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Jim Greenwood restates call to arms for renewable fuels.

February 11, 2013

Contrary to the assertions of oil refiners, advanced biofuels are now a reality, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said in remarks on Renewable Fuel Standard, and participated at ACORE’s National Renewable Energy Policy Forum, held on Capitol Hill. He also participated in panel session on Legacy of Bipartisan Support for Renewable Energy. According to Greenwood, RFS has accomplished what Congress intended – reduced need for foreign oil, spurred investment, increased production, and created jobs. Read More

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Nominations Are Open for BIO George Washington Carver Award.

February 11, 2013

BIO is accepting nominations for annual George Washington Carver Award, which recognizes significant contributions by individual in field of industrial biotechnology. Written nominations should highlight contributions nominee has made in using biotechnology for sustainable production of biobased products, materials, and energy and include examples of nominee's pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit. Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2013. Read More

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NIST Symposium focuses on future of voting systems.

February 11, 2013

On February 26-28, 2013, Election Assistance Commission and NIST are sponsoring symposium to explore emerging trends in voting systems technology. Discussion topics will cover: trends in voting systems; web-based voting technologies; how election officials, manufacturers, and academics view future of voting system technologies; alternative standard development processes for voting systems; and alternative methods for voting system testing and certification at federal and state level. Read More

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CPS Reports define strategic vision, propose R/D priorities.

February 11, 2013

Reports prepared for NIST distill perspectives of executives and technical experts pertaining to emerging intelligent systems-of-systems technologies. Developed with input from ~80 experts in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and related technologies, reports provide strategic vision and business drivers motivating public-private efforts to achieve capabilities of next-gen CPS within next 2 decades. Reports also provide multilayered view of R/D challenges that must be solved. Read More

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Standard Being Developed for NIST Tissue Engineering Scaffolds.

February 8, 2013

Proposed ASTM standard, ASTM WK39698, Test Method: Using NIST Tissue Engineering Reference Scaffolds for Cell Culture Tests, will provide users with specific protocol for measuring cell adhesion and proliferation in scaffold using NIST reference scaffolds as controls. Once approved, this proposed standard will be used in combination with RM8394 NIST Reference Material scaffolds for cell culture as stable, reproducible 3D scaffold substrate for controls in scaffold development. Read More

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Numbers for 2013 TARC break records and show diversity.

February 8, 2013

Middle and high school students in 725 teams across 44 states, District of Columbia, and Virgin Islands, are preparing for 2013 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). Participating teams represent diverse group of students from urban and rural America. In light of Title IX's 40th anniversary, contest has also witnessed steady uptick in female participation; more than 20 all-girls teams will be competing this year. Top 100 teams will advance to National Finals on May 11 in The Plains, VA. Read More

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EESCC Plenary Meeting advances discussion on energy efficiency.

February 8, 2013

Ninety technical experts took part in first plenary meeting of ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) to lay groundwork for its standardization roadmap addressing energy efficiency in built environment. Structured to maximize open dialogue, plenary brought all 5 EESCC working groups (WGs) together to refine their respective scopes and structures as well as present overviews of their progress-to-date to full collaborative. Read More

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Nation's Construction Industry adds 28,000 jobs in January.

February 7, 2013

According to Feb 1 employment report by U.S. Department of Labor, construction industry unemployment rate shot up to 16.1% in January, despite addition of 28,000 jobs. Rate marks increase from 13.5% in December 2012, but decrease from 17.7% same time last year. Year over year, construction employment has risen by 102,000 jobs, or 1.8%. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, winter months are notoriously seasonal and subject to construction employment fluctuation based on weather patterns. Read More