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SME Annual Conference helps manufacturers ride out economy.

April 9, 2009

To help industries remain both innovative and competitive, SME announces Breaking Through: 2009 SME Annual Conference. Set for June 7-9, event will bring together SME members, C-level leaders and innovators, as well as educators to share breakthrough innovations in technology and success strategies. Conference's innovation focus is based largely on SME's annual Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture list, which include high-speed sintering, buckypaper, and synthetic gecko tape. Read More

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ASTM Committee recognizes Stephen Luko with Award of Merit.

April 9, 2009

ASTM International Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics has presented Stephen Luko, statistician at Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., with ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. Committee E11 cited Luko for outstanding contributions and leadership in developing standards related to statistical methods and quality control. A member of ASTM International since 1999, Luko serves as chair of E11 and also leads Subcommittee E11.91 on Planning. Read More

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BIO honors Representative Kind as Legislator of the Year.

April 9, 2009

Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) was presented with Legislator of the Year Award during BIO's Legislative Day Fly-In. Congressman Kind is a supporter of biotechnology and has demonstrated dedication through leadership on national policy and work on House Ways and Means Committee. "By presenting this award, BIO recognizes Congressman Kind's diligent support of legislation that would create a pathway for the development and approval of biologic medicines," said BIO President and CEO, Jim Greenwood. Read More

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NEMA publishes MW 1000-2008 Magnet Wire.

April 9, 2009

Frequently updated to meet evolving user needs, MW 1000 is the standards publication for general requirements, product specifications, and test procedures for magnet wire. Its 2008 revision includes new specifications for self-bonding magnet wire, additional appendix detailing formulas for deriving dimensional and performance requirements, and expanded thermal endurance procedure to including testing information for range of wire specimen sizes. Read More

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Senator Grassley honored as BIO Legislator of the Year.

April 9, 2009

On April 2, 2009, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced its selection of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) as a Legislator of the Year for 2008-2009. The award recognizes his achievements on Finance and Agriculture Committees, which aided the development of renewable fuels, particularly corn-based ethanol. Also, according to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, "[Senator Grassley's support of ethanol has been instrumental in deflecting false arguments." Read More

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Global Biotech Industry to gather in Atlanta for convention.

April 9, 2009

With nearly 1/3 of all 2009 BIO International Convention attendees representing organizations located outside of U.S., BIO announced that May 20th will be International Day at 2009 BIO International Convention, which runs from May 18-21. Day will consist of numerous International Research and Development presentations from more than 22 countries. Additionally, Scientific American and BIO will release "Worldview: A Global Biotechnology Perspective" study. Read More

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Electronic Health Record Programs use ASTM CCR Standard.

April 9, 2009

Microsoft's 2009 version of Amalga Unified Intelligence System incorporates ASTM E2369, Specification for Continuity of Care, which provides way to create XML documents that contain most relevant and timely health information about patient, and to send them electronically from one caregiver to another. CRC standard is also being used by Google Health application, which allows users to create online health profile by importing personal data from pharmacies and lab companies. Read More

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NIST launches YouTube channel to inform public.

April 9, 2009

As part of U.S. government-wide effort to expand information available to public about its programs, NIST has created a channel on YouTube. Viewers can share videos with friends via email, post links to videos on their own Web pages, and write comments below each video. Department of Commerce negotiated contract with Google that allows its agencies to establish YouTube channels, with agencies such as NOAA and U.S. Census Bureau also participating. Read More

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NIST announces competition for research funding.

April 9, 2009

NIST has announced 2009 competition for multiyear research funding in civil infrastructure and advanced materials in manufacturing under its Technology Innovation Program (TIP). Approximately $15 million in first-year funding is allocated for R&D projects in manufacturing, while about $10 million is allocated for projects in civil infrastructure in areas of sensing and repair/retrofit. Due date for submission of proposals to competition is Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Read More

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Federal Officials briefed on LA dependency on oil/gas access.

April 9, 2009

At 2nd of 4 regional hearings scheduled in April, Virginia Sawyer of LABI told Minerals Management Service (MMS) that 154,000 high-paying manufacturing jobs in LA depend on access to oil and natural gas on Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Sawyer said 58% of petroleum produced in LA is consumed by industrial sector, which employs 154,000 state residents with average annual wage of $52,000. NAM members may submit predrafted comment to MMS at www.nam.org/contactMMS. Read More

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Volunteers Honored for industry, standards contributions.

April 7, 2009

IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® presented 50 awards at IPC APEX EXPO(TM) 2009. Special Recognition, Distinguished Committee Leadership, and Distinguished Committee Service awards were given to individuals who made significant contributions to IPC and the electronics manufacturing industry by lending their time and expertise to standards development committees and program development. Read More

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IPC Produces Roadmap to help further industry success.

April 7, 2009

IPC unveiled IPC International Technology Roadmap for Electronic Interconnections at IPC APEX EXPO(TM) to help companies in manufacturing supply chains understand small and crucial technological changes alike. The roadmap, derived from 2-year study, provides companies with vision and direction for product and process development and services concerning future technology landscape of PCB and electronics assembly industries, focusing exclusively on manufacturing substrates and assemblies. Read More

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ASTM Proposes Standard for measuring acid mist, air quality.

April 7, 2009

ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality is constructing a standard for measuring acid mists that come from combustion sources titled 'WK22846, Test Method for Determination of Sulfur Oxides Including Sulfur Dioxide, Sulfur Trioxide, and Sulfuric Acid Vapor and Mist, from Stationary Sources Using the Controlled Condensation Sampling System.' This will help address US EPA concerns about fine particles (2.5 ┬Ám dia and smaller) deemed unhealthy to breathe. Read More

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ASTM approves Standard Practice for Certificate Programs.

April 7, 2009

ASTM E2659 provides comprehensive guide for educators in all sectors and settings to consistently develop and administer certificate programs to accomplish unique training and education goals. It also offers guide to consumers on how to identify such a program. In addition, ASTM E2659 serves as benchmark of quality for industry accreditation of certificate programs and outlines what key distinguishing factors are between certification and certificate programs. Read More

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BIO Honors PA Senator as a Legislator of the Year.

April 7, 2009

On April 01, 2009, BIO announced its selection of Senator Arlen Specter as a Legislator of the Year for 2008-2009. The senator was commended, according to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, "for his continued efforts to ensure that the unique importance of life science patents is respected during reform efforts." The senator was also thanked for his dedication to increasing funding at the National Institutes of Health as well as for his advocacy for embryonic stem cell research. Read More

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AASHTO applauds nomination of Victor Mendez to head FHWA.

April 7, 2009

Victor Mendez, former Director of Arizona Department of Transportation and 2007 President of AASHTO, has been named by President Obama as next Federal Highway Administrator, subject to Senate confirmation. During his ADOT tenure, Mendez implemented accelerated schedule for Valley regional freeway system. As deputy director, he served as part of ADOT team, which completed $80 million widening of I-17 and launched the widening of Superstition Freeway. Read More

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AIA Official urges Congress to increase NASA funding.

April 7, 2009

AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey said to House appropriations subcommittee that with 60 countries having active space programs, stable and sufficient investment for NASA is required to protect U.S. leadership in space against growing international competition. Funding is needed for resources such as new space vehicles, climate monitoring satellites, and educational initiatives. Blakey also invited subcommittee to attend TARC's final flyoff at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia. Read More

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Patent Bill Compromise marks step towards positive reform.

April 7, 2009

According to BIO President and CEO, Jim Greenwood, BIO commends Senate Judiciary Committee for its success in developing consensus-oriented approach to patent reform legislation. Thanks to leadership of Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Arlen Specter (R-PA), BIO is optimistic that they will see patent reform that preserves incentives necessary to sustain America's global leadership in innovation and spurs creation of high-wage, high-value jobs. Read More

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Satellite Export Control Rules must be updated.

April 7, 2009

According to AIA President and CEO, Marion Blakey, satellite export control rules are hampering U.S. national security and economic interests, and must be updated to protect U.S. space industrial base. U.S. market share for commercial satellites dropped from 73% to 27% after legislation passed in 1998 to control commercial satellites as military items. AIA recommends that government review all space technologies to determine which ones should be controlled as commercial or military items. Read More

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Campaign promotes transportation infrastructure awareness.

April 7, 2009

Facing the expiration date for the current federal transportation authorization, AASHTO launched a national campaign to build awareness and provide information about the critical needs of America's transportation system. "Are We There Yet? We Can Be!" is designed to provide current information pertaining to the condition of this country's infrastructure, with examples of successful projects, technology, and focused solutions. Read More