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South Korean Standards Experts attend ASTM training program.

February 17, 2011

ASTM hosted delegation of 8 standards experts from South Korea as part of training program focused on standardization for civil nuclear power. In addition to learning about U.S. standardization system and ASTM standards development process, group participated in virtual meetings with ASTM members to gain insight into technical work. Delegation completed training by attending standards development meetings of ASTM Committees C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle and E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications. Read More

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NFPA to host Innovations Center at IFPE 2011.

February 17, 2011

Scheduled for March 23-25, 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, IFPE 2011 will include NFPA's Innovations Center, which will provide 14 free education sessions. Experts in the field will present real-world solutions for current and future design applications. Main topics will include Fluids and Lubricants, Hydraulic Hybrids, Tier IV, and Sensors, Monitoring, and Diagnostics. Read More

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AIA Hires Staff to support workforce and NextGen goals.

February 17, 2011

Susan Lavrakas has joined AIA's National Security Division as director of workforce and as such will work with AIA Workforce Steering Committee and Workforce Committee to address AIA's strategic goals, including assessing and strengthening STEM partnerships and program impact. Also, Mike Garvin joined NextGen Institute as its executive director and will focus on fostering public/private dialogues and efforts in support of NextGen as well as work of Joint Planning and Development Office. Read More

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MHEDA Journal Article introduces 2011 Board with LinkedIn tie-in.

February 16, 2011

First Quarter 2011 issue of The MHEDA Journal includes annual Meet the Board feature, which introduces members of association board to membership. To introduce this year's Board, imaginary LinkedIn pages were developed based on 21 members' responses to questions. Business pages for board members contained select personal employment and educational background, association role, go-to websites, one-sentence personal summary, and additional information. Read More

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Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative to convene March 1.

February 16, 2011

A joint initiative of ANSI and NIST, Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative identifies standards needed for design, operation, development, licensing, and deployment of nuclear power plants and nuclear technologies. Meeting on March 1 will focus on standards to support structural repair of existing nuclear reactors and will include discussions on nuclear plant cable aging management, cable performance challenges, and IEEE Nuclear Standards Qualification Process for cables. Read More

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World Accreditation Day will include Paper Competition.

February 16, 2011

ANSI has launched 2011 paper competition for U.S. celebration of World Accreditation Day, which takes place June 9, 2011. Interested stakeholders are invited to submit one paper of no more than 2,000 words highlighting value of accreditation. Deadline is April 29, 2011, and authors are encouraged to cite concrete examples that demonstrate how globally accepted conformity assessment solutions support national and international priorities, enable trade, and open new markets. Read More

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Rate of Drug Approvals lower than previously reported.

February 16, 2011

According to BIO Industry Analysis and BioMedTracker study, overall success rate for drugs moving through clinical trials to FDA approval from late 2003 to end of 2010 is near 1 in 10. Previous reports, taken from earlier years, showed rate of drug approvals to be 1 in 5 to 1 in 6. Using clinical trial data from the past 7 years, analysis examines the most recent probability of success by treatment type, phase of development, and therapeutic area. Read More

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TWSCO shares secret to keeping employees happy.

February 16, 2011

To get the most out of its employees, TWSCO of Houston, TX underscores importance of sustaining a company culture that promotes employee retention and pride, and advances a positive reputation within the community, according to Wes Morris, VP, human resources at TWSCO and member of the human resources committee for GAWDA. Morris' article, "The Art And Science Of Motivation" appears in the Winter 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today. Read More

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New Test Standard covers fire extinguishing agent Halon 1211.

February 16, 2011

ASTM International standard ASTM D7673, Specification for Halon 1211, Bromochlorodifluoromethane (CF2BrCl), will be used to test Halon 1211 to ensure products provide required level of fire protection and are free of harmful impurities that could affect safety during use. Specifically, standard includes detailed gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectra test methodology that ensures detection and identification of impurities in Halon 1211 supplies. Read More

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AIA President Praises FY12 Budget for NextGen initiative.

February 16, 2011

AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey commended administration's "continued commitment to improving efficiency and safety and reducing the environmental impact of the National Aerospace System through the fiscal year 2012 President's Budget Request." In particular, Blakey mentioned $1.24 billion in funding for NextGen initiative. She went on to express appreciation for recognition of aerospace manufacturers' important role in innovation and contributing to national trade balance. Read More

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Defense Budget Request deemed supportive of industrial base.

February 16, 2011

AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, commenting on 2012 fiscal year Defense Department budget request for procurement and research and development, noted the "slight increase" from last year's request. "At 34% of the total budget," she said, "it comes close to reaching the 35% marker that we think is needed to ensure a healthy industrial base for the aerospace and defense industry." Blakey went on to express concerns, however, over long-term robustness of procurement and research. Read More

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Cloud Conference bridges software and as-a-Service industries.

February 16, 2011

In partnership with OpSource, Inc., SIIA will hold its annual All About the Cloud conference May 23-26 in San Francisco, CA. Event bridges gap between traditional software industry and SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS industries. Featured sessions will help independent software vendors, hardware vendors, systems integrators, and cloud computing companies with opportunities to network with industry leaders and learn about doing business in the cloud: security, mobile, government and monetization. Read More

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ASTM Property Management Standard clarifies use of terminology.

February 16, 2011

Movement, shipment, and transfer are all words that are commonly used by entities that deal with tangible property. To ensure that these words are being used and understood by all parties involved, ASTM International Committee E53 on Property Management Systems has approved a new standard, ASTM E2671, Practice for Defining Movements, Shipments and Transfers of Tangible Property. Standard was written to be useful and easy to understand by laymen. Read More

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AASHTO is Ready to Work on long-term transportation program.

February 16, 2011

AASHTO expressed appreciation to President Obama for recognizing investment levels required for surface transportation in his FY 2012 budget proposal. Specifically, Administration's blueprint for government spending includes 6-year, $556 billion program principally funding surface transportation programs for highways, transit, high-speed rail, and aviation. Framework is designed to modernize transportation systems, create jobs, support economy, and improve mobility. Read More

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BIO/Ipreo Study shows investors optimistic on biotech future.

February 16, 2011

Study released by BIO Industry Analysis and Ipreo shows that investors are optimistic on biotech's future and investment in biotechnology will continue to perform well. Findings will be presented at Closing Plenary session of 13th annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference, which will be held February 14-15 in NYC. Study is expected to inform and improve communications between biotech executives, shareholders, and policymakers. Read More

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International Fluid Power Leaders to meet at IFPE 2011.

February 15, 2011

At IFPE 2011 trade show in Las Vegas, NFPA will host meeting of global fluid power association leaders. International Fluid Power Summit will take place March 24, providing forum for exchange of information on fluid power industry. It also presents opportunity for peer associations to identify global challenges and work together to devise strategies. Also on March 24, NFPA will host International Statistics Committee meeting to discuss international statistical/data collection programs. Read More

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EPA's FY 2012 Budget Proposal represents 13% decrease from 2010.

February 15, 2011

Obama Administration proposed FY 2012 budget of $8.973 billion for U.S. EPA, which reflects Obama's commitment to ensuring government lives within its means while ensuring that EPA can carry out its core mission of protecting public health and environment while reducing air and water pollution. Representing about a 13% decrease from FY 2010 budget of 10.3 billion, budget proposal focuses resources on most urgent health and environmental challenges. Read More

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RAPID 2011 scheduled for May 24-26, 2011.

February 15, 2011

RAPID 2011 will showcase how additive manufacturing is used to create almost any solid product while reducing production costs. Conference, including 3D IMAGING, will offer more than 70 technical sessions, keynotes, and panels by top minds in the field, allowing professionals in design, engineering, and production as well as artists to evaluate latest materials and machinery for creating 3D products using 3D imaging and additive manufacturing. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 85% in 2010.

February 15, 2011

According to AMT, December U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $446.76 million, up 40.9% from November and up 104.8% when compared with total of $218.16 million reported for December 2009. With year-to-date total of $3,236.00 million, 2010 is up 85.3% compared with 2009. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption program. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute publishes Pump Efficiency Prediction guideline.

February 15, 2011

Available in separate, self-contained publication, HI 20.3-2010 will help pump users predict normally attainable efficiency levels at best efficiency point for selected types of rotodynamic pumps when rate of flow, total head per stage, net positive suction head available, and service conditions are known. Guideline uses graphs to portray relationship of pump efficiency vs. different parameters, and also explains how surface roughness and internal pump clearances affect efficiency. Read More