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ASHRAE funds research to improve building maintenance.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
March 11, 2011 Guidance on how engineers and designers can use building data to improve building operations, energy efficiency, comfort, and sustainability will be developed through research from ASHRAE. Research Project 1633, Data and Interfaces for Advanced Building Maintenance and Operation, is one of 3 projects totaling $430,000 approved by ASHRAE and will result in development of a set of standard data-driven metrics, interfaces, and dashboards for advanced building operation and management.
SME unveils its annual innovations list.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
March 11, 2011 Honoring both innovation and manufacturing, SME announced 2011 list of Innovations That Could Change The Way You Manufacture. Among this year's innovations is graphene, which is lightweight, electrically conductive, and the strongest material ever developed. Some other innovations include programmable magnets for self assembling, microstructured molding tools, remote-presence robot controlled via web-based application, and Super Velco, which is 10x stickier than VelcroŽ.
Robotic System to test 10,000 chemicals for toxicity.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
March 11, 2011 Marking the beginning of new phase of ongoing collaboration (Tox21), several federal agencies have unveiled high-speed robot screening system intended to test 10,000 different chemicals for potential toxicity. Robot system, located at National Institutes of Health Chemical Genomics Center, will allow National Toxicology Program to "advance its mission of testing chemicals smarter, better, and faster," according to Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., NIEHS and NTP director.
Hydraulic Institute Names Member of the Year. .
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
March 10, 2011 At 94th Annual Meeting gala, Hydraulic Institute (HI) named Trygve Dahl - Vice President, Technology, Intelliquip - as its 2010 Member of the Year. HI Board of Directors selected Dahl for his distinguished level and intensity of involvement in advancing technical work of HI and pump industry, particularly in transformative arena of electronic data exchange. Dahl has been active in HI for 10 years and has supported various HI and Pump Systems Matter committees.
AASHTO Makes Statement on Surface Transportation Act extension.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
March 10, 2011 AASHTO executive director John Horsley expressed approval of President Barack Obama's signing of HR 662, Surface Transportation Act of 2011. This 7 month extension of federal highway and transit programs, according to Horsley, will allow "thousands of construction projects state departments of transportation have planned or under construction to move forward, uninterrupted." Horsley went on to call for trying to get multiyear reauthorization in place later in 2011.
BIO Commends Virginians for job-creating program commitment.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 10, 2011 BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood commended Governor Bob McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, and Virginia's House and Senate budget leaders for their efforts in passage of job-creating programs during 2011 Virginia General Assembly. Specifically, Greenwood noted Virginia Refundable Research and Development Tax Credit as well as plan to match level of federal funding provided to companies who have been awarded Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research grants by NIH.
Mexican Trucking Deal will boost exports, create jobs.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
March 10, 2011 According to NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, Aric Newhouse, manufacturers are pleased with announcement on Mexican trucking by President Obama and President Calderon. Aforementioned agreement, said Newhouse, resolves disputes by bringing U.S. back into compliance with NAFTA commitments and lifting previously imposed retaliatory tariffs. Combined, these actions will result in job creation and increased exports.
Manufacturers commend House vote to remove costly burden.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
March 10, 2011 Aric Newhouse, NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, issued statement following House of Representatives' vote approving H.R. 4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act. According to Newhouse, "The 1099 reporting requirements included in the health care bill were costly and unreasonable, and we are pleased the House lifted this burden on job creators."
NTSB releases reports on Philadelphia barge/tour boat accident.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
March 10, 2011 On Monday, March 7, 2011, NTSB opened its public docket on investigation of July 7, 2010 collision between sludge barge and small passenger vessel near Philadelphia, PA. Collision occurred between 250-ft empty barge The Resource, which was under tow, and anchored amphibious small passenger vehicle DUKW 34 on which two passengers died. Factual reports include interview transcripts and photographs, and will be available on organization's website under Accident Dockets.
Product Application Workshop to offer hands-on training.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
March 10, 2011 As a members-only benefit to address need for skilled employees, PTDA is offering its Product Application Workshop on April 19-20, 2011. Conducted in classroom/hands-on lab environment with actual products, 2-day workshop will give attendees an understanding of power transmission products utilized in industrial applications and processes so they can better assess and solve customers' problems. Workshop is designed for employees with less than 3 years of experience in PT/MC industry.
Acid Rock Drainage Prediction Standards are offered on CD-ROM.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 10, 2011 ASTM Standards for Acid Rock Drainage Prediction offers latest technology on acid rock drainage prediction on one CD-ROM. Specifically, it features 17 ASTM standard test methods for environmentally sound management of metal mining and processing related solids and associated waters. Such standards cover static test methods, short-term leaching tests, humidity cell tests (HCTs), as well as solution characterization methods.
Paper Compilation about Pesticides focuses on formulations and delivery.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 10, 2011 Thirtieth volume of compilation STP 1527, Pesticide Formulations and Delivery Systems: Regulations and Innovation, is currently available and features 10 peer-reviewed papers that cover latest research on various topics. Specifically, papers focus on progress of JITF and concept of chemical substance clustering; herbicidal efficacy and research; biological efficacy for biopesticides, spray solution pH, and glyphosate activity; as well as drift reduction testing, detection, and modeling.
Key Asia-Pacific Officials, Experts, discuss standards education.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 9, 2011 During joint meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Subcommittee's Project Advisory Group on Education and ANSI's Committee on Education, leaders discussed strategies for more effective standards education in Asia-Pacific region. Panel discussions addressed mechanics of developing university-level standards education program, opportunities and challenges in standards education, and importance of standards education to industry, government, and academia.
APEC Conference emphasizes cooperation on standards.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 9, 2011 Minimizing barriers to trade for green building products, materials, and services in the Asia Pacific Region though cooperation on standards and conformity assessment took significant steps forward at the Green Buildings and Green Growth, which focused on the enabling role of standards and trade. Key topics of conference included discussion of APEC survey of its members' policies on green buildings and both voluntary and mandatory requirements for market entry.
ASTM releases compilation on lead-free solders.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 9, 2011 Featuring 11 peer-reviewed papers that address environmental and health concerns related to exposure to lead during soldering, STP 1530 offers valuable resource for students, researchers, and material scientists in the electronic industry. Some topics of publication include factors affecting wetting behavior of solders and evolution of interfacial microstructure; microstructural aspects of the ductile-to-brittle transition; and fatigue life of SnBi finished TSOP parts under thermal cycling.
Tuning Forks demonstrate direct coupling of vibrating ions.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 9, 2011 For first time, physicists at NIST have coaxed 2 atoms in separate locations to take turns jiggling back and forth while swapping smallest measureable units of energy. Technique could simplify logic operations and help correct processing errors, facilitating information processing in quantum computers. Technique is also a feature of proposals for quantum simulations, which may help explain mechanisms of complex quantum systems such as high-temperature superconductors.
JQI Physicists demonstrate spin-orbit coupling.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 9, 2011 Physicists at the Joint Quantum Institute, a collaboration of NIST and the University of Maryland-College Park, have for the first time caused a gas of atoms to exhibit an important quantum phenomenon known as spin-orbit coupling. Their technique opens new possibilities for studying and better understanding fundamental physics and has potential applications to quantum computing, next-generation "spintronics" devices, and even "atomtronic" devices built from ultracold atoms.
Builders Association notes construction job growth in February 2011.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.    East Syracuse, NY 13057
March 9, 2011 Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) said March 4 employment report by U.S. Labor Department indicates 33,000 jobs were created in February. Construction unemployment rate stands at 21.8%, down from 22.5% in January and down from 27.1% same time last year. Nonresidential building construction sector lost jobs, while heavy and civil engineering construction gained employment. Overall, employment may pick up gradually through 2011, according to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu.
AMT elects new Board of Directors and officers.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
March 8, 2011 At 2011 Annual Meeting, AMT's Board of Directors elected Eugene R. Haffely Jr., General Manager, Dayton Facility at ATW Automation, as Chairman. Timothy B. Dining, President and CEO, Greenerd Press and Machine Company, Inc., will serve as First Vice Chairman, while R. Stephen Flynn, President, Optical Gaging Products, Inc. will serve as Second Vice Chairman and Treasurer. Kim W. Beck, President and CEO, Automatic Feed Co., will continue to serve as Secretary.
NIST Object-Oriented FEA Software analyzes stress on materials.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 8, 2011 NIST has released Object-Oriented Finite element analysis (OOF) v2.1 which, when provided with microscopic image of composite material, analyzes effects of stress and other factors on alloys and ceramics or other materials with complex internal structure. Researchers can identify different substances that make up material and compute its response to stress or other effects. Software also includes templates for programmers to plug in details and formulas describing particular substance.

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