environmental data and delivering on one of the Department’s key priorities – transforming Department data capabilities and supporting a data-driven economy. Secretary Pritzker made the announcement during a keynote address at the American Meteorological Society’s Washington Forum.
NOAA's National Geodetic Survey Hosts 2015 Geospatial Summit, April 13-14
Thursday, April 9, 2015

NOAA's National Geodetic Survey Hosts 2015 Geospatial Summit, April 13-14

The National Geodetic Survey (NGS), an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is hosting a 2015 Geospatial Summit on April 13 and 14 to share updates on the planned 2022 release of new geodetic datums being developed to replace the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88). 
Call for Nominations:  2015 Tibbetts AND SBIR Hall of Fame Awards
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Call for Nominations: 2015 Tibbetts AND SBIR Hall of Fame Awards

BREAKING NEWS: 2015 Tibbetts and SBIR Hall of Fame awardees will be honored at a planned White House ceremony on June 15-2015. Get your nomination packages in now!
Showcasing America’s Entrepreneurial Story at the First White House Demo Day
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Showcasing America’s Entrepreneurial Story at the First White House Demo Day

The day after his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama traveled to Boise, Idaho, to visit with engineering and business students operating on the cutting edge of innovation, using 3D-printing technology to help launch new products and companies.
NOAA Announces Novel Feeder for Juvenile and Larval Fishes
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NOAA Announces Novel Feeder for Juvenile and Larval Fishes

NOAA Fisheries researchers have developed a fish feeder that allows fish farmers to automatically feed young fish on a recurrent basis while protecting the feed from oxidation and clumping. The patent-pending Microparticulate Feeder for Larval and Juvenile Fish was developed at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington and is now available for licensing by a qualified U.S. company.
NOAA’s growing weather observations database goes into full operations
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NOAA’s growing weather observations database goes into full operations

Weather forecasting begins with observations. For several years NOAA has worked to fill gaps in observations by tapping into such varied sources as airlines, other private companies, universities, state highway and agriculture departments, and private citizens.
NOAA and partners document surge in Great Lakes water levels
Friday, February 13, 2015

NOAA and partners document surge in Great Lakes water levels

Scientists at the Army Corps of Engineers, Environment Canada, and NOAA recently documented a record-setting surge in water levels on Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron that began in January 2013, and has continued through November 2014. The United States and Canadian federal agencies expect water levels to stay near or above average on all of the Great Lakes over the next six months.
NOAA's investments in weather models and partnerships paying off
Friday, February 13, 2015

NOAA's investments in weather models and partnerships paying off

As the Northeast digs out from this week’s blizzard, a new NOAA-led effort to improve the forecasting of such high impact weather events is reaching an important early benchmark. One of the first major improvements - upgrading the resolution of three global forecast models -- has already shown its effectiveness. One of these models, the newly upgraded Global Forecast System (GFS) model, provided one of the most precise forecasts of the track, intensity, precipitation, and distribution of the Nor’easter. The other research models provided important forecast information, as well.
2015 NOAA "Weather In Focus" Photo Contest
Thursday, February 12, 2015

2015 NOAA "Weather In Focus" Photo Contest

To kick-off NOAA Heritage Week, NOAA is accepting submissions for its "Weather in Focus" photo contest that recognizes photographers who have captured images of weather or the science used to forecast weather, water, and climate today. Winning images will be showcased in the Gateway to NOAA exhibit located on the NOAA campus in Silver Spring, Md.
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