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Up to $120 Million is Offered for research construction grants.

June 4, 2009

NIST announced availability of approximately $120 million in competitive grants for construction of new/expanded scientific research buildings at higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations. Roughly 8-12 projects will be funded by these grants, which are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Commerce Department, in particular, is seeking projects that are able to start quickly and complement research programs of NIST, NOAA, and NTIA. Read More

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ERM Implementation Course is built around ISO standards.

June 4, 2009

AIIM has revised and updated course material for Electronic Records Management (ERM) Specialist and Master courses, which address implementation of ERM environments using approach provided in global standard for records management ISO/TR 15489-2:2001. All 8 steps are examined, and course also expands on topics such as Discovery and Disclosure, Enterprise ERM, and Emerging ERM Issues. Participants will also receive ERM Workbook as well as access to supporting ERM online modules and exams. Read More

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IPC Members discuss key industry issues at Capitol Hill Day.

June 4, 2009

IPC members came together from May 6-8 during Capitol Hill Day to educate legislators and solicit their support of critical legislation needed to strengthen the North American electronic interconnect industry. Addressing need for permanent R/D tax credit, members pointed out that a lack of such a credit hinders long-term investments and planning. Support for direct funding to DoD PCB Executive Agent was also of concern to legislators and supported by IPC members. Read More

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Baldrige Award is sought after by 70 applicants.

June 4, 2009

Applicants for the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which is managed by NIST, include 2 manufacturers, 4 service companies, 5 small businesses, 9 educational organizations, 42 health care organizations, and 8 nonprofits/governmental organizations. They will be evaluated by an independent board of examiners in 7 areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. Read More

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SME collaborates on webinar for manufacturers.

June 4, 2009

SME, along with other associations that produce FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show, have collaborated to produce 60 min webinar that discusses economy and how it impacts manufacturers. Webinar is presented by Chris Kuehl, PhD, economic analyst with FMA, who states, rather than make drastic cuts or take desperate measures, greater efficiency can best benefit companies in getting through recession. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke predicts upturn in economy later this year. Read More

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NIST to host 2 materials research meetings in June.

June 4, 2009

From June 22-23, 2009, NIST will host Symposium on Materials Challenges for Clean Energy, with lectures on materials aspects of solar energy, hydrogen and biofuels, energy storage and conversion, energy efficiency, and nuclear energy. World Materials Research Institute Forum, on June 24-25, 2009, will bring together executives from leading research institutes. Presentations will cover sustainability, synchrotrons, as well as environmental health and safety of nanomaterials. Read More

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Wi-Fi Alliance® updates network certification program.

June 3, 2009

Wi-Fi Alliance has updated Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2®) Enterprise security protocol, part of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) program, to increase number of extensible authentication protocol methods (EAP types) supported in certification testing from 5 to 7. It has added EAP-FAST and EAP-AKA to program, with Open System Consultants authentication server joining Microsoft and Devicescape servers in certification test environment. Supplicant from Open1X Project has been also been added to test suite. Read More

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IPC White Paper offers facts on HDI technology.

June 3, 2009

An Executive Overview of HDI, "The Reality of HDI: Fact vs. Myth" clarifies facts and misconceptions surrounding high-density interconnect (HDI) technology. Developed by IPC PCB Management Council Steering Committee, it offers key reasons to support manufacture of HDI PCBs and facts regarding expense. Paper addresses ways HDI helps meet industry demands and presents survey results and analysis of market opportunities. Read More

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One Week Remains to submit comments on ISO strategic plan.

June 3, 2009

There is one week left in which to submit input to ANSI on the consultation document for the ISO Strategic Plan 2011-2015. Interested stakeholders are urged to submit comments by June 5, 2009 and register for the related ANSI workshop, which will be held June 25-26 in Washington, D.C. While various issues and related specific questions are featured in the consultation document, respondents should feel free to comment on any aspect of ISO and its standards development. Read More

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ANSI Approved as AB in EPA WaterSense Program.

June 3, 2009

ANSI and the US EPA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to mark ANSI's acceptance as an Accreditation Body (AB) to participate in the EPA WaterSense Program. As an AB, ANSI announced the launch of a pilot accreditation program for EPA-licensed certification bodies that will add value to the process by assuring certification bodies demonstrate compliance with WaterSense product certification system and are able to carry out their responsibilities. Read More

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AEM announces winners of student competition.

June 3, 2009

AEM announces high school team from Dallas, TX, and middle school team from Kansas City, MO, are top winners in national Construction Challenge competition. From May 20-23, 2009, at Global Finals competition of Destination ImagiNation, over 40 finalist teams participated in 3 separate challenges: Infrastructure PR Campaign, Manufacturing Design: Free Flow, and Service Tech: Piling it On! Program offers opportunity for students to learn more about construction careers. Read More

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Scientific American surveys global bio-based innovation.

June 3, 2009

Working with BIO, Scientific American has completed a survey and analysis of worldwide progress in the field of biotechnology and uncovered the innovation capacities of various countries. "Scientific American Worldview: A Global Biotechnology Perspective" aimed to discover what was happening concerning biotech activity, funding, and policy initiatives as based on facts and not biases from any particular country, region, or industry perspective. Read More

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ANSI welcomes 5 new members in May 2009.

June 3, 2009

ANSI has added International Board of Standards, ID Experts, City of Hampton, PetSmart, and HealthMarkets Company as new members. Organizations join federation that represents more than 125,000 companies and over 3.5 million professionals. They will gain access to information and business intelligence not available elsewhere, according to Brian Meincke, and will build relationships giving them voice and influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on proposed sustainability standard.

June 3, 2009

Associaco Brasileira de Normas Tecnicas and British Standards Institution submitted joint proposal for ISO standard on sustainability in event management. Proposal suggests development of standard that will establish, implement, maintain, and improve sustainability management systems for events, with guidelines to minimize and manage environmental, financial, and social impacts linked to related issues. ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments by July 10, 2009. Read More

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ANSI submits response to U.S. Standards Policies survey.

June 3, 2009

In response to first question of National Survey on U.S. Standards Policies, ANSI asserts that no change in current private sector-led and public sector-supported standardization system is warranted. In response to second survey question, ANSI agrees that U.S. should increase its support for standards education programs and endorses Strategic Initiative 10 of United States Standards Strategy. ANSI's response is available online in .pdf and Microsoft Word formats. Read More

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Telecom Operators express support for new Broadband Forum.

June 2, 2009

Telecommunications operators BT, Orange, and Verizon welcomed the announcement of a union between the Broadband Forum and the IP/MPLS Forum. This consolidation in the standards and specifications community creates a Broadband Forum with over 200 members, comprising service providers, vendors, chip manufacturers, and regulatory bodies from across the world. It is expected to be increasingly influential in defining interoperable network equipment for various applications/industries. Read More

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AMT Urges Protection of technology suppliers.

June 2, 2009

To ensure the continued strength of American manufacturing, AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology has urged Congress and the Administration to protect the manufacturing technology supplier base in the wake of GM's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Douglas K. Woods, AMT President, pointed out that "One critical action that government can take right now is to expand the Auto Supplier Support Program to include manufacturing technology providers up and down the supply chain." Read More

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ConstructMyFuture.com announces scholarship winners.

June 2, 2009

Designed to encourage teens to pursue construction industry careers, ConstructMyFuture.com provides students, teachers, counselors, and parents with online information about benefits of construction careers, as well as access to educational options and local industry resources. Total of 10 construction education scholarships worth $1,000 each have been awarded in 2009 edition of ConstructMyFuture.com workforce development initiative. Read More

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Workshop Report details emergency preparedness for disabled.

June 2, 2009

The ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) has published a Workshop Report on the need for standards-based solutions to assist individuals with disabilities and special needs during emergencies or natural disasters. It details the purpose, scope, findings. and recommendations. These include the development of emergency/disaster exercises, planning scenarios and response actions, as well as standards-based solutions. Read More

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Standard and Report focus on preventing spread of disease.

June 1, 2009

As part of worldwide effort to contain spread of infectious diseases, ISO and IEC have developed Technical Report and International Standard that guide use of medical equipment for fever screening. ISO/TR 13154:2009 covers deployment, implementation, and operational guidelines for identifying febrile humans using screening thermograph, while IEC 80601-2-59:2008 addresses technical requirements for basic safety and essential performance of screening thermographs. Read More