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AASHTO Congratulates Nadeau on nomination as FHWA Administrator.

May 13, 2015

AASHTO offered congratulations to Deputy Administrator Greg Nadeau on his nomination as Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator. Calling Nadeau "a solid choice" by President Obama, AASHTO executive director Bud Wright said that Greg "served as the acting FHWA administrator with distinction" and cited his "energy and vision" regarding Every Day Counts program. Given significant issues facing transportation industry, Wright said that FHWA "needs a strong leader." Read More

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FAA Re-Evaluates Method for measuring effects of aircraft noise.

May 12, 2015

FAA plans to begin work on next step in updating scientific evidence on relationship between aircraft noise exposure and its effects on communities around airports. Starting within next 2–3 months, FAA will contact residents around select U.S. airports through mail and telephone to survey public perceptions of aviation noise throughout course of any given year. Study will poll communities surrounding 20 airports nationwide, and FAA hopes to finish gathering data by 2016's end. Read More

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Mississippi State University Team named Center of Excellence.

May 12, 2015

After rigorous competition, FAA has selected a Mississippi State University team as the FAA's Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. COE will focus on research, education, and training in areas critical to safe and successful integration of UAS into nation's airspace. Some COE research areas initially will include: detect and avoid technology; low-altitude operations safety; control and communications; spectrum management; and compatibility with air traffic control operations. Read More

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BIO Lauds Bill regarding interchangeable biologic medicines.

May 12, 2015

BIO and Georgia Bio (GaBio) commended Governor Nathan Deal for signing Senate Bill 51, which creates pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. Policies outlined in said bill align with BIO's principles on biologic substitution. Citing bill's merits and noting broad support, BIO's Jim Greenwood said that signing this bill into law adds Georgia to states taking "a leadership position" in allowing retail pharmacies to substitute interchangeable biologic medicines." Read More

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NEMA publishes standard for utility end device data tables.

May 12, 2015

NEMA has published ANSI C12.19-2012 American National Standard For Utility Industry End Device Data Tables. In its third release, standard establishes new baseline document that includes all corrections that were applied in Annex N, "Listing of editorial errors and errors of omission in ANSI C12.19-2008," of IEEE Std 1377™-2012. Standard defines table structure for utility application data to be passed between an end device and any other device. Read More

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Tennessee Governor Haslam signs critical legislation.

May 12, 2015

BIO and Life Science Tennessee commend Governor Bill Haslam for signing critical legislation to create pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. Senate Bill 984 seeks to properly preserve patient access to accurate prescription information, maintains incentives for innovation, and promotes a competitive market for biologic therapies. BIO will continue to advocate for full communication in the substitution process. Read More

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ASC's Spring Convention draws record attendance.

May 12, 2015

ASC Spring Convention and EXPO, held in Nashville, TN from April 20–22, drew 592 total attendees. This number marked new record for both Spring and Fall Convention, with exception of when ASC hosted World Adhesive Conference. Total attendance includes full paid attendees, partial/one-day attendees, EXPO participants, speakers, and media. According to ASC's Matthew E. Croson, preliminary reports show attendees were drawn to EXPO, technical content, and networking-oriented events. Read More

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National Summer Conference Registration now open.

May 12, 2015

Scheduled for June 28–July 1, AAMA 2015 National Summer Conference will include variety of speakers, including keynote by Mic Patterson, who will discuss, "Divergent Trajectories: Framing the Future of Glass and the Building Skin." Presentations will also address window technology in Europe and certifying windows for areas with harsher climates, like Alaska. Other highlights will include: Boeing Everett plant tour, tour of the Chihuly Gardens and Glass Exhibit, and Duck Tour of the city. Read More

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NREL Recognizes Staff for innovations in record patent year.

May 12, 2015

During its annual Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards ceremony, NREL recognized professionals behind greatest innovations from past year. Also, NREL celebrated 43 U.S. patents issued – largest in lab history and near 3X previous year – in fiscal year 2014. Min Zhang was named Distinguished Innovator, while Rising Star awards winners included Chuck Booten, who works in buildings and thermal systems, and John Simon, who works in materials applications and performance. Read More

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ASTM hosts cement conference and workshop in Kuwait.

May 8, 2015

ASTM International held 2-day training workshop on testing standards and quality control for the cement and concrete industry on April 27-28, 2015 in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Sponsored by the Kuwait Cement Co., event included training, education, and awareness of key ASTM standards that support all aspects of construction across Kuwait. More than 250 people from many ministries and companies attended each day. Read More

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Alternative Manufacturing, Inc. earns QML certification.

May 8, 2015

IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded Qualified Manufacturers Listing to Alternative Manufacturing, Inc., based out of Winthrop, Maine. AMI provides PCB assembly, wire harness production, and product assembly for variety of industries. To earn QML, AMI successfully completed an intensive audit based on two of IPC's foremost standards: IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies and IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies. Read More

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BIO Claims RFS Policy Instability has chilled biofuel investments.

May 8, 2015

According to BIO's Brent Erickson, EPA rulemaking delays generated Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program instability and "intolerable investment uncertainty." Erickson claimed policy instability responsible for "chilling" up to $13.7 billion worth of investments needed by advanced biofuel industry to build capacity to meet RFS goals. As cited, heaviest impact was on cellulosic biofuel developers. Other effects included undercutting new employment opportunities and loss of 80,000+ direct jobs. Read More

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IEEE Photonics Conference 2015 announces Call for Papers.

May 8, 2015

Taking place October 4–8 at the Hyatt Regency Reston hotel in Reston, VA, IEEE Photonics Conference 2015 has announced a Call for Papers seeking original technical presentations in light-related technologies. Some topic ideas include: biophotonics, displays and lighting, microwave photonics, nanophotonics, optical fiber technology, optical interconnects, photonic materials, and semiconductor lasers. Paper submissions are due no later than May 17, 2015. Read More

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Senate confirms Willie E. May as 15th NIST Director.

May 8, 2015

On May 4, 2015, U.S. Senate confirmed Willie E. May as the second Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and the 15th director of the NIST. May has been serving as acting director since June 2014. He has worked at NIST since 1971, leading research activities in chemical and biological measurement science activities prior to serving as associate director for laboratory programs and principal deputy to the NIST director. Read More

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MESA International recognizes 8 outstanding contributors.

May 8, 2015

Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International announced winners of 2015 Outstanding Contribution to MESA award, which recognizes effort and dedication of individuals whose personal contributions have greatly benefited the entire association. This year's recipients include John Clemons, Scott Daugherty, Michel Devos, Gerhard Greeff, John Horst, Khris Kammer, Marc Leroux, and Erik Nistad. Read More

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MESA International Plans Launch of public recognition program.

May 8, 2015

MESA International's formal recognition program aims to promote market awareness of individuals and businesses dedicated to educating global marketplace on how and why to leverage modern Information Technologies (IT) in production operations. Program will center on individuals' or businesses' commitment to Association objectives as quantified by active MESA membership or sponsorship, regular contribution, and practical proficiency. Read More

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FAA App will help UAS pilots operate safely and legally.

May 8, 2015

FAA demonstrated new smartphone application called B4UFLY, designed to help model aircraft and unmanned aircraft users know if it is safe and legal to fly in their location. App provides clear status indicator that informs operators about current or planned location; "Planner Mode" for future flights in different locations; informative, interactive maps with filtering options; contact information for nearby airports; and links to other FAA UAS resources and regulatory information. Read More

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FAA-Industry Initiative seeks to expand small UAS horizons.

May 8, 2015

FAA and industry will partner to explore next steps in unmanned aircraft operations beyond operations proposed in draft small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule published in February. Main areas of focus include visual line-of-sight operations in urban areas, extended visual line-of-sight operations in rural areas, and beyond visual line-of-sight in rural/isolated areas. According to FAA's Michael Huerta, this initiative will help anticipate and address evolving UAS industry needs. Read More

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NIMS and Gene Haas Foundation announce scholarships.

May 7, 2015

GHF-NIMS SkillsUSA Scholarship Program will award over $200,000 in scholarship funds to students competing in 3 manufacturing events at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Competitors include high school and college students from all 50 states who have won their state-level competitions in CNC Technician, CNC Milling Specialist, and CNC Turning Specialist. Medalists will receive awards in the following amounts: Gold: $4,000; Silver: $3,000; and Bronze: $2,000. Read More

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NEMA Communications Dept wins 14 Hermes Creative Awards.

May 7, 2015

During 2015 Hermes Creative Awards competition, NEMA won platinum and gold awards for ei, the magazine of the electroindustry; eiXtra electronic newsletter; and several electronic venues. Efforts were spearheaded by NEMA Communications Department, a team of individuals with backgrounds in writing, editing, design, public relations, and marketing. International competition is designed for professionals involved in concept, writing, and design of traditional materials and emerging technologies. Read More