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ASTM Web Portals offer access to standards collections.

July 2, 2009

ASTM Web portals, powered by Citation®, are interactive sites that provide access to relevant standards, government regulations, and referenced documents. Available for biodiesel, environmental due diligence, and transportation, portals allow multiple users to link between standards that are referenced, add notes or attachments for others to view, and make side-by-side comparisons. They are also available as custom collections tailored to specific companies or organizations. Read More

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Baldrige Recipients share strategies at regional conferences.

July 2, 2009

Senior leaders from the 3 organizations selected for the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, as well as representatives from past Award recipients, will share their best practices and results at one-day regional conferences on September 15, 2009 in Milwaukee, WI and October 2, 2009 in Cambridge, MA. The 2008 Baldrige Award recipients are Cargill Corn Milling North America (manufacturing), Poudre Valley Health System (health care), and Iredell-Statesville Schools (education). Read More

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Physicist, Chemist receive federal public sarvice award.

July 2, 2009

Physicist Sae Woo Nam and chemist Stephan Stranick of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are among 12 federal employees who received the Arthur S. Flemming Award in ceremonies held June 1, 2009. Nam was recognized for contributions and leadership in the field of single photonics, while Stranick received his award for his work in chemical imaging microscopy techniques below the diffraction limit of light. Read More

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NIST Summer School exposes students to neutron research.

July 2, 2009

NIST's Center for Neutron Research Summer School, in its 15th year, featured 36 students who were introduced to inelastic scattering tools that reveal how very small objects move. Each received hands-on instruction on 3 instruments best suited for their research needs. Program provides undergraduate/graduate students from U.S. and abroad with hands-on experiences with sensing equipment that harnesses cold or slow neutrons to illuminate inner workings of objects a few nanometers across. Read More

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NIST issues reference materials for milk/blood contaminants.

July 2, 2009

NIST has released 4 Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) in response to scientists' need to measure organic contaminants in human body fluids. They will be used as controls in experiments and reflect increase in levels of brominated flame retardants and chemicals found in carpeting/upholstery since 2000. All were packaged half unfortified and half fortified with 172 contaminants at levels 5-10x median concentrations in U.S. population. Milk SRMs contain similar contaminants as serum materials. Read More

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ANSI conducts training for accreditation program.

July 1, 2009

ANSI Certificate Accreditation Program Committee held 3-day training program for organizations that issue education/training certificates to U.S. workers. Attendees studied ASTM E2659-09 and ISO/IEC 17011 and reviewed various materials, discussed case studies, and conducted sample assessments. Training/certification/accreditation leaders from 13 organizations will serve as assessors and committee members for ANSI-CAP program, which will be evaluated at follow-up meeting in January 2010. Read More

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Stakeholders Invited to discuss impact of cyber risk.

July 1, 2009

ANSI and the Internet Security Alliance (ISA) invite interested stakeholders to participate in a meeting to discuss Phase II of The Financial Impact of Cyber Risk: 50 Questions Every CFO Should Ask. This meeting, to be held on July 31, 2009 in New York City, will address the joint initiative designed to identify and respond to the current needs of the C-suite community regarding cyber risk. A workshop will take place from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm at Zurich North America in Manhattan. Read More

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Announcement calls for policy and committee nominations.

July 1, 2009

ANSI invites all members of the ANSI Federation to recommend qualified candidates for membership on the Institute's policy and other committees. The three-year terms begin January 1, 2010, and conclude December 31, 2012. Nomination forms, one per ANSI member, must be submitted by July 20, 2009. Policy committees seeking new members (voting and non-voting) include: CAPC, NPC, IPRPC, IPC, and AIC. Read More

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ASTM International Committee F38 to meet in July.

July 1, 2009

ASTM International Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems will meet on Wednesday and Thursday, July 22 and 23. It will open with briefing on small UAS landscape from FAA and F38 and discussion on standards needed to support regulatory efforts, based on FAA sUAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee recommendations. Topics will include determination of takeoff and landing areas, visibility and identification markings, design/construction/safety monitoring, and maintenance manuals. Read More

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NTSB Official addresses passenger ship safety.

July 1, 2009

In address to Crescent River Pilots' Association, NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker applauded audience on efforts to reduce risks of moving passenger vessels in and out of ports and waterways in restricted visibility. Rosenker provided background of Board's Office of Marine Safety and highlighted some of its ongoing investigations, pointing to previously learned lessons. Also noted were NTSBs 2,300 marine safety recommendations since 1967. Read More

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Award Nomination Submissions are open for one more month.

July 1, 2009

Nominations for the ANSI 2009 Leadership and Service Awards, presented annually to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs, are due by July 17, 2009. All representatives of industry, government, academia, consumer organizations, and the U.S. voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment community, except current officers of the Institute's Board of Directors, are eligible. Read More

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Louis Costrell to be remembered as mentor to young experts.

July 1, 2009

Louis Costrell, a leader in the standardization of nuclear instrumentation within the US and globally, died on June 8, 2009. He was founder of the IEC TC 45, Nuclear instrumentation. His work in the early growth of nuclear instrumentation was influential, as he helmed the introduction of modular instruments standards for the industry. He served many other groups and committees, including ANSI ASC N42, Nuclear Instrumentation, and ASC N13, Radiation Protection. Read More

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ISO announces standard on safety for gas turbine applications.

July 1, 2009

Standard ISO 21789:2009, Gas turbine applications - Safety provides guidance for safety-related control and detection systems and auxiliaries for all types of open-cycle gas turbines. It covers turbines used in both onshore and offshore applications, including floating production platforms. Risks to humans and to environment are addressed, with possible hazards detailed. Standard also specifies preventative measures for minimizing or eliminating related hazards. Read More

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Accreditation Offered for e-Stewards® Certification Program.

July 1, 2009

ANSI - American Society for Quality (ASQ) National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is offering accreditation for the e-Stewards® Certification Program developed by the Basel Action Network. The e-Stewards Standard is for use by organizations that have electronics recycling, processing, asset management, and refurbishment operations. ANAB will provide oversight of third-party certification bodies that become accredited to conduct audits and issue certificates of conformance. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover entire initiatives spectrum.

July 1, 2009

To communicate the vital role standards play in daily life, ANSI will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena. These snapshots, performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers, include the 2 latest on animal-drawn equipment as well as lighting/marking of animal drawn equipment. Another addresses safety standards for mechanical power transmission apparatus. Read More

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Broadband Forum CEO states broadband is a necessity.

July 1, 2009

During keynote address at CommunicAsia conference and exhibition, Broadband Forum CEO, Robin Mersh, noted that despite economic downturn, people still depend on broadband. Mr. Mersh backed his view by highlighting latest statistics for broadband and IPTV. He pointed out that 20 countries had grown their broadband by 10% or more, with India and China particularly showing potential. IPTV's growth to 24 million lines is also helping broadband reach next level. Read More

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NIST announces report detailing smart grid development.

July 1, 2009

NIST today released for public review a report that identifies issues and proposes priorities for developing technical standards and an architecture for a U.S. Smart Grid. As part of 1st phase of 3-phase plan, 300-pg report is open for public comment for 30 days after publication of upcoming notice in Federal Register. Report, prepared by EPRI, will be used to draft NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Framework document to be released by September. Read More

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AASHTO reports states meet deadline for highway projects.

June 30, 2009

According to testimony by Acting Deputy Administrator of FHA Jeff Paniati, 5,000 projects valued at $15.7 billion have been approved by agency, accounting for 59% of total funds, as of June 24. As of June 19, 1,500 projects were underway in 45 states. Paniati also noted that 15 states have obligated 80% of funds, with Maine obligating 100%. Recovery Act provided $48 billion for transportation investments and all highway funds must be obligated by March 2, 2010. Read More

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BIO Official comments on White House letter on biosimilars.

June 30, 2009

BIO President/CEO Jim Greenwood said letter, sent to Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, calls for 7 yr of data exclusivity which is risky shortcut and undermines incentives needed for continued biotech research. Greenwood believes 14 yr would provide balance between access to breakthrough medicines and protection provided to small drug manufacturers. BIO will continue working with Administration/Congress to develop bipartisan pathway to biosimilars, focusing on patient safety. Read More

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AIA Official speaks on approval of jet fuel specification.

June 30, 2009

AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey says organization is pleased that fuels subcommittee approved specification which, once approved by ASTM and accepted by FAA, will allow synthetic paraffinic kerosene from Fischer-Tropsch process to be blended with conventional fuels and used as substitute for crude oil-derived jet fuel. Decision is step to near-term approval of sustainable, plant-based biofuels as well as path to lower aviation carbon footprint. Read More