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EPA Rulemaking aims to reduce sanitary sewer overflows.

May 28, 2010

EPA is initiating rulemaking to better protect environment and public health from effects of sanitary sewer overflows and basement backups. Agency is considering 2 modifications to regulations that address National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit conditions and regulatory framework for applying NPDES permit conditions to municipal satellite collection systems. Public can submit written comments until 60 days after rule is published in Federal Register. Read More

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Standard on Ag Tractor Instructional Seats is adopted by ASABE.

May 28, 2010

The ASABE document, ANSI/ASABE AD23205:2006, Agricultural tractors - Instructional seats, replaces ASABE standard ANSI/ASAE S574. With minor modifications, document covers self-propelled machinery for agriculture and specifies updated seat belt requirements. Adoption further harmonizes national and international standardization, a goal that facilitates manufacturing, safety advancements, and product marketing worldwide. Read More

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SIM Time Network measures time standards between 16 countries.

May 28, 2010

Designed by NIST, Sistema Interamericano de Metrologia (SIM) Time Network extends to 16 nations and allows each to continuously compare their clocks. Time is measured every second, and measurements are transferred across network every 10 min and displayed on SIM Web site along with time differences (often less than 100 nsec) between nations. Results are publicly available so that anyone can see, in near real-time, comparisons between standards for all participating countries. Read More

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Workshop is sponsored by NIST.

May 28, 2010

Scheduled for June 2-3, NIST's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Quantification and Verification Strategies Workshop aims to create dialog among scientific and industrial experts about best ways to measure, report, and verify greenhouse gas emissions from varied sources both in local areas and globally. These insights will form basis for consensus document, which will outline key recommendations for quantifying emissions and verification strategies for the future. Read More

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Durable Goods Orders rise due to commercial aircraft market.

May 28, 2010

According to Commerce Department report, orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose 2.9% in April, but increase was fueled largely by commercial aircraft orders, which soared 228% last month and are volatile from month to month. Outside of non-defense aircraft, new orders actually fell by 1% in April, the second decline in past 3 months. Outside of aircraft, bulk of decline in new durable orders was caused by 5.9% drop in machinery. Read More

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ASHRAE Smart House Grants total $65,000 for 14 student projects.

May 28, 2010

Awarded to 14 colleges/universities, 2010-2011 ASHRAE Undergraduate Senior Project Grants are designed to encourage students to pursue HVAC&R-related careers. Top ranking grant goes to Purdue University-West Lafayette proposal to develop smart home controls. Two students from university will present project during Student Program at 2011 ASHRAE Winter Conference. Grant will provide infrastructure for Purdue's zero-energy smart house that will serve as laboratory for students over 2 yr period. Read More

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NIST Workshop devoted to improving usability of health care IT.

May 28, 2010

Scheduled for July 13, one-day workshop aims to promote collaboration in health IT usability among federal agencies, industry, and academia. Attendees will discuss ways to prioritize, align, and coordinate strategies and tactics to improve usability of electronic health records. Specific objectives will be to develop strategic approach to assess use of EHRs; develop strategies to drive best practices and innovation in health care IT; and inspire follow-on activities in health care IT usability. Read More

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SPE President/Executive Committee announced at ANTEC® 2010.

May 28, 2010

At ANTECĀ® 2010, 1-yr terms for new officers were announced, including President Ken J. Braney, who is Managing Director of Thermoforming Solutions, Ltd., based in UK. Braney became member of SPE in 1995 and was President-Elect in 2009-2010. Russell C. Broome, Global Business Development Manager for PolyOne Corporation, was named 2010 President-Elect. Broome has worked on student and young-professional issues for Society and will succeed Braney as President at ANTEC 2011. Read More

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Reporters Invited to Media Day at climate simulation center.

May 28, 2010

News representatives in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD area have been invited to media day event on June 2 to learn about NASA's climate simulation center, which will enhance weather and climate prediction research capabilities. Attendees at Goddard Space Flight Center will have opportunities to tour and photograph facilities, including supercomputer capable of nearly 160 trillion operations/sec and 17 x 6 ft multiscreen visualization wall showing HD movies of simulation results. Read More

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OTP welcomes Grundfos Pumps on Tour.

May 27, 2010

OTP Industrial Solutions welcomes Grundfos Pumps on Tour with 3 stops in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Toledo Ohio during week of June 7-10. As part of a 48-city nationwide tour, Grundfos Pumps on Tour is a fully equipped, mobile educational center designed for maintenance, engineering, and purchasing professionals in industrial and commercial pumping industry. Measuring 1,200 sq ft, vehicle includes operational interactive pump displays and a theater for viewing pump training videos. Read More

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Metal Halide Lighting White Paper highlights strengths and potential of lighting systems.

May 27, 2010

NEMA publication LSD 54-2010, The Strengths and Potentials of Metal Halide Lighting Systems, reviews beneficial characteristics of metal halide high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting. Paper argues for inclusion of HID lamps in ENERGY STARĀ® requirements and for allocations of federal funding to help propel further research and development. As described in this paper, benefits include extended lifetime, high maintained light levels, and broad ambient operating temperature range. Read More

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NIST Scientists gain understanding of nanoparticles.

May 27, 2010

While attempting to solve one mystery about iron oxide-based nanoparticles, NIST research team stumbled upon another one. Nanoparticles in question are tiny spheres of magnetite that have potential uses in data storage systems and biological applications such as hyperthermia treatment for cancer. Key to all applications is full understanding of how large numbers of particles interact magnetically with one another across large distances so that scientists can manipulate them with magnetism. Read More

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NIST-Hosted Robotics Showcase held in Anchorage, AK.

May 27, 2010

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Anchorage, AK, included Virtual Manufacturing Automation Competition, in which contestants from Georgia Tech University simulated palletizing robots using computer gaming engines. In 2nd contest, University of Zagreb team road-tested robot's mobility in 1/3-scale factory environment. Event also featured microrobotics match-up with 2 mm dash as well as microassembly task and freestyle competition both won by ETH Zurich team. Read More

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Robotics Webinars examine developments, opportunities.

May 27, 2010

Videos of RIA's Market Trends Webinar Series from National Robotics Week are available on demand from Robotics Online. In these webcasts, industry insiders examine developments and opportunities for robots in traditional and non-traditional applications. Titles include How Robots Help American Companies Compete in a Global Economy, Career Opportunities in Robotics, and Food Robotics. Webinars from RIA can be tailored to specific needs and used to launch new products and educate users. Read More

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ASTM Award of Merit is presented to Jenny L. Hitch.

May 27, 2010

ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow have been given to Jenny L. Hitch, Director of Marketing at Full Circle Solutions, Inc. in Jasper, GA. Member of ASTM International since 1991, Hitch was honored for her contributions to development of ASTM standards and for leadership in operations of ASTM Committees C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates and D18 on Soil and Rock. She currently serves as C09 membership secretary. Read More

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Scaffold Gradient Research helps optimize cell development.

May 27, 2010

NIST and National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers developed way to offer cells 3D scaffold with varying degrees of stiffness to determine where they develop best. Recently published technique, "The effect of 3D hydrogel scaffold modulus on osteoblast differentiation and mineralization," revealed that combinatorial screening provides way to rapidly optimize 3D cell growth media to meet developmental needs of specific cell types for potential tissue-replacement therapies. Read More

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NextGen Engineering Contracts are awarded by FAA.

May 27, 2010

Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) contracts totaling up to $4.4 billion over 10 years were awarded to Boeing, General Dynamics, and ITT. Under these contracts, companies will perform work that will demonstrate NextGen procedures in real-time on large scale within current air traffic system. Examples of such demonstrations include using aircraft as flying laboratories, development of 4D operations, as well as development and rollout of modernized weather services. Read More

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IPC supports RoHS Directive proposed amendments 197-203.

May 27, 2010

In communications sent to Members of the European Parliament, IPC lent its support to adoption of RoHS Directive proposed amendments 197 through 203, which support the use of a rigorous scientific methodology to evaluate additional restricted substances and their alternatives. IPC has taken exception to other proposed RoHS amendments that would ban all brominated flame retardants without scientific evaluation because they will provide neither environmental nor human health benefits. Read More

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SME Education Foundation Board Member honored by NYU-Poly.

May 27, 2010

Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO of National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., addressed 2010 graduating class of Polytechnic Institute of New York University during this year's commencement ceremony. Dr. McPhail serves on Board of Directors of SME Education Foundation and has been instrumental in furthering STEM education. McPhail was also awarded an honorary engineering degree presented by NYU-Poly President Jerry Hultin and Trustee Charles Hincaty. Read More

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Lifetime Achievement Awards honor 3 individuals at ANTEC 2010.

May 27, 2010

On May 16, SPE will present 3 awards to as many individuals in honor of their lifetime achievements. Dr. L. James Lee will receive International Award for lifetime achievement in plastics engineering, science, or technology; Dr. Murali Rajagopalan will receive Research/Engineering Technology Award for lifetime achievement in plastics research or engineering; and Dr. Sadhan C. Jana will receive Education Award for lifetime achievement in plastics or polymer education. Read More