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Flexibility in OCI Rules is recommended by AIA.

December 10, 2009

In testimony, AIA Vice President Cord Sterling said that the US government needs to adopt Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI) rules that function effectively without forcing unnecessary divestitures in industry. He specified that the "DoD should develop and implement a clear, organization-wide policy that encourages use of systems engineering expertise, while ensuring strict mitigation of OCIs" and went on to stress importance of clear policy and regulatory guidance. Read More

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TRFA allows industry to ask questions via its website.

December 10, 2009

TRFA has added an ASK TRFA page on its website for professionals to ask technical, logistics, and management questions related to thermoset resin industry. Once posted on site, questions will be assigned to one of TRFA's market-focused committees. Answers to general technical questions will not involve confidential information or trade secrets. The association has also added library of technical presentations on members-only site and list of over 160 regulatory acronyms on public website. Read More

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High-Strength Steel featured in 2010 car/truck of the year.

December 10, 2009

Both 2010 Ford Taurus and Volvo XC60 feature advanced high-strength steels and were selected as 2010 International Car and Truck of the Year. Ron Krupitzer, vice president of automotive applications for AISI's Steel Market Development Institute, commended the dedication shown by Ford and Volvo towards developing improved structures using new high-strength steels that reduce mass and subsequently increase fuel efficiency. Read More

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November Job Loss Rate slows for nonresidential construction.

December 10, 2009

According to December 4 employment report by US Labor Department, nonresidential construction industry lost 600 jobs in November. Since November of last year, sector lost 101,100 jobs or 12.5%, and nonresidential construction employment currently stands at 705,600. Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist, Anirban Basu, said this is representative of an overall slowing of US job losses in recent months and that markets are responding positively to this unexpected news. Read More

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Independent Review Panel to examine November FTI outage.

December 10, 2009

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced formation of independent review panel that will examine Nov 19, 2009 outage of FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure. Group of experts will survey FTI's architecture and recommend immediate or future changes to improve reliability. They will also review management of system to ensure the most stringent protocols and safeguards are in place. FTI system operates 24/7 and provides communication support for National Airspace System. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO Show Sales on target for 10th anniversary.

December 10, 2009

Mary Mac Kinnon, IPC director of trade show sales, has reported that exhibit sales for IPC APEX EXPO(TM) 2010 are on target with 85% of exhibit floor sold. Scheduled for April 6-8, event will include YouTube video competition, which will encourage industry members to share bloopers, blunders, or bonus moments of their careers or experiments. In addition, IPC will provide 10 individuals with free All-Access Passes to event, which is valued at $1,295. Read More

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ATA accepts preorders for 2009-2010 trucking almanac.

December 9, 2009

ATA began accepting preorders for ATA American Trucking Trends 2009-2010 on December 2. Available Monday, December 21, almanac of U.S. trucking, produced by ATA Economics Department, provides profile of current dynamics shaping trucking industry. It will be available in book, CD, and downloadable PDF formats. Proceeds from sales will support efforts of ATA and participating state trucking associations, including outreach and advocacy. Read More

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ANSI responds to Congressional standardization inquiry.

December 9, 2009

Congressman Bart Gordon sent inquiry asking various companies and organizations for their views on 4 questions relating to standards and standardization system. These cover importance of technical standards; if there is need for review of standards-setting process; need for full assessment of system; and if single federal coordinating point for standards is needed. ANSI response, sent to Gordon on November 12, is available on Key Documents of Interest page on ANSI Online. Read More

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PTDA October 2009 Report shows slight increase in sales.

December 9, 2009

According to October 2009 PTDA Market Outlook Report, U.S. manufacturers' sales rose 0.6% over September 2009; slower than previous 2 months and down 28.2% compared to October 2008. Canadian manufacturers' sales rose 0.8%, while year-to-year sales are off 27.2%. Confidence in U.S. market has stalled at 4.7 on scale of 1-10 for 4 consecutive months, and negative since January. Canadian manufacturers' confidence spiked in October 2009, jumping to neutral position of 5.0. Read More

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ANSI Board names volunteer leaders for 2010 terms.

December 9, 2009

ANSI Board of Directors announced its members and officers for the term beginning January 1, 2010. This includes Arthur E. Cote, who was re-appointed for a second one-year term as ANSI's chairman of the Board, and 4 vice-chairmen. Newly and re-elected Directors-at-Large were also named for terms beginning January 1, 2010 and ending December 31, 2012. Retiring members were also recognized for their service to the institute. Read More

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TAG Annual Reports are due by Jan 31, 2010.

December 9, 2009

Procedures and Standards Administration department of ANSI wishes to remind Administrators of ANSI-Accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ISO that 2009 TAG Annual Reports are due no later than Jan 31, 2010 to psa@ansi.org. Annual report shall include information on meetings, current TAG membership list, list of problems encountered during past year, express certification by U.S. TAG administrator that TAG operates in compliant manner, and results of self-audit held during past year. Read More

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Sponsorship Opportunities are available for cyber risk guide.

December 9, 2009

In January 2010, ANSI and Internet Security Alliance will release The Financial Impact of Cyber Risk II, an action guide designed to help executives and corporate leaders to mitigate their cybersecurity risks through concrete solutions. ANSI invites organizations that wish to demonstrate their commitment to fostering cybersecurity and risk assessment practices to consider the comprehensive sponsorship packages that are available. Read More

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Media Registration is Open for the BIO CEO and Investor Conference.

December 9, 2009

Twelfth Bio CEO & Investor Conference offers forum for discussing investment trends, conducting company presentations and one-on-one meetings, as well as learning about investment opportunities within biotechnology industry. This annual conference for life sciences industry will take place February 8-9 in NYC and feature therapeutic panel discussions as well as roundtable discussions on business trends designed to address issues relevant for investors. Read More

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ASHRAE launches pilot building energy labeling program.

December 9, 2009

Known as Building EQ, Building Energy Quotient program will inform building owners and operators, tenants, and prospective buyers on energy use of buildings. Program will include both As Designed and In Operation ratings for all building types, except residential. It will also provide detailed certificate with data on actual energy use, energy demand profiles, indoor air quality, and other information that will enable building owners to evaluate and reduce building's energy use. Read More

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Networking Site fosters physical scientists' collaboration.

December 8, 2009

AIP announced the launch of Release 2 of AIP UniPHY (aipuniphy.org), which has 10,000+ registered members. This professional networking site offers features to help physical science researchers connect and collaborate. In addition to providing CV section, where researchers can display their professional profiles, site offers functionality for uploading photos, linking to social bookmarking sites, and listing researchers that have collaborated with co-authors. Read More

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BIO supports investment in biorefinery projects.

December 8, 2009

BIO applauded announcement of over $600 million in grants and loan guarantees to help build 19 biorefinery projects to produce advanced biofuels and biobased chemicals from renewable feedstocks. Investment by DOE and USDA shows how important biofuels and biobased chemicals are to economic and energy security of country. According to report by Bio Economic Research Associates, advanced biorefineries could create 29,000 new jobs and $5.5 billion in economic growth over next 3 years. Read More

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Proposed Standards cover aspects of fire exposure.

December 8, 2009

Proposed standard ASTM WK23700 will cover test for resistance of roof field vents to flames and burning embers. Practical application of standard is to effectively subject roof field vents, and potentially ridge vents, to real world exposure to wind-driven flames and burning embers under laboratory conditions. Proposed standard ASTM WK25760 will serve as tool in development of fire test methods to evaluate materials for resistance to ignition and spread of fire from building to building. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee to sponsor embrittlement trends workshop.

December 8, 2009

Following subcommittee meeting on Jan. 26, 2010, ASTM Subcommittee E10.02 will hold workshop focusing on embrittlement trend curves. Some workshop topics will include comparison of like material embrittlement in test and power reactors; alternatives to use of surveillance data to obtain high fluence measurements; physical models for understanding flux and time effects; lessons learned from BWRVIP and other integrated RVSPs; and both regular and International perspectives. Read More

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ASTM Workshop to cover biologic and synthetic bone grafts.

December 8, 2009

Scheduled for May 18, 2010, workshop titled Biologic and Synthetic Bone Grafts: Current Status and Future Directions will summarize current technologies and their approved uses, and highlight areas for new ASTM guide and standard development. Workshop will also focus on bone graft assessment and models, clinical performance, and tissue engineered bone graft biomaterials and combinations. Read More

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APICS releases Operations Management Employment Outlook.

December 7, 2009

According to third quarterly APICS Operations Management Employment Outlook released by APICS and Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, 51% of respondents with hiring responsibility anticipate hiring staff in next 12 months. Of those, 67% anticipate hiring in one or more of the following areas: execution and control of operations, purchasing/customer relationship management, quality, resource planning, and supply chain management. Read More