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USDA Report indicates wide adoption of biotech crops.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
July 3, 2009 According to USDA's Economic Research Service report, released July 1, 2009, adoption of genetically engineered soybeans was 91% in 2009, cotton reached 88%, and corn climbed to 85%. Report features 3 tables, devoted to each, that cover 2000-09 by U.S. state. It also summarizes extent of adoption of herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant crops since 1996. Sharon Bomer Lauritsen noted that in 2007, use of biotech crops equaled removal of 14.2 billion kg of CO2 from atmosphere.
FABTECH 2009 to focus on economic recovery.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
July 3, 2009 Scheduled for November 15-18 in Chicago, FABTECH® International and AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, is expected to draw 35,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors. John Catalano, FABTECH show manager, believes expected attendance indicates manufacturing will thrive when economy picks up. Co-sponsored by AWS, FMA, SME, and PMA, event will include keynote panel discussions, solutions showcase seminars, education/technical sessions, and professional welding competition with grand prize of $2,500.
NACD Moderated Panel on multi-agency harmonization.
The National Association of Chemical Distributors    Arlington, VA 22209
July 3, 2009 On June 30 of this year, NACD VP of Government Affairs Jennifer Gibson moderated a panel discussion on Multi-Agency Harmonization on Chemical and Hazardous Materials Security Regulations with key officials from several Department of Homeland Security and Department of Transportation agencies. The discussion - a highlight of the 2009 Chemical Sector Security Summit - addressed major security programs agencies administer and how they work with each other to coordinate efforts.
IPC Testifies on EPA request for guidance on reopening DSW Rule.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
July 3, 2009 Supporting the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2008 Definition of Solid Waste Rule (DSW), IPC director of environmental policy and government relations Fern Abrams testified as to its environmental benefits. Her testimony focused on how the DSW rule removes regulatory barriers that inhibit the recycling of manufacturing wastes while simultaneously providing an environmental benefit by reducing waste. Based on such points, Abrams urged the EPA to deny Sierra Club's petition.
First Quarter 2009 Laser Orders down 38% from 2008.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
July 3, 2009 According to AMT, orders of industrial laser equipment and systems in first quarter 2009 are reported at $58.8 million - a decrease of 38.2% from fourth quarter 2008. Orders within North America totaled $45.9 million, while exports amounted to approximately $12.9 million. By dollar value, laser systems consisting of a source and workstation made up 87.9% of orders. Measured by units, systems accounted for 61.1% of units.
AFS and NADCA combine government affairs efforts.
North American Die Casting Association, The (NADCA)    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
July 3, 2009 Effective July 1, the federal government affairs services of American Foundry Society (AFS) will be combined with the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA). The result of this collective effort, which will entail a coordinated, joint federal advocacy effort while maintaining each group's status as separate organizations, is to be called the Metalcasters Alliance for Government Affairs and will be represented by Waterman and Associates.
NIST extends deadline for technology innovation proposals.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 3, 2009 Because of technical difficulties at website accepting electronic submissions, NIST announced it is extending deadline for submitting proposals to its Technology Innovation Program competition from June 23 to Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at 3 pm ET. NIST will now accept only paper submissions. Competition, originally announced on March 26, 2009, offers multiyear, cost-shared research funding in civil infrastructure and advanced materials in manufacturing.
NIST requests public comment on draft report.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 3, 2009 NIST is requesting public comment on draft report, formerly announced in Federal Register notice published on June 30, that identifies issues and proposes priorities for developing interoperability standards for smart electric power grid. Prepared under contract by EPRI, report will be used in drafting NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Framework. Comments should reference Federal Register notice and must be received on or before July 30, 2009.
Charles W. Briggs Award was given to Edward Ginzel.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 2, 2009 A member of ASTM International since 1996, consultant Edward Ginzel was honored with the Charles W. Briggs Award for his outstanding contributions to the work of ASTM Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. He has been active in promoting advanced ultrasonic methods and continues to work with agencies developing personnel certification programs for the advanced methods. Ginzel is also a member of the Canadian General Standards Board Committee on NDT Personnel Certification.
Gary A. Hayden was honored with Award of Merit.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 2, 2009 Gary A. Hayden, chief metallurgist and QA director at CP Industries, was presented with an ASTM International Award of Merit for his service to ASTM Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys. He joined ASTM International in 1993 and currently serves as secretary of Committee A01 and its Subcommittee A01.06 on Steel Forgings and Billets. He also chairs the editorial subcommittee, leads several A01 task groups, and works on Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing.
CA Auto Emissions Waiver may create regulatory uncertainty.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
July 2, 2009 According to NAM's Vice President for Energy and Resources Policy, Keith McCoy, the EPA's decision to grant California's waiver to move forward with more stringent tailpipe emissions "could lead to a patchwork of regulations that would burden an already beleaguered manufacturing sector." He went on to express hope that this action would not undermine efforts to create one uniform, federal standard for fuel economy that will promote regulatory certainty.
ASTM Web Portals offer access to standards collections.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 2, 2009 ASTM Web portals, powered by Citation®, are interactive sites that provide access to relevant standards, government regulations, and referenced documents. Available for biodiesel, environmental due diligence, and transportation, portals allow multiple users to link between standards that are referenced, add notes or attachments for others to view, and make side-by-side comparisons. They are also available as custom collections tailored to specific companies or organizations.
NIST develops ion trap that senses force and light.NIST develops ion trap that senses force and light.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 2, 2009 Built by NIST and University of Erlangen-Nuremberg physicists, stylus trap holds promise in sensing very small forces or as interface for transferring individual light particles for quantum communications. By scanning trap near surface or moving sample near trap, user could map near-surface electric/magnetic fields. Using standard techniques to cool ions with laser light and trap them with electromagnetic fields, trap could also be used for quantum key cryptography or in quantum computing.
NIST Summer School exposes students to neutron research.NIST Summer School exposes students to neutron research.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 2, 2009 NIST's Center for Neutron Research Summer School, in its 15th year, featured 36 students who were introduced to inelastic scattering tools that reveal how very small objects move. Each received hands-on instruction on 3 instruments best suited for their research needs. Program provides undergraduate/graduate students from U.S. and abroad with hands-on experiences with sensing equipment that harnesses cold or slow neutrons to illuminate inner workings of objects a few nanometers across.
NIST issues reference materials for milk/blood contaminants.NIST issues reference materials for milk/blood contaminants.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 2, 2009 NIST has released 4 Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) in response to scientists' need to measure organic contaminants in human body fluids. They will be used as controls in experiments and reflect increase in levels of brominated flame retardants and chemicals found in carpeting/upholstery since 2000. All were packaged half unfortified and half fortified with 172 contaminants at levels 5-10x median concentrations in U.S. population. Milk SRMs contain similar contaminants as serum materials.
Baldrige Recipients share strategies at regional conferences.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 2, 2009 Senior leaders from the 3 organizations selected for the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, as well as representatives from past Award recipients, will share their best practices and results at one-day regional conferences on September 15, 2009 in Milwaukee, WI and October 2, 2009 in Cambridge, MA. The 2008 Baldrige Award recipients are Cargill Corn Milling North America (manufacturing), Poudre Valley Health System (health care), and Iredell-Statesville Schools (education).
Physicist, Chemist receive federal public sarvice award.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 2, 2009 Physicist Sae Woo Nam and chemist Stephan Stranick of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are among 12 federal employees who received the Arthur S. Flemming Award in ceremonies held June 1, 2009. Nam was recognized for contributions and leadership in the field of single photonics, while Stranick received his award for his work in chemical imaging microscopy techniques below the diffraction limit of light.
ISO announces standard on safety for gas turbine applications.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
July 1, 2009 Standard ISO 21789:2009, Gas turbine applications - Safety provides guidance for safety-related control and detection systems and auxiliaries for all types of open-cycle gas turbines. It covers turbines used in both onshore and offshore applications, including floating production platforms. Risks to humans and to environment are addressed, with possible hazards detailed. Standard also specifies preventative measures for minimizing or eliminating related hazards.
NTSB Official addresses passenger ship safety.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
July 1, 2009 In address to Crescent River Pilots' Association, NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker applauded audience on efforts to reduce risks of moving passenger vessels in and out of ports and waterways in restricted visibility. Rosenker provided background of Board's Office of Marine Safety and highlighted some of its ongoing investigations, pointing to previously learned lessons. Also noted were NTSBs 2,300 marine safety recommendations since 1967.
ANSI conducts training for accreditation program.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
July 1, 2009 ANSI Certificate Accreditation Program Committee held 3-day training program for organizations that issue education/training certificates to U.S. workers. Attendees studied ASTM E2659-09 and ISO/IEC 17011 and reviewed various materials, discussed case studies, and conducted sample assessments. Training/certification/accreditation leaders from 13 organizations will serve as assessors and committee members for ANSI-CAP program, which will be evaluated at follow-up meeting in January 2010.

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