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Biofuel Industry needs stable Renewable Fuel Standard.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 7, 2011 According to BIO, advanced biofuels companies continue to make progress in bringing new technology to the fuels market, relying on consistent implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). However, progress could be threatened by political uncertainty about continuing the RFS. Besides a stable RFS, the industry needs the EPA to ensure that advanced biofuels that are drop-in fuels are evaluated under technology neutral rules so that they can become certified quickly for use.
HI Seeks Reviewers for updated ANSI standard.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
November 4, 2011 Hydraulic Institute (HI), under approval of ANSI, seeks qualified individuals in North America to participate in reviewing draft of updated American National Standard for Pumps - General Guidelines for Types, Definitions, Application, Sound Measurement, and Decontamination (ANSI/HI 9.1-9.5-2012). Individuals and organizations in North America directly and materially affected by this standard, which applies to industrial/commercial pumps, are asked to contact HI.
NIST Research develops compact laser frequency comb.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 4, 2011 Researchers at NIST have developed compact laser frequency comb, representing one step toward user-friendly and ultimately chip-based combs that could enable new applications in diverse areas. Prototype micro-comb consists of low-power semiconductor laser, likened to shoebox size, and 2 mm wide optical cavity. Project leader Scott Diddams called this discovery, "the beginning and look forward to bigger and better developments."
NIST addresses characterization of nanoparticle clusters.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 4, 2011 Tendency of nanoparticles to clump together in solution is of great interest because size of clusters plays important role in behavior of materials. Work at NIST offers way to accurately measure distribution of cluster sizes in sample and characteristic light absorption for each size. According to NIST biomedical engineer Justin Zook, a good example of the potential application of this work is in development of nanoparticle biosensors for ultrasensitive pregnancy tests.
NTSB applauds lawmakers in PA for stronger teen driving law.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
November 4, 2011 NTSB commends Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Pennsylvania General Assembly for strengthening Commonwealth's teen driving law. New provision prohibits a junior license holder from carrying more than one passenger under the age of 18 for first 6 months after issuance of the license, unless he or she is accompanied by parent or guardian. Law also makes it a primary offense when drivers and passengers under age 18 are not wearing a seatbelt or buckled in child safety or booster seat.
EPA Takes Step to Cancel select mouse/rat control products.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 4, 2011 After determining that safer rodent control products are now widely available, U.S. EPA is taking steps to cancel 20 mouse and rat control products that do not adequately protect people, particularly young people, from exposure to toxic chemicals. Products planned for removal from consumer market include those that contain most toxic and persistent active ingredients, products sold as loose bait and pellets, as well as any remaining products without protective bait stations.
EPA announces winner of Energy Star building competition.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 4, 2011 U.S. EPA announced that the University of Central Florida is the winner of 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. In its second year, competition featured teams from 245 buildings across the country in head-to-head battle to save energy, reduce costs, and protect people's health and environment. UCF's winning building was a parking garage on university's main campus where energy use was decreased by 63.2%. Together, competitors cut energy costs by $5.2 million.
FMA's NBT Announces Results of officer elections.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
November 4, 2011 Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs® (NBT), charitable foundation of FMA, elected new officers at its recent meeting. Wyoming Machine, Inc. co-president Traci Tapani will serve as chairwoman; Hawkeye Industries, Inc. president/CEO Bryan Hawkins will serve as vice chairman; and Moraine Park Technical College dean, manufacturing technology, Marcia Arndt will serve as secretary/treasurer. Each has been elected to one year term.
Manufacturing Engineering® Magazine announces editor in chief.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
November 4, 2011 SME announced that Sarah A. Webster has been named editor in chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, which provides technical information to more than 90,000 qualified manufacturing professionals. Webster most recently served as business and automotive editor at the Detroit Free Press, where she has worked for the past 8 years. She is credited with leading the newspaper's award-winning coverage of the unprecedented financial and automotive crisis in 2008-09.
ASHRAE Conference to feature in-depth Technical Program.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
November 4, 2011 Technical Program at ASHRAE 2012 Winter Conference, which takes place in Chicago, IL from January 21-25, will feature current practices related to industry topics such as energy modeling, high performance buildings, and integrated design. Specifically, technical program will feature nearly 300 speakers throughout 9 technical paper sessions; 31 conference paper sessions; one poster session; 54 application-oriented, non-paper seminars; and 8 open discussion forums.
AMCA announces board and executive committee for 2011-2012.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
November 3, 2011 During AMCA 56th Annual Meeting, new AMCA Executive Committee and Board of Directors was announced. Victor C. Colwell, VP of Sales and Marketing, Loren Cook Company was inaugurated as AMCA International President, while outgoing President, Michael Barry of Twin City Fan Companies, Ltd. was inaugurated as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Geoff Sheard of Flaktwoods, Ltd. was chosen for Treasurer, Patrick A. Cockrum of Pottorff was elected Secretary, and Tim Kilgore of Greenheck Fan was elected Director-at-Large.
Victor C. Colwell Elected President of AMCA International Inc.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
November 3, 2011 Vic Colwell, VP of Sales and Marketing at Loren Cook Company of Springfield, MO, has been elected as 2011-2013 President of AMCA International. During his tenure, Colwell will focus on increasing acceptance of AMCA's standards in Asian and European regions as well as improving AMCA's relevance within North America. Other areas of focus will be educating young engineering students through AMCA's University Awareness Program and promoting AMCA's Fan Efficiency Grading Program (FEG).
Patent Search platform to be optimized for efficiency, usability.
Chemical Abstracts Service    Columbus, OH 43202
November 3, 2011 STN partners, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) in U.S. and FIZ Karlsruhe in Germany, announced completely new STN will be phased into market beginning in 2012. In addition to project-oriented workflow, elements are to include combined text and structure queries, simultaneous query and results interaction, and real-time results analysis. Patent search professionals can still take advantage of features such as STN command line, search precision, and high-quality content.
ASTM Biofilm Standard focuses on efficacy of disinfectants.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 3, 2011 ASTM International Committee E35 on Pesticides, Antimicrobials, and Alternative Control Agents has approved its fourth standard on biofilms: ASTM E2799, Test Method for Testing Disinfectant Efficacy Against Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm Using the MBEC Assay. One subcommittee member responsible for this standard says it "describes how to grow biofilm in a 96-well microtiter device (MBEC Assay(TM)), then test the efficacy of disinfectants against the established biofilm."
Dr. Theodore Steinberg receives ASTM Professor of the Year Award.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 3, 2011 Dr. Theodore A. Steinberg, professor of built environment and engineering in the School of Engineering Systems at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, has received the 2011 Professor of the Year Award from ASTM International. A member of ASTM International since 1994, Dr. Steinberg has consistently promoted the value of ASTM standards and products in lectures, tutorials, and laboratory work during his career in academia.
BIO Hires CFO and Executive VP, Food and Agriculture.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 3, 2011 BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood announced today 2 new hires to serve as part of BIO's senior management team. Joanne M. Duncan will join BIO on November 21, 2011 as chief financial officer (CFO) and vice president for finance and administration. Also, Dr. Cathleen Enright will be joining BIO on November 7, 2011 as executive vice president, Food and Agriculture. Greenwood commented "that the contributions they will make...will be substantial as we work to heal, fuel and feed the world."
NEMA publishes watthour meter safety standard.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
November 3, 2011 ANSI C12.10-2011 covers physical aspects of detachable and bottom-connected watthour meters and associated registers, including ratings, internal wiring arrangements, pertinent dimensions, and markings. Standard includes references to latest version of ANSI C12.1 and ANSI C12.20 for performance requirements. Dimensions and other relevant specifications have been coordinated with ANSI C12.7-2005 American National Standard Requirements for Watthour Meters Sockets.
FMA elects new members and officers.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
November 3, 2011 At group's annual meeting, FMA elected George Bogan of Main Steel Polishing, Rob Clark of Clark Metal Products, Vivek Gupta of Texas Profab Corp., and Dan McLeod of Brenco Industries Ltd. to board of directors. All will serve 3-year terms. In addition, associate directors Lyle Menke of Peddinghaus Corp. and Jerry Ward of Metcam Inc. were appointed to 1 year terms. Also, current board member Dave Barber of The Wilmington Grill Co. was elected chairman.
Presidential Candidates at NAM Forum call for pro-growth policies.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
November 3, 2011 After NAM-hosted forum for Republican presidential candidates in Pella, Iowa, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued a statement in which he thanked each candidate for their participation. Timmons called this forum successful and expressed eagerness in "continuing the conversation through the election cycle and beyond" because of the need for pro-growth policies. As emphasized by Timmons, "We need leadership in Washington that will allow manufacturers to lead our economic recovery."
IPC announces fall webinar schedule.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 2, 2011 Providing convenient way to train employees, IPC Webinars are 1 hour long and focused on technical, practical, and management issues facing electronics industry. Sessions are based on technical papers from IPC APEX EXPO® 2011 and include Electronics Failure Analysis: Common Mechanisms and Techniques; Is Cleaning Critical to PoP Assemblies?; LED Testing and Reliability; Practical Steps to Effective Defluxing; Business Outlook for 2012; and Techniques in the Rework of High Thermal Mass Boards.

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