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Webinar highlights findings from breached PHI report.

March 30, 2012

More than 160 participants tuned in for webinar introducing report titled, The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security. Publication explores reputational, financial, legal, operational, and clinical repercussions of PHI breach on an organization. Report also provides PHIve (PHI Value Estimator) - a 5-step method to estimate overall potential costs of data breach to organization. Read More

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ASABE to Revise Shallow Post Foundation Design standard.

March 29, 2012

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has initiated project to update and revise ANSI/ASAE EP486.1, Shallow Post Foundation Design, in order to better address numerous considerations. In addition to in-situ determination of soil properties, prescriptive soil bearing capacity values, and modeling analogs, concerns include safety factors relating to ASD and LRFD design methodologies, ultimate lateral strength of foundations, and minimum footing sizes. Read More

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White House Biotech Director to keynote 2012 MichBio meeting.

March 29, 2012

Dr. Michael Stebbins will serve as keynote speaker at MichBio's 2012 Annual Business Meeting and Showcase on April 19 in Livonia, MI. MichBio president and CEO Stephen Rapundalo, PhD, said no one knows that public policy dictates aspects of bioscience discovery and commercialization better than Dr. Stebbins. Rapundalo cited Stebbins' understanding of sound science policy and perspectives on evolving dynamics playing out towards national bioeconomy policy. Read More

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Electroindustry Business Confidence Index remains positive.

March 29, 2012

Following run-up of more than 20 points in January and February to highest level in more than 6 years, NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions retreated slightly in March, slipping 0.5 points to 72. Survey's measure of degree of change in current North American conditions remained at its highest mark in almost 2 years at +0.7. EBCI for future North American conditions remained strongly positive, jumping 11 points to 86 in March. Read More

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EPA Proposes Limits to new potentially harmful chemical uses.

March 29, 2012

U.S. EPA has proposed that companies be required to report to EPA all new uses, including in domestic or imported products, of 5 groups of potentially harmful chemicals. Chemicals targeted by EPA are polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), benzidine dyes, short chain chlorinated paraffin, hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), and phthalate di-n-pentyl phthalate (DnPP). Also, EPA is proposing additional testing on health and environmental effects of PBDEs. Read More

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FCHEA Details Transportation Working Group activities.

March 29, 2012

FCHEA Transportation Working Group (TWG) is meeting monthly. It has been discussing areas of interest and priority, including deployment of hydrogen infrastructure, codes, standards and regulations, and how to maximize effectiveness of TWG with limited budget. Also, TWG is helping create key messages on issue of natural gas as transition strategy for hydrogen and seeks subject matter expert in piping codes. Next meeting will be held via webinar on April 10th. Read More

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Revised Report details basic hydrogen safety considerations.

March 29, 2012

Second edition of ISO/TR 15916, Basic considerations for the safety of hydrogen systems, is in final preparation for review and comment. This update of ISO Technical Report on basic hydrogen safety information provides guidelines for use of hydrogen in its gaseous and liquid forms, identifies basic safety concerns and risks, and describes properties of hydrogen that are relevant to safety. Publication of Amended Technical Report is expected in November 2012. Read More

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ELFA releases February Monthly Leasing and Finance Index.

March 29, 2012

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business for February was $5.0 billion, up 22% from $4.1 billion in same period in 2011. Volume was down 2% from previous month, and year-to-date cumulative new business volume was up 22%. Receivables over 30 days increased to 2.5% in February, up from 2-year low of 1.9% in January, and charge-offs were unchanged from previous month at 0.5%. Credit approvals rose to 79%, up from 77% in January. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute announces Standards VIPs for 2011.

March 29, 2012

Hydraulic Institute (HI) recognized 2011 Standards VIP (Very Important Participant) recipients at 2012 HI Annual Meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida. Distinguished recipients who achieved milestone VIP service pins for 2011 include Arnold Sdano (20 years), Randal Ferman (15 years), John Anspach (10 years), and David Brockway (10 years). In total, there were 36 HI member and standards partner companies represented by 2011 Standards VIPs. Read More

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EFI Monthly Confidence Index increases in March.

March 29, 2012

According to March 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry, confidence is 61.7, up from February index of 59.6. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 28.9% of executives said they believe business conditions will improve, up from 23.5% in February. Also, 34.2% of respondents believe demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures will increase over next 4 months, an increase from 26.5% in February. Read More

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NAM Urges President to approve entire Keystone XL pipeline.

March 29, 2012

In his statement regarding President Obama's remarks on energy in Cushing, OK, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said President Obama's "all of the above" energy policy "should include all available domestic sources of energy as well as resources from our North American allies." Expounding on his meaning, Timmons said "This means expanded exploration of the Outer Continental Shelf, additional development of shale, nuclear, clean coal, and the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline." Read More

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ANSI-hosted Meeting to discuss Energy Efficiency Standards Panel.

March 29, 2012

On April 25, ANSI exploratory meeting will examine need for Energy Efficiency Standards Panel (EESP) to develop standardization roadmap for energy efficiency initiatives in U.S. Meeting will help define scope and areas of focus for potential standards panel concerning standards, codes, and conformance programs needed to advance nation's energy efficiency agenda. Resulting standardization roadmap would help foster innovation and advance energy efficiency technology market. Read More

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ANSI Joint Member Forum focuses on quality workforce.

March 29, 2012

Held on March 20, ANSI's Joint Member Forum focused on range of activities underway aimed at helping nation meet President Obama's goal of doubling credentials of American workforce by 2020, enhancing credentialing of personnel, and supporting secondary and postsecondary career pathways. According to Roy Swift, Ph.D., ANSI's senior director of personnel credentialing accreditation programs and event moderator, the skills gap has left 3 million jobs vacant in the U.S. today. Read More

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IPC Conference to address tin whiskers.

March 29, 2012

Scheduled for April 17-19, 2012, IPC Tin Whiskers Conference will focus on tin whisker growth, risk mitigation, detection, and failure analysis. Conference is sponsored by Lockheed Martin and will feature leading experts who will explore full range of whisker theory and practice for military/aerospace, automotive, medical, and consumer sectors. Three-day event will include 2 half-day workshops, 1 ½ day technical conference, and variety of presentations. Read More

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The Manufacturing Institute elects Blake Moret to Board of Trustees.

March 28, 2012

Blake Moret, Senior VP, Control Products and Solutions, Rockwell Automation, was elected vice chair of The Manufacturing Institute Board of Trustees. Moret will help marshal research, innovation, and education efforts to produce high-quality manufacturing workforce and support U.S. competitiveness. Moret also serves on advisory board of the school of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Read More

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BSA Convention to include Technology Drives Productivity program.

March 28, 2012

BSA challenges industry to consider how to best leverage latest business tools with "Technology Drives Productivity" at its 2012 Annual Convention, April 27 to May 1. Programming will provide overview of how authorized distributors and supply chain partners can differentiate themselves in marketplace, providing customer solutions and products using latest technology. In addition, Annual Conference Tables Session will offer opportunity for one-on-one networking and problem-solving. Read More

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EPA Celebrates 20th anniversary of Energy Star program.

March 28, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started celebration of Energy Star's 20th anniversary by recognizing 2012 Energy Star award winners for their leadership and commitment to protecting America's environment through superior energy efficiency. From nearly 20,000 partners across USA, 109 winners were chosen. Organizations were recognized in one of four categories: corporate commitment, sustained excellence, partner of the year, and excellence in delivering specific promotions. Read More

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EPA Helps Raise Awareness for National Poison Prevention Week.

March 28, 2012

EPA and federal partners are raising awareness concerning specific dangers of poisoning, especially to children, from March 18-24, 2012. In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, EPA urges parents and caregivers to secure chemicals and pesticides in locked cabinets out of children's reach. EPA also stressed need for increased awareness about existing hazards posed from pest control products, prescription medicine abuse, and household chemicals. Read More

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Symposium to address effects of radiation on nuclear materials.

March 28, 2012

Papers are invited for 26th Symposium on Effects of Radiation on Nuclear Materials, to be held June 12-13, 2013. Objective is to provide forum for exchange of ideas on research results concerning effect of radiation on materials used in nuclear fission and fusion applications. Special emphasis will be placed on practical aspects of selection of materials for use in nuclear applications and on techniques used to demonstrate continued structural integrity during extended operational lifetimes. Read More

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RAPID 2012 Welcomes Mcor Technologies as first-time exhibitor.

March 28, 2012

Attracting exhibitors and attendees from around globe, SME RAPID 2012 Exposition will take place in Atlanta, GA from May 22-25 and feature innovations in 3D imaging, 3D printing, and additive manufacturing technologies. Ireland-based Mcor Technologies Ltd, new to RAPID 2012 Exposition, will debut its Matrix 300 3D printer. Show floor will offer access to range of applications for additive manufacturing and 3D imaging technologies in several traditional and new industries. Read More