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BIO abandons Leonardo sustainability talks.

October 26, 2010

Representatives from national and regional agriculture, food, and feed organizations withdrew from Leonardo Academy's sustainable agriculture standard setting initiative citing "fatal, systemic limitations and chronic biases" within Leonardo effort. Letter addressed to Michael Arny, Leonardo Academy president, was signed by 10 national agricultural-organization voting members on nearly 60-member Committee, and endorsed by 46 other agricultural organizations nationwide, including BIO. Read More

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ASHRAE Energy Standard available as free download.

October 26, 2010

Through funding contract with Department of Energy, copies of I-P edition of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is being offered as free downloadable PDF for limited time. Standard has become basis for building codes, building design, and construction throughout United States, and making it available for free ensures that it penetrates marketplace and reaches owners, contractors, and design teams. Read More

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SPE's Auto Division names 2010 Hall of Fame winner.

October 26, 2010

Automotive Division of SPE® selected 1985MY Chevrolet® Cavalier® sedan from General Motors Corporation as 2010 Hall of Fame winner of 40th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. This vehicle was first to use front and rear thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) bumper fascias, and that application proliferated throughout North American vehicle production in addition to being adopted in Europe and Asia. Today, estimated 65-70 million vehicles are equipped with TPO fascias each year. Read More

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Proposed Fuel Efficiency, GHG Standards apply to trucks, buses.

October 26, 2010

U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. In addition to projected reductions of ~250 million metric tons of GHG emissions and, project will save 500 million barrels of oil over lives of vehicles produced within first 5 years of implementation. Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator, said that this will also help shrink fuel costs for small businesses. Read More

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SME Education Foundation funds Lake Fenton Middle School.

October 25, 2010

Lake Fenton Middle School of Fenton, MI, has been selected as one of 25 Project Lead The Way Model Schools, and SME Education Foundation is agreeing to sponsor their participation at PLTW's First National Innovation Summit with $10,000 gift. Focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, collaborative 3-day forum will feature visionary keynote speakers, in-depth panel discussions, hands-on breakout sessions, and award-winning student project displays. Read More

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EPA announces Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

October 25, 2010

U.S. EPA is recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 24-30, with theme of Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future, to raise awareness of lead poisoning in children. For children, even low levels of exposure to lead can cause host of developmental effects such as learning disabilities, decreased intelligence, and speech, language, and behavioral problems. EPA recommends getting home tested if it was built before 1978, as well as getting children tested. Read More

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Graphic Tetragram breaks down NBIMS components for clarity.

October 25, 2010

National Building Information Modeling Standard-United States(TM) (NBIMS) Executive Committee has come up with BIM Tetragram, graphic which breaks concept of building information modeling (BIM) down into 4 categories: design, procure, assemble, and operate. Visual depiction, which represents all components that go into NBIMS development process, focuses priorities and creates hierarchy to aid any committee tasked with developing NBIMS-Version 2. Read More

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TIA to accept orders for 2010 TIA TPMS Relearn Chart.

October 25, 2010

TIA announced that orders for 2010 edition of the TIA TPMS Relearn Chart will be accepted for first time at TIA booth at Global Tire Expo - Powered by TIA part of SEMA Show, November 2-5. Chart includes all necessary relearn procedures, part numbers, and torque specifications for most popular domestic and import vehicles. The 2010 edition includes information for Myers Tire Supply and Orange Electronics in addition to Schrader, Dill, and NAPA. Read More

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ISPE Good Practice Guide addresses quality lifecycle implementation.

October 22, 2010

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering released Overview of Product Design, Development, and Realization: A Science- and Risk-Based Approach to Implementation. As first in series of Product Quality Lifecycle Implementation (PQLI) Good Practice Guides, it serves as introduction to and overview of series. Collectively, PQLI Guides address product and process development, transfer to, and establishment of commercial manufacture using science- and risk-based approaches. Read More

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Plastic Recycling Symbol Meanings are explained by SPI.

October 22, 2010

Resin coding system was introduced by SPI in 1988 to meet recyclers' needs and provide manufacturers with nationwide uniform system. Since municipal recycling programs mainly target packaging and types of recyclable plastics vary between regions/facilities, coding system offers means of identifying resin content of bottles and containers commonly found in waste stream. Codes specifically identify PET/PETE, HDPE, Vinyl/PVC, LDPE, PP, Polystyrene, and Other. Read More

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EU Cloning Proposal said to show disregard for science.

October 21, 2010

According to BIO director of animal biotechnology Dr. David Edwards, European Commission report proposing temporary suspension of animal cloning for food production in European Union "turns a blind eye to global scientific agreement that foods from livestock clones and their offspring are completely safe to eat." Edwards continues, saying this decision disregards established science and will deprive European farmers access to technology already benefitting global animal production. Read More

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Khalil S. Taraman named President of SME Education Foundation.

October 21, 2010

Khalil S. Taraman, PhD, FSME, PE, and D.I.T. Chair of Manufacturing Engineering, Lawrence Technological University, has been named President of SME Education Foundation Board of Directors for 2011, his second term in this position. His total commitment to manufacturing engineering education, which spans more than 40 years, includes mentoring scores of young men and women and encouraging them to pursue viable careers in manufacturing, engineering, science, and technology. Read More

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IPC Makes Charitable Donation to honor Isola's anniversary.

October 21, 2010

Isola Group SARL celebrated its 50th anniversary of membership with IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® at recognition luncheon on September 29, 2010. IPC member since 1960, Isola operates manufacturing sites in North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe, and many of its employees are active on IPC committees. In celebration of Isola's anniversary, IPC made charitable donation of $1,500 to further education and research in electronics manufacturing. Read More

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NREL Energy Execs focus on solar technologies.

October 21, 2010

Via its 2010 Executive Energy Leadership program, US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) produced 19 Energy Execs ready to pursue renewable energy projects. Before graduation, execs must present one viable project using renewable energy or energy efficiency that could be implemented by their respective organizations. Despite exposure to diverse renewable energy technologies, leaders' interests were piqued by solar solutions. Read More

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ASTM Award of Merit presented to Jack T. Sanders.

October 21, 2010

ASTM International Committee E21 has recognized Jack T. Sanders of ATK Aerospace Systems with ASTM Award of Merit. Sanders is recognized for leadership of Committee E21 and contributions to Subcommittee E21.05 on Contamination. Specializing in contamination control in aerospace systems with focus on earth and space weather systems, he is currently working on Magnetospheric Multiscale science investigation, Solving Magnetospheric Acceleration, Reconnection, and Turbulence for spacecraft. Read More

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ANSI submits document to NSTC on public-private collaboration.

October 21, 2010

Document titled "Forging an Even Stronger Public-Private Partnership" outlines ways that National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Standards can strengthen its collaboration with private sector standardization community to enhance competitiveness of U.S. industry, protect environment, and assure public health and safety. Input is divided into several topics, including standards and regulation, policy development, IP rights, and better information sharing. Read More

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PA Student Rocketeers exhibit at White House Science Fair.

October 20, 2010

Penn Manor High School students Nathan Bernhardt and Jordan Franssen, 2 members from this year's winning squad of Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), exhibited their champion rocket at White House Science Fair. Event recognizes student excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, programs like TARC "are a crucial tool for attracting young people to our industry." Read More

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EPRI Research focuses on smart inverters for volt/var support.

October 20, 2010

EPRI has launched collaborative initiative to develop standard functions and language for grid integration of smart solar and storage inverters. To move this forward, EPRI is conducting research that analyzes effects of advanced voltage control strategies on real distribution systems. Specific focus is on use of smart inverters to provide optimized volt/var support. According to preliminary results, utility could incorporate up to twice the amount of PV power into distribution circuit. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO has booked over 90% of floor space.

October 20, 2010

With 6 months left until opening day at IPC APEX EXPO(TM) 2011, only 8% of IPC's targeted exhibit floor space remains available. Scheduled for April 12-14, show will include exhibition along with technical conference and critical standards development meetings, providing attendees with educational and networking opportunities. New this year, Solar Assembly and Solar Living Pavilion will include multimedia displays on solar panel assembly, lamination, tabbing, stringing, and cell manufacturing. Read More

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Conference seeks cross-sector anti-counterfeiting solutions.

October 20, 2010

In effort to help find cross-sector anti-counterfeiting solutions, ANSI convened conference titled "Crossing Borders and Sectors: Exploring Robust Anti-Counterfeiting Solutions," as part of ANSI's annual World Standards Week events. Representing everything from consumer goods and pharmaceuticals to aerospace electronics and certification marks, attendees agreed that taking stronger action and increasing cooperation and communication are key to reducing counterfeiting in U.S. and abroad. Read More