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AEC announces 3 new members to 2009 Board of Directors.
Aluminum Extruders Council    Wauconda, IL 60084
April 29, 2009 Elected to 2-year term as Independent Extruder Director was Richard Merluzzi, President and CEO of Pennex Aluminum Company in Wellsville, PA and chairman of AEC's Business Information Committee. Elected to serve 2-year term as At-large Directors were Lynn Brown, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for Hydro Aluminum in Linthicum, MD and Jim Dickson, Director of Sales and Marketing-Primary Metal for North America for Rio Tinto Alcan Ingot Sales in Mayfield Heights, OH.
US and Japan sign aviation safety agreement.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
April 29, 2009 The FAA announced a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) between the US and Japan that allows for reciprocal certification of aircraft and aviation products. It was signed by US Embassy Charge d'Affaires ad interim and Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs. FAA Acting Assistant Administrator for International Aviation, Dorothy Reimold, signed the BASA Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness, as did Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau Director for Engineering, Toru Miyashita.
IPC releases PCB industry results for March 2009.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 29, 2009 According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program findings, rigid PCB shipments are down 30.5% and bookings are down 39.8% in March 2009 from March 2008. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments increased 9.6% and rigid bookings increased 10.5%. Flexible circuit shipments in March 2009 are up 1.0%, and bookings are down 12.0% compared to March 2008. Compared to February 2009, flexible circuit shipments are up 22.3% and flex bookings are up 15.0%.
Open Forum rescheduled to coincide with WSW 2009.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 29, 2009 In response to member feedback on financial impact of business travel, ANSI has announced that Open Forum for Standards Developers has been rescheduled to coincide with Institute's World Standards Week 2009 and will be held on Oct 6. Forum is focused on bringing together leaders of both accredited and non-accredited standards developing organizations. It is open to all interested stakeholders, including SDOs, consortia and other fora, industry, government, and consumers.
ASTM Standard for Accreditation chosen by ANSI committee.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 29, 2009 ANSI-CAP announced it has selected ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, as the standard against which certificate programs will be evaluated for potential accreditation. The ANSI program seeks to accredit organizations that issue education and training certificates to US workers. The committee that selected this standard reflects a balance of interested personnel certificate entities that represent diverse industries and stakeholders.
Nominations Sought for certificate accreditation program.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 29, 2009 Organizations that issue education and training certificates to US workers are invited to apply for the American National Standards Institute Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP). Evaluated against ASTM E2659-09, ANSI-CAP will provide neutral, third-party attestation that the certificate program in question promotes better educated and qualified workers. The activity is also expected to provide quality benchmarks for the design of future certificate programs.
US World Standards Day to focus on environmental stewardship.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 29, 2009 The US Celebration of World Standards Day - Standards for Environmental Stewardship - will spotlight the critical role of standards and conformity assessment programs in the development and implementation of green initiatives. Leaders of business, industry, academia, and government will gather in Washington, DC on October 7, 2009 to join with consumer representatives and experts in science and technology to celebrate the relationship between standards and the global environment.
Standards cover hearing protectors and corneal topography.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 29, 2009 Developed by Acoustical Society of America, ANSI/ASA S12.6-2008 specifies laboratory-based methods for assessing and reporting passive noise-reducing capabilities of hearing protection devices. Standard does not cover issues relevant to computational schemes or rating systems for applying hearing protector attenuation values. Developed by ANSI - Accredited Standards Committee Z80, ANSI Z80.23-2008 regulates instruments, systems, and methods used to measure shape of cornea over anterior surface.
Standards provide relief during Stress Awareness Month.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 29, 2009 ANSI supports development of standards related to stress-relieving activities such as massage, exercise, and safe sun exposure. International Standard IEC 60335-2-32 Ed. 4.1 b:2008 guides safety of foot and hand-held massagers, as well as massage beds, chairs, pads, and belts. ASTM F1976-06 protects runners and other athletes from foot, ankle, and leg injuries caused by improper footwear. Providing guidelines for recreational sunglasses, ANSI Z80.3-2008 assures safety of consumers' eyes.
BIO urges Senate confirmation of Sebelius and Hamburg.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 29, 2009 Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, urged U.S. Senate to move forward quickly in confirming Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services and Dr. Peggy Hamburg as Commissioner of FDA. During swine flu emergency, public health agencies, administration, and general public would greatly benefit from having confirmed Secretary and FDA Commissioner who would help provide stability, leadership, and confidence public seeks.
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.

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