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NIST releases WTC 7 investigation report for public comment.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 5, 2008 After extensive, 3-year scientific and technical building and fire safety investigation, NIST announced that fall of 47-story World Trade Center building 7 was primarily due to fires. Heating of floor beams and girders caused critical support column to fail, initiating fire-induced progressive collapse that brought building down. Video and photographic evidence combined with detailed computer simulations show that neither explosives nor fuel oil fires played a role in the collapse.
NIST Guide addresses earthquake-resistant structure design.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 5, 2008 In support for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), NIST has released Technical Brief No. 1 describing the design of concrete-reinforced special moment frames, which are structural systems that consist of beams and columns with connections that transmit bending forces from the beams to columns and vice versa. The publication provides design guidance by combining what is required by building codes with knowledge gained in recent research and design practice.
NIST to host 4th annual security conference/workshop.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 5, 2008 From September 22-25, 2008, NIST will host the 4th annual 2008 Security Automation Conference and Workshop at its campus in Gaithersburg, MD. The event will demonstrate the use of open standards to automate computer security tasks and will contain information on the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP). Workshops will be split into management and technical tracks and showcased topics will include digital rights management, virtualization, and situational awareness.
NIST to co-sponsor biometric technology conference.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 5, 2008 The Biometric Consortium Conference 2008, to be held in Tampa, FL, September 23-25, will focus on biometric technologies for homeland security, identity management, border crossing, and electronic commerce. Workshops, sessions, and panel discussions will focus on the role of biometrics in the identification and verification of individuals in government and commercial applications. Duane Blackburn will moderate a panel discussion on a report from the NSTC Task Force on Identity Management.
AWWA hosts exposition for water industry leaders.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
September 5, 2008 Scheduled for Sept 21-24, 2008, AWWA's Distribution Systems Symposium and Exposition will teach engineers, service providers, operators, and managers how to utilize new technology and products, manage personnel, and increase system efficiency. Event will offer professional sessions, technical tours, and networking opportunities. Topics will include regulations, water loss and contamination control, asset management, network modeling, and distribution system design.
IEEE and IEC agree to co-develop international standards.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
September 4, 2008 As addendum to original IEC-IEEE Dual Logo Agreement signed in October 2002, IEC and IEE agreement establishes procedures for IEC and IEEE to jointly develop international standards. It includes consulting to establish need for new standards projects, initiating joint development project, preparing and circulating draft standards, and voting to approve standards. Agreement also covers processes for maintenance of approved standards, as well as details on publication, copyright, and sales.
ANSI welcomes new members.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
September 4, 2008 In August, ANSI welcomed TrustedID, Inc; Sunshine of Central Florida, LLC; National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce; ICC Evaluation Services Inc; Mobile Air, Inc; Ascention Orthopedics, Inc; Centre Testing International LLC; Society for Human Resource Management; Sturm, Ruger and Co, Inc; BSI Industries, Inc; and AquaStar Pool Products Inc. Members will work together to develop, implement, and promulgate voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems.
IHE Connectathon 2009 to include HITSP participation.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
September 4, 2008 IHE Connectathon is healthcare IT industry's only large-scale interoperability testing event. For February 2009 Connectathon, IHE is providing support and opportunities for vendors to register and indicate their desire to demonstrate ability to support Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel Interoperability Specifications and associated constructs. HITSP ISs currently reference 18 IHE profiles from across Patient Care Coordination, Laboratory, and IT Technical Frameworks.
ANSI proposes committee for fraud countermeasures proposal.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
September 4, 2008 Developed and submitted by NASPO, an ANSI member, proposal for ISO Technical Committee on Fraud Countermeasures and Controls is open for public comment. Scope of proposal includes standardization in field of detection, prevention, and control of social and economic fraud, including identity, financial, and product fraud. Proposal aims to bring together standards developers, criminologists, and experts to form TC that will initiate, evaluate, and support standards being developed.
ANSI announces IEC standard for DRM in multimedia devices.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
September 4, 2008 IEC 62227, Multimedia home server systems - Digital rights permission code, makes it possible for multimedia content to be used and transferred legally across a variety of platforms. It supplies users and digital content rights holders with a simplified permission code that can be recognized by many Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies. Standard was developed by Technical Committee (TC) 100, Audio, video, and multimedia systems and equipment.
BIO opens registration for 2008 investor forum.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
September 4, 2008 The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announces that media, investor, and general registration is available for the 7th annual BIO Investor Forum that will take place October 29-31, 2008 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA. This year's program will explore current and competitive therapeutic development trends and investment opportunities in life sciences through various panels led by clinical thought leaders, industry analysts, and biotechnology executives.
Pack Expo to include showcase of innovations.
PMMI Inc.    Reston, VA 20190
September 4, 2008 Being held at McCormick Place, Chicago on November 9-13, PACK EXPO International 2008 will include The Showcase of Packaging Innovations(TM), sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company. The pavilion will include the 3rd annual PACK EXPO Selects display and voting, which allows attendees to recognize and vote for innovative packaging designs, structures, and processes. Also, it will highlight more than 300 award-winning packaging designs from various internationally recognized organizations.
ELFA releases July survey of economic activity.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
September 4, 2008 The ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, MLFI-25, which reports economic activity for the $650 billion equipment finance sector, shows overall new business volume increased 17.2% compared to the same period the year before and cumulative year-to-date new business volumes increased 4.8%. While new business volume month-to-month declined by 15%, portfolio performance showed that receivables in the less than 30-day category were down to 96.9% in July, but charge-offs were up 0.87%.
Professional Certification focuses on facility operations.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
September 4, 2008 Available via electronic testing centers starting in March 2009, ASHRAE's Operations and Performance Management Professional Certification program will help earners demonstrate their ability to manage facility operations and maintenance and their impact on HVAC/R systems' performance. Program is intended for those working in facilities operations, management construction, design, or consulting; and for those who have experience in facility operations and performance.
NIST Researchers control behavior of quantum dots.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 4, 2008 Researchers from NIST and Joint Quantum Institute have reported way to fine-tune light coming from quantum dots by manipulating them with pairs of lasers. By adjusting intensity of laser beams, they were able to correct for imperfection-caused variations and generate more ideal signals. In so doing, team demonstrated that laser-tuned quantum dots can efficiently generate photons one at a time, as required for quantum cryptography and other applications.
RIA and Sponsors host October Safety Training Conference.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
September 4, 2008 Scheduled for Oct 6-9, 2008, National Robot Safety Conference XX will feature elite group of safety experts and specialists that will provide both building-block information and latest updates on robot and machine safety. With theme of "What's Next in Robot Safety", conference sessions will include Updating Safety Standards, Selecting Safeguards, Introduction to Safety Controls, and Next Generation Robots. Tabletop trade fair of exhibits and networking opportunity will accompany conference.
MichBio Expo to include bioscience showcase.
MichBio    Ann Arbor, MI 48107
September 4, 2008 MichBio has added the Michigan Biosciences Showcase to its program on day 1 of its 2008 Expo and Conference on November 18-19 at the Rock Financial ShowPlace, Novi, MI. The event will provide 20 selected companies with an opportunity to introduce their bioscience technologies and emerging companies to venture capitalists and other investors, technology experts, and entrepreneurs. Company presentations will take place from 1:00-5:00 pm and be followed by the Expo Opening Reception.
PTDA focuses on next generation.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
September 3, 2008 Recognizing that there will soon be turnover at top of most of its members' companies, PTDA convened Next Generation Task Force, which will develop programs, products, services, and opportunities to assist next generation of leaders in power transmission/motion control industry. During PTDA 2008 Industry Summit, association will host reception that will be open to employees of PTDA members firms under age of 40, giving younger attendees chance to network with peers and colleagues.
Governor Palin supports increasing domestic energy supplies.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
September 3, 2008 According to NAM Executive VP, Jay Timmons, John McCain's selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate is a game changer in presidential race. Gov. Palin understands complexities and challenges of stimulating economic growth and job creation. She broke new ground as the youngest person and first woman to be elected Governor of Alaska and has a higher approval rating than any other current American governor, at roughly 90%.
NAM EVP says Palin is smart pick for Republican VP.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
September 3, 2008 On "America's Business with Mike Hambrick" radio program and vodcast, NAM Executive Vice President Jay Timmons says presidential nominee Sen. John McCain made smart move in picking Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate. Palin supports fiscal discipline, lower taxes, and the military. With regard to Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, Timmons said nation needs clearer picture of what Obama is proposing to help manufacturers, businesses, and workers.

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