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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

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NREL Research Support Facility features unique, sustainable decor.

May 27, 2010

National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Research Support Facility (RSF), opening in June, will house over 800 workers and recycled content makes up 20% of building's material. It's 2-story atrium wall was built using fire-treated wood harvested from bark beetle infested trees. Reception desk top is made of sunflower seeds bonded together in environmentally friendly clear adhesive, while aggregate in foundation/concrete slabs comes from demolition of Stapleton airport. Read More

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BIO Applauds Obama Administration for TDPP guidance.

May 27, 2010

BIO praised Obama Administration for guidance that will lead to small biotechnology companies receiving funding to support ongoing R/D programs. Specifically, guidance document initiates Therapeutic Discovery Project Program (TDPP), which will provide tax credits and grants to small biotechnology firms that show potential to produce breakthrough medical therapies and support good jobs. Guidance also sets out timelines for applications and clarifies evaluation process. Read More

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BIO World Congress to highlight synthetic biology.

May 27, 2010

During seventh annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, researchers, academics, and business leaders will discuss evolution of technology and ethics, regulation, and potential commercial uses of synthetic biology. Some sessions will include "Creating the Super Strain: How Metabolic Engineering Will Drive the Future of Advanced Fuels," "Ethical, Social, and Policy Issues of Synthetic Biology," and "Bioremediation." Read More

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Equipment Finance Companies report new business growth.

May 27, 2010

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for April grew 15% when compared to same period in 2009. When compared to prior month, MLFI-25 reported new business volume increased by 9%, from $4.3 billion to $4.7 billion. April originations showed year-over-year growth for first time since July 2008. Delinquencies improved as well, with receivables over 30 days declining to 3.7%, from 4.2% in prior month and 4.0% in year-earlier period. Read More

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Pakistani Delegation welcomed by ANSI in Washington, DC.

May 27, 2010

On behalf of Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of US Department of Commerce (USDOC), 7 new commercial attaches of Pakistani government visited ANSI in Washington, DC on May 19, 2010. Ensuing discussions ranged from voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment programs to US Standards Strategy to international development - particularly as it pertains to StandardsPortal and ANSI Guest Researcher Program. Read More

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ASME Voluntary Standards cover cranes and sound pressure.

May 27, 2010

ASME B30.4-2010 assures safe construction and operation of portal and pedestal cranes employed in transport industry for loading and unloading of freight, in construction industry for movement of materials, and in manufacturing industry for assembly of heavy equipment. Specifying requirements and procedures for measurement of sound pressure levels in air, ANSI/ASA S1.13-2005 (R2010) applies primarily to measurements performed under normal, relatively calm meteorological conditions. Read More

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LAM 2010 draws 50% more attendees than 2009.

May 27, 2010

Held in Houston, TX, Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop 2010 gathered 137 attendees from 11 countries, as well as 22 vendors, to hear presentations about cutting-edge techniques for aerospace, automotive, and oil and gas industries. LAM 2011 will once again bring industry specialists, executives, users, and researchers from around the world to show how cladding and rapid manufacturing can be applied effectively and affordably to today's manufacturing challenges. Read More