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ANSI-NSP Meeting rescheduled for February 2013.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 20, 2012 Originally scheduled for October 30, 2012, ANSI's Nanotechnology Standards Panel meeting was postponed as a result of Hurricane Sandy and will now be held on February 4, 2013. Meeting will examine how current nanotechnology standards are being utilized and how standards activities meet existing stakeholder needs. Benefits of participating in nanotechnology standardization and the possibilities for greater collaboration between stakeholders in this area will also be discussed.
ANSI Members receive NIST Education Challenge Grants.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 20, 2012 Standards Services division of NIST awarded 6 Education Challenge Grants to help improve integration of standardization into formal curriculum of business and engineering programs at U.S. colleges and universities. Two grants were awarded to projects overseen by partnership between Purdue University and SES (Society for Standards Professionals), an ANSI organizational member, and other grants went to ANSI organizational members Georgetown University and San Jose State University.
EPA Enforcement protects communities from harmful pollution.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 20, 2012 U.S. EPA released its annual enforcement results, showing significant environmental and public health protections achieved. In 2012, there was a reduction of 2.2 billion pounds of air, water, and land pollution, as well as 4.4 billion pounds of hazardous waste, and $252 million in civil and criminal penalties levied. In addition, EPA also focused on enforcement efforts that reduce smaller amounts of pollution but have substantial health impact in communities.
Collaboration delivers backhaul architecture model.
Fieldbus Foundation    Austin, TX 78731
December 20, 2012 Developed in collaboration with International Society of Automation standards committee ISA100, approved backhaul architecture model provides common framework that enables multiple industrial communication protocols to run over shared wireless backhaul network in process automation systems. Completion of this work is a key milestone supporting implementation of Fieldbus Foundation's wireless High Speed Ethernet backhaul included in FOUNDATION™ for Remote Operations Management technology.
ELFA's December 2012 MCI-EFI shows declining confidence.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
December 20, 2012 According to December 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI), confidence in equipment finance market is 48.5, down from November's 49.9, and reflects concerns regarding impact of fiscal issues on capital expenditures despite overall sense of optimism. Of executives responding to prediction of business conditions over next 4 months, 5.9% expected improvement, 73.5% said it would remain same, and 20.6% believe conditions will worsen.
AIA welcomes Congressional action on satellite export control.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 20, 2012 AIA applauds Congress for moving to end draconian over-regulation of commercial satellite exports. Fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act would return authority to president to determine appropriate export control requirements for commercial satellites and related technologies after years of mandating imposition of inflexible, military-level controls. Ending this self-imposed burden on U.S. competitiveness in global commercial satellite marketplace is critical to national security.
Manufacturers urge President to approve Keystone XL pipeline.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 20, 2012 NAM is spearheading effort with 152 businesses and business groups to urge President Obama to approve Keystone XL pipeline. Group sent a letter to the President emphasizing that the project is a clear job creator and will enhance nation’s energy security and competitiveness. According to NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, pipeline will create 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs and more than 118,000 spin-off jobs while providing affordable energy to help manufacturers better compete.
AFS Leadership Nominations are due by March.
American Filtration & Separations Society    Richfield, MN 55423
December 19, 2012 Every year, American Filtration and Separations (AFS) Society elects 2nd Vice Chair and 6 members of Board of Directors. Elected 2nd Vice Chair will become AFS 2nd Vice Chair for 2014, 1st Vice Chair for 2015, and AFS Chair in 2016. For those elected to Board of Directors, term of service is 2 years and begins at AFS Fall 2013 Board of Directors Meeting or November 30, 2013. Online nomination form is available, and deadline is March 1, 2013.
Legislation will increase access to Russia's growing market.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 19, 2012 President Obama signed the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act to grant the U.S. Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia. As the ninth-largest economy in the world, the Russian market presents a great opportunity to grow exports and create American jobs. NAM worked extensively to educate members of Congress of the importance of PNTR legislation to manufacturers, holding countless meetings in both House and Senate. Additionally, NAM Key Voted H.R. 6156 in both chambers.
Keynote highlights CES as home of entrepreneurs.
Consumer Electronics Association    Arlington, VA 22201
December 19, 2012 Scheduled for January 8-11, 2013 International CES® will offer an array of entrepreneur-focused exhibits, events, and conference sessions for technology entrepreneurs. On Tuesday, January 8 at 11 a.m., Next Generation of Innovators keynote will feature Jeff Jordan, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, as moderator. Panelists will include David Lieb of Bump Technologies, Cyrus Massoumi of ZocDoc, Eric Vishira of RockMelt, and will.i.am of i.am.plus, llc.
ANSI EESCC seeks input on relevant standards.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 19, 2012 As part of its ongoing efforts to assess energy efficiency standardization landscape and to develop standardization roadmap for energy efficiency within the built environment, ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative is soliciting input regarding relevant standards, codes, guidelines, and conformance programs that are available or under development. It also seeks input on what perceived gaps in energy efficiency standardization and conformance activities currently exist.
ANSI/DIN Standardization Roundtable was held in Berlin.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 19, 2012 ANSI, together with German Institute for Standardization (DIN), held roundtable discussion on German and U.S. priorities for standardization in Berlin on November 30, 2012. Roundtable included key public- and private-sector experts from both countries and covered several common priority topics: electric vehicles and e-mobility, smart cities and smart grid technologies, and civil- and cybersecurity. ANSI and DIN also discussed changes to standardization policies in U.S. and Germany.
BIO opens registration for 10th annual World Congress.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
December 19, 2012 BIO announced registration and housing are now open for 2013 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, which will be held June 16-19, 2013 in Montreal, Canada. Event will feature 6 breakout session tracks over 3 days. More than 35 sessions will cover latest progress in commercializing advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals, company partnerships, and more in industrial biotechnology. Conference will also include investor sessions and business partnering opportunities.
Economic Outlook For 2013 forecasts reduced, tentative growth.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
December 19, 2012 While 2013 Equipment Leasing and Finance U.S. Economic Outlook projects equipment and software investment will grow, such growth is predicted at below-average rate of 2.9% due to weak demand and fiscal uncertainty. Report also notes 2012 investment outlook is contingent upon fiscal cliff resolution. Even when fiscal challenges are resolved, time will be needed for businesses to regain confidence. Looking ahead to 3Q and 4Q 2013, investment growth is expected to begin to regain momentum.
Registration open for IPC's Conference on Solderability.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 19, 2012 Registration is now open for IPC Conference on Solderability and Reliability for Electronics Assemblies. Scheduled for February 6-7, 2013 in Budapest, Hungary, event will open with day of educational workshops addressing PCB inspection and quality control, failure analysis, troubleshooting solder joints, repair/rework of lead-free solder joints, and conflict minerals regulations compliance. During technical conference, industry experts will discuss critical areas of assembly process.
AIA mourns loss of Senator Daniel Inouye.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 19, 2012 The senior-most member of US Senate and second-longest serving Senator in American history, Daniel Inouye continuously represented Hawaii in Congress since it achieved statehood in 1959. A long-time advocate for aerospace and defense issues, Inouye served on Senate Commerce and Appropriations Committees for more than 40 yrs, chairing Appropriations Committee since 2009 as well as Defense Subcommittee, where he crafted legislation that ensured US armed services were equipped to face any threat.
AWS Celebrates Grand Opening of new global headquarters.AWS Celebrates Grand Opening of new global headquarters.
American Welding Society    Miami, FL 33010
December 19, 2012 AWS celebrated the grand opening of their new global headquarters at 8669 NW 36th Street, Doral, FL with an open house ceremony on November 30. Building dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, which welcomed 200+ board members, international counterparts and agents, vendors, and community leaders, took place at recently renovated 5-story, 122,482 ft² building. New headquarters offers space to expand membership, publishing, exposition, and educational operations.
ASTM-Sponsored Workshop looks at total joint replacement devices.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 19, 2012 Modularity and Tapers in Total Joint Replacement Devices workshop (November 12, 2013 – Jacksonville, FL) will offer forum for consensus development and scientific exchange on needs for related characterization and standardized testing. Primary focus is to address unmet standardization needs and help establish best testing practices in 4 areas. Each topic of interest, introduced by keynote, will be followed by invited speakers and discussion of elements.
Construction Materials Prices fall 1.1% in November.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.    East Syracuse, NY 13057
December 19, 2012 In a sign of a weak global economy, nation's construction materials prices fell 1.1% in November—the largest monthly decrease since February 2009—according to producer price index report by U.S. Department of Labor. However, prices are 1% higher than the same time last year. ABC Chief Economist, Anirban Basu, stated that investors may be reducing their positions in economically sensitive commodities in response to fears regarding America's fiscal cliff.
Clean Air Standards help reduce harmful soot pollution.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 19, 2012 In response to court order, EPA finalized update to national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution, including soot, setting annual health standard at 12 µg/cubic meter. Fine particle pollution can penetrate deep into lungs and has been linked to premature death, heart attacks, and strokes, as well as acute bronchitis and aggravated asthma among children. By 2020, 99% of U.S. counties are projected to meet revised health standard without any additional actions.

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