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NIST Guide covers assessment of federal IT security controls.

May 17, 2010

NIST has issued final draft of Special Publication 800-53A, Revision 1, Guide for Assessing Security Controls in Federal Information Systems and Organizations, and is seeking public comments. Draft includes security control assessment procedures for both national security and non-national security systems and is intended to support variety of assessment activities in all phases of system development life cycle, including development, implementation, and operation. Read More

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Manufacturers Urge House to support America COMPETES Act.

May 17, 2010

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) urges US House of Representatives to pass America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 5116). According to NAM Executive Vice President Jay Timmons, "reauthorizing the COMPETES Act will help manufacturers prosper in a globally integrated and highly competitive marketplace." Timmons also cited key programs of significant interest to manufacturers and US competitiveness: federal funding for basic R/D, Hollings MEP, STEM, and ARPA-E. Read More

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Congressman Joe Barton honored as BIO Legislator of the Year.

May 17, 2010

BIO selected Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) as Legislator of the Year for 2009-2010. Citing Barton's station as Ranking Member of House Energy and Commerce Committee, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said the congressman "has been a proponent of issues critical to our nation's biotech industry" and that his leadership "ensures that the biotechnology industry can remain a vibrant, research-intensive industry dedicated to providing life-enhancing and life-saving therapies to patients." Read More

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ASTM Compilation addresses quenching/cooling, stress, distortion.

May 17, 2010

Compilation STP 1523, Quenching and Cooling, Residual Stress, and Distortion Control, brings together 59 peer-reviewed papers on various issues related to quenching and cooling, residual stress, and distortion control of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. In addition to heat transfer, modeling/simulation, and distortion/residual stresses, topics covered include property predictions, quenchants/quenching, hardenability, cooling curve analysis methodologies, and dilatometric analysis. Read More

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NAM reports March 2010 rise in manufactured goods imports.

May 17, 2010

NAM says Department of Commerce trade data for March shows that U.S. trade deficit in goods and services increased to $40.4 billion. Manufactured goods exports were up 11% from February and imports were up 13%, while exports were 25% larger than March 2009 and imports up 24%, increasing goods deficit. Report also shows that brightest spot in manufactured goods trade remains U.S. free trade partners and deficit is with countries that maintain barriers to U.S. exports. Read More

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ASTM Steel Committee honors Kenneth Orie with Award of Merit.

May 17, 2010

For his individual contributions to standards activities, ASTM International Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel, and Related Alloys honored Kenneth Orie of Hidden Valley, PA with ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. Orie has been member of ASTM International and Committee A01 since 1995 and was specifically cited for his service and leadership as chairman of Subcommittee A01.11 on Steel Plates for Boilers and Pressure Vessels. Read More

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ASTM Publication addresses concrete freeze-thaw durability.

May 17, 2010

Available from ASTM International, STP 1511, Special Issue on Recent Advancement in Concrete Freezing-Thawing (F-T) Durability, features 10 peer-reviewed papers on new techniques for characterizing and predicting performance of concrete subjected to F-T cycles. Publication highlights recent advances in concrete F-T durability and will facilitate improvements in concrete void characterization, F-T durability evaluation, and test specifications. Read More

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ASQ offers Master Black Belt Certification.

May 17, 2010

ASQ Master Black Belt Certification provides individuals with universally recognized professional credential to affirm experience, expertise, and knowledge of current quality industry practices. To become certified, candidate must meet requirements that include portfolio review and approval and, to take MBB exam, must hold current ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Applicants must have 5 yr experience in role of SSBB/MBB or portfolio of 10 Six Sigma Black Belt projects. Read More

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ANSI highlights employee safety standards for NAOSH Week.

May 17, 2010

North American Occupational Safety Week (NAOSH), held on May 2-8, 2010, focused employers, employees, and public on importance of preventing injury/illness in workplace, home, and community. Event was led by CSSE in partnership with CCOHS, HRSDC, as well as ASSE. ANSI/AIHA Z10-2005, for occupational health/safety management systems; ANSI S12.19-1996 (R2006), Measurement of Occupational Noise Exposure; and ANSI Z87.1-2003, covering eye and face protection, all address workplace safety. Read More

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PMA Website is go-to resource for knowledge and networking.

May 17, 2010

PMA's new metalforming industry website offers simplified navigation and allows for searches within PMA resources and throughout industry. Manufacturing member directory compliments MakeItMetal buyer's guide, while quote basket allows requests to be sent to groups of suppliers. Searchable marketplace and MyPMA members-only section are also featured. Site can connect professionals within states and across regions, aiding collaboration in PMA's 17 North American districts. Read More

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NIST Study compares fire crew sizes and response times.

May 14, 2010

Based on analysis of fires in typical residential structures, NIST study showed that 4-person crews completed 22 firefighting and rescue tasks 30% faster than 2-person crews and 25% faster than 3-person crews. Study, released before annual Congressional Fire Services Institute meeting, found similar patterns when examining water delivery and search and rescue. It was conducted at 2-story, 2,000 sq ft test facility, where fire crews responded to live fires in 60 controlled experiments. Read More

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NIST nominates 2 researchers for Service to America medals.

May 14, 2010

NIST has nominated physicist Till Rosenband for Call to Service Medal, which recognizes professional achievements by young federal employees. Rosenband was nominated for inventing world's most precise timekeeping device based on quantum computing. Physicist Joshua Bienfang has been nominated for Science and Environment Medal, for demonstrating encryption services at record speeds in system with security based on photons. Awards are among 8 to be presented on September 15, 2010. Read More

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NIST Prototype calibrates MRI machines.

May 14, 2010

NIST has unveiled the "phantom" for calibrating MRI machines that is traceable to standardized values. Named Phannie, prototype was developed in collaboration with standards committee of International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. By making MRI scans of Phannie, users can evaluate image contrast, resolution, and accuracy of distance and volume measurements. Machine's performance can be compared to standards, to other MRI machines, and to itself over time. Read More

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Algae Companies to discuss potential for biofuels.

May 14, 2010

Industrial biotechnology companies are exploring algae as potential source of biofuels, chemicals, oils, animal feed, and food ingredients. During seventh annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, scheduled for June 27-30, 2010, executives from companies commercializing algae technology will discuss status of industry, market acceptance, and need for government policy. Read More

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ASTM Publication covers durability of sealants/adhesives.

May 14, 2010

Featuring 21 peer-reviewed papers, STP 1514, Durability of Building and Construction Sealants and Adhesives, provides recent data from laboratory research and field work in building and construction industry for all aspects of sealant and adhesive durability. Topics cover laboratory and outdoor exposure testing; factors influencing durability of sealed joints and adhesive fixations; new test methods/specifications development; and field experience with sealed joints/adhesive fixation. Read More

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Keynote Speakers Announced for Industry Inspiration Day at IMTS.

May 14, 2010

On September 13, Industry Inspiration Day, experts from aerospace, medical, automotive, and energy industries will present keynote program on manufacturing innovation at International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). Roundtable panel discussion will conclude luncheon keynote program. From September 14-17, conference program will focus on topics such as materials engineering, machining technology and trends, alternative manufacturing processes, metrology, and plant operations. Read More

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Papers invited for Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry.

May 14, 2010

Scheduled for May 22-27, 2011, 14th International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry will focus on dosimetry for assessment of irradiated reactor materials and reactor experiments, featuring radiation metrology techniques, databases, and standardization. Papers are solicited for presentation in areas such as reactor surveillance and plant-life management, retrospective dosimetry and decommissioning, damage correlation and exposure parameters, and monitoring of irradiation experiments. Read More

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IMTS announces keynote speakers for Industry Inspiration Day.

May 14, 2010

Experts from aerospace, medical, automotive, and energy industries will present keynote program on manufacturing innovation for Industry Inspiration Day at IMTS on Sept 13, 2010. Representing aerospace industry will be Allan McArtor, Chairman of Airbus Americas. Rene van de Zande, President of Emergo Group will cover medical device industries, while Jim Tetreault of Ford Motor Company will lead automotive discussion. Denise Bode, CEO of American Wind Energy Association will complete panel. Read More

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ASTM welcomes papers for Radiation Effects symposium.

May 14, 2010

Papers are invited for 25th Symposium on Effects of Radiation of Nuclear Materials, to be held June 15-17, 2011. Object of symposium is to provide forum for exchange of ideas on recent research results on radiation effects in materials for nuclear fission and fusion applications. Some paper topics include study of irradiation effects using charged particles; thermo-physical effects on materials intended for irradiation service; fuel/clad interactions; and radiation effects of fuel matrix. Read More

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Dr. John R. Hall Receives Award of Merit for fire standards work.

May 14, 2010

John R. Hall, Ph.D. received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow for his contributions to ASTM Committee E05 on Fire Standards concerning terminology and instructive editorial guidance in development of several E05 standards. Currently division director of fire analysis and research at the National Fire Protection Association in Quincy, MA, Hall has been member of ASTM International and Committee E05 since 1987. Read More