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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

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SME Tech Group honors award winners.

June 9, 2011

SME's Composites Manufacturing Tech Group presented the 2011 J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award at SME's Composites Manufacturing 2011 Conference and Exhibits event. Award went to John D. Russell, D.Sc., program manager, defense-wide manufacturing science and technology, AFRL/RXMT, Wright Patterson Air Force Base. This year's Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Awards went to Callaway Golf of Carlsbad, CA and Royal Engineered Composites of Minden, NE. Read More

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President's Leadership Award honors Dr. T. Russell Gentry.

June 9, 2011

Dr. T. Russell Gentry received 2011 President's Leadership Award for contributions to development of standard test methods for composite materials used in civil infrastructure applications as well as coordination of these and other ASTM committee activities with American Concrete Institute. Established in 2007, President's Leadership Award recognizes individuals, early in their ASTM career, who have advanced the Society's mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example, and vision. Read More

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NCWM Annual Meeting is scheduled for July 17-21.

June 9, 2011

With theme of "Educating Today for Tomorrow," annual meeting of the National Conference on Weights and Measures will focus on preventing fraud at oil-change services and enabling consumers to make value comparisons when shopping for printer ink. Meeting will highlight the new certification program offered by NCMW and will promote training to help weights and measures professionals keep pace with innovations in technology and marketing practices. Read More

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2011 Baldrige Award currently has 69 applicants.

June 9, 2011

Recognizing organizational performance excellence through innovation and improvement, 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award has 69 applicants: 2 manufacturers, 3 service companies, 2 small businesses, 8 educational organizations, 40 health care organizations, and 14 nonprofits/governmental organizations. All will be evaluated in leadership; strategic planning; operations focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. Read More

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Dr. T. Russell Gentry receives President's Leadership Award.

June 8, 2011

T. Russell Gentry, Ph.D., associate professor in the school of architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, received President's Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals early in their ASTM career who have advanced Society's mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example, and vision. A member of ASTM since 2005, Gentry serves on Committees D20 on Plastics and D30 on Composite Materials, and is vice chairman of Subcommittee D30.05 on Structural Test Methods. Read More

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ANSI seeks nominations for 2012 Board of Directors.

June 8, 2011

ANSI would like to remind all members that nominations for qualified candidates for 2012 ANSI Board of Directors are due by June 10, 2011. ANSI strives to ensure balance and diversity within its membership and is seeking Board members who enhance member relationships and networks. To facilitate nomination process, ANSI has compiled set of guidelines that outline sectors that are currently under represented. Guidelines and additional info are available in ANSI Online Library. Read More

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AASHTO 2011 Photo Contest to use Facebook as voting platform.

June 8, 2011

AASHTO is using Facebook to let general public vote for their favorite photograph in annual Faces of Transportation competition. With voting to run through June 21, photo with most likes will be recognized as 2011 People's Choice favorite, to be announced along with Grand Prize on June 27. Fourteen state DOTs submitted 87 photographs, which will be judged in 3 categories: At Work, At Play, and On the Move; and depict positive effects of transportation on individuals and communities. Read More