MURRAY HILL, N.J., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In support of the U.S. government's effort to encourage growth of the nascent nanotechnology industry, Lucent Technologies' (NYSE: LU) Bell Labs will host the second meeting of the American National Standards Institute's Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) Steering Committee on Jan. 19. The meeting will be held at Lucent's Murray Hill, N.J., headquarters, which also is home to the New Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium (NJNC), a subsidiary of Lucent Technologies. The ANSI-Nanotechnology Standards Panel strives to address standardization in a collaborative forum that supports academia, industry, investors and government agencies that utilize nanotechnology. It was formed in Aug. 2004, in response to an inquiry by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the United States President. The panel's first meeting was held Sept. 29-30, 2004. Members of the panel's steering committee will meet under the direction of the three co-chairs: Dr. David Bishop, vice president, Nanotechnology Research, Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies and president, New Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium; Dr. Clayton Teague, director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO); and Dr. Vicki Colvin, professor of Chemistry, Rice University and director, National Science Foundation-sponsored Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN). "Establishing standards is a critical step for moving nanotechnology from the laboratory into commercial applications," said Bishop. "As the field of nanotechnology progresses and matures, Bell Labs and the NJNC will continue to support the important work of organizations such as ANSI-NSP." Standardization topics already discussed by the panel include terminology and nomenclature, as well as materials properties, and testing, measurement and characterization procedures. About The New Jersey Nanotech Consortium The New Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium (NJNC) provides rapid and cost-effective access to world-class nanotechnology research and development services. A subsidiary of Lucent Technologies, based at and run by Bell Labs, the NJNC conducts basic and applied nanotechnology research and provides fabrication and packaging capabilities, fulfilling its mission of bringing nanotech ideas from concept to commercialization. The NJNC also is supported by the State of New Jersey, enabling participation of local research universities including Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. About Bell Labs Bell Labs, the R&D division of Lucent Technologies, is the leading source of new communications technologies. It has generated more than 30,000 patents since 1925 and has played a pivotal role in inventing or perfecting key communications technologies, including transistors, digital networking and signal processing, lasers and fiber-optic communications systems, communications satellites, cellular telephony, electronic switching of calls, touch-tone dialing, and modems. Bell Labs scientists have received eleven Nobel Prizes in Physics, nine U.S. National Medals of Science and eight U.S. National Medals of Technology(R). For more information about Bell Labs, visit its Web site at http://www.bell-labs.com. About Lucent Technologies Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent's customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit http://www.lucent.com. About ANSI ANSI is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Composed of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations, the ANSI Federation represents the diverse interests of more than 120,000 entities and 3.2 million professionals worldwide. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ANSI currently has offices in New York City and Washington, DC. For more information about ANSI, please visit http://www.ansi.org.
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