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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

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BSA 2011 Annual Convention features all-star business program.

March 16, 2011

Scheduled for April 29-May 3, BSA 2011 Annual Convention will include "Growing Together: 45 Years Strong" business programming with trio of experts to help attendees grow professionally. Presentations will include Growing with People by Connie Podesta, Growing with Energy/Sustainability Opportunities by Dr. Michael Webber, and Growing with Motivation by Andy Andrews. In addition, Carl James of BDI Group will give attendees an update on the bearing industry from the distributor perspective. Read More

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TLV/BEI, Exposure Values Docs are offered in 2011 editions.

March 16, 2011

ACGIH® released its 2011 editions of TLVs® and BEIs® book as well as Guide to Occupational Exposure Values. Information in pocket-sized Threshold Limit Value (TLV) and Biological Exposure Indices (BEI) book is used worldwide as guide for evaluation and control of workplace exposures to chemical substances and physical agents. As companion document, Guide to Occupational Exposure Values provides accessible reference for comparison of most recently published values. Read More

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Language Translation Devices sent to U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

March 15, 2011

Due to shortage of human translators, 200 NIST-tested, smartphone-based language translation devices have been sent to 101st Airborne in Afghanistan to assist U.S. soldiers in communicating with local population. Devices allow soldiers to gather critical information without needing to learn Dari and Pashto languages. During NIST testing, subjects were immersed in realistic military scenarios, which yielded quantitative and qualitative data showing how effectively systems will help military personnel. Read More

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NIST Authors receive 2011 Most Cited Paper Award.

March 15, 2011

Junhwan Kim and Ram D. Sriram from NIST, along with Michael J. Pratt of LMR Systems and Raj G. Iyer of Army TACOM were selected to receive "2011 Most Cited Paper Award" from the journal Computer-Aided Design for their co-authored paper, "Standardized Data Exchange of CAD models with Design Intent," published in 2008. Paper suggests an implementable foundation for CAD data exchange with the preservation of design intent, based on the use of newly published parts of ISO 10303. Read More

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NIST Engineering Lab Staff attend Remanufacturing Policy meeting.

March 15, 2011

Dr. Nabil Nasr invited NIST to participate in the Strategic Dialogue on Remanufacturing Policy meeting, hosted by the Council on Competitiveness and Rochester Institute of Technology, which addressed the pressing issues facing remanufacturers. Participants will also play role in developing agenda and roadmap for re-launch of the Remanufacturing Industries Council, setting initial directions for the Council, and identifying/prioritizing cross-cutting challenges for the Council to address. Read More