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BIO hires Fritz Bittenbender to handle regulatory issues.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
January 26, 2012 BIO has hired Fritz Bittenbender to serve as Vice President, Alliance Development and State Government Relations. Bittenbender will spearhead BIO's engagement in and support of state-level legislative and regulatory issues while promoting responsible development of bioscience industry and better understanding of policy issues critical to the industry. He will also lead BIO's engagement with stakeholder organizations, including patient and disease advocacy groups.
Use of Lasers in Health Care standard has been revised. .
Laser Institute of America (LIA)    Orlando, FL 32826
January 26, 2012 Revised "ANSI Z136.3 Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care" publication defines parameters of safe laser use in clinical, hospital, dentistry, and veterinary facilities. Revision includes new guidelines and information on wavelengths employed in medical environments, duties of laser safety officers involved with rented or borrowed laser equipment, audit requirements and procedures, and clinically relevant terminology.
Memorandum addresses federal engagement in standards activities.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 26, 2012 Memorandum clarifying principles for federal engagement in standards activities to address national priorities has been released by OSTP, OMB, and USTR. Memorandum points out that most standards are created with little or no government involvement; all standards should involve private sector; and once national priority has been identified, it is important for government to engage private-sector stakeholders early in process of identifying technology, regulatory, and/or procurement objectives.
ANSI 17024 Accreditation performed for first time outside USA.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 26, 2012 ANSI senior program manager Dr. Vijay Krishna, along with ANSI assessors Dr. Lynn Webb and Mickie Rops, traveled to Malaysia for on-site assessment of EC-Council (the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants), which is committed to cybersecurity and currently seeking ANSI accreditation of its Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH v8) certification program. This marks first time U.S.-based accreditation body has performed assessment of personnel certification body outside North America.
ASTM Standard covers fiber-reinforced concrete test results. .
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 25, 2012 ASTM WK35250, Practice for Fiber-Reinforced Concrete for Making and Curing Test Specimens in the Laboratory and Field, will provide proper direction and ensure adequate documentation to aid in interpretation, understanding, and reduction of variance in test results for fiber-reinforced concrete. Proposed standard describes testing done by means of external vibration and will be used by testing agencies and those who specify testing of fiber concrete.
ASTM International Training Course focuses on rubber testing.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 25, 2012 Sponsored by ASTM International, Rubber Testing: Selecting, Performing, and Interpreting ASTM Rubber Test Methods will focus on common rubber test methods currently used in rubber industry. This technical and professional training course discusses nature of tests, why they are performed, interpretation of results, and they can be used to improve rubber fabrication. Course will take place March 14-15 and October 3-4, 2012 in Akron, OH.
BIO thanks USDA and congratulates Fibertight.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
January 25, 2012 BIO congratulates Fibertight and its technology partner Novozymes on their progress in commercializing advanced biofuels. According to Brent Erickson, executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, BIO also appreciates efforts of USDA to make its loan guarantee program work for advanced biofuel companies with technologies that contribute to U.S. energy security. For pioneering companies seeking capital to construct facilities, these public-private programs are necessary and vital.
Southwest Chapter Meeting will take place February 3 in Texas.
American Filtration & Separations Society    Richfield, MN 55423
January 25, 2012 To be held from 10:00-13:00 on February 3, 2012 in The Woodlands, TX and hosted by Huntsman Corp, Southwest Chapter Meeting will feature 2 presentations. Carlos Frey, P.E., Hydrocarbon Treating Team, Huntsman Corporation, will deliver Introduction to Amine Technology. Later, John Hadjioannou, P.E., Director of EPI Materials Testing Group, LLC, will deliver his X-Ray Analysis of Solid Samples presentation. Lunch and networking are scheduled to follow.
LaHood and Huerta break ground for new runway.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
January 25, 2012 Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta helped break ground for $791 million runway expansion at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Project will extend, shift, and lengthen Runway 9R/27L from 5,276 to 8,000 ft. When construction activity peaks next year, project will contribute more than $1 million per day to local economy. It will also generate thousands of direct and indirect jobs by the time runway opens in fall 2014.
IPC Data Exchange Standards aid environmental compliance.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
January 25, 2012 With proliferation of regulations focused on materials in products, IPC is expanding its data exchange standards. IPC 2-18g Declaration of Batteries and Battery Materials and IPC 2-18j Declaration of Chemical Analysis Lab Reports Task Groups will begin development of standards that aid in exchange of information on batteries and lab reports, respectively. Companies throughout electronics manufacturing supply chain are invited to attend these committees' meetings at IPC APEX EXPO 2012.
NTSB Completes Data Collection for E-AB aircraft safety study.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
January 25, 2012 Throughout 2011, NTSB conducted study of Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) aircraft. In addition to using information gathered during its accident investigations, NTSB has been working with FAA, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and individual owners/builders. NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P Hersman expressed hopes that this study, scheduled to be completed in spring of 2012, will "result in a real and immediate safety payoff" for those who fly E-AB aircraft.
Satellite Export Reform critical to U.S. national security.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
January 25, 2012 According to report released by AIA, U.S. space industry is losing its competitive edge and risks falling short of future national security requirements unless government reforms export control system and promotes international competitiveness of U.S. industry. The report, Competing for Space: Satellite Export Policy and U.S. National Security, found more than 70% of respondents incurred lost sales due to current export control system.
ANSI February Caucus will feature DoD's Greg Saunders.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 25, 2012 ANSI Caucus Luncheon on February 3 in Washington, DC will feature Greg Saunders, director of Defense Standardization Program (DSPO) at U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), who will discuss highlights of DSPO in relation to standards. In his current role, Saunders is responsible for policies and procedures governing development and use of many specifications, standards, lists, and descriptions. He also oversees GIDEP and DoD activities to mitigate impact of diminishing manufacturing sources.
Donald L. Mays to serve term on ASTM Board of Directors.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 24, 2012 Elected to ASTM's board of directors for 2012-2014, Donald L. Mays recently joined Deloitte and Touche LLP in Stamford, CT, as a director. In this position he will create and build a new product safety consulting business for the firm. A graduate from Manhattan College in NY with bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering, Mays has worked on product safety, consumer product testing, laboratory management, consumer advocacy, public outreach, and education during his career.
Vacuum Cleaner Committee Task Group is open to interested parties.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 24, 2012 Interested parties are invited to join Task Group F11.50.13 on the Development of ASTM Standard Test Methods for the Measurement of Battery-Powered Vacuum Cleaner Performance. According to F11 chairman Ray Mayginnes, task group will develop standards for characteristics such as cleaning, air performance, battery life, filtration, and sound. Task group will have its first meeting during F11 meetings on May 7-9 in Phoenix, AZ.
IEEE Experts identify global trends for consumer electronics.
Institute Of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Inc., The (IEEE)    Piscataway, NJ 08855
January 24, 2012 After 2012 International CES in Las Vegas, technologists from around the world have gathered at IEEE International Consumer Electronics Conference to discuss what's next for consumer electronics. Annual event is known for unveiling variety of innovations and highlighting upcoming developments. Trends from CES 2012 that will dictate product development cycles include nonstop connectivity, cloud-based applications, streaming web-based video, intelligent transportation, and automated metadata.
RIA Blog Site helps people find careers in robotics.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
January 24, 2012 Located at www.rhobotaphi.com, Rho Bota Phi is a collaboration between RIA, academia, business, and government for creation of programs and curriculum that enhance workforce preparation for jobs in robotics and advanced manufacturing. Among the goals of Rho Bota Phi is to enable exchange of ideas between robotics instructors, and to help disseminate information on qualifications needed for various positions in robotics.
Willem De Vos named SPE's new CEO.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
January 24, 2012 Willem De Vos comes to SPE after serving as CEO of Vitalo Group, a global supplier of plastic packaging and thermoformed products. Previously he managed compounding and processing units of Recticel, an international producer of polyurethane automotive components. A member of SPE, Mr. De Vos served as chair-elect of European Thermoforming Division. He holds an engineering degree in polymer chemistry from IndustriŽle Hogeschool CTL and executive MBA from Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.
Rooftop Solar Lease Option increases appeal.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
January 24, 2012 Rooftop solar panels are attracting new demographic of customers who are choosing to lease rather than buy, and enjoying low upfront costs and immediate savings. According to NREL study, "The Transformation of Southern California's Residential Photovoltaics Market through Third-Party Ownership," solar lease models are surging in southern California and they are being adopted in less affluent neighborhoods that had few customer-owned systems.
NREL earns accolades for sustainability efforts.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
January 24, 2012 NREL was winner of White House GreenGov Presidential Award for the design and sustainable nature of its net-zero energy data center. NREL also received Environmental Sustainability awards from DOE for its "Sustainable Campus of the Future" and "Cradle to Cradle - Near-Zero Materials Waste and Beyond." EStar awards highlight environmental sustainability projects and programs that reduce environmental impacts, enhance site operations, reduce costs, and prevent pollution.

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