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Event relates voluntary standards to U.S. competitiveness.

July 23, 2009

On July 24, 2009, NAM and the U.S. Department of Commerce will host "The Voluntary Standards System: A Dynamic Tool for U.S. Economic Growth and Innovation." This is the first in a series of events with government and industry leaders to educate new policymakers about key topics related to U.S. competitiveness, technology deployment, and jobs. Panelists will discuss how voluntary standards help create jobs and spurs development of industry-specific technologies. 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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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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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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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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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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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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ANSI seeks nominations for policy and other committees.

July 22, 2009

ANSI would like to remind all members of ANSI Federation to recommend qualified candidates for membership on Institute's policy and other committees. Policy committees seeking new members include National Policy Committee, Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee, International Policy Committee, and ANSI ISO Council. Three-year terms begin Jan 1, 2010 and conclude Dec 31, 2012. Deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, July 24, 2009. Read More

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ATA reports decline in passenger demand, cargo traffic.

July 22, 2009

According to ATA, passenger revenue fell 26% in June 2009 versus June 2008. Number of passengers traveling on U.S. airlines in June fell 6.5% while average price to fly one mile fell 20.7%. Compounding the softening demand for passenger travel, U.S. airlines saw cargo traffic - as measured in revenue ton miles - decline 20% year over year in May 2009. Latest results continue to reflect weak global economy and lingering impact of the H1N1 influenza outbreak. Read More

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Specialized Clinical Center delivers patient-focused care.

July 22, 2009

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is designed to advance the research, early detection, and treatment of neurological diseases. Its mission is to prevent the disabling symptoms of chronic brain diseases and to prolong healthy, vital aging in people at risk for dementia or cognitive disorders via patient-centered and research-based model, which enables the entire healthcare team to pool their wisdom and expertise for the benefit of the patient. Read More

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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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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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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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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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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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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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NTSB announces resignation of Chairman Mark V. Rosenker.

July 22, 2009

Member and Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker has submitted letter of resignation to President Obama after leading NTSB for 4½ yr. Rosenker became Member and Vice Chairman of NTSB in March 2003 and then Acting Chairman, and in 2006 was sworn in as 11th Chairman. During Rosenker's chairmanship, NTSB marked various major transportation safety achievements and investigative challenges. He has also been recognized for promoting boating safety. 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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ASTM announces new standard for testing of arc blankets.

July 21, 2009

ASTM F2676, Test Method for Determining the Protective Performance of an Arc Protective Blanket for Electric Arc Hazards, will be used to determine effectiveness of arc protective blankets in suppressing combined effect of arc flash and arc blast. Developed by Subcommittee F18.65 on Wearing Apparel, it will enable utility companies and heavy industry users to evaluate blankets with repeatable standard at test labs using electric arc and high-speed camera. 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