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Business Coalition proposes modernized export control regime.

January 19, 2010

Coalition for Security and Competitiveness released detailed policy recommendations for 21st Century Technology Control Regime that will enhance national security and U.S. competitiveness. According to CSC, Administration should establish clear lines of responsibility in commodity jurisdiction process, promote compliance and enforcement, improve outreach to and resources for U.S. industry, promote multilateral cooperation with allies, and improve licensing system. Read More

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SME Announced first woman president and 2010 Board of Directors.

January 19, 2010

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) elected Barbara M. Fossum, PhD, FSME to lead the organization as 2010 president and was officially sworn in, with the rest of the 2010 SME Executive Committee, on November 14. As president, Fossum plans to coordinate efforts among professional societies and other organizations to achieve key manufacturing community objectives. She would also like to refine manufacturing's career option image and develop educational paths for future generations. Read More

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Evonik Receives Recognition for use of HART technology.

January 19, 2010

HART® Communication Foundation recognized Evonik Degussa Specialty Chemicals Company in Shanghai, P.R. China with HART Innovative Achievement Award. Following research on use of HART in all phases of plant life cycle, Evonik engineers decided to utilize HART Communication throughout their methacrylates production complex - from design to operations to troubleshooting. Complex has 2,000+ HART-enabled instruments and valves installed from multiple global manufacturers. Read More

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Indoor Air Quality Best Practices are addressed in book and CD.

January 19, 2010

Collaborated upon by 5 leading building industry associations and US EPA, "Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning" offers guidance to achieve enhanced indoor air quality (IAQ). Book describes 40 strategies for achieving critical IAQ objectives related to moisture management, ventilation, filtration and air cleaning, and source control. It also highlights how design/construction teams can work together to incorporate good IAQ strategies. Read More

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AIA CEO makes statement on ADS-B rollout in Gulf of Mexico.

January 19, 2010

According to Marion Blakey, AIA President and CEO, rollout of ADS-B air traffic control system in Gulf of Mexico is a major step forward for modernization of America's outdated aerospace infrastructure. Rollout in Philadelphia will be another milestone event as benefits of NextGen technology become apparent in one of nation's busiest airspace corridors. Estimated number of direct and indirect jobs generated by investment in NextGen equipment will be more than 150,000 through 2012. Read More

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Conference/Hydrogen Expo to address safety, codes, standards.

January 19, 2010

Plans are underway for National Hydrogen Association's 2010 Hydrogen Conference and Expo, which will be held May 3-6 in CA. There will be 2 technical sessions dedicated to safety, codes, and standards. While first is parallel session, second is 3 hr workshop-style session. There are also opportunities for related events to be scheduled, which will be announced as they are finalized. Read More

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A&WMA calls for abstracts for vapor intrusion conference.

January 19, 2010

Scheduled for Sept 29-30, 2010, Vapor Intrusion 2010 will gather leading scientists, engineers, regulators, and attorneys to discuss latest developments and innovations in regulatory policy, sampling, analysis, and vapor intrusion pathway control, and complex technical, legal, and public relations challenges posed by VI. Association is seeking abstracts for presentations which demonstrate innovative, scientific approaches for investigation and remediation of VI pathway. Read More

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ATA reports third consecutive quarter of airline cost declines.

January 18, 2010

According to ATA's quarterly Airline Cost Index, composite cost index fell 36% to 185.3 in third quarter of 2009, versus 289.7 in same period of 2008, outpacing 1.6% decline in U.S. Consumer Price Index. Combined labor and fuel costs accounted for nearly ½ of airline operating expenses. Average price paid for fuel, while still disproportionately high, fell from $3.51 to $1.94 per gallon, while average cost of full-time equivalent worker rose 7.6% to a high of $81,235. Read More

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ATA makes statement on ATW recognition of CAAFI.

January 18, 2010

Air Transport World magazine has presented Joseph S. Murphy Industry Service Award for 2010 to Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative. According to ATA President and CEO, James C. May, ATA is extremely pleased that ATW has recognized how much CAAFI has accomplished to foster alternative aviation fuel development. ATA is proud of member airlines and all other CAAFI players for their innovation in helping to make environmentally sound alternative energy a reality. Read More

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Volvo is Exclusive Presenting Sponsor for construction contest.

January 18, 2010

Agreement signed by AEM and Volvo Construction Equipment makes Volvo the presenting sponsor for AEM's annual Construction Challenge teen competition. Under this agreement, Volvo acts as exclusive official presenting sponsor of challenge competition for 2010-2014. Creative problem-solving program educates young people about value of construction industry careers as well as industry contributions to improved quality of life. Read More

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AWWA announces ACE10 registration is now open.

January 15, 2010

Scheduled for June 20-24, 2010 Annual Conference and Exposition will enable participants to explore future of safe water, gain insight into cutting-edge research and best practices, and experience latest products and services available to water community. ACE10 will feature 14 in-depth, interactive workshops and more than 100 professional sessions comprising more than 550 presentations. New Product Technology Showcase will return to highlight innovative products and technology. Read More

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NIST Scientists quantify nanoparticle-protein interactions.

January 15, 2010

Research team at NIST has quantified interaction of gold nanoparticles with proteins found in human blood, an approach that should be useful in development of nanoparticle-based medical therapies and for better understanding the physical origin of toxicity of certain nanoparticles. Team found that once proteins stick to nanoparticles, optical properties of both particles and proteins change. Measuring changes helps quantify propensity of particles to aggregate due to presence of protein layers. Read More

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Atomic Property Predictions improves by NIST, IU scientists.

January 15, 2010

James Sims of NIST and Stanley Hagstrom of Indiana University (IU) have determined accurate values for fundamental property of lithium using approach that may permit scientists to do likewise for other atoms in periodic table. Specifically, they calculated 4 excitation energies for lithium atom approximately 100 times more accurately than previous experimental measurements. Determination of excitation energies is of interest to those who characterize and model all types of gaseous systems. Read More

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NIST awards research grants in measurement science.

January 15, 2010

NIST has awarded $34.12 million in grants for 27 research projects in measurement science and engineering. Ranging from $408,996 to $1.5 million, one-time grants will fund projects lasting up to 3 yr in higher-education, commercial, and nonprofit organizations in 18 states. NIST Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grants Program supports research in energy, environmental, information technology, bioscience, manufacturing, and physical infrastructure sectors. Read More

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International Conference addresses business ethics.

January 15, 2010

First International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct for the Aerospace and Defense Industry strengthened exchange between industrial, institutional, and state players within key sectors, encouraging them to participate in development of fair competition rules. This forum, now entering its outreach phase will be a landmark approach for all sectors on how global companies that are competitors can create and share best practices in addressing ethical issues. Read More

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ASHRAE Press Breakfast to focus on Standard 189.1.

January 14, 2010

Scheduled for Jan 25, ASHRAE Press Breakfast will focus on Standard 189.1P, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Kent Peterson, P.E., will provide overall look at standard and discuss its impact on industry. Mark MacCracken will discuss standard's indoor environmental quality requirements, and Nick Ferzacca will talk about standard's requirements for operation and lighting impact. Read More

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AWWA Webcast addresses inorganic treatment issues.

January 14, 2010

On February 10 of 2010, AWWA will host "Inorganic Treatment: Avoiding Inadvertent Compliance Challenges," a webcast intended to summarize recent surveys of lesser-known inorganics in US and Canadian drinking waters. It will also provide overview of pH adjustment issues and stability of water as it relates to inorganics as well as present case studies from systems that experienced unintended consequences when adding inorganic treatment process. Read More

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NIST awards $123 million in grants for research facilities.

January 14, 2010

NIST announced grants totaling more than $123 million to 11 universities and nonprofit research organization to provide cost-shared support for scientific research facility construction. Targeting ultimate research such as off-shore wind power and coral reef ecology to quantum physics and nanotechnology, projects will launch more than $250 million in new laboratory construction projects this year. Read More

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Houston FAA Controllers are using new satellite-based tracking system.

January 14, 2010

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced that Houston air traffic controllers are beginning to use Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology, an improved satellite-based system, to efficiently and safely separate and manage aircraft flying over the Gulf of Mexico. Technology will also allow FAA to provide new, more direct routes over the Gulf of Mexico, improving efficiency of aircraft operations while using less fuel. Read More

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Additive Manufacturing gets a universal language.

January 14, 2010

In effort to eliminate confusion over terminology, design, testing methods, materials, and processing differences, SME's Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing community approached ASTM to develop standards. Result is the publication, "Standard Terminology for Additive Manufacturing Technologies," which will allow manufacturers to compare and contrast performance of different additive processes and enable researchers and process developers to provide repeatable results. Read More