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BIO Official comments on passage of health care reform act.

March 25, 2010

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 includes provisions that provide solutions for nation's health care challenges and hope for patients living with debilitating diseases, according to BIO's Jim Greenwood. It includes provision that could enable FDA to use biosimilars, which may eventually lead to therapies and potential cures. Act also includes Therapeutic Discovery Project Tax Credit which could save and create thousands of jobs. Read More

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FDA Commissioner to speak at 2010 BIO International Convention.

March 25, 2010

On May 5, U.S. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg will headline FDA Town Hall where she will discuss topics such as preparations for PDUFA V, drug safety and transparency initiatives, and other key FDA organizational and policy developments. Commissioner Hamburg will also participate in session where she will discuss strategies for advancing benefits of life sciences, improving U.S. and global biosecurity, and addressing challenges posed by life sciences research. Read More

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ACLASS Earns FCC Recognition for laboratory accreditation.

March 25, 2010

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS to accredit laboratories that perform testing of telecommunication equipment subject to FCC rules. This was based on FCC review of information submitted by ACLASS and comments received during public comment period. Together, these indicated ACLASS demonstrated it possessed appropriate credentials and expertise to perform accreditation of testing labs that test equipment to FCC requirements. Read More

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Nominations accepted for IEC Young Professionals 2010 Workshop.

March 25, 2010

Scheduled for October 13-15, Young Professionals 2010 Workshop will be held in conjunction with IEC 2010 General Meeting and will bring together professionals at the start of their careers in electrotechnical standardization and conformance. Participants will learn about IEC, standardization strategies, and conformity assessment. They will also receive invitation to attend technical meetings where standards are developed and be able to observe meeting of IEC Standardization Management Board. Read More

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SME to hold AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition in Anaheim, CA.

March 25, 2010

AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition is scheduled for launch April 5-7, 2011, at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Event will address way commercial and military aircraft are designed, developed, and produced. Technologies that trim delivery times and control costs will be addressed, and presentations by industry experts will give attendees latest forecast on industry dynamics. Exposition will alternate years with WESTEC Advanced Productivity Exposition. Read More

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WESTEC Advanced Productivity Exposition goes biennial.

March 25, 2010

According to SME, WESTEC Advanced Productivity Exposition will alternate years with SME's new AeroDef Manufacturing event. WESTEC has been instrumental in showing how technologies created for aerospace and defense have application in industries as diverse as medical, energy, electronics, consumer goods, aircraft, general manufacturing, and automotive aftermarket. Re-designed WESTEC 2012 will have emphasis on best business practices, adopting latest technologies for emerging industries. Read More

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ELFA releases Monthly Leasing and Finance Index.

March 25, 2010

According to ELFA's MLFI-25 Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for February declined 3% when compared to same period in 2009. When shown against prior month, MLFI-25 reported new business volume decreased by 6%, from $3.4 billion to $3.2 billion. Credit approvals decreased to 69% in February, up from 65.0% in same period the prior year, and almost half of participating organizations reported submitting fewer transactions for approval during the month. Read More

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ANSI Website Section helps mitigate ID theft and fraud.

March 25, 2010

ANSI's Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel announced launch of IDSP workspace, a dedicated section of ANSI website designed to help fight identity theft and fraud. IDSP is a cross-sector coordinating body where private and public sector interests work cooperatively to address need for voluntary consensus standards, guidelines, and industry best practices related to identity crime. Website also includes discussion board and calendar for posting identity-related events. Read More

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UL signs MOU With Rocky Mountain Institute.

March 24, 2010

Underwriters Laboratories, a global leader in safety testing and certification, has signed Memorandum of Understanding with Rocky Mountain Institute to support Project Get Ready, an initiative to aid U.S. cities preparing for widespread adoption and use of electric vehicles in their communities. UL's engineers will answer questions about EVs and EV infrastructure as well as review and provide feedback on drafts of key documents RMI distributes to project stakeholders. Read More

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Partnership brings joys of manufacturing to kids across U.S.

March 24, 2010

Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs, FMA, and National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship have joined forces to develop national program that builds on NBT's successful summer manufacturing camp blueprint. In 2010, 18 NACCE member community colleges throughout U.S. will offer NBT summer manufacturing camps targeting youth at critical level of secondary education, exposing them to math, science, engineering, and entrepreneurship principles. Read More

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ACE10 Super-Saver Registration Rates expire March 27.

March 24, 2010

Scheduled for June 20-24, ACE10 will feature professional program with more than 550 presentations in 100 sessions and 14 in-depth workshops. Topics will include sustainability, infrastructure maintenance, climate change, conservation and water efficiency, water resources management, legislative and regulatory issues, and recovering from economic recession. Additionally, more than 500 exhibitors will be on-site showcasing latest products and services to ensure safe water. Read More

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World Congress to discuss bringing clean technology to market.

March 24, 2010

Production of chemicals and plastics from renewable resources can inject much needed innovation into chemical sector, reduce reliance on petroleum, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs. During 7th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, June 27-30, 2010, executives from companies commercializing renewable chemical technology will discuss status of this emerging industry, market acceptance, and potential help from government policy. Read More

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AWWA Supports EPA Intent and stresses use of sound science.

March 24, 2010

AWWA Deputy Executive Director Tom Curtis made a statement supporting US EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's announcement regarding a new strategy for protecting and regulating drinking water as well as stricter regulation of specific compounds. Additionally, Curtis made it clear that "Any new regulatory approach should be built on a foundation of sound science and should meet the SDWA requirement of providing meaningful risk reduction for consumers." Read More

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SBIC Awards recognize high-performance buildings for 2009.

March 23, 2010

Winner of 2009 Beyond Green(TM) High-Performance Building Award in high-performance buildings category is Empire State Building, for Integrated Energy Efficiency Retrofit. Water Independence in Oregon's Buildings won award in high-performance initiatives category. Entries were judged based on 8 design objectives which define high-performance buildings. Recognized projects will be featured on SBIC's website and described in depth as case studies on Whole Building Design Guide. Read More

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NBB to hold biodiesel forum at SAE World Congress.

March 23, 2010

At SAE 2010 World Congress, to be held April 13-15 in Detroit, MI, National Biodiesel Board will hold forum on railroad engine combustion with biodiesel on April 14. Experts that have experience with biodiesel use in railroads or are working on ongoing biodiesel railroad projects can forward information to Dr. Richard Nelson, who will summarize data for forum presentation. Forum is expected to list technical needs to secure approvals for biodiesel blends in railroad applications. Read More

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Johns Hopkins Study says flies may spread resistant bacteria,

March 23, 2010

Antibiotic Resistant Enterococci and Staphylococci Isolated from Flies Collected Near Confined Poultry Feeding Operations shows houseflies collected near broiler poultry operations may contribute to spread of drug-resistant bacteria over large distances. Study, conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, was written by lead author and professor Ellen Silbergeld, PhD. It is published in January 2009 issue of Science of the Total Environment. Read More

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NBB supports Senate passage of biodiesel tax incentive.

March 23, 2010

Senate has passed H.R. 4213, American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010, by 62 to 36 margin, which provides 1 yr retroactive extension of biodiesel tax incentive. Incentive will help America realize job creation, energy security, and environmental benefits associated with biodiesel, according to Manning Feraci, NBB VP of Federal Affairs. Since lapse in credit, biodiesel industry has seen drop in demand and production, leading to job losses in difficult economy. Read More

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Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future awards 16 fellowships.

March 23, 2010

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has awarded Farming for the Future Predoctoral Fellowships to 8 university students for 2009-2010 academic year. Eight additional students were awarded Eating for the Future Predoctoral Fellowships. Each predoctoral fellowship provides 1 yr of support of up to $60,000 to be used for tuition, stipend, and/or research expenses depending on individual needs. Students must be enrolled in any division of University in PhD, ScD, or DrPH program. Read More

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ASLA helps Congress craft streetscaping resolution.

March 23, 2010

With of ASLA, Congressman Steve Cohen has introduced H.Con.Res. 240, which designates 4th week of April as National Streetscaping Week. Measure recognizes benefits of streetscaping, such as creating local green jobs, helping reduce energy costs for consumers, managing stormwater, reducing air pollution by restricting carbon emissions, and creating safer streets/neighborhoods through traffic calming designs. Resolution also helps highlight work of landscape architects. Read More

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Lunar Images and Data Repository is made available to the public.

March 23, 2010

Funded by NASA to archive data from past and present planetary missions, astronomical observations, and laboratory data, Planetary Data System includes data sets from 7 instruments on board NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Each instrument is unique and will provide data in different formats, and much of the data is low level, not highly processed, giving researchers flexibility when working with data. Instrument data will also provide higher level data products in form of maps and calibrated images. Read More