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ANSI Announces Change in management of SEP accreditation program.

January 14, 2016

Effective Q1 2016, ANAB will assume management responsibilities for ANSI/MSE 50021 Superior Energy Performance (SEP) verification body accreditation program. This decision comes after agreement reached between ANSI and ANAB that SEP accreditation program would benefit from consolidated management under one accreditation body. Specifically, consolidation would create greater efficiencies in day-to-day operations of said program and leverage synergies between ISO 50001 and SEP. Read More

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Ferdinando Aspesi to serve on ASTM board of directors.

January 14, 2016

Ferdinando E. Aspesi, vice president and senior adviser, Novartis Group Quality, has been elected to serve 3-year term on the ASTM International board of directors. Aspesi has more than 35 years of experience in drug substance and drug product quality assurance and quality control as well as in pharmaceutical research and development. An ASTM member since 2003, Aspesi is currently vice chairman of Committee E55 on Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products. Read More

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NREL theorizes defects could improve solar cells.

January 14, 2016

Deep-level defects frequently hamper efficiency of solar cells, but NREL research suggests that defects with properly engineered energy levels can improve carrier collection out of cell, or improve surface passivation of absorber layer. Researchers introduced defects within thin tunneling SiO2 layer that forms part of "passivated contact" for carrier collection, and within Al2O3 surface passivation layer next to Si cell wafer. In both cases, specific defects were identified to be beneficial. Read More

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AAMA opens registration for 79th Annual Conference.

January 13, 2016

AAMA has opened registration for the AAMA 79th Annual Conference, to be held Feb 14–17 in Huntington Beach, CA. Conference registrants can look forward to annual awards banquet, which will serve to recognize members who have contributed time and talent necessary to build and sustain a powerful and respected organization. Western Region Winter Summit will immediately follow the conference in the same location, and separate registration is required. Read More

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ASTM Board of Directors welcomes Dr. Cesar Constantino.

January 13, 2016

Cesar A. Constantino, Ph.D., director of business development for Separation Technologies LLC, will serve 3-year term on ASTM International board of directors. ASTM member since 2005, Constantino works on Committees C01 on Cement, C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, and E60 on Sustainability. Constantino also contributed to ASTM memorandum of understanding program in Latin America. He also contributes to several organizations outside of ASTM. Read More

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ASTM International Board of Directors welcomes R James Galipeau.

January 13, 2016

R. James Galipeau, director of Intertek PTL (Pittsfield, MA), joined ASTM International board of directors for 3-year term. ASTM member since 1992, Galipeau graduated University of Massachusetts and concentrated on analytical, physical, electrical, mechanical, and rheological testing of plastics. He is immediate past chairman of Committee D20 on Plastics, which honored him with Award of Merit and title of fellow, and also served one term on ASTM Committee on Technical Committee Operations. Read More

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ASHRAE Winter Conference addresses residential systems.

January 13, 2016

Scheduled for Jan 23–27, ASHRAE 2016 Winter Conference will include Technical Program featuring 8 tracks, 100 sessions, and more than 300 speakers. During High Performance Residential Building Applications and Issues seminar, experts from natural gas industry, U.S. Department of Energy, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will describe results of their decades of real-world experience measuring and understanding behavior of energy efficient airtight houses. Read More

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Charlotte leads in NextGen air traffic improvements.

January 13, 2016

NextGen procedures are helping flights operate more efficiently at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, improving on-time performance and decreasing emissions. Charlotte Metroplex project includes new arrival and departure procedures that reduce amount of time airplanes spend on taxiways. Charlotte is also among the first to use Data Communications, which operates like text-messaging between air traffic controllers and flight crews for routine communications. Read More

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ASHRAE recognizes innovative buildings.

January 13, 2016

ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building design. Their designs incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and indoor air quality. Wind turbines, subcooled glycol/water, geothermal wells, reuse of coil condensation water, and a central heat pump water heating system are among the innovative measures used in the 5 buildings receiving the awards. Read More

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NAM Announces Staff Changes to enhance advocacy, growth.

January 13, 2016

NAM strengthened its team dedicated to advancing manufacturing policy priorities, enhancing advocacy, and amplifying manufacturers' voices. Specifically, additions were made to NAM's infrastructure, innovation, and HR policy team; membership and strategic development divisions; international economic affairs team; policy and government relations team; energy and resources policy department; and government relations team. Other additions were made to legal and communications teams. Read More

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FAA Smartphone App keeps UAS operators informed of NAS edicts.

January 13, 2016

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta today announced public release of B4UFLY, which tells users about current or upcoming requirements and restrictions regarding areas of National Airspace System (NAS) in which operation of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is intended. While post-beta version is available for Apple devices, beta version is available for Android devices. Huerta expressed hopes said app will "help raise public awareness about what it means to operate unmanned aircraft safely." Read More

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INVISTA's Vicky Taylor joins ASTM board of directors.

January 12, 2016

Vicky J. Taylor, senior research technologist in the research and development center of INVISTA (Canada) Company, Kingston, Ontario, will serve 3-year term on ASTM International board of directors. Taylor has more than 30 years of experience in textile testing and evaluation using international standards. An ASTM member since 1999, Taylor currently serves as chairman of Committee D13 on Textiles, which includes over 550 members responsible for more than 300 standards. Read More

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Federal Agencies launch challenge to improve chemical screening.

January 12, 2016

Transform Tox Testing Challenge: Innovating for Metabolism will award up to $1 million to improve relevance and predictivity of data generated from automated chemical screening technology used for toxicity testing. This challenge seeks to find new ways to incorporate physiological levels of chemical metabolism into HTS assays. First stage, which closes April 8, seeks practical designs. Second stage requires prototype, and final stage requires commercially viable method or technology. Read More

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IEEE Photonics Society announces call for papers.

January 12, 2016

Scheduled for May 9–11, 2016, fifth annual Optical Interconnects Conference is designed to facilitate collaboration between optical industry's leading engineers and researchers to bring new optical interconnect architectures and technologies from research lab concepts to commercial realities. Program will cover network systems, subsystems, architectures, applications and devices, delivered in more than 80 technical presentations that combine invited talks with refereed papers and poster sessions. Read More

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NEMA Highlights One Retirement and several appointments.

January 12, 2016

The IAPMO Group announced senior VP and general counsel Neil Bogatz's retirement. As IAPMO consultant, Bogatz will continue to represent IAPMO as chair of ANSI's Executive Standards Council and vice chair of its Intellectual Property Rights Committee (IPRPC). Monte Bogatz assumed senior VP and general counsel role, while Heather Koffman was promoted to VP and associate general counsel. Also, NEMA appointed Tracy Cullen to lead its communications, marketing, and publishing initiatives. Read More

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ASTM International Board of Directors welcomes James Tann.

January 12, 2016

James A. Tann, director of technical services for Belden Brick Co. (Canton, OH), has been elected to ASTM International board of directors for 3-year term. ASTM fellow, Award of Merit recipient, and member since 1988, Tann has concentrated on design of brick masonry structures as well as building codes and standards. He serves as member-at-large on executive subcommittees of Committees C12 on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry and C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units. Read More

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NIST seeks applications for Precision Measurement Grants.

January 12, 2016

Since 1970, NIST's Precision Measurement Grants have enabled researchers to conduct significant work in field of fundamental measurement or determination of more precise values for fundamental constants of nature. NIST sponsors these research projects primarily to encourage basic, measurement-related research in universities and colleges and other research laboratories. NIST anticipates funding 2 projects at most, depending on availability of funding, for up to 3 years at $50,000 per year. Read More

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ANSI releases 2016 dates for accreditation workshop.

January 12, 2016

ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to register for 2-day Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop—with multiple dates available in 2016. Workshop is designed to introduce interested stakeholders to international standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 — General requirements for bodies operating certification schemes for persons. Discussions will focus on building an understanding of standard’s requirements, benefits, and why it has become benchmark for personnel certification. Read More

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OSA Publishing announces new editors-in-chief for 3 journals.

January 11, 2016

Christoph Hitzenberger, P. Scott Carney, and Alexandra Boltasseva have been appointed as editors-in-chief of Biomedical Optics Express, Journal of the Optical Society of America A, and Optical Materials Express, respectively. According to Elizabeth Nolan, deputy executive director and chief publishing officer, all three bring a wealth of experience, and their strong leadership, technical expertise, and knowledge of scientific publishing will ensure the continued success of all three journals. Read More

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Dr. Gregory Quarles named Chief Scientist.

January 11, 2016

As Chief Scientist, Dr. Gregory Quarles is responsible for the scientific infrastructure of the society, including content development for OSA incubators, annual meetings, and establishment of partnerships with research laboratories around the world. Quarles is a globally recognized leader for his strategic partnerships with the federal government, industry, and academia, as well as his innovative work in the progression of global materials research, specifically developing new laser devices. Read More