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NIST/FCC to address MRAs for telecommunications regulations.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 9, 2009 From May 5-7, 2009, NIST and FCC are cohosting Second International Workshop on Mutual Recognition Agreements for Conformity Assessment of EMC and Telecommunications Regulations. Workshop will highlight Mutual Recognition Agreements/Arrangements (MRAs) for conformity assessment of telecommunication equipment that U.S. government holds with EU, EFTA, and other organizations. Reinaldo Figueiredo, program director at ANSI, will provide attendees with update on ISO/IEC Guide 65 revisions.
IEC/ISO win Emmy award for MPEG-4 AVC standard.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 9, 2009 At ceremony in Las Vegas on January 7, 2009, IEC and ISO were awarded Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for work in development of MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) standard. This is 2nd such award for MPEG-4 AVC standard given to IEC/ISO, which won Emmy in 1996 for JTC 1/SC 29 international standardization of JPEG, MPEG-1, and MPEG-2. Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards were launched in 1948 to honor development and innovation in broadcast technology.
ANSI welcomes 14 new members in March 2009.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 9, 2009 New members to ANSI join federation that represents more than 125,000 companies and over 3.5 million professionals. Among the 14 new members are Health and Safety Institute, Megatech Control Ltd, DEL-JEN, Inc., Pericore, Inc., and Juniper Networks. Under the Institute's umbrella, this diverse constituency works together to strengthen the competitiveness of businesses operating in the global marketplace and to improve the quality of life.
ASTM details standards for snow skiing safety.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 9, 2009 ASTM International Committee F27 has created standards such as F1063 and F1064 that deal with ski/binding/boot systems. F27 has promulgated standards that promote ski safety by normalized dimensions and properties for skis and ski-boots, methods for testing ski equipment systems, rental and retail ski shop practices, recommended binding release values, and ski binding test devices. Since inception as Subcommittee F08.14, there has been a 50% decrease in overall incident/injury rate.
IPC Names Representative to foster Russian relations.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 9, 2009 Part of an effort to expand services and standards globally, IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries« has appointed Yury Kovalevsky as its official representative to Russia and other Russian-speaking countries. He has been tapped to break down the barriers of language, distance, and market familiarity to foster acceptance of IPC standards. Duties include translating IPC standards into Russian, supporting standards development, and serving as liaison to member companies.
ANSI calls for workshop proposals on standardization issues.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 9, 2009 ANSI is inviting U.S. organizations to submit proposals for workshops related to Institute's U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program. These workshops should be targeted exchanges between industry stakeholders, and should address specific standards and conformance-related issues that impact U.S.-India Trade. Proposed workshops must demonstrate industry relevance and significance, and will be subject to approval by CII and an SCCP Advisory Panel.
ANSI invites members to join Committee on Education.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 9, 2009 ANSI has issued call for all interested members to join Institute's Committee on Education, which oversees all Institute initiatives related to standards and conformity assessment education and outreach. Members of CoE are currently developing long-term strategy and subsequent action steps for university faculty outreach to promote integration of standards and conformity assessment into engineering and technology, business, public policy, and law school curricula.
ANSI Seeks Comments on SAC-proposed ISO measures.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 9, 2009 ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments by May 1, 2009 on SAC's (Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China) proposal for new field of ISO technical activity on criteria for calculating and assessing economic benefits of electricity-saving measures. Proposal indicates intention to develop single standard within ISO Project Committee that will address methods for determining electricity savings and economic benefits of electricity-saving measures.
Satellite Export Control Rules must be updated.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
April 7, 2009 According to AIA President and CEO, Marion Blakey, satellite export control rules are hampering U.S. national security and economic interests, and must be updated to protect U.S. space industrial base. U.S. market share for commercial satellites dropped from 73% to 27% after legislation passed in 1998 to control commercial satellites as military items. AIA recommends that government review all space technologies to determine which ones should be controlled as commercial or military items.
ASTM approves Standard Practice for Certificate Programs.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 7, 2009 ASTM E2659 provides comprehensive guide for educators in all sectors and settings to consistently develop and administer certificate programs to accomplish unique training and education goals. It also offers guide to consumers on how to identify such a program. In addition, ASTM E2659 serves as benchmark of quality for industry accreditation of certificate programs and outlines what key distinguishing factors are between certification and certificate programs.
ASTM Proposes Standard for measuring acid mist, air quality.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 7, 2009 ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality is constructing a standard for measuring acid mists that come from combustion sources titled 'WK22846, Test Method for Determination of Sulfur Oxides Including Sulfur Dioxide, Sulfur Trioxide, and Sulfuric Acid Vapor and Mist, from Stationary Sources Using the Controlled Condensation Sampling System.' This will help address US EPA concerns about fine particles (2.5 Ám dia and smaller) deemed unhealthy to breathe.
NAM President urges Congress to fix new product safety law.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
April 7, 2009 According to NAM President, John Engler, CPSCIA has overly broad reach, causing unintended harm to consumers and businesses by applying same criteria to wide range of products, regardless of their intended use. Law has triggered destruction of millions of safe products, costing businesses billions of dollars. Its decision to retroactively apply new lead standards and phthalates ban to inventory already sitting in stores and warehouses is causing massive disruptions.
SCSI Trade Association to present tutorial April 9, 2009.
SCSI Trade Association (STA)    San Francisco, CA 94129-0920
April 7, 2009 SCSI Trade Association, in effort to promote understanding and use of Serial Attached SCSI technology, is presenting tutorial at Storage Networking World Conference on Thursday, April 9, from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Speaking will be Harry Mason, President of STA and Director of Industry Marketing, Storage Components Group, LSI, and Marty Czekalski, Vice President of STA and Interface and Emerging Architecture Program Manager, Seagate.
BSA welcomes economic forecaster to 2009 Annual Convention.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
April 7, 2009 Responding to world-wide economic crisis, BSA has invited Dr. Ken Mayland to share his knowledge and economic and bearing forecast with attendees at 2009 Annual Convention, May 2-5 at Hyatt Grand Cypress Hotel in Orlando, FL. Dr. Mayland is President of ClearView Economics, LLC, and has spent more than 30 years studying business cycle and providing economic analyses to variety of constituencies. He is also a member of Blue Chip Economic Forecasters and Financial Forecasts survey panels.
Campaign promotes transportation infrastructure awareness.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
April 7, 2009 Facing the expiration date for the current federal transportation authorization, AASHTO launched a national campaign to build awareness and provide information about the critical needs of America's transportation system. "Are We There Yet? We Can Be!" is designed to provide current information pertaining to the condition of this country's infrastructure, with examples of successful projects, technology, and focused solutions.
AIA Official urges Congress to increase NASA funding.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
April 7, 2009 AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey said to House appropriations subcommittee that with 60 countries having active space programs, stable and sufficient investment for NASA is required to protect U.S. leadership in space against growing international competition. Funding is needed for resources such as new space vehicles, climate monitoring satellites, and educational initiatives. Blakey also invited subcommittee to attend TARC's final flyoff at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia.
AASHTO applauds nomination of Victor Mendez to head FHWA.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
April 7, 2009 Victor Mendez, former Director of Arizona Department of Transportation and 2007 President of AASHTO, has been named by President Obama as next Federal Highway Administrator, subject to Senate confirmation. During his ADOT tenure, Mendez implemented accelerated schedule for Valley regional freeway system. As deputy director, he served as part of ADOT team, which completed $80 million widening of I-17 and launched the widening of Superstition Freeway.
BIO Honors PA Senator as a Legislator of the Year.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 7, 2009 On April 01, 2009, BIO announced its selection of Senator Arlen Specter as a Legislator of the Year for 2008-2009. The senator was commended, according to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, "for his continued efforts to ensure that the unique importance of life science patents is respected during reform efforts." The senator was also thanked for his dedication to increasing funding at the National Institutes of Health as well as for his advocacy for embryonic stem cell research.
Patent Bill Compromise marks step towards positive reform.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 7, 2009 According to BIO President and CEO, Jim Greenwood, BIO commends Senate Judiciary Committee for its success in developing consensus-oriented approach to patent reform legislation. Thanks to leadership of Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Arlen Specter (R-PA), BIO is optimistic that they will see patent reform that preserves incentives necessary to sustain America's global leadership in innovation and spurs creation of high-wage, high-value jobs.
Two New Standards address sintered powder metallurgy testing.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 7, 2009 Test Methods for Density of Compacted or Sintered Power Metallurgy (PM) Products Using Archimedes' Principle (ASTM B962) provides means to determine volume in order to calculate density of complex 3D shapes. Also available, Test Methods for Oil Content, Oil-Impregnation Efficiency and Interconnected Porosity of Sintered Powder Metallurgy (PM) Products Using Archimedes' Principle (ASTM B963) is used for powder metallurgy QC or compliance purposes.

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