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Summer Camp addresses fuel cell engineering basics.

July 15, 2009

The basics of fuel cell engineering will complement a summer technology camp offering robotics, aeronautics, and computer design for sixth and seventh graders attending Gateway Academy, which is offered by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation. In a day-long session, students will learn fuel-cell basics in a classroom setting. They will receive live data directly from the fuel cell site for analysis and be able to follow/dissect results as the trial progresses. Read More

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ATA and State Trucking Associations exclusively provide VMRS.

July 15, 2009

Developed by ATA's Technology and Maintenance Council, Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards 2000(TM) products provide vital link between shop floor and management. Available for use in either paper or electronic format, VMRS creates single process to document when, why, and how maintenance is performed on equipment; improve inventory control; identify system, component, and labor expenditures; help control costs; and manage variety of equipment. Read More

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Collaboration to yield Colorado wind power project by 2010.

July 15, 2009

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has signed 20-yr agreement with subsidiary of Duke Energy Corp. to purchase output of 51 MW wind farm on 6,000 acre site northwest of Burlington, CO. Site will be comprised of 34 x 1.5 MW GE turbines. According to Governor Bill Ritter, project will provide reliable energy, clean-energy jobs, and long-term economic benefits for Kit Carson County. Tri-State is supplier to 44 electric cooperatives and public power districts in 4 states. Read More

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ASHRAE proposes changes to ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1.

July 14, 2009

Proposed changes designed to improve energy efficiency of buildings covered by ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 are open for public comment. Some proposed addendum include bh, which would require supply air temperature reset in multiple-zone HVAC systems; bf, which provides new requirements for continuous air barriers; addendum f, which would allow number of paths to reduce building roof load; and bq, which reduces additional lighting power allowances. Read More

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TRFA announces technical presentations for annual meeting.

July 14, 2009

From September 13-15, TRFA 2009 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, will feature 17 Technical Paper presentations, including 7 presentations focused on composites and tooling. Essential to meeting association's objective of being premier forum to interact and exchange knowledge among formulators and suppliers, papers are chosen for technical content, timeliness of subject, and relevance to TRFA members and industry. Read More

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BSA Fall Meeting will examine pros/cons of social networking.

July 14, 2009

At 2009 Fall Meeting, from September 21-22 in Chicago, IL, there will be presentation on pros and cons of social networking and examples of how media is being used. Presentation will be led by speaker Jeff Risley, VP/Public Relations and Social Media Analyst of Barkley advertising agency. Association encourages members and participating manufacturers who are not currently committee members to attend and try out committees that interest them. Registration deadline is August 31. Read More

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AASHTO Executive replies to House committee remarks.

July 14, 2009

Responding to remarks made by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Republicans, John Horsley, AASHTO Executive Director, said investments by state DOTs in transportation projects through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are part of solution to economic recession. During past 5 months, according to Horsley, $16.7 billion in projects have been approved for funding, creating thousands of jobs. Read More

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ASHRAE announces change to residential ventilation standard.

July 14, 2009

Addendum e to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2007, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, allows alternative methods for meeting its requirements regarding kitchen/bathroom exhaust fans. Methods like increasing overall whole-house ventilation rate to compensate for insufficient/nonexistent bathroom exhaust are accepted. Proposal addresses fact that people doing retrofits tend to ignore standard if fan requirements are demanding, says Steven Emmerich. Read More

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NAM Official urges revamping of export control system.

July 14, 2009

Testifying to House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, John Engler said system is hampering ability to innovate/compete in world markets by maintaining too many outmoded policies and practices. Reports/experts show current system is hindering ability of government to safeguard critical technologies and protect national security. Engler offered recommendations for rewriting legislation to meet nation's security and competitiveness objectives. Read More

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BIO strongly supports House-passed SBIR reauthorization.

July 14, 2009

Passed by House of Representatives, H.R. 2965 allows small companies that receive majority of their financing from venture capital to be eligible to compete for Small Business Innovation Research grants. According to Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, passage of bill is critical step toward ensuring that all innovative companies can compete for SBIR grants - based on promise of their science rather than structure of their capital. Read More

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Francis Collins as NIH Director is applauded by BIO.

July 14, 2009

Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, made a statement praising Barack Obama's nomination of Francis S. Collins as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In it, Greenwood urged the Senate to move quickly to confirm Collins, citing the "impeccable credentials and experience" he will bring to the position. Greenwood went on to express an eagerness to work with Dr. Collins and the NIH staff to attain the President's goal of finding a cure for cancer "within our time." Read More

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Senate Subcommittee completes mark up of DOE FY10 budget.

July 14, 2009

Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee has announced Chairman's mark that provides $190 million for hydrogen and fuel cells at DOE, restoring funding to FY2009 levels. According to Chairman Dorgan, Energy and Water Appropriations bill invests in efforts to reduce reliance on foreign oil and restores funding for hydrogen energy research. House Appropriations Committee also met to review proposed FY10 budget, which will proceed to House floor. Read More

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Registration is Open for chemical QA webcast.

July 14, 2009

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has announced that registration for its webcast, Chemicals: Best Practices for Quality Assurance, is open. To be held on August 5, 2009 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MDT, the webcast will provide tools and tips to ensure utilities are selecting and using the right chemicals, evaluating feed systems, establishing appropriate delivery procedures, as well as reviewing their security and emergency response plans appropriately. Read More

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Temporary PTO Funding critical for biotech innovation.

July 14, 2009

According to statement made by BIO, continued innovation in U.S. biotechnology industry is dependent on strong U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Furloughs or other measures that result in reduction of patent examiners will have negative impact on ability of PTO to examine critical biotech patent applications in timely manner. This could slow innovation, stifling biotech innovation, threatening U.S. competitiveness, and jeopardizing high-wage, high-quality U.S. jobs. Read More

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ATA commends CFTC for proposed commodities hearings.

July 14, 2009

According to James C. May, ATA President and CEO, airline industry commends Commodity Futures Trading Commission for recognizing serious adverse effects of unchecked speculation on consumers and businesses. U.S. airline industry supports CFTC initiative to consider imposing position limits on commodity investments designed to prevent speculative investors from disproportionately controlling commodities markets. Read More

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Conference examines policy effects on biotech industries.

July 14, 2009

During the 2009 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, executives of biofuel and industrial biotechnology companies, as well as representatives of NGOs, will offer their views on how the industry might fare under carbon accounting rules. Topics will address biofuels and carbon policies; the utility of sustainable biofuel certification; US climate change legislation; as well as feedstock procurement, regulation, and storage. Read More

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BIO commends NIH on stem cell research guidelines.

July 14, 2009

According to Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, NIH's guidelines allow for federal funding of stem cell research, which is critical for enabling biotechnology companies to continue to develop products that are needed by patients. BIO believes that research on adult and embryonic stem cells holds promise to produce new therapies and possibly cures for cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, spinal cord injuries, and other life-threatening conditions. Read More

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Conference/Exhibition targets clinicians/engineers/designers.

July 14, 2009

Materials and Processes for Medical Devices conference and exhibition, to be held August 10-12 in Minneapolis, will bring together materials scientists and engineers, metallurgists, product designers, researchers, and clinicians. In its 7th yr, event will cover medical devices using metallic and biodegradable plastics, bioactive ceramics, nanomaterials, and biocompatible alloys. It will include sessions covering various aspects of medical device design in addition to 5 sessions on materials. Read More

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RadTech Members addressed on how to recharge economy.

July 14, 2009

In Job Growth: Dos and Don'ts speech at RadTech's Spring Meeting, Drew Greenblatt of Marlin Steel Wire Products urged members to target overseas markets as way to revitalize economy. Greenblatt recommended reinvesting to create jobs and diversifying offerings for customers. In addition, he said members should invite local/state/federal officials to visit manufacturing facilities to learn what facility produces, jobs it provides, and benefit company brings to local community/economy. Read More

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PTDA 2009 Canadian Conference focused on state of market.

July 13, 2009

Held from May 28-30, 2009 PTDA Canadian Conference brought together power transmission/motion control industry's leaders for insiders' focus on Canadian industry trends. Jayson Myers, president of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, addressed Canadian economic forecast, and Mike Edwards, editor of Design Product News, offered participants insights into 10 technology trends that will impact PT/MC industry. Participants also attended various in-depth market briefings. Read More