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BIO announces topics for BIO CEO and Investor Conference.

December 8, 2011

Scheduled for Feb 13-14, 2012, 14th Annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference will cover latest investment trends within biotechnology industry. Event will host 10 sessions and 2 CEO fireside chats highlighting issues with FDA and trends in reimbursement. Therapeutic Workshops will cover topics such as oncology, companion diagnostics, neurological and cardiovascular diseases, while Business Roundtables will address biotech drug launches, unique business models, and licensing and deal making. Read More

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Funding Proposals Sought for precision measurement projects.

December 8, 2011

NIST is soliciting proposals for next round of funding in its Precision Measurement Grant Program (PMGP), which provides support for experiments to make novel, high-precision measurements of important physical properties or fundamental constants of nature. PMGP projects may run for up to 3 years, funded at $50,000 per year. NIST anticipates awarding up to $100,000 this year to fund first year of 2 new projects. Abbreviated proposal submissions are due by 5 pm EST on February 2, 2012. Read More

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Two NIST Members named IEEE Fellows for 2011.

December 8, 2011

George Arnold, National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, was cited by IEEE for leadership in architecture and protocols for the electric grid and telecommunication networks. John Suehle, leader of NIST's CMOS and Novel Devices Group, was cited for contributions to the understanding of thin gate dielectric films. Fellowship is conferred by IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with outstanding record of accomplishments in any of IEEE fields of interest. Read More

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Proposed Low Impact Paintball Standard is in development.

December 8, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK34588, Practice for Operation of Low Impact Paintball Game Fields, enables those in paintball industry to create low-impact games for potential players who might like to try paintball but are initially intimidated by its intensity. According to Paintball Training Institute president Bob McGuire, standard outlines game organization, management, and safety protocols that slow down the game and limit shooting proximity to increase enjoyment for inexperienced players. Read More

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NEMA publishes ANSI standard on parallel wired sockets.

December 8, 2011

NEMA has published ANSI C136.11-2011, which discusses medium and mogul screw base sockets used in multiple fixture circuits or in luminaires designed for parallel wired circuits. These are used in lighting roadways and other areas open to general use by public. Latest edition covers interchangeability of lamps, minimum safety standards for operating personnel, and minimum performance criteria. In addition, scope and referenced documents have been updated and clarified. Read More

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New NREL Lab to help utilities see grid of the future.

December 8, 2011

NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility is tackling challenge of keeping power grid running while introducing new technologies into complex system. NREL's researchers will be able to configure electric systems the way they would appear in the field and operate them at same level of power as utility uses. ESIF will also loop utilities' hardware into simulation environment so they can look at new technologies operating in combination of real world, real power, and simulated/virtual environments. Read More

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Proposed Standard addresses oral care product sensory practices.

December 8, 2011

ASTM WK34772, Guide for Sensory Evaluation of Oral Care Products, aims to standardize sensory practices currently being used in oral care products industry. Once approved, standard will be used by sensory practitioners, research and development organizations, consumer research practitioners, and others interested in evaluation of oral care products. Chairman of developing task group noted that, through this standard, companies can document properties to aid in product design decisions. Read More

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NASA, Library of Congress establish honorary astrobiology chair.

December 7, 2011

NASA and Library of Congress established Baruch S. Blumberg NASA-Library of Congress chair in Astrobiology at Library's scholarly research organization, John W. Kluge Center in Washington. The chair will be able to use Library of Congress resources to explore topics with philosophical, ethical, and theological implications. Annual international competition will be held to select chairperson, who will serve in residence at Kluge Center for up to 1 year beginning in fall 2012. Read More

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Charles H. Romine named director of Information Technology Laboratory.

December 7, 2011

On November 21, Charles H. Romine became director of NIST's Information Technology Laboratory, which develops and disseminates standards, measurements, and testing for interoperability, security, usability, and reliability of information systems. Romine joined NIST in 2009, and most recently was the acting associate director for NIST laboratory programs, responsible for oversight and direction of NIST's 6 laboratory programs and principal deputy to NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. Read More

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NIST Campus is designated as Physics Historic Site.

December 7, 2011

American Physical Society has designated original NIST campus in D.C. as a Physics Historic Site. APS designation recognizes 1956 discovery that was made in low-temperature laboratory of NIST, then known as National Bureau of Standards. Experiment demonstrated that, in at least one fundamental physical process, the world is distinguishable from its mirror image. Experiment was performed by 5 scientists, 4 of whom worked at NBS, including a future NBS director, Ernest Ambler. Read More

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APEX EXPO 2012 to include Process Defect Clinic.

December 7, 2011

Organized by IPC and the National Physical Laboratory, NPL Process Defect Database Clinic at IPC APEX EXPO® will assist event attendees with assembly and soldering process problems, RoHS compliance issues, field failures, and other process-related issues. Free mini-seminars on conducting dye and pry on area array packages, testing boards for outgassing, testing component solderability, and monitoring PCB solderability in production will augment learning experience. Read More

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ANSI Board welcomes Paul Verkuil, chairman of ACUS.

December 7, 2011

ANSI Board of Directors meeting featured special guest speaker, Paul Verkuil, chairman of the Administrative Conference of the U.S. Mr. Verkuil noted that ACUS's approach mirrors ANSI's in its commitment to openness, balance, consensus, and due process, and its belief in strength of public-private partnerships. Mr. Verkuil discussed challenges facing ACUS in trying to understand how process can be more transparent and balanced with respect to availability of standards in electronic age. Read More

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Dr. Aleksei Gershun receives ASTM's Award of Merit.

December 7, 2011

Committee D15 on Engine Coolants has presented Aleksei Gershun, Ph.D., technical fellow at Prestone Products Corp. with Award of Merit, ASTM's highest organizational recognition for individual contributions to standards activities. A member of ASTM since 1996, Gershun has authored or co-authored several engine coolant articles published as ASTM Special Technical Papers. He has 20+ years of experience in research, manufacturing, and distribution of coolants, lubricants, and lubricant additives. Read More

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Printed Electronics Management Council Committee formed by IPC.

December 7, 2011

IPC Printed Electronics Management Council Steering Committee will oversee development of educational programs supporting printed electronics industry. Don Banfield, president of Conductive Compounds, Inc., and Steve Tomas, director of flexible electronics for FLEXcon Company, have been elected chairman and vice chairman, respectively. Committee is composed of industry leaders who represent full span of printed electronics industry supply chain. Read More

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BIO commends advanced biofuel producers and Navy.

December 7, 2011

Advanced biofuel companies have made significant investments and progress to meet Navy's goals for the Great Green Fleet, a project that is vital to U.S. energy and national security. BIO commended its member company Solazyme for its participation in the project to fuel the first scheduled demonstration of the Great Green Fleet at the Rim of the Pacific Exercises during summer of 2012. Read More

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Machine Vision Market Sales climbed 15% through September.

December 7, 2011

Statistics from Automated Imaging Association show machine vision sales in North America rose through third quarter of 2011. After first half, sales fell 2% in third quarter compared with same period in 2010. AIA president Jeff Burnstein said these results indicate possibility of slower growth in near term. Supporting this outlook, report shows 54% of reporting companies expecting sales to stay at current levels for next 6 months, 34% expecting decrease, and 14% expecting increase. Read More

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Institute releases report on industry data needs.

December 7, 2011

NIBS High-Performance Building Data Collection Initiative released report addressing data needs of building industry now that Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey is no longer scheduled for release by U.S. EIA. Report identifies current data needs, relevant data users, existing data and use, additional collection opportunities, and tools to support data use. Recommendations focus on short- and long-term needs for development/maintenance of high-performance building attribute dataset. Read More

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AIP Partners with Publishing Technology on custom web publishing platform.

December 6, 2011

AIP Publishing, division of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), and Publishing Technology plc have announced partnership to build next generation of AIP's Scitation, which is scheduled for launch in 4Q 2012. Resulting custom platform, developed using Publishing Technology's pub2web hosting solution, will let AIP and its Member Societies house portfolio of journals and conference proceedings as well as Physics Today magazine and historical documents from AIP Physics Resources Center. Read More

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ASABE to Revise V-belt and V-ribbed belt drive standard.

December 6, 2011

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has initiated project to revise its standard - ASAE S211.5, V-Belt And V-Ribbed Belt Drives for Agricultural Machines - for agricultural machine belt drives. Updates are intended to reflect latest industry technology as well as harmonize content with Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and ISO standards. Read More

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Clean Air Act Revisions will affect boilers, incinerators.

December 6, 2011

Based on analysis, review, and consideration of data and input from states, environmental groups, industry, lawmakers and public, U.S. EPA is proposing changes to Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators. Proposed reconsideration would promote public health protections via reductions in toxic air pollutants, including mercury and soot, while increasing rule's flexibility and addressing compliance concerns raised by industry and labor groups. Read More