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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thermal Process Limitation Standard is available in German.

April 22, 2009

IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announces the German language release of J-STD-075, Classification of Non-IC Electronic Components for Assembly Processes. This document provides test methods and classification levels to identify the worst-case thermal process limitations for all electronic components that may be processed as part of a circuit card assembly. Additionally, J-STD-075-DE includes classification categories to identify cleaning process sensitivity. Read More

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ASTM Publication addresses building exterior wall systems.

April 22, 2009

Featuring 18 peer-reviewed papers, ASTM International STP 1493 address complex issues of design, construction, maintenance, evaluation, and repair of building exterior wall systems. Topics covered include survey and assessment techniques, establishing integrity of cladding systems and components, and case studies of system deterioration and remediation, as well as serviceability issues, seismic retrofit, energy savings attributable to facade upgrades, and re-cladding of existing buildings. Read More

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International Standard matches resources with user needs.

April 22, 2009

Published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), ISO/IEC 24751:2008, "Information technology - Individualized adaptability and accessibility in e-learning, education and training," aims to facilitate the use of educational resources to fit specific needs. It was developed by ISO/IEC joint technical committee (JTC) 1, led by the US, with ANSI holding the secretariat and Karen Higginbottom as chairperson. Read More

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Show highlights role of standards in ICT for motor vehicles.

April 22, 2009

With 26 speakers and over 100 participants, The Fully Networked Car show brought awareness to standards behind networked cars and their benefits with regard to issues of climate change and sustainability of environment. Presenters used series of panel discussions to demonstrate how car communications, traffic monitoring, highway safety, parking logistics, and GHG emission reductions can all be facilitated through use of information and communication technologies standards. Read More

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Accreditation Paper Competition is still accepting entries.

April 22, 2009

All interested stakeholders are reminded that the deadline to submit entries for ANSI's paper competition on the value of accreditation in the global marketplace is April 30, 2009. The competition is in recognition of the first official US celebration of International Accreditation Day. Submitted papers must be no more than 2,000 words and highlight the value of accreditation in the global marketplace. Papers will be judged by representatives from various ANSI committees. Read More

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LIA releases 2009 version of Mastering Light DVD.

April 22, 2009

Designed for laser safety officers that train new employees, Master Light - An Introduction to Laser Safety and Hazards DVD fulfills both ANSI Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers and OSHA training requirements for employees working with or around Class 3B or Class 4 lasers and laser systems. DVD runs for approximately 23 minutes and covers basic fundamentals of laser safety including beam hazards, control measures, bioeffects, classifications, and non-beam hazards. Read More

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HVAC/R Conference offers education/networking opportunities.

April 22, 2009

With nearly 100 educational sessions focusing on optimal indoor air quality, the technical program at ASHRAE's Annual Conference provides an environment for developing new skills and contacts. The technical program, running from June 21-24 in Louisville, KY, will address nearly every aspect of HVAC/R, from staying current with design practices to commissioning and good engineering business practices. This year, a full range of programs will be scheduled in the buildings track. Read More

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SME Conference to highlight American manufacturers.

April 22, 2009

Invited to be premier exhibitors at SME Composites Manufacturing 2009 and Tooling for Composites, Visioneering, Inc.; Bruce Diamond Corporation; Guhring, Inc.; and MTorres will showcase their products and commitment to American manufacturing. Taking place April 29-May 1, 2009, in San Diego, CA, event will include tabletop exhibits, networking opportunities, keynote presentations, learning sessions, and interactive roundtable consisting of SME's Composites Manufacturing Tech Group Members. Read More

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BIO highlights ways biotechology is helping to save planet.

April 22, 2009

In recognition of Earth Day, BIO is highlighting how biotech breakthroughs help reduce air emissions and water pollution while enabling development of sustainable, Earth-friendly products. Examples include cellulosic biofuel, which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions; biodegradable plastics that help reduce use of petrochemicals; transformation of algae into renewable fuels; and drought-resistant crops that enable agricultural production to withstand adverse growing conditions. Read More

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ANSI Opens Survey for US input on ISO's strategic plan.

April 22, 2009

As the US national member body to The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) extends the opportunity to all interested US stakeholders to review ISO's "Consultation for the ISO Strategic Plan 2011-2015." Feedback on the ISO consultation document may be submitted via an open, online survey. While various specific issues/questions are featured, respondents can comment on any aspect of ISO and its standards development. Read More