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Media Registration for BIO Investor Forum available online.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
August 5, 2010 Scheduled for Oct 5-6, 9th Annual BIO Investor Forum will address investment trends and opportunities in life-sciences with focus on public and venture-stage growth companies. Event will feature more than 140 private and emerging company presentations, including Discovery Track designed for early-stage private company presentations. Program will also include candid therapeutic and business panels highlighting topics such as epigenetics, CNS and orphan diseases, and state of venture capital.
Robot Sales in North America jump 40% in first half of 2010.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
August 5, 2010 According to figures released by Robotic Industries Association, a total of 6,316 robots valued at $411.4 million were ordered by North American companies through June, a rise of 40% in dollars over same period in 2009. When orders to companies outside of North America are included, sales increased to 54% in units and 62% in dollars. Among leading robot applications, arc welding showed a 52% gain in units, followed very closely by material handling, up 51%.
ANSI welcomes new members in July.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 5, 2010 In July 2010, ANSI welcomed Entech Solar; IAR Accreditation Services, LLC; Lafarge NA Cement; Leotek Electronics USA Corp; Mark Kolokotrones; and OASIS. These organizations joined federation that represents more than 125,000 companies and well over 3.5 million professionals. This diverse constituency works together to develop, implement, and promulgate voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems.
Task Force seeks comments on cybersecurity challenges.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 5, 2010 ANSI would like to inform all members and constituents that Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force seeks public comments on measures to improve cybersecurity while sustaining innovation in the Internet economy. In particular, DOC seeks information on current public policy and operational challenges affecting cybersecurity, as those challenges may shape the future direction of the Internet and its commercial use in the U.S. and abroad.
FABTECH Keynotes will help manufacturers better compete.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
August 5, 2010 Cosponsored by AWS, FMA, SME, PMA, and CCAI, FABTECH 2010 will take place from Nov 2-4 and will include 2 keynote presentations that will provide manufacturers with knowledge they can use to enhance their businesses. "Diversify Your Business or Die" will focus on importance of diversification in today's manufacturing environment, while "Make Green by Going Green" discussion will review how manufacturers can gain a competitive advantage through sustainable practices.
Workshop Report focuses on nanomedicine terminology, standards.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 4, 2010 Available now, 25-page report on nanomedicine terminology and standards details presentations and breakout discussion groups of workshop co-sponsored by Chemical Heritage Foundation and ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 229, Nanotechnologies. It notes important takeaways, including demonstrations of ambiguity of terminology, identification of stakeholders and their needs, as well as highlighted aspects of medicine being impacted by nanotechnology.
Roundtable Discussion discusses conformity assessment in China.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 4, 2010 To address concerns relating to conformity assessment for products and services entering Chinese market due to increased U.S. export, China Conformity Assessment Project held its first roundtable meeting on July 9, 2010 in Beijing. Attendees discussed how to help companies obtain more reliable information and earlier warning about changes to China Compulsory Certification (CCC) program as well as how to help verify if products are subject to program or qualified for exemptions/waivers.
Comments Sought on field of technical activity on HR management.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 4, 2010 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), member of ANSI, submitted proposal to ANSI for new field of technical activity for ISO on human resource (HR) management. Proposed activity would offer broad, coordinated guidance to HR practitioners and harmonize disparate practices for benefit of organizations and their employees. ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on said proposal by August 20, 2010.
Minneapolis Listening Session supports Great Outdoors Initiative.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
August 4, 2010 To be held August 4, top Obama Administration officials will hold listening session in Minneapolis on President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to hear public's ideas for building 21st century conservation and recreation agenda. Administration officials, prior to listening session, will hold roundtable with tribal leaders in Shakopee. They will also meet with Minnesota youth from Wilderness Inquire Urban Canoe Program and hold press conference on Harriet Island.
AIA Recommends Steps for continued leadership in space.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
August 4, 2010 Responding to concerns over challenges facing U.S. space workforce and industrial base, AIA strongly urges Congress and administration to work together to ensure U.S. global leadership, competitiveness, and innovation in space. Association also recommends establishing long-term national space strategy that factors in civil, national security, and commercial interests; enacting stable and robust budgets and funding; and supporting policies that maintain healthy space industrial base.
IPC Conference focuses on electronics reliability, sustainability.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
August 4, 2010 Bringing together latest research by industry experts, IPC will host Technical Conference on Electronics Sustainability. It will take place September 28-30 at Electronics Midwest in Rosemont, IL. Range of papers will be presented, addressing topics dealing with tin whiskers, quality and reliability management challenges, and head-on-pillow defect sources. Among others, additional papers will cover use of IPC stencil design rules, tin corrosion in QFN packages, and how to mitigate it.
NEMA's North American Confidence Index slid in July.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
August 4, 2010 Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current conditions declined nearly 7 points in July, falling to 63.5 from 70.4 one month earlier. While indes reading implies economic environment faced by electrical equipment manufacturers continued to improve on balance in July, fewer panelists reported improvement than those last several months. Also, EBCI for future North American conditions dropped 12.7 points to 57.7 in July, its second drop in as many months.
Alumna of NREL's Teaching Program honored by White House.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
August 4, 2010 Kristen Record, a high school physics teacher who spent 3 summers studying hydrogen fuel cells at U.S. DOE NREL has been named one of the math and science teachers of the year by White House panel. Record worked with NREL Research Fellow John Turner investigating conductivity of acid membranes for use in PEM fuel cells her first 2 years. During her third summer, she built a test station that allowed her to synthesize combinations of metal oxides for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen.
David Cummings to present keynote at ISA Automation Week.
ISA (The Instrumentation Systems & Automation Society)    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
August 3, 2010 ISA announced that process safety expert David Cummings, Global Process Safety Management Competency Leader for DuPont Safety, Health, and Environment, will deliver keynote address on Oct 6 at ISA Automation Week 2010. His presentation will explore key elements required to implement and maintain a consistent and highly reliable program to prevent process incidents, including risk management systems, safety culture, operational discipline, and organization learning.
Courses Related to Standard 90.1 will be offered this fall.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
August 3, 2010 Two new courses related to Standard 90.1 - Complying with Standard 90.1-2010: HVAC/Mechanical (October 18 and 25) and Envelope/Lighting (October 20) - are part of 12 online professional development courses being offered this fall by ASHRAE through ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI). Attendees can log in from anywhere via Internet connection and will earn 3 professional development hours, .3 continuing education units, or 3 AIA learning units for each seminar completed.
EPA announces nation's top 50 green power organizations.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
August 3, 2010 The Green Power Partnership's top purchasers use more than 12 billion kWh of green power annually, equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 1 million average American homes. Green Power helps to prevent emissions from conventional power sources that are linked to harmful air pollution and climate change. Top 5 on list include Intel Corporation, Kohl's Department Stores, Whole Foods Market, City of Houston, and Dell Inc.
Landmark ADA of 1990 is honored, revised 20 years later.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
August 3, 2010 Signed into law on July 26, 1990, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures equal access and opportunity for people with disabilities. Institute continues, two decades later, to advocate accessibility as essential building safety component and lists accessibility among requirements of high-performance buildings. On July 23, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder signed regulations revising Department of Justice's Title II and III ADA requirements. Revisions go into effect in 6 months.
AMCA seeks volunteers to serve on Review Committee.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
August 3, 2010 Approaching its periodic review period, ANSI AMCA 230-07 describes laboratory method of test for air circulating fans, which are defined as fans used for moving air within a space, are unconnected to any ducting, and are usually without a housing. Committee members would be expected to participate in drafting, review, and resolution of any and all comments on standard until revised standard is approved by ANSI as an American National Standard.
FAA Finds Mexico does not meet ICAO safety standards.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
August 3, 2010 U.S. DoT's FAA, after assessing Mexico's civil aviation authority, announced Mexico does not comply with international safety standards set by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). As a result, U.S. is downgrading Mexico from Category 1 to Category 2. International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) Category 2 means Mexican air carriers cannot establish new service to U.S. but can maintain existing service. FAA will work with Mexico's government to help reestablish Category 1 rating.
Standard addresses testing of satellite positioning devices.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
August 3, 2010 ASABE announced publication of international standard that provides procedure for evaluating and reporting accuracy of navigation data determined using positioning devices that are based on GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, or similar global navigation satellite systems. Because satellite positioning devices have become more common in agricultural applications, ISO 12188 focuses on performance of positioning devices while they are subject to motions typical of ground-based agricultural field operations.

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