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Call for Papers announced for CLIMA 2010 World Congress.

April 27, 2009

Organized every 4 years by the European Federation of Heating and Ventilating Associations (REHVA) and co-sponsored by ASHRAE, the CLIMA 2010 World Congress is seeking papers on topics related to sustainable energy use in buildings. Conference themes include, but are not limited to, sustainable energy systems, green buildings, and energy efficient heating/cooling systems. The 2010 event takes place from May 9-12 in Antalya, Turkey, and abstracts are due by June 30, 2009. Read More

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Health Plan provides online access to health care services.

April 27, 2009

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and American Well(TM) will bring American Well's Online Care to Minnesota, which will allow consumers real-time, live interactions with physicians and other medical care providers. Virtual clinics at worksite will emphasize treatment for common illnesses, monitoring care for patients with chronic illness, as well as preventive and wellness care. When encounter is complete, patient has option to share full record of it with primary care doctor. Read More

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PICA Names Public Relations Person of the Year.

April 24, 2009

Publications in Construction and Agriculture (PICA), a subgroup of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), has named Jane Cooper of Cooper Hong Inc., located in St. Charles, IL, as its Public Relations Person of the Year. As such, Cooper exemplifies outstanding best practices in media relations in terms of reliability, accuracy, quality of information provided, trustworthiness, integrity, and level of experience pertaining to her company, products, and industry. Read More

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ELFA Survey shows decline in new business volume for March.

April 24, 2009

The Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) from the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) shows that overall new business volume for the equipment finance sector declined by 30% in March when compared to the same period in 2008. For the first quarter of 2009, new business volume declined by 31% (compared to that of 2008), while new business volume increased 42.4% from February to March. MLFI-25 reflects capex, or the volume of commercial equipment financed in the U.S. Read More

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Plastic Bag Manufacturers set aggressive recycled content goal.

April 24, 2009

Progressive Bag Affiliates of the American Chemistry Council announced an effort to increase recycling of plastic bags. Specifically, the Full Circle Recycling Initiative sets a goal of seeing 40% recycled content, including at least 25% postconsumer recycled plastic, in all plastic bags by 2015. In addition to $50 million industry-wide investment towards overhauling manufacturing processes, the effort also aims for the annual collection of 470 million pounds of recycled plastic. Read More

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Off-road Equipment Marketing Award winners announced.

April 24, 2009

Conducted under PICA, AEM's Publications in Construction and Agriculture subgroup, "Measures of Success" marketing awards program recognizes excellence in off-road equipment industry marketing communications and honors outstanding industry efforts as educational example of best practices. Platinum Award for highest score overall went to Sandvik of Smyrna, GA and Rhea + Kaiser of Naperville, IL for entry in direct mail single piece category. Read More

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Humanitarian Award rewards biotech-based efforts.

April 23, 2009

A distinguished panel of judges from the fields of science, policy, business, and philanthropy will evaluate nominations for the first annual Biotech Humanitarian Award. Established by BIO to recognize those within the biotechnology community who have helped heal, fuel, and feed the planet, one contributor will be named 2009 Biotech Humanitarian and take the $10,000 prize on May 20 at the 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta, GA. Read More

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FISMA Project Manager named to ISSA Hall of Fame.

April 23, 2009

Ron Ross, senior computer scientist and information security researcher at NIST, has been named to Information Systems Security Association's Hall of Fame for his leadership in development of influential information security documents. Ross manages Federal Information Security Management Act Implementation Project that has driven federal government and many commercial organizations to focus on information security from risk-based perspective. Read More

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Two NIST Members receive 2009 Federal 100 Award.

April 23, 2009

Presented by Federal Computer Week, Federal 100 Award honors top professionals in federal IT community. Karen Scarfone was named for technical security manuals that have helped government organizations make Web servers and mobile devices more secure. Matthew P. Barrett was acknowledged for leading team that provides computer security programs for federal agencies including SCAP, National Vulnerability Database, National Checklist Programs, and SCAP Laboratory Accreditation program. Read More

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NIST announces plan for Smart Grid standards.

April 23, 2009

NIST has announced 3-phase plan to expedite development of key standards for Smart Grid, which uses IT to deliver electricity efficiently. Plan includes engaging stakeholders to achieve consensus on Smart Grid standards; launching formal partnership to facilitate development of additional standards to address remaining gaps and integrate new technologies; and developing plan for testing and certification to ensure that equipment conforms to standards for security and interoperability. Read More

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AMT reports Q1 workholding shipments down from 2008 levels.

April 23, 2009

Based on Workholding Market Data Report, Advanced Workholding Technology (AWT) Group announced shipments in Q1 2009 were down 31.7% from Q1 2008, standing at $43.4 million. Midwest received 40.8% of total domestic shipments, and along with shimpments to West/Northeast, declined slightly, while Central/South region shipments increased slightly. Report provides statistics on workholding equipment for marketing/planning purposes. Read More

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SIIA Spring Events to explore industry innovation.

April 23, 2009

The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced keynote speakers for its NetGain Conference and Software Summit, held May 4-5, 2009 in San Francisco, CA. During the events, top executives and industry leaders will present approaches to help participants succeed in an evolving industry. Events will culminate with the 24th annual CODiE Awards Gala, a peer-reviewed technology awards program, to celebrate achievements in software, content, and educational technology. Read More

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NIST Metrology Day celebrates measurements in the market.

April 23, 2009

Scheduled for May 20, Measurements in Commerce: Metrology Underpinning Economic Development symposium will emphasize how measurement science and standards play role in global economy. Lisa Weddig of NFI will describe international trade and importance of accurate measurements for seafood products. Robert Kaarls of Intl. Committee for Weights and Measures will describe how traceable measurements of chemical contaminants can help nations ensure that imported products meet safety standards. Read More

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Researchers discover boost for solar water-splitting cells.

April 23, 2009

Research team from Northeastern University and NIST has discovered that residue of process used to build arrays of titania nanotubes plays important role in improving performance of nanotubes in solar cells that produce hydrogen gas from water. Their published results indicate that by controlling deposition of potassium on surface of nanotubes, engineers can achieve significant energy savings in promising alternate energy system. Read More

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Guidelines address organization-wide password management.

April 23, 2009

Issued for public comment, Guide to Enterprise Password Management (NIST Special Publication 800-118) is co-authored by computer scientist Karen Scarfone and designed for federal government agency as well as industry segments. It assists in understanding common threats against character-based passwords and how to mitigate those threats. The guide covers defining and implementing password policy, educating users and measuring the effectiveness of password policies. Read More

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Fermion Measurements may promote atomic clock accuracy.

April 23, 2009

At JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, physicists have measured and controlled seemingly forbidden collisions between neutral strontium atoms. This finding can help eliminate inaccuracy within clock designs based on ensembles of neutral atoms by stabilizing their energy states. The new techniques make JILA's atomic clock, based on strontium atoms, 50% more accurate; it now will neither gain nor lose 1 second in more than 300 million years. Read More

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Sandia Lab Executive joins NIST advisory group.

April 23, 2009

Alton D. Romig, Jr., senior executive at Sandia National Laboratories, has been chosen to serve on primary policy advisory body of NIST. Patrick D. Gallagher, NIST deputy director, appointed Romig to Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology for 3-year term. VCAT was established by Congress to review and make recommendations on NIST's policies, organization, budget, and programs, and was recently updated by 2007 America COMPETES Act. Read More

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Conference offers insight into nano-sized electronics.

April 23, 2009

Co-sponsored by NIST, the International Conference on Frontiers of Characterization and Metrology for Nanoelectronics will focus on methods for exploring the behavior of high-performance electronics materials and devices. Scientists and engineers from around the global community are coming to discuss the challenges of exploring and characterizing these new innovations May 11-15, 2009 at the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Read More

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New Technology found to be efficient in fingerprint matching.

April 23, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) evaluated new technologies, from 8 vendors, that automate latent fingerprint identification. Half of the prototypes were determined to be accurate at least 80% of the time, and one had a near perfect score. In the evaluation, Automatic Feature Extraction and Matching (AFEM) software extracted the distinguishing features of the 835 latent prints and then compared them against 100,000 fingerprints used in real case examinations. Read More

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NACD Members support Earth Day all year long.

April 23, 2009

As called for in NACD Responsible Distribution Process's requirement to continuously improve performance in environment, health, safety, and security, NACD members incorporate environmental and conservation strategies into ongoing everyday operations. One company recycles no less than 130 paper tons, while another has developed green line of products as alternative to solvents. Member located in Texas moved into new facility and has applied for LEED certification. Read More