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ATA makes statement on ATW recognition of CAAFI.

January 18, 2010

Air Transport World magazine has presented Joseph S. Murphy Industry Service Award for 2010 to Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative. According to ATA President and CEO, James C. May, ATA is extremely pleased that ATW has recognized how much CAAFI has accomplished to foster alternative aviation fuel development. ATA is proud of member airlines and all other CAAFI players for their innovation in helping to make environmentally sound alternative energy a reality. Read More

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Volvo is Exclusive Presenting Sponsor for construction contest.

January 18, 2010

Agreement signed by AEM and Volvo Construction Equipment makes Volvo the presenting sponsor for AEM's annual Construction Challenge teen competition. Under this agreement, Volvo acts as exclusive official presenting sponsor of challenge competition for 2010-2014. Creative problem-solving program educates young people about value of construction industry careers as well as industry contributions to improved quality of life. Read More

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NIST awards research grants in measurement science.

January 15, 2010

NIST has awarded $34.12 million in grants for 27 research projects in measurement science and engineering. Ranging from $408,996 to $1.5 million, one-time grants will fund projects lasting up to 3 yr in higher-education, commercial, and nonprofit organizations in 18 states. NIST Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grants Program supports research in energy, environmental, information technology, bioscience, manufacturing, and physical infrastructure sectors. Read More

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AWWA announces ACE10 registration is now open.

January 15, 2010

Scheduled for June 20-24, 2010 Annual Conference and Exposition will enable participants to explore future of safe water, gain insight into cutting-edge research and best practices, and experience latest products and services available to water community. ACE10 will feature 14 in-depth, interactive workshops and more than 100 professional sessions comprising more than 550 presentations. New Product Technology Showcase will return to highlight innovative products and technology. Read More

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NIST Scientists quantify nanoparticle-protein interactions.

January 15, 2010

Research team at NIST has quantified interaction of gold nanoparticles with proteins found in human blood, an approach that should be useful in development of nanoparticle-based medical therapies and for better understanding the physical origin of toxicity of certain nanoparticles. Team found that once proteins stick to nanoparticles, optical properties of both particles and proteins change. Measuring changes helps quantify propensity of particles to aggregate due to presence of protein layers. Read More

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International Conference addresses business ethics.

January 15, 2010

First International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct for the Aerospace and Defense Industry strengthened exchange between industrial, institutional, and state players within key sectors, encouraging them to participate in development of fair competition rules. This forum, now entering its outreach phase will be a landmark approach for all sectors on how global companies that are competitors can create and share best practices in addressing ethical issues. Read More

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Atomic Property Predictions improves by NIST, IU scientists.

January 15, 2010

James Sims of NIST and Stanley Hagstrom of Indiana University (IU) have determined accurate values for fundamental property of lithium using approach that may permit scientists to do likewise for other atoms in periodic table. Specifically, they calculated 4 excitation energies for lithium atom approximately 100 times more accurately than previous experimental measurements. Determination of excitation energies is of interest to those who characterize and model all types of gaseous systems. Read More

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ASHRAE Press Breakfast to focus on Standard 189.1.

January 14, 2010

Scheduled for Jan 25, ASHRAE Press Breakfast will focus on Standard 189.1P, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Kent Peterson, P.E., will provide overall look at standard and discuss its impact on industry. Mark MacCracken will discuss standard's indoor environmental quality requirements, and Nick Ferzacca will talk about standard's requirements for operation and lighting impact. Read More

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SME Education Foundation celebrates 30 years.

January 14, 2010

Acknowledged as the number one influencer of manufacturing education, SME Education Foundation will hold 30th Anniversary event on Sept 16, 2010. Legacy of individual donors who established endowments 30 years ago allows Foundation to fund awards, scholarships, and in-kind gifts to colleges and universities. In spite of scholarships being cut throughout country, Foundation continues to provide financial support to scholastically talented young people pursuing technology-based careers. Read More

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AWWA Webcast addresses inorganic treatment issues.

January 14, 2010

On February 10 of 2010, AWWA will host "Inorganic Treatment: Avoiding Inadvertent Compliance Challenges," a webcast intended to summarize recent surveys of lesser-known inorganics in US and Canadian drinking waters. It will also provide overview of pH adjustment issues and stability of water as it relates to inorganics as well as present case studies from systems that experienced unintended consequences when adding inorganic treatment process. Read More

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BIO Asks Accurate Emissions Accounting under cap-and-trade rules.

January 14, 2010

BIO submitted comments to California Air Resources Board on its preliminary draft regulation for the state's Cap-and-Trade Program, scheduled for 2011 implementation. While pointing out that "Lifecycle emissions are not applied in the accounting for biomass used in electricity generation," executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section concluded that "to incorporate them for biofuels would unfairly incentivize one form of energy production over another." Read More

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Houston FAA Controllers are using new satellite-based tracking system.

January 14, 2010

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced that Houston air traffic controllers are beginning to use Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology, an improved satellite-based system, to efficiently and safely separate and manage aircraft flying over the Gulf of Mexico. Technology will also allow FAA to provide new, more direct routes over the Gulf of Mexico, improving efficiency of aircraft operations while using less fuel. Read More

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NIST awards $123 million in grants for research facilities.

January 14, 2010

NIST announced grants totaling more than $123 million to 11 universities and nonprofit research organization to provide cost-shared support for scientific research facility construction. Targeting ultimate research such as off-shore wind power and coral reef ecology to quantum physics and nanotechnology, projects will launch more than $250 million in new laboratory construction projects this year. Read More

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Additive Manufacturing gets a universal language.

January 14, 2010

In effort to eliminate confusion over terminology, design, testing methods, materials, and processing differences, SME's Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing community approached ASTM to develop standards. Result is the publication, "Standard Terminology for Additive Manufacturing Technologies," which will allow manufacturers to compare and contrast performance of different additive processes and enable researchers and process developers to provide repeatable results. Read More

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AMT reports rise in manufacturing technology consumption.

January 13, 2010

According to USMTC report by AMT and AMTDA, companies reported U.S. manufacturing technology consumption in November was up 16.0% from October but down 16.2% from November 2008. Same pattern showed for 5 geographic areas, except Western Region, which was down from October and last November. Peter Borden, AMTDA President, said 3-month upward trend is positive news. Report provides regional and national U.S. consumption data of domestic/imported machine tools and related equipment. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves road materials test standard.

January 13, 2010

ASTM D7552, Test Method for Determining the Complex Shear Modulus (G*) of Bituminous Mixtures Using Dynamic Shear Rheometer, has been approved by Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials. Developed by Subcommittee D04.26 on Fundamental/Mechanistic Tests, standard will enable operators to determine complex shear modulus of field cores, regardless of layer thickness. Primary users will be independent test laboratories specializing in forensic investigation of projects. Read More

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Container Traffic increases after 2½ year decline.

January 13, 2010

According to monthly Global Port Tracker report released by National Retail Federation, import cargo volume at nation's major retail container ports is on track to show gains through first half of 2010. U.S. ports handled 1.09 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units in November, which was down 8% from October and 10% from November 2008. Trend was broken in December, which was estimated at 1.08 million TEU, down slightly from November, but 1.7% increase over December 2008. Read More

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Security Standard aids emergency operations center development.

January 13, 2010

Draft standard WK12954, Guide for the Development of an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E54.02 on Emergency Preparedness, Training, and Procedures. It aims to provide advice and existing best business practices for creation of EOCs. Glenn Wisbey, an E54 member, said that this proposed guide will walk emergency managers or business continuity planners through development process when new or updated EOC is needed. Read More

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ANSI announces 2010 dates for accreditation workshops.

January 13, 2010

ANSI's Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop for ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, General requirements for bodies operating certification schemes for persons, will include discussions on understanding standard's requirements, its benefits, and why it is benchmark for personnel certification. Certificate Issuers' Accreditation Workshop will cover ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, and how to develop course with end assessment. See full release for specific dates. Read More

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US DoT Manual references several ANSI-accredited SDOs.

January 13, 2010

As example of public sector reliance upon standards developed with private-sector lead, revised Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, produced by US Department of Transportation, references several ANSI-accredited standards developers. Specifically, revisions regarding high-visibility apparel, materials, and luminaire location reference standards by International Safety Equipment Association, National Fire Protection Association, NEMA, and Illuminating Engineering Society. Read More