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Nebraska Teen Recieves Scholarship offered to TARC participants.

May 14, 2012

Brendan M. Kutler Memorial Scholarship Program announced Aaron Lewis Ashley as its first recipient. Ashley was head of Gretna High School rocketry team, which participated in AIA's annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), and distinguished himself among the 80 qualified applicants via his written application and his oral interview. This $5,000 annual, 4-year scholarship is open to all students who participate in TARC competition during their Junior or Senior years of high school. Read More

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FAA Awards Contracts to accelerate development of satellite-based procedures.

May 14, 2012

FAA is awarding contract to ITT Corp. and GE's Naverus to help accelerate development of satellite-based procedures that will allow aircraft to fly more directly to their destinations. Under this $2.77 million contract, ITT Corp., as prime contractor, and GE's Naverus, as sub-contractor, will develop Required Navigation Performance (RNP) approach procedures into 5 airports. Companies will be responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining 10 procedures, 2 for each airport. Read More

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IPC Board Chairman testifies before Congress.

May 14, 2012

Steve Pudles, Chairman of the Board of IPC, testified before Congress to urge common-sense changes to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rule on conflict minerals. IPC is advocating changes to draft SEC rule implementing Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank Act that would lessen burden on small manufacturing companies. Pudles recommended inclusion of reasonable phase-in provision to give companies time to understand final regulations and query supply chains accordingly. Read More

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PACK EXPO 2012 connects manufacturers, processing innovation.

May 14, 2012

Taking place in Chicago, IL from October 28-31, PACK EXPO International 2012 will give brand owners access to resources to facilitate their search for technologies that can help ensure compliance as well as discover advances in areas such as automation, serialization, and traceability that are driving industry. This will be made possible via 70,000+ ft² Pharmaceutical Pavilion, exhibit halls, as well as networking and education resources such as Rx Lounge and topical sessions. Read More

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EPA takes next step to implement 2008 ozone standards.

May 14, 2012

Working with states and tribes, EPA is identifying areas that meet or do not meet 2008 air quality standards for ground-level ozone, known as smog. EPA has determined that 45 areas, including 2 areas of Indian country, are not meeting 2008 standards based on certified air quality data. Almost all of these already have programs in place to improve air quality because they did not meet 1997 smog standards. Only 3 areas will be identified for first time as not meeting smog standards. Read More

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EPA to Help Monitor unregulated contaminants in drinking water.

May 14, 2012

U.S. EPA published its list of 28 chemicals and 2 viruses that ~6,000 public water systems will monitor from 2013-2015 as part of EPA's unregulated contaminant monitoring program. Data collected under Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule 3 (UCMR 3) will inform EPA about frequency and levels at which these contaminants are found in drinking water systems across USA and help determine whether additional protections are needed to ensure safe drinking water for Americans. Read More

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AIA National Convention Programs highlight building science.

May 11, 2012

Scheduled for May 17-19, AIA's National Convention will offer number of programs for those interested in building science. Some will include: High Performance Building Enclosures: Connecting Design, Building Science and Validated Delivery for Optimal Energy Savings and Durability; Making the Enclosure Match the Rhetoric: The Client's View of Value; Connecting Building Science to the Practice of Architecture; and AIA Practice Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling In the Design Process. Read More

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BIO Convention to highlight FDA, regulatory environment.

May 11, 2012

To be held in Boston, MA from June 18-21, 2012 BIO International Convention will feature speakers from FDA as well as biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Achieving Regulatory Approval and Compliance educational track will tackle pressing regulatory issues, and several sessions will address steps involved in research and development of healthcare products and how to successfully bring these products to market while maintaining standards for safety, effectiveness, and compliance. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard to determine effect of transgenic crops.

May 11, 2012

Transgenic plants contain gene or genes that have been artificially inserted, rather than acquired through plant's natural pollination process. Pesticides are used for control of insects, weeds, or fungi on crops. Proposed standard, ASTM WK36581, Practice for in Vitro Rearing of Honeybee Larvae, would use honeybee larvae as surrogate to determine if transgenic crops or pesticides would harm honeybees or other beneficial insects in nearby areas. Read More

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ASTM Committee developing physical barrier systems standard.

May 11, 2012

ASTM Subcommittee E54.05 has begun to develop ASTM WK36550, Specification for Applying Cable Barrier Systems to Provide Physical Protection Along the Passive Perimeter Around Assets Requiring High Security Against Vehicular Threats. According to E54 member Paul Bulten, proposed standard will aid users in finding direction needed to determine appropriateness, crash rating type selection, and how to ensure system installed has capability equivalent to test-proven system. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee approves building enclosure standard.

May 10, 2012

Standard ASTM E2813, developed by Subcommittee E06.55 on Exterior Building Wall Systems, will serve as complete and authoritative practice for building enclosure commissioning. According to E06.55 Chairman Dan Lemieux, this outcomes-based tool "establishes two levels of Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) - fundamental and enhanced - that can be readily applied to any project depending upon the performance expectations of the owner." Read More

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ASTM Cement Committee adds subcommittee on sustainability assessment.

May 10, 2012

Current members of ASTM International Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, as well as other interested parties, are invited to join new C01 subcommittee, C01.98 on Sustainability Assessment. Scope of C01.98 is to support development and maintenance of standards related to methodologies and metrics for assessing sustainability in manufacture and use of hydraulic cement. Read More

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Dennis Miller and James Carville headline PACK EXPO 2012 lectures.

May 10, 2012

Taking place in Chicago, IL from October 28-31, PACK EXPO International 2012 will host Dennis Miller and James Carville as part of 2012 edition of PACK EXPO Lecture Series. Miller and Carville will present their views of the 2012 elections and take questions from audience members. "The purpose of the PACK EXPO Lecture Series," according to PMMI president and CEO Charles D. Yuska, "is to provide a thought-provoking and entertaining event for exhibitors and attendees." Read More

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ACC Announces Winners of 2012 energy efficiency awards.

May 9, 2012

At 21st Annual Responsible Care Conference and Expo, American Chemistry Council (ACC) honored 19 of its member companies for implementing energy-efficiency improvements during 2011. In total, ACC presented 67 awards to companies, 16 of which were for programs deemed to be of "Exceptional Merit." Total annual energy saved by winning projects in all 5 categrories throughout 2011 was 16.9 trillion BTUs, enough to power all homes in a city the size of Norfolk, VA for one year. Read More

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AAMA Document Revision details aluminum care, handling processes.

May 9, 2012

Available for download, on CD, and in hardcopy, AAMA CW-10-12, "Care and Handling of Architectural Aluminum from Shop to Site," was updated from 2004 version. It provides recommendations for proper care and handling of architectural aluminum products, from mill to fabricator to job site and through to project completion. New features include sections on visual inspections and care after building completion as well as information regarding damage or defects found on aluminum materials. Read More

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Fiberglass Material Council has launched new web page.

May 9, 2012

Fiberglass Material Council (FMC) of AAMA launched new web page featuring new content, updated layout, as well as relevant information to fiberglass community and fenestration industry as a whole. In addition to highlighting fiberglass popularity and durability, main page offers news and events as well as navigation options to explore Market Study Data, Green and Sustainability, Pultrusion, Fiberglass Product Reliability and Durability, Protective Coatings, and Corrosion Resistance pages. Read More

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ANSI/ASIS Standard addresses Management of Private Security Providers.

May 9, 2012

ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012, Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations - Requirements with Guidance, establishes mechanism for PSCs and their clients to provide demonstrable commitment, conformance, and accountability to principles outlined in International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers. Standard helps assure quality of PSC services while maintaining safety and security of operations with respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Read More

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Kevin Bly Receives Award of Merit from ASTM petroleum committee.

May 9, 2012

ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants presented Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow to Kevin J. Bly, senior chemist at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. in Annandale, NJ. Bly serves as vice chairman and secretary for various subcommittees as well as section or working group chair on several groups. ASTM International member since 1991, he has received several awards and is also member of American Chemical Society. Read More

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Daniel Zechmeister Receives Award of Merit from ASTM committee.

May 9, 2012

Daniel S. Zechmeister, executive director of Masonry Institute of Michigan, received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from Committee C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units. ASTM International member since 1987, Zechmeister was honored for his contributions to standards for manufactured masonry units of fired clay and shale, concrete, and sand-lime units. Outside of ASTM International, Zechmeister is member of numerous societies, councils, and associations. Read More

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AIA urges passage of Export-Import Bank deal.

May 9, 2012

AIA urges Congress to pass bipartisan agreement reauthorizing Export-Import Bank, which will help level playing field versus foreign competitors who receive financing from their own governments. Cantor-Hoyer agreement reauthorizes Export-Import Bank for 3 years and extends its lending authority to $140 billion. While shrinking U.S. federal budget makes it imperative that U.S. aerospace companies increase exports of commercial products, Export-Import Bank makes many of those exports possible. Read More