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Applications open for Presidential Innovation Award.

December 17, 2013

EPA, in partnership with White House Council on Environmental Quality, is accepting applications for third annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. Award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers and their local education agencies for excellence in integrating environmental education into their lessons and demonstrating connection between health and the environment to students. Successful applicants demonstrate creativity, innovation, community engagement, and leadership. Read More

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ASTM Standard tests PVC flooring for plasticizer migration.

December 16, 2013

ASTM International standard will provide qualitative means to determine potential effect of plasticizers contained within PVC floor covering materials on specific adhesive. ASTM D7888, Practice for Evaluating Adhesive and the Effects of Plasticizer Found Within Polyvinylchloride-Backed Floor Coverings, was developed by Subcommittee D14.10 on Working Properties, part of ASTM International Committee D14 on Adhesives. Standard focuses specifically on issues related to plasticizer migration. Read More

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EPA Updates Sustainability Plan with future projects.

December 16, 2013

EPA's 2013 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan, as part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and lead in clean energy, outlines actions planned over next year to reduce energy use and waste in agency operations. Building on 4 years of progress under Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, plan also offers overview of how EPA is saving taxpayer dollars, reducing carbon emissions, and saving energy. Read More

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ASABE Revises Standard for irrigation electrical equipment.

December 16, 2013

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) revised its standard for electrified irrigation systems: ANSI/ASAE S397.4, Electrical Service and Equipment for Irrigation. This document incorporates updates to normative references, citations for which have changed since standard was last revised, in 2007. ASABE members with standards access and those with site-license privileges can access full-text of standard by electronic download. Read More

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Usability Enhancements Announced to FOUNDATION specifications.

December 13, 2013

Open, non-proprietary FOUNDATION™ fieldbus technical specifications have been updated to include features for enhancing usability of FOUNDATION technology. Specifically, features include additional advanced support for fieldbus device replacement and backwards compatibility, Device Description (DD) templates, field diagnostics, and alarm/alert integration. Ability to utilize said features is included in Host Profile C, which will be available for registration in 2014. Read More

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BIO Makes Statement regarding Innovation Act (H.R. 3309).

December 12, 2013

BIO made it know that provisions within H.R. 3309 "would erect unreasonable barriers to access justice for innovators" and cited in particular "small start-ups that must be able to defend their businesses against patent infringement in a timely and cost-effective manner, and without needless and numerous procedural hurdles or other obstacles.” Bio also called provisions "overly broad" and pointed out they would result in "unintended and unknowable consequences" for innovators. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2014 to highlight swarm robotics technology.

December 12, 2013

Roboticist and inventor James McLurkin will share his research and insights into future of multi-robot systems or "swarm robotics" during his keynote session at IPC APEX EXPO® 2014. In his presentation, McLurkin will explore how multi-robot systems can serve humanity by handling dangerous, dirty and dull jobs for which humans are inherently ill-suited. McLurkin’s work focuses on developing software and programming techniques for teams of autonomous robots with populations from 10 to 10,000. Read More

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MHEDA Announces New Board Members for 2014.

December 12, 2013

Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) announced that Scott Larsen, President of R. H. Brown Company, and Mike Wall, President of Container Systems Inc., have been elected to serve on Board of Directors. Brett Wood, President/CEO of Toyota Material Handling, USA Inc. has been elected to serve on Manufacturers Board of Advisors. Read More

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RFS Proposal will undercut development of advanced biofuels.

December 12, 2013

Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to decrease use of advanced biofuels in transportation in 2014, reversing growth path intended in RFS. BIO recently testified at EPA's Public Hearing for the 2014 Standard for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program, telling agency that commercial development of advanced and cellulosic biofuels, as well as other biotechnology applications, could come to a halt if the recently released proposal becomes policy. Read More

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CAS-PerkinElmer Collaboration enhance researchers' efficiencies.

December 12, 2013

Collaboration announced by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and PerkinElmer, Inc. intends to combine power of 2 leading chemistry solutions: SciFinder® and ChemBioDraw®. Functionality is being developed to enable ChemBioDraw user to directly initiate search in SciFinder, providing access to content available in CAS databases. Chris McCue of CAS said "CAS is pleased to collaborate with PerkinElmer to address the latest research challenges facing chemists, biologists and other scientists." Read More

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BSA opens registration for 2014 Annual Convention.

December 12, 2013

Scheduled for May 3-6, 2014 Annual Convention's "Legacy of Excellence...Shaping the Future" business program will examine convergence of industry trends, sustainable growth, and how innovation can be used to grow mature market. Series of program components will include: Industry Trends and Growth; Our Evolving Industry: Analysis and Insight; Disruptive Innovation: Empowering Growth; and Shaping the Future: Creating growth in Mature Markets. Read More

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North American Machine Vision Sales soar in third quarter.

December 12, 2013

According to AIA statistics, total machine vision sales in North America climbed 23% compared to third quarter of 2012. Machine vision systems category, which includes application specific machine vision systems and smart cameras, continued driving overall growth with 25% increase over third quarter 2012, while sales of machine vision components grew 10% over third quarter of last year. Cameras, lighting, and imaging boards all increased, while optics and software decreased mildly. Read More

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TRFA Issues Call for Papers for 2014 Annual Meeting.

December 12, 2013

Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) invites submission of Technical Papers for presentation at 2014 Annual Meeting, which will take place September 14–16 in Henderson, NV. While all timely subject matter and topics relevant to thermoset industry will be considered from several market perspectives, academic papers and papers on non-epoxy applications or green technology are of particular interest. Abstract submissions are due no later than February 28. Read More

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Ohio Decides to improve renewables interconnection procedures.

December 12, 2013

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio adopted improved interconnection procedures that help facilitate connection of small renewable energy systems to distribution grid. IREC participated in Ohio and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rulemaking processes for several months in 2012, and Ohio commission's order adopted several of IREC's key recommendations and improved upon existing rules. Ohio is first state to update its rules since FERC's approval of SGIP modifications. Read More

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ASTM presents Award of Merit to Donivan Porterfield.

December 12, 2013

ASTM International Committee D19 on Water has recognized Donivan Porterfield, an analytical chemistry and radiochemical measurements scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, with the Award of Merit. Porterfield is membership secretary of both D19 and Committee C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle, where he also chairs Subcommittee C26.01 on Editorial and Terminology. A member of ASTM International since 1996, Porterfield has also received C26 Harlan J. Anderson Award and D19 Max Hecht Award. Read More

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ASTM Standards help determine impurities in PTA.

December 11, 2013

Purified terephthalic acid, commonly known as PTA, is a major raw material for polymer and plastic manufacture used in making polyester fiber, resin, and film. Four new ASTM International standards will be used to determine the presence of the impurities 4-Caraboxybenzaldehyde and p-Toluic Acid in PTA. These newly approved standards will be used to set specifications and as internal quality control tools for both users and manufacturers. Read More

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ISPE Marks 10-Year Anniversary of its FOYA program.

December 11, 2013

ISPE announced that it has made significant enhancements to its annual Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) program, which focuses on recognizing innovation and creativity in manufacturing facilities serving regulated healthcare industry. Specifically, enhancements are designed to celebrate tenth anniversary of this global awards program and include gala to recognize Category Winners at annual ISPE-FDA CGMP Conference as well as expanded presence for Category Winners at ISPE Annual Meeting. Read More

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Patrick Plues to head BIO's state government relations.

December 11, 2013

BIO announced that Patrick Plues has been hired to serve as Senior Director of State Government Relations. Plues will lead BIO’s engagement in and support of state-level health legislative and regulatory issues while promoting responsible development of bioscience industry and understanding of policy issues critical to members. Plues previously led Cephalon's federal government affairs efforts and prior to that position, directed state and federal advocacy initiatives for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Read More

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BSA Convention Program will host new learning-based program.

December 11, 2013

BSA is adopting learning-based program at its 2014 Annual Convention, which will take place May 3–6 in Scottsdale, AZ. "Legacy of Excellence…Shaping the Future" will examine convergence of industry trends, sustainable growth, and how innovation can be leveraged to grow mature market. Presentations will include Industry Trends and Growth, Our Evolving Industry: Analysis and Insight, Disruptive Innovation: Empowering Growth, and Shaping the Future: Creating Growth in Mature Markets. Read More

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ASTM Committee presents Thompson Award to Frank Liebmann.

December 11, 2013

Frank Liebmann, radiation thermometry engineer at Fluke Calibration in American Fork, UT, has received the R.D. Thompson Award for his work on ASTM International Committee E20 on Temperature Measurement. A member of ASTM International since 2008, Liebmann was cited for his dedication to the development of temperature measurement standards and his ongoing contributions to the committee, which include his service as chairman of Subcommittee E20.02 on Radiation Thermometry. Read More