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ANSI Supports Certification, Credentialing in Berkeley report.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 24, 2011 Report from University of California, Berkeley - California Workforce Education and Training Needs Assessment for Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Distributed Generation - offers comprehensive analysis of job impacts from state energy efficiency policies and workforce preparation in affected occupations. ANSI is actively engaged in accreditation activities that enhance credentialing of personnel in range of disciplines and can support initiatives recommended in Berkeley report.
AAMA Fact Sheet introduces basics of top- and side-lighting.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association    Schaumburg, IL 60173
March 24, 2011 AAMA fact sheet, "Daylighting Basics: Daylighting and Energy Savings," details how top-lighting and side-lighting contribute to a building design that integrates natural light and can help decrease energy costs. Fact sheet also details factors which impact efficient application of side-lighting and/or top-lighting, including building's purpose, features, and orientation, as well as typical climactic and daylight conditions, interior climate control system, and fenestration design.
ANSI announces new format for ANSI Roundtable in China.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 23, 2011 Members of ANSI interested in getting involved in standards and conformance initiatives in China are invited to participate in ANSI Manufacturer Member Roundtable in China. Roundtable will include 3-4 workshops per year on topics of interest, as well as ad hoc meetings throughout year to discuss additional topics of interest. Under umbrella of Roundtable, ANSI will help members gain access to Chinese government meetings so that they may participate in discussions affecting trade with China.
World Accreditation Day Paper Competition closes April 29.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 23, 2011 Submissions for 2011 U.S. Celebration of World Accreditation Day paper competition are due by April 29. This year's theme is "Accreditation - Supporting the Needs of Regulators," and authors are encouraged to cite concrete examples that demonstrate how globally accepted conformity assessment solutions support national and international priorities, enable trade, and open new markets. Papers highlighting value of accreditation must not exceed 2,000 words.
BIO Breakout Sessions highlight investment potential.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 23, 2011 BIO's 8th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing will feature 6 breakout sessions over 3 days. Industry presentations will cover Advanced Biofuels Technology; Algae and Feedstock Crops; Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering; Renewable Chemical Platforms and Biobased Materials; Public Policy, Infrastructure, and Business Development; as well as Specialty Chemicals, Pharma Intermediates, and Food Ingredients.
Journal on Building Resilience aids disaster impact mitigation.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
March 23, 2011 Available from National Institute of Building Sciences, Journal of Hazard Mitigation and Risk Assessment's inaugural issue addresses subject of building to mitigate risk. It focuses on decreasing nation's losses from disasters while promoting community preparedness, sustainability, and resilience. According to Institute President Henry L. Green, those at the Institute are committed to promoting resiliency by providing guidance on mitigating losses from natural and manmade disasters.
NIST Device induces environmental stresses on sealants.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 23, 2011 Described in Review of Scientific Instruments, NIST-developed device induces temperature-caused strains on sealant specimens while monitoring loads and displacements. It consists of segments of PVC pipe, affixed to rigid base, that are exposed to changes in outdoor weather conditions, which cause sealants to be stretched, compressed, and pulled. Testing device design, incorporated in new ASTM draft standard, can measure strength of different materials.
NEMA elects new board members and treasurer.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
March 23, 2011 Board of Governors of NEMA elected Christopher Curtis, President and CEO of Schneider Electric North America, as treasurer of association at spring meeting. Curtis was also named to executive committee of NEMA Board of Governors. In addition, organization elected Zia Eftekhar, CEO, Philips Lighting, and Michael W. Pessina, President, Office of Product Development, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. to board of governors.
NEMA publishes updates to ANSI C37 series for switchgear.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
March 23, 2011 NEMA has published 1 amendment, errata, and 7 reaffirmations to ANSI C37 series for switchgear, which provides conformance test procedures for circuit breakers and switchgear used in electrical distribution systems. Amendment was developed to coordinate selected conformance tests and procedures with ANSI/IEEE C37.20.1-2002 and to recognize that standard's amendment, ANSI/IEEE C37.20.1a-2005. Errata were published to ANSI C37.51 to correct typographical error in clause 5.8.2, Cycles of Operation.
Manufacturers convene for Manufacturing for Growth meeting.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
March 23, 2011 On March 3-6, more than 650 manufacturing executives attended inaugural Manufacturing for Growth Meeting, which was organized by AMT, AMTDA, NTMA, and PMA. Associations comprise more than 4,000 small and medium-sized manufacturers and distributors that provide products for aerospace, automotive, construction, energy, and medical industries. By sharing resources, meeting enabled attendees to exchange best practices as industry seeks to reassert and expand its U.S. economic footprint.
Homeland Security Conference seeks technical papers.
Institute Of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Inc., The (IEEE)    Piscataway, NJ 08855
March 23, 2011 Organizers of the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST 11) are seeking technical papers, posters, and tutorials in areas of cyber security; border and maritime security; attack and disaster preparation, recovery, and response; and biometrics, forensics, and physical security. Accepted papers will be published by IEEE and presented at HST 11 at the Westin Waltham Boston in Waltham, MA, November 15-17, 2011.
Dodson Receives Federal 100 Award for Cybersecurity Work.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 23, 2011 Presented by Federal Computer Week, Federal 100 Award honors top professionals in the federal information technology community. NIST's Donna Dodson was named for her outstanding contributions to numerous interagency initiatives. In addition to leading NIST Computer Security Division, Dodson is also Deputy Chief Cybersecurity Advisor at NIST where she coordinates with federal agencies, industry, academia, and other stakeholders to help set NIST priorities in computer security research.
EPA's Green Power Community Challenge has reached the half-way point.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
March 22, 2011 U.S. EPA's first Green Power Community Challenge has reached its mid-year point with 36 communities setting an example for other cities, towns, villages, and Native American tribes to use renewable energy to help protect people's health and the environment. At this point in the competition, the two category leaders are Washington, D.C. for its total green power usage and Brookeville, MD for the percentage of its total electricity use that is green power.
No Radiation Levels of Concern have reached the United States.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
March 22, 2011 According to joint EPA/DOE statement, no radiation levels of concern have been detected by radiation monitoring equipment in the U.S. One of the monitoring stations in Sacramento, CA detected miniscule quantities of iodine isotopes and other radioactive particles that pose no health concern at detected levels. Similarly, on March 16-17, detector at DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington State detected trace amounts of Xenon-133, which also poses no threat at detected level.
Most Wanted List Program to receive face lift, restructuring.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
March 22, 2011 NTSB unanimously voted to change its Most Wanted List Safety Recommendations Program Board Order. NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman said Most Wanted List was "in need of a face lift and procedural streamlining" after 20 years of existance. Board Order stipulates future lists would be limited to max of 10 issue areas, each supported by recommendations, and that formerly separate state and federal Most Wanted Lists should be combined into one list.
IPC Summit addresses American competitiveness.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 22, 2011 IPC Summit on American Competitiveness combines presentations with legislative and regulatory briefings as well as key lobbying visits with members of Congress to address issues that directly impact U.S. electronics industry's ability to compete globally. Event will be held June 15-16, 2011 in Washington, DC and is structured to give participants knowledge, insights, and tactics to increase competitiveness as well as discuss issues important to industry and garner legislative support.
Secure, Sustainable U.S. Embassies is focus of ASHRAE briefing.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
March 22, 2011 Briefing of High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition, established by ASHRAE, will highlight how sustainable design practices and operations in US Embassies can reduce consumption of resources while enhancing security. Industry leaders will discuss sustainable building initiatives at US Embassies around world as well as how sustainability and security result in design excellence. Briefing is scheduled for 11:30 am to 1 pm on March 29 at 2325 Rayburn House Office Building.
NASA extends crew flight contract with Russian Space Agency.
NASA    Moffett Field, CA 94035
March 22, 2011 NASA has signed $753 million modification to International Space Station contract with Russian Federal Space Agency for crew transportation and related services from 2014 through June 2016. Firm-fixed price modification covers Soyuz support, including training and preparation for launch, flight operations, landing, and crew rescue of long-duration missions for 12 space station crew members. Ending June 30, 2016, extended contract also includes cargo transport and trash disposal.
Jesse Beitel Receives Award for fire safety contributions.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 22, 2011 Jesse Beitel, principal and senior scientist at Hughes Associates Inc., received Walter C. Voss Award for fire safety contributions in building construction and code development as well as shipboard applications. ASTM International member since 1977, Beitel currently serves as second vice chair of ASTM Committee E05 on Fire Standards and member of Committee D20 on Plastics. His work focuses on experimental programs, fire tests development, technical studies, and code representation.
Reinhart Award recognizes corrosion terminology standard work.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 22, 2011 Dr. Harvey Hack, senior advisory engineer at Northrop Grumman Corp, received Frank W. Reinhart Award from ASTM International committee for efforts in producing joint ASTM/NACE terminology standard. Active ASTM member since 1978, Hack currently chairs Joint ASTM/NACE Committee on Corrosion and its subcommittees on laboratory immersion tests and terminology. Award specifically recognized his work on NACE/ASTM G193, Terminology and Acronyms Relating to Corrosion, published in 2009.

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