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BIO Comments on self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell.

May 26, 2010

BIO made statement regarding announcement by J. Craig Venter Institute pertaining to successful completion of project to design, chemically synthesize, and transplant complete genome into bacterial cell. According to BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood, this achievement "can provide insights into working of microbial genomes that could lead to advances in health, agriculture, and industrial biotechnology." Read More

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Air Passenger and Cargo Traffic see double-digit increases.

May 26, 2010

ATA reported passenger revenue, based on sample group of carriers, rose 12.5% in April 2010 versus same month in 2009. This marked fourth consecutive month of revenue growth and reflected industry still in recovery. While ~0.5% more passengers traveled on US airlines in April, average price to fly one mile rose nearly 14%. International passenger revenue rose 15 percent, led by 37% gain in transpacific markets. Also, US airlines saw cargo traffic rise 22% year over year in March 2010. Read More

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Dispersants Update Conference addressed Gulf of Mexico issues.

May 26, 2010

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry held press conference call to discuss BP's use of dispersants in Gulf of Mexico. Effective and efficient use of dispersants was recommended to reduce volume of application in order to prevent unknown environmental effects. Also, BP's scientific analysis of alternative dispersants is considered insufficient. EPA and other government scientists will independently verify data presented by BP. Read More

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Officers for 2010-2011 Term announced at annual meeting.

May 26, 2010

Officers for 2010-2011 term were announced at ASQ's Annual Business Meeting, held in conjunction with World Conference on Quality and Improvement on May 24-25 in St. Louis, MO. Current ASQ President Peter L. Andres will assume chairman's duties July 1, 2010, and E. David Spong will move into president position. Respectively, positions of president-elect and treasurer will be held by Jim Rooney and William B. McBee. Board members include J. Michael Adams and Alexis Goncalves. Read More

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RIA Educator Sponsorships assist in pursuit of robotics careers.

May 26, 2010

Spearheaded by Robotic Industries Association (RIA) Membership Committee, Educator Sponsorship program assists robotics faculty and students pursuing careers in robotics. It allows any RIA member to sponsor teaching and training institution for Educator Membership in RIA. Eligible institutions include vocational and technical institutes as well as 2- and 4-year colleges offering curriculum and path leading to high-tech jobs involving robotics and automation technologies. Read More

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ASHRAE Pilot Program addresses Building Energy Quotient.

May 26, 2010

To encourage building industry to cut energy use and costs, ASHRAE's Building Energy Quotient program, which is known as Building EQ, provides both As Designed and In Operation ratings for all building types except residential. Assessment includes detailed certificate with data on actual energy use, energy demand profiles, indoor air quality, and other information that will enable building owners to evaluate and reduce their building's energy use. Read More

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SME Annual Conference to feature speaker Nicole Lamb-Hale.

May 26, 2010

SME's Annual Conference: Bridging the Gaps will be held in Nashville on June 6-8, 2010. Nicole Lamb-Hale of U.S. Department of Commerce will talk with manufacturers, meet with SME Board of Directors and award recipients, interact with attendees, and be featured speaker at SME's International Awards Gala on Monday, June 7. "I use the Three Cs - convene, collaborate, and connect - as guiding principles to ensure our organization is focused on the needs of U.S. manufacturers," said Lamb-Hale. Read More

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ASTM Award of Merit is presented to Dr. Noral Stewart.

May 26, 2010

ASTM International Committee E33 on Building and Environmental Acoustics has recognized Consultant Noral D. Stewart, Ph.D., with Award of Merit and title of fellow. Committee cited Stewart for leadership skills and dedication in developing ASTM acoustical field and community noise standards. Member of ASTM since 1985, Stewart is consultant in acoustics and noise control with emphasis on architectural acoustics and community/workplace noise. Read More

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ANSI Webinar on NSTC Subcommittee covered related agenda/goals.

May 26, 2010

ANSI webinar, held on May 19, 2010, discussed agenda and goals of newly formed National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Standards. Event included more than 30 in-person and 85 webinar participants, and was moderated by Mary McKiel. Attendees discussed need for more effective agency engagement with private sector, and topics such as intellectual property rights and more were covered. Agency is accepting related comments before Friday, June 4, 2010. Read More

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NTSB offers safety recommendations to EASA.

May 26, 2010

NTSB recommendations include A-10-88 which requires small/medium flocking bird certification test be conducted using lowest expected fan speed, for minimum climb rate. Recommendation A-10-90 covers checklist/procedure for dual-engine failure of turbine-powered aircraft at low altitude, while A-10-89 addresses need for changes in large flocking bird certification test standards. Pilots ability to ditch aircraft is covered in A-10-91. Other recommendations include A-10-92 through -95. Read More

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Financial Reform Bill Passage commended by ATA.

May 26, 2010

ATA applauded U.S. Senate and leadership of Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln for passing "Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010," legislation which will stop speculation on Wall Street. James C. May, ATA President and CEO, called the passage "an enormous step forward in stopping Wall Street's manipulation of energy prices." If provisions are retained in conference, legislation will help lower fuel costs for all Americans and let supply and demand dictate energy prices. Read More

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ASQ presents inaugural social responsibility medal.

May 26, 2010

ASQ presented first Spencer Hutchens Jr. Medal for Social Responsibility to Joanne Adrienne Vincenten during its annual World Conference on Quality and Improvement. Vincenten works for European Child Safety Alliance and is being awarded the medal for her understanding of social responsibility; her success in community development, human rights, and consumer issues; and her passion for work that results in social and environmental improvement. Read More

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Event Schedule released for World Standards Week 2010.

May 26, 2010

ANSI published full schedule of events for World Standards Week (WSW) 2010, which will be held September 20-24 in Arlington, VA. Annual event enables members of standards and conformity assessment community to come together in spirit of cooperation and collaboration. Notably, events include several presentations and discussions as well as receptions, banquet ceremony, luncheons, and forums. All events will be held at Crowne Plaza National Airport Hotel. Read More

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Workshop addresses emergency evacuation for disabled persons.

May 26, 2010

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel has released agenda for final workshop in its summer series on emergency preparedness for persons with special needs. Titled Emergency Evacuation Operations, final workshop will cover standards development for emergency planning and contingencies for evacuation needs and concerns of persons with disabilities. This includes localized building evacuations as well as widespread evacuation. Read More

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ANSI Accreditation Courses are open for registration.

May 26, 2010

Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop introduces standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, General requirements for bodies operating certification schemes. Discussions focus on understanding standard's requirements and its benefits. Introducing ASTM E2659-09E1, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, Certificate Issuers' Accreditation Workshop will cover requirements for developing education/training course that has an assessment at the end to determine if learning outcomes have been achieved. Read More

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PTDA Market Report shows growing U.S. and Canadian sales.

May 25, 2010

According to PTDA's Market Outlook Report, U.S. and Canadian manufacturing sales increased for third consecutive month in March. Report shows 5.6% and 18.5% sales rises for U.S. and Canadian manufacturers, respectively. For U.S., sales comparisons between first quarter of 2010 and 2009 still reflect declines. Year-to-date sales are also down 3.4%, while Canadian year-to-year sales rose 7.7%. Also, U.S. manufacturer confidence maintained neutral position for third consecutive month. Read More

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SAE Electric Vehicle Standard addresses utility grid issues.

May 25, 2010

SAE has created J2836/1(TM) - Use Cases for Communication between Plug-In Vehicles and the Utility Grid. It establishes use cases for 2-way communication between electric vehicles and electric power grid, energy transfer, and other applications. Communication requirements are also included for use with utility company load management/rate programs related to charging plug-in electric vehicles. Standard is first of 5 to address electric vehicles and utility programs. Read More

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2010 ACGIH Award Recipients will be honored at expo.

May 25, 2010

ACGIH® will honor its 2010 Awards recipients at AIHce, held May 22-27 in Denver, CO. Herbert E. Stokinger Award is presented for industrial and environmental toxicology contributions, while John J. Bloomfield Award recognizes occupational health hazards work. Meritorious Achievement Award honors long-term contributions to occupational health and industrial hygiene, and William Steiger Memorial Award recognizes efforts for advancement of occupational safety/health. Read More

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AIHA Appoints Mark Nicas editor in chief of journal.

May 25, 2010

AIHA® appointed Mark Nicas, PhD, MPH, CIH, of Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley, as editor in chief of Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH). His duties are to solicit manuscripts from scientists and practitioners as well as establish publication policies and editorial focus of JOEH. Additionally, Nicas said he will "enhance the visibility of JOEH and provide a forum for discussions." Read More

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Tabletop Reservations being accepted for robot conference.

May 25, 2010

Scheduled for Sept 27-29 at the Indianapolis Marriott East, RIA's National Robot Safety Conference XXII will include first public release of draft for R15.06 (2011) Safety Standard. As exhibitors, companies are entitled to bonus coverage on the Robotics Online website with a Product Spotlight at no charge. Other marketing opportunities include complimentary tabletops to qualified members and sponsorships for enhanced exposure. Read More