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USPTO Statement supports consensus-based standards.

April 22, 2009

In statement delivered by United States Patent and Trademark Office, United States Government expressed strong support for private-sector led and public-sector supported U.S. standards system and for use of standards developed through open and consensus-based process. According to USPTO, standards developed through open process improve interoperability, facilitate interactions ranging from information exchange to international trade, and foster market competition. Read More

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Webcasts offer best practices for pricing and planning.

April 21, 2009

Designed to help managers prevail over today's unique business challenges, Pricing in an Uncertain Economy: Theory and Practice and The State of the Economy and Future Outlook, will take place on May 12 and 19, respectively. Mary Abbazia and Tom Spitale will share methods to analyze pricing options and retain both fair product value and satisfied customers. Bob Shrouds will examine current business environment, discuss recession, and explore forces that will shape recovery. Read More

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AWWA Webcast addresses rate setting in tough economy.

April 21, 2009

On May 13, AWWA will host Setting Rates in a Tough Economy webcast, where experts in rate-setting will teach participants about key technical and political issues associated with establishing rates in current environment. Topics will include importance of establishing overall capital planning and rate-setting process, effectively using reserve funds and determining minimum reserve levels, and technical steps or components of establishing cost-based rates. Read More

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Redbook ranks states by 50 economic indicators.

April 21, 2009

Sponsored by BKD, LLP, 2009 Competitiveness Redbook - National Edition offers guidance to companies looking to shape public policy. Redbook is updated each year to reflect changing legislative and policy actions by states, and also shifting economic trends. Each page features concise snapshot of 50 states according to 50 separate criteria, such as tax rates, exports, wages, average investment, energy usage, education levels, and union membership. Read More

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ASHRAE funds thermal research for commercial kitchens.

April 21, 2009

ASHRAE is seeking to provide a cool and comfortable work environment for the 12.2 million people in the United States employed in the restaurant industry. Greg Duchane of ASHRAE's technical committee 5.10 on kitchen ventilation is overseeing project to understand thermal comfort in kitchens, which includes walk-in surveys and onsite data collections as well as 16 other projects. Proposals are due by May 18, 2009, with projects scheduled to begin by September 1. Read More

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NACD sponsors chemistry competition in Washington, DC.

April 21, 2009

Students from Washington International School were quizzed on chemistry concepts, important discoveries, and chemical safety awareness tips in the You Be The Chemist Challenge, an academic question-and-answer competition created by Chemical Educational Foundation. Winner advances to National YBTC Challenge, to be held on June 19 at National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. There, winner will compete against students from 14 states for title of national champion. Read More

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ATA Report shows decline in passenger demand, cargo traffic.

April 21, 2009

In a report released by the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), content based on cumulative data provided by various airlines indicated that passenger revenue fell 23% in March 2009 versus the same month in 2008. This is the fifth consecutive month of year-to-year declining passenger revenue. Cargo traffic also declined 21% year over year in February 2009, matching the decline measured in January and marking the seventh consecutive month of year-to-year declining traffic. Read More

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ASTM International offers manual on Just-About-Right scales.

April 21, 2009

Manual 63, Just-About-Right (JAR) Scales: Design, Usage, Benefits, and Risks, is guide detailing use of JAR scales, including their application, construction, analysis, and interpretation, in consumer testing. It identifies risks associated with their use and includes various case studies for analyzing scale data as well as alternatives to such scales. Levels of product's attributes relative to respondent's theoretical suitable level are measured by JAR scales. Read More

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ASTM publication covers effects of radiation on materials.

April 21, 2009

ASTM International technical publication, STP 1492, "Effects of Radiation on Materials: 23rd International Symposium," incorporates 18 papers focused on irradiation embrittlement of reactor pressure vessel steels. Research offers perspective on development and application of trend curves used to predict fracture toughness transition temperatures. Materials covered range from erbium tritide films to oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels. Read More

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World Congress addresses synthetic biology's emergence, potential.

April 21, 2009

At the 2009 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, thought leaders from the US and Europe will explore the implications of synthetic biology's rapid emergence. Brent Erickson of BIO said that "New applications of synthetic biology...have come forward at a rapid pace, highlighting the field's technology's potential." He also said that "Leaders in the field are relying on industrial biotechnology's long history of safety and best practices" for continued growth. Read More

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ASTM issues updated publication on skiing trauma/safety.

April 21, 2009

Skiing Trauma and Safety provides 21 peer-reviewed papers, covering topics such as epidemiology, where studies evaluate prevalence/incidence of various injuries around the world; head injuries; and injury rates related to use of various snow sports equipment. Miscellaneous topics include study on ACL injuries, analysis of young skier accident recovery, and computer simulations to suggest guidelines for ski jump equipment. Electronic and hard copy versions are available. Read More

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Wastewater Treatment Guides help operators do the math.

April 21, 2009

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) announced the publication of 2 guides for wastewater treatment operators: Math for Wastewater Treatment Operators: Grades 1 and 2, and Grades 3 and 4. Both were written to provide students as well as operators with a focused way to prepare for challenging math problems likely to be encountered on certification exams. Each book also serves as a reference guide to common calculations that wastewater operators encounter every day on the job. Read More

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BIO announces Business Forum Program for 2009 Convention.

April 21, 2009

According to BIO, more than 180 companies have been confirmed to make partnering-oriented presentations at BIO Business Forum. Attendees will also have opportunity to participate in partnering meetings, executive training workshops, and full program of sessions geared toward life science professionals. BIO One-on-One Partnering® offers interactive environment that allows attendees to intelligently search, contact, and schedule private meetings with potential partners and investors. Read More

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Conferences to address composites used for green energy.

April 21, 2009

To discuss issues that can arise when working with composites, representatives from composite part manufacturers such as Knight and Carver, Comtek Advanced Structures, and Profile Composites, as well as manufacturers from transportation, aerospace, and defense companies will come together for SME Composites Manufacturing 2009 and Tooling for Composites conferences. Events will include manufacturing facility tours, keynotes, learning sessions, tabletop exhibits, and interactive roundtable. Read More

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DVD Package helps design, construct, and improve tooling.

April 21, 2009

In effort to offer comprehensive educational materials to technical schools, students, trainers, and larger manufacturing community, SME announced release of 9-DVD package based on "Fundamentals of Tool Design, 5th Edition" textbook. DVDs include Tool Materials, Cutting Tool Design, Fixture Design, Progressive Die Design, Gaging and Inspection Tool Design, Computer-Aided Design, Rapid Tooling Design, Composite Tooling Design, and Troubleshooting Tool and Die Making. Read More

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NAM Urges Regulators to defer to congress on climate issue.

April 21, 2009

The National Association of Manufacturers urged the Environmental Protection Agency to avoid an "endangerment finding" that would trigger regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG)emissions under the Clean Air Act. Specifically, NAM warned that using outdated programs under the CAA as a tool for regulating GHG emissions will further burden the ailing economy while doing little or nothing to improve the environment. Read More

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Report finds electronic content is still out of control.

April 17, 2009

According to AIIM's annual State of the ECM Industry research report, managing electronic office documents is still a challenge for 47% of organizations and modern business communication channels such as IMs, text messages, blogs, and wikis are uncontrolled and off corporate radar for 75% of businesses. For those that have invested in ECM or document and records management solutions, hard dollar savings have turned out on plan, while soft dollar benefits have exceeded expectations. Read More

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GSA Awards Contract to implement BAAR functionality.

April 17, 2009

The US General Services Administration (GSA) announced that CGI Federal was awarded a 5-year task order contract to update legacy Billing and Accounts Receivable (BAAR) modules. Under this contract, CGI Federal will support GSA in creating new accounts receivable and billing modules to establish standard accounting business processes across GSA. Modules will also address federal compliance issues to support GSA's capabilities as a Financial Management Line of Business (FMLOB). Read More

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Economic Forecaster to present at PMA Technical Conference.

April 17, 2009

Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) added Dr. Ken Mayland, president of ClearView Economics, LLC, to its Technical Conference keynote panel at the Technical Conference in Cleveland, OH. On Sunday, April 26, Mayland will be part of the opening general assembly session presentation, "Surviving Economic Hard Times, Positioning for Good Times." The focus of this panel will be to discuss what small- and middle-market manufacturers can do to survive the current economic plight. Read More

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Hydrogen Convention moves city forward.

April 17, 2009

According to Mr. Coble, Mayor of Columbia, National Hydrogen Association convention was a step forward in Columbia's efforts to enter knowledge and green economy. Delegates from all over world were enthusiastic about community's knowledge of hydrogen and fuel cells, including research going on at USC under leadership of Harris Pastides. Success of convention is important part of long-term strategic plan to transform economy, create jobs, and raise per capita income. Read More