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LIA announces electronic form of newsletter.
Laser Institute of America (LIA)    Orlando, FL 32826
June 30, 2009 LIA announced green initiative by releasing electronic form of LIA TODAY newsletter. Members will have option to receive printed newsletter in electronic, PDF-format sent directly to personal email. Look and feel of newsletter will not change and it will include articles on latest industry news to help laser professionals stay current on important issues impacting laser community.
LIA appoints Gus Anibarro as Education Director.
Laser Institute of America (LIA)    Orlando, FL 32826
June 30, 2009 LIA announced that Gus Anibarro has been appointed to Education Director, effective June 1, 2009. Having worked at LIA for 10 yr, his previous role was Education Manager, where he presented at prestigious conferences, taught LIA's Laser Safety Officer Courses, and provided in-house training. Anibarro also audits many top industrial manufacturing companies and is member of Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z136 and Standards Subcommittee 3 for Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care.
LIA announces upcoming laser safety training courses.
Laser Institute of America (LIA)    Orlando, FL 32826
June 30, 2009 Laser Safety Officer Training courses will be held in St. Louis, MO on August 4-6, 2009, and in Milton, ON, Canada on August 17-19, 2009. Courses will provide nonmathematical approach to teach duties of Laser Safety Officer as described in ANSI Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers standard. Targeting professionals not required to perform hazard analysis calculations, they will offer education on laser fundamentals and terminology, bioeffects, control measures, and safety program administration.
Lasers and Optics Conference to take place in Wuhan, China.
Laser Institute of America (LIA)    Orlando, FL 32826
June 30, 2009 Pacific International Conference on Applications of Lasers and Optics (PICALO), focusing on growth and application of lasers/optics in Pacific region, will take place on March 23-25, 2010. Laser Materials Processing Conference; Laser Micro, Nano, and Ultrafast Fabrication Conference; and International Enterprise Summit will take place during event. It is intended for scholars, experts, and entrepreneurs worldwide as well as management personnel/technicians/end-users in China.
AWWA announces certificate program for trainers.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
June 30, 2009 AWWA's Customer Service Certificate Program provides opportunity for water industry professionals to become approved trainers. Covering all aspects of delivering customer service for internal/external customers, program's 3-part series includes principals related to effectiveness, comprehension of general technology applications, and basics of water industry operations. Program is offering 2 Train-the-Trainer workshops held in Chicago in August and Denver in November.
AASHTO reports states meet deadline for highway projects.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
June 30, 2009 According to testimony by Acting Deputy Administrator of FHA Jeff Paniati, 5,000 projects valued at $15.7 billion have been approved by agency, accounting for 59% of total funds, as of June 24. As of June 19, 1,500 projects were underway in 45 states. Paniati also noted that 15 states have obligated 80% of funds, with Maine obligating 100%. Recovery Act provided $48 billion for transportation investments and all highway funds must be obligated by March 2, 2010.
BIO Official comments on White House letter on biosimilars.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
June 30, 2009 BIO President/CEO Jim Greenwood said letter, sent to Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, calls for 7 yr of data exclusivity which is risky shortcut and undermines incentives needed for continued biotech research. Greenwood believes 14 yr would provide balance between access to breakthrough medicines and protection provided to small drug manufacturers. BIO will continue working with Administration/Congress to develop bipartisan pathway to biosimilars, focusing on patient safety.
Ford Scholarship Award given to Chicago high-school students.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
June 29, 2009 Ford Blue Oval Scholarships were awarded to 4 winning teams, receiving awards totaling $35,000. In partnership of Ford Motor Company Fund, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, and SME Education Foundation, week-long competition featured 25 students from 8 Chicago Public Schools as part of 2009 Future Founders Academy. Scholarship criteria required student to want to pursue science, technology, engineering, or manufacturing career and to pursue college degree.
ATA applauds ASTM on passing jet fuel specification.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
June 29, 2009 ATA President and CEO James C. May applauded ASTM International Aviation Fuels Subcommittee for passing synthetic jet fuel specification. According to May, it signals beginning of new era for production/use of cleaner, alternative fuels that will help industry meet environmental goals and provide airlines with competitive options for purchasing fuel. ATA also supports the testing and review synthetic fuel has received to ensure it meets or exceeds safety/performance standards.
ASTM International awards 2 professionals for leadership.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 29, 2009 Michael Brisson of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, has received 2009 ASTM International President's Leadership Award. Member of ASTM since 2005, Brisson leads research in beryllium sampling and analysis which has formed basis for several ASTM air quality standards. Jeffrey Goldfinger of Sensors and Simulation Group at L-3 Communications Corp. was also awarded. Award recognizes individuals early in ASTM career who have significantly advanced Society's mission.
Zurich Program matches donations from RIA members.
Restoration Industry Association    Columbia, MD 21046-1595
June 26, 2009 Zurich North America Commercial, a property and casualty insurance provider in North America and globally, has announced its ongoing support of Restoration Industry Association®. Zurich will match donations made by RIA members throughout next 3 years, up to its previous year's donation of $25,000 to help RIA update Certified Restorer® Program and develop new means to deliver training to motivated and knowledge-seeking restorers.
AASHTO Makes Statement on Highway Trust Fund crisis plan.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
June 26, 2009 The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) credits the Obama Administration for its recognition of the need to stabilize the funding for the nation's highway and transit programs. This will ensure the continued support of jobs and retain the economic benefits in transportation infrastructure from the investment being made by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Major shifts in transportation policy should also be considered.
BIO Commends Selection of Kappos to lead USPTO.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
June 26, 2009 BIO President and CEO, Jim Greenwood, issued a statement in response to President Obama's nomination of David J. Kappos for Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In it, he said "Mr. Kappos will bring a thoughtful perspective to the Department of Commerce and the USPTO." It was also noted that Kappos "has a long history of industry experience, providing a point of view and insights...valuable in this position."
Conference to address quality, reliability, counterfeiting.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
June 26, 2009 IPC Midwest's technical conference lineup on September 23, 2009 in Schaumburg, IL will include technical sessions designed to deliver hard-hitting, uncensored presentations on realities facing engineers. Topics include quality and reliability, fighting counterfeiting, and grappling with environmental regulations. Also, insight will be offered into the clash between the military's reliance of tin-lead and the commercial industry's drive to lead free.
BIO Makes Statement on Medicare drug discount agreement.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
June 26, 2009 BIO issued a statement regarding the agreement reached among the Obama administration, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), and Senate Finance Committee to close coverage gap in Medicare's prescription drug program. It was said the deal would be examined by measuring its impact on the ability of biotechnology researchers to continue to develop and produce breakthrough medicines and therapies for patients suffering from debilitating diseases.
IPC releases PCB industry results for May 2009.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
June 26, 2009 According to North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 34.2% and bookings were down 25.7% in May 2009 from May 2008, while book-to-bill ratio climbed to 1.03. Flexible shipments were down 3.0% and bookings were down 12.9% compared to May 2008. Flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio inched up to 0.96. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments in May 2009 decreased 32.2% from May 2008 and orders booked decreased 24.8%.
NAM President supports funding for infrastructure.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
June 26, 2009 National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President, John Engler, issued a statement following the markup of the Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009 by a House subcommittee on Highways and Transit. He commended Jim Oberstar and John Mica for managing the bi-partisan work, which he said effectively addressed the future solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and the need to reauthorize surface transportation programs before September 30, 2009.
FAA Administrator calls for commitment to airline safety.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
June 26, 2009 FAA Administrator, Randy Babbitt, announced an expedited review of flight and rest rules and called on US airlines and unions to respond, by July 31, with commitments to strengthen safety at regional and major airlines. The FAA will work to develop and implement a flight time and rest rule based on fatigue science. It will also complete a review of airline procedures for identifying and tracking pilots who fail evaluations or demonstrate a repetitive need for additional training.
AWWA announces two new publications.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
June 26, 2009 Conducted to provide current data on utility rates as of July 1, 2008, the 2008 Water and Wastewater Rate Survey offers up-to-date reference data for 308 water and wastewater utilities from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A compendium of scientific papers written by climate change experts, Climate Change and Water: International Perspectives on Mitigation and Adaptation presents state-of-the-science on how utilities can respond to global warming today and into the future.
Statement addresses chemical facility security regulations.
American Chemistry Council, Inc.    Arlington, VA 22209
June 26, 2009 Testifying before House Committee on Homeland Security, Marty Durbin, VP of Federal Affairs, stated that ACC member companies recognize more work needs to be done to continue protecting chemical sector. Congressional action is needed to make Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards permanent before they expire in October. Ongoing implementation of CFATS demonstrates smart and aggressive approach to securing and protecting economic viability of essential part of nation's infrastructure.

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