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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

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Co-Hosted Conference to address health information security.

March 17, 2011

Scheduled for May 10-11, 2011, "Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security," will be co-hosted by NIST and Department of Health and Human Services for Civil Rights. Event will provide forum to discuss present state of health information security, as well as strategies, tips, and techniques for implementing HIPAA Security Rule, which specifies federal standards to protect confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information. Read More

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New Locomotive Specs will mean lower costs for passenger rail.

March 17, 2011

New specifications for diesel-electric locomotives were approved by Next Generation Corridor Equipment Pool Committee, the next step in a national effort to make it easier, faster, and cheaper to build and purchase rail cars and other equipment for America's emerging high-speed and inter-city passenger rail program. Any state using federal funds for its passenger rail program must use equipment that meets these specifications. Read More

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SME Innovation Conference to take place May 19, 2011.

March 17, 2011

SME Silicon Valley Chapter will present Innovation Conference for Engineers, Latest Technologies and Challenges for Product Development and Manufacturing, in Santa Clara, CA. New applications in composites and carbon nanotube materials, prototyping, and direct digital manufacturing will be covered, and event will include keynotes from Space Systems/Loral and SEMI Photovoltaics Group. Seminar will run in conjunction with Northern California Design-2-Part Show, which is also open to attendees. Read More

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Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements likely to be 17x more than gov't estimates.

March 17, 2011

Results of an IPC Survey on the Impact of US Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements estimates that costs of reporting requirements proposed by U.S. SEC to total $279 million for due diligence alone in its first year of implementation compared to government's estimate of $16.5 million. Additional estimated costs - software, staff, training, legal expenses, third-party audits - totaled median of $170,000 per company in electronic interconnect industry. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute announces 2011 Board of Directors, officers.

March 16, 2011

Hydraulic Institute 2011 Board of Directors and Officers will primarily be responsible for providing organizational oversight as well as guiding direction of strategic plan. ITT - Residential and Commercial Water President Ken Napolitano will serve as Chairman of the Board, while Board itself will include 3 vice presidents: Dave McKinstry (Technical Affairs), Dave Roland (Member Services), and Mike Medaska (Knowledge and Education). Additionally, 6 other Board members were named. Read More

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GBCI Accredited under ANSI's personnel certification program.

March 16, 2011

ANSI announced accreditation of Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) under ANSI's Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies. Specifically, accreditation has been granted to GBCI's professional credentialing programs for LEED AP Homes, LEED AP Operations + Maintenance, and LEED Green Associate. On behalf of ANSI, Dr. Roy Swift commended GBCI for achieving accreditation and demonstrating "their commitment to the continual improvement of their credentialing programs." Read More

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Standards and Protocols enable next-generation Internet.

March 16, 2011

To aid transition from IPv4 to IPv6, some Internet providers are issuing dual-mode cable modems that support both protocols. ANSI/SCTE 140 2007, Cable Modem IPv4 and IPv6 eRouter Specification, from ANSI member and accredited standards developer Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers allows both IPv4- and IPv6-enabled devices to connect to Internet. Development of IPv6 is being led by Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which cooperates where possible with ISO and IEC JTC 1. Read More

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Permanent R/D Credit Legislation would assist US companies.

March 16, 2011

IPC applauded introduction of HR 942, The American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2011, which represents bipartisan effort to strengthen and make permanent R/D tax credit. As R/D is vital for US electronics companies' global competitiveness and domestic job retention, IPC urges members to contact their legislators to endorse passage of permanent R/D tax credit legislation. Also, permanent R/D tax credit will encourage long-term innovative efforts. Read More

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NIST Electromechanical Circuit sets communications record.

March 16, 2011

Described in March 10 issue of Nature, experiments performed by NIST physicists demonstrated electromechanical circuit in which microwaves communicate with vibrating mechanical component 1,000 times more vigorously than previous experiments. Potential uses include processing information and controlling motion of objects at quantum scale. According to first author John Teufel, the experiment is a step toward entanglement between the microwave photons and the drum motion. Read More

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HID Lamp Indexes show declines during fourth quarter.

March 16, 2011

NEMA's shipment indexes for HID lamps declined by 11.7%, 17.1%, and 0.9% on year-over-year basis for sodium vapor, mercury vapor, and metal halide lamps, respectively. For year as whole, shipments of mercury vapor lamps declined 2.7% compared to 2009, while sodium vapor and metal halide HID lamp shipments saw respective increases of 1.1% and 5.2%. Sodium vapor lamps increased in market share, while that of metal halide lamps and mercury vapor lamps witnessed declines. Read More