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ASTM Committee awards scholarship to Rensselaer student.

January 15, 2014

Chelsea Ehlert, a graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has received the Mary R. Norton Memorial Scholarship from ASTM Committee E04 on Metallography. Award encourages female college seniors or first-year graduate students to pursue study of physical metallurgy or materials science, with emphasis on relationship between microstructure and properties. Ehlert is pursuing a doctorate in materials engineering; her thesis will focus on electrochemistry topics and battery research. Read More

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Rate of Drug Approvals are lower than previously reported.

January 15, 2014

Nature Biotechnology has published peer-reviewed paper co-authored by BIO Industry Analysis and BioMedTracker, highlighting results of a study showing that overall success rate for drugs moving through clinical trials to FDA approval from late 2003 to the end of 2011 is near 1 in 10, while reports from earlier years showed rate of drug approvals to be 1 in 5 to 1 in 6. Study also shows that large molecule drugs are twice as successful in gaining approval compared to small molecule drugs. Read More

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ASC promotes Armstrong and Carter.

January 15, 2014

ASC promoted Malinda Armstrong to Director of Meetings and Expositions, and Jessica Carter to Senior Manager, Web Services. For the past 17 years, Malinda Armstrong has been an important part of the ASC staff team, holding positions focused on finance, administration, expositions, sponsorships, and meetings management. Since joining ASC in 2011, Jessica Carter has moved quickly to evolve both of the Council’s websites into award-winning connection points for both industry and member companies. Read More

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ASTM invites papers for SPF insulation symposium.

January 14, 2014

Papers are invited for symposium on Developing Consensus Standards for Measuring Chemical Emissions from Spray Polyurethane Foam  Insulation, to be held April 30–May 1, 2015. Standardized methods are needed to assess potential impacts of SPF insulation products on indoor air quality and to establish re-entry/re-occupancy times after product installation in building and post-occupancy ventilation needs. Symposium will provide forum for exchange of ideas to aid in development of these standards. Read More

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ASTM Workshop to address VOC diffusive air sampling.

January 14, 2014

Workshop on the Advancements in VOC Diffusive Air Sampling for Indoor Air and Workplace Environments will be held April 7 in Ontario, Canada. There have been recent developments that make diffusive sampling techniques an attractive option for some indoor air, workplace environment, industrial hygiene, fence-line monitoring, and green building certification applications. Overall purpose of workshop is to present current state of technology in these sampling techniques. Read More

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NEMA Welcomes Bipartisan Introduction of TPA legislation.

January 14, 2014

NEMA welcomed introduction of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), or fast-track, which sets objectives for U.S. bilateral, regional, and plurilateral trade negotiations while also providing for privileged and expedited consideration of future legislation to implement covered trade agreements and achieve those objectives. Congressional approval is critical to ongoing and future negotiations to open foreign markets to U.S. equipment manufacturers and associated service providers. Read More

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SME Toy Donation aims to promote early STEM engagement.

January 14, 2014

To help address shortage of workers skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), SME is handing out nearly 600 educational toys to children in Detroit area. SME 2013 president Dennis Bray, citing playtime as "ideal opportunity to encourage kids to have fun with concepts related to STEM," equated early connections as "vital to later educational and vocational interest in the manufacturing field." Toys will also direct children to ManufacturingIsCool.com.

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2014 AeroDef Event will host new technological resource center.

January 14, 2014

Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Resource Center, to be featured at AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014, will enable attendees to explore applications made possible by said technology. Dedicated to aerospace and defense manufacturing, event will take place February 25–27, 2014 at Long Beach Convention Center in California. Author and consultant Todd Grimm will host the center and present 2 sessions – Tactical and Strategic information – on each day of exposition. Read More

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Dr. Claudia Kropas-Hughes to serve on ASTM board of directors.

January 13, 2014

Claudia V. Kropas-Hughes, Ph.D., a technical adviser in the Program Development and Integration Directorate, part of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH, has been elected to serve 3-year term on ASTM International board of directors. A 2011 ASTM Award of Merit recipient and ASTM fellow, Kropas-Hughes also received 2004 Charles W. Briggs Award from Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing for her continuous and outstanding contributions. Read More

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IREC Seeks Comments/Participation in clean energy training standard.

January 13, 2014

After identifying need to differentiate between certification and certificate programs as well as describe best practices and requirements that form foundation for accrediting clean energy certificate programs, IREC is undertaking standards activities to develop IREC Standard 14732:201X General Requirements for the Accreditation of Clean Energy Certificate Programs. Impacted or interested parties are encouraged to participate in development of said standard. Read More

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Foundation releases final ISA100.11a specification.

January 13, 2014

Fieldbus Foundation has released final specification for integration of ISA100.11a wireless field devices into its FOUNDATION™ for Remote Operations Management technology. This development allows automation end users to employ multiple wired and wireless protocols for greater flexibility and expandability. Specification includes parameters for ISA100.11a transducer blocks, providing block application objects into which ISA100.11a variables may be mapped for access by other fieldbus devices. Read More

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Three State Capitals to receive green design assistance.

January 13, 2014

EPA announced assistance to help 3 capital cities develop designs for greener, healthier neighborhoods. With assistance, Lansing, MI will develop options for transforming 14-acre parking lot into public park that showcases green infrastructure and renewable energy technologies. Madison, WI will explore ways to make pedestrian and bicycle improvements and add green infrastructure to streets in the Triangle Neighborhood, and Olympia, WA will reincorporate green infrastructure along Capitol Way. Read More

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ASTM Snowboard Standard addresses binding retention.

January 13, 2014

Snowboards that feature a single channel mounting system with removable inserts allow users to easily adjust stance position of bindings on their snowboards. ASTM F3030, Test Method for Snowboards with a Channel-Mounting System and Removable Inserts, has been developed to evaluate insert retention strength and will be helpful to snowboard manufacturers when comparing durability of different types of materials used in snowboard composite construction or new designs. Read More

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IPC Connects Isola with Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema.

January 13, 2014

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9) visited Isola's manufacturing and R&D facilities in Chandler, AZ on January 3 to learn about issues that concern the developer and manufacturer of materials used to fabricate advanced PCBs. In addition to providing tour of facilities, Isola CEO Ray Sharpe provided Sinema with executive briefing on high-priority issues such as export controls, R&D tax credits, and intellectual property protection.

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Nextgen Institute Executive Director will be Marke Gibson.

January 13, 2014

Effective January 13, 2014, Major General Marke "Hoot" Gibson, USAF (Retired) will serve as NextGen Institute's Executive Director. Dr. Karlin Toner, Director of Joint Planning and Development Office and Senior Advisor to Secretary of Transportation for NextGen Coordination, cited Marke's career-established ability to bring diverse stakeholders, comprising government, industry, and local constituencies, to achieve outcomes important to aerospace and national security. Read More

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Andrew G. Kireta elected to ASTM board of directors.

January 10, 2014

Andrew G. Kireta Jr., VP-market development at Copper Development Association Inc., New York, NY, has been elected to ASTM International board of directors for 3-year term. An ASTM International member since 1998, Kireta works on Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys and several B05 subcommittees. As CDA vice president, Kireta is responsible for promoting use of copper and copper alloy systems and related products in building construction and sustainable energy applications. Read More

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Franceen Gonzales Elected to serve on ASTM board of directors.

January 10, 2014

Franceen Gonzales, vice president, waterpark business development, of WhiteWater West Industries Ltd., has been elected to serve 3-year term on ASTM International board of directors. ASTM member since 2001, Gonzales serves on Committees D22 on Air Quality, F15 on Consumer Products, and F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices. In addition to ASTM, Gonzales is member of board of directors of WhiteWater West Industries and Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers. Read More

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Hardmetals Short Course is open for registration until February 7.

January 10, 2014

European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) will hold 2-day Hardmetals Short Course in Vienna, Austria from April 9–11, 2014. Providing learning opportunities for engineers and scientists, course will start with Overview of Hard Materials (HSS to Diamond) and History of Hardmetals and offer multiple subsequent sessions on other specific topics. Laboratory Course, to be held on April 9, will introduce fundamentals of hardmetal manufacturing with experience of powders and equipment. Read More

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EPA funds projects to reduce pesticide risk.

January 10, 2014

EPA announced agricultural grants for Integrated Pest Management practices to reduce use of potentially harmful pesticides. Grants will go to Louisiana State University to minimize impacts to bees from insecticides used in mosquito control; University of Vermont to reduce pesticide use and improve pest control while increasing crop yields on 75 acres of hops in Northeast; and Pennsylvania State University to protect bees and crops by reducing reliance on neonicotinoid pesticide seed treatments. Read More

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2014 International CES sees record breaking numbers.

January 9, 2014

With 3,200+ exhibitors spread across show floor, 2014 International CES® opened as record-breaking show. There was over two million net square feet of exhibit space, which exceeded previous year's record-setting 1.92 million net square feet. On Sunday night, exhibitors provided a sneak preview of their show floor product launches via 99 tabletop displays, and Monday saw 25 exhibitors revealing new products. This CEA®-owned and -produced event runs through January 10. Read More