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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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