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ELFA Conference Call to address 2009-related topics.

August 4, 2009

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is hosting a conference call on August 6, 2009 at 11 am EST to address equipment finance quarterly briefing (covering 2Q 2009). The agenda will include an overview of ELFA, member companies profiles, MLFI-25, and Beige Book; overall trends in equipment finance markets; and MLFI-25 participant perspective. Discussion will also involve views on 2009 as well as a question and answer section. Read More

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FAA mandates new rules on ice protection systems.

August 4, 2009

FAA changed certification standards for transport airplanes to require automatic activation of ice protection systems or method to tell pilots when they should be activated. New aircraft designs must include this or definition of visual signs of ice buildup or identification of conductive temperature/moisture conditions. Systems must operate continuously, automatically turn on and off, or alert pilots when they should be cycled. Standard applies to all types of ice protection systems. Read More

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Vote supports regulatory pathway for biosimilars.

August 4, 2009

With vote of 47 to 11, House Energy and Commerce Committee approved amendment to create regulatory pathway for biosimilars. Approved amendment, introduced by Representatives Anna Eshoo (D, CA), Jay Inslee (D, WA), and Joe Barton (R, TX), strikes appropriate balance among ensuring patient safety, expanding competition, reducing costs, and providing necessary and fair incentives for continued biomedical innovation. Read More

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BIO Forum focuses on investment strategies.

August 4, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 28-29, 2009, 8th Annual BIO Investor Forum focuses on investment strategies and competitive therapeutic and drug development innovations. Program will feature more than 110 late-stage private and emerging public company presentations, therapeutic panels led by clinical thought leaders, business roundtables addressing key issues affecting biotech executives, partnering meetings, and number of networking opportunities. Read More

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RIA Conference offers education and networking opportunities.

August 4, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 13-16, RIA Fall Conference will feature education sessions on variety of critical topics such as managing personal finances, an update on Association's damage repair initiatives and contract project, as well as power networking and education sessions and plant tour at Paragon Certified Restoration. Jill Bishop of Workforce Language Services will present on subject of leveraging Latino workforce for greater engagement, production, and safety. Read More

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ASTM approves skatepark standard.

August 4, 2009

Approved by ASTM International Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities, ASTM F2334 provides standard for basic safety and performance requirements relating to skatepark equipment within above ground public skatepark facility. Standard covers elements intended to be used in performance of skateboarding, in-line skating, and bicycle motocross (BMX) biking, and will be used by skatepark owners and operators, as well as equipment designers and manufacturers. Read More

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Online Exhibit Hall helps users plan visit to IPC Conference.

August 4, 2009

Located at www.IPCMidwestShow.org/exhibitors, IPC Midwest Online Exhibit Hall displays company information, product descriptions, photos, and links to audio and video. Visitors can search for relevant suppliers by category or keywords and pull competitive information together, without traveling to multiple sites. Using My Midwest feature, attendees can create personalized plans for visiting exhibitors. IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition is scheduled for Sept 23-24, 2009. Read More

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RPA co-locates annual meeting with Pack Expo 2009.

August 3, 2009

Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) will co-locate its 2009 annual meeting with PMMIs PACK EXPO 2009 on October 5-7, in Las Vegas, sponsoring reusable packaging track of 4 sessions open to all attendees. Sessions will focus on issues ranging from sustainability, RFID, and effects on supply chain. Event will also feature DistriPak Pavilion, sponsored by NPTA Alliance; annual meeting of AICC; Converting and Package Printing Expo; and FPSA PROCESS EXPO. Read More

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Smart Grid Testimony heard by congressional subcommittee.

August 3, 2009

NIST's work on standards and cyber security for a nationwide smart electric power grid was featured in congressional testimony. Before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Homeland Security on July 21, Cita Furlani, director of NIST's Information Technology Laboratory, described how NIST is collaborating with other agencies and private sector organization to address the cyber security requirements of the Smart Grid. Read More

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Brochure available on new NIST Boulder laboratory.

August 3, 2009

Under construction at NIST campus in Boulder, CO, Precision Measurement Laboratory will help NIST better meet needs of U.S. industry and science in key national priority areas such as nanotechnology, new energy sources, enhanced telecommunications, and new information technology such as quantum computers. PML will boost research productivity by offering stringent vibration isolation, temperature and humidity control, air cleanliness, and electrical power quality. Read More

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Video highlights material science postdoctoral fellowships.

August 3, 2009

Door to the Future highlights a program of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (MSEL) at NIST that appoints 10-15 new postdoctoral research fellowships every year. According to MSEL Acting Director, Eric Amis, NIST programs are enriched by fresh ideas and talent brought by NRC postdocs, who interact with a broad range of experienced researchers and have access to world-class equipment and resources. Read More

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NIST Scientists study how to improve organic solar power.

August 3, 2009

In paper titled "Substrate-dependent interface composition and charge transport in films for organic photovoltaics," NIST scientists have deepened understanding of complex organic films in photovoltaic devices. Current types convert less than 6% of light to electricity at best. By applying X-ray absorption measurements to film interfaces, team found that structure of electrode surface is changed such that it could improve photovoltaic efficiency and lifetime. Read More

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NIST Guide addresses design of earthquake-resistant buildings.

August 3, 2009

"Seismic Design of Steel Special Moment Frames: A Guide for Practicing Engineers" consolidates requirements of International Building Code and related standards including ASCE 7, AISC 341, and AISC 358. Part of NIST support for NEHRP, guide includes background and sketches to illustrate requirements as well as chapters on use of special moment frames, their principles, and guidance on analysis and design. It was written for structural engineers, building officials, educators, and students. Read More

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NIST Workshop to cover artificial intelligence advancement.

August 3, 2009

NIST's 9th annual Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems (PerMIS'09) workshop, to be held on September 21-23, will include gathering of researchers involved in advancing artificial intelligence in robots and other systems. It will address question of: Does performance measurement accelerate the pace of advancement for intelligent systems? PerMIS is forum for fostering collaborations between researchers and practitioners from industry, academia, and government agencies. Read More

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Citation Technologies and ANSI deliver ISO standards via Web.

August 3, 2009

Through ANSI-Citation partnership, 17,765 International Standards developed by more than 3,000 ISO technical bodies will be made available on citationĀ® web-based platform. Subscribers can concurrently search standards, test methods, and specifications, as well as related regulations, for keywords and phrases. They can also annotate, incorporate, or connect appropriate sections of standards, specifications, and regulations to relevant company policy and procedure documents. Read More

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Product Incorporating NIST Expert System wins R&D 100 Award.

August 3, 2009

According to R&D Magazine, commercial process design software that incorporates NIST's thermophysical and thermochemical property data sets will receive 2009 R&D 100 award. Award recognizes Aspen PlusĀ® 2006.5 with NIST ThermoData Engine, a process simulator that provides tools to increase number and variety of chemical components that may be considered by process design engineer, while reducing time required for compilation and evaluation of component properties. Read More

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Dr. John A. Tesk receives award from ASTM International.

August 3, 2009

ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices honored John A. Tesk, Ph.D., of Biomedical Materials and Devices Consulting, with the Patrick G. Laing Award for his contributions towards developing standards for medical and surgical devices. An ASTM International member since 1995, Tesk is a member at large on Committee F04 and also works on several F04 subcommittees. He is also associated with various other organizations, domestic and international. Read More

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ASTM Develops clothing temperature rating standard.

August 3, 2009

ASTM International's F2732 standard, Practice for Determining the Temperature Ratings for Cold Weather Protective Clothing, explains all variables that affect a person's thermal comfort. It also describes a procedure for measuring the insulation value of jackets, jacket/pants set, or coveralls over a standard lightweight base ensemble. Manufacturers of cold weather clothing for consumers and insulated apparel for the workplace will be the primary users of this standard. Read More

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Agenda available for 2009 NACD Northeast Region Meeting.

August 3, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 1-2, 2009 Northeast Region Annual Meeting will help participants gain insight into current economy and market trends for coming year, examine U.S. political climate and understand what is on Congress' agenda, and make improvements in inventory management activities. On Friday, presenter will help attendees ensure crisis communication plans are in place and are well crafted to deal with media, if/when necessary. Read More

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NIST awards $55.5 million for university research facilities.

July 31, 2009

NIST has awarded grants to 4 universities to provide cost-shared support for construction of scientific research facilities. Awards include $15 million to University of Miami for Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Research Building; $14.4 million to Auburn University for Center for Advanced Science, Innovation, and Commerce; $11.1 million to Rice University for Brockman Hall for Physics; and $15 million to University of North Carolina Wilmington for Marine Biotechnology facility. Read More