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BIO applauds legislation supporting biobased economy.

March 7, 2012

BIO thanked Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) and co-sponsors for introducing legislation that would allow more bio-manufacturing companies to participate in Farm Bill programs. According to BIO's report, "Biobased Chemicals and Products: A New Driver for Green Jobs," global sustainable chemical industry will grow to $1 trillion in next 10 years. If U.S. companies can capture 19% of this market, report projects that U.S. will create about 237,000 direct U.S. jobs in sustainable chemicals sector. Read More

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Free Webinar will highlight report on safeguarding PHI.

March 7, 2012

ANSI, Santa Fe Group/Shared Assessments Program Healthcare Working Group, and Internet Security Alliance (ISA) will host webinar regarding "The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security" report. Webinar participants will hear from industry experts who will provide overview of report as well as elaborate upon its significance to U.S. healthcare industry. Event will take place March 21, at 2:00 pm EST and run ~1 hr. Read More

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Gene Haas Foundation invests in future engineers.

March 7, 2012

Gene Haas Foundation is granting $27,000 to SME Education Foundation for development of new SkillsUSA Machining Championship Award Program. SME Education Foundation CEO Bart A. Aslin sees this partnership and mutual involvement in SkillsUSA as reflective of shared vision for workforce development. In comment, Aslin said "The metalworking industry defines manufacturing. And, as this industry reignites, we are pleased to have the Gene Haas Foundation working with us." Read More

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Federal Agencies release environmental justice strategies.

March 7, 2012

Federal agencies, led by Council on Environmental Quality and U.S. EPA, released environmental justice strategies, implementation plans, and progress reports, outlining steps agencies will take to protect communities facing greater health and environmental risks. These strategies represent significant step forward in Administration's commitment to integrating environmental justice into federal decision-making and programs in areas such as transportation, labor, health services, and housing. Read More

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Shell Scotford receives HART Plant of the Year Award.

March 7, 2012

HART® Communication Foundation presented 2011 HART Plant of the Year Award to the Shell Scotford Upgrader during special presentation at plant site located outside Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. Shell engineers utilized full capabilities and advantages of HART Communication to facilitate device configuration, loop testing, startup checks, valve tuning, safety device SIL ratings, and real-time centralized device status and diagnostics. Read More

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ASTM Thermal Insulation Symposium issues call for papers. .

March 6, 2012

Papers are invited for Next-Generation Thermal Insulation Challenges and Opportunities symposium, which will be held October 23-24, 2013 in Jacksonville, FL. Symposium will provide forum for presentation and discussion of current research in field of insulation materials and systems. By October 23 of 2012, 250-300 word preliminary abstract is due which clearly defines objective and approach of work discussed, points out new material, and presents sufficient details about results. Read More

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Safety Experts to Participate in NTSB attentive driving forum.

March 6, 2012

NTSB has published agenda, including invited presenters, for Attentive Driving: Countermeasures for Distraction. Taking place March 27, 2012 in Washington, DC, forum will feature 4 panels of experts discussing specific countermeasures to distracted driving. Issues include legislation, enforcement, changing attitudes and behaviors through education and outreach, and technological solutions. Also, panels will consider research that could contribute to reducing distracted driving accidents. Read More

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PTDA Foundation builds awareness of hiring needs.

March 6, 2012

Industrial Career Pathway® initiative, founded and significantly funded by PTDA Foundation, is taking steps to ensure workforce is aware of rewarding careers available in industrial distribution. To help, 15 organizations made contributions of more than $48,000 to fund initiative's activities in 2012. By contributing to PTDA Foundation as part of Vanguard Campaign, they are helping to drive talented workers to key positions of sales and customer service in industrial distribution. Read More

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BIO announces expansion of alliance development activities.

March 6, 2012

BIO has integrated its alliance development activities into one department as means of expanding engagement opportunities with external groups that share commitment to unleashing biotechnology's capability to benefit patients and consumers. Gillian Mullins will oversee BIO's external relationships with allied organizations, including patient advocacy organizations, physician and payer groups, universities, venture capital organizations, and state-based bioscience trade groups. Read More

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EPA Funding helps small drinking water and wastewater systems.

March 6, 2012

U.S. EPA announced that it will provide up to $15 million in funding to small drinking and wastewater systems, defined as systems that serve fewer than 10,000 people, and private well owners. Funding will help provide water system staff with training and tools to enhance system operations and management practices, and support EPA's continuing efforts to protect public health, restore watersheds, and promote sustainability in small communities. Read More

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ASTM testifies during review of standards system.

March 6, 2012

Leading experts from ASTM International testified before committee of U.S. Congress during review of effectiveness of U.S. standards system. James L. Seay, chairman of ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices, represented ASTM on panel of witnesses and described beneficial attributes of public and private collaboration in development of voluntary consensus standards. Seay recommended that countries and regions strive to embrace international standards criteria established by WTO. Read More

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UL Expands LED Lighting Testing with Zhaga authorization.

March 6, 2012

UL has been named as Zhaga authorized testing center. In comment, UL Lighting VP and General Manager Alberto Uggetti said, "This authorization underscores UL's position as a key player in driving standardization and test compliance in the LED and lighting space." New testing service offering will be available separately or as bundle with other UL lighting industry services, such as Energy Star®, performance testing, and safety certification. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Performance Requirements for retrofit LED lamps.

March 6, 2012

NEMA SSL 4 Retrofit Lamps: Minimum Performance Requirements applies to integral Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps, which are defined as lamp with LEDs, integrated LED driver, and base that meets appropriate American National Standards (ANSs) and connects to branch circuit via lampholder/socket that also meets appropriate ANSs. Criteria applies to integral LED lamps of non-standard form as well as those intended to replace standard general service incandescent, decorative, and reflector lamps. Read More

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Medical Gas Guidelines are outlined in Welding and Gases Today.

March 5, 2012

"Recent FDA Enforcement Activities" article in Welding and Gases Today features GAWDA's FDA and Medical Gases Consultant Thomas L. Badstubner discussing FDA inspection trends and preparation. Noting increased inspection activity in 2011, Badstubner urges distributors to prepare for an FDA inspection by assessing specific key areas. These include training records, orderliness, maintenance records, expiration dates, and making sure production records have been properly completed. Read More

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Sealing Systems Energy Efficiency is subject of free webinar.

March 5, 2012

Scheduled for March 15, 2012 from 1:00-2:00 pm ET, Sealing Systems Energy Efficiency webinar will help participants gain up-to-date information on how sealing systems impact energy efficiency. Mechanical seals and packing are critical components for reliability of pumps. Primary concern is to ensure integrity of seal between rotating or reciprocating parts and stationary parts of pump. Session will also cover energy required to contain pumped fluid. Read More

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ASTM Symposium to cover metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

March 5, 2012

Scheduled for May 8, Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Replacement Devices symposium will provide forum for consensus development and scientific exchange on needs for characterization and standardized testing. Main focus is to help establish best testing practices in 4 areas: characterization of adverse local tissue reactions; wear/corrosion: metallic product measurement in fluid and tissue samples; analyses of retrieved MoM implants; and in vitro testing of MoM implants under adverse conditions. Read More

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ASTM Workshop to cover addresses structural and life prediction modeling.

March 5, 2012

To be held in Phoenix, AZ on May 9, Verification of Life Prediction Software workshop will bring together life prediction software developers, users, certifying agencies, and technical specialists familiar with verification and validation (V&V) of software in diverse fields. This workshop will serve as starting point Subcommittee E08.04's effort to develop ASTM guide for V&V of life prediction methods and software. Online registration is open and will close May 2. Read More

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Douglas Pauls elected to chair IPC TAEC.

March 5, 2012

Douglas Pauls of Rockwell Collins will chair IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee for 2-year term. Presently, Pauls is General Chairman of IPC's Cleaning and Coating Committees and has led IPC efforts in bare board cleanliness, solder mask, surface insulation resistance, chemical characterization, conformal coating, and materials and process compatibility testing. He has also served as U.S. representative to ISO and IEC working groups on SIR and electromigration reliability standards. Read More

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New NREL Fellows to help guide research.

March 5, 2012

NREL named Dr. Howard Branz and Dr. Michael Himmel to its Research Fellows Council. Branz is a leader in silicon photovoltaics who produced a world record in nano-structured solar cells, while Himmel is a biochemist whose work on cellulase simplified and lowered cost of converting biomass to fuel. Along with 5 current members of Council, they will advise NREL executive management on strategic direction of science and technology inquiry at the laboratory. Read More

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Manufacturers Challenge EPA GHG Regulations to save jobs.

March 5, 2012

Challenging EPA's decision to regulate GHG emissions from stationary sources through Clean Air Act, NAM and other business groups presented oral arguments before U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit. Coalition presented recommendation that would avoid EPA's self-described "absurd results" form its own approach and corresponding consequences for manufacturing. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said policies addressing climate change deserve full debate and should foster economic growth. Read More