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BIO World Congress will look at building bio-based economy.

February 26, 2013

BIO announced its plenary session program for 2013 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, which will take place June 16–19 in Montreal, Canada. According to BIO's Brent Erickson, "sessions will highlight the growing biobased economy as we learn about advances and commercialization in biofuels and renewable chemicals." Sessions will include, among others, Global Outlook on Industrial Biotechnology, Building a Sustainable Biobased Industry, and Feeling the Heat of the Biofuels Boom. Read More

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Monthly Confidence Index up again in February.

February 26, 2013

According to February 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry, confidence is up for third consecutive month at 58.7, an increase from January index of 54.2, reflecting increasing optimism despite wary eye on economic conditions and government management of fiscal policies. When asked to assess their business conditions over next 4 months, 20% of executives said they believe conditions will improve, up from 6.1% in January, and only 2.9% believe conditions will worsen. Read More

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Video of SC DoT Secretary is available on AASHTO website.

February 26, 2013

State DOT Two Minute Update video on AASHTO's Transportation TV features Robert St. Onge, Secretary of the South Carolina Department of Transportation, outlining his agency's efforts to improve efficiency and transparency. In video, St. Onge states South Carolina has fourth largest state-managed road network in USA and fourth lowest gas tax. Also, St. Onge says streamlining delivery of transportation projects to save time and reduce construction costs is on his list of priorities. Read More

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Minorities in Engineering are on the rise.

February 26, 2013

National Engineers Week helps to increase understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Through its New Faces of Engineering recognition program, engineers, age 30 years and younger, are highlighted for the work they’re doing to impact society. SME Education Foundation nominated 23-year-old Meredeth Griffin of Oklahoma City, OK, who works as an engineering technician at Peake Fuel Solutions where she helped introduce alternate fuel systems to long-haul trucking industry. Read More

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Alex T.C. Lau receives Sydney D. Andrews Award.

February 25, 2013

Alex T.C. Lau, president of TCL Consulting in Ontario, Canada, has received Sydney D. Andrews Scroll of Achievement from ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. A graduate of the University of Toronto where he received a bachelor’s degree in applied science and engineering physics, Lau is a specialist in process analytics engineering, operations, and statistical engineering as well as quality assurance and standardization for measurement and manufacture of fuels. Read More

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ISPE Issues Survey to help understand drug shortages.

February 25, 2013

To be sent to ISPE's international Membership in mid-February global survey on drug shortages intends to leverage ISPE Members' expertise to gather data on technical, scientific, manufacturing, quality, and compliance issues that have resulted in drug shortages. Preliminary results are expected in June 2013. According to ISPE's Nancy S. Berg, "ISPE is committed to supporting efforts to uncover the root causes of drug shortages, and we believe this survey is a critical first step." Read More

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ASTM Committee forms subcommittee on energy piping systems.

February 25, 2013

Under jurisdiction of ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems, Subcommittee F17.68 on Energy Piping Systems has been created to ensure development of appropriate ASTM standards for products related to energy source applications. Newly formed subcommittee will discuss topics for proposed standards at their first meeting as part of Committee F17 at the April ASTM committee week in Indianapolis, IN. Read More

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NEMA supports energy efficiency "Race to the Top" program.

February 25, 2013

NEMA's High Performance Building Council applauds President Obama's announcement of an energy efficiency "Race to the Top" program to encourage innovation and competition in state energy efficiency policies. States with best ideas to create jobs and lower energy bills by constructing more efficient buildings will receive federal support to help make it happen. Resulting reforms will drive investments that enhance manufacturing competitiveness, improve grid resiliency, and cut carbon pollution. Read More