U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies – recently announced a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) grant to the Kansas Technology Center (KTC), a function of Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. The NIST grant will allow KTC and Pitt State to establish a recyclable plastics modeling and testing laboratory. The laboratory will allow Pitt State to bring together renowned faculty and equipment to attract and educate undergraduate and graduate students majoring in its plastics-related programs and better prepare them for work in an industry needful of a new generation of skilled workers at the fore of technology and standards in material testing.