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LIA announces upcoming laser safety training courses.

June 30, 2009

Laser Safety Officer Training courses will be held in St. Louis, MO on August 4-6, 2009, and in Milton, ON, Canada on August 17-19, 2009. Courses will provide nonmathematical approach to teach duties of Laser Safety Officer as described in ANSI Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers standard. Targeting professionals not required to perform hazard analysis calculations, they will offer education on laser fundamentals and terminology, bioeffects, control measures, and safety program administration. Read More

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BIO Official comments on White House letter on biosimilars.

June 30, 2009

BIO President/CEO Jim Greenwood said letter, sent to Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, calls for 7 yr of data exclusivity which is risky shortcut and undermines incentives needed for continued biotech research. Greenwood believes 14 yr would provide balance between access to breakthrough medicines and protection provided to small drug manufacturers. BIO will continue working with Administration/Congress to develop bipartisan pathway to biosimilars, focusing on patient safety. Read More

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AASHTO reports states meet deadline for highway projects.

June 30, 2009

According to testimony by Acting Deputy Administrator of FHA Jeff Paniati, 5,000 projects valued at $15.7 billion have been approved by agency, accounting for 59% of total funds, as of June 24. As of June 19, 1,500 projects were underway in 45 states. Paniati also noted that 15 states have obligated 80% of funds, with Maine obligating 100%. Recovery Act provided $48 billion for transportation investments and all highway funds must be obligated by March 2, 2010. Read More

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AIA Official speaks on approval of jet fuel specification.

June 30, 2009

AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey says organization is pleased that fuels subcommittee approved specification which, once approved by ASTM and accepted by FAA, will allow synthetic paraffinic kerosene from Fischer-Tropsch process to be blended with conventional fuels and used as substitute for crude oil-derived jet fuel. Decision is step to near-term approval of sustainable, plant-based biofuels as well as path to lower aviation carbon footprint. Read More

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SME partners to offer motorsports summer camp.

June 30, 2009

Motorsports Institute Summer Camp, hosted by North Carolina Motorsports Association and SME Education Foundation, will be held June 15-19 at Central Piedmont Community College and Charlotte area motorsports facilities. Students will use RC cars to learn fundamentals of motorsports and manufacturing, working in teams to design/manufacture parts and solve manufacturing, design, and engineering problems. Camp will conclude with competition held at Hendrick Motorsports Team Center. Read More

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Ford Scholarship Award given to Chicago high-school students.

June 29, 2009

Ford Blue Oval Scholarships were awarded to 4 winning teams, receiving awards totaling $35,000. In partnership of Ford Motor Company Fund, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, and SME Education Foundation, week-long competition featured 25 students from 8 Chicago Public Schools as part of 2009 Future Founders Academy. Scholarship criteria required student to want to pursue science, technology, engineering, or manufacturing career and to pursue college degree. Read More

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ASTM International awards 2 professionals for leadership.

June 29, 2009

Michael Brisson of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, has received 2009 ASTM International President's Leadership Award. Member of ASTM since 2005, Brisson leads research in beryllium sampling and analysis which has formed basis for several ASTM air quality standards. Jeffrey Goldfinger of Sensors and Simulation Group at L-3 Communications Corp. was also awarded. Award recognizes individuals early in ASTM career who have significantly advanced Society's mission. Read More

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ATA applauds ASTM on passing jet fuel specification.

June 29, 2009

ATA President and CEO James C. May applauded ASTM International Aviation Fuels Subcommittee for passing synthetic jet fuel specification. According to May, it signals beginning of new era for production/use of cleaner, alternative fuels that will help industry meet environmental goals and provide airlines with competitive options for purchasing fuel. ATA also supports the testing and review synthetic fuel has received to ensure it meets or exceeds safety/performance standards. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for May 2009.

June 26, 2009

According to North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 34.2% and bookings were down 25.7% in May 2009 from May 2008, while book-to-bill ratio climbed to 1.03. Flexible shipments were down 3.0% and bookings were down 12.9% compared to May 2008. Flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio inched up to 0.96. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments in May 2009 decreased 32.2% from May 2008 and orders booked decreased 24.8%. Read More

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BIO Makes Statement on Medicare drug discount agreement.

June 26, 2009

BIO issued a statement regarding the agreement reached among the Obama administration, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), and Senate Finance Committee to close coverage gap in Medicare's prescription drug program. It was said the deal would be examined by measuring its impact on the ability of biotechnology researchers to continue to develop and produce breakthrough medicines and therapies for patients suffering from debilitating diseases. Read More

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Conference to address quality, reliability, counterfeiting.

June 26, 2009

IPC Midwest's technical conference lineup on September 23, 2009 in Schaumburg, IL will include technical sessions designed to deliver hard-hitting, uncensored presentations on realities facing engineers. Topics include quality and reliability, fighting counterfeiting, and grappling with environmental regulations. Also, insight will be offered into the clash between the military's reliance of tin-lead and the commercial industry's drive to lead free. Read More

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NAM President supports funding for infrastructure.

June 26, 2009

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President, John Engler, issued a statement following the markup of the Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009 by a House subcommittee on Highways and Transit. He commended Jim Oberstar and John Mica for managing the bi-partisan work, which he said effectively addressed the future solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and the need to reauthorize surface transportation programs before September 30, 2009. Read More

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Zurich Program matches donations from RIA members.

June 26, 2009

Zurich North America Commercial, a property and casualty insurance provider in North America and globally, has announced its ongoing support of Restoration Industry Association®. Zurich will match donations made by RIA members throughout next 3 years, up to its previous year's donation of $25,000 to help RIA update Certified Restorer® Program and develop new means to deliver training to motivated and knowledge-seeking restorers. Read More

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AWWA announces two new publications.

June 26, 2009

Conducted to provide current data on utility rates as of July 1, 2008, the 2008 Water and Wastewater Rate Survey offers up-to-date reference data for 308 water and wastewater utilities from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A compendium of scientific papers written by climate change experts, Climate Change and Water: International Perspectives on Mitigation and Adaptation presents state-of-the-science on how utilities can respond to global warming today and into the future. Read More

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FAA Administrator calls for commitment to airline safety.

June 26, 2009

FAA Administrator, Randy Babbitt, announced an expedited review of flight and rest rules and called on US airlines and unions to respond, by July 31, with commitments to strengthen safety at regional and major airlines. The FAA will work to develop and implement a flight time and rest rule based on fatigue science. It will also complete a review of airline procedures for identifying and tracking pilots who fail evaluations or demonstrate a repetitive need for additional training. Read More

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Statement addresses chemical facility security regulations.

June 26, 2009

Testifying before House Committee on Homeland Security, Marty Durbin, VP of Federal Affairs, stated that ACC member companies recognize more work needs to be done to continue protecting chemical sector. Congressional action is needed to make Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards permanent before they expire in October. Ongoing implementation of CFATS demonstrates smart and aggressive approach to securing and protecting economic viability of essential part of nation's infrastructure. Read More

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ICUEE Technology Program to include Ride and Drive demo.

June 26, 2009

A New Product and Technology Program for the 2009 ICUEE (International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition) will highlight exhibitors' latest market innovations. Held October 6-8 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY and feature a Ride and Drive track that will enable unique hands-on working equipment demonstrations for on-road commercial vehicles. This supplements industry-focused, educational programming sessions and exhibits. Read More

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France joins international youth rocketry challenge.

June 26, 2009

GIFAS, the French aerospace industry association and Planete Sciences announced that France will field rocketry competition this fall and will compete against UK and U.S. teams next year at Farnborough International Air Show. International youth rocketry contest brings together teams of middle and high school students to design, build, and launch model rockets with raw-egg payload that must return to ground unbroken. Read More

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NASA Funding is critical to U.S. leadership in space.

June 26, 2009

According to J.P. Stevens, AIA VP of Space Systems, NASA is most visible representation of U.S. space program and is critical to country's future leadership and competitiveness. AIA strongly supports proposed NASA budget of $18.7 billion, however, Stevens noted that zero growth is budgeted through 2013. Stevens recommended that U.S. Space Exploration Policy and Constellation Program be national priority to minimize impending gap in U.S. human spaceflight. Read More

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AEM earns Innovation Award for Construction Challenge.

June 26, 2009

AEM has received Innovation Award for Construction Challenge student competition, which promotes awareness of construction industry careers and industry contributions to improved standard of living. Competition focuses on middle and high school students, and uses team format that emphasizes creativity and problem solving skills. Sponsored by Trade Show Executive magazine, Innovation Award recognizes programs that provide new value for show organizers, attendees, and exhibitors. Read More