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NIST Proposes Update to Digital Signature Standard.

April 24, 2012

NIST announced proposed changes to FIPS 186-3, known as Digital Signature Standard, which specifies how to implement digital signatures that can be used to ensure integrity of electronic documents as well as identity of signer. Posted for public comment on April 10, 2012, proposed revisions clarify how to implement digital signature algorithms in said standard. Also, inclusions within proposed revision allow use of additional approved random number generators. Read More

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NIST to Co-Host Health Information Security Conference.

April 24, 2012

NIST will be co-hosting fifth annual Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security conference, which will take place on June 6 and 7, 2012. Conference will provide opportunity for those with vested interests to explore current issues in health information security as well as discuss practical strategies, tips, and techniques for implementing HIPAA Security Rule. Specific sessions will cover variety of current topics. Read More

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ANSI approves fan balance and vibration standard.

April 24, 2012

AMCA announced that ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved reaffirmation of ANSI/AMCA Standard 204-05(R2012), "Balance Quality and Vibration Levels for Fans." Standard may be used to define appropriate fan balance quality and operating vibration levels to individuals who specify, manufacture, use, and maintain fans. Read More

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BIO Says Farm Bill must promote energy security.

April 24, 2012

In addition to thanking Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Pat Roberts for reauthorizing key Farm Bill energy title programs, BIO expressed disappointment that Committee's mark eliminates or cuts mandatory funding for said programs. BIO's Brent Erickson noted positive impact of Farm Bill's energy programs and said "progress in renewable energy projects that are creating good, permanent jobs...would come to a halt" without meaningful funding. Read More

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ASTM Committee working on cured-in-place manhole liner standard.

April 24, 2012

Proposed standard ASTM WK36573, Practice for the Installation of a Single-Sized Cured-in-Place Liner for Manholes Having Various Sizes, will apply to all shapes and types of manholes, wetwells, catch basins, and similar structures. Once approved, this standard will be of use to owners of buried utility systems such as municipal sewers, telecommunications, power, and similar systems. Interested parties are invited to join in development activities. Read More

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Participants Sought for intergranular attack standard revision.

April 24, 2012

ASTM International Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel, and Related Alloys encourages interested parties to contribute to revision of ASTM A262, Practices for Detecting Susceptibility to Intergranular Attack in Austenitic Stainless Steels. While standard is frequently used to test corrosion resistance of austenitic stainless steels in specific environments and generally against intergranular attack, revisions hope to enhance robustness, repeatability, and reproducibility. Read More

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Governor Jon Huntsman to provide keynote address at BIO event.

April 24, 2012

Governor Jon Huntsman, former U.S. Ambassador to China and Governor of Utah, will provide keynote address at BIO Convention in China, Oct 24-25, 2012. Event will bring together global audience to explore business opportunities within China's emerging biotech sector. Huntsman began his public service career as White House staff assistant to President Reagan and enjoyed appointments as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. Read More

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Expert Jeff Barach, Ph.D. to help PMMI members understand FSMA.

April 24, 2012

Jeff Barach, expert on Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), has been retained to help PMMI members understand implications of FSMA as it affects their customers so that they may be better served. Drawing on his experience as lecturer, training professional, and educator in food safety programs, Barach's work with PMMI will include webinars, presentations, and seminars as well as individual discussions with members at their request. Read More

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ISBT to Sponsor Beverage Cooler Lounge at PACK EXPO Int'l 2012.

April 24, 2012

International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) will sponsor The Beverage Cooler Lounge at PACK EXPO International 2012, which will be held October 28-31 in McCormick Place, Chicago. Citing beverage market as "core segment for packaging and processing," PMMI CEO and president Charles D. Yuska said new lounge expands show's customer-centric strategy. He added, "We are very pleased ISBT is working with us on the launch of this new resource." Read More

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NIST Workshop addresses imaging in tissue engineering.

April 23, 2012

NIST, in cooperation with Multi-Agency Tissue Engineering Science working group, is sponsoring 2-day workshop titled, Functional Imaging for Regenerative Medicine, which will explore how cutting-edge imaging techniques can advance equally fast-growing field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Workshop aims to accelerate development and adoption of advanced imaging methodologies and tools by identifying current needs of tissue engineers, from molecular to macroscopic scales. Read More

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Two Advanced Laboratories open at NIST Boulder and JILA.

April 23, 2012

Located on NIST campus in Boulder, CO and at new X-Wing at JILA, Precision Measurement Laboratory for high-precision science and measurements supports technology innovation and economic growth as well as training of future scientists. Both laboratories tightly control environmental conditions such as vibration and temperature, as is required for cutting-edge research with lasers, atomic clocks, and nanotechnology. Labs also support micro- and nanofabrication of custom research devices. Read More

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ITA supports increased demand for titanium welding training.

April 23, 2012

On June 26, International Titanium Association will sponsor 1-day workshop, titled "How to Weld Titanium." Workshop will discuss various techniques of titanium joining and will primarily focus on GTAW, or TIG method. Specific topics to be covered include preparation for welding, cutting and cleaning; setup and correct titanium techniques; post-welding; quality control; stress relieving; and welding safety. Three hours of hands-on exercises will follow full-day workshop. Read More

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International Swimming Pool and Spa Code(TM) optimizes safety.

April 23, 2012

In collaboration with Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, International Code Council has published International Swimming Pool and Spa Code(TM), which uses prescriptive and performance-related provisions to establish minimum safety requirements for public and residential pools, spas, and hot tubs. It is first to address aquatic recreation facilities as well as first to include ANSI/APSP energy standards for residential portable electric spas and residential in-ground pools and spas. Read More

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Standardization Workshop looks at global water challenges.

April 23, 2012

ISO's International Workshop on Water will examine ways international standardization can help alleviate needs of global populous who have no regular access to safe drinking water and those who live without proper sanitation. Hosted by JISC in Kobe, Japan on July 25-26 of 2012, workshop will raise awareness of water-related standardization and its potentials, propose and examine standardization initiatives, as well as identify priorities and define recommended action plan. Read More

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ASTM launches Supplier's Declaration of Conformity.

April 23, 2012

Responding to increasing requests from suppliers and their customers, ASTM International has developed Supplier's Declaration of Conformity. Program will benefit suppliers by enabling them to provide evidence to customers regarding conforming to ASTM test methods. Product test results will be registered with ASTM, and supporting documentation will show supplier's registration and acceptance by independent third party. Read More

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Dr. Kenneth St. John receives ASTM Award of Merit.

April 23, 2012

Kenneth St. John, Ph.D., associate professor at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MI, received Award of Merit from ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices. Member of ASTM International since 1980, St. John works on several F04 subcommittees, including U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC 150 on Implants for Surgery. He currently serves as chairman of Subcommittees F04.16 on Biocompatability Test Methods and F04.92 on Planning. Read More

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Science, Advocacy Leaders to judge Biotech Humanitarian nominees.

April 23, 2012

BIO announced judges who will evaluate nominations for fourth annual Biotech Humanitarian Award and select 2012 Honoree. Thought leaders in science, advocacy, and media who have agreed to serve as judges for this award include Dr. David Agus, Dr. Yali Friedman, Jim Greenwood, Rachel King, Dr. Antonio Moreira, H. Thomas Watkins, Phyllis Dillinger, and Dr. Greg Stephanopoulos. Award recognizes someone who has helped heal, fuel, and feed planet via work in or support of biotechnology. Read More

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April 2012 MCI-EFI shows slowly growing industry confidence.

April 23, 2012

Designed to collect leadership data, April 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) reports qualitative assessment of prevailing business conditions as well as future expectations. Overall, confidence in equipment finance market is 62.1, up from March's 61.7, while fourth consecutive month of increases indicates slow but steady rise in optimism. Depending on market segment they represent, executives offered differing views on current/future industry outlook. Read More

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EPA issues updated, achievable air pollution standards.

April 23, 2012

In response to court deadline, U.S. EPA has finalized standards, required by Clean Air Act, to reduce harmful air pollution associated with oil and natural gas production. Updated EPA standards include first federal air rules for natural gas wells that are hydraulically fractured, specifically requiring operators of new fractured natural gas wells to use cost-effective technologies and practices to capture natural gas that might otherwise escape the well, which can subsequently be sold. Read More

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AIA Welcomes Export Control Review of space systems, components.

April 23, 2012

AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey commented on Defense Department assessment concerning implications of normalizing export controls on satellites and related components. According to Blakey, this report provides decision makers in Congress "crucial information" regarding how reform can serve to strengthen the USA's national security and space industrial base. Blakey ended her response by urging Congress to "move quickly" on recommendations as to strengthen U.S. space industrial base. Read More