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Admiral Thad Allen to headline AWMA conference/exhibition.

December 16, 2010

Admiral Thad Allen, United States Coast Guard (Retired) and National Incident Commander of the Unified Command response to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, will offer keynote presentation at 104th Annual Conference and Exhibition, which will take place in Orlando, FL from June 21-24, 2011. AWMA Executive Director Mike Kelly said Allen's experiences and comments will enrich understanding of other presentations in Technical Program related to lessons of spill. Read More

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NAM Urges House to boost economic recovery, job growth.

December 16, 2010

Regarding Senate passage of Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010, NAM Executive Vice President Jay Timmons said "Manufacturers commend the Senate for its strong bipartisan vote." He also described incentives, including R/D credit extension and 100% expensing, as much-needed and claimed they will "boost the prospects for economic recovery and job growth in 2011." Timmons went on to urge House to quickly pass this bill without any amendments. Read More

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High Speed Ethernet-Remote I/O specification is ready for review.

December 15, 2010

FOUNDATION(TM) High Speed Ethernet Remote I/O (HSE-RIO) preliminary specification is available to members for review. Specifically, it defines interoperable gateway (smart RTU) to bring control I/O - analog and discrete - back to plant automation systems over international standard, high-speed network. Dave Glanzer, Fieldbus Foundation Director of Technology Development, noted that "End users will realize CAPEX and OPEX benefits from suppliers incorporating remote I/O technology." Read More

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Hydrogen Powered Bus gives lab visitors glimpse of the future.

December 15, 2010

U.S. Department of Energy funded leases for 12 H2ICE hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine shuttle buses, which are being placed at federal facilities across the country to demonstrate market-ready advanced technology vehicles. NREL was first facility to receive one of the buses, which it currently uses for tours of its Golden, CO campus. Manufactured by Ford, bus utilizes hydrogen fuel created at NREL's Wind to Hydrogen Project and can run 175-250 miles before refueling. Read More

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ANSI addresses federal agency involvement in standardization.

December 15, 2010

Federal Register notice issued by NIST, on behalf of NSTC Sub-Committee on Standards, invites interested parties to provide perspectives on effectiveness of federal agency participation in development and implementation of standards and conformity assessment activities. Sub-Committee seeks to develop information on how Federal agencies may engage more effectively in U.S. standardization system in manner that is consistent with National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995. Read More

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NEMA Export Initiatives recognized by Department of Commerce.

December 15, 2010

NEMA was selected to support Department of Commerce event, Partnering to Double Exports, which focused on National Export Initiative to double exports in 5 yr. Hosted by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Gary Locke, event also focused on Market Development Cooperator Program and included Nicole Lamb-Hale as moderator of presentations by 3 organizations that detailed their programs. NEMA's Gene Eckhart covered agency's projects over past decade which aim to boost exports of members. Read More

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Nicole Lamb-Hale delivers welcome address at ANSI meeting.

December 15, 2010

As guest speaker at December 2 meeting of ANSI Board of Directors, Nicole Lamb-Hale spoke about International Trade Administration (ITA) efforts to create US job growth through expansion of exports. She also highlighted ways by which ANSI and its members can help strengthen competitive position of US industry abroad. Art Cote, chairman of ANSI Board of Directors, said that Lamb-Hale's insightful remarks underscored importance of standardization community's efforts. Read More

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NEMA revises magnet wire standard publication.

December 15, 2010

NEMA has published ANSI/NEMA MW 1000-2008 Revision 2-2010 Magnet Wire, which adds solderability requirements for specifications MW 28-C, MW 82-C, and MW 83-C that use IEC multiplier approach for determining solder bath immersion times. Refrigerant Extraction Test has been updated to reference table of properties for selected alternative refrigerants to R22. Produced by NEMA's Magnet Wire Section, standard offers general requirements, product specifications, and test procedures for magnet wire. Read More

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Lyman Award honors Douglas Barrie for aviation journalism.

December 15, 2010

Douglas Barrie has been selected to receive 2010 Lauren D. Lyman Award. Building on over 2 decades of experience at publications covering aerospace industry, Barrie joined International Institute for Strategic Studies in London this year as senior fellow. During his career as a journalist, Barrie has become a recognized authority on Chinese and Russian airpower and guided weapons. Barrie will receive the award during AIA's 46th annual Year-End Review and Forecast luncheon December 15. Read More

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ELFA supports investment incentives in year-end tax bill.

December 15, 2010

According to statement made by William G. Sutton, ELFA CAE, President, and CEO, ELFA commends inclusion of the full 100% expensing for qualified capital investments, including investments in plants and equipment, for 2011 and 50% deduction for 2012 as key component of year-end tax package between the President and congressional negotiators. In addition, ELFA applauds extension of the international tax provision for active financial services income for 2 years through December 31, 2011. Read More

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ASTM Skin Effects Standard aids consumer product evaluation.

December 14, 2010

Offered as methods for evaluation of potential irritant effects to skin as well as safety assessment of consumer products, standard ASTM F2808 can be used to test inherent chemical irritation potential of material as well as effects of mechanical irritation to skin. Standard was developed by Subcommittee F04.16 on Biocompatibility Test Methods. Standard allows 2 products to be simultaneously tested on same participant and tests are capable of providing pertinent results on various material types. Read More

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GEMI welcomes CSX Transportation to organization's membership.

December 14, 2010

Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) announced that CSX Transportation has been added as member company, and will be represented by Gabriel Treesh, Manager, Public, Safety and Environment; and Carl Gerhardstein, AVP, Environmental Systems and Sustainability. GEMI's Lindell Sneed said, "GEMI is a global leader in developing insights and creating environmental sustainability solutions for businesses, and we look forward to working with CSX Transportation on our initiatives." Read More

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HPBCCC Briefing to focus on 'What and How' of building metrics.

December 14, 2010

A briefing of the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition, established by ASHRAE, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 14 and will highlight the important keys to understanding building performance: building metrics. Top industry leaders will discuss how building metrics can be used by building owners, tenants, and the general public to make more informed economic, energy, and environmental choices. Read More

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Baldrige needs the best of the best as examiners.

December 14, 2010

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is seeking exceptional individuals to serve on 2011 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Board consists of more than 500 volunteers, including 12 judges and about 60 senior examiners representing many industries and sectors. Examiners evaluate applications for the Award and prepare feedback reports to applicants that cite strengths and opportunities for improvement. Read More

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NASA Presentations at AGU meeting to include hot cities, ice volcanoes.

December 14, 2010

NASA researchers will present findings on Earth and space science topics at 2010 fall meeting of American Geophysical Union, which takes place December 13-17 in San Francisco, CA. Specifically, media briefings during meeting will feature topics such as results concerning health impacts of urban heat islands, search for ice volcanoes on one of Saturn's moons, observations of solar eruptions, and earthquake risk in southern CA. Read More

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President Obama presents steps to export control modernization.

December 14, 2010

President Obama presented series of initiatives at meeting of President's Export Council chaired by W. James McNerney, Jr. of The Boeing Company to speed progress of export control modernization. They included launch of process to revise U.S. Munitions List and Commerce Control List, along with results of first attempt at revising export controls on military vehicles, and proposals to eliminate commerce licensing requirements for low sensitivity, dual-use exports to close partners and allies. Read More

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States use technology to cut winter costs.

December 14, 2010

To maintain high level of service without additional financial resources this winter, many states have turned to new technology and environmentally sensitive solutions. Utah DOT installed 17 HomeView Technologies® road condition monitoring cameras at remote locations, while Colorado DOT has deployed 222 snowplows equipped with Maintenance Decision Support System. Tennessee DOT will use non-corrosive, environmentally friendly substance called "Magic Salt" to help melt ice and snow. Read More

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ASTM Testing Programs compare laboratory performance.

December 14, 2010

Sponsored by ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, Proficiency Testing Programs provide laboratories with statistical quality assurance tool, enabling them to compare their performance in use of ASTM methods against other laboratories. Users receive samples for each test cycle, data report forms, and test instructions. Lab then performs tests within their facility using specified ASTM methods cited in program, submits test data to ASTM, and receives final summary reports. Read More

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NASA selects small business research and tech projects.

December 14, 2010

NASA is negotiating contracts with 350 small businesses that had best proposals to address critical research and technology needs for agency programs and projects. Proposals are part of NASA's Small Business Innovation Research Program and Small Business Technology Transfer program. Research areas among selected proposals include methodologies for predicting effects of aeroelasticity; advanced photovoltaic systems; and measurements of atmospheric parameters and surface topography of planets. Read More

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NIST-ARRA Fellowships announce January 15, 2010 deadline.

December 13, 2010

National Institute of Standards and Technology's American Recovery and Reinvestment (NIST-ARRA) Act Measurement Science and Engineering Fellowship Program announced its third round of applications for undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and senior research positions. Opportunities range from part-time and summer fellowships for undergraduates to full-time opportunities for graduate students and positions for postdoctoral fellows or practicing scientists and engineers. Read More