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PCB, EMS Management Meetings to precede IPC APEX EXPO.

February 7, 2011

Taking place before 2011 IPC APEX EXPO(TM), senior-level executives of PCB and EMS companies will meet to discuss current industry challenges. PCB Executive Management Meeting and EMS Management Council Meeting, to be held April 11, are full-day events that offer opportunities for executives to hear from industry experts as well as network with peers, suppliers, and customers. Both meetings will conclude with VIP networking dinner featuring Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as guest. Read More

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Funding by SME Education Foundation promotes job growth.

February 7, 2011

Funding provided by SME Education Foundation supports Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education programs that prepare young people for technically skilled jobs in sustainable careers. According to Kauffman Foundation study, top-performing 1% of firms are generating ~40% of all new jobs in any given year. SME Education Foundation accelerated its efforts through relationships with this 1% to deliver STEM-based programs and expand job growth. Read More

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EPA Program fosters sustainable community goals realization.

February 7, 2011

Sustainable Communities Building Blocks program aims to help interested communities adopt sustainable planning methods to help safeguard environment and spur economic development. Interested communities are invited to apply to receive technical assistance during day-long session about achieving sustainable planning goals. During this session, each community will select specific sustainability tool to focus on and also learn about general smart growth development strategies. Read More

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BSA reports record attendance at 2011 Winter Meeting.

February 4, 2011

BSA held its 2011 Winter Meeting from January 16-18 at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. Event included full agenda of committee meetings as well as presentation by John Dunlop, Senior Project Engineer with American Wind Energy Association, who discussed role of bearing products in wind energy. Also, BSA's Information Technology and Supply Chain Committee viewed presentation on Apple in Your Business, by Matthew Bookspan of BlackTip IT Services. Read More

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NIST seeks guidance on disaster and failure studies.

February 4, 2011

NIST is seeking nominations of individuals for appointment to National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee, which advises director of NIST on matters related to agency's work studying performance of structures and associated evacuation and emergency response procedures during disaster or failure events. NIST has established a Disaster and Failure Studies Program, which will be responsible for leading and coordinating future disaster and failure studies under authorities of NCST Act. Read More

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USDA Loan Guarantees help bioindustry overcome financing hurdles.

February 4, 2011

BIO thanked Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for his leadership on biofuels commercialization as well as for announcing the funding of new biorefinery projects under 2008 Farm Bill's Biorefinery Assistance Program (Section 9003) and funding to recipients in 33 states to support production and use of advanced biofuels. Such programs, said BIO's Brent Erickson, will help give investors required certainty to back technology pioneers in building biorefineries. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to FAA.

February 4, 2011

FAA should require Cessna Aircraft Company and other manufacturers whose restraint system designs permit an occupant to use inactive airbag restraint system not intended for use in his or her seat to modify restraint system designs to eliminate that possibility. FAA should also revise guidance and certification standards concerning restraint systems to prevent misuse scenarios, and require retrofitting of shoulder harnesses on general aviation airplanes that are not equipped with such restraints. Read More

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BIO Convention Media Registration is now available online.

February 4, 2011

Scheduled for June 27-30, 2011 BIO International Convention is expected to draw more than 15,000 industry leaders from 48 states and 60 countries. Event will feature more than 125 sessions in 16 tracks and will host more than 1,700 exhibitors. New tracks for 2011 will include Achieving Regulatory Approval and Compliance, Biofuels and Biobased Chemicals, Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine, Global Innovations and Markets, Health Policy and Reimbursement, and Manufacturing of Biologics and Drugs. Read More

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NBT announces 2011 national manufacturing camp grant winners.

February 4, 2011

Nine grants of $2,500 each were awarded by Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs® to community and technical colleges that offer day camp experiences that introduce young people ages 12-18 to careers in manufacturing and engineering. According to Gerald Shankel, President and CEO of FMA and NBT, the purpose of the manufacturing camp grants is to provide a positive, hands-on experience so young people will consider manufacturing as a career option. Read More

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AASHTO Report suggests how to reduce transportation funding gap.

February 4, 2011

Funding and Financing Solutions for Surface Transportation in the Coming Decade outlines options for meeting revenue needs stemming from gap between current revenues available for surface transportation and capital requirements. Report includes results from forum held for members of Congress and staff in September 2010, where discussions addressed near- and medium-term funding options for Federal programs, applications of Federal financing tools, and best funding and financing practices. Read More

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NEMA announces Smart Grid product strategy.

February 4, 2011

To further promote development and deployment of the Smart Grid, NEMA announces the Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant(TM) testing scheme to promote testing for products and devices based on the Smart Grid standards identified by NIST and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. SGIC(TM) program will provide forum where Smart Grid stakeholders can validate the interoperability of individual grid elements on consistent, broadly agreed upon, industry-wide basis. Read More

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FAA and JetBlue sign NextGen agreement.

February 4, 2011

NextGen agreement will allow JetBlue to fly more precise, satellite-based flights from Boston and New York to Florida and the Caribbean beginning in 2012. NextGen transforms U.S. national airspace system from ground-based system to one based on satellites. Under agreement, as many as 35 of JetBlue's A320 aircraft will be equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast avionics, enabling them to fly in two major routes off East Coast even if traditional radar coverage is not available. Read More

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Recessed Luminaire Paper addresses air infiltration ratings.

February 4, 2011

Available for download, NEMA white paper LSD 58-2010 Air Infiltration Ratings for Recessed Luminaires addresses standard test procedure, installation requirements, and labeling applicable to luminaires to demonstrate limited airflow. Restricting airflow through lighting fixtures helps reduce energy loss and moisture accumulation and is required by certain energy codes and ENERGY STAR® program. Paper suits those who test, produce, specify, install, and inspect recessed luminaires. Read More

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IEC President Addressed Leaders at 2011 World Electronics Forum.

February 4, 2011

More than 65 leaders representing electronics associations from 6 continents attended 16th Annual WEF (World Electronics Forum). Representing 30 associations from 22 countries, WEF delegates participated in breakfast session on January 9 that featured address from IEC President Jacques Régis. In his presentation, Régis outlined how globally relevant specifications and metrics, combined with consistent conformity assessment, help reach more markets faster and at lesser cost. Read More

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ATME-I to continue with Techtextil North America in 2012.

February 4, 2011

ATMA and Messe Frankfurt USA have agreed on the inclusion of American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International with Techtextil North America every even year starting in 2012. The two exhibitions successfully co-located last May in Atlanta. ATME-I will provide textile machinery, equipment, products, and service suppliers a broad textile and apparels industry base to showcase their products and services. Read More

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ISPE Training Event offers biotechnology and manufacturing courses.

February 4, 2011

ISPE will offer 7 training courses, including biotechnology and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) sessions, at San Francisco Professional Development Training event, which will be held March 7-10, 2011 in San Francisco, CA. Additionally, event will feature courses on pharmaceutical water generation, HVAC, pharmaceutical water storage/distribution, cleaning validation principles, and oral solid dosage forms. Impact of updated USFDA guidance on process validation will also be discussed. Read More

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Polyolefins Conference to feature SINOPEC research director.

February 4, 2011

Dr. Jinliang Qiao of China's SINOPEC will deliver plenary address at SPE's 23rd International Polyolefins Conference®, which will take place in Houston, TX from February 27 to March 2, 2011. Dr. Qiao's presentation, "Aspects of the Polyolefin Industry in China," will be made on February 28 and focus on recent results of polymer physics research at SINOPEC: new polyolefin resins, advances in polymerization processes and catalysts for polyolefins, and nucleating agents for PP and LLDPE. Read More

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ISPE 2011 Tampa Conference features FDA speaker Grace McNally.

February 4, 2011

ISPE 2011 Tampa Conference on Applying Solutions to Emerging Industry Challenges will offer educational session that explores implications of FDA's updated Guideline on General Principles of Process Validation. FDA Consumer Safety Officer Grace McNally will present guidance and explain how it differs from 1987 version as well as how revision changes pharmaceutical process validation in general. Additionally, 2-day session will cover dual FDA/Industry presentations on various topics. Read More

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RIA's Annual Meeting will feature multi-industry panel discussion.

February 3, 2011

Industries Working Together panel discussion, to be held before RIA's annual meeting on March 9 in Colorado Springs, will include Paul Pearce of IICRC, Carl Grimes of IAQA, Jeff Jones of ARCS, Charlie Wiles of ACAC, and Frank Headen of RIA. Moderated Discussion will feature Q&A format to encourage audience involvement. RIA Leadership Summit and Industry Expo from March 8-11 will also include 4 discussion forums, 2 keynote addresses, and other networking events. Read More

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EPA to develop regulation for perchlorate.

February 3, 2011

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced agency's decision to move forward with development of regulation for perchlorate to protect Americans from potential health impacts. Perchlorate is both a naturally occurring and man-made chemical, and scientific research indicates that it may impact normal function of the thyroid. In a separate action, agency is moving towards establishing a drinking water standard to address group of up to 16 toxic chemicals that may pose risks to human health. Read More