Alternative Energy & Environmental Solutions, headquartered in Chapel Hill, N.C., has signed a letter of intent to purchase BioTechPharma, an Arlington, Va.-based developer of drug monitoring and diagnostic products used for detecting infectious diseases and other health conditions.
Hospitals are launching campaigns to change their images, and a number of common factors help explain a trend whose examples include the renaming of Prince William Hospital in Manassas, Va., to Novant Health Prince William Medical Center. Hospitals want to communicate the scope of their reach and their resources, emphasize health over illness, use a common brand across entire systems, highlight care quality and reflect changes in the health care system that are creating increasingly integrated provider networks.
The Environmental Protection Agency's ongoing study of fracking risks has many limitations and is too focused on chemicals, according to energy industry groups. The study, to be completed next year, will soon undergo a peer review of data collected to date. "The groups say that EPA must explain to peer reviewers -- and in the final study report -- the limitations of its modeling approach, particularly because all of the presented modeling scenarios involve assumptions that multiple barriers protecting groundwater would fail," Bridget DiCosmo writes.
The shale natural gas boom is reinvigorating U.S. manufacturing, as demonstrated by Royal Dutch Shell's proposed $2 billion plant in Pennsylvania and Methanex's decision to relocate facilities from Chile to Louisiana, writes former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich. "America's intellectual capital and a shale gas revolution are rejuvenating our industrial infrastructure. We may not revisit the halcyon days of the 1950s, but Americans should never lose sight of our considerable advantages when competing against the world," Ehrlich writes.
Want a great workforce? Ask your existing workers to name the best colleagues they've ever had, then track them down and hire them, advises Amber Case of Esri R&D Center -- Portland. "It helps avoid issues with work culture and conflict. You have people who are so excited because they get to work with the friends again," she says.