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NIH Director to present biotech keynote address.

March 21, 2011

BIO and BIO Ventures for Global Health announced that Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institute of Health, will provide keynote address at the Partnering for Global Health Forum 2011, scheduled for June 27. Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project. He will share his insights on how ground-breaking biotech innovations can serve the health needs of world's poorest. Read More

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Amtrak Upgrades will benefit Washington State and nation.

March 21, 2011

In Two-Minute State DOT Update video, Washing State DOT Secretary Paula Hammond, chair of AASHTO High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Leadership Group, discusses agreement agency signed with Amtrak, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, and FRA to contractually obligate $590 million in federal grant funds. According to Hammond, the goal is to boost the rail-line capacity and relieve mainline congestion for more frequent and reliable passenger rail service between Portland and Seattle. Read More

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Lighting Standards harmonize requirements for SSL products.

March 21, 2011

NEMA SSL 1-2010 Electronic Drivers for LED Devices, Arrays, or Systems primarily covers ratings, performance, and marking, but it also provides specifications guidance for EMI, audible noise, and efficiency calculations. NEMA SSL 6-2010 Solid State Lighting for Incandescent Replacement-Dimming focuses on integrated LED lamps intended for retrofit into systems that previously used incandescent screw base lamps. It addresses dimming of products and interaction between dimmer and bulb. Read More

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SME's RAPID 2011 Conference Speakers to include Smithsonian curator.

March 21, 2011

During RAPID 2011 Conference and Exposition, Douglas Owsley, Ph.D. and curator at the Smithsonian Institution for the National Museum of Natural History, will talk about how 3D imaging, digital reconstruction, and additive manufacturing are aiding production of museum exhibits, forensic case work, and bio-archaeological research. Event will also feature keynote session with CEOs of 4 companies that pioneered additive manufacturing who will talk about the evolution of the technology. Read More

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RIA Trade Show to detail integrator certification programs.

March 18, 2011

At Automate 2011, to be held from March 21-24, RIA will explain certification programs for robotics and machine vision system integrators. Robotics integrator program will be formally announced by RIA President Jeff Burnstein on March 21. Both basic and advanced courses and certification tests will be offered at event, which will also feature pavilion with more than 20 integrators participating in demonstrations. Machine vision system integrator certification program will be sponsored by AIA. Read More

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RIA recognizes 3 professionals with CMP certification.

March 18, 2011

At its convention in Colorado Springs, RIA recognized 3 professionals with the Certified Mold Professional certification, which emphasizes the relationship of building systems and the predominance of situations where indoor environmental quality is impacted by multiple problems or contaminants. New CMP certificants include Dave Robbins of Sharp and Robbins Construction; Jaclyn Carpenter of Ideal Drying, Inc.; and Mark McLaughlin, RestoreAll, Inc. Read More

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US, EU Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement welcomed by AIA.

March 18, 2011

AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey called bilateral aviation safety agreement, finalized by US and European Union (EU), "a welcome step forward for trans-Atlantic cooperation." Strengthened cooperation and resulting higher common standards between US and EU were said to be "key to improving aviation safety." She also said agreement promotes efficient use of government resources and could be expanded to include areas such as pilot licensing and training. Read More

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Automate 2011 Robotics Pavilion focuses on the future.

March 18, 2011

Scheduled for March 21-24, Automate 2011 will include Emerging Robotics pavilion featuring telepresence robot from Anybots, which can stand in for a person and be controlled from remote location. Innovo Labs will demonstrate robotic companion pets, which integrate organic articulation, sensory response, and autonomous behavior. Additionally, Motoman Robotics will demonstrate dual-arm SDA robot that performs complex operations, and Adept Technology will display mobile robots. Read More

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NIST holds third Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop.

March 18, 2011

Scheduled for April 7-8, Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop III will feature 3 speakers: U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, Google's Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cert, and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. Friday morning's panel topic - "Cloud Innovation: Math and Science" - will explore innovative uses of the cloud and how it can be leveraged in the scientific process. Some other topics will include "Cloud Computing-Adopters' Long-term View" and "Can You Ever Really Trust the Cloud?" Read More

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Humanitarian Technology Conference organizers issue call for papers.

March 18, 2011

IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference organizers seek papers on topics related to roles technology can play in improving lives and creating business opportunities for people in emerging nations. According to conference chair Paul Kostek, submissions may include technical papers as well as those from people who have had experience running humanitarian projects. Abstract deadline is March 30, and accepted papers will be presented during inaugural conference. Read More

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NIST Cosponsors Conference focused on nanoelectronics metrology.

March 18, 2011

Registration is open for Frontiers of Characterization and Metrology for Nanoelectronics, which will take place May 23-26, 2011 in Grenoble, France. Industry, government, and academic experts will examine advances in characterization and metrology that will help shape future of nanoelectronics. Presenters include Michel Brillouet, Deputy Director of CEA-Leti; Rudi Cartuyvels of IMEC, and Dan Hutcheson of VSLI Research, Inc. Attendees can also tour MINATEC research campus. Read More

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Greenhouse Gas Reporting Deadline extended by EPA.

March 18, 2011

U.S. EPA has issued final rule that extends deadline for reporting 2010 data under Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program to September 30, 2011. This extension will allow EPA to further test the system that facilities will use to submit data and give industry the opportunity to test the tool, provide feedback, and have sufficient time to become familiar with the tool prior to reporting. Read More

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ANSI Workshop to examine market forces on standards development.

March 17, 2011

On May 12, 2011, ANSI will convene workshop titled Standards Wars: Myth or Reality? Day-long workshop will take interactive, panel-based approach to examining impact of competition, convergence, and coordination in different areas of standards development. Attendees will uncover instances where conflict and duplication have been intentional in response to stakeholder needs, and unintentional due to lack of awareness of existing standardization efforts. Read More

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ANSI to form Electric Vehicles Standards Panel.

March 17, 2011

Meeting convened by ANSI has resulted in agreement by key stakeholders to develop standardization roadmap to enable safe, mass deployment of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in U.S. Electric Vehicles Standards Panel will provide coherent and coordinated U.S. policy and technical input to relevant regional and international audiences on needed standards and conformity assessment programs, as well as liaise and coordinate with other electric vehicle initiatives. Read More

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EPA proposes national standards for mercury pollution.

March 17, 2011

In response to court deadline, U.S. EPA proposed the first-ever national standards for mercury, arsenic, and other toxic air pollution from power plants. New standards would require many power plants to install pollution control technologies to cut harmful emissions to help prevent as many as 17,000 premature deaths a year. Rule will also provide employment for thousands, by supporting 31,000 short-term construction jobs and 9,000 long-term utility jobs. Read More

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ASTM Sensory Evaluation Committee presents David R. Peryam Award.

March 17, 2011

ASTM International Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation honored Dr. Herbert Stone with David R. Peryam Award for work in applied sensory science. ASTM member since 1963, Stone is an expert in human nutrition and sensory evaluation of consumer food, beverage, and home/personal care products. Fellow and past president of Institute of Food Technologists, Stone has served as member of various boards, societies, and associations as well as Director of Food and Agricultural Science at SRI. Read More

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VCAT Annual Report highlights NIST's leadership role.

March 17, 2011

Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) of NIST sent its 2010 annual report to Congress. It highlights NIST's role in development and delivery of measurement services, which directly impact U.S. industry as well as federal agencies and state weights and measures offices. Additionally, report recognizes NIST's contributions in forensic science and emphasizes leadership role NIST can play in strengthening scientific underpinnings for forensic science. Read More

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Ford Blue Oval Scholarships available for San Antonio students.

March 17, 2011

In partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, SME Education Foundation announces 2011 Ford Blue Oval Scholarship program for graduating high school seniors in Bexar County, Texas. Program is designed to encourage students' pursuit of degrees in engineering or technology-related programs. Ten scholarships valued at $2,500 each will be awarded to students who have made their college selection. Read More

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Conference Keynotes foretell U.S. manufacturing's global leadership.

March 17, 2011

Keynote speeches on future U.S. manufacturing highlighted FABRICATOR®'s Leadership Summit, sixth Annual Metal Matters, and FMA's 15th Annual Toll Processing Conference. Emily DeRocco, along with Dan DiMicco, said U.S. manufacturing sector can regain global leader status. DeRocco stressed need for industry education partnerships and skills training/certification, while DiMicco focused on economic models and trade balance and called for job creation via domestic energy resource development. Read More

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Report Examines Counterfeit Parts and threat to supply chain.

March 17, 2011

Counterfeit Parts: Increasing Awareness and Developing Countermeasures indicates counterfeit parts volume in supply chain is increasing, necessitating development and implementation of mitigation plans. Citing performance, reliability, and safety, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey said reduction of counterfeit parts proliferation requires "increased diligence and active control measures." Report has 20+ recommendations for industry and government on reducing counterfeit parts. Read More