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Thomas Langill receives ASTM Award of Merit.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 6, 2009 Thomas Langill, Ph.D., technical director at American Galvanizers Association in Centennial, CO, has received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. Langill, who joined ASTM International in 1994, was cited "for major contributions to development of corrosion test methods for metals in atmosphere and construction materials as well as coated steel hardware standards in Committees G01 on Corrosion of Metals and A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products."
New Safety Measures sought for mobile acetylene trailers.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
March 6, 2009 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that the U.S. Department of Transportation modify federal regulations addressing adequacy of mobile acetylene trailer design for protection during transport as well as effectiveness and safety of current unloading procedures. Also, NTSB asked Compressed Gas Association to review its standard for fire suppression systems at loading/unloading facilities.
Ken Barat will receive 2009 R. James Rockwell, Jr. Award.
Laser Institute of America (LIA)    Orlando, FL 32826
March 6, 2009 Ken Barat, Certified Laser Safety Officer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will be awarded the 2009 R. James Rockwell, Jr. Educational Achievement Award for exceptional accomplishments in laser safety education. The award will recognize his more than 2 decades of dedication to promoting laser safety. A member of numerous organizations dedicated to this topic, Barat is also a published author of textbooks and numerous articles in professional journals.
NAM partners to launch skills certification system.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
March 5, 2009 Manufacturing Skills Certification System, launched by NAM and The Manufacturing Institute as new approach to manufacturing worker certification and credentials, will initially focus on core, basic skills required for entry-level workers in all sectors of manufacturing. Deployed through community colleges, it will map to careers across manufacturing economy and to pathways in postsecondary education. Partnering organizations include ACT, Inc., MSSC, NIMS, AWS, and SME.
FAA names aviation safety executives.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
March 5, 2009 Having served as deputy assistant administrator for aviation safety since July 1995, Peggy Gilligan was named associate administrator for aviation safety. Previously, she was chief of staff for 4 FAA administrators, served in chief counsel's office, and was an attorney in FAA's Eastern Region in New York. John Hickey, director of FAA's Aircraft Certification Service since 2000, will replace Gilligan as deputy assistant administrator for aviation safety. Other changes can be found in full release.
ANSI details standards on sterilization/environmental sound.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 5, 2009 In effort to communicate role of standards in daily life, ANSI is highlighting ANSI/AAMI ST79:2006/A1:2008, Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities, which identifies 4 phases of producing/maintaining sterile products as well as related factors. Also, ANSI/ASA S12.9-2008/Part 6, developed from behavioral studies in homes near airports, railroads, roads, and highways, offers method to predict sleep disturbance at certain noise levels.
BIO announces Jim Collins as HR conference keynote speaker.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 5, 2009 Jim Collins, author of Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ...And Others Don't, will present keynote address at BIO Human Resources Conference 2009. Taking place May 17-19, event will be themed HR Leading During Times of Change. It will concentrate on HR Global, HR Strategic, HR Development, and HR Best Practices, each track featuring 5 breakout sessions and 4 plenary sessions. Visitors can also attend welcome reception, BIO Career Fair, as well as BIO Exhibition.
NAM encouraged by President Obama's Trade Policy Agenda.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
March 5, 2009 According to NAM's VP for International Economic Affairs, Frank Vargo, Obama's agenda is a pragmatic one aimed at opening markets and improving U.S. role in world economy. It talks about improving trade agreements rather than reopening them, and it calls for greater emphasis on seeing that small and medium-sized firms can become more effective exporters and competitors in global economy. NAM is pleased to see that agenda also calls for correcting current imbalance in Doha Round.
OEMs to outline expectations, challenges for supply chain.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 5, 2009 Scheduled for April 2, 2009, IPC APEX EXPO(TM) OEM Summit will include speakers from IBM and Hewlett-Packard Company. Martin Rausch of Intel Corp. will discuss challenges of making transition to halogen-free materials, while Michael Roesch of Hewlett-Packard will address challenges for large OEMs managing materials changes and reliability impact on electronic assemblies in complex supply chain. Dr. Kitty Pearsall of IBM will present IBM End to End Supplier Quality Management System.
NAM sees contradiction with stimulus legislation.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
March 5, 2009 The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) urged federal policymakers not to overturn a U.S. Department of the Interior rule that streamlines procedures under Endangered Species Act in order to expedite energy development and construction projects. Keith McCoy, NAM Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy, stated that the decision, if carried out, would work against job creation goals of the recently-signed stimulus legislation by reinstating bureaucratic hurdles.
ELFA approves of Administration/Reserve launch of TALF.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
March 5, 2009 ELFA commends Obama Administration and Federal Reserve Board for launch of Term Asset Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF), which will catalyze securitization markets, increasing liquidity, credit availability, and overall economic activity. It will include asset classes such as asset backed securities (ABS) backed by small ticket equipment, heavy equipment, and agricultural loans and leases. According to Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., program will enable lenders to fund current loan demand.
BIO encourages patent reform legislation by Congress.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 5, 2009 Following introduction of legislation in House and Senate, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said improvements that increase patent quality, increase public participation, and provide additional resources to Patent and Trademark Office are welcomed. Despite concerns with specific language in bills, Greenwood added, BIO recognizes this as beginning of legislative process and looks forward to working to achieve reforms that address patent quality and spur innovation and economic growth.
Panel discusses identity theft measurement standards.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 4, 2009 Participants in the Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (IDSP) have agreed to undertake further work to explore the need for standards on measuring identity theft. Administered by ANSI, IDSP workshop explored issue of whether standards are desirable and feasible for measuring and reporting on identity theft and data breach trends, identity theft protection services, and information security solutions.
ANSI Monthly Caucus to address national stimulus package.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 4, 2009 On Friday, March 6, 2009, monthly ANSI Caucus Luncheon will feature guest speaker Bob Boerge, Executive Director of ASTRA, who will speak on how recent stimulus package as well as budget proposal from new administration will create opportunities for economic growth and innovation in U.S. Caucus will be held from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at National Press Club in Washington D.C. RSVPs are requested by Tuesday, March 3, 2009.
Paper details creation of U.S. positions on ISO/IEC issues.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 4, 2009 Explanatory information document describes process used by ANSI and U.S. National Committee to the IEC to develop U.S. positions on issues and activities under consideration by ISO and IEC. Also detailed are the steps followed when policy and technical issues relate to and affect both ISO and IEC. Paper also outlines development of official U.S. positions via Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs), which all affected/interested parties can participate in.
AIA Official approves of proposed Congressional budget.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
March 4, 2009 President Obama submitted proposed budget for fiscal 2010 which, according to AIA's Marion Blakey, provides sound foundation for national defense, space exploration, and modernizing U.S. air transportation system. At total of $3.55 trillion, budget allocates $533.7 billion to DoD as well as $800 million for FDA's NextGen program. It also provides $18.7 billion for NASA and $1.3 billion to fund development/acquisition of NOAA weather satellites and climate sensors.
IPC reports APEX EXPO registrations on par with last year.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 4, 2009 More than 80 standards development meetings will take place at IPC APEX EXPO, in Las Vegas, from March 28 - April 2. Representatives will cover issues from printed board design; plating and acceptance; assembly and joining processes; to environment, health, and safety; and product reliability and testing. Doug Pauls of Rockwell Collins notes benefits of having in-depth knowledge of standards and also stresses importance of networking opportunities as primary advantage of attending IPC.
IPC releases PCB industry results for January 2009.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 4, 2009 According to IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments are down 18.9% and bookings are down 30.7% in January 2009 from January 2008. Book-to-bill ratio for North American rigid PCB industry in January 2009 slipped further to 0.88. Flexible circuit shipments in January 2009 were up 16.6%, while bookings were down 1.8% compared to January 2008, and North American flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio declined to 0.98.
SME issues Call for Papers for September conference.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
March 4, 2009 Scheduled for Sept 15-17, 2009 at MSU Management Education Center in Troy, MI, SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition provides forum for automotive composites and typically draws over 400 exhibitors, speakers, sponsors, and attendees from Europe, Middle East, and Asia/Pacific as well as North America. SPE is seeking keynote addresses and session presentations on use of composites in fuel cells and advanced batteries, and for mass reduction.
AASHTO lauds members for responding to proposed budget changes.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
March 4, 2009 AASHTO commends and supports Members of Congress who have written to President and leadership of House and Senate Budget Committees calling for retention of current budget rules that apply to transportation programs. Members cited several concerns, including loss of transparency that would occur from merging Trust-Funded and non-Trust-Funded programs, and impacts to commitment that user fees deposited into Aviation and Highway Trust Funds are used for intended purposes.

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