Advanced Refractory Technologies Inc. (ART, Buffalo, NY) was awarded a two-year, $3.5 million ATP grant for the study of advanced thin-film coatings. . . . Advanced Manufacturing International Inc. (AMII, Sparks, MD) purchased the Diecraft division (Baltimore, MD) of Leica. AMII offers precision manufacturing for the optics, ophthalmic, and analytical-instrumentation industries. . . . Michael P. Chris has joined Optical Research Associates (Pasadena, CA) as assistant director of optical engineering. . . . The 1996 International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films will be held April 22-26 in San Diego, CA. For information contact Robert Hillery at (513) 243-5580.