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2010 BIO Convention hosts high-ranking public officials.

May 6, 2010

BIO is hosting 8 U.S. Governors as well as 80+ high-ranking international public officials at 2010 BIO International Convention, which takes place May 3-6 in Chicago, IL. BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood said, "These leaders recognize that a vibrant biotechnology sector translates into high-wage, high-value jobs, and economic growth for their nation, state or region." He expanded by noting that "they recognize that our Convention is the global gathering place for biotechnology." Read More

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VA Senator Mark Herring honored as BIO Legislator of the Year.

May 6, 2010

BIO announced selection of Virginia State Senator Mark Herring of Leesberg as Legislator of the Year for 2009-2010. As a sponsor of Science and Technology Research Development and Commercialization Act, Senator Herring negotiated compromise that ensured the bill's passage. This year, Senator Herring sponsored and passed Virginia Innovation Investment Act, which offered targeted, long-term capital gains tax exclusion for Virginia bioscience investments. Read More

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MHEDA Journal/Convention cover distributor business strategies.

May 6, 2010

MHEDA's 55th Annual Convention and Exhibitors' Showcase is based around theme, The Rules Have Changed. To commemorate this theme, Q2 2010 issue of The MHEDA Journal features case studies from 8 MHEDA distributors that discuss strategies to drive profits during recent industry-wide economic downturn. Strategies such as using lean operations, focusing on rental and used equipment, utilizing social media, pushing green strategies, revamping parts delivery, and more are described. Read More

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MHEDA Journal spotlights young professional.

May 6, 2010

April issue of MHEDA Edge features article by Storage Solutions' VP of National Sales, Eric McDonald, entitled "Managing Roles." Piece chronicles McDonald's entry into material handling industry and his rapid rise through ranks. McDonald started at company that manufactured modular office stations, then established network of contacts that led him to Storage Solutions. McDonald was offered position by Kevin Rowles, and started Storage Solutions' Kansas City branch in basement. Read More

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IPCs Capitol Hill Day to feature political speakers.

May 6, 2010

IPC's Capitol Hill Day, to be held on June 9-10, 2010, will feature Charles Black, Jr. and U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey of New York, who will share insights on influencing public policy. Brian Fitzgerald of PCT Government Relations, LLC, will provide briefing on government support for R&D tax credit. Another briefing will cover potential effects of Card Check legislation, which would effectively rewrite U.S. labor laws, while Chris Fish will discuss how to lobby effectively. Read More

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NEMA's North American EBCIs remain at high levels in April.

May 5, 2010

According to NEMA's business confidence survey, economic environment facing electrical equipment manufacturers continued to show strong improvement in April. While the Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions was unchanged in April at 71.7, it matched its highest monthly level since May 2004. EBCI for future North American conditions advanced 2.2 points to 73.9 in April, reflecting widespread sentiment that improvement will persist through summer. Read More

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World Accreditation Day Paper Competition has extended deadline.

May 5, 2010

World Accreditation Day paper deadline has been extended to May 14, allowing extra time to submit entries before judging period begins. Paper submissions, which should be no longer than 2,000 words, need to highlight value of accreditation in facilitating acceptance of products, services, and professional credentials across borders. Concrete examples should be cited that demonstrate how globally accepted conformity assessment solutions have enabled trade and opened new markets. Read More

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ANSI Medal honors contributions to conformity assessment.

May 5, 2010

ANSI has announced that a medal has been added to Institute's annual Leadership and Service Awards. Gerald H. Ritterbusch Conformity Assessment Medal honors distinguished service in promoting understanding and application of conformity assessment methods as means of providing confidence in standards compliance for the marketplace. Award was established in honor of Gerald H. Ritterbusch, retired director of standards and regulations at Caterpillar and former chairman of ISO TC 127. Read More

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NAM Chief Economist comments on ISM Manufacturing Report.

May 5, 2010

According to ISM Manufacturing Report, PMI index rose to 60.5 in April, the highest level since June 2004. Improvement was broad-based across all manufacturing industries with increases in production, new orders, and employment. Export component of report remained at near 2-decade high last month, underscoring how exports continue to lead economic recovery. However, while most manufacturing sectors have moved into recovery, industries connected to housing have continued to struggle. Read More

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BIO Report shows industry growth despite recession.

May 5, 2010

Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Initiatives 2010 shows that U.S. employment in bioscience sector reached 1.42 million in 2008. Average bioscience job paid $77,595 in 2008, while each one generated additional 5.8 jobs in national economy. According to report, rapid growth was fueled mainly by research, testing, and medical laboratories. States continue to implement policies/programs to support bioscience development despite facing challenging fiscal conditions. Read More

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BIO Elects New Officers and welcomes new board members.

May 5, 2010

BIO's Board of Directors elected new officers and 9 new board members at BIO 2010 International Convention. BIO's Board of Directors is composed of members of Governing Boards for each of BIO's four sections: Health, Emerging Companies, Industrial and Environmental, and Food and Agriculture. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood commented, "Each of these individuals brings vision, energy and experience to BIO and the industry it represents." Read More

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John Spengler receives EPA Environmental Achievement Award.

May 5, 2010

John Spengler, Ph.D, Principal of Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc., was presented Lifetime Achievement Merit Award by U.S. EPA at 40-year EPA Earth Day Celebration. Award recognizes effort both John Spengler and George Buckley have made in engaging students and shaping current thinking on environmental matters. Dr. Spengler also serves as Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation within Department of Environmental Health at Harvard School of Public Health. Read More

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Four New Members were welcomed by ANSI in April.

May 5, 2010

New members welcomed by ANSI in April 2010 included CDE - Centro De Vigilancia Normas Y Patentes, The Longaberger Company, SlipNOT Metal Safety Flooring, and Unilife Medical Solutions, Inc. According to ANSI director of membership development Brian Meincke, these new members will "gain access to information and business intelligence that is not available elsewhere." Membership also fosters relationships that increase influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions. Read More

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DOE Honors NREL for 20 years of Science Bowl support.

May 5, 2010

US Department of Energy (DOE) presented National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with 2 awards for its 20-year support of National Science Bowl. Awards were given by Energy Secretary Stephen Chu at finals for Science Bowl Competition in Washington D.C. In addition to honoring NREL's consistent sponsorship, awards honored NREL Education Programs Coordinator Linda Lung for her organization of middle school competition and running of middle school hydrogen and solar car races. Read More

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National Bioscience Report shows growth during recession.

May 5, 2010

According to Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Initiatives 2010, U.S. bioscience industry, on the whole, experienced continued employment gains through 2008 - first year of recent economic downturn. Study contains most recent data available and shows publicly traded bioscience-related companies generated positive net growth through 2009. Specifically, U.S. employment in bioscience sector reached 1.42 million in 2008, which represents gain of 19,000 bioscience industry jobs in U.S. since 2007. Read More

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EPA proposes plans for coal ash regulation..

May 5, 2010

EPA is proposing first-ever national rules for safe disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. New rules enforce protective controls, such as liners and groundwater monitoring, at landfills, and liners/oversight of structural integrity at impoundments to protect against contaminants hazardous to human health. Proposal also calls for public comment on 2 approaches for addressing risks of coal ash management under Resource Recovery and Conservation Act. Read More

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New FAA Aircraft Tracking System is implemented in Juneau..

May 5, 2010

FAA has implemented Wide-Area Augmentation System (WAM) that allows air traffic controllers to track aircraft along mountainous approach to Juneau, AK. System enables controllers to decrease separation between planes to 5 nautical miles. Utilizing network of sensors that uses signals to detect aircraft transponders, system displays locations of planes onscreen. It will serve as backup in event of GPS outage when Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast is deployed nationwide in 2013. Read More

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Robotics Entrepreneur Rodney Brooks receives SME's highest honor.

May 5, 2010

Rodney Brooks, PhD, is founder, chairman, and chief technology officer of Heartland Robotics Inc. He is also founder, board member, and former CTO of iRobot Corp. In acknowledgement of his work with robotics, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced Brooks will receive SME Honorary Membership. Mark C. Tomlinson, executive director and general manager of SME, commented that Brooks' "international reputation lends itself to our global goal." Read More

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PDMA announces nationwide search for innovative technologies..

May 5, 2010

PDMA announces its first nationwide search for technologies to premier at 34th Annual Global Conference on Product Innovation Management Technology Showcase October 16-18, 2010. Participants are invited to submit short video demonstrating their product innovation on PDMA YouTube Channel, where public can view, comment, and rate technologies. Winning innovator will attend PDMA Technology Showcase to gain exposure and compete for "Best in Show" award. Read More

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UL announces certification program for photovoltaic system installers..

May 5, 2010

UL Personnel Certification Program for solar photovoltaic (PV) system installers will be available beginning July 2010 through UL University. Geared towards licensed electricians, program aims to satisfy need to improve safety and performance of PV systems through more qualified workforce. Organization will also open full-service campus at its RTP laboratories in Raleigh, NC, with training and personnel certification programs in various categories. Read More