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Transportation Funding Support hailed as significant step.

November 21, 2011

U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works took significant step toward passing bipartisan multi-year surface transportation reauthorization legislation - Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP 21), which will help manufacturers and farmers move their products to overseas markets and create thousands of American jobs. AEM President Dennis Slater stated, "Bipartisan support in Congress...is vital to U.S. manufacturers and farmers." Read More

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Cybersecurity Workforce Framework is open for public comment.

November 21, 2011

National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE) has published draft document that classifies typical duties and skill requirements of cybersecurity workers. NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework provides working taxonomy designed to fit into any organization's existing occupational structures. It organizes cybersecurity work into high-level categories ranging from design, operation, and maintenance of cybersecurity systems to incident response, information gathering, and analysis. Read More

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ASHRAE announces Energy Modeling Conference.

November 18, 2011

Slated for October 1-3, 2012 in Atlanta, ASHRAE's Energy Modeling Conference - Tools for Designing High Performance Buildings will guide building design professionals about what does and does not work when using currently available modeling tools to design and analyze buildings and their energy using systems. With focus on case studies and real world examples, conference will allow exchange of ideas among design professionals and software developers. Read More

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EPA Guidelines ensure healthy indoor air during upgrades.

November 18, 2011

With Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades, home energy industry will be able to identify, manage, and reduce health risks during home energy upgrades, retrofits, or remodeling. EPA's protocols describe step-by-step process for conducting assessments to evaluate indoor air conditions and potential for risks that may arise during upgrades. They include recommended minimum specifications and best practices to maintain or improve IAQ. Read More

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Dr. R. Craig McClung receives ASTM Award of Merit.

November 18, 2011

Dr. R. Craig McClung, program director at Southwest Research Institute, was honored for contributions to Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture and the development of standard test methods. A member of ASTM International since 1990, McClung is a specialist in fatigue crack growth and began his career at SwRI in 1988 as a senior research engineer. His major technical contribution included development of DARWIN, the probabilistic, fracture mechanics-based, reliability assessment tool. Read More

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Cloud Computing Roadmap Draft is open for public comment.

November 18, 2011

Released for public comment, U.S. Government Cloud Computing Roadmap draft is designed to foster federal agencies' adoption of cloud computing, support private sector, improve information available to decision makers, and facilitate development of cloud computing model. Draft defines necessary high-priority requirements for standards, official guidance, and technology developments that need to be met. Comments on first 2 volumes are due by 5 pm EST December 2, 2011. Read More

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Researchers Demonstrate electron beam can manipulate objects.

November 18, 2011

"Are electron tweezers possible," by researchers from NIST and University of Virginia V.P. Oleshko and J.M. Howe, demonstrates that beams produced by electron microscopes can be used to look at nanoscale objects as well as move them around, position them, and theoretically assemble them. According to Oleshko, electron tweezers could potentially be "a versatile and valuable tool" for very fine manipulation in materials science. Read More

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AIM announces participation at MODEX 2012.

November 18, 2011

Scheduled for Feb 6-9, MHIA's MODEX 2012 is industry's newest expo for manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain industries. In addition to extensive exhibit hall, event will include 3 keynotes, 70 show-floor educational seminars, and several collocated education partner events. AIM Pavilion will feature barcode, RFID, and mobile computing solutions. During AIM's half-day conference, speakers will touch on many voices of supply chain, from manufacturing to food to pharmaceutical. Read More

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BIO strongly supports PAHPA reauthorization.

November 17, 2011

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood issued statement in strong support of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization of 2011, S. 1855. According to Greenwood, reauthorization of PAHPA is an opportunity to streamline, strengthen, and improve current system and reaffirm government's commitment to this national security priority. Along with PAHPA, BIO supports simultaneous reauthorization of BioShield Special Reserve Fund, as that funding is vital for private companies. Read More

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Bicycle Trailer Standard has been approved by ASTM committee.

November 17, 2011

Voluntary standard ASTM F2917, Specification for Bicycle Trailer Cycles Designed for Human Passengers, includes trailer cycle test for manufacturers to use, warnings to be placed on product, and content to be added to owner manuals. Approved standard helps manufacturers test trailer cycles intended to be pulled behind bicycles. Steve Nagode, ASTM task group chairman, stated "We were thrilled to help develop a standard for products that will continue to be used by families for years to come." Read More

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"Beyond Green(TM)" Award Deadline extended to November 22.

November 17, 2011

SBIC 2011 Beyond Green(TM) High-Performance Building Awards entry deadline has been extended until November 22. In February 2012, SBIC will recognize buildings and initiatives that best exemplify 8 design objectives of high-performance building: sustainability, accessibility, aesthetics, cost-effectiveness, functionality, productivity, historical sensitivity, and safety and security. In addition to recognizing winners in 3 categories, awards will feature Greg Franta Memorial Award. Read More

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ANSI Members help K-12 schools earn A+ in energy efficiency.

November 17, 2011

Available as free download, Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings: Achieving 50% Energy Savings Toward a Net Zero Energy Building, is designed to help building owners, contractors, architects, and engineers achieve advanced levels of energy savings for specific types of buildings. Tool features recommendations for various climate zones, implementation tips, and real-life school construction case studies, plus guidance for early stage energy modeling and annual energy use targets. Read More

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Fully Networked Car Workshop to focus on Car of the Future.

November 17, 2011

Scheduled for March 7-8, 2012, International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland will include Fully Networked Car workshop, which will focus on how international standards can support development of "the car of the future" and intelligent transport systems that will support it. Through series of roundtable panels and discussions, workshop will explore related topics, including electric vehicles and electromobility, regional perspectives on ITS, safety, and ITS communications. Read More

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World of Asphalt 2012 to offer 70,000 net ft² of exhibit space.

November 17, 2011

Scheduled for March 13-15, 2012 World of Asphalt Show and Conference and co-located 2012 AGG1 Aggregates Forum and Expo will offer array of equipment, products, and services, including expanded emphasis on pavement maintenance. Space sales for AGG1 are on track to be a record-breaker with more than 26,000 net ft² already reserved. Over 90 learning opportunities are available via People, Plants and Paving Training Program, Asphalt Pavement Alliance's Asphalt Pavement Conference, and AGG1 Academy. Read More

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NEMA publishes Annual Electrical Standards and Products Guide.

November 17, 2011

NEMA has published the 2012 edition of its Electrical Standards and Products Guide, a comprehensive listing of NEMA electrical standards as well as an extensive directory of manufacturers and their products. It is used by military, government, and private buyers who work in lighting, motors, and industrial controls as well as transmission and distribution, transportation, medical imaging, architecture, and construction. Read More

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Electronic Circuit Document breaks down language barriers.

November 17, 2011

IPC-T-50J, Terms and Definitions for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits contains nearly 400 new or revised terms, including terminology for chip scale and area array packaging, cable and wire harness technology, semiconductor packaging, assembly processing, moisture sensitive components, and microvia technology. Terms and definitions are written to provide clarity of detail, so that reader utilizing English as a second language can understand subtleties of meaning of each term. Read More

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Buildings Technology Report urges more detailed utility metering.

November 17, 2011

An interagency report by the Buildings Technology Research and Development Subcommittee of NSTC recommends systematic consideration of new metering technologies, called submetering, that can yield up-to-date, finely grained snapshots of energy and water usage in commercial and residential buildings to guide efficiency improvements. Report documents current state of submetering and provides relevant case studies and preliminary findings relating to submetering system costs and ROI. Read More

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Job Creation Initiative connects businesses and schools.

November 17, 2011

In fall 2011, SME Education Foundation is launching PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education), designed to create strong partnerships between organizations, businesses and exemplary schools to provide comprehensive and community-based approach to manufacturing education. SME Education Foundation funding initiatives mirror policy proposals for improving STEM education outlined in report issued by President's Council of Advisors in Science and Technology (PCAST). Read More

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2011 ANSI Accreditation Workshops still accepting registrants.

November 16, 2011

ANSI's final 2 accreditation workshops in 2011 will be held in Washington, DC. On December 8-9, Certificate Issuers' Accreditation Workshop will introduce American National Standard ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, and ANSI-CAP. Taking place December 14-15, Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop will introduce international standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, General requirements for bodies operating certification schemes for persons. Read More

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ANSI President Meets Chinese Officials in DC and Beijing.

November 16, 2011

S. Joe Bhatia met with top officials from Chinese entities in Washington, DC and Beijing for trade-related activities aimed at fostering greater U.S.-China cooperation concerning standardization and conformity assessment. In addition to garnering renewed promises of continued cooperation, Bhatia proposed high-level U.S.-China events, to be held in 2012, focused on transparency to continue to address issues at hand. Chinese officials were very receptive to this idea. Read More