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EPA to help revitalize U.S. urban waters.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 8, 2011 U.S. EPA announced it will provide up to $1.8 million for projects across the country to protect Americans' health and help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization. Funding is part of EPA's Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve, and benefit from urban waters and surrounding land. Urban waters include canals, rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, estuaries, bays, and oceans.
BIO announces topics for BIO CEO and Investor Conference.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
December 8, 2011 Scheduled for Feb 13-14, 2012, 14th Annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference will cover latest investment trends within biotechnology industry. Event will host 10 sessions and 2 CEO fireside chats highlighting issues with FDA and trends in reimbursement. Therapeutic Workshops will cover topics such as oncology, companion diagnostics, neurological and cardiovascular diseases, while Business Roundtables will address biotech drug launches, unique business models, and licensing and deal making.
NEMA publishes ANSI standard on parallel wired sockets.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 8, 2011 NEMA has published ANSI C136.11-2011, which discusses medium and mogul screw base sockets used in multiple fixture circuits or in luminaires designed for parallel wired circuits. These are used in lighting roadways and other areas open to general use by public. Latest edition covers interchangeability of lamps, minimum safety standards for operating personnel, and minimum performance criteria. In addition, scope and referenced documents have been updated and clarified.
Proposed Standard addresses oral care product sensory practices.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 8, 2011 ASTM WK34772, Guide for Sensory Evaluation of Oral Care Products, aims to standardize sensory practices currently being used in oral care products industry. Once approved, standard will be used by sensory practitioners, research and development organizations, consumer research practitioners, and others interested in evaluation of oral care products. Chairman of developing task group noted that, through this standard, companies can document properties to aid in product design decisions.
Proposed Low Impact Paintball Standard is in development.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 8, 2011 Proposed standard ASTM WK34588, Practice for Operation of Low Impact Paintball Game Fields, enables those in paintball industry to create low-impact games for potential players who might like to try paintball but are initially intimidated by its intensity. According to Paintball Training Institute president Bob McGuire, standard outlines game organization, management, and safety protocols that slow down the game and limit shooting proximity to increase enjoyment for inexperienced players.
New NREL Lab to help utilities see grid of the future.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
December 8, 2011 NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility is tackling challenge of keeping power grid running while introducing new technologies into complex system. NREL's researchers will be able to configure electric systems the way they would appear in the field and operate them at same level of power as utility uses. ESIF will also loop utilities' hardware into simulation environment so they can look at new technologies operating in combination of real world, real power, and simulated/virtual environments.
AASHTO President Promotes Innovation during lean times.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
December 8, 2011 Released by Transportation TV, Presidential Profile video features 2012 AASHTO President Kirk T. Steudle discussing priorities as well as future challenges for AASHTO, industry, and state DOTs. Talking points include accelerating implementation of innovative solutions to hasten project delivery and save resources; utilizing asset and performance management solutions to generate data-driven decision making; and working for passage of new surface transportation reauthorization bill.
Funding Proposals Sought for precision measurement projects.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 8, 2011 NIST is soliciting proposals for next round of funding in its Precision Measurement Grant Program (PMGP), which provides support for experiments to make novel, high-precision measurements of important physical properties or fundamental constants of nature. PMGP projects may run for up to 3 years, funded at $50,000 per year. NIST anticipates awarding up to $100,000 this year to fund first year of 2 new projects. Abbreviated proposal submissions are due by 5 pm EST on February 2, 2012.
Printed Electronics Management Council Committee formed by IPC.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 7, 2011 IPC Printed Electronics Management Council Steering Committee will oversee development of educational programs supporting printed electronics industry. Don Banfield, president of Conductive Compounds, Inc., and Steve Tomas, director of flexible electronics for FLEXcon Company, have been elected chairman and vice chairman, respectively. Committee is composed of industry leaders who represent full span of printed electronics industry supply chain.
BIO commends advanced biofuel producers and Navy.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
December 7, 2011 Advanced biofuel companies have made significant investments and progress to meet Navy's goals for the Great Green Fleet, a project that is vital to U.S. energy and national security. BIO commended its member company Solazyme for its participation in the project to fuel the first scheduled demonstration of the Great Green Fleet at the Rim of the Pacific Exercises during summer of 2012.
Machine Vision Market Sales climbed 15% through September.
Automated Imaging Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48106
December 7, 2011 Statistics from Automated Imaging Association show machine vision sales in North America rose through third quarter of 2011. After first half, sales fell 2% in third quarter compared with same period in 2010. AIA president Jeff Burnstein said these results indicate possibility of slower growth in near term. Supporting this outlook, report shows 54% of reporting companies expecting sales to stay at current levels for next 6 months, 34% expecting decrease, and 14% expecting increase.
Dr. Aleksei Gershun receives ASTM's Award of Merit.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 7, 2011 Committee D15 on Engine Coolants has presented Aleksei Gershun, Ph.D., technical fellow at Prestone Products Corp. with Award of Merit, ASTM's highest organizational recognition for individual contributions to standards activities. A member of ASTM since 1996, Gershun has authored or co-authored several engine coolant articles published as ASTM Special Technical Papers. He has 20+ years of experience in research, manufacturing, and distribution of coolants, lubricants, and lubricant additives.
Institute releases report on industry data needs.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
December 7, 2011 NIBS High-Performance Building Data Collection Initiative released report addressing data needs of building industry now that Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey is no longer scheduled for release by U.S. EIA. Report identifies current data needs, relevant data users, existing data and use, additional collection opportunities, and tools to support data use. Recommendations focus on short- and long-term needs for development/maintenance of high-performance building attribute dataset.
NIST Campus is designated as Physics Historic Site.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 7, 2011 American Physical Society has designated original NIST campus in D.C. as a Physics Historic Site. APS designation recognizes 1956 discovery that was made in low-temperature laboratory of NIST, then known as National Bureau of Standards. Experiment demonstrated that, in at least one fundamental physical process, the world is distinguishable from its mirror image. Experiment was performed by 5 scientists, 4 of whom worked at NBS, including a future NBS director, Ernest Ambler.
Charles H. Romine named director of Information Technology Laboratory.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 7, 2011 On November 21, Charles H. Romine became director of NIST's Information Technology Laboratory, which develops and disseminates standards, measurements, and testing for interoperability, security, usability, and reliability of information systems. Romine joined NIST in 2009, and most recently was the acting associate director for NIST laboratory programs, responsible for oversight and direction of NIST's 6 laboratory programs and principal deputy to NIST Director Patrick Gallagher.
NASA, Library of Congress establish honorary astrobiology chair.
NASA    Moffett Field, CA 94035
December 7, 2011 NASA and Library of Congress established Baruch S. Blumberg NASA-Library of Congress chair in Astrobiology at Library's scholarly research organization, John W. Kluge Center in Washington. The chair will be able to use Library of Congress resources to explore topics with philosophical, ethical, and theological implications. Annual international competition will be held to select chairperson, who will serve in residence at Kluge Center for up to 1 year beginning in fall 2012.
APEX EXPO 2012 to include Process Defect Clinic.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 7, 2011 Organized by IPC and the National Physical Laboratory, NPL Process Defect Database Clinic at IPC APEX EXPOŽ will assist event attendees with assembly and soldering process problems, RoHS compliance issues, field failures, and other process-related issues. Free mini-seminars on conducting dye and pry on area array packages, testing boards for outgassing, testing component solderability, and monitoring PCB solderability in production will augment learning experience.
ANSI Board welcomes Paul Verkuil, chairman of ACUS.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 7, 2011 ANSI Board of Directors meeting featured special guest speaker, Paul Verkuil, chairman of the Administrative Conference of the U.S. Mr. Verkuil noted that ACUS's approach mirrors ANSI's in its commitment to openness, balance, consensus, and due process, and its belief in strength of public-private partnerships. Mr. Verkuil discussed challenges facing ACUS in trying to understand how process can be more transparent and balanced with respect to availability of standards in electronic age.
FHWA frees state DOTs to deploy innovative solutions.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
December 6, 2011 Innovations that minimize impact of vehicle crashes and increase visibility of road signs are among hundreds of cutting-edge products that will now be more easily available to states due to new guidance released by the FHWA. The new guidance, which involves FHWA's regulations (23 CFR 635.411) covering use of patented and proprietary products, clarifies process whereby states may certify that no suitable alternatives exist and when a public interest finding by FHWA is required.
Clean Air Act Revisions will affect boilers, incinerators.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 6, 2011 Based on analysis, review, and consideration of data and input from states, environmental groups, industry, lawmakers and public, U.S. EPA is proposing changes to Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators. Proposed reconsideration would promote public health protections via reductions in toxic air pollutants, including mercury and soot, while increasing rule's flexibility and addressing compliance concerns raised by industry and labor groups.

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