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Kathryn O'Leary Higgins to leave NTSB.

July 22, 2009

NTSB Board Member, Kathryn O'Leary Higgins, submitted her resignation to President Obama, effective August 3. Higgins joined Board on January 3, 2006, and during her tenure, she was on scene at several major accident investigations, including Blue Line derailment in Chicago in July 2006; May 2008 collision of 2 light rail trains in Newton, MA; August 2008 crash of firefighters' helicopter in Weaverville, CA; and the ditching of US Airways airliner in Hudson River in Jan 2009. Read More

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SPE announces date for Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.

July 22, 2009

Scheduled for November 12, 2009, 39th Annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala will be held at Burton Manor in suburbs of Detroit. Theme is Green Cars...Blue Skies... in recognition of industry's intense focus on increasing fuel efficiency while also lowering cost of ownership and reducing tailpipe emissions for ground transportation, and important role that polymeric materials play in meeting those goals. Read More

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ASTM Standard concerns wire cloth and sieves for testing.

July 22, 2009

ASTM International Committee E29 on Particle and Spray Characterization has approved a revision of ASTM standard E11, Specification for Wire Cloth and Sieves for Testing Purposes, in the hopes of leading to better control of the quality of sieve cloths and test sieves. Featuring standard deviation as one parameter for sieve cloth and test sieve evaluation, this revision provides for test sieves that can be supplied in compliance, inspection, and calibration grades. Read More

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Congressional Briefing to address high performance buildings.

July 22, 2009

Energy efficiency of high-performance buildings has potential to go even higher through proposed national "smart" electric power grid being developed by U.S. government and leading industry groups. Scheduled for July 23 at B-340 Rayburn House Office Buildings, briefing for Congressional staff will address how buildings can connect to Smart Grid, technologies and equipment necessary for success, and expectations for what the Smart Grid would look like. Read More

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Energy and Water Budget Bill passes in the House.

July 22, 2009

Energy and Water appropriations bill (HR.3183), which includes DOE's FY10 budget, was passed by floor of the full House by vote of 320-97. Bill included an amendment that added an additional $45 million for hydrogen vehicle technologies to the $40 million the House E&W Appropriations Subcommittee had already added above DOE's $68 million FY10 budget request for hydrogen and fuel cells in DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Read More

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PTDA releases May 2009 market outlook report.

July 21, 2009

According to sales data released by PTDA, Canadian manufacturers' sales were down 6.9% compared to April 2009 and 29.4% when compared to same period last year. U.S. manufacturers' sales rose slightly by 0.3% in May 2009 when compared to April 2009 and fell 26.5% compared to same period last year. Orders in May 2009 decreased by 2.8% over April 2009 orders. Five of nine product categories for U.S. and Canadian manufacturers posted sales gains. Read More

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ASTM Standard helps test energy efficiency of windows.

July 21, 2009

ASTM E2649, Test Method for Determining Argon Concentration in Sealed Insulating Glass Units Using Spark Emission Spectroscopy, provides a method for evaluating gas concentration inside insulating glass units without destroying or altering their edge seal. According to Jeffery Haberer, E06.22.05 task group chair, certification groups and researchers will use ASTM E2649 to show the compliance of an IG unit to hold gas at a minimum accepted level. Read More

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BIO testifies on importance of data exclusivity.

July 21, 2009

BIO recently testified before House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy on "Biologics and Biosimilars: Balancing Incentives for Innovation." In his testimony on behalf of BIO, Jeffrey P. Kushan of Sidley Austin LLP stressed importance of including significant data exclusivity in any pathway for approval of biosimilars and need to provide fair and balanced system to resolve patent disputes before biosimilar is approved and marketed. Read More

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Canada and European Communities end WTO Biotech dispute.

July 21, 2009

According to Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Executive VP, Food and Agriculture for BIO, while it is a good sign to see that Canadian canola growers have gained some access for their exports, European Union's approval system for biotechnology products continues to be broken. It is plagued by political interference, undue delay, and member state prohibitions. This situation impedes U.S. trade, despite well-documented safety of agricultural biotechnology. Read More

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AWWA publishes Wastewater Operator Certification Study Guide.

July 21, 2009

Based on several well-respected textbooks, Wastewater Operator Certification Study Guide: A Guide to Preparing for Wastewater Treatment Certification Exams provides questions similar in content and format to questions that appear on state wastewater-operator certification exams for Grades I, II, III, and IV. It also includes special section on pumping and math section with 75 questions and answers for conversions, percentages, weights, loading and pumping rates, and dosages. Read More

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Courses address electronics manufacturing challenges.

July 21, 2009

Held on September 24, 2009, the professional development program at IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will offer half-day courses lead by industry experts providing practical, real-world solutions to printed board manufacturing and electronics assembly challenges. Topics will cover stencil printing process; advanced component packages/processes; PCB assembly yield troubleshooting; LGA/QFN design, assembly, and rework; final finish compatibility; solder joint reliability; and more. Read More

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FAA Safety Culture reflected in operational error reporting.

July 21, 2009

Effective immediately, names of air traffic controllers will not be included in reports sent to FAA headquarters on operational errors. This will allow investigators to focus on what happened rather than who was at fault. Necessary training will be conducted and disciplinary action taken, if appropriate. To avoid disrupting operations, controllers will not be automatically removed from their position following operational error unless it is deemed necessary. Read More

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ASHRAE Research has reached 2-million dollar mark.

July 21, 2009

For the second year in a row, ASHRAE Research Promotion has raised over 2 million dollars. Contributions from individuals, ASHRAE chapters, and 20 company donors reached $2,038,528 for the 2008-2009 Society year. The Society matches these donated funds dollar-for-dollar, creating a 4-million dollar pool with which to support research. This money will fund research projects, beginning in the 2009-10 fiscal year, that deal with measuring, modeling, analysis, and reporting protocols. Read More

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ASTM announces new standard for testing of arc blankets.

July 21, 2009

ASTM F2676, Test Method for Determining the Protective Performance of an Arc Protective Blanket for Electric Arc Hazards, will be used to determine effectiveness of arc protective blankets in suppressing combined effect of arc flash and arc blast. Developed by Subcommittee F18.65 on Wearing Apparel, it will enable utility companies and heavy industry users to evaluate blankets with repeatable standard at test labs using electric arc and high-speed camera. Read More

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AWWA announces early registration deadline for DSS.

July 20, 2009

AWWA has announced that to register at discounted rate, individuals must sign-up for Distribution Systems Symposium and Exposition (DSS) by Thursday, July 30. At event, top industry leaders will speak about how to make most of new technology and products, manage personnel effectively, and increase system security as well as discuss advances in water distribution system design/operations. It will also include Continuing Education Units and Professional Development Hours. Read More

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NAM applauds new trade enforcement initiatives.

July 20, 2009

In response to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk's speech, Frank Vargo of NAM said organization applauds new trade enforcement initiatives. NAM will work with Ambassador Kirk to implement new initiatives by increasing monitoring of trade practices in other countries and will set up procedure for member companies to identify foreign trade practices that break rules. Also, pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea need to be sent to Congress and passed into law. Read More

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ASHRAE announces call for papers for 2010 Annual Conference.

July 20, 2009

Scheduled for June 26-30, ASHRAE 2010 Annual Conference titled Raising Efficiency to New Levels will feature range of programs and papers addressing energy efficient system design for high elevations and dry climates. Shorter conference paper format with 8-page limit is being introduced in addition to traditional 30-page technical papers. Some tracks include What is Sustainable Anyway?, Energy Facts vs. Simulations, Ventilation Systems, Refrigeration for the Future, and Central Plant Systems. Read More

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ASTM/SES Robert J. Painter Award given to Mickie Rops.

July 20, 2009

Consultant Mickie Rops, member of ASTM International since 2006, received 2009 Robert J. Painter Award from ASTM International and Standards Engineering Society. Rops was recognized for her exceptional work in advancing standardization efforts in area of personnel certificate programs. Regarded advisor to both associations and credentialing agencies, Rops founded Mickie Rops Consulting Inc. in 1997 and is author of first blog for credentialing community. Read More

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Midwest DOTs receive awards for transportation projects.

July 20, 2009

Jointly sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, competition honors America's best in transportation. Michigan DOT won On Time category for I-94 Kalamazoo County Reconstruction Project, while Minnesota DOT won On Time category for I-35W Minneapolis Bridge Replacement Project. Missouri DOT received award in On Budget category for I-44 Conway Welcome Center Project, and Wisconsin DOT's Lake Delton Highway Repair Project was winner in On Time category. Read More

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Larry D. Brown receives E. George Stern award.

July 20, 2009

ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings has honored Larry D. Brown, senior technical director at Tectum Inc. with E. George Stern Award of Excellence for outstanding contributions to development of international standards for building community. A member of ASTM International for more than 25 years, Brown is current chair of Committee E06 and its Subcommittee E06.11 on Horizontal and Vertical Structures/Structural Performance of Completed Structures. Read More