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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Co-located METALFORM Tradeshow draws over 6,200 attendees.

July 13, 2009

PMA METALFORM Mexico tradeshow, co-located with AWS Weldmex, Fabtech Mexico, and COATech tradeshows, featured more than 6,200 attendees that viewed latest welding, fabricating, and metalforming technologies. Held at Monterrey's Cintermex exposition facility, 64% of attendees were first-time participants, and more than 40% came from outside of Monterrey. Sponsors PMA, AWS, FMA, and SME will co-locate Mexico tradeshows again on May 11-13, 2010, in Mexico City. Read More

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AIIM tracks business benefits of Enterprise 2.0.

July 10, 2009

In survey conducted with 789 individuals, AIIM found that more than 50% of knowledge workers consider Enterprise 2.0 to be Important or Very Important to business goals and success. Only 17% admitted that they have no idea what it is, compared to 40% at start of 2008. Within 650 organizations polled, main business drivers to adopt Enterprise 2.0 technologies are knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and responsiveness, and biggest impediments are lack of understanding, corporate culture, and cost. Read More

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Electroindustry Technologies are key to demand response.

July 10, 2009

In response to report released by FERC, NEMA is advocating use of state-by-state study as guide for achieving maximum cost-effective demand response. Report finds that with full demand-response participation, U.S. can level out peak-capacity requirements through 2019, nearly eliminating need for new power plants. Report identifies future technological trends that can continue to reduce peak load, including Smart Grid capable appliances, photovoltaic panels, and plug-in electric vehicles. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for May 2009.

July 9, 2009

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

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ZigBee Feature Set will help standardize technology.

July 9, 2009

ZigBee® Green Power will help establish a global, standard technology for self-powered devices operating through energy harvesting techniques. These devices will communicate seamlessly with existing ZigBee and ZigBee PRO networks and will enable maintenance-free, environmentally friendly products that eliminate the need for wires and batteries to power control devices. The standard will be made available to Alliance members at the end of 2009. Read More

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T. Boone Pickens to speak at PMI Global Congress 2009.

July 9, 2009

T. Boone Pickens will be featured as the keynote speaker for PMI® Global Congress 2009 - North America, which will be held October 10-13 in Orlando, FL. In his keynote address, Pickens plans to deliver a comprehensive solution for what North America should do to decrease its increasing reliance on foreign oil. He will offer open and candid responses to audience questions about the country's dependence on imported oil while providing details on how to enhance energy security. Read More

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Exhibition on 9/11 Memorial is at NY Center for Architecture.

July 9, 2009

AIA New York Chapter has announced that "A Space Within: The National September 11 Memorial and Museum," a public showcase of the 8-acre memorial and museum taking shape at the World Trade Center site, is open to the public. Curated by Thomas Mellins, the exhibition contains details of the memorial and museum plans. It will host public programs as well as display scale models, construction photographs, drawings, and videos. The exhibition will remain on view until September 14, 2009. Read More

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Comments Sought on guide for consumer product instructions.

July 8, 2009

Developed by the ISO Committee on Consumer Policy, a draft guide on instructions for use of products by consumers has been circulated to ISO national standards bodies and national committees of the IEC for vote. ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments by July 31, 2009. With practical recommendations and a proposed methodology for assessment, ISO/IEC Guide 37 establishes common criteria for evaluating the quality of product instructions. Read More

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ASHRAE Book addresses datacom contamination.

July 8, 2009

Titled "Particulate and Gaseous Contamination in Datacom Environments," ASHRAE book provides basic information that is essential to prevention of contamination in datacom facilities. Book identifies datacom equipment susceptibility and operational impact, strategies for prevention and control, as well as contamination testing and analysis. Guidance in book is crucial for maintaining high level of IT equipment dependability and availability. Read More

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NIST seeks comments on Smart Grid interoperability standards.

July 8, 2009

NIST is seeking comments on report that identifies issues and proposes priorities for developing technical standards and architecture for U.S. Smart Grid. Report was prepared by Electric Power Research Institute to engage Smart Grid stakeholders in development of draft interim standards road map. EPRI technical experts have compiled and distilled recommendations from two 2-day public workshops, 6 expert working groups, and cyber security coordination task group. Read More