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Report details aerospace workforce needs.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 30, 2008 Titled "Launching the 21st Century American Aerospace Workforce," report documents steps industry is taking to head off potential workforce crisis and makes policy recommendations to government partners. Specific recommendations include establishing and funding innovation and economic competitiveness agenda, creating cabinet-level council dealing with STEM education, and revising federal education law to optimize preparation for students pursuing technical careers.
ANSI announces dates for World Standards Week 2009.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 30, 2008 Scheduled for Oct 5-8, 2009, World Standards Week enables members of standards and conformity assessment community to meet in spirit of cooperation and collaboration. It will include meetings of several ANSI groups and committees, 2009 ANSI Awards Banquet and Ceremony, and ANSI's Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon. In conjunction with WSW, U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day will take place on Oct 7 and will raise awareness of importance of international standardization to world economy.
IPC Symposium addresses electronics and environment.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 30, 2008 Titled "It's Not Easy Being Green: Compliance with Legislation and Customer Requirements" IPC's symposium will provide up-to-date information on environmental regulations and other trends affecting electronics industry. Attendees will hear from keynote Joe Johnson of CISCO Systems on how they plan to succeed in environmental and product compliance goals, learn how organizations are overcoming regulation challenges, and be informed of OEM supply chain requirements for low-halogen electronics.
NADCA cuts corporate membership fees for 2009.
North American Die Casting Association, The (NADCA)    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
December 30, 2008 The NADCA received unanimous support from its Board of Governors to temporarily cut corporate membership dues by 12% to help companies impacted by the economy. The organization will maintain its operations by supplementing the loss in assessment revenues with funds from its general reserve. Member dues are based on a company's annual sales volume related to the die casting industry and assessment fees. The NADCA represents more than 3,000 individuals and 300 companies.
SIIA Summit to address economy for digital content companies.
Software and Information Industry Association    Washington, DC 20005-4095
December 30, 2008 From January 26-28, SIIA's 8th annual Information Industry Summit will highlight the strategies for digital content companies to succeed during the economic downturn. With more than 400 business leaders expected to attend, the event, themed Driving the Digital Economy, will address economic, technological, regulatory, and cultural issues affecting the digital information industry. Keynote speakers include Henry Blodget, Marjorie Scardino, and Mark Walsh.
NASA Administrator hails agreement with Ad Astra.
NASA    Moffett Field, CA 94035
December 30, 2008 NASA and Ad Astra Rocket Company have signed Space Act Agreement to test Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket engine on the International Space Station (ISS). Signed on Dec 8, 2008 by William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Space Operations at NASA and Franklin Chang Diaz, President/CEO of Ad Astra, agreement is structured to allow parties to assess milestones on incremental basis while proceeding to flight. VASIMR will be launched to the station and be tested in space.
PMA releases December 2008 Business Conditions Report.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
December 30, 2008 According to December 2008 report, companies expect business conditions to improve slightly, yet remain difficult, during the next 3 months. Out of 157 metalforming companies in U.S. and Canada, 6% forecast an improvement, 31% predict no change, and 63% report activity will decline. Shipping levels, according to 79% of participants, are below that of 3 months ago and the number of companies with a portion of their workforce on short time or layoff increased to 54%.
Registration for HI 2009 Annual Meeting now open.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
December 30, 2008 Themed "Innovation and Productivity in Turbulent Times - Position Your Company for Growth," Hydraulic Institute's 2009 Annual Meeting will enable participants to network with peers/colleagues representing North American and European pump community, as well as advance pump knowledge, exchange ideas, and learn about new trends. In addition to guest speakers, meeting will provide opportunity to work with technical committees on industry standards, guidelines, and electronic data exchange protocols.
RIA adds 6 new members to 2009 Board of Directors.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
December 30, 2008 Setting strategic direction for RIA and helping to develop programs to promote robotics industry in North America as well as globally, RIA elects 6 industry leaders. Representing the supplier community are Joe Gemma, Staubli Corp.; and Mick Estes, FANUC Robotics America. Paul Doll, Kraft Foods; Joyce Guthrie, US Postal Service; and Dana Komin, General Motors were elected in the user category. In the researcher category, Ray Puffer of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was elected.
Dr. Toy S. Poole to serve on ASTM Board of Directors.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 26, 2008 Toy S. Poole, Ph.D., a chemist in Research and Development Center at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has become member of ASTM International board of directors for 2009-2011. An ASTM member since 1985, Poole joined Committees C01 on Cement, C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, and E11 on Quality and Statistics the following year. At U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he specializes in concrete chemistry, analysis of test method precision and bias, and statistical analysis of research data.
Dr. Warren O. Haggard named to ASTM Board of Directors.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 24, 2008 Warren O. Haggard, Ph.D., professor and Herff chair of excellence in biomedical engineering at University of Memphis in Memphis, TN, has been named to 3-year term on ASTM International Board of Directors. An ASTM International member since 1993, Haggard currently serves as co-chair of F04.04, Division IV - Tissue Engineered Medical Products. At University of Memphis, Haggard pursues and directs tissue engineering material research, and teaches and mentors students.
Who's Who of Robotics Industry starts 2009 with new member.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
December 24, 2008 Kawasaki Robotics is latest company to become Platinum member of RIA's Who's Who list of members, which is an elite subset of RIA's 270-plus members, and includes 6 suppliers and 8 systems integrators. To help ensure that public knows who these companies are, RIA publishes annual Robotics Industry Directory in print form, which is augmented by guide to suppliers, integrators, consultants, researchers, and universities on RIA's website.
Biofuels will increase U.S. energy independence.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
December 23, 2008 According to Energy Information Administration's 2009 Annual Energy Outlook, increasing domestic production of advanced biofuels to meet or exceed goals of Renewable Fuel Standard can significantly reduce U.S. reliance on petroleum. Brent Erickson, EVP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, commented that U.S.-produced biofuel combined with fuel efficiency will allow nation to meet growing transportation energy needs without increasing imports of oil.
BIO issues statement on Congressional Budget Office analysis.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
December 23, 2008 According to BIO, CBO estimate is based on troubling assumption that reimbursement rules for biologics would be changed in way that would financially incentivize physicians to switch patients to cheaper follow-on version of product at potential expense of patient safety and therapeutic efficacy. This change would penalize health care providers who dispense innovative product over lower-cost biosimilar since reimbursement amount would not cover full price of pioneering product.
ASTM proposes standard for calculating vacuum cleaner energy.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 23, 2008 ASTM standard WK21491, Test Method for Determining Energy Consumption of Vacuum Cleaners Relative to Cleaning, is being developed by Task Group F11.20.04 on Energy Usage and Performance. Manufacturers will use it to develop and improve products, while the EPA Energy Star program will be able to apply ratings to qualified vacuum cleaners. It was developed by request of the AHAM for development of test methods to calculate energy used by a vacuum relative to cleaning carpet.
IPC Market Research Library available free of charge to members.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 23, 2008 Effective January 1, 2009, IPC members will have full access to market research reports created and commissioned by IPC Executive Market and Technology Forum program, formerly available to IPC members only by subscription. Library also includes proceedings and Forum's conferences as well as Supply Chain Tracker, a compendium of key current findings from quarterly and monthly studies that IPC conducts for members.
NTSB Marine Safety Course still has openings.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
December 23, 2008 Scheduled for Jan 26-30, 2009, Marine Accident Investigation for Marine Professionals course still has openings for mid- to senior-level marine industry professionals. Weeklong course covers Safety Board's processes and procedures during major marine accident; reviews human factors, medical factors, and electronic data elements in marine investigation; offers best practices for comprehensive and thorough interviewing techniques; and shares report preparation processes and procedures.
NAM welcomes nomination of Ron Kirk.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 23, 2008 In response to President-elect Obama's announcement that he has nominated former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to serve as U.S. Trade Representative, NAM President, John Engler stated that Kirk understands value of free trade agreements and will be advocate for U.S. competitiveness. NAM welcomes nomination and looks forward to working with Kirk as he spearheads campaign to pass pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.
NAM makes statement on nominations of LaHood and Solis.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 23, 2008 According to John Engler, NAM President and CEO, overall, NAM is pleased with quality of people nominated to serve in President-elect Obama's cabinet. Defining characteristics of this group are experience, achievement, and moderation. Choice of Ray LaHood (R-IL) to serve as Secretary of Transportation reinforces President-elect's commitment to bipartisanship. As Secretary of Labor, Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA) will bear great responsibility helping Obama Administration strengthen competitiveness.
AIA bolsters staff with three new additions.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 23, 2008 Brian McDermott, VP of Supplier Management, will oversee all efforts to support and advocate for aerospace suppliers and foster good relationships with prime contractors, while Robert Young, assistant VP of Civil Aviation, will be responsible for guiding AIA policy on aviation safety and security. Lisa Goldberg, director of Environment, Safety and Health will coordinate AIA's environmental affairs as well as occupational safety and health programs and activities.

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