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BIO Executive appointed to serve on EBI committee.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 1, 2009 Brent Erickson, Executive VP of BIO Industrial and Environmental Section, has been appointed to serve on Advisory Committee to Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI). Erickson joined BIO in 2000 and since 2004, has been active in Bioenergy/Agriculture Working Group of Energy Future Coalition. Science Advisory Committee provides advice to EBI Director and Governing Board about goals and program implementation, definition of mission, scope of research, operational processes, and scientific culture.
School Stimulus Funding offers energy efficiency opportunities.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
April 1, 2009 As school boards and superintendents develop programs to utilize U.S. economic recovery stimulus funds, projects focused on improving energy efficiency can result in long-term savings for school districts. ASHRAE and other building industry organizations have developed Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings, which provides recommendations for achieving 30% energy savings over minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999.
NACD Opposes railroad limits on common carrier obligation.
The National Association of Chemical Distributors    Arlington, VA 22209
April 1, 2009 National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) filed comments with the Surface Transportation Board in response to a petition from the Union Pacific Railroad Company to determine the extent of common carrier obligation to transport chlorine over long distances. They opposed UP's request and argued that if this exception is granted, the entire common carrier obligation to transport toxic inhalation hazards will be threatened.
ATA CEO applauds FAA leadership selection.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
March 31, 2009 Air Transportation Association of America applauded administration's announcement that it will name industry veteran Randy Babbitt as Administrator of FAA. According to James C. May, ATA President and CEO, Babbitt has both experience and leadership skills to drive modernization of aging air traffic management system and to improve relations with air traffic controllers.
AWWA Webcast to focus on trenchless technology.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
March 31, 2009 On Wednesday, April 22, American Water Works Association (AWWA) is going to host the Trenchless Technology Applications in the Water Industry Webcast. Topics will include currently available trenchless methods, maintaining customer service during construction, as well as various types of replacement pipe that can be installed with the pipe-bursting and pipe-splitting processes. Presenters include Dr. Samuel T. Ariaratnam, Collins Orton, and Dan Ellison.
AWS Revises major qualification standard.
American Welding Society    Miami, FL 33010
March 31, 2009 American Welding Society (AWS) published the fifth edition of AWS B2.1, Specification for Welding Procedure and Performance Qualification. This standard, known as B2.1/B2.1M:2009, explains requirements for qualifying welding procedures as well as the performance of welders and welding operators for manual, semiautomatic, mechanized, and automatic welding. It covers qualification requirements related to metals, other qualification variables, and testing requirements.
NIST Study examines use of stairs for emergency evacuation.NIST Study examines use of stairs for emergency evacuation.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 31, 2009 In study, NIST researchers examined people movement speeds during 3 full-building fire drill evacuations and compared data to already published results to identify factors that could hamper rapid evacuation using stairways. They concluded that research to date provides limited insight into how people react and behave during evacuations, and that variances in speed cannot be explained by evacuation models currently used in building design and emergency planning.
EPA determines ASTM forest standard complies with AAI rule.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 31, 2009 EPA has decided ASTM E2247-08 Forestland Site Assessment Standard is now compliant with All Appropriate Inquiries Rule. First published in 2002, standard was revised in 2008 to comply with 2005 AAI rule and address site assessment issues involving property uses and environmental concerns typical of forestland and rural property. It provides for use of remote sensing methods during site reconnaissance process to identify areas for ground inspection, according to David Parsonage.
ATA Chairman supports air transportation modernization.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
March 31, 2009 Speaking at Phoenix Aviation Symposium, United Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO and Air Transport Association Chairman, Glenn Tilton, stressed critical role of air transportation in economic development across nation. According to Tilton, providing infrastructure and energy policy needed to support 21st century aviation will allow United States to compete in global marketplace, and support objectives regarding safety, security, and reduced emissions.
ELFA commends Treasury and Federal Reserve Board.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
March 30, 2009 ELFA commended Department of Treasury and Federal Reserve Board of Governors for expanding Term Asset Backed Loan Facility to include leases and loans and offered recommendations to proposed program structure, eligible collateral rating requirements, TALF loan terms, and TALF loan index. ELFA believes decision to include equipment leases and loans as eligible asset class under TALF will become critical component of government's efforts to stimulate lending and investment in commercial sector.
Restoration Industry Association announces 2009 leaders.
Restoration Industry Association    Columbia, MD 21046-1595
March 30, 2009 At the 64th Annual Convention and Exhibition in Palm Springs, CA, the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) announced its officers for 2009. They include Jeff Jones, CRS, of Sani-Sheen System, Inc., as president; Frank Headen, CR, WLS, CMH, of First Restoration Services, Inc., as vice president; and Leo Volkert, CR, WLS, of Primo Clean Restorative Services, as Treasurer. Also, Wade Miller, CR, of Mitigation Services, Inc., will take over as the association's secretary.
BIO to address diversity at 2009 BIO International Convention.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 30, 2009 BIO will hold Fulfilling the Promise: Diversity in Biotechnology Summit on May 18, 2009, in Atlanta as part of 2009 BIO International Convention. Summit will address science education, health disparities, and community outreach in biotechnology industry. Plenary breakfast; economic/workforce development panel; legislative roundtable; town hall meeting on education, access, and awareness of future of technology; and keynote address from Luis G. Fortuno/Honorable Louis Sullivan are planned.
IPC Releases PCB industry results for February 2009.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 30, 2009 According to its February 2009 North American PCB Statistical Program, IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced that rigid PCB shipments are down 23.2% and bookings were down 35.5% from last year. Compared to the previous month, respective decreases are 3.2% and 3.5%. Flexible circuit shipments, however, were up 3.6%, and bookings were down 6.1% compared to February 2008. Compared to the previous month, respective increases were 8.7% and 23.9%.
Bearing Brief details beneficial coatings and materials.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
March 30, 2009 Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) has released the single-topic Bearing Brief, Special Coatings and Materials to Enhance Bearing Performance. It addresses recent advances in material science that allow bearings to last longer and perform better. Such advances include steel quality, alloys/platings, heat treatments, and microstructure control as well as coatings that protect bearings from corrosion, wear, and electrical conductivity.
Inventor Dean Kamen to keynote at PTDA/FPDA meetings.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
March 30, 2009 Scheduled for Oct 22-24, 2009, co-located PTDA 2009 Industry Summit and FPDA 2009 Network Symposium will have theme of "What's Your Next Move?" and will feature programming designed to help participants prepare for life after recession. As inventor, physicist, and entrepreneur, keynote speaker Dean Kamen holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many for innovative medical devices. In addition to Kamen, Alan Beaulieu of the Institute for Trend Research will offer insights into the economy.
ASTM Committee approves Feedstock Chloroform standard.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 30, 2009 Producers of fluorocarbons are invited to join in ongoing standards development activities of ASTM International Committee D26 on Halogenated Organic Solvents and Fire Extinguishing Agents. The committee recently approved standard ASTM D7509, Specification for Fluorocarbon Feedstock Grade Chloroform. Producers of feedstock for fluorocarbon industry, as well as fluorocarbon producers themselves, are the intended/foreseen users of ASTM D7509.
ASTM International sponsors 2009 Johnson Conference.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 30, 2009 Scheduled for July 13-15, 2009 Johnson Conference: Standardization of Mold Response Procedures will emphasize practical, science-based field applications. Program will focus on development of standard mold protocols considering moisture dynamics; occupant sensitivity; analytical techniques; use, misuse, and interpretation of microbial testing; response options; and verification. Format will include assessment, testing, health, and remediation sessions.
Program Evaluates labs for emergency communications tests.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 30, 2009 NIST and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have worked on Project 25 Conformity Assessment Program (P25 CAP), which aims to ensure interoperability between equipment of first responders, public safety officers, and military personnel. To that end, the 2009 edition of NIST Handbook 153 details procedures by which independent testing laboratories can be evaluated for their ability to determine how well communications devices meet said requirement.
Conference will address safeguarding of health information.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 30, 2009 To assist the understanding and expansion of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards and practices, NIST is co-hosting "Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security" May 18-19 at its Gaithersburg, MD facility. Attendees will learn techniques for implementing HIPAA Security Rule requirements, with focus on strategies for assessing the effectiveness of implemented security controls to support various programs.
AWWA Seminar tackles aging infrastructure challenges.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
March 30, 2009 Scheduled for May 20-21, Distribution System Assessment and Rehabilitation Seminar will include regulations affecting water distribution, how to assess condition and performance of system, and different methodologies to assist with assessment. AWWA will actively engage participants prior to seminar to create dynamic content and increase educational value for water industry professionals.

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