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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.
Agricultural Machinery Management Data Standard revised by ASABE.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
March 22, 2011 Revised standard, ASAE D497.7, Agricultural Machinery Management Data, simplifies fuel consumption equations. This standard is used in conjunction with ASAE EP496.3, Agricultural Machinery Management; to report typical tractor values for tractor performance, power requirements, repair and maintenance costs, depreciation, fuel and oil use, reliability for field operation, probable working days, and timeliness coefficients as measured by experiment, modeling, or survey.
ASABE Revises Two Standards for lawn and garden tractors.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
March 22, 2011 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) revised ANSI/ASAE S370.5, 2000-RPM Power Take-Off (PTO) for Lawn and Garden Ride-On Tractors, and ASAE S431.2, 2000-RPM Front and Mid PTO for Lawn and Garden Ride-On Tractors, following regular 5-year periodic review. Main focus of said revision was removal of common outdated reference: ANSI B92.1-1970 (R1993), Involute Splines and Inspection, Inch Version.
NFPA Fluid Power Innovation Awards are open for nominations.
National Fluid Power Association    Milwaukee, WI 53222-3219
March 22, 2011 Fluid power technology award program, launched by NFPA, recognizes innovations of engineers and technicians using fluid power to address customer needs. NFPA Fluid Power Innovation Award nominations are currently being accepted, and applicants must provide documentation of their innovation. Deadline for nominations is May 31, 2011, and winners will be notified no later than July 31, 2011. Winners will receive a cash prize and formal recognition.
Automation Exposition to boost robotics, machine vision growth.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
March 21, 2011 According to sponsors of Automate 2011, the event is expected to spur investments in robotics, machine vision, motion control, and related automation technologies. Automate 2011, taking place in Chicago, IL from March 21-24, focuses on manufacturing as well as non-manufacturing applications. In addition to products from 150 companies, attendees can see keynotes, sessions, demonstrations of complete solutions from 20+ system integrators, and pavilion focused on evolution of robots.
NIH Director to present biotech keynote address.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 21, 2011 BIO and BIO Ventures for Global Health announced that Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institute of Health, will provide keynote address at the Partnering for Global Health Forum 2011, scheduled for June 27. Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project. He will share his insights on how ground-breaking biotech innovations can serve the health needs of world's poorest.
Amtrak Upgrades will benefit Washington State and nation.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
March 21, 2011 In Two-Minute State DOT Update video, Washing State DOT Secretary Paula Hammond, chair of AASHTO High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Leadership Group, discusses agreement agency signed with Amtrak, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, and FRA to contractually obligate $590 million in federal grant funds. According to Hammond, the goal is to boost the rail-line capacity and relieve mainline congestion for more frequent and reliable passenger rail service between Portland and Seattle.
SME's RAPID 2011 Conference Speakers to include Smithsonian curator.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
March 21, 2011 During RAPID 2011 Conference and Exposition, Douglas Owsley, Ph.D. and curator at the Smithsonian Institution for the National Museum of Natural History, will talk about how 3D imaging, digital reconstruction, and additive manufacturing are aiding production of museum exhibits, forensic case work, and bio-archaeological research. Event will also feature keynote session with CEOs of 4 companies that pioneered additive manufacturing who will talk about the evolution of the technology.
ASHRAE Guideline addresses indoor environmental quality.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
March 21, 2011 ASHRAE Guideline 10-2011, Interactions Affecting the Achievement of Acceptable Indoor Environments, provides guidance on achieving good indoor environments by considering interactions of air quality and thermal conditions, as well as lighting and acoustics. Important in the design of low-energy buildings, guideline contains assembly of available knowledge on the complexity of indoor environment and its impact on building occupants.
Lighting Standards harmonize requirements for SSL products.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
March 21, 2011 NEMA SSL 1-2010 Electronic Drivers for LED Devices, Arrays, or Systems primarily covers ratings, performance, and marking, but it also provides specifications guidance for EMI, audible noise, and efficiency calculations. NEMA SSL 6-2010 Solid State Lighting for Incandescent Replacement-Dimming focuses on integrated LED lamps intended for retrofit into systems that previously used incandescent screw base lamps. It addresses dimming of products and interaction between dimmer and bulb.
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.

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