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NIST requests public comment on draft report.

July 3, 2009

NIST is requesting public comment on draft report, formerly announced in Federal Register notice published on June 30, that identifies issues and proposes priorities for developing interoperability standards for smart electric power grid. Prepared under contract by EPRI, report will be used in drafting NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Framework. Comments should reference Federal Register notice and must be received on or before July 30, 2009. Read More

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AFS and NADCA combine government affairs efforts.

July 3, 2009

Effective July 1, the federal government affairs services of American Foundry Society (AFS) will be combined with the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA). The result of this collective effort, which will entail a coordinated, joint federal advocacy effort while maintaining each group's status as separate organizations, is to be called the Metalcasters Alliance for Government Affairs and will be represented by Waterman and Associates. Read More

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NIST extends deadline for technology innovation proposals.

July 3, 2009

Because of technical difficulties at website accepting electronic submissions, NIST announced it is extending deadline for submitting proposals to its Technology Innovation Program competition from June 23 to Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at 3 pm ET. NIST will now accept only paper submissions. Competition, originally announced on March 26, 2009, offers multiyear, cost-shared research funding in civil infrastructure and advanced materials in manufacturing. Read More

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NIST develops ion trap that senses force and light.

July 2, 2009

Built by NIST and University of Erlangen-Nuremberg physicists, stylus trap holds promise in sensing very small forces or as interface for transferring individual light particles for quantum communications. By scanning trap near surface or moving sample near trap, user could map near-surface electric/magnetic fields. Using standard techniques to cool ions with laser light and trap them with electromagnetic fields, trap could also be used for quantum key cryptography or in quantum computing. Read More

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Charles W. Briggs Award was given to Edward Ginzel.

July 2, 2009

A member of ASTM International since 1996, consultant Edward Ginzel was honored with the Charles W. Briggs Award for his outstanding contributions to the work of ASTM Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. He has been active in promoting advanced ultrasonic methods and continues to work with agencies developing personnel certification programs for the advanced methods. Ginzel is also a member of the Canadian General Standards Board Committee on NDT Personnel Certification. Read More

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Gary A. Hayden was honored with Award of Merit.

July 2, 2009

Gary A. Hayden, chief metallurgist and QA director at CP Industries, was presented with an ASTM International Award of Merit for his service to ASTM Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys. He joined ASTM International in 1993 and currently serves as secretary of Committee A01 and its Subcommittee A01.06 on Steel Forgings and Billets. He also chairs the editorial subcommittee, leads several A01 task groups, and works on Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing. Read More

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CA Auto Emissions Waiver may create regulatory uncertainty.

July 2, 2009

According to NAM's Vice President for Energy and Resources Policy, Keith McCoy, the EPA's decision to grant California's waiver to move forward with more stringent tailpipe emissions "could lead to a patchwork of regulations that would burden an already beleaguered manufacturing sector." He went on to express hope that this action would not undermine efforts to create one uniform, federal standard for fuel economy that will promote regulatory certainty. Read More

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ASTM Web Portals offer access to standards collections.

July 2, 2009

ASTM Web portals, powered by Citation®, are interactive sites that provide access to relevant standards, government regulations, and referenced documents. Available for biodiesel, environmental due diligence, and transportation, portals allow multiple users to link between standards that are referenced, add notes or attachments for others to view, and make side-by-side comparisons. They are also available as custom collections tailored to specific companies or organizations. Read More

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Baldrige Recipients share strategies at regional conferences.

July 2, 2009

Senior leaders from the 3 organizations selected for the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, as well as representatives from past Award recipients, will share their best practices and results at one-day regional conferences on September 15, 2009 in Milwaukee, WI and October 2, 2009 in Cambridge, MA. The 2008 Baldrige Award recipients are Cargill Corn Milling North America (manufacturing), Poudre Valley Health System (health care), and Iredell-Statesville Schools (education). Read More

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Physicist, Chemist receive federal public sarvice award.

July 2, 2009

Physicist Sae Woo Nam and chemist Stephan Stranick of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are among 12 federal employees who received the Arthur S. Flemming Award in ceremonies held June 1, 2009. Nam was recognized for contributions and leadership in the field of single photonics, while Stranick received his award for his work in chemical imaging microscopy techniques below the diffraction limit of light. Read More

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NIST Summer School exposes students to neutron research.

July 2, 2009

NIST's Center for Neutron Research Summer School, in its 15th year, featured 36 students who were introduced to inelastic scattering tools that reveal how very small objects move. Each received hands-on instruction on 3 instruments best suited for their research needs. Program provides undergraduate/graduate students from U.S. and abroad with hands-on experiences with sensing equipment that harnesses cold or slow neutrons to illuminate inner workings of objects a few nanometers across. Read More

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NIST issues reference materials for milk/blood contaminants.

July 2, 2009

NIST has released 4 Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) in response to scientists' need to measure organic contaminants in human body fluids. They will be used as controls in experiments and reflect increase in levels of brominated flame retardants and chemicals found in carpeting/upholstery since 2000. All were packaged half unfortified and half fortified with 172 contaminants at levels 5-10x median concentrations in U.S. population. Milk SRMs contain similar contaminants as serum materials. Read More

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ANSI conducts training for accreditation program.

July 1, 2009

ANSI Certificate Accreditation Program Committee held 3-day training program for organizations that issue education/training certificates to U.S. workers. Attendees studied ASTM E2659-09 and ISO/IEC 17011 and reviewed various materials, discussed case studies, and conducted sample assessments. Training/certification/accreditation leaders from 13 organizations will serve as assessors and committee members for ANSI-CAP program, which will be evaluated at follow-up meeting in January 2010. Read More

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Stakeholders Invited to discuss impact of cyber risk.

July 1, 2009

ANSI and the Internet Security Alliance (ISA) invite interested stakeholders to participate in a meeting to discuss Phase II of The Financial Impact of Cyber Risk: 50 Questions Every CFO Should Ask. This meeting, to be held on July 31, 2009 in New York City, will address the joint initiative designed to identify and respond to the current needs of the C-suite community regarding cyber risk. A workshop will take place from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm at Zurich North America in Manhattan. Read More

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Announcement calls for policy and committee nominations.

July 1, 2009

ANSI invites all members of the ANSI Federation to recommend qualified candidates for membership on the Institute's policy and other committees. The three-year terms begin January 1, 2010, and conclude December 31, 2012. Nomination forms, one per ANSI member, must be submitted by July 20, 2009. Policy committees seeking new members (voting and non-voting) include: CAPC, NPC, IPRPC, IPC, and AIC. Read More

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ASTM International Committee F38 to meet in July.

July 1, 2009

ASTM International Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems will meet on Wednesday and Thursday, July 22 and 23. It will open with briefing on small UAS landscape from FAA and F38 and discussion on standards needed to support regulatory efforts, based on FAA sUAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee recommendations. Topics will include determination of takeoff and landing areas, visibility and identification markings, design/construction/safety monitoring, and maintenance manuals. Read More

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NTSB Official addresses passenger ship safety.

July 1, 2009

In address to Crescent River Pilots' Association, NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker applauded audience on efforts to reduce risks of moving passenger vessels in and out of ports and waterways in restricted visibility. Rosenker provided background of Board's Office of Marine Safety and highlighted some of its ongoing investigations, pointing to previously learned lessons. Also noted were NTSBs 2,300 marine safety recommendations since 1967. Read More

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Award Nomination Submissions are open for one more month.

July 1, 2009

Nominations for the ANSI 2009 Leadership and Service Awards, presented annually to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs, are due by July 17, 2009. All representatives of industry, government, academia, consumer organizations, and the U.S. voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment community, except current officers of the Institute's Board of Directors, are eligible. Read More

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Louis Costrell to be remembered as mentor to young experts.

July 1, 2009

Louis Costrell, a leader in the standardization of nuclear instrumentation within the US and globally, died on June 8, 2009. He was founder of the IEC TC 45, Nuclear instrumentation. His work in the early growth of nuclear instrumentation was influential, as he helmed the introduction of modular instruments standards for the industry. He served many other groups and committees, including ANSI ASC N42, Nuclear Instrumentation, and ASC N13, Radiation Protection. Read More

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ISO announces standard on safety for gas turbine applications.

July 1, 2009

Standard ISO 21789:2009, Gas turbine applications - Safety provides guidance for safety-related control and detection systems and auxiliaries for all types of open-cycle gas turbines. It covers turbines used in both onshore and offshore applications, including floating production platforms. Risks to humans and to environment are addressed, with possible hazards detailed. Standard also specifies preventative measures for minimizing or eliminating related hazards. Read More