Association News

Association News

ANSI President and CEO featured in series on digital market.

November 17, 2015

U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released an industry commentary series highlighting perspectives on the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy. In Mr. Bhatia’s editorial, "Globally Relevant Standards and Conformance Will Support Europe’s Vision for a Digital Single Market," he emphasizes that in order for Europe’s vision for a Digital Single Market to take hold, strategy will have to embrace the importance of international standards and global approaches to conformity assessment. Read More

Association News

NIST seeks comments on information access control guidance.

November 16, 2015

As part of its efforts to provide practical solutions to real-world cybersecurity challenges, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence is requesting comments on a draft guidance to help organizations better control who has access to their information systems. Draft practice guide outlines potential security risks, benefits that may result from implementation of an attribute based access control system, and approach that NCCoE and its partners took using commercially available technologies. Read More

Association News

ASTM International becomes IACET Accredited Provider.

November 16, 2015

ASTM International was awarded Accredited Provider status by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. IACET Accredited Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units. To achieve status, ASTM completed rigorous application process, including review by IACET site visitor, and successfully demonstrated adherence to ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard addressing design, development, administration, and evaluation of its programs. Read More

Association News

NIST Team Proves Reality behind Einstein's "Spooky Action.".

November 16, 2015

As described in "A strong loophole-free test of local realism," submitted to Physical Review Letters, researchers from NIST and several other institutions created pairs of identical light particles (photons) and sent them to 2 different locations to be measured. Researchers showed measured results were correlated and that, by eliminating all other known options, those correlations cannot be caused by local realism. This implies different explanation, such as quantum entanglement. Read More

Association News

Metal Powder Group's Founder dies.

November 16, 2015

Kempton H. Roll, founding executive director of MPIF, died on Nov 4 following a short illness. Well-known in the national and international metalworking communities, Roll retired in 1988 after a 40-year career. He joined the Lead Industries Association in 1948 as technical director with responsibilities for the former Metal Powder Association, forerunner of MPIF. He attended Carnegie Institute of Technology and graduated from Yale University in 1945 with a degree in metallurgical engineering. Read More

Association News

ASTM International launches campaign in smart manufacturing.

November 16, 2015

ASTM has launched campaign that strengthens its commitment to serve as the global leader in smart-manufacturing standards. Campaign includes 2 kickoff events; new microsite focused on 4 actionable ways for people to get involved in smart-manufacturing standards development; special issue of Standardization News magazine featuring stories on 3D printing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and ASTM’s Smart Manufacturing Advisory Committee; and a new journal: Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems. Read More

Association News

AAMA to Serve as Inspection Agency for CAT certification program.

November 16, 2015

Partnering with Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC), American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will serve as Inspection Agency (IA) for residential windows – first addition to CCHRC's Certified Alaska Tough® (CAT) program. AAMA's duties in this role will include helping CCHRC promote use of high-quality residential windows while simultaneously giving AAMA certification program licensees opportunity to showcase their products intended for extreme northern climates. Read More

Association News

ANSI Applauds Workforce Efforts for transitioning service members.

November 13, 2015

Recognizing dedication and sacrifice of those who have served in U.S. armed forces, ANSI supports its members, partners, and affiliated organizations by offering resources for service members transitioning to civilian life and new careers. Contributors include U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Bob Woodruff Foundation, American Gas Association, Edison Electric Institute, Nuclear Energy Institute, Alcoa, and Society for Human Resource Management. Read More

Association News

ASTM Committee presents Award of Merit to Joseph Geller.

November 13, 2015

ASTM International Committee E42 on Surface Analysis has presented the Award of Merit to Joseph Geller, president of Geller MicroAnalytical Laboratory Inc. in Topsfield, MA. An ASTM member since 1981, Geller is a member at large on the E42 Executive Subcommittee and has served in various leadership roles. He was manager of the Surface Analysis, Electron Microprobe Laboratory Systems Group at JEOL USA Inc. in Peabody, MA, before founding Geller MicroAnalytical Laboratory in 1985. Read More

Association News

NJ Governor signs interchangeable biologic medicine bill.

November 13, 2015

BIO and BioNJ commend Governor Chris Christie for signing critical legislation to create a pathway for the substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. Governor Christie signed Assembly Bill 2477 into law following unanimous passage in both the New Jersey Senate and Assembly earlier this year. Bill seeks to properly preserve patient access to accurate prescription information, maintain incentives for innovation, and promote a competitive market for biologic therapies. Read More

Association News

ANSI launches new accreditation services website.

November 13, 2015

ANSI's website, www.ansiaccreditation.org, is designed to serve as a central resource for those seeking information on ANSI’s wide range of accreditation services. User-friendly site provides fast, easy access to key content on ANSI’s broad portfolio of accreditation programs, comprehensive accreditation directories for each program, and up-to-date information on ANSI workshops, news, and events. It includes "Who's Accredited" tab, reorganized and improved navigation, and modern aesthetic. Read More

Association News

ASTM Test Method aids concrete surface texture quantification.

November 13, 2015

Proposed ASTM International standard WK49335, Test Method for Concrete Micro Surface Texture, aims to minimize confusion in quantifying texture value (smoothness/roughness) at surface of concrete. Used to measure concrete surfaces with contact stylus instrument (profilometer), this standard will describe how to use profilometer and reliable data indexes for fast and precise surface inspection on diverse cement-based building materials. Read More

Association News

NEMA announces 2016 annual awards.

November 13, 2015

NEMA presented David J. FitzGibbon, ILSCO Vice Chairman and CEO, with Bernard H. Falk Award, which is given to an individual who has made a difference in industries that NEMA serves. Keith Cook of Philips Lighting and Elaine Thompson of Allied Tube & Conduit received Kite & Key Award, which recognizes individuals who have advanced interest of electroindustry through active involvement in NEMA activities. Boltswitch President James Erickson accepted Illuminations Award for Business Innovation. Read More

Association News

Free ASME Workshop offers council on post-petroleum careers.

November 13, 2015

Open to the public, free workshop on November 17, 2015 in Houston, TX by ASME will provide career guidance and resume tools as well as show how technical skills acquired in petroleum engineering can be bridged to other jobs. This career program will be held in conjunction with ASME's 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Members of media are invited to interview ASME reps and workshop attendees and obtain b-roll, images, and sound bites. Read More

Association News

PMA Names Winners of 2015 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming.

November 13, 2015

PMA announced 2015 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming winners. Presented annually, these awards recognize standards of achievement set by metalforming industry in areas of design, safety, quality, training and education, process control, product development, and productivity. Winners included Quality Industries, Trans-Matic Mfg Co, Highlands Diversified Services, Kryton Engineered Metals, Trans-Matic Mfg Co, Zierick Manufacturing Corp, and Schoolcraft College. Read More

Association News

AIM Presents Two Standards for public review.

November 13, 2015

AIM announced 30-day public review periods for new and updated automatic identification and data capture standards. First review for Medical Electrical Equipment and System Electromagnetic Immunity Test for Exposure to Radio Frequency Identification Readers. Public review opportunity for updated version of International Symbology Specification (ISS) – Ultracode, developed by AIM's Technical Symbology Committee (TSC), is also available. Public Review process for these documents ends December 9. Read More

Association News

EPA EE Grant Recipients span 24 States, Puerto Rico, and D.C.

November 13, 2015

U.S. EPA announced completion of latest round of awards under Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program. In 2015, EPA distributed 2 types of grants under EE Grants Program: Model Grants Request for Proposals (RFP) and Local Grant awards. Agency funded 35 grants, ranging from $40,000 to $192,200, across USA for total of ~$3.3 million. Recipients include organizations in 24 states as well as from Puerto Rico and District of Columbia. Read More

Association News

Quantum Crystal helps unlock secrets of magnets.

November 13, 2015

Scientists at JILA, operated jointly by NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder, made their quantum crystal more valuable by packing about 5 times more molecules into it. Denser crystal will help scientists unlock secrets of magnets and other more exotic materials. Described in the Nov. 6, 2015 issue of Science,* the JILA crystal is useful for studying correlations among the molecules' "spins," or rotations, a quantum behavior related to magnetism. Read More

Association News

EPA Plan aims to prevent lung cancer deaths due to radon.

November 13, 2015

EPA, American Lung Association, and partners are announcing plan for preventing 3,200 lung cancer deaths annually by 2020 through radon exposure reduction strategies. National Radon Action Plan: A Strategy for Saving Lives sets out strategies to drive changes needed to reduce exposure to radon, including requiring radon testing and reduction systems as a standard practice in housing finance and insurance programs, and institutionalizing radon risk reduction through building code requirements. Read More

Association News

Colorado Wildfire Study shows actions can change outcomes.

November 13, 2015

NIST's study of Colorado's devastating 2012 Waldo Canyon wildfire demonstrates that prompt and effective action can significantly change outcome of fires that occur in areas where residential communities and undeveloped wildlands meet. Study found that because Waldo firefighters tailored their response to specific WUI conditions, 75% of their attempts to extinguish ignited structures were successful and 79% of their efforts at fire containment were successful in preventing rampant fire spread. Read More