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SPE Polyolefins Conference now open for registration.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
February 3, 2014 Abundant and cheap natural gas from hydraulic fracturing is transforming the polyolefins industry in the U.S., creating new opportunities for petrochemical and plastics companies. Reflecting this, "The Polyolefin Renaissance" will be the theme of the 2014 SPE International Polyolefins Conference in Houston. Scheduled for Feb 23–26, conference will include 84 technical presentations, 64 exhibitor booths, and anticipated attendance of more than 600 technical and business professionals.
SME Event to showcase groundbreaking NASA technology.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
February 3, 2014 SME and The New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan have joined forces to create SME Technology Interchange. Scheduled for Feb 19, 2014, event features 25 NASA innovations that can transfer to business and manufacturing applications, and are ready to be co-developed with businesses focused on advanced energy, automotive, and innovative manufacturing. Attendees will have opportunity to connect with new supply chain providers, create new business opportunities, and forge new partnerships.
Training Webinar Series to address power plant pumps.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
February 3, 2014 On Feb 20, 2014, HI and Pump Systems Matter will unveil their latest educational training event, Power Plant Pumps - Maximize your Uptime & Reliability: 3-Part Webinar Series. Second and third sessions will take place on Feb 27 and March 6, respectively. Session 1 will cover state of the power industry, configurations, and combined-cycle plants, while Session 2 will discuss specific processes and pump selection, and Session 3 will cover existing systems and troubleshooting.
Kraton Executive joins Adhesive and Sealant Council board.
The Adhesive and Sealant Council, Inc.    Bethesda, MD 20814
February 3, 2014 ASC announces that Mark Plante, Director, North American Sales at Kraton, will join its Board of Directors effective immediately. Mark Plante is currently the North American Commercial Director for Kraton’s Adhesives, Sealants and Coatings division. He has been with Kraton for over 3 years, managing the sales and commercial aspects of business in North and South America. Prior to Kraton, Mark spent 8 years in Avery Dennison’s Performance Polymers Division as Global Sales Manager.
Registration Opens for 2014 BIO International Convention.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 3, 2014 As announced by BIO, registration is open for 2014 BIO International Convention®. Event will be held June 23–26 in San Diego, CA and include networking opportunities as well as new session formats designed to increase audience engagement. Education sessions will provide opportunities to interact with industry leaders, while Specialty Forums and Session tracks will focus on such topics as digital health, personalized medicine, orphan diseases, and regenerative medicine.
Pavement Standard aids in profilograph simulation programs.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 3, 2014 ASTM E2955, Practice for Simulating Profilograph Response to Longitudinal Profiles of Traveled Surfaces, presents procedures for profilograph simulation programs currently in use by U.S. FAA and U.S. FHA. The profilograph has become one of the most popular devices used for quality control in construction of pavements, with many airfield and highway agencies adopting roughness indexes computed from profilographs as a measure of construction quality.
Proposed Standard covers forensics examination case reviews.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 3, 2014 Proposed new ASTM International standard – WK23009, Guide for Case Review of Forensic Examinations – will provide procedures to be used by professionals conducting case reviews of forensic examinations. Currently being developed by Subcommittee E30.11 on Interdisciplinary Forensic Science Standards, standard will address differences between types of reviews regarding their strengths and limitations. Those who will use this standard include forensic scientists, engineers, and legal counsel.
PTDA Canadian Conference to offer networking and knowledge.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
February 3, 2014 Since its debut in 2002, the PTDA Canadian Conference has become a powerful business conclave for Canada’s power transmission/motion control industry. Event features intimate business networking opportunities, unsurpassed business educational information, and an Industry Showcase designed for those marketing product in Canada. Scheduled for June 5-7, 2014, 13th annual PTDA Canadian Conference will be held at the stately Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, in Québec City, Québec.
NEMA Publishes Standard for portable lithium cells/batteries.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
January 31, 2014 NEMA published ANSI C18.3M, Part 1-2013 American National Standard for Portable Lithium Primary Cells and Batteries—General and Specifications. Applicable to portable lithium primary cells and batteries, this edition includes several electrochemical systems and aims to ensure electrical and physical interchangeability of products from different manufacturers, minimize proliferation of cell and battery types, as well as define performance and provide guidance for assessment.
Diamond-Silk Material supports biological imaging.
The Optical Society (OSA)    Washington, DC 20036
January 31, 2014 Just tens of nanometers across, Silk-Coated Diamonds glow when illuminated with certain kinds of light and can be injected into living cells, enabling biologists to untangle molecular circuitry that governs cellular behavior. Particles may also allow doctors to send infection-fighting antibiotics to targeted areas of the body. Team of researchers from Australia and the U.S. describes this hybrid material in paper published in The Optical Society’s journal Biomedical Optics Express.
Simulation Exposes Linker's Role in breaking down biomass.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)    Golden, CO 80401
January 31, 2014 By showing that part of enzyme (linker) may play necessary role in breaking down biomass into sugars used to make alternative transportation fuels, supercomputer-based simulation of enzyme from fungus Trichoderma reesei (Cel7A) startled NREL Engineer Gregg Beckham. During this microsecond-long simulation of entire enzyme on surface of cellulose, it came to light that enzyme's linker section started to bind to cellulose and that entire linker binds to surface of cellulose.
ELFA's MLFI-25 shows slowing business growth in December 2013.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
January 31, 2014 Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for December 2013 shows $10.7 billion in overall new business volume, while cumulative new business volume for 2013 rose 3% over 2012. Receivables over 30 days were at 1.9%, up from November's 1.8%; delinquencies increased from 1.6% in 2012; and charge-offs were unchanged from previous month at 0.3%. Credit approvals totaled 78.3%, and 57% of participants reported submitting more transactions for approval during December.
ASTM Petroleum Committee recognizes Lyle Bowman.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 31, 2014 ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants and ASTM Committee on Standards have presented the Frank W. Reinhart Award to Lyle O. Bowman, a technical consultant based in San Rafael, CA. A member of ASTM for 34 years, Bowman was specifically cited for his outstanding contributions to terminology relating to petroleum products and lubricants. He was also instrumental in the development of D02’s terminology standard, ASTM D4175, which was first approved in 1983.
ASTM honors Dr. Papavinasam for standards contributions.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 31, 2014 Sankara Papavinasam, Ph.D., president of CorrMagnet Consulting Inc., received Francis LaQue Memorial Award from ASTM International for his leadership and technical expertise in development of standards related to corrosion technology. Established in 1988, LaQue Award is presented by ASTM International Committee G01 on Corrosion of Metals to recognize outstanding contributions to committee as well as field of corrosion testing and evaluation.
NACD Opposes IST in joint industry letter to White House.
The National Association of Chemical Distributors    Arlington, VA 22209
January 30, 2014 In their letter to President Obama and Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security, NACD and 12 other associations commended IWG for its work but took exception to portion of recent report regarding Inherently Safer Technologies (IST). "To attempt to overlay an IST requirement would negatively impact all of these various safety and security programs and create an impossible bureaucratic burden," stated the Associations.
ISPE confirms keynote speakers for ISPE Aseptic Conference.
ISPE    Tampa, FL 33609
January 30, 2014 Thomas Arista, Investigator/National Expert-Biotech, FDA/ORA/ORO/DDFI, and Richard Friedman, Associate Director, Office of Manufacturing & Product Quality, FDA/CDER/OMPQ have been confirmed as keynote speakers at ISPE’s 23rd Annual Conference on Barrier Isolation, RABS and Aseptic Processing Technology. Conference will also feature top aseptic processing experts from FDA, Merck, Merck Vaccines, Genentech, Novartis, BiogenIdec, AstraZeneca, Boehringer-Ingelheim, and Eisai.
Members of Congress write EPA Administrator in support of RFS.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
January 30, 2014 BIO thanks Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and John Thune (R-S.D.) and 27 additional Senators along with Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and 29 additional Congress members for letters protesting EPA’s 2014 proposed rule for Renewable Fuel Standard. According to Brent Erickson, EPA's proposal to reduce biofuel production and use could threaten development of advanced and cellulosic biofuels and put job creation at risk.
Annual BIO Conference to highlight biotech outlook.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
January 30, 2014 BIO announced plenary sessions, Business Roundtables, and Therapeutic Workshops selected for 16th annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference. Scheduled for Feb 10–11, conference will feature biotech, pharma, and Wall Street leaders sharing their candid insights on what to expect in 2014 and beyond. Plenary Sessions will address upcoming year, using results of joint BIO/ISI published Buy-Side Perception Study, as well as dissect new capital market environment’s impact on fundraising.
ASTM Committee honors Randy Stebbins.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 29, 2014 ASTM Committee D27 on Electrical Insulating Liquids and Gases has honored Randy Stebbins, technical director at S.D. Myers Inc., with the Charles A. Johnson Award for his contributions to standards development. Prior to joining S.D. Myers, Stebbins held sales and marketing roles at Akzo Chemie America, Sun Environmental Corp, and Volz Environmental Services Inc. As technical director, he provides training in transformer and load tap changer testing and maintenance, among other responsibilities.
Fur and Feathers keep animals warm by scattering light.
The Optical Society (OSA)    Washington, DC 20036
January 29, 2014 In work that has major implications for improving performance of building insulation, scientists at the University of Namur in Belgium and the University of Hassan I in Morocco have calculated that hairs that reflect IR light may contribute insulating power to exceptionally warm winter coats of polar bears and other animals. Paper titled "Radiative contribution to the thermal conductance in animal furs and other wooly insulators," was published in OSA's Optics Express open-access journal.

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