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Papers invited for viscosity and rheology symposium.

February 18, 2011

Scheduled for June 27, 2012, "Viscosity and Rheology of In-Service Fluids as They Pertain to Condition Monitoring" symposium will provide presentations and discussions related to current research and practices relating to viscosity/rheology of in-service fluids, and impact of ASTM standards on condition monitoring and associated businesses. Papers are sought on high and low temperature, in-line sensors, dynamic viscosity, grease measurements, grease compatibility, oxidation, and rheology. Read More

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NEMA publishes revisions of two C18 series battery standards.

February 18, 2011

NEMA has published revisions to ANSI C18.1M, Part 2-2011 ANS for Portable Primary Cells and Batteries with Aqueous Electrolyte-Safety Standard. It has also revised ANSI C18.3M, Part 2-2011 ANS for Portable Lithium Primary Cells and Batteries-Safety Standard that includes annex with guidance for electrical device designers. Produced by Accredited Standards Committee C18 on Portable Cells and Batteries, revisions include updated safety tests and content to keep current with best practices. Read More

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Kansas DoT Secretary suggests how to cut project costs, time.

February 17, 2011

Testifying on behalf of AASHTO, Deb Miller told House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit that state and local governments are overburdened with process and paperwork needed to advance "even the least-controversial projects with no environmental impacts." She called for efforts to expedite project delivery via refinements to existing federal programs, including expansion of pilot program that empowers federal agencies to experiment with innovation. Read More

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NIST Workshop to focus on preserving digital health records.

February 17, 2011

On April 5-6, 2011, information technology experts, insurers, policy makers, and healthcare representatives will convene to survey current approaches to preserving electronic health records and to chart steps toward ensuring digital information is managed over long term. Breakout sessions will focus on infrastructure for acquiring, storing, exchanging, and retrieving health information; methods for preserving and reusing EHRs for research; and institutional policies for sharing archived EHRs. Read More

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Brent Erickson of BIO appointed to SynBERC advisory board.

February 17, 2011

Brent Erickson, executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, has been named to Scientific Advisory Board of Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC). "I am pleased to be joining this organization, Erickson said, "because of its major focus on technology transfer through its Industry Affiliates Program." Brent believes this program will help guide SynBERC research as well as accelerate commercial use of SynBERC's private sector developments. Read More

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Air Travel is Predicted to double in two decades.

February 17, 2011

FAA Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years 2011-2031 predicts air travel will more than double within next 20 years, underscoring need to keep Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) on track. Annual forecast predicts U.S. airlines will reach one billion passengers-per-year mark by 2021. Air travel in terms of both miles and passenger numbers is forecast to increase, while total landings/takeoffs at FAA-towered airports will decrease slightly and then grow. Read More

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ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard to be published 3Q 2011.

February 17, 2011

Scheduled for publication in third quarter of 2011, ISO 50001 will help organizations to improve energy performance, increase energy efficiency, and reduce climate change impacts. Standard will establish a framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities, or entire organizations to manage energy. Targeting broad applicability across national economic sectors, it is estimated that standard could influence up to 60% of world's energy use. Read More

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IT Security Trainers' Conference looks at cybersecurity trends.

February 17, 2011

Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association (FISSEA) 24th annual conference will take place March 15-17, 2011 in Gaithersburg, MD. Meeting affords information systems security professionals with opportunity to promote understanding of current cybersecurity projects. These include National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE); emerging trends and initiatives; awareness and training ideas; resources and contacts; and techniques for developing/conducting training. Read More

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U.S. National Committee to IEC seeks workshop participants.

February 17, 2011

Nominations for 3 U.S. participants are being sought by U.S. National Committee to IEC, for Young Professionals 2011 Workshop, to be held in conjunction with 75th IEC General Meeting in Melbourne, Australia, on October 24-28, 2011. In its 2nd year, workshop will enable professionals to learn more about IEC, attend technical meetings, and observe meeting of IEC Standardization Management Board. Nominations must be submitted electronically by April 29 and winners will be notified in July. Read More

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AEM President Comments on Obama's transportation budget.

February 17, 2011

AEM President Dennis Slater called President Obama's transportation budget proposal "a good start," citing recognition of infrastructure rebuilding and modernization efforts as necessary jobs creation make the U.S. internationally competitive. However, Slater also said that "the proposal falls short by not addressing the crucial issue of how this essential infrastructure investment will be funded." Slater concluded by saying AEM is ready and willing to help. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers fire extinguishing agent Halon 1211.

February 17, 2011

Halon 1211, which is used in hand-held fire extinguishers on civilian aircraft, will be tested by ASTM standard to ensure that product will provide required level of fire protection and is free of harmful impurities that could affect its safety in use. ASTM D7673, Specification for Halon 1211, Bromochlorodifluoromethane, includes detailed gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectra test methodology that ensures detection and identification of impurities. Read More

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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