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CA's Low Carbon Fuel Standard could hamper biofuel industry.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 28, 2009 According to BIO Executive VP, Brent Erickson, biotechnology industry supports and applauds California's attempt to mitigate impact of transportation on climate change through adoption of Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Unfortunately, adopted rule - in particular inclusion of indirect land use change measurements and methodology - may discourage investment in continued research and development of same low carbon biofuels that are needed by California to meet its goals.
ASHRAE publishes Risk Management Guideline.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
April 28, 2009 Developed by engineers, architects, and contractors, ASHRAE Guideline 29-2009 will assist building owners and managers in analyzing what measures should be put in place to protect occupants and property from extraordinary events. It will provide guidance for practical evaluation, design, and implementation of measures to reduce multiple risks in new and existing buildings. Risks relate to fire, seismic events, chemical and biological releases, blasts, and other extraordinary hazards.
AASHTO Report outlines price of improving roads/bridges.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
April 28, 2009 Bottom Line Report indicates that by 2015, investment in highways and bridges will have to increase to $59 billion annually, compared to $13.3 billion spent in 2006. It also finds that another $13 billion would be needed for environmental mitigation, highway operations, safety programs, and security. Using modeling techniques, report indicates road improvement projects will increase speed levels by 5% and reduce hours of delay by 16.5%.
Georgia Governor awarded by BIO for bioscience work.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 28, 2009 BIO selected Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as 2009 Governor of the Year in recognition of leadership and support of biosciences in Georgia. Perdue has implemented first-ever seed capital and facilities funds focused specifically on life sciences industry, which have been used to support 16 start-up companies over past 2 yr. According to 2009 Shaping Infinity report, 1 out of every 68 jobs in Georgia is related to life sciences industry and university research.
IPC announces 2009 Academic Poster Competition winners.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 28, 2009 Evaluated on innovation and originality, posters were voted upon by IPC APEX EXPO attendees. Jianbiao Pan of California Polytechnic State University won 1st place for "The Calculation of Liquidus Temperature for Various BGA/CSP Assemblies." John Folkerts and Frank Collins from Johns Hopkins University took 2nd place with "Printed Wiring Board Delamination - Some Unique Findings." Tied for 3rd were Aaron Pedigo, Pylin Sarobol, John Blendell, Carol Handwerker, and John P. Koppes from Purdue.
IPC Prepares Policy Suggestions to DoD PCB Executive Agent.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 28, 2009 Although the DoD has already selected the Navy as the PCB Executive Agent (EA), this appointment is in the confirmation stages. In the interim, a special IPC task force is developing policy recommendations and prepared to aid the DoD PCB EA when the appointment is finalized. The most pressing recommendation is for the DoD to source non-critical technology domestically in order to support a more robust and technically advanced domestic supply base.
EASTECŪ will feature Lean and Green Resource Center.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
April 28, 2009 Co-sponsored by SME, EASTEC will include 3-day Lean and Green Resource Center featuring 20 seminars on topics like Efficient Machining; Using Kaizen Principles to Reduce Environment, Health, and Safety Risks; and Green Laser Stripping. Center will also provide educational opportunities on environmental regulations. Kimberly L. Farrugia, Senior Show Manager, said 2009 attendee survey indicated continuous improvement as area of interest. Event will be held May 19-21 in West Springfield, MA.
Report Relays Economic Optimism for metalforming market.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
April 28, 2009 According to the April 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies are optimistic about business conditions. This report, conducted monthly, samples 155 US/Canadian metalforming companies and serves as an economic indicator for manufacturing. Nineteen percent of participants predict an improvement in overall economic activity, and 24% of companies forecast an increase in orders.
Health Plan provides online access to health care services.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc.    Jacksonville, FL 32231-0014
April 27, 2009 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and American Well(TM) will bring American Well's Online Care to Minnesota, which will allow consumers real-time, live interactions with physicians and other medical care providers. Virtual clinics at worksite will emphasize treatment for common illnesses, monitoring care for patients with chronic illness, as well as preventive and wellness care. When encounter is complete, patient has option to share full record of it with primary care doctor.
Call for Papers announced for CLIMA 2010 World Congress.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
April 27, 2009 Organized every 4 years by the European Federation of Heating and Ventilating Associations (REHVA) and co-sponsored by ASHRAE, the CLIMA 2010 World Congress is seeking papers on topics related to sustainable energy use in buildings. Conference themes include, but are not limited to, sustainable energy systems, green buildings, and energy efficient heating/cooling systems. The 2010 event takes place from May 9-12 in Antalya, Turkey, and abstracts are due by June 30, 2009.
ELFA Survey shows decline in new business volume for March.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
April 24, 2009 The Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) from the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) shows that overall new business volume for the equipment finance sector declined by 30% in March when compared to the same period in 2008. For the first quarter of 2009, new business volume declined by 31% (compared to that of 2008), while new business volume increased 42.4% from February to March. MLFI-25 reflects capex, or the volume of commercial equipment financed in the U.S.
Plastic Bag Manufacturers set aggressive recycled content goal.
American Chemistry Council, Inc.    Arlington, VA 22209
April 24, 2009 Progressive Bag Affiliates of the American Chemistry Council announced an effort to increase recycling of plastic bags. Specifically, the Full Circle Recycling Initiative sets a goal of seeing 40% recycled content, including at least 25% postconsumer recycled plastic, in all plastic bags by 2015. In addition to $50 million industry-wide investment towards overhauling manufacturing processes, the effort also aims for the annual collection of 470 million pounds of recycled plastic.
PICA Names Public Relations Person of the Year.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53202-4879
April 24, 2009 Publications in Construction and Agriculture (PICA), a subgroup of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), has named Jane Cooper of Cooper Hong Inc., located in St. Charles, IL, as its Public Relations Person of the Year. As such, Cooper exemplifies outstanding best practices in media relations in terms of reliability, accuracy, quality of information provided, trustworthiness, integrity, and level of experience pertaining to her company, products, and industry.
Off-road Equipment Marketing Award winners announced.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53202-4879
April 24, 2009 Conducted under PICA, AEM's Publications in Construction and Agriculture subgroup, "Measures of Success" marketing awards program recognizes excellence in off-road equipment industry marketing communications and honors outstanding industry efforts as educational example of best practices. Platinum Award for highest score overall went to Sandvik of Smyrna, GA and Rhea + Kaiser of Naperville, IL for entry in direct mail single piece category.
Sandia Lab Executive joins NIST advisory group.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
April 23, 2009 Alton D. Romig, Jr., senior executive at Sandia National Laboratories, has been chosen to serve on primary policy advisory body of NIST. Patrick D. Gallagher, NIST deputy director, appointed Romig to Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology for 3-year term. VCAT was established by Congress to review and make recommendations on NIST's policies, organization, budget, and programs, and was recently updated by 2007 America COMPETES Act.
Two NIST Members receive 2009 Federal 100 Award.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
April 23, 2009 Presented by Federal Computer Week, Federal 100 Award honors top professionals in federal IT community. Karen Scarfone was named for technical security manuals that have helped government organizations make Web servers and mobile devices more secure. Matthew P. Barrett was acknowledged for leading team that provides computer security programs for federal agencies including SCAP, National Vulnerability Database, National Checklist Programs, and SCAP Laboratory Accreditation program.
FISMA Project Manager named to ISSA Hall of Fame.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
April 23, 2009 Ron Ross, senior computer scientist and information security researcher at NIST, has been named to Information Systems Security Association's Hall of Fame for his leadership in development of influential information security documents. Ross manages Federal Information Security Management Act Implementation Project that has driven federal government and many commercial organizations to focus on information security from risk-based perspective.
Humanitarian Award rewards biotech-based efforts.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 23, 2009 A distinguished panel of judges from the fields of science, policy, business, and philanthropy will evaluate nominations for the first annual Biotech Humanitarian Award. Established by BIO to recognize those within the biotechnology community who have helped heal, fuel, and feed the planet, one contributor will be named 2009 Biotech Humanitarian and take the $10,000 prize on May 20 at the 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta, GA.
AMT reports Q1 workholding shipments down from 2008 levels.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
April 23, 2009 Based on Workholding Market Data Report, Advanced Workholding Technology (AWT) Group announced shipments in Q1 2009 were down 31.7% from Q1 2008, standing at $43.4 million. Midwest received 40.8% of total domestic shipments, and along with shimpments to West/Northeast, declined slightly, while Central/South region shipments increased slightly. Report provides statistics on workholding equipment for marketing/planning purposes.
SIIA Spring Events to explore industry innovation.
Software and Information Industry Association    Washington, DC 20005-4095
April 23, 2009 The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced keynote speakers for its NetGain Conference and Software Summit, held May 4-5, 2009 in San Francisco, CA. During the events, top executives and industry leaders will present approaches to help participants succeed in an evolving industry. Events will culminate with the 24th annual CODiE Awards Gala, a peer-reviewed technology awards program, to celebrate achievements in software, content, and educational technology.

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