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NEMA Lamp Indices show mixed results during Q4 2010.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
March 21, 2011 During Q4 2010, NEMA's indices for incandescent lamps show 14.3% increase in shipments compared to Q3, while compact fluorescent (CFL) shipments decreased by 3.9%. Indices for incandescents and CFLs posted negative year-over-year growth, and for calendar year 2010, incandescent shipments declined 8.3% while CFL shipments declined less than 1%. Market share for CFLs rose for year, and declined for incandescent lamps, which will likely continue as energy efficiency standards are implemented.
SCAP Documents improve computer security management automation.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 21, 2011 Technical Specifications for the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) Version 1.1 tightens requirements of individual specifications in suite to support SCAP functionality and ensure interoperability between SCAP tools. It also adds Open Checklist Interactive Language, which allows gathering of information not accessible by automated means. Also available, Guide to Using Vulnerability Naming Schemes provides introduction to naming schemes and makes recommendations for using them.
Humanitarian Technology Conference organizers issue call for papers.
Institute Of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Inc., The (IEEE)    Piscataway, NJ 08855
March 18, 2011 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference organizers seek papers on topics related to roles technology can play in improving lives and creating business opportunities for people in emerging nations. According to conference chair Paul Kostek, submissions may include technical papers as well as those from people who have had experience running humanitarian projects. Abstract deadline is March 30, and accepted papers will be presented during inaugural conference.
RIA Trade Show to detail integrator certification programs.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
March 18, 2011 At Automate 2011, to be held from March 21-24, RIA will explain certification programs for robotics and machine vision system integrators. Robotics integrator program will be formally announced by RIA President Jeff Burnstein on March 21. Both basic and advanced courses and certification tests will be offered at event, which will also feature pavilion with more than 20 integrators participating in demonstrations. Machine vision system integrator certification program will be sponsored by AIA.
NIST holds third Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 18, 2011 Scheduled for April 7-8, Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop III will feature 3 speakers: U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, Google's Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cert, and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. Friday morning's panel topic - "Cloud Innovation: Math and Science" - will explore innovative uses of the cloud and how it can be leveraged in the scientific process. Some other topics will include "Cloud Computing-Adopters' Long-term View" and "Can You Ever Really Trust the Cloud?"
NIST Cosponsors Conference focused on nanoelectronics metrology.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 18, 2011 Registration is open for Frontiers of Characterization and Metrology for Nanoelectronics, which will take place May 23-26, 2011 in Grenoble, France. Industry, government, and academic experts will examine advances in characterization and metrology that will help shape future of nanoelectronics. Presenters include Michel Brillouet, Deputy Director of CEA-Leti; Rudi Cartuyvels of IMEC, and Dan Hutcheson of VSLI Research, Inc. Attendees can also tour MINATEC research campus.
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Deadline extended by EPA.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
March 18, 2011 U.S. EPA has issued final rule that extends deadline for reporting 2010 data under Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program to September 30, 2011. This extension will allow EPA to further test the system that facilities will use to submit data and give industry the opportunity to test the tool, provide feedback, and have sufficient time to become familiar with the tool prior to reporting.
RIA recognizes 3 professionals with CMP certification.
Restoration Industry Association    Columbia, MD 21046-1595
March 18, 2011 At its convention in Colorado Springs, RIA recognized 3 professionals with the Certified Mold Professional certification, which emphasizes the relationship of building systems and the predominance of situations where indoor environmental quality is impacted by multiple problems or contaminants. New CMP certificants include Dave Robbins of Sharp and Robbins Construction; Jaclyn Carpenter of Ideal Drying, Inc.; and Mark McLaughlin, RestoreAll, Inc.
US, EU Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement welcomed by AIA.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
March 18, 2011 AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey called bilateral aviation safety agreement, finalized by US and European Union (EU), "a welcome step forward for trans-Atlantic cooperation." Strengthened cooperation and resulting higher common standards between US and EU were said to be "key to improving aviation safety." She also said agreement promotes efficient use of government resources and could be expanded to include areas such as pilot licensing and training.
Automate 2011 Robotics Pavilion focuses on the future.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
March 18, 2011 Scheduled for March 21-24, Automate 2011 will include Emerging Robotics pavilion featuring telepresence robot from Anybots, which can stand in for a person and be controlled from remote location. Innovo Labs will demonstrate robotic companion pets, which integrate organic articulation, sensory response, and autonomous behavior. Additionally, Motoman Robotics will demonstrate dual-arm SDA robot that performs complex operations, and Adept Technology will display mobile robots.
EPA proposes national standards for mercury pollution.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
March 17, 2011 In response to court deadline, U.S. EPA proposed the first-ever national standards for mercury, arsenic, and other toxic air pollution from power plants. New standards would require many power plants to install pollution control technologies to cut harmful emissions to help prevent as many as 17,000 premature deaths a year. Rule will also provide employment for thousands, by supporting 31,000 short-term construction jobs and 9,000 long-term utility jobs.
Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements likely to be 17x more than gov't estimates.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 17, 2011 Results of an IPC Survey on the Impact of US Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements estimates that costs of reporting requirements proposed by U.S. SEC to total $279 million for due diligence alone in its first year of implementation compared to government's estimate of $16.5 million. Additional estimated costs - software, staff, training, legal expenses, third-party audits - totaled median of $170,000 per company in electronic interconnect industry.
ANSI to form Electric Vehicles Standards Panel.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 17, 2011 Meeting convened by ANSI has resulted in agreement by key stakeholders to develop standardization roadmap to enable safe, mass deployment of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in U.S. Electric Vehicles Standards Panel will provide coherent and coordinated U.S. policy and technical input to relevant regional and international audiences on needed standards and conformity assessment programs, as well as liaise and coordinate with other electric vehicle initiatives.
ANSI Workshop to examine market forces on standards development.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 17, 2011 On May 12, 2011, ANSI will convene workshop titled Standards Wars: Myth or Reality? Day-long workshop will take interactive, panel-based approach to examining impact of competition, convergence, and coordination in different areas of standards development. Attendees will uncover instances where conflict and duplication have been intentional in response to stakeholder needs, and unintentional due to lack of awareness of existing standardization efforts.
Conference Keynotes foretell U.S. manufacturing's global leadership.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
March 17, 2011 Keynote speeches on future U.S. manufacturing highlighted FABRICATOR®'s Leadership Summit, sixth Annual Metal Matters, and FMA's 15th Annual Toll Processing Conference. Emily DeRocco, along with Dan DiMicco, said U.S. manufacturing sector can regain global leader status. DeRocco stressed need for industry education partnerships and skills training/certification, while DiMicco focused on economic models and trade balance and called for job creation via domestic energy resource development.
ASTM Sensory Evaluation Committee presents David R. Peryam Award.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 17, 2011 ASTM International Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation honored Dr. Herbert Stone with David R. Peryam Award for work in applied sensory science. ASTM member since 1963, Stone is an expert in human nutrition and sensory evaluation of consumer food, beverage, and home/personal care products. Fellow and past president of Institute of Food Technologists, Stone has served as member of various boards, societies, and associations as well as Director of Food and Agricultural Science at SRI.
VCAT Annual Report highlights NIST's leadership role.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 17, 2011 Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) of NIST sent its 2010 annual report to Congress. It highlights NIST's role in development and delivery of measurement services, which directly impact U.S. industry as well as federal agencies and state weights and measures offices. Additionally, report recognizes NIST's contributions in forensic science and emphasizes leadership role NIST can play in strengthening scientific underpinnings for forensic science.
Co-Hosted Conference to address health information security.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 17, 2011 Scheduled for May 10-11, 2011, "Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security," will be co-hosted by NIST and Department of Health and Human Services for Civil Rights. Event will provide forum to discuss present state of health information security, as well as strategies, tips, and techniques for implementing HIPAA Security Rule, which specifies federal standards to protect confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information.
Ford Blue Oval Scholarships available for San Antonio students.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
March 17, 2011 In partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, SME Education Foundation announces 2011 Ford Blue Oval Scholarship program for graduating high school seniors in Bexar County, Texas. Program is designed to encourage students' pursuit of degrees in engineering or technology-related programs. Ten scholarships valued at $2,500 each will be awarded to students who have made their college selection.
Report Examines Counterfeit Parts and threat to supply chain.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
March 17, 2011 Counterfeit Parts: Increasing Awareness and Developing Countermeasures indicates counterfeit parts volume in supply chain is increasing, necessitating development and implementation of mitigation plans. Citing performance, reliability, and safety, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey said reduction of counterfeit parts proliferation requires "increased diligence and active control measures." Report has 20+ recommendations for industry and government on reducing counterfeit parts.

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