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PCB Industry Results show decreases in October 2009.

December 1, 2009

IPC's announced October findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, shipments decreased 12.8% from 2008 levels, and orders booked decreased 2.1%. Year to date combined industry shipments were also down 24.4%, along with bookings, which were down 21.5%. Compared to September 2009, combined industry shipments decreased 8.3% and bookings went down 17.4%. Combined industry book-to-bill ratio reached 1.09. Read More

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FAA bans takeoffs with polished frost.

December 1, 2009

To increasing safety of winter flying, FAA is prohibiting takeoffs with "polished frost" - frost buffed to make it smooth - on wings, stabilizers, and control surfaces of several classes of aircraft. As alternative to removing frost, operators may consider using wing covers to prevent frost accumulation on wings, wait for frost to melt, store aircraft in heated hangar, or deice wing surface. New rules are effective on January 30, 2010. Read More

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Stakeholders Invited to discuss financial impact of cyber risk.

November 30, 2009

Interested stakeholders are invited to participate in meeting to discuss Phase II of The Financial Impact of Cyber Risk: 50 Questions Every CFO Should Ask, a joint initiative to identify and respond to current needs of C-suite community regarding cyber risk. To be held December 10, 2009 in NYC, meeting will focus on developing implementation strategy that addresses questions provided in Phase I. It will also include guidance on making informed decisions. Read More

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ISO, IEC, and ITU announce 2010 Fully Networked Car Workshop.

November 30, 2009

To be held March 3-4, 2010 in Geneva, The Fully Networked Car will highlight information and communication technologies in motor vehicles. Workshop will bring together key players involved in developing standards for safety and security, navigation, car maintenance, fleet management, as well as mobile office and entertainment for motor vehicles. One particular focus will be developments in technology and network requirements for electric vehicles. Read More

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ASA Education Foundation reviews 2009 and plans for 2010.

November 30, 2009

Meeting in Chicago from November 10-11, 2009, ASA Education Foundation Board of Trustees reviewed 2009 achievements and created plans for 2010 and beyond. For 2010, it plans to develop colleges under ASA University umbrella, develop curricula to fill industry needs, establish educational career pathways for every position, and make clear how its programs/services fit into member's goals and objectives. Plans create model to communicate value of training to ASA members on large-scale basis. Read More

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ASA Education Foundation announces 2010 Board of Trustees.

November 30, 2009

ASA Education Foundation has announced that Frank Finkel will serve 2nd year as President of its Board of Trustees. Under his leadership and guidance, Board has embraced e-learning initiatives and developed ASAU Online, said Amy Black. Board named Mark Hanley as President-Elect, Joe Maiale as Treasurer, Mike Adelizzi as Secretary, and Amy Black as Executive Director, in addition to several trustees. Also, Board member Jeffrey Beall was recognized for his years of service at meeting. Read More

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ANSI and NIST release agenda for NESCC meeting.

November 30, 2009

ANSI and NIST have released agenda for 2nd meeting of Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative (NESCC), to be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2009. Topics include: final discussion and approval of NESCC charter; NRC's use of consensus standards; update of NRC Regulatory Guide 1.69 "Concrete Radiation Shields and Generic Shield Testing for Nuclear Power Plants;" and EPRI Advanced Nuclear Technology Program "Achieving New Nuclear Virtual Power Plant Configuration Management;" among others. Read More

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NTSB Marine Safety Course still has openings.

November 30, 2009

Scheduled for Dec 7-11, 2009, Marine Accident Investigation course still has openings for senior-level marine industry professionals. Weeklong course covers Safety Board's processes and procedures during major marine accident; reviews human factors, medical factors, and electronic data elements in marine investigation; offers best practices for comprehensive and thorough interviewing techniques; and shares report preparation guidelines. Read More

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Baldrige Program calls for applicants for 2010 examiners.

November 30, 2009

Each year Baldrige Program recruits experts from business, education organizations, health care providers, and nonprofits to serve on Board of Examiners for Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Examiners evaluate applications for Award and prepare feedback reports to applicants that cite strengths and opportunities for improvement. Application form for 2010 Board of Examiners is available online and must be submitted electronically by Jan 7, 2010. Read More

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NIST Researchers develop simple way to analyze complex samples.

November 30, 2009

NIST researchers Elizabeth Strychalski and David Ross, in collaboration with Alyssa Henry of Applied Research Associates, Inc., have developed way to analyze complex mixtures. In New Miniaturized Device for Lab-on-a-Chip Separations, they describe gradient elution moving boundary electrophoresis (GEMBE) technique which, in all test cases, was able to reproducibly separate and quantify specific components from solutions, including potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium, lithium and melamine. Read More

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JQI Researchers create entangled photons from quantum dots.

November 30, 2009

Physicists at Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) developed new source of entangled photons using quantum dots tweaked with laser. JQI's technique may enable more compact and convenient sources of entangled photon pairs than presently available for quantum information applications, such as distribution of quantum keys for encrypting sensitive messages. Glenn Solomon, JQI group leader, said advantages include less bulky nature and ability to produce one pair of entangled photons at a time. Read More

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Gretchen Zierick elected as PMA's 2010 Chair.

November 30, 2009

President of Zierick Manufacturing Corp., Gretchen Zierick, has been named PMA 2010 chair of the board of directors. She started by urging all who work in the metalforming industry to support her theme, The Morality of Manufacturing. During her one year term as PMA chair and beyond, Zierick expects PMA's advocacy efforts to help ensure government actions do not put manufacturers at competitive disadvantage. She also encourages members to become involved with networking opportunities. Read More

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IUAPPA Seeks Abstracts for 2010 World Clean Air Congress.

November 30, 2009

International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations (IUAPPA) is seeking abstracts for World Clean Air Congress, which will be held September 12-16 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Abstracts of 250 words or less should relate to the "Achieving Environmental Sustainability in a Resource Hungry World," theme, which recognizes need for holistic management approaches to effectively mitigate potential water, food, energy, and environmental challenges. Read More

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SPE Conference to feature forums focusing on sustainability.

November 30, 2009

SPE ANTECĀ® 2010, to take place May 16-20 in Orlando, FL, will explore topics important for improving environmental sustainability of plastics. In addition to technical presentations, event will feature New Technology Forums with experts discussing current topics and their implications for industry professionals. Forum topics include Polymer Applications for a Clean Environment, Successful Case Studies in Bioplastics, and Latest Developments in Non-Halogenated Flame Retardants. Read More

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PMA Report forecasts declining business over next 3 months.

November 30, 2009

November 2009 PMA Business Conditions Report, which sampled 137 metalforming companies in U.S. and Canada, shows anticipated dip in business conditions and incoming orders over next 3 months. While 27% forecast an improvement in overall economic activity, 48% predict unchanged activity, and 25% suspect decline. Similarly, 31% expect increased orders, and 38% anticipate no change. As opposed to last year during same period, 67% of members reported declining orders. Read More

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Technology Innovation Program seeks comments on funding areas.

November 27, 2009

NIST is asking for public comment on 4 white papers that outline potential areas for research funding grants under Institute's Technology Innovation Program. Papers outline national needs for new and improved technologies in areas of monitoring and repair of civil infrastructure, manufacturing technologies for advanced materials, enabling technologies for electric power smart grid, and technologies for health care based on proteomics, data analysis, and biomanufacturing. Read More

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NIST revises draft publication on computer security guidance.

November 27, 2009

Revised draft publication focuses on transforming episodic information system certification and accreditation processes at federal agencies by reinforcing and specifying procedures for continuous monitoring and updating. Procedures will help organizations respond rapidly to cyber security threats. Titled Special Publication 800-37 Rev 1, document describes Risk Management Framework that stresses security from information system's initial design phase through implementation and daily operations. Read More

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Idaho Transportation Department names new director.

November 27, 2009

Idaho Transportation Board announced that Brian W. Ness has been selected as director of Idaho Department of Transportation. Ness, who holds bachelor's of science degree and master's degree in public administration, was chosen from group of 12 finalists, assembled during nationwide search. Idaho Transportation Board Chairman, Darrell V. Manning, said that Ness possesses professional background, leadership skills, and energy to make immediate impact on transportation in Idaho. Read More

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Nanoparticle Research could improve medical imaging.

November 27, 2009

Joint research team working at NIST and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) discovered method of using nanoparticles to illuminate cellular interior to reveal activities that occur over hours, or even days, inside living cells. While potentially providing means to solving mysteries associated with molecular-scale events, this research focused on characterizing quantum dot properties and contrasting them with other imaging techniques. Read More

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ELFA releases survey of economic activity.

November 27, 2009

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, MLFI-25, new business volume for October declined by 32.8% when compared to same period in 2008. For 2009, MLFI-25 reported month-to-month new business volume down 8.5% from September to October, from $4.7 billion to $4.3 billion. Receivables over 30 days decreased to 4.2% as compared to 5.6% in September, while charge-offs decreased sharply to 1.7% from 3.0% in prior month and rose by 25% compared to October 2008. Read More