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TRFA announces 2011 Annual Meeting Chair.

June 13, 2011

TRFA has announced that Griff M. Marshall, Dow Coating Materials, will serve as chair of its 2011 Annual Meeting set for Sept 11-13. Event will feature full schedule of Technical Papers, Regulatory Affairs Update, annual Table Top Showcase, meetings of TRFA's Market Focused Committees, and association's Annual Business Meeting. It will also include presentation of Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award and a keynote presentation on Global Energy Trends by Dr. Michael Webber. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to FAA.

June 13, 2011

According to NTSB, Federal Aviation Administration should consult with appropriate specialists and revise current internal guidance on issuance of medical certification subsequent to ischemic stroke or intracerebral hemorrhage. FAA should also correct deficiencies with in-service automated weather sensor system stations, and implement collaborative test program in Alaska to establish viability of relaying weather information collected from airborne aircraft equipped with data-link technology. Read More

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AIM Expo 2011 to Co-Locate in Las Vegas with Pack Expo.

June 13, 2011

AIM has announced that AIM Expo 2011, to take place September 26-28 in Las Vegas, will co-locate with PMMI's Pack Expo Las Vegas. Themed "Automatic Identification and Mobility Solutions: Advancing Knowledge, Exploring Technology, and Driving Efficiency," event will include packaging track and will address need for ongoing education on use of bar codes, RFID, and mobile computing technologies. Event will include Auto ID in Packaging and Internet of Things sessions, as well as solutions showcase. Read More

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NIST helps draft technology roadmap for MEMS devices.

June 13, 2011

MEMS Technology Working Group, chaired by NIST's Michael Gaitan, helped draft 1,800-pg technology roadmap issued by International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI). Roadmap contains chapter devoted to understanding evolution of MEMS technology and technical challenges in manufacturing MEMS devices over the next 10 years. Working group has identified key challenges and gaps in device and reliability testing, wafer-level testing, modeling and simulation tools to support MEMS design. Read More

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NIST develops reference materials for green tea.

June 13, 2011

NIST released green tea standard reference materials (SRMs) to help manufacturers evaluate product composition and to assure researchers accuracy of analytical methods used to study health effects of supplement. NIST and collaborating laboratories have determined concentrations of 7 catechins and gallic acid, 3 xanthine alkaloids, theanine, and toxic elements in SRMs 3254 Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) leaves, 3255 Camellia sinensis extract, and SRM 3256 Green Tea-Containing Solid Oral Dosage Form. Read More

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AASHTO iPhone App mobilizes transporation news, traffic.

June 10, 2011

AASHTO announced launch of AASHTOMobile iPhone app, which provides transportation news, video content, and real-time traffic conditions. AASHTO executive director John Horsley noted that "this is one way to meet [Americans' demand for greater access to information while on the go." Available for download, solution offers real-time traffic information powered by INRIX. App also features optimized versions of 2 transportation news sites: Daily Transportation Update and AASHTO Journal. Read More

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ASHRAE Workshop to cover HVAC design in high-performance buildings.

June 10, 2011

ASHRAE will hold HVAC Design for High Performing Buildings from August 15-17 in Atlanta, GA. Focusing on fundamental and technical aspects of HVAC design, course will be led by ASHRAE members Julia Keen and Joel Primeau who are both licensed engineers and ASHRAE Certified High Performance Building Design Professionals. Attendees will receive copy of Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings Except Low Rise Residential, and User's Manual. Read More

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Designing a Resilient America Summit Report is now available.

June 10, 2011

Sponsored by DHS Science and Technology Directorate and organized by NIBS, Designing a Resilient America Summit brought professionals together to develop recommendations for buildings and related infrastructure. Dialogue among participants developed into priorities for increasing resiliency in 6 areas: executive and legislative action, federal agency leadership and cooperation, public/private partnerships, codes and standards, research and development, and education and outreach. Read More

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ASTM Dosimetry Workshop Registration now open.

June 10, 2011

Scheduled for June 24-28, 2012, workshop on Dosimetry for Radiation Processing will enhance knowledge and use of dosimetry through understanding of dosimetry principles, factors that influence dosimeter performance, calibration requirements, uncertainty in absorbed dose measurements, and dosimetry in process validation and control. Course will provide essential information for all radiation processing applications, including medical, foods, inks, packaging, polymers, and pharmaceuticals. Read More

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EPA Proposes Policy on nanoscale materials in pesticide products.

June 10, 2011

Under requirements of law, EPA will gather information on what nanoscale materials are present in pesticide products in order to determine whether registration of pesticide may cause unreasonable adverse effects on environment and human health. EPA also recognizes potentially beneficial applications and will continue to encourage responsible, innovative development of products containing nanoscale materials while also addressing health or environmental concerns. Read More

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Revenue Cuts present major challenge for New Hampshire.

June 10, 2011

In a Two-Minute State DOT Update video, New Hampshire Transportation Commissioner George Campbell said his agency anticipates a big reduction in the miles it will be able to repave this year, due in large part to shrinking state transportation revenues. New Hampshire DOT survived an effort to suspend state's gasoline tax for several weeks. However, both chambers of the state legislature voted to reduce motor vehicle surcharge, which cuts $55 million a year from the DOT and Department of Safety. Read More

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ASTM Honors Nicholas Lang with President's Leadership Award.

June 10, 2011

Nicholas R. Lang received 2011 President's Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals early in their ASTM career who have significantly advanced Society's mission through extraordinary accomplishments, example, and vision. ASTM International member since 2006, Lang serves as member-at-large on Committees C12 on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry and C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units. He is also chairman of Subcommittee C15.03 on Concrete Masonry Units and Related Units. Read More

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TIA announces details on 2011 Global Tire Expo.

June 10, 2011

TIA has announced that 2011 Global Tire Expo - Powered by TIA, will take place October 31 - November 4, 2011 in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Event will include educational session tracks with topics like TPMS tools of trade, future of emergency road service, and impact of health care regulations on tire industry. Green @ Noon track will focus on topics concerning environmental issues in tire industry. Wine and Cheese Social, Tire Industry Honors, and Welcome Reception will also be held. Read More

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PMMI announces Packaging Hall of Fame Commission.

June 10, 2011

Comprised of 17 packaging industry experts, Packaging Hall of Fame Commission will select the 2011 class of Packaging Hall of Fame inductees from nominees submitted to PMMI. Commission will evaluate nominations based on the nominees' contributions to the packaging community - technical, scientific, or operational advancements, their contributions to the knowledge base, and their volunteer efforts. Nominations will be accepted through June 30, 2011. Read More

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Intellectual Property Investor joins NIST advisory group.

June 10, 2011

NIST director Patrick Gallagher named Karen Kerr of Intellectual Ventures (IV) to serve 3-year term, starting June 1, 2011, on Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT). Kerr serves as Director of Business Development at IV and has 15+ years experience as venture investor in early-stage technology companies. She has worked with companies in life science, IT, communications, and semiconductors and has also served as active director or board observer in numerous early-stage companies. Read More

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Customer Service Quality Workshop facilitates in-house training.

June 10, 2011

Quality Customer Service Workshop: An In-House Employee Development Program can be administered to employees in as little as 10 hr. According to PTDA Executive VP and CEO Ann Arnott, this program helps develop customer service skills required of front-line employees. Offered in binder form along with CD and facilitator's guide, workshop teaches collaborative approach to customer service. It emphasizes listening, considering, and responding in style appropriate for individual customers. Read More

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EPS Reveals Identity of Chemicals in health and safety studies.

June 10, 2011

To provide public with as much information as possible pertaining to health and environmental impacts of chemicals, U.S. EPA made public identities of 150+ chemicals contained in 104 health and safety studies that had been claimed confidential. For these 104 studies, chemical identity will no longer be redacted or kept from view. Steve Owens of EPA commented, "A health and safety study with the chemical name kept secret is completely useless to the public." Read More

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SME partners in manufacturing mentoring program.

June 9, 2011

SME and SME Education Foundation have partnered with NACME, NAF, and General Dynamics - Ordnance and Tactical Systems to provide over 1,000 mentorships every year for next 5 years. Efforts support 7 programs outlined by President Obama to support goal of providing 500,000 skilled workers for manufacturing industry during this time. Society will also play role in White House's strategy to credential community college students with skills certifications aligned to manufacturers' hiring needs. Read More

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Obama hosts event with Manufacturing Institute and NAM.

June 9, 2011

At Northern Virginia Community College, President Obama announced key steps towards building the educated and skilled workforce U.S. manufacturers need to successfully compete in the 21st century economy. Responding to Obama's call to action to employers and community colleges to work together to connect students with jobs, Manufacturing Institute and NAM announced the goal of credentialing 500,000 community college students with skills certifications aligned to manufacturers' hiring needs. Read More

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USDA Food Group Icon will help consumers visualize healthy food choices.

June 9, 2011

U.S. Department of Agriculture has unveiled MyPlate, which replaces food pyramid and focuses on fruit, vegetable, grains, protein, and dairy food groups. Food group icon encourages consumers to make half their plate fruits and vegetables. In addition, ANSI member NSF International is developing BSR/NSF 3-A 14159-5 standard which details hygiene requirements for equipment used in produce processing, while ISO has developed standards on proper harvesting and storage of various fruits and vegetables. Read More