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Workforce Diversity Panel will convene at 2012 BIO convention.

June 18, 2012

Taking place June 18 at 2012 BIO International Convention, Diversity Summit will feature thought leaders of industry, education, and government discussing how to foster and recruit more diverse workforce in biotechnology industry. Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, Former Secretary of Health and Human Services, commented that diverse scientific workforce, racially and ethnically, would help strengthen scientific disciplines and enhance discovery, promoting economic prosperity and healthier lives. Read More

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Clean Air Act Standards updated for flares, process heaters.

June 18, 2012

U.S. EPA standards informed by input from stakeholders, including industry, address new flares and process heaters at petroleum refineries. Maintaining public health benefits while reducing costs, final rule provides industry with compliance flexibility and ensures companies can make routine operational changes without triggering new requirements. Updates will reduce emissions of SO2, NOx, and VOCs. As co-benefit, standards will reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 2 million tons/year. Read More

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SME Announces Student Challenge winners.

June 18, 2012

"Dream It! Do It! Student Challenge" winners were announced by SME at Mfg4 - Manufacturing 4 the Future. Teams comprising 3-6 students and one teacher work with local manufacturers and become familiar with products made and processes used. River Valley Technical Center (Springfield, VT) won first place, New Vision-Cecor at Orange-Ulster BOCES technical school (Ulster Country, NY) took second place, and Windham Regional Career Center (Hinsdale, NH) was awarded third place. Read More

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CEA announces Eureka Park Challenge finalists.

June 18, 2012

CEA announced that 10 companies have been selected as finalists in Eureka Park Challenge at CE Week, scheduled for June 27-28, 2012. Over course of 2 days, judges will interview each finalist and view demos of their products, services, or apps. On closing day, each finalist will have opportunity to make final pitch on stage before live audience. Grand prize winner will receive free booth in specialized Eureka Park TechZone at 2013 International CESĀ®. Read More

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BIO unveils intellectual property rights report.

June 18, 2012

At 2012 BIO International Convention, BIO will unveil findings from report titled "Taking Stock: the Gains of Global Biotechnology Research from IPRs." Report will bring together experts to discuss how IPRs have affected innovation and development of new biotechnologies in develping countries and whether they contribute to growth in partnerships and other models of collaboration between biotechnology R/D actors such as universities, SMEs, and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Read More

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Baby Monitor Standard approved by ASTM committee.

June 15, 2012

ASTM F2951, Consumer Safety Specification for Baby Monitors, was developed by Subcommittee F15.68 on Baby Monitors in response U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report concerning 7 deaths that have resulted from infants strangling in monitor cords when they had been placed too close to crib. According to F15.68 chairman Anthony Paolo, "All cords must now be labeled with a conspicuous strangulation hazard warning label" and stipulates cords should be mounted 3+ ft away from crib. Read More

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Proposed Standard to address buried pipe coating repair.

June 15, 2012

ASTM WK36282, Guide for Selection of Coating for Repair and Rehabilitation of Buried Pipe Coatings for Nuclear Power Plants, is being developed by Subcommittee D33.02 on Service and Material Parameters. Standard will address function of buried pipe coatings, plant systems that may include buried pipe, generic types of field-applied buried pipe repair and refurbishment coatings, and in-situ factors that affect selection of field-applied buried pipe repair and replacement coatings. Read More

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NIST Website addresses alternatives to mercury thermometers.

June 15, 2012

As part of larger effort to reduce amount of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, in the environment, NIST has launched a website to help industry scientists and engineers decide on best temperature measurement alternative for their purposes. Website also includes information about myths pertaining to mercury and temperature measurement and how to safely package and recycle mercury-containing products. Read More

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EPRI Report addresses retail electric rate structures.

June 15, 2012

Technology today makes it easier for utilities to provide different types of electricity pricing plans to consumers. EPRI is collaborating with key industry stakeholders to develop system for characterizing and comparing different retail electric pricing plans. EPRI's report provides language and rate structure descriptions needed to bring all stakeholders onto same page, as well as provide educational materials for newer utility personnel. Read More

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RAPID 2012 draws crowd for 3D imaging, additive manufacturing.

June 15, 2012

SME RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition, held May 22-25 in Atlanta, GA, attracted students and professionals from 24 countries interested in 3D imaging and additive manufacturing technologies. Event provided real-world examples of how additive manufacturing is revolutionizing way new products are designed, prototyped, and produced, offering advantages for manufacturers in terms of creativity, manufacturability, cost-savings, and time-to-market. Also, various award winners were announced. Read More

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Obama Administration aims to close racial/ethnic gap on asthma.

June 15, 2012

U.S. federal agencies unveiled Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities. Plan will work to identify children, families, and communities most impacted by asthma disparities and ensure that they receive evidence-based comprehensive care, including access to medical services, education, and environmental interventions. Action plan will also aim to increase understanding of causes of asthma and test interventions that may prevent onset. Read More

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Michael Rosenblatt to deliver BIO convention keynote in China.

June 15, 2012

Michael Rosenblatt, M.D., executive VP and chief medical officer for Merck, will deliver keynote address at BIO Convention in China, which will take place October 24-25, 2012 in Shanghai. According to BIO executive VP of Emerging Companies and Business Development Alan Eisenberg, Rosenblatt's academic, industrial, and global public health experience qualifies him to talk about opportunities and challenges associated with biopharma research and development in China and the West. Read More

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AFS Dixie Chapter Meeting explores filtration technologies.

June 15, 2012

Taking place September 27-28, 2012 in Asheville, NC, Dixie Chapter meeting will feature presentations and insights into "Successful Filtration Technologies." Attendees will gain global view of leading processes, filters/coalescers, and materials; insight into technologies that are working successfully; as well as new/emerging technologies in filtration, separations, and coalescing ideas. AFS members and non-members are welcome. Read More

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Ten ASTM Water Standards included in EPA final rule.

June 14, 2012

Ten standards developed by ASTM International Committee D19 on Water have been included in final rule published in Code of Federal Regulations by U.S. EPA to approve methods for measuring regulated pollutants in wastewater. Many standards in Methods Update Rule are either new or revised standards for analysis of cyanides in water. Implementing technology and chemistries that are less susceptible to matrix interferences, new ASTM standards enable more accurate results. Read More

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ASTM International approves carpet adhesives standard.

June 14, 2012

ASTM D7799, Specification for Tufted and Woven Broadloom Carpet Adhesives Without Homogenous PVC or Non-PVC Backings, was developed by Subcommittee D14.70 on Construction Adhesives, part of ASTM International Committee D14 on Adhesives. Specification establishes minimum requirements for adhesives used for installation of tufted or woven broadloom carpet, within climate controlled structure, when adhered directly and permanently to structurally sound and recommended substrate. Read More

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NIST Releases Final Version of Bluetooth security guide.

June 14, 2012

NIST has issued final version of Guide to Bluetooth Security (NIST Special Publication 800-121 Rev. 1), which describes security capabilities of technologies based on Bluetooth and gives recommendations on effectively securing such devices. Changes include update to vulnerability mitigation information for "Secure Simple Pairing" as well as introduction of Bluetooth version 3.0 High Speed and Bluetooth version 4.0 Low Energy security mechanisms and recommendations. Read More

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The Vision Show launched new products and programs in Boston.

June 14, 2012

Held May 8-10, The Vision Show attracted some 2,100 people from 20 countries. Event offered 4-day educational conference as well as AIA's Certified Vision Professional program in CVP-Basic and CVP-Advanced levels. AIA announced its AIA Certified System Integrator program and released Camera Link HS(TM), the next generation communications protocol standard. During show, exhibitor Teledyne DALSA (Canada) displayed their Falcon2 camera and Xcelera HS PX8 frame grabber, which utilize new standard. Read More

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Organizations Seek Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

June 14, 2012

Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award applicants total 39 for 2012. Seeking recognition for organizational performance excellence through innovation and improvement, each applicant will be evaluated by independent board of 478 examiners in 7 areas: leadership; strategic planning; operations focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. For 2012, further criteria has been added for application qualification. Read More

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NAM Makes Statement on legislative solutions to NLRB overreach.

June 14, 2012

NAM VP for HR Policy Joe Trauger's statement supported amendments addressing recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) activity offered by Sen Lindsey Graham to Fiscal Year 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Trauger asserted that allowing "micro-unions" would foster hostile work environments for employees and employers alike, and that "ambush elections" rule eliminates preparation time needed to make important decisions. Read More

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IPC Members meet with EPA on proposed changes to DSW rule.

June 14, 2012

Leaders of IPC's EHS Committee met with senior EPA staff to discuss regulatory relief for printed board manufacturing. Uncertainty around implementation of 2008 Definition of Solid Waste rule, combined with limitations of EPA's 2011 proposed rule, has inhibited recycling of wastewater treatment sludges from electroplating operations. IPC representatives urged director of EPA's Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery to encourage secondary materials recycling in revision of RCRA DSW rule. Read More