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IPC delivers open letter to President-Elect Obama.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 15, 2008 IPC President and CEO Denny McGuirk presented Obama with a congratulatory open letter that conveys support for revitalization of American economy. It also advocates for a permanent research and development tax credit as well as cost effective and scientifically based environmental regulations. According to Dan Feinberg, industry potential exists despite the economic downturn because electronics are intertwined with solutions to economic and various other problems.
BIO opens media registration for International Convention.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
December 12, 2008 Scheduled for May 18-21, 2009 BIO International Convention will take place at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta and is expected to draw 20,000 industry leaders. Convention program will feature over 150 sessions in 21 breakout session tracks highlighting latest information and opportunities for executives, investors, scientists, policy leaders, and media. More than 1,000 speakers will share breakthroughs in medicine, diagnostics, environment, energy production, and food and agriculture.
ASTM releases new edition of masonry standards.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 12, 2008 Available in print or CD-ROM, 6th Edition of ASTM Masonry Standards for Building Industry features 104 ASTM masonry standards compiled from 3 volumes of Annual Book of ASTM Standards. It includes specifications for various building materials and features tests for sampling and testing these materials. Methods for measuring drying shrinkage of concrete block; bond strength, flexural bond strength, and splitting tensile strength of masonry; and water penetration/leakage are included.
Angie Shepherd wins ASTM President's Leadership Award.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 12, 2008 Angie Shepherd, general engineer at National Personal Protective and Technology Laboratory, NIOSH, is one of two recipients of 2008 President's Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals early in their ASTM career who have significantly advanced Society's mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example, and vision. Richard Peri, VP of government and industry affairs at Aircraft Electronics Association in Washington, D.C. was also honored this year.
ATA expects 43 million passengers over winter holiday period.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
December 12, 2008 ATA is forecasting 9% year-over-year decrease in number of passengers who will travel globally on U.S. airlines during 21-day winter holiday travel season spanning Dec 18, 2008 through Jan 7, 2009. Decline is driven primarily by extremely fragile economy and falling global demand for travel. However, number of available seats has declined 9% from same period 1 year ago, resulting in full or near-full flights throughout holiday.
NIST Research may speed vaccine production.NIST Research may speed vaccine production.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 12, 2008 Researchers at NIST and University of Queensland in Australia have demonstrated that they can count, size, and gauge quality of virus-like particle-based vaccines more quickly and accurately than previously possible. Because VLPs do not have to be grown, vaccines based on these particles can be deployed much faster than traditional vaccines. Findings could reduce production time from months to weeks, allowing more effective response to potential outbreaks.
Belgium to host conference for Hash Algorithm Competition.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 12, 2008 Scheduled for Feb 25-28, 2009, First SHA-3 Candidate Conference will feature open cryptographic competition to select new hash algorithm for securing digital signatures and other information security applications. At conference, 1st-round candidates will be presented by their submitters, and NIST will discuss next steps for competition. By 2012, NIST plans to hold 2 more conferences to narrow down candidates and decide upon finalist, which will be incorporated into government cryptographic standards.
J.A. Donoghue recognized with Lyman Award.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 12, 2008 With more than 30 years covering aviation and 3,500 flight hours, journalist and pilot, J.A. Donoghue has received 2008 Lauren D. Lyman Award for outstanding achievement in aviation journalism. Donoghue has won numerous awards for excellence in aviation journalism including Royal Aeronautical Society Journalist of the Year recognition in 2004. He is currently director of publications for Flight Safety Foundation.
Aerospace shows strength in harsh financial atmosphere.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 12, 2008 While aerospace industry has not been immune to ongoing global financial crisis, it is showing resiliency. Aerospace sales are on pace to reach $204 billion for 2008, which is an increase of 2.1% - a lower rate than recent years, but a record sales figure for 5th consecutive year. Industry will also continue to post strong export numbers, reaching $99.2 billion for the year. Employment remained solid, with average workforce that will reach 655,500 for the year.
NIST Software improves accuracy for 3-D Virtual Reality labs.NIST Software improves accuracy for 3-D Virtual Reality labs.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 11, 2008 Scientists at NIST have developed software that improves accuracy of tracking devices in its immersive, or virtual research environment by at least 700%. This is a step forward in transforming immersive technology that has traditionally been a qualitative tool into scientific instrument with which precision measurements can be made. Software can be used by scientists in other immersive environments with slight modifications for individual laboratories.
Carbon Nanofibers cut flammability of upholstered furniture.Carbon Nanofibers cut flammability of upholstered furniture.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 11, 2008 According to researchers at NIST, adding small amount of carbon nanofibers to polyurethane foams used in some upholstered furniture can reduce flammability by 35% when compared to foam infused with conventional fire retardants. Studies of foam after experiments showed that carbon nanofibers seemed to create thermally stable, entangled network that kept foam from dripping when exposed to fire.
ASHRAE hosts conference on net-zero buildings.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
December 11, 2008 To help drive building industry toward net-zero-energy buildings, ASHRAE is hosting conference on topic March 29-31 in San Francisco. Conference will provide forum to discuss role of policy and regulatory involvement in addition to providing application knowledge for various aspects of residential and non-residential net-zero-energy buildings. It will include building science, renewable energy sources applied to buildings, and energy efficiency in HVAC, lighting, and appliances.
ATA supports court decision to stay New York slot auctions.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
December 10, 2008 ATA applauds U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on motions for stay of auction rules filed by ATA, Continental Airlines, and Port Authority of NY and NJ. Order prohibits DOT from auctioning slots at 3 major New York airports unless and until court formally considers and rules on merits of case. According to James C. May, ATA President and CEO, this is a win for passengers, as auctions would have resulted in higher fares, less service, and confiscation of airline property.
NAM to address green manufacturing at Virtual Energy Forum.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 10, 2008 Scheduled for Dec 10-11, 2008, Virtual Energy Forum is a free, on-line energy conference for private and public sector executives, policymakers, and thought leaders to learn and interact. It will cover topics such as sustainability, alternative energy, clean technologies, green buildings, and operations. Keith McCoy, VP Energy and Resources Policy, will discuss climate change and initiatives by manufacturers to reduce carbon emissions, increase energy efficiency, and advance Green technologies.
AIA elects officers, Board of Governors for 2009.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 10, 2008 AIA Board of Governors has elected Robert J. Stevens of Lockheed Martin Corporation to serve as chairman for 2009 and Scott C. Donnelly, EVP and CEO of Textron Inc., as vice chairman. Marion C. Blakey was elected as AIA's president and CEO, while Ginette C. Colot was chosen as secretary-treasurer. Members of 2009 AIA Board of Governors Executive Committee as well as additional members of 2009 AIA Board of Governors can be found in full release.
ANSI Board announces volunteer leaders for 2009.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 10, 2008 Supported by National Fire Protection Association, Mr. Arthur E. Cote, P.E. was appointed as ANSI's chairman of the board. Dr. Belinda Collins, director, technology services for NIST, has been appointed for first term as vice chair, while Ms. Laura E. Hitchcock of The Boeing Company, Mr. James T. Pauley of Schneider Electric/Square D Company, and Mr. James A. Thomas, president of ASTM International, will continue in their respective positions as vice-chairmen of the Institute.
International Standard guides proper care of optical discs.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 10, 2008 Developed by ISO Technical Committee 42, ISO 18938:2008 provides guidelines for care and handling of digital optical discs to preserve access to recorded data and to maximize disc lifespan. Standard covers use and handling environments, including pollutants, temperature, and humidity; contamination concerns; inspection; cleaning and maintenance; transportation; disasters, including water, fire, and construction; and post-disaster procedures.
Ministerial Meeting must await sectoral agreement consensus.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 10, 2008 According to NAM President and CEO, John Engler, Doha Round NAMA negotiating text shows that gaps in industrial trade negotiations have not been closed, and NAM does not view text as basis for agreement. NAM has been consistent in its view that Brazil, China, and India must participate in major sectoral agreements to eliminate tariffs in sectors such as industrial machinery, chemicals, and electrical/electronics. However, latest text shows they are not yet willing to do this.
ASTM Publication covers standards for mechanical fasteners.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 10, 2008 Providing all standards developed by ASTM International Committee F16 on Fasteners as well as most commonly referenced documents from standards, ASTM Standards for Mechanical Fasteners and Related Processes: 2nd Edition is suited use in construction, automotive, military, railroad, shipbuilding, boiler, and pressure vessel sectors. In addition to fasteners, 150 standards cover raw materials, inspection, testing procedures, and quality assurance.
Compilation features chemical process industry standards.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 10, 2008 Available online only, ASTM Standards for Maintenance, Repair, and Operations in the Chemical Process Industry: 3rd Edition features 210 ASTM standards compiled from 3 volumes of Annual Book of ASTM Standards. Topics covered include steel, stainless steel and related alloys, iron castings, metallic-coated iron and steel products, nonferrous metals and alloys, copper and copper alloys, light metals and alloys, reactive and refractory metals and alloys, fasteners, and plastic piping systems.

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