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NEMA Publishes Standard for portable lithium cells/batteries.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
January 31, 2014 NEMA published ANSI C18.3M, Part 1-2013 American National Standard for Portable Lithium Primary Cells and Batteries—General and Specifications. Applicable to portable lithium primary cells and batteries, this edition includes several electrochemical systems and aims to ensure electrical and physical interchangeability of products from different manufacturers, minimize proliferation of cell and battery types, as well as define performance and provide guidance for assessment.
Diamond-Silk Material supports biological imaging.
The Optical Society (OSA)    Washington, DC 20036
January 31, 2014 Just tens of nanometers across, Silk-Coated Diamonds glow when illuminated with certain kinds of light and can be injected into living cells, enabling biologists to untangle molecular circuitry that governs cellular behavior. Particles may also allow doctors to send infection-fighting antibiotics to targeted areas of the body. Team of researchers from Australia and the U.S. describes this hybrid material in paper published in The Optical Society’s journal Biomedical Optics Express.
Simulation Exposes Linker's Role in breaking down biomass.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)    Golden, CO 80401
January 31, 2014 By showing that part of enzyme (linker) may play necessary role in breaking down biomass into sugars used to make alternative transportation fuels, supercomputer-based simulation of enzyme from fungus Trichoderma reesei (Cel7A) startled NREL Engineer Gregg Beckham. During this microsecond-long simulation of entire enzyme on surface of cellulose, it came to light that enzyme's linker section started to bind to cellulose and that entire linker binds to surface of cellulose.
ELFA's MLFI-25 shows slowing business growth in December 2013.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
January 31, 2014 Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for December 2013 shows $10.7 billion in overall new business volume, while cumulative new business volume for 2013 rose 3% over 2012. Receivables over 30 days were at 1.9%, up from November's 1.8%; delinquencies increased from 1.6% in 2012; and charge-offs were unchanged from previous month at 0.3%. Credit approvals totaled 78.3%, and 57% of participants reported submitting more transactions for approval during December.
ASTM Petroleum Committee recognizes Lyle Bowman.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 31, 2014 ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants and ASTM Committee on Standards have presented the Frank W. Reinhart Award to Lyle O. Bowman, a technical consultant based in San Rafael, CA. A member of ASTM for 34 years, Bowman was specifically cited for his outstanding contributions to terminology relating to petroleum products and lubricants. He was also instrumental in the development of D02’s terminology standard, ASTM D4175, which was first approved in 1983.
ASTM honors Dr. Papavinasam for standards contributions.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 31, 2014 Sankara Papavinasam, Ph.D., president of CorrMagnet Consulting Inc., received Francis LaQue Memorial Award from ASTM International for his leadership and technical expertise in development of standards related to corrosion technology. Established in 1988, LaQue Award is presented by ASTM International Committee G01 on Corrosion of Metals to recognize outstanding contributions to committee as well as field of corrosion testing and evaluation.
NACD Opposes IST in joint industry letter to White House.
The National Association of Chemical Distributors    Arlington, VA 22209
January 30, 2014 In their letter to President Obama and Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security, NACD and 12 other associations commended IWG for its work but took exception to portion of recent report regarding Inherently Safer Technologies (IST). "To attempt to overlay an IST requirement would negatively impact all of these various safety and security programs and create an impossible bureaucratic burden," stated the Associations.
ISPE confirms keynote speakers for ISPE Aseptic Conference.
ISPE    Tampa, FL 33609
January 30, 2014 Thomas Arista, Investigator/National Expert-Biotech, FDA/ORA/ORO/DDFI, and Richard Friedman, Associate Director, Office of Manufacturing & Product Quality, FDA/CDER/OMPQ have been confirmed as keynote speakers at ISPE’s 23rd Annual Conference on Barrier Isolation, RABS and Aseptic Processing Technology. Conference will also feature top aseptic processing experts from FDA, Merck, Merck Vaccines, Genentech, Novartis, BiogenIdec, AstraZeneca, Boehringer-Ingelheim, and Eisai.
Members of Congress write EPA Administrator in support of RFS.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
January 30, 2014 BIO thanks Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and John Thune (R-S.D.) and 27 additional Senators along with Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and 29 additional Congress members for letters protesting EPA’s 2014 proposed rule for Renewable Fuel Standard. According to Brent Erickson, EPA's proposal to reduce biofuel production and use could threaten development of advanced and cellulosic biofuels and put job creation at risk.
Annual BIO Conference to highlight biotech outlook.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
January 30, 2014 BIO announced plenary sessions, Business Roundtables, and Therapeutic Workshops selected for 16th annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference. Scheduled for Feb 10–11, conference will feature biotech, pharma, and Wall Street leaders sharing their candid insights on what to expect in 2014 and beyond. Plenary Sessions will address upcoming year, using results of joint BIO/ISI published Buy-Side Perception Study, as well as dissect new capital market environment’s impact on fundraising.
ASTM Committee honors Randy Stebbins.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 29, 2014 ASTM Committee D27 on Electrical Insulating Liquids and Gases has honored Randy Stebbins, technical director at S.D. Myers Inc., with the Charles A. Johnson Award for his contributions to standards development. Prior to joining S.D. Myers, Stebbins held sales and marketing roles at Akzo Chemie America, Sun Environmental Corp, and Volz Environmental Services Inc. As technical director, he provides training in transformer and load tap changer testing and maintenance, among other responsibilities.
Fur and Feathers keep animals warm by scattering light.
The Optical Society (OSA)    Washington, DC 20036
January 29, 2014 In work that has major implications for improving performance of building insulation, scientists at the University of Namur in Belgium and the University of Hassan I in Morocco have calculated that hairs that reflect IR light may contribute insulating power to exceptionally warm winter coats of polar bears and other animals. Paper titled "Radiative contribution to the thermal conductance in animal furs and other wooly insulators," was published in OSA's Optics Express open-access journal.
Foundation's General Assembly to be held in the Netherlands.
Fieldbus Foundation    Austin, TX 78731
January 29, 2014 Scheduled for March 25-28, Fieldbus Foundation's 2014 General Assembly will be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and will be hosted by STC-Group, a leading provider of educational services to the shipping, transport, and process industries worldwide, and a partner in FOUNDATION Certified Training Program. General Assembly will offer overview of Fieldbus Foundation developments across the globe, as well as updates by leading fieldbus experts on the latest advancements in FOUNDATION technology.
Election Results Announced for 2014 RIA Board of Directors.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
January 29, 2014 As announced during Robotics Industry Forum in Orlando, FL, 2014 RIA Board of Directors election results include Stu Shepherd as new chairperson. He is joined on RIA Executive Committee by Catherine Morris, Joe Gemma, Mike Jacobs, Curtis Richardson, and Jeff Burnstein. Brian Behm is joining for his first 2-year term, while John Bubnikovich, Mick Estes, and Kirk Goins have been re-elected to new 2-year terms. Additionally, there are 11 members who will remain with Board for 2014.
Election Results Announced for 2014 AIA Board of Directors.
AIA    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
January 29, 2014 As announced during AIA Business Conference in Orlando, FL, 2014 AIA Board of Directors election results included Components Express, Inc. Vice President Steve Mott as new chairperson. Board members elected to new 2-year terms include George Chamberlain of Pleora Technologies, Marc Marini of National Instruments, John Merva of Gardasoft Vision, and Steve Wardell of ATS Imaging. Additionally, 8 other 2014 AIA Board members and one retiree were announced.
January 2014 MCI-EFI shows highest confidence in 2 years.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
January 29, 2014 Seeing improved general outlook for economic activity among industry leadership, January 2014 MCI-EFI reports highest confidence level in 2 years (64.9). Question related to next 4 months cover business conditions, demand for leases and loans to fund capex, access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, and hiring. Other questions addressed current state of U.S. economy, U.S. economic conditions over next 6 months, and spending on business development activities during next 6 months.
BIO Applauds prescription change communication legislation.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
January 29, 2014 BIO and Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association commend Washington State House and Senate for advancing legislation – HB 2326 and SB 6091 – designed to create pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. Endorsed by broad coalition of biologic and biosimilar manufacturing companies, legislation represents significant step forward, ensures transparency and communication between patients and their treatment teams, and is consistent with BIO principles.
ASTM sponsors workshop on LNAPL Transmissivity.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 28, 2014 Scheduled for April 10, workshop on Estimating LNAPL Transmissivity will provide basic understanding of how LNAPL transmissivity can be estimated and how to use estimated values in understanding practical limits for hydraulic recovery of petroleum. Information may be used in making effective decisions with regards to LNAPL assessment, management, and remediation. Target audience includes environmental consultants, environmental project managers, regulatory project managers, and technical staff.
ASTM publishes new edition of Test Sieving Methods.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 28, 2014 ASTM has released Manual 32, Test Sieving Methods: Guidelines for Establishing Sieve Analysis Procedures, 5th Edition. Book is intended as a supplement to several ASTM standards related to sieve analysis of materials, including ASTM E11, Specification for Woven Wire Test Sieve Cloth and Test Sieves. It includes updates to terminology; new technology developments in sieves, sieve shakers, and procedures; and updated tables and figures that correlate with latest ASTM standards.
Fieldbus Foundation launches new blog.
Fieldbus Foundation    Austin, TX 78731
January 28, 2014 Located at fieldbuscentral.org, Fieldbus Foundation's new blog is dedicated to providing comprehensive information about its open, non-proprietary FOUNDATION™ fieldbus technology. Its objective is to provide open environment where people can read about everything that's happening with FOUNDATION technology, from news releases to new products, new installations, and coverage of seminars and conferences, as well as links to other social media sources, such as YouTube videos.

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