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BIO Convention is seeking session proposals.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
July 22, 2009 BIO invites leaders in science, finance, business, law, and government policy to submit proposals for breakout sessions at 2010 BIO International Convention, which will be held May 3-6 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL. Featuring 125+ breakout sessions in 17 educational session tracks, convention will highlight latest trends as well as new opportunities for executives, investors, scientists, policy leaders, and media.
ASTM seeks papers for July 2010 symposium.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 22, 2009 Sponsored by ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum and Petroleum Products and Subcommittee D02.14, Symposium on Fuel Corrosivity and Material Compatibility of Petroleum and Alternative Liquid Fuels will be held July 1, 2010, in Kansas City, MO. Presenters/authors must submit online abstract submittal form, with 250-300 word preliminary abstract, by September 22, 2009, and will be notified by Nov. 22, 2009, of paper's acceptability for presentation.
NTSB announces resignation of Chairman Mark V. Rosenker.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
July 22, 2009 Member and Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker has submitted letter of resignation to President Obama after leading NTSB for 4 yr. Rosenker became Member and Vice Chairman of NTSB in March 2003 and then Acting Chairman, and in 2006 was sworn in as 11th Chairman. During Rosenker's chairmanship, NTSB marked various major transportation safety achievements and investigative challenges. He has also been recognized for promoting boating safety.
Congressional Briefing to address high performance buildings.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
July 22, 2009 Energy efficiency of high-performance buildings has potential to go even higher through proposed national "smart" electric power grid being developed by U.S. government and leading industry groups. Scheduled for July 23 at B-340 Rayburn House Office Buildings, briefing for Congressional staff will address how buildings can connect to Smart Grid, technologies and equipment necessary for success, and expectations for what the Smart Grid would look like.
Kathryn O'Leary Higgins to leave NTSB.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
July 22, 2009 NTSB Board Member, Kathryn O'Leary Higgins, submitted her resignation to President Obama, effective August 3. Higgins joined Board on January 3, 2006, and during her tenure, she was on scene at several major accident investigations, including Blue Line derailment in Chicago in July 2006; May 2008 collision of 2 light rail trains in Newton, MA; August 2008 crash of firefighters' helicopter in Weaverville, CA; and the ditching of US Airways airliner in Hudson River in Jan 2009.
Energy and Water Budget Bill passes in the House.
National Hydrogen Association    Washington, DC 20036
July 22, 2009 Energy and Water appropriations bill (HR.3183), which includes DOE's FY10 budget, was passed by floor of the full House by vote of 320-97. Bill included an amendment that added an additional $45 million for hydrogen vehicle technologies to the $40 million the House E&W Appropriations Subcommittee had already added above DOE's $68 million FY10 budget request for hydrogen and fuel cells in DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
ASTM Standard concerns wire cloth and sieves for testing.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 22, 2009 ASTM International Committee E29 on Particle and Spray Characterization has approved a revision of ASTM standard E11, Specification for Wire Cloth and Sieves for Testing Purposes, in the hopes of leading to better control of the quality of sieve cloths and test sieves. Featuring standard deviation as one parameter for sieve cloth and test sieve evaluation, this revision provides for test sieves that can be supplied in compliance, inspection, and calibration grades.
Awards Nominations Deadline extended to July 27, 2009.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
July 22, 2009 To ensure all stakeholders have sufficient opportunity to submit candidates for ANSI's 2009 Leadership and Service Awards, the deadline for nominations has been extended to Monday July 27, 2009. The awards, presented annually as part of World Standards Week, recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs. Recipients will be chosen by officers from the ANSI Board of Directors.
ANSI seeks nominations for policy and other committees.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
July 22, 2009 ANSI would like to remind all members of ANSI Federation to recommend qualified candidates for membership on Institute's policy and other committees. Policy committees seeking new members include National Policy Committee, Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee, International Policy Committee, and ANSI ISO Council. Three-year terms begin Jan 1, 2010 and conclude Dec 31, 2012. Deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, July 24, 2009.
PMA Report forecasts increase in metalforming demand.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
July 22, 2009 As economic indicator for manufacturing, July 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report showed metalforming companies expect continued strengthening of business conditions during next 3 months. Of 131 sampled US and Canadian companies, 37% predict an improvement in overall economic activity and 47% expect it will remain unchanged. Companies also anticipate improvements in incoming orders, with 46% predicting increased orders and 39% expecting no change.
Specialized Clinical Center delivers patient-focused care.
Cleveland Clinic    Cleveland, OH 44195
July 22, 2009 The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is designed to advance the research, early detection, and treatment of neurological diseases. Its mission is to prevent the disabling symptoms of chronic brain diseases and to prolong healthy, vital aging in people at risk for dementia or cognitive disorders via patient-centered and research-based model, which enables the entire healthcare team to pool their wisdom and expertise for the benefit of the patient.
SPE announces date for Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
July 22, 2009 Scheduled for November 12, 2009, 39th Annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala will be held at Burton Manor in suburbs of Detroit. Theme is Green Cars...Blue Skies... in recognition of industry's intense focus on increasing fuel efficiency while also lowering cost of ownership and reducing tailpipe emissions for ground transportation, and important role that polymeric materials play in meeting those goals.
ASHRAE Research has reached 2-million dollar mark.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
July 21, 2009 For the second year in a row, ASHRAE Research Promotion has raised over 2 million dollars. Contributions from individuals, ASHRAE chapters, and 20 company donors reached $2,038,528 for the 2008-2009 Society year. The Society matches these donated funds dollar-for-dollar, creating a 4-million dollar pool with which to support research. This money will fund research projects, beginning in the 2009-10 fiscal year, that deal with measuring, modeling, analysis, and reporting protocols.
Courses address electronics manufacturing challenges.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
July 21, 2009 Held on September 24, 2009, the professional development program at IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will offer half-day courses lead by industry experts providing practical, real-world solutions to printed board manufacturing and electronics assembly challenges. Topics will cover stencil printing process; advanced component packages/processes; PCB assembly yield troubleshooting; LGA/QFN design, assembly, and rework; final finish compatibility; solder joint reliability; and more.
AWWA publishes Wastewater Operator Certification Study Guide.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
July 21, 2009 Based on several well-respected textbooks, Wastewater Operator Certification Study Guide: A Guide to Preparing for Wastewater Treatment Certification Exams provides questions similar in content and format to questions that appear on state wastewater-operator certification exams for Grades I, II, III, and IV. It also includes special section on pumping and math section with 75 questions and answers for conversions, percentages, weights, loading and pumping rates, and dosages.
FAA Safety Culture reflected in operational error reporting.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
July 21, 2009 Effective immediately, names of air traffic controllers will not be included in reports sent to FAA headquarters on operational errors. This will allow investigators to focus on what happened rather than who was at fault. Necessary training will be conducted and disciplinary action taken, if appropriate. To avoid disrupting operations, controllers will not be automatically removed from their position following operational error unless it is deemed necessary.
BIO testifies on importance of data exclusivity.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
July 21, 2009 BIO recently testified before House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy on "Biologics and Biosimilars: Balancing Incentives for Innovation." In his testimony on behalf of BIO, Jeffrey P. Kushan of Sidley Austin LLP stressed importance of including significant data exclusivity in any pathway for approval of biosimilars and need to provide fair and balanced system to resolve patent disputes before biosimilar is approved and marketed.
Canada and European Communities end WTO Biotech dispute.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
July 21, 2009 According to Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Executive VP, Food and Agriculture for BIO, while it is a good sign to see that Canadian canola growers have gained some access for their exports, European Union's approval system for biotechnology products continues to be broken. It is plagued by political interference, undue delay, and member state prohibitions. This situation impedes U.S. trade, despite well-documented safety of agricultural biotechnology.
ASTM Standard helps test energy efficiency of windows.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 21, 2009 ASTM E2649, Test Method for Determining Argon Concentration in Sealed Insulating Glass Units Using Spark Emission Spectroscopy, provides a method for evaluating gas concentration inside insulating glass units without destroying or altering their edge seal. According to Jeffery Haberer, E06.22.05 task group chair, certification groups and researchers will use ASTM E2649 to show the compliance of an IG unit to hold gas at a minimum accepted level.
ASTM announces new standard for testing of arc blankets.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 21, 2009 ASTM F2676, Test Method for Determining the Protective Performance of an Arc Protective Blanket for Electric Arc Hazards, will be used to determine effectiveness of arc protective blankets in suppressing combined effect of arc flash and arc blast. Developed by Subcommittee F18.65 on Wearing Apparel, it will enable utility companies and heavy industry users to evaluate blankets with repeatable standard at test labs using electric arc and high-speed camera.

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