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BIO announces partnering event in China.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
June 14, 2010 BIOŽ China International will bring together biotechnology and pharmaceutical leaders from North America, Europe, and Asia to explore business opportunities with life science companies in China. Two-day conference will be held in Shanghai, China in October 2011 and will feature plenary sessions and workshops, company presentations, partnering meeting opportunities, and an Exhibition.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to give keynote at BIO World Congress.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
June 14, 2010 Biotechnology Industry Organization today announced an additional plenary session for the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, scheduled for June 27-30, 2010, in Washington, D.C. The session will feature keynote address by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and Novozymes CEO Steen Riisgaard and other industrial biotechnology company executives will present data from a new report on the contributions of industrial biotechnology to worldwide economic growth.
NIST Research explores flaws of magnetic nanoscale wires.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 11, 2010 After series of computer simulations, researchers found flaws in structure of magnetic nanoscale wires play important role in determining operating speed of devices that use nanowires to store and process information. Simulations showed disorder, which causes friction within nanowires, can increase rate at which current can move domain walls. According to NIST physicist Mark Stiles, friction can cause domain walls to move faster because they need to lose energy to move down wire.
EPA completes 1st phase of school air monitoring initiative.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 11, 2010 Announced in March 2009 by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, school air monitoring initiative has involved air quality testing outside 63 schools that are located near large industrial facilities and in urban areas. Preliminary data, including 22,500 sampling results, has been posted on EPA website. Agency will now work to analyze data as well as wind patterns, sources of air toxics, and pollutants to determine long-term health risks to school children and staff.
NIST/JILA Research demonstrates dark pulse laser technology.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 11, 2010 Researchers at NIST and JILA, joint institute of NIST and University of Colorado at Boulder, demonstrated new type of pulsed laser that excels at not producing light. Device instead generates sustained streams of dark pulses: repeated dips in light intensity. Described in Optics Express, this technology pioneers generate of dark pulses directly from semiconductor laser cavity without electrical or optical shaping of pulses after they are produced.
Instant Acid Method offers insight into nanoparticle dispersal.Instant Acid Method offers insight into nanoparticle dispersal.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 11, 2010 Using chemical trick that allows acidity of solution to be changed almost instantly, NIST team demonstrated technique for quantifying how stability of nanoparticle solutions change when acidity of their environment suddenly changes. Their results demonstrate that stability of nanoparticles, specifically their tendency to resist clumping, becomes very sensitive to pH under certain conditions. Studies such as this could provide strong foundation to design nanoparticles for specific applications.
Liposome-Hydrogel Hybrid Research investigates drug delivery potential.Liposome-Hydrogel Hybrid Research investigates drug delivery potential.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 11, 2010 Researchers from NIST, University of Maryland, and US FDA developed method to combine 2 substances - phospholipid membrane bubble (liposome) and particles of hydrogel, a water-filled network of polymer chains, for possible biomedical applications. Both components offer individual advantages and disadvantages for drug delivery, and combination hopes to utilize strengths of each material while compensating for any weaknesses.
RIA 2010 Robotics Awards presented in Munich, Germany.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
June 11, 2010 During 41st International Symposium on Robotics, RIA presented Engelberger Robotics Award for Leadership to Heinz-Dieter Schunk, CEO, Schunk GmbH. Scott W. Deming, Engineering Associate and Director of Advanced Machine Systems Group with Advanced Engineering at Corning, Inc., received Engelberger Robotics Award for Application. Each recipient was presented commemorative medallion and $5,000 honorarium. Launched in 1977, award has been presented to 111 industry leaders from 16 nations.
High-Performance Building Week to take place June 13-19.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
June 11, 2010 High-Performance Building Week, taking place in Washington, DC from June 13-19, will highlight importance of high-performing buildings to sustainable future. Addressing importance to federal, state, and local policymakers as well as general public, event will include Congressional visit and various briefings as well as presentations by speakers from IFMA and NEMA. Additional activities include site visits and reception honoring high-performance building advancements.
ASTM requests papers for bearing steel technology symposium.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 11, 2010 ASTM is requesting papers for Ninth International Symposium on Bearing Steel Technologies: Advances in Rolling Contact Fatigue Strength Testing and Related Substitute Technologies, to be held November 17-18, 2011, in Tampa, FL. Papers reviewing user experience of various tests or substitute test methods, as well as original work papers on subject, and papers on treatment of statistical nature of rolling contact fatigue process are encouraged. Abstracts must be submitted by November 1, 2010.
EPA Grants inspire communities to combat climate change.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 10, 2010 U.S. EPA is making up to $10 million in grants available through its Climate Showcase Communities program to local governments in order to help establish and carry out initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. EPA expects to award approximately 25 cooperative agreements ranging from 100,000-500,000 USD (U.S. Dollars), with approximately 5% of funds (500,000 USD) available specifically for tribal governments.
Manufacturers Urge Senate to pass Murkowski resolution.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
June 10, 2010 NAM Executive VP Jay Timmons issued statement on Senator Lisa Murkowski's "resolution of disapproval" to prohibit EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under Clean Air Act. Specifically, Timmons encouraged senators "to vote in favor of the 'resolution of disapproval' and to stop the EPA from moving forward with its overreaching and economically destructive agenda." Timmons cited burdens that would create uncertainty, stifle job creation, and harm global competition.
IPC SPVC States Position on trade of conflict metals.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
June 10, 2010 IPC Solder Products Value Council (SPVC) issued its position on conflict metals during May 20, 2010 Supply Chain Workshop. As read, statement says that IPC SPVC supports efforts to eliminate trade of conflict metals, especially mined tin from Democratic Republic of Congo. IPC SPVC further believes that smelters and mines are in best position to develop and implement system to ensure mineral traceability and develop chain of custody data as well as ITRI's efforts to achieve said goal.
ANSI-HSSP Workshops explore issues related to disabled persons.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
June 9, 2010 ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) is addressing barriers related to emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities through workshop series. As final workshop, Emergency Evacuation Operations workshop will address standards development for emergency planning and contingencies for evacuation needs and concerns of persons with disabilities. Scheduled to take place in New Orleans, LA on June 17, workshop attendance is free but requires registration by June 9, 2010.
Energy Management Systems Standard up for voting and comment.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
June 9, 2010 ANSI would like to inform all stakeholders that ISO 50001 has been recently approved as Draft International Standard. Developed by Project Committee 242, Energy management, ISO 50001 will provide energy management systems guidelines for industrial plants, commercial facilities, and entire organizations. Now that ISO 50001 has advanced to this draft stage, national member bodies of ISO have been invited to vote and comment on text of standard during 5-month balloting period.
Manufacturing Engineering Website uses pop culture to attract young people.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
June 9, 2010 SME Education Foundation enhanced its Manufacturing is Cool website with pop culture and respected resources to introduce curious and creative young people to modern manufacturing and high-paying careers it offers. Each item on website drills down and expands information on various required engineering disciplines, challenging students to become more involved in basic requirements of engineering programs, STEM education in math, science, engineering, and technology.
Training Course teaches rotorcraft accident investigation.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
June 9, 2010 NTSB's 5-day course in rotorcraft accident investigation is intended for investigators from regulatory authorities, investigative agencies, private industry, and potential parties to NTSB investigation. Course offers overview of procedures, methods, and skills required to perform rotorcraft accident investigation. Training will be offered August 16-20, 2010 at NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA.
ASTM Standard covers climate change assessment.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 9, 2010 According to Gayle Koch, member of E50.05 task group that developed standard, ASTM E2718, Guide for Financial Disclosures Attributed to Climate Change, provides process for identifying potential financial risks/opportunities associated with climate change; quantifying financial impact of risks; and determining appropriate content of disclosure for risks. Task group will also develop climate change assessment and risk management standards that address management, mitigation, and adaptation.
ANSI Seeks Nominations for 2011 Board of Directors.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
June 9, 2010 Nominations for qualified candidates for 2011 ANSI Board of Directors are due by June 14, 2010. To facilitate nomination process, compiled set of guidelines outline sectors currently underrepresented in ANSI's Board of Directors. Board is responsible for management and control of activities, property, and affairs of ANSI, including strategic direction of Institute, annual budget, and scope of responsibilities of Board and Institute Committees, Councils, and Boards.
State DOTs compete for best transportation project.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
June 9, 2010 Sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2010 America's Transportation Award competition includes 43 highway projects nominated by DOTs of 28 states and District of Columbia. Award categories include projects delivered under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Under Budget, On Time, and using Innovative Management. Ten highest-scoring projects from regional competitions will go on to compete for Grand Prize and People's Choice Award, which each carry $10,000 cash prizes.

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