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EPA appoints heads of Science Advisory Committees.

December 3, 2012

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has appointed 2 engineers to serve as Chairs of 2 independent Federal Advisory Committees, EPA Science Advisory Board and Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. David Allen, an internationally recognized engineer specializing in air quality, will serve as SAB Chair, while Dr. H. Christopher Frey, an environmental engineer expert in quantitative methods for dealing with variability and uncertainty, will serve as CASAC Chair. Each will serve 2-year term. Read More

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BIO Thanks Senators for stance on military biofuel producers.

December 3, 2012

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood thanked Senators Kay Hagan, Tim Johnson and co-sponsors for amending language in National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 that blocked Department of Defense's (DoD) participation in public-private partnerships to produce advanced biofuels. Greenwood said military leaders, recognizing that building domestic advanced biofuels industry to produce cost-competitive fuels is national security priority, responded by proposing public-private partnerships. Read More

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IPC supports explicit listing of printed boards in USML.

December 3, 2012

According to IPC President and CEO John Mitchell, the explicit listing of printed boards in U.S. Department's proposed revisions to Category XI (electronics) U.S. Munitions List published in the Federal Register is an important step in the right direction. For more than a year, IPC has strongly urged the government to clarify International Traffic in Arms Regulations controls on printed boards through explicit enumeration on USML. Read More

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FAA Proposes Policy to improve flight attendant workplace safety.

December 3, 2012

FAA, working with OSHA, proposed policy for addressing flight attendant workplace safety. With precedence given to FAA aviation safety regulations, it has been proposed that OSHA should be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards not covered by FAA. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, said proposal would, for first time, enable flight attendants to report workplace injury and illness complaints to OSHA for response and investigation. Read More

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Fiber Optic Device delivers light to individual neurons.

December 3, 2012

Created by biologists and engineers at MIT in Cambridge, MA, fiber optic tool enables neuroscientists to deliver precise points of light to 3-D section of living brain tissue. Work is a step forward in a technique that uses gene therapy to turn individual brain cells on and off with light. Described in paper published in Optical Society’s journal Optics Letters, device might be used one day to create neural prostheses that could treat conditions such as Parkinson's disease and epilepsy. Read More

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NEMA welcomes House vote on U.S.-Russia trade.

November 30, 2012

NEMA congratulated strong bipartisan vote by House of Representatives to approve legislation to grant permanent normal trade relations status to Russia and provide access for U.S. businesses to the benefits of the entry of world's ninth largest economy into rules-based international trading system. Russian Federation formally joined the World Trade Organization on August 22, 2012, after many years of negotiations with the U.S. and other major trading partners. Read More

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Single-Day Event offers reliable construction project leads.

November 30, 2012

FEDCon® – The Annual Market Outlook on Federal Construction will take place January 9, 2013 at in Washington, D.C. and provide attendees with authoritative, up-to-date information on future federal construction projects. Officials from federal agencies will present construction budgets for current and future years, discuss types of buildings to be designed, offer regional and international construction information, as well as detail direction of their design/construction programs. Read More

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NTSB holds conference on GIS mapping technology.

November 30, 2012

On Dec 4-5, NTSB will hold conference to explore use of Geographic Information Systems in analyzing and preventing transportation accidents. GIS technologies and analytical techniques use geographically referenced data to support complex data integration, advanced statistical analysis, precise investigation, and effective visualization of data. During meeting, researchers and practitioners will discuss how GIS data, technologies, and techniques are applied to improve safety in transportation. Read More