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2011 BIO International Convention to feature Tony Blair.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 7, 2011 Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will participate in keynote presentation at 2011 BIO International Convention, which takes place June 27-30 in Washington, DC. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, "Mr. Blair's vast experience as a global leader will provide our audience with helpful and inspirational insights." This hosted event, "Interview with Tony Blair," will occur during keynote luncheon on June 28, 2011.
BIO applauds USDA decision to deregulate biotech alfalfa.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 7, 2011 U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will fully deregulate variety of biotech alfalfa (Roundup Ready alfalfa), which is genetically engineered to tolerate the herbicide glyophosate. This decision comes after a comprehensive environmental impact statement conducted by USDA analyzed the potential environmental impact of RR alfalfa, and concluded that it is safe and does not represent a plant pest risk.
EPA Program fosters sustainable community goals realization.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
February 7, 2011 Sustainable Communities Building Blocks program aims to help interested communities adopt sustainable planning methods to help safeguard environment and spur economic development. Interested communities are invited to apply to receive technical assistance during day-long session about achieving sustainable planning goals. During this session, each community will select specific sustainability tool to focus on and also learn about general smart growth development strategies.
PCB, EMS Management Meetings to precede IPC APEX EXPO.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
February 7, 2011 Taking place before 2011 IPC APEX EXPO(TM), senior-level executives of PCB and EMS companies will meet to discuss current industry challenges. PCB Executive Management Meeting and EMS Management Council Meeting, to be held April 11, are full-day events that offer opportunities for executives to hear from industry experts as well as network with peers, suppliers, and customers. Both meetings will conclude with VIP networking dinner featuring Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as guest.
FAA and JetBlue sign NextGen agreement.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
February 4, 2011 NextGen agreement will allow JetBlue to fly more precise, satellite-based flights from Boston and New York to Florida and the Caribbean beginning in 2012. NextGen transforms U.S. national airspace system from ground-based system to one based on satellites. Under agreement, as many as 35 of JetBlue's A320 aircraft will be equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast avionics, enabling them to fly in two major routes off East Coast even if traditional radar coverage is not available.
NBT announces 2011 national manufacturing camp grant winners.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
February 4, 2011 Nine grants of $2,500 each were awarded by Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs® to community and technical colleges that offer day camp experiences that introduce young people ages 12-18 to careers in manufacturing and engineering. According to Gerald Shankel, President and CEO of FMA and NBT, the purpose of the manufacturing camp grants is to provide a positive, hands-on experience so young people will consider manufacturing as a career option.
AASHTO Report suggests how to reduce transportation funding gap.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
February 4, 2011 Funding and Financing Solutions for Surface Transportation in the Coming Decade outlines options for meeting revenue needs stemming from gap between current revenues available for surface transportation and capital requirements. Report includes results from forum held for members of Congress and staff in September 2010, where discussions addressed near- and medium-term funding options for Federal programs, applications of Federal financing tools, and best funding and financing practices.
ISPE Training Event offers biotechnology and manufacturing courses.
ISPE    Tampa, FL 33609
February 4, 2011 ISPE will offer 7 training courses, including biotechnology and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) sessions, at San Francisco Professional Development Training event, which will be held March 7-10, 2011 in San Francisco, CA. Additionally, event will feature courses on pharmaceutical water generation, HVAC, pharmaceutical water storage/distribution, cleaning validation principles, and oral solid dosage forms. Impact of updated USFDA guidance on process validation will also be discussed.
ISPE 2011 Tampa Conference features FDA speaker Grace McNally.
ISPE    Tampa, FL 33609
February 4, 2011 ISPE 2011 Tampa Conference on Applying Solutions to Emerging Industry Challenges will offer educational session that explores implications of FDA's updated Guideline on General Principles of Process Validation. FDA Consumer Safety Officer Grace McNally will present guidance and explain how it differs from 1987 version as well as how revision changes pharmaceutical process validation in general. Additionally, 2-day session will cover dual FDA/Industry presentations on various topics.
NEMA announces Smart Grid product strategy.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
February 4, 2011 To further promote development and deployment of the Smart Grid, NEMA announces the Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant(TM) testing scheme to promote testing for products and devices based on the Smart Grid standards identified by NIST and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. SGIC(TM) program will provide forum where Smart Grid stakeholders can validate the interoperability of individual grid elements on consistent, broadly agreed upon, industry-wide basis.
Recessed Luminaire Paper addresses air infiltration ratings.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
February 4, 2011 Available for download, NEMA white paper LSD 58-2010 Air Infiltration Ratings for Recessed Luminaires addresses standard test procedure, installation requirements, and labeling applicable to luminaires to demonstrate limited airflow. Restricting airflow through lighting fixtures helps reduce energy loss and moisture accumulation and is required by certain energy codes and ENERGY STAR® program. Paper suits those who test, produce, specify, install, and inspect recessed luminaires.
NTSB makes safety recommendations to FAA.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
February 4, 2011 FAA should require Cessna Aircraft Company and other manufacturers whose restraint system designs permit an occupant to use inactive airbag restraint system not intended for use in his or her seat to modify restraint system designs to eliminate that possibility. FAA should also revise guidance and certification standards concerning restraint systems to prevent misuse scenarios, and require retrofitting of shoulder harnesses on general aviation airplanes that are not equipped with such restraints.
BIO Convention Media Registration is now available online.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 4, 2011 Scheduled for June 27-30, 2011 BIO International Convention is expected to draw more than 15,000 industry leaders from 48 states and 60 countries. Event will feature more than 125 sessions in 16 tracks and will host more than 1,700 exhibitors. New tracks for 2011 will include Achieving Regulatory Approval and Compliance, Biofuels and Biobased Chemicals, Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine, Global Innovations and Markets, Health Policy and Reimbursement, and Manufacturing of Biologics and Drugs.
USDA Loan Guarantees help bioindustry overcome financing hurdles.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 4, 2011 BIO thanked Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for his leadership on biofuels commercialization as well as for announcing the funding of new biorefinery projects under 2008 Farm Bill's Biorefinery Assistance Program (Section 9003) and funding to recipients in 33 states to support production and use of advanced biofuels. Such programs, said BIO's Brent Erickson, will help give investors required certainty to back technology pioneers in building biorefineries.
BSA reports record attendance at 2011 Winter Meeting.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
February 4, 2011 BSA held its 2011 Winter Meeting from January 16-18 at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. Event included full agenda of committee meetings as well as presentation by John Dunlop, Senior Project Engineer with American Wind Energy Association, who discussed role of bearing products in wind energy. Also, BSA's Information Technology and Supply Chain Committee viewed presentation on Apple in Your Business, by Matthew Bookspan of BlackTip IT Services.
Polyolefins Conference to feature SINOPEC research director.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
February 4, 2011 Dr. Jinliang Qiao of China's SINOPEC will deliver plenary address at SPE's 23rd International Polyolefins Conference®, which will take place in Houston, TX from February 27 to March 2, 2011. Dr. Qiao's presentation, "Aspects of the Polyolefin Industry in China," will be made on February 28 and focus on recent results of polymer physics research at SINOPEC: new polyolefin resins, advances in polymerization processes and catalysts for polyolefins, and nucleating agents for PP and LLDPE.
IEC President Addressed Leaders at 2011 World Electronics Forum.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 4, 2011 More than 65 leaders representing electronics associations from 6 continents attended 16th Annual WEF (World Electronics Forum). Representing 30 associations from 22 countries, WEF delegates participated in breakfast session on January 9 that featured address from IEC President Jacques Régis. In his presentation, Régis outlined how globally relevant specifications and metrics, combined with consistent conformity assessment, help reach more markets faster and at lesser cost.
NIST seeks guidance on disaster and failure studies.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
February 4, 2011 NIST is seeking nominations of individuals for appointment to National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee, which advises director of NIST on matters related to agency's work studying performance of structures and associated evacuation and emergency response procedures during disaster or failure events. NIST has established a Disaster and Failure Studies Program, which will be responsible for leading and coordinating future disaster and failure studies under authorities of NCST Act.
ATME-I to continue with Techtextil North America in 2012.
American Textile Machinery Association    Falls Church, VA 22046
February 4, 2011 ATMA and Messe Frankfurt USA have agreed on the inclusion of American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International with Techtextil North America every even year starting in 2012. The two exhibitions successfully co-located last May in Atlanta. ATME-I will provide textile machinery, equipment, products, and service suppliers a broad textile and apparels industry base to showcase their products and services.
EPA to develop regulation for perchlorate.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
February 3, 2011 U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced agency's decision to move forward with development of regulation for perchlorate to protect Americans from potential health impacts. Perchlorate is both a naturally occurring and man-made chemical, and scientific research indicates that it may impact normal function of the thyroid. In a separate action, agency is moving towards establishing a drinking water standard to address group of up to 16 toxic chemicals that may pose risks to human health.

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