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BIO Convention is seeking session proposals.

July 22, 2009

BIO invites leaders in science, finance, business, law, and government policy to submit proposals for breakout sessions at 2010 BIO International Convention, which will be held May 3-6 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL. Featuring 125+ breakout sessions in 17 educational session tracks, convention will highlight latest trends as well as new opportunities for executives, investors, scientists, policy leaders, and media. Read More

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Consumer Interest Participation Directory is offered online.

July 22, 2009

An electronic version of the ISO Directory of Consumer Interest Participation is available online. It provides updatable information on the state of consumer participation in standards setting. Data supplied by ISO members is automatically integrated, providing real-time information on consumer participation, and organized by priority area/country. Through query page, users can generate listings of standards or standards under development within each priority area. Read More

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ASTM seeks papers for July 2010 symposium.

July 22, 2009

Sponsored by ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum and Petroleum Products and Subcommittee D02.14, Symposium on Fuel Corrosivity and Material Compatibility of Petroleum and Alternative Liquid Fuels will be held July 1, 2010, in Kansas City, MO. Presenters/authors must submit online abstract submittal form, with 250-300 word preliminary abstract, by September 22, 2009, and will be notified by Nov. 22, 2009, of paper's acceptability for presentation. Read More

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ELFA comments on revisions to lease accounting standards.

July 22, 2009

According to ELFA President, Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., ELFA supports Financial Accounting Standards Board and International Accounting Standards Board as they seek to establish workable accounting standard that applies to assets and liabilities arising from lease transactions. However, proposed lease accounting model is unduly complex and will impose compliance burden on lessees that will not result in significant improvement in quality or reliability of financial information. Read More

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Awards Nominations Deadline extended to July 27, 2009.

July 22, 2009

To ensure all stakeholders have sufficient opportunity to submit candidates for ANSI's 2009 Leadership and Service Awards, the deadline for nominations has been extended to Monday July 27, 2009. The awards, presented annually as part of World Standards Week, recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs. Recipients will be chosen by officers from the ANSI Board of Directors. Read More

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ISO Workshop to address upcoming IWA on glass clarity.

July 22, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 15-16, 2009, ISO workshop will further development of International Workshop Agreement on classification of glass clarity. IWA will serve as global reference document that allows stakeholders to have mutual understanding on quality of clear glass as it relates to perception by consumer, communication of quality to market, and sustainability of development methods. It will provide generic definition and classification of glass clarity, along with method to measure clarity level. Read More

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PMA Report forecasts increase in metalforming demand.

July 22, 2009

As economic indicator for manufacturing, July 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report showed metalforming companies expect continued strengthening of business conditions during next 3 months. Of 131 sampled US and Canadian companies, 37% predict an improvement in overall economic activity and 47% expect it will remain unchanged. Companies also anticipate improvements in incoming orders, with 46% predicting increased orders and 39% expecting no change. Read More

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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