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Regional Conferences share Baldrige Award winning best practices.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 23, 2011 To be held September 13 in Missouri and September 27 in Alabama, 2011 Baldrige Regional Conferences will host senior leaders from 7 organizations selected for 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award as well as previous recipients who will share their best practices and results. Participants can network and gather tips on organizational improvement, innovation, and performance management. Each conference will feature in-depth plenary session and 18 interactive breakout sessions.
Transportation Plan addresses gridlock and air pollution in Los Angeles.
Environmental Defense Fund    New York, NY 10010
June 22, 2011 Released by Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and Environmental Defense Fund, "Vision Los Angeles" is a consensus action plan designed to improve transportation access and mobility, and make housing and transportation more affordable, while improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas pollution. Analysis of plan by transportation consulting firm found that improving transit as proposed in document would lead to greater access to tens of thousands of jobs throughout County.
Moisture Conditioning Standard looks at compacted asphalt.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 22, 2011 ASTM International Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials is working on ASTM WK32764, Practice for Moisture Conditioning Compacted Asphalt Mixture Samples by Using Hydrostatic Pore Pressure. This proposed moisture conditioning method for compacted asphalt samples is time-efficient and allows for simulation of field conditions. Testing device described in ASTM WK32764 emulates action of vehicle tire on wet pavement via generated pore pressure inside compacted asphalt sample.
Bentley Workspace includes National CAD StandardŽ guidelines.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
June 22, 2011 Designers will automatically be able to adhere to U.S. National CAD StandardŽ guidelines with new workspace for civil engineering applications. Featuring data resource files, interface customization, and configuration variables, Bentley workspaces help users customize software for corporate, discipline, project, client, or individual needs. Bentley NCS Workspace for Civil incorporates NCS guidelines for layers, symbols, drawings, and plotting into default files for GEOPAK and InRoads software.
Scholarships Help Students prepare for manufacturing careers.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
June 22, 2011 In 2011, FMA awarded $1,500 toward college or trade school education for each of 20 students seeking careers in manufacturing. FMA president and CEO Gerald Shankel congratulated those students selected as 2011 scholarship award winners and said that they "recognize that working a skilled manufacturing job can be rewarding financially and fulfilling personally, and will help them be more competitive in the 21st century manufacturing job market."
ASHRAE Handbook Volume tackles tall buildings.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
June 22, 2011 In addition to new chapter that focuses on design issues that tall building present, 2011 ASHRAE Handbook - HVAC Applications contains 60 chapters on broad range of applications, written to help HVAC/R design engineers and others use fundamentals, equipment, and systems described in other ASHRAE Handbook volumes. Topics range from residential, commercial, educational, and health care facilities to agriculture, aircraft, fire/smoke management, solar energy, seismic- and wind-resistant design.
Jerry Olson wins Cherry Award from IEEE.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
June 22, 2011 Jerry Olson, a physicist from NREL who was a pioneer in multi-junction solar cells for use in outer space and on Earth has received the prestigious Cherry Award, which is named in honor of William R. Cherry, a founder of the photovoltaic community. Olson opened the door for multi-junction solar cells by showing that a top cell of GaInP and a bottom cell of GaAs can capture and convert photons more efficiently into electricity than previous attempts at using other materials.
ANSI Chosen as Accreditor for Health Information Technology Certifications.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
June 22, 2011 Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) selected ANSI as ONC-Approved Accreditor for Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology. Program seeks to enhance certification of health information technology in U.S. by increasing comprehensiveness, transparency, reliability, and efficiency of current processes used for certification of EHR technology. ANSI will accredit all certification bodies seeking to participate in this program.
HHS Seeks Information for biovigilance venture.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
June 22, 2011 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requests information as it considers potential development of public-private partnership on biovigilance that would aim to ensure safety of U.S. supply of blood and blood components, tissues, cells, and organs. As coordinator of U.S. standards and conformance system, ANSI encourages members and all affected stakeholders to provide relevant input on this key area of activity for public health and safety.
IPC Midwest 2011 to focus on solutions to industry challenges.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
June 22, 2011 IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will be held in Schaumburg, IL on September 21-22 and bring targeted, relevant information for electronics manufacturing and printed boards industries. Industry's top suppliers will showcase new products and processes as well as emerging technologies in all major categories. Event also provides access to industry expertise via technical conference, professional development courses, and standards development meetings.
Feds Launch Action Plan to protect people from radon.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 21, 2011 US EPA joined forces with several other agencies and institutions to help save lives and create healthier home and school environments. Plan brings together commitments that help to reduce exposure to radon and protect health by leveraging and advancing existing state, local, and national programs. According to EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Federal Radon Action Plan will raise awareness about radon threat in homes as well as take steps to mitigate said hazard.
Economic Development Program boosts clean energy startups in CO.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
June 21, 2011 To expand cleantech entrepreneurship in Colorado, NREL and State of Colorado have formed Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED) in Golden, CO. CREED will bring together stakeholders and service providers who support creation and growth of startup cleantech companies, which will contribute to economic development. CREED will work to accelerate commercial deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies that emerge from NREL's programs.
Automotive Polyolefins Conference to feature 4 keynotes.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
June 21, 2011 Interspersed throughout 2011 SPEŽ Automotive TPO Global Conference, to be held October 2-5, will be 4 keynote speakers who will highlight current trends reshaping global automotive-plastics market. Topics will include pace of automotive recovery in mature markets as well as growth opportunities in emerging markets; polyolefins as sustainable solution; impacts of globalization of automotive industry on plastics raw-material supply; and CAFE Requirements.
ASTM Standard provides reference materials for kinetic parameters.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 21, 2011 Users of standards involving kinetic parameters need reference materials to qualify individual laboratories and to validate procedures and software. Developed by Subcommittee E27.02 on Thermal Stability and Condensed Phases, ASTM E2781 will provide such parameters to accommodate apparatus configurations and kinetic models. Kinetic parameters, such as activation energy and pre-exponential factor, are used to estimate lifetime of products and to assess thermal safety of high-energy chemicals.
Proposed ASTM Standard covers relative weights of body armor.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 21, 2011 Proposed standard, ASTM WK31929, Test Method for Areal Density Measurement of an Armour Panel, will provide consistent way of comparing the relative weights of different body armor designs used in production of protective vests for law enforcement and correction personnel. Once approved, standard will allow manufacturers to accurately document their armor designs and give purchasing agents and end users a better understanding of relative weights when they are making purchasing decisions.
ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard now available from ANSI.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
June 21, 2011 Targeting broad applicability across national economic sectors, ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems standard could influence up to 60% of world's energy use. Standard specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and improving an energy management system. ISO 50001 is based on the common elements found in all of ISO's management system standards, assuring compatibility with ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management).
Commerce Department requests comments on cybersecurity report.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 21, 2011 Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force issued Federal Register Notice requesting comments on the report it published entitled "Cybersecurity, Innovations and the Internet Economy." Report proposes voluntary codes of conduct to strengthen cybersecurity of companies that rely on Internet to do business, but are not part of critical infrastructure sector. Task force is seeking further input from Internet stakeholders that will lead to developing an action plan in this important area.
IESO Appoints Patricia L. Harman as new Secretariat.
Indoor Environmental Standards Organization    Rockville, MD 20852
June 21, 2011 IESO Board of Directors announced appointment of Patricia L. Harman to office of IESO Secretariat. Harman will work closely with IESO Consensus Body and IESO subcommittees to facilitate workflow as well as ensure compliance with IESO Standard Operating Procedures and ANSI Essential Requirements. She has almost 30 years of experience in non-profit and trade association arenas, working at local and national levels for several organizations.
Metalforming Companies anticipate steady business conditions.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
June 20, 2011 According to June 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report, 25% of participants forecast an improvement in economic activity during next 3 months, up from 23% in May, and 50% predict that activity will remain unchanged, compared to 55% last month. About 25% report that activity will decline, up from 22% in May. Metalforming companies also expect little change in incoming orders during next 3 months, with 30% predicting an increase in orders, 44% anticipating no change, and 26% predicting decrease.
Building Materials Standard would add mold resistance rating.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 20, 2011 Proposed standard - ASTM WK32079, Test Method for Determination of Mold Growth on Building Products Designed for Exterior Applications Using an Environmental Chamber and Direct Inoculation - will assist consumers purchasing mold-resistant building materials for homes. Specifically, standard describes environmental chamber and conditions of operation to evaluate, in 4-week period, relative resistance to mold growth on building products to be used outdoors.

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