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NAM sees contradiction with stimulus legislation.

March 5, 2009

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) urged federal policymakers not to overturn a U.S. Department of the Interior rule that streamlines procedures under Endangered Species Act in order to expedite energy development and construction projects. Keith McCoy, NAM Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy, stated that the decision, if carried out, would work against job creation goals of the recently-signed stimulus legislation by reinstating bureaucratic hurdles. Read More

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OEMs to outline expectations, challenges for supply chain.

March 5, 2009

Scheduled for April 2, 2009, IPC APEX EXPO(TM) OEM Summit will include speakers from IBM and Hewlett-Packard Company. Martin Rausch of Intel Corp. will discuss challenges of making transition to halogen-free materials, while Michael Roesch of Hewlett-Packard will address challenges for large OEMs managing materials changes and reliability impact on electronic assemblies in complex supply chain. Dr. Kitty Pearsall of IBM will present IBM End to End Supplier Quality Management System. Read More

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NAM encouraged by President Obama's Trade Policy Agenda.

March 5, 2009

According to NAM's VP for International Economic Affairs, Frank Vargo, Obama's agenda is a pragmatic one aimed at opening markets and improving U.S. role in world economy. It talks about improving trade agreements rather than reopening them, and it calls for greater emphasis on seeing that small and medium-sized firms can become more effective exporters and competitors in global economy. NAM is pleased to see that agenda also calls for correcting current imbalance in Doha Round. Read More

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BIO announces Jim Collins as HR conference keynote speaker.

March 5, 2009

Jim Collins, author of Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ...And Others Don't, will present keynote address at BIO Human Resources Conference 2009. Taking place May 17-19, event will be themed HR Leading During Times of Change. It will concentrate on HR Global, HR Strategic, HR Development, and HR Best Practices, each track featuring 5 breakout sessions and 4 plenary sessions. Visitors can also attend welcome reception, BIO Career Fair, as well as BIO Exhibition. Read More

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BIO encourages patent reform legislation by Congress.

March 5, 2009

Following introduction of legislation in House and Senate, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said improvements that increase patent quality, increase public participation, and provide additional resources to Patent and Trademark Office are welcomed. Despite concerns with specific language in bills, Greenwood added, BIO recognizes this as beginning of legislative process and looks forward to working to achieve reforms that address patent quality and spur innovation and economic growth. Read More

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ELFA approves of Administration/Reserve launch of TALF.

March 5, 2009

ELFA commends Obama Administration and Federal Reserve Board for launch of Term Asset Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF), which will catalyze securitization markets, increasing liquidity, credit availability, and overall economic activity. It will include asset classes such as asset backed securities (ABS) backed by small ticket equipment, heavy equipment, and agricultural loans and leases. According to Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., program will enable lenders to fund current loan demand. Read More

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FAA names aviation safety executives.

March 5, 2009

Having served as deputy assistant administrator for aviation safety since July 1995, Peggy Gilligan was named associate administrator for aviation safety. Previously, she was chief of staff for 4 FAA administrators, served in chief counsel's office, and was an attorney in FAA's Eastern Region in New York. John Hickey, director of FAA's Aircraft Certification Service since 2000, will replace Gilligan as deputy assistant administrator for aviation safety. Other changes can be found in full release. Read More

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AASHTO lauds members for responding to proposed budget changes.

March 4, 2009

AASHTO commends and supports Members of Congress who have written to President and leadership of House and Senate Budget Committees calling for retention of current budget rules that apply to transportation programs. Members cited several concerns, including loss of transparency that would occur from merging Trust-Funded and non-Trust-Funded programs, and impacts to commitment that user fees deposited into Aviation and Highway Trust Funds are used for intended purposes. Read More

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SME issues Call for Papers for September conference.

March 4, 2009

Scheduled for Sept 15-17, 2009 at MSU Management Education Center in Troy, MI, SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition provides forum for automotive composites and typically draws over 400 exhibitors, speakers, sponsors, and attendees from Europe, Middle East, and Asia/Pacific as well as North America. SPE is seeking keynote addresses and session presentations on use of composites in fuel cells and advanced batteries, and for mass reduction. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for January 2009.

March 4, 2009

According to IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments are down 18.9% and bookings are down 30.7% in January 2009 from January 2008. Book-to-bill ratio for North American rigid PCB industry in January 2009 slipped further to 0.88. Flexible circuit shipments in January 2009 were up 16.6%, while bookings were down 1.8% compared to January 2008, and North American flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio declined to 0.98. Read More

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SCCP Initiative promotes further U.S.-India trade.

March 4, 2009

To promote growth pertaining to bilateral trade of goods between United States and India, ANSI launched its U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program (SCCP). This initiative aims to improve access for U.S. companies to Indian market by boosting cooperation on standards and conformance issues. Through series of workshops, small groups of experts from targeted industry sectors will discuss regulations, standards, and conformity assessment activities. Read More

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Paper details creation of U.S. positions on ISO/IEC issues.

March 4, 2009

Explanatory information document describes process used by ANSI and U.S. National Committee to the IEC to develop U.S. positions on issues and activities under consideration by ISO and IEC. Also detailed are the steps followed when policy and technical issues relate to and affect both ISO and IEC. Paper also outlines development of official U.S. positions via Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs), which all affected/interested parties can participate in. Read More

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ANSI Monthly Caucus to address national stimulus package.

March 4, 2009

On Friday, March 6, 2009, monthly ANSI Caucus Luncheon will feature guest speaker Bob Boerge, Executive Director of ASTRA, who will speak on how recent stimulus package as well as budget proposal from new administration will create opportunities for economic growth and innovation in U.S. Caucus will be held from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at National Press Club in Washington D.C. RSVPs are requested by Tuesday, March 3, 2009. Read More

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Panel discusses identity theft measurement standards.

March 4, 2009

Participants in the Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (IDSP) have agreed to undertake further work to explore the need for standards on measuring identity theft. Administered by ANSI, IDSP workshop explored issue of whether standards are desirable and feasible for measuring and reporting on identity theft and data breach trends, identity theft protection services, and information security solutions. Read More

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ASTM to hold fatigue and fracture mechanics symposium.

March 4, 2009

To be held May 20-22 in Vancouver, Canada, 9th International ASTM/ESIS Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics will be sponsored by ASTM International Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture as well as ESIS. It will provide forum for disseminating analysis methodologies and testing techniques for estimating design and lifespan of structures in various industries. Also, papers will be presented on various topics, and online registration opens March 9 and closes May 13. Read More

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ASTM Workshop to focus on neurotoxicity testing strategy.

March 4, 2009

Sponsored by ASTM International Committee F04 and FDA, Determining the Need for and Developing a Strategy for a Neurotoxicity Testing Battery will be held Tuesday, May 19, 2009, in Vancouver. It will address appropriate types and amount of neurotoxicity testing needed to evaluate materials used in medical devices in contact with neural tissue or cerebral spinal fluid. Short presentations will be followed by extended discussion on various topics. Online registration closes May 13. Read More

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IPC reports APEX EXPO registrations on par with last year.

March 4, 2009

More than 80 standards development meetings will take place at IPC APEX EXPO, in Las Vegas, from March 28 - April 2. Representatives will cover issues from printed board design; plating and acceptance; assembly and joining processes; to environment, health, and safety; and product reliability and testing. Doug Pauls of Rockwell Collins notes benefits of having in-depth knowledge of standards and also stresses importance of networking opportunities as primary advantage of attending IPC. Read More

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AIA Official approves of proposed Congressional budget.

March 4, 2009

President Obama submitted proposed budget for fiscal 2010 which, according to AIA's Marion Blakey, provides sound foundation for national defense, space exploration, and modernizing U.S. air transportation system. At total of $3.55 trillion, budget allocates $533.7 billion to DoD as well as $800 million for FDA's NextGen program. It also provides $18.7 billion for NASA and $1.3 billion to fund development/acquisition of NOAA weather satellites and climate sensors. Read More

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ASTM Workshop to address steel-reinforced concrete corrosion.

March 3, 2009

ASTM International workshop on Corrosion Mitigation and High Strength Steel in Concrete Structures will be held May 18, 2009, in Vancouver, Canada. It will offer information on research/development of revised and new standards for corrosion-resistant and high-strength steel reinforcement. Advantages and limitations of several reinforcing materials will be presented and Design Guidelines of High-Strength Steel Reinforced Concrete will be led by Dr. Paul Zia. Online registration closes May 13. Read More

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BIO Fair offers career services for employees and employers.

March 3, 2009

Scheduled for May 18, 2009, BIO Career Fair will feature more than 50 potential employers representing biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, food and agriculture, consumer products, biopreparedness, and energy. Industry professionals and students will be able to interview for open positions, listen in to free educational seminars, and network with recruiters to discuss possible career options and requirements. Job seekers can upload resumes in advance to avoid registration lines. Read More