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Report Details Meeting of nuclear energy standards group.

August 14, 2009

NIST and ANSI published a report on the inaugural meeting of the Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative (NESCC), a new ANSI Standards Panel formed to address current/future standards needs of the nuclear energy industry. In addition to explaining the rationale for the collaboration, the report offers a review of the draft group charter; a discussion of NESCC's organizational structure, and identification/discussion of potential standards topics for technical task groups. Read More

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Investor Perception Study predicts biotech rebound.

August 14, 2009

According to investor perception study released by BIO and Thomson Reuters, investors accurately forecasted rebound of biotechnology industry, but underestimated degree to which positive clinical trial data would drive sector higher. Although study participants indicated "an increase in positive clinical news" as second likely catalyst for rebound, they softened that view with assertion that overall research and development productivity in 2009-2011 would be the same as 2006-2008. Read More

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Membership Category caters specifically to distributors.

August 14, 2009

A specific membership category is offered to distributors who derive at least 1/3 of their revenues from sales of motors, drives, and motion control products. Those who qualify will receive a detailed Motion Control Online listing with features designed to produce leads, one free registration to annual MCA Business Conference, key contact information at other MCA member companies, as well as access to key executives at companies supplying robotics and machine vision. Read More

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Puerto Rico Bill promotes agricultural biotechnology.

August 14, 2009

Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Executive VP, Food and Agriculture for BIO, issued a statement concerning the signing of "Law for the Promotion and Development of Agricultural Biotechnological Businesses in Puerto Rico" by Luis Fortuno, govenor of Puerto Rico. Speaking for BIO, Lauritsen commended Puerto Rico's legislative assembly and governor for enacting and signing into law a bill that promotes agricultural biotechnology research and development. Read More

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Meeting to address financial impact of cyber risk.

August 13, 2009

ANSI and Internet Security Alliance invite all interested stakeholders to participate in second meeting to discuss Phase II of Financial Impact of Cyber Risk: 50 Questions Every CFO Should Ask. Scheduled for August 18, Phase II will focus on developing implementation strategy that addresses questions provided in Phase I. It will also expand that framework to include guidance on making more informed decisions related to cyber risk from economic standpoint. Read More

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NIST releases cybersecurity recommendations for government.

August 13, 2009

NIST has released NIST Special Publication 800-53, Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations. According to Ron Ross of NIST's computer security division, final publication represents solidification of partnership between Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and NIST and their efforts to bring common security solutions to federal government and its support contractors. Read More

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ATA says FAA crew training proposal is unworkable.

August 13, 2009

ATA has filed comments expressing serious concerns about FAA proposed regulation that would rewrite pilot, flight attendant, flight engineer, and dispatcher training requirements. ATA believes that proposal could adversely impact current best practice training programs. Instead of proceeding directly to final rule, ATA recommends that FAA suspend rulemaking and immediately convene Aviation Rulemaking Committee to address conflicts and inconsistencies identified in ATA comments. Read More

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AWWA's 2009 Conference is open for online registration.

August 13, 2009

Scheduled for Nov 15-18, 2009 Water Quality Technology Conference® and Exposition will provide answers about quality water in high-tech environment. Multiple networking events will be available to bring attendees together to discuss issues and solutions relating to water quality. Additionally, WQTC will include more than 500 experts in water quality, 350 presentations, 60 technical sessions, and 44 papers with international perspective. Read More

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Fund-Raising Campaign addresses manufacturing perception.

August 13, 2009

In the fall of 2009, SME Education Foundation will launch a national campaign to secure funding for programs that address perceptions of manufacturing as a career and advance manufacturing education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This initiative, We Advance Manufacturing Education, counters the current general perception of manufacturing as unskilled, repetitive labor in order to motivate students and illuminate career possibilities. Read More

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U.S. Representative's Visit inspires hope of economic relief.

August 13, 2009

Connecting with his constituency, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis visited Lincoln International recently when he was in Chicago. A brief address to Lincoln employees included topics such as the new administration's focus on the economy, environment, and health care reform. IPC President and CEO, Denny McGuirk, was also in attendance and thanked the congressman for co-sponsoring H.R. 422, a bill that would increase the Alternative Simplified Tax Credit and make the R/D tax credit permanent. Read More

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Christopher A. Hart was sworn in as NTSB member.

August 13, 2009

After an extended career in transportation safety, Christopher A. Hart was sworn in as a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member. Recent career notes include his roles as Deputy Director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight at the FAA as well as FAA Assistant Administrator for the Office of System Safety. He was a member of NTSB from 1990-1993 and thereafter as Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Hart had been at the FAA since 1995. Read More

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Laboratory Study enhances nanoparticle sizing guidelines.

August 13, 2009

Resulting from a major inter-laboratory study, ASTM International standards body has updated its guidelines for a commonly used technique for measuring nanoparticle size in solutions. Guidelines now include statistically evaluated data on measurement precisions achieved by various laboratories applying the ASTM guide. Inter-laboratory comparison data will provide a benchmark for labs measuring sizes and size distribution of nanoparticles suspended in fluids. Read More

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Calibration System improves NIST microhotplate technology.

August 13, 2009

Researchers at NIST have developed calibration technique that will improve reliability and stability of NIST's microhotplate. Device is being developed as foundation for miniature gas sensors that can detect chemical and biological agents, industrial leaks, and evens signs of extraterrestrial life from aboard planetary probe. For calibration, engineers compare data from thin-film platinum/rhodium thermocouple integrated in microhotplate structure and thermal efficiency of structure itself. Read More

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U.S. Safety Experts to participate in ISO/IEC Guide 51 Revision.

August 12, 2009

Joint working group of ISO and IEC is forming a committee of experts to participate in revising ISO/IEC Guide 51: Safety aspects - Guidelines for inclusion in standards. Constituents are encouraged to submit expressions of interest for nomination by August 27, 2009. Specifically, Guide 51 provides standards writers with guidelines for inclusion of safety aspects when developing/discussing standards. It is applicable to any safety aspect related to people, property, or the environment. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on AFNOR proposal.

August 12, 2009

Association Francaise de Normalisation has submitted proposal to ISO for new field of technical activity on mechatronics. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments by Sept 25, 2009. Proposed technical activity will address standardization of mechatronics, which is an approach aiming at synergistic integration of mechanics, electronics, control theory, and computer science within product design and manufacturing. Read More

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APEC Meeting brings together business and policy leaders.

August 12, 2009

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2009 gathered in Singapore for week of meetings, panels, and presentations, bringing together business leaders and policy makers from all 21 APEC member economies. Theme of summit was "Sustaining Growth, Connecting the Region," reflecting continuing efforts of APEC to facilitate trade and investment in Asia-Pacific region. Some highlights included Food Safety Cooperation Forum, Chemical Dialogue, Hot Topics in Food Safety, and Toy Safety Initiative Workshop. Read More

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APEC Conference explores business engagement standards.

August 12, 2009

Part of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) 2009 meetings in Singapore, ANSI co-sponsored a conference on business engagement in cooperation with APEC's Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance. This meeting, which brought together 100+ business leaders and policy makers from 21 APEC member economies, was aimed at maximizing standards and conformance contributions to trade growth as well as investment in the Asia Pacific region. Several suggestions were made by meeting's end. Read More

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Revised Publication addresses fan sound performance ratings.

August 12, 2009

AMCA (Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc.) approved the July 2009 revision to AMCA 311, a Certified Ratings Program-Product Rating Manual for Fan Sound Performance, and provides a program for certifying a product's sound performance for rating. Applied to air moving devices, manual/program revision provides additional requirements for setup and technical procedures associated with Sound Performance Licensing of Air Curtain Units. Read More

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Conference to Address air quality models.

August 12, 2009

Air and Waste Management Association will present "Guideline on Air Quality Models: Next Generation of Models," October 28-30, 2009 in Raleigh, NC. This conference will discuss proposed revisions to U.S. EPA's Guideline on Air Quality Models and address topics such as technical and regulatory issues associated with proposed guideline changes. Two associated introductory professional development courses will also be offered. Read More

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US Manufacturing Technology Consumption rises in June.

August 11, 2009

According to AMT and AMTDA (American Machine Tool Distributors' Association), June US manufacturing technology consumption totaled $135.85 million. This total, while up 22.0% from May, is down 69.2% from June 2008's reported total of $440.55 million. With a year-to-date total of $759.03 million, 2009 is down 70.1% compared with 2008. These numbers are based on totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTC program. Read More