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NIST to hold seminar on time and frequency metrology.

March 16, 2009

NIST will host 34th annual Time and Frequency Metrology Seminar on June 2-5, 2009, in Boulder, CO. Course covers understanding characteristics of clocks and oscillators, making precise time and frequency measurements, and synchronizing and applying precision time in array of systems. Registrants of all levels of experience are welcome. Speakers will include John Hall, Nobel Prize winning physicist; John Vig, current president of IEEE; and David Allan, who led development of the Allan Variance. Read More

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NIST seeks public comments on fire resistance guidelines.

March 16, 2009

NIST has released draft report NISTIR 7563, Best Practice Guidelines for Structural Fire Resistance of Concrete and Steel Buildings, for public comment. Part of NIST response to World Trade Center disaster, report offers information on best practices in structural fire resistance engineering in U.S. and overseas and knowledge in fire risk assessment, fire characterization, material properties, and thermal/structural response calculation methods. Read More

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ANSI Seeks Comments on proposal for ISO work item on TCM.

March 13, 2009

The Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China (SAC) has submitted a work item proposal to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for a new field of ISO technical activity on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). As the U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments by April 24, 2009. Feedback received by the deadline will be compiled for consideration in developing a recommended ANSI position and comments. Read More

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Registration opens for ANSI's April workshop.

March 13, 2009

Scheduled for April 8-9, 2009, Toward Product Standards for Sustainability workshop will provide neutral venue where stakeholders can engage in discussion that will support and facilitate development, promulgation, and use of standards to address sustainability issues related to products. Some topics will include standards development process, characteristics of effective product standard, and to what degree should LCA and risk/hazard assessment issues be addressed. Read More

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April Workshop addresses nanotech energy obstacles.

March 13, 2009

An international workshop, taking place on April 26-28 in 2009 at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University of Albany in New York, will explore the topic of measurement and material characterization techniques needed to apply nanotechnology effectively to global energy challenges. Sessions will scope out and prioritize measurement challenges in solar photovoltaics, energy generation and storage, solid-state lighting, and other areas. Read More

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SME partners to create skills certification system.

March 13, 2009

SME is partnering with NAM and The Manufacturing Institute to form the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System. This will provide skills assessments, standardized curriculum requirements, and portable credentials identified by manufacturers as necessary for employees to have. Grounded on ACT National Career Readiness Certificate, system includes certification programs of various industry groups that focus on entry level positions. Read More

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Reference Material supports improved polymer industry QC.

March 13, 2009

Researchers at NIST have developed and issued, for sale, new test material for calibrating quality control (QC) equipment used by the polymer industry. The result of a 5-year effort, SRM 2881, offers manufacturers a test sample with known and verified distribution of molecular masses. Specifically, it provides absolute molecular masses of 43 different lengths of polystyrene molecules as well as their cumulative contribution to the total mass of the sample from 1%-99%. Read More

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ASTM Recognizes Gary Beck for work on analytical chemistry.

March 13, 2009

The ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores, and Related Materials has been given to Gary L. Beck, principal analytical chemist at ATI Wah Chang in Albany, OR. The award recognizes his technical contributions to Committee E01, especially in the field of titanium, zirconium, tungsten, molybdenum, tantalum, niobium, hafnium, and rhenium. Read More

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IPC Apex Expo to feature more than 130 new products.

March 13, 2009

Over 130 new products/services from electronics manufacturing industry will debut at the 2009 IPC APEX EXPO(TM), which takes place from March 31 through April 2 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Representing a number of categories, nearly 400 exhibitors serving the electronics assembly and printed board industries will display their latest technologies, materials, and processes to help companies gain efficiencies, enhance processes, and remain competitive. Read More

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BIO Urges Senate Committee to address patent reform.

March 13, 2009

In written testimony submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) reiterated that a strong patent system is integral to growth for the biotechnology industry and other sectors of America's economy. BIO also expressed support for strengthening U.S. patent system via carefully constructed and consensus-based legislation. Without strong and predictable patent protections, BIO believes investors will shy away from investing in biotech innovation. Read More

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ASTM Symposium addresses bearing steel technologies.

March 13, 2009

Scheduled for May 21-22, 8th International Symposium on Bearing Steel Technologies will be divided into 6 sessions. They include material and heat treatment design considerations, microstructure behavior in rolling contact, rolling contact materials response analysis and RCF testing, corrosion resistant steel and hydrogen effects in bearing steels, micro cleanliness quality assurance in bearing steels, and bearing steel steelmaking and semi-finished product manufacturing technologies. Read More

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Proposal jeopardizes future medical breakthroughs.

March 13, 2009

According to BIO President and CEO, Jim Greenwood, BIO continues to support development of pathway for review and approval of biosimilars. Unfortunately, legislation recently introduced does not strike necessary balance for patients or economy. Any biosimilars legislation must ensure safe and effective biosimilars, promote continued development of new therapies and cures, and ensure benefits of additional competition among biologics through entry of biosimilars. Read More

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NACD Honors winners of Virginia chemistry competition.

March 13, 2009

On March 16, five students will be honored for their performances in a National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)-sponsored competition that quizzed them on chemistry concepts, important discoveries, and chemical safety awareness tips. The question-and-answer You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Challenge, created by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF), partners members of chemical industry with schools and organizations in their communities. Read More

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SME offers DVDs and conference on nanotechnology.

March 13, 2009

With nanotechnology on target to become $3.1 trillion industry by 2015, SME is releasing 3 DVDs entitled Nanomanufacturing, which covers how nanotechnology can be used, as well as Structural DNA and Nanometrology which explore steps to making nanomanufacturing actually happen. On April 1-2, 2009, annual NanoManufacturing Conference and Exhibits will explore same topics and include workshops, keynote address by Sarah Audet, networking sessions, and rountable discussions. Read More

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ANSI Hosts ISO Secretary-General on first official US visit.

March 12, 2009

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) hosted Mr. Robert Steele, Secretary-General of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), during his first official visit to the United States. In addition to meetings with ANSI governance and management staff, he visited several U.S. government agencies and took advantage of opportunities to discuss alignment of ISO standards and development directions and activities with U.S. strategic and technological priorities. Read More

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NIST Experts address security for Internet domain names.

March 12, 2009

Scientists at NIST have developed Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards to add digital signatures and associated key management procedures to DNS protocols. These will allow users to validate authenticity and integrity of data and provide basis for new DNS and protocol infrastructure and reliant systems. In addition, NIST has developed Secure Naming Infrastructure Pilot distributed testbed and has updated recommendations for Secure Domain Name System Deployment Guide. Read More

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ASTM Sustainability Meeting coincides with Earth Day 2009.

March 12, 2009

Standards development and an exchange of information will highlight the April 21-23 meetings of ASTM International Committee E60 on Sustainability, which takes in familiar environmental consideration of going green by recycling and reducing waste with added economic and social principles. Sustainability, according to ASTM E2114, Terminology for Sustainability Relative to the Performance of Buildings, meets present needs without compromising the ability to meet those of the future. Read More

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ASHRAE Project raises awareness on plug loads.

March 12, 2009

To help students gain better understanding of how being plugged in impacts building energy use, ASHRAE is funding teaching project known as Plugged In! for students at University of Oregon. As part of project, students will "shop" for electrical appliances, determine plug loads of each appliance, and calculate short-term and long-term energy implications. They will also develop real-time monitoring and feedback loop of dormitory as part of their goal of modifying occupant behavior. Read More

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Parade Magazine features cover story on saving our roads.

March 11, 2009

Parade magazine's cover story, entitled "How We Can Save Our Roads," focuses on what it will take to restore American highways and bridges. Article amplifies vital need for increased investment in transportation priorities nationwide, but likewise emphasizes importance of innovation in today's economic climate. Story also addresses recently enacted stimulus package, necessary highway and bridge work it will help finance, and jobs that will be created. Read More

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United States ranks No. 8 in global innovation.

March 11, 2009

According to report produced jointly by The Boston Consulting Group, NAM, and The Manufacturing Institute, United States ranked 8th in innovation leadership among 110 countries. Singapore topped list, followed by South Korea and Switzerland. BCG/NAM/MI International Innovation Index is part of broad research study that looked at both business outcomes of innovation and government's ability to encourage and support innovation through public policy. Read More