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Apollo Alliance Report addresses global clean energy economy.

March 10, 2010

According to "Winning the Race: How America Can Lead the Global Clean Energy Economy," U.S. must commit to developing domestic manufacturing sector capable of meeting demand for parts, systems, and components of growing clean energy economy. Strategy will help ensure federal clean energy investments create quality, high-paying jobs in U.S. and avoid indirectly subsidizing growth of those activities in low-wage countries such as China that are emerging as key competitors. Read More

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BIO Thanks Senate Judiciary Leaders for advancing patent reform.

March 10, 2010

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, in a statement on the manager's amendment released by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), said that there were "many positive changes to the underlying patent reform legislation reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee last April, which BIO supported." He also called the proposal "a significant step forward towards meaningful patent reform" that will help sustain American innovation and spur job creation. Read More

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IPC Market Data Update offers good news on economic recovery.

March 10, 2010

Winter 2010 edition of Electronics Industries Market Data Update offers proof of continuing economic recovery: IPC Index of North American Electronics Industry Performance rose from -18.3 in third quarter of 2009 to -5.5 in fourth quarter. With 5.7% gain in GDP in fourth quarter of 2009, US economy is showing solid signs of recovery. Economic activity in manufacturing sector also expanded in December for fifth consecutive month, and US economy overall grew for eighth consecutive month. Read More

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BIO Calls for Policies to support biorefinery commercialization.

March 10, 2010

BIO called for sustained, consistent, and diverse federal support to encourage commercial development of biobased technologies. Among benefits of building biorefineries to apply biotechnology applications for advanced biofuels and biobased products, BIO's Brent Erickson cited contributions to economic growth in near term as well as establishment of unique base for sustainable long term economic growth. This technology can also improve economic competitiveness and create green jobs. Read More

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BIO's 2010 Convention contributes $25 milllion to Chicago's economy.

March 10, 2010

According to Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau estimates, 2010 BIO International Convention is expected to contribute over $25 million to local economy. It will take place May 3-6 and is expected to draw 15,000-17,000 industry leaders from 48 states and 60 countries. Covering estimated 200,000 net ft², exhibition will host over 1,800 exhibitors at McCormick Place. Activities will focus on R/D, partnership opportunities, and business models required to meet global health challenges. Read More

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ASTM Honors J. Gregg Borchelt with Gilbert C. Robinson Memorial Award.

March 10, 2010

ASTM International Committee C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units has presented Gilbert C. Robinson Memorial Award to J. Gregg Borchelt, VP of engineering and research at Brick Industry Association in Reston, VA, for his exceptional technical contributions that assist Committee C15 in its work. A member of ASTM International since 1974, Borchelt has more than 40 years of experience in the masonry industry and is active on C15, where he chairs the subcommittee on Brick and Structural Clay Tile. Read More

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North Dakota Bioscience Association agrees to join CSBA.

March 10, 2010

Comprising agricultural, life sciences, and biomedical research entities, newly formed North Dakota Bioscience Association has agreed to join Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA), an autonomous council operating within BIO. Organization will coordinate exchange of ideas and research, develop new business relationships, and expand efforts to attract economic development opportunities for biosciences in North Dakota. Read More

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SME begins funding high school education initiatives.

March 9, 2010

SME Education Foundation has begun $175,000 in funding to introduce Computer Integrated Manufacturing Centers at 400 Project Lead The Way schools in 25 states. Rewritten by Foundation's industry partner, course will enhance student's computer modeling skills by applying robotics and automation principles to creation of 3D design models. It will also feature Designing for Manufacturability section, which emphasizes manufacturer's ethical and legal responsibilities. Read More

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ASHRAE proposes changes to green building standard.

March 9, 2010

ASHRAE has proposed 2 addenda for ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Addendum a makes daylighting definitions/criteria consistent with proposals to Standard 90.1, which sets requirements for energy efficient buildings. Also open for public comment, addendum b proposes requiring daylighting in spaces larger than 250 sq-ft. Members are being sought for committee developing this standard. Read More

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NASA invites media to Robert H. Goddard Memorial symposium.

March 9, 2010

Sponsored by American Astronautical Society with support from Goddard Space Flight Center, 48th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium is themed "Earth and Beyond: The Next Decades" and is scheduled for March 10-11. Invited guests include Dr. John Holdren, Science Advisor to the President; Lori Garver, NASA Deputy Administrator; Rob Strain, Director, NASA Goddard; and Dr. John Grunsfeld, Deputy Director, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md. Read More

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ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1. has 21 proposed addenda.

March 9, 2010

Public input to help shape technical requirements in ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings is being sought through 21 proposed addenda, which could become part of 2010 standard. Proposed addenda cover range of topic areas, including daylighting, air leakage, EER and IEER values, and requirements for VRF air conditioners and heat pumps. Read More

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ASTM-Sponsored Seminar to help laboratories fully utilize SRMs.

March 9, 2010

Helping Fossil Fuel Laboratories Fully Utilize their Standard Reference Materials (SRMs), sponsored by ASTM Committee D05 on Coal and Coke, will be held May 18 in St. Louis, MO. Key points of discussion will cover definitions of SRM/CRM blending, NIST traceability, and why blending is important in calibration and QC checks. Other topics will address blend uncertainty, how to implement blending coal and coke SRMs, as well as minimum sample mass requirements and pooled replicates. Read More

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Laboratory Methods for Testing Actuators Standard is approved.

March 9, 2010

AMCA International announced that Board of Standards Review of ANSI approved ANSI/AMCA Standard 520-09, which establishes industry standard for minimum rating and testing of actuators used on fire/smoke dampers. Testing requirements for ANSI/AMCA Standard 520-09 will cover torque or force rating, long term holding, operational life, elevated temperature performance, periodic maintenance, production, and sound testing for both pneumatic and electric operators. Read More

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IEEE Xplore® eBooks Collection spans range of research areas.

March 8, 2010

Available online as part of IEEE Xplore® digital library, IEEE-Wiley eBooks collection is comprised of over 400 volumes that span content areas such as bioengineering, power and energy, and communication technologies as well as other growing areas of research. This collection, available as add-on to existing IEEE Xplore subscriptions or as stand-alone subscription, includes practical handbooks, introductory and advanced texts, reference works, and professional books. Read More

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Lamp Indices gain ground during fourth quarter of 2009.

March 8, 2010

NEMA's lamp indices for incandescent and compact fluorescent lamps increased 6.7% and 15.5%, respectively, during fourth quarter of 2009. Sales of incandescent lamps during the quarter were sufficient in tempering rate of erosion in year-over-year growth for this index component, declining by 2.2% compared to 12.0% average over previous 3 quarters. Similarly, decline in CFL sales slowed to 4.3% on year-over-year basis versus decline of 17.5% for previous quarter. Read More

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Industrial Controls Indices rise for second consecutive quarter.

March 8, 2010

NEMA's Primary Industrial Controls Index registered 2.3% quarter-to-quarter increase during fourth quarter of 2009. After it plunged over 34% from its peak within 4 quarters, this index has managed to post gains in each of last 2 quarters. Primary Industrial Controls and Adjustable Speed Drives Index, which serves as broader measure of demand for industrial controls market, also recorded second consecutive quarter-to-quarter increase, with 4.1% gain during fourth quarter of 2009. Read More

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NYC Soiree being held to benefit Asia Pacific marine life.

March 8, 2010

Nature Conservancy's Young Professionals Group announced that its fifth annual cocktail benefit, South Sea Soirée, will be held at Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan, NYC on March 18, 2010. Funds raised will support efforts to protect Coral Triangle, area of Pacific Ocean rich in plant and animal diversity that harbors over 75% of all known coral species. Soirée events and offerings will include open bar, live music by Ancient Tongue, and silent auction. Read More

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Aerodynamics, Fuel Cells, and Eco-Design look to motivate kids.

March 8, 2010

This summer, 6-8th grade students in Eagle River, WI will be introduced to basics of engineering concepts at the Gateway Academy, a summer youth program offered by SME Education Foundation and Project Lead The Way. At Gateway Academy, students brainstorm ideas, solve problems, and learn basics of engineering concepts involving alternative energy, eco-design, robotics, aerodynamics, and manufacturing in hands-on, project-based environment. Read More

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AWWA announces Call for Papers for 2011 conference.

March 8, 2010

AWWA has announced that 2011 Utility Management Conference Call for Papers is now open, with deadline for abstract submissions on May 17, 2010. Water professionals worldwide are encouraged to submit abstracts. Conference, to be held February 8-11, 2011, in Denver, CO, is sponsored by AWWA and WEF. It will enable water/wastewater managers and professionals to hear latest approaches, practices, processes, techniques, case studies, and research related to utility management. Read More

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Glass Cockpit Safety in small light airplanes to be examined by NTSB.

March 8, 2010

NTSB will hold public Board meeting to consider study on what effect introduction of digital flight display avionic systems (glass cockpits) into small light general aviation airplanes is having on their safety record. Since glass cockpit functionality and information capabilities represent significant change in how pilots monitor information, NTSB-initiated study is aimed at determining if this transition would improve safety record of those planes. Read More