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FAA seeks public input on UAS test site selection.

March 9, 2012

FAA has asked for public input on 6 unmanned aircraft system test sites. Specifically, request for comment asks for input on public versus private management of sites, research activities and capabilities of test areas, requirements for test site operators, and geographic/climate factors that should influence site selection. Once pilot program is established, agency expects it will provide valuable data to help FAA safely integrate UAS into same airspace with manned airplanes. Read More

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BIO Convention features 6 sessions focused on industry outlook.

March 9, 2012

Taking place June 18-21, 2012 in Boston, MA, 2012 BIO International Convention will feature 6 Super Sessions highlighting state of industry and future outlook. Specific sessions will look at Ernst and Young's Annual Biotechnology Industry Report, Burrill State-of-the-Industry Report, Scientific American's Regional Bio-Innovation Scorecard, R/D growth engine integration, pre-competitive collaboration, and PDUFA V's impact on innovation, patients, and modern medicines. Read More

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ASTM Fasteners Committee elects Salim Brahimi as Chairman.

March 9, 2012

Salim Brahimi, president and principal engineer at IBECA Technologies Corp. in Montreal, Canada, has been elected chairman of ASTM International Committee F16 on Fasteners. A member of ASTM since 1997, Brahimi works on several F16 subcommittees and is vice chairman of F16.02 on Steel Bolts, Nuts, Rivets and Washers. Brahimi is currently completing his Ph.D. at McGill University, where he also earned a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering and a master's in materials engineering. Read More

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ANSI offers two free education courses in 2012.

March 9, 2012

Course 205, ISO Secretariat Operations: Taking the Secret out of the Secretariat, will help stakeholders become fluent in all aspects of successful ISO committee management. Course 208, The Operating Procedures of U.S. TAGs to ISO: Strengthening the U.S. Voice in International Standardization, will explore processes and operating procedures of ANSI-accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO and explain how to be an effective international delegate at ISO committee meetings. Read More

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Report calls for enhanced security of PHI.

March 9, 2012

"The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security" provides healthcare organizations with method to evaluate "at risk" value of protected health information (PHI). In turn, this will aid in making business case for appropriate investments to better protect PHI. Created through PHI Project, report involved cross-section of 100+ healthcare industry leaders from 70+ organizations. Read More

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ANSI Joint Member Forum to focus on building quality workforce.

March 8, 2012

Scheduled for March 20, ANSI Joint Member Forum will open with panel, Building a Framework for a Quality Workforce, which will examine range of initiatives underway within public and private sectors to close the "skills gap" in American labor market. Second panel, Building Educational Programs and Credentials within the Framework, will highlight recent efforts to move from credit-based educational system to competency-based system that will help bolster skilled American workforce. Read More

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BIO supports Faster Access to Specialized Treatments Act.

March 8, 2012

According to statement issued by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, BIO thanks Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and Ed Towns (D-NY) for their leadership in introducing the FAST Act to speed access to innovative new therapies and cures to patients living with debilitating and life-threatening diseases. Legislation will modernize Accelerated Approval pathway to expedite development of modern, targeted, and personalized therapies while preserving FDA standards. Read More

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FISMA Publication updates cybersecurity threats, privacy controls.

March 8, 2012

Released by NIST, Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations, Special Publication (SP) 800-53, Revision 4, adds guidance for combating new information security threats and incorporates privacy controls to framework that federal agencies use to protect their information and information systems. This Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) publication also adds privacy appendix that provides privacy controls and associated implementation guidance. Read More