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Proposal jeopardizes future medical breakthroughs.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 13, 2009 According to BIO President and CEO, Jim Greenwood, BIO continues to support development of pathway for review and approval of biosimilars. Unfortunately, legislation recently introduced does not strike necessary balance for patients or economy. Any biosimilars legislation must ensure safe and effective biosimilars, promote continued development of new therapies and cures, and ensure benefits of additional competition among biologics through entry of biosimilars.
SME partners to create skills certification system.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
March 13, 2009 SME is partnering with NAM and The Manufacturing Institute to form the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System. This will provide skills assessments, standardized curriculum requirements, and portable credentials identified by manufacturers as necessary for employees to have. Grounded on ACT National Career Readiness Certificate, system includes certification programs of various industry groups that focus on entry level positions.
SME offers DVDs and conference on nanotechnology.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
March 13, 2009 With nanotechnology on target to become $3.1 trillion industry by 2015, SME is releasing 3 DVDs entitled Nanomanufacturing, which covers how nanotechnology can be used, as well as Structural DNA and Nanometrology which explore steps to making nanomanufacturing actually happen. On April 1-2, 2009, annual NanoManufacturing Conference and Exhibits will explore same topics and include workshops, keynote address by Sarah Audet, networking sessions, and rountable discussions.
NACD Honors winners of Virginia chemistry competition.
The National Association of Chemical Distributors    Arlington, VA 22209
March 13, 2009 On March 16, five students will be honored for their performances in a National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)-sponsored competition that quizzed them on chemistry concepts, important discoveries, and chemical safety awareness tips. The question-and-answer You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Challenge, created by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF), partners members of chemical industry with schools and organizations in their communities.
ASTM Recognizes Gary Beck for work on analytical chemistry.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 13, 2009 The ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores, and Related Materials has been given to Gary L. Beck, principal analytical chemist at ATI Wah Chang in Albany, OR. The award recognizes his technical contributions to Committee E01, especially in the field of titanium, zirconium, tungsten, molybdenum, tantalum, niobium, hafnium, and rhenium.
Registration opens for ANSI's April workshop.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 13, 2009 Scheduled for April 8-9, 2009, Toward Product Standards for Sustainability workshop will provide neutral venue where stakeholders can engage in discussion that will support and facilitate development, promulgation, and use of standards to address sustainability issues related to products. Some topics will include standards development process, characteristics of effective product standard, and to what degree should LCA and risk/hazard assessment issues be addressed.
ANSI Hosts ISO Secretary-General on first official US visit.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 12, 2009 The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) hosted Mr. Robert Steele, Secretary-General of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), during his first official visit to the United States. In addition to meetings with ANSI governance and management staff, he visited several U.S. government agencies and took advantage of opportunities to discuss alignment of ISO standards and development directions and activities with U.S. strategic and technological priorities.
ASTM Sustainability Meeting coincides with Earth Day 2009.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 12, 2009 Standards development and an exchange of information will highlight the April 21-23 meetings of ASTM International Committee E60 on Sustainability, which takes in familiar environmental consideration of going green by recycling and reducing waste with added economic and social principles. Sustainability, according to ASTM E2114, Terminology for Sustainability Relative to the Performance of Buildings, meets present needs without compromising the ability to meet those of the future.
ASHRAE Project raises awareness on plug loads.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
March 12, 2009 To help students gain better understanding of how being plugged in impacts building energy use, ASHRAE is funding teaching project known as Plugged In! for students at University of Oregon. As part of project, students will "shop" for electrical appliances, determine plug loads of each appliance, and calculate short-term and long-term energy implications. They will also develop real-time monitoring and feedback loop of dormitory as part of their goal of modifying occupant behavior.
NIST Experts address security for Internet domain names.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 12, 2009 Scientists at NIST have developed Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards to add digital signatures and associated key management procedures to DNS protocols. These will allow users to validate authenticity and integrity of data and provide basis for new DNS and protocol infrastructure and reliant systems. In addition, NIST has developed Secure Naming Infrastructure Pilot distributed testbed and has updated recommendations for Secure Domain Name System Deployment Guide.
EMS Program Managers earn IPC CEPM certification.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 11, 2009 IPC announces that 8 individuals have been certified as EMS program managers under IPC EMS Program Manager Training and Certification program, allowing them to add CEPM designation behind their names. Training program, developed with input from the IPC EMS Management Council, teaches and tests on specific skills for EMS program managers such as operations, finance, contract, and time management and leadership skills.
United States ranks No. 8 in global innovation.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
March 11, 2009 According to report produced jointly by The Boston Consulting Group, NAM, and The Manufacturing Institute, United States ranked 8th in innovation leadership among 110 countries. Singapore topped list, followed by South Korea and Switzerland. BCG/NAM/MI International Innovation Index is part of broad research study that looked at both business outcomes of innovation and government's ability to encourage and support innovation through public policy.
Parade Magazine features cover story on saving our roads.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
March 11, 2009 Parade magazine's cover story, entitled "How We Can Save Our Roads," focuses on what it will take to restore American highways and bridges. Article amplifies vital need for increased investment in transportation priorities nationwide, but likewise emphasizes importance of innovation in today's economic climate. Story also addresses recently enacted stimulus package, necessary highway and bridge work it will help finance, and jobs that will be created.
ANSI releases revised standard for toy safety.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 11, 2009 Revised ASTM F963-2008 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety provides guidelines and test methods to protect children from range of potential hazards, including lead exposure, choking, and sharp edges. Revisions address incidents of swallowing small magnets in toys, acoustics, potential strangulation hazards associated with yo-yo elastic tether toys, impact hazards for children up to 48 months, and flammability testing to federal standards.
CEOs to address economic future of biofuels.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 11, 2009 During 2009 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, CEOs of biobased product, biofuel, and industrial biotechnology companies will offer views on how industry might survive business downturn. According to Brent Erickson, EVP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, clean-tech and green product companies are particularly vulnerable in current financing crisis even though they offer opportunities for sustainable industrial production, green jobs, and economic growth.
BIO announces companies to present at national conference.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 11, 2009 BIO has announced the first 37 of 50 companies to present at 2nd annual BioŽ National Venture Conference, which were screened from initial pool of 450. Additional companies were nominated by expert Advisory Committee comprised of members of VC investment community. Cohosted by National Venture Capital Association, conference will allow investors and executives to participate in One-on-One meetings using BIO Partnering System and will also include 4 separate panels.
AIA Official promotes STEM education/NextGen at ASA hearing.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
March 11, 2009 At ASA Capitol Hill Hearing, AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey urged aerospace supporters to join with industry to advocate for STEM education to maintain skilled workforce as many employees approach retirement. Blakey also promoted funding for NASA space programs and improving current export control system, as well as accelerating implementation of NextGen air transportation modernization effort, which she says will create jobs in ongoing development and implementation phases.
ASTM Standards cover bicycle class usage and trailer cycles.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 11, 2009 ASTM F2043, Classification for Bicycle Usage, has been revised for use as educational tool for bicycle industry and consumers purchasing bikes. It outlines 5 different intended bicycle uses in 0-4 naming scheme. Also, Subcommittee F08.10 is working on ASTM WK22294, Specification for Child Riding Trailer Cycles, the first section which covers general items such as protrusions, sharp edges, and reflectors. Its 2 other parts cover tests that simulate riding situations.
Two Top Award Programs open for 2009 nominations.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
March 10, 2009 Robotic Industries Association and Automated Imaging Association are seeking nominations for 2009 awards, which honor end-user companies that have successfully implemented robotics and/or machine-vision systems resulting in improvements and savings. Recognition award program has two segments with one award being presented to companies/plants with fewer than 200 employees and another to those with more than 200 employees.
NTSB keeps commitment to ridding fatigue in transportation.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
March 10, 2009 In recognition of National Sleep Awareness Week, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reiterates its commitment to eliminating human fatigue in the transportation industry. NTSB continues to advocate setting work hour limits based on fatigue research, circadian rhythms, and sleep rest requirements that will reduce unnecessary risk to the traveling public. The commitment is backed by several previous recommendations made to enhance operator and public safety.

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