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EPA releases annual enforcement and compliance results.

December 9, 2011

According to annual enforcement and compliance results for Fiscal Year 2011, EPA enforcement led to reduction of 1.8+ billion pounds in pollution, estimated $19 billion in required pollution controls, and approximately $168 million in civil penalties. Program responsible for those numbers enforces environmental laws that protect USA's air, land, and water by taking action to cut illegal pollution and protect people's health and communities. Read More

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NIST Offers Financial Assistance for neutron science research.

December 9, 2011

Proposals are sought for multiyear financial assistance awards, which will support R/D at NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR). Specifically, awards of up to $3 million per year for up to 5 years are intended to assist visiting researchers at NCNR, support development of new instrumentation for neutron research, support collaborative research with NIST scientists, as well as conduct other outreach and educational activities that advance use of neutrons by U.S. scientists. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard covers orthopedic spinal devices.

December 9, 2011

ASTM WK34549, Test Methods for Intervertebral Body Fusion Devices with Integrated Fixation Components, is being developed by Subcommittee F04.25 on Spinal Devices. Proposed standard is being written primarily to address added functionalities of new devices that stabilize spine after discectomy surgery and act as spacers to prevent nerve compression. Added functionalities include screws, blades, or hooks that latch onto or dig into adjacent bone, serving to prevent implant migration or expulsion. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today discusses sales models.

December 9, 2011

In article appearing in Welding and Gases Today Online, distributors discuss merits of each sales model. Titled "Jack Of All Trades Or Master Of One," article weighs in on debate over sales territories versus market segmentation. Aligning salespeople with customer segments allows them to specialize and become an expert in a specific area. However, doing away with territories also means that the potential coverage area for a salesperson is much larger. Read More

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ASTM Guide covers polymer pellet terminology.

December 9, 2011

Developed by ASTM International Committee D20 on Plastics, ASTM D7711 includes terms that are commonly used to describe defects or abnormalities found in different types of polymer pellets. According to Diane Todd, senior chemist at Westlake Chemical Corp., guide should help polymer manufacturers, sales personnel, technical service reps, quality control/quality assurance personnel, and buyers/users identify issues with pellets the same way, expediting assistance. Read More

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AASHTO President Promotes Innovation during lean times.

December 8, 2011

Released by Transportation TV, Presidential Profile video features 2012 AASHTO President Kirk T. Steudle discussing priorities as well as future challenges for AASHTO, industry, and state DOTs. Talking points include accelerating implementation of innovative solutions to hasten project delivery and save resources; utilizing asset and performance management solutions to generate data-driven decision making; and working for passage of new surface transportation reauthorization bill. Read More

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EPA to help revitalize U.S. urban waters.

December 8, 2011

U.S. EPA announced it will provide up to $1.8 million for projects across the country to protect Americans' health and help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization. Funding is part of EPA's Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve, and benefit from urban waters and surrounding land. Urban waters include canals, rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, estuaries, bays, and oceans. Read More

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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