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Language Translation Devices sent to U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 15, 2011 Due to shortage of human translators, 200 NIST-tested, smartphone-based language translation devices have been sent to 101st Airborne in Afghanistan to assist U.S. soldiers in communicating with local population. Devices allow soldiers to gather critical information without needing to learn Dari and Pashto languages. During NIST testing, subjects were immersed in realistic military scenarios, which yielded quantitative and qualitative data showing how effectively systems will help military personnel.
NIST Authors receive 2011 Most Cited Paper Award.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 15, 2011 Junhwan Kim and Ram D. Sriram from NIST, along with Michael J. Pratt of LMR Systems and Raj G. Iyer of Army TACOM were selected to receive "2011 Most Cited Paper Award" from the journal Computer-Aided Design for their co-authored paper, "Standardized Data Exchange of CAD models with Design Intent," published in 2008. Paper suggests an implementable foundation for CAD data exchange with the preservation of design intent, based on the use of newly published parts of ISO 10303.
NIST Engineering Lab Staff attend Remanufacturing Policy meeting.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 15, 2011 Dr. Nabil Nasr invited NIST to participate in the Strategic Dialogue on Remanufacturing Policy meeting, hosted by the Council on Competitiveness and Rochester Institute of Technology, which addressed the pressing issues facing remanufacturers. Participants will also play role in developing agenda and roadmap for re-launch of the Remanufacturing Industries Council, setting initial directions for the Council, and identifying/prioritizing cross-cutting challenges for the Council to address.
ASTM Standard addresses building energy performance assessment.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 15, 2011 According to Anthony Buonicore of Buonicore Partners LLC and E50 member, ASTM E2797 standard is expected to be the foundation for accurate building energy use data collection, compilation, and analysis in the public and commercial property industry. Developed by Subcommittee E50.02 on Real Estate Assessment and Management, standard will complement existing building rating and certification systems and facilitate improved benchmarking and building labeling.
Automate 2011 Show to honor first industrial robot.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
March 15, 2011 The 50th anniversary of the installation of the first industrial robot at a General Motors plant in Trenton, NJ in 1961 will be honored with a special pavilion at the Automate 2011 Show, March 21-24. Titled "50 Years: A Tribute to Industrial Robots," pavilion features timeline showing technical progress of robotics from 1961 forward, as well as selection of vintage robots and review of imagined robots from ancient times through 20th Century science fiction.
ASTM/ESIS Symposium to address fatigue and fracture mechanics.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 15, 2011 Scheduled for May 18-20, 11th International ASTM/ESIS Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics will provide forum to promote discourse and disseminate state-of-the-art advances in analysis methodologies and testing techniques in the areas of fatigue and fracture mechanics. Event will cover fatigue crack growth behaviors as well as applications of emerging analytical tools and novel experimental techniques to assess durability of engineering structures, components, and devices.
ASTM Committee Name Change reflects focus on antimicrobials.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 14, 2011 With its new title, E35 Committee on Pesticides, Antimicrobials, and Alternative Control Methods aims to provide industry with better understanding of committee's scope and focus. This includes promoting visibility pertaining to its work on antimicrobial agents as well as potentially reducing duplication in standards development when other groups within and outside ASTM search for antimicrobial standards.
CPSC recognizes ASTM for protecting consumer safety.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 14, 2011 Successful promulgation of ASTM standards F1169, Consumer Safety Specification for Full-Size Baby Cribs, and F406, Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs/Play Yards, as mandatory rules was among key initiatives pursued by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission last year. In addition to crib standards, it was noted that 2 other ASTM standards called for in Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act were approved by the Commission.
Executive Energy Leadership Program calls for applications.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
March 14, 2011 Applications are being accepted for NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Program, which educates public- and private-sector decision-makers about clean energy options for their organization through non-technical approach. Participants are offered in-depth look at renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and applications. Briefings by NREL technology experts, research laboratory tours, and visits to field applications are also part of classroom experience.
EPA issues update to national air toxics data.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
March 14, 2011 EPA has released 4th update of National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) computer tool, which helps federal, state, and local governments better understand potential health risks from exposure to air toxics. Based on assessment, air toxic emissions fell by 42%, between 1990 and 2005, from industrial and mobile sources. NATA is used to identify geographic areas, pollutants, and types of emission sources that need analysis to characterize potential risks and determine how to protect public health.
Phoenix Awards Recognize 2 Firms for reconstruction efforts.
Restoration Industry Association    Columbia, MD 21046-1595
March 14, 2011 RIA presented its Phoenix Awards, highest honors for innovation in restoration and reconstruction, to member firms. Mellon Certified Restoration of Yeadon, PA won for its work on 234,000 ft² school that suffered a fire from 30 ft artificial Christmas tree located in the building's rotunda. Alliance Disaster Kleenup of Northbrook, IL won for its work at The Off the Streets Club in Chicago. Both awards were presented at 66th Annual RIA Convention and Exhibition in Colorado Springs, CO.
BIO hails Senate passage of America Invents Act.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 14, 2011 BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, released statement commending the Senate for its overwhelming passage of the America Invents Act by vote of 95-5. Once enacted into law, it will strengthen and improve nation's patent system, spurring innovation and job creation. The improvements made by America Invents Act would benefit all sectors of the U.S. economy by enhancing patent quality and the efficiency, objectivity, predictability, and transparency of the patent system.
Manufacturing Expo/Conference explores digital thread concept.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
March 14, 2011 AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition and Conference, held in Anaheim, CA from April 5-7, will focus on digital thread concept, where supply chain partners with different skill sets, systems, and processes work together with OEMs to optimize aerospace/defense manufacturing integration. Sessions and panels will cover digital data capture/transfer, digital systems for advanced manufacturing, advanced tooling and modeling concepts, advanced composite manufacturing, and composite machining.
Construction FutureTech 2011 to offer discounted NIBS rate.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
March 14, 2011 Hosted by McGraw-Hill Corporation's Engineering News-Record, Construction FutureTech 2011 will bring together business IT leaders in architecture, engineering, and construction to examine business and design issues driving advanced systems. Event's "FutureTech for Analysis and Simulation" panel will address how emerging technologies are enabling users to comparatively analyze alternative design solutions, construction sequencing scenarios, and energy consumption profiles with speed and accuracy.
FAA Celebrates Airport Improvements made with Recovery Act funds.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
March 14, 2011 FAA celebrated completion of NC Asheville Regional Airport's terminal improvements, which were paid for with $7.8 million from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Specifically, grant paid for Terminal A improvements concerning departure gates, security checkpoint, and replacement of 2 passenger boarding bridges. US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that these improvements "will result in business and employment opportunities" as well as strengthen American competitiveness.
Competition seeks best transportation projects of 2010.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
March 14, 2011 AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched the fourth annual America's Transportation Awards competition. State departments of transportation are being encouraged to enter their best transportation projects in 4 categories: On Time, Under Budget, Innovative Management, and Best Recovery Act Project. After regional competitions, 10 projects scoring highest points will move on to vie for Grand Prize and People's Choice Award, both of which offer $10,000 prize.
Machine Vision Standards important in adoption of technology.
Automated Imaging Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48106
March 14, 2011 According to John Merva, Chair of AIA standards committee, global standards make it easier for users to incorporate machine vision into their automated solutions. Current camera interface and interoperability standards activities, such as GigE Vision®, Camera Link®, the Camera Link HS(TM), CoaXPress, and GenICam have been developed either by AIA or other trade associations. To educate users on various standards, a special exhibit will be featured at Automate 2011 running March 21-24.
Volunteer Pilot Safety Seminar will be hosted by NTSB.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
March 14, 2011 NTSB, Angel Flight, and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will hold volunteer pilot safety stand down seminar at NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA on March 25, 2011. Agenda will include keynote address by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman as well as 3 sessions by NTSB, 2 by FAA, and 3 by AOPA. In addition to accident briefs, sessions will address weather issues, TWA800 (lecture and reconstruction), FAA perspectives, safety systems, and volunteer pilots.
EPA's Fix a Leak Week encourages Americans to save water.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
March 14, 2011 Across the country, household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water/year and can increase homeowners' water bills by 12%. To help consumers find and repair easy-to-fix leaks, U.S. EPA is promoting the third annual Fix a Leak Week, March 14-20. EPA suggests checking for leaks such as silent toilet water leaks, twisting and tightening pipe connections, and replacing fixtures if necessary. To save even more water, consumers can use WaterSense-labeled faucet aerator or showerhead.
Machine Vision Technology featured at Automate 2011.
Automated Imaging Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48106
March 14, 2011 During Automate 2011, leading machine vision companies will showcase their newest products and system integrators will demonstrate how these products are incorporated into complete automation solutions. In addition to inspection, part tracking, robot guidance, and process control applications, machine vision technology has expanded into warehousing and distribution plus non-manufacturing industries such as security, lab automation, medical imaging, defense, and entertainment.

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