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BIO Convention to include Diversity in Biotechnology Summit.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 15, 2010 To take place during 2010 BIO International Convention in Chicago, Diversity in Biotechnology Summit on May 3 will feature U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin as keynote speaker. Event will include breakout sessions Implementing Advocacy and Best Practices: Why it's Essential to Your Business, with moderator Melissa Harper, and The Broader Impact of Evidence-Based Research on Access and Innovation, moderated by Armin Weinberg. Networking reception will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.
NBB urges Congress to reinstate biodiesel tax incentive.
National Biodiesel Board    Jefferson City, MO 65110-4898
April 15, 2010 NBB released letter to Congressional Leadership urging Congress to take immediate action to retroactively reinstate biodiesel tax incentive. NBB spearheaded letter and was joined by several organizations representing U.S. biodiesel industry, fuel marketers and retailers, as well as agriculture stakeholders. Tax incentive makes biodiesel price competitive with conventional diesel fuel, and lapse of incentive has caused severe retraction in domestic production and use of clean-burning biodiesel.
AWWA Webcast to provide filter optimization tips.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
April 15, 2010 AWWA will host "Filter Optimization Tips You Can Use" webcast on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 that will provide tips on how to improve filter performance through operational adjustments. Attendees will learn filter backwash procedures that can improve turbidity, how to optimize flocculation to enhance filter performance, and how to interpret plant performance results to enhance filter operation. Presenters will include several water industry professionals.
Conference Attendees uncover 10 tips for career development.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
April 15, 2010 At 2010 Executive Development Conference, up-and-coming distribution and manufacturing leaders of power transmission/motion control industry came together to hone their sales management skills. Conference, led by distribution veteran Gary Moore, focused on uncovering customer's business and personal objectives and then showing customer how to best achieve those objectives. Also, sessions facilitated networking between distributor and manufacturer attendees.
A&WMA's Conference/Exhibition offers expansive student program.
Air & Waste Management Association    Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1435
April 15, 2010 A&WMA's 103rd Annual Conference and Exhibition - taking place June 22-25 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada - will offer students opportunities for education, professional development, and networking. Students will have opportunities to present and publish their work as well as gain recognition for exceptional work by winning awards and cash prizes. Also, undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students can participate in Environmental Challenge International team competition.
Team America Rocketry Challenge to take place May 15.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
April 14, 2010 AIA announced nation's top 100 student rocketry teams that will compete in final round of Team America Rocketry Challenge, which will take place May 15. Qualifying teams of students have chance to earn $60,000 in scholarships and prizes, and TARC champion will win chance to compete internationally at air show near London in July. Goal of contest is to bolster student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields and attract more young people into aerospace careers.
NAM Chief Economist joins AP's Board of Economists.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
April 14, 2010 Having joined Associated Press (AP) Board of Economists, NAM chief economist David Huether will contribute forecasts and opinions about US economic trends and policies through quarterly surveys and interviews focusing on financial and industry trends and policies affecting consumers around the world. NAM President John Engler commented that "David's in-depth knowledge of manufacturing and its pivotal role in the U.S. economy will be a valuable asset to this new group of economists."
FMA names 2010 FMA/CNA Safety Award winners.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
April 14, 2010 FMA's winners for Safety Award of Honor include 11 companies recognized for having no recordable injuries/illnesses during reporting period. Awarded to 19 organizations, Safety Award of Merit went to companies that posted an injury/illness incidence rate that was at least 10% better than the rate published by BLS. FMA also named winners of 2010 Safety Honorable Mention Award and 2010 Most Improved Safety Record. To be eligible, companies were required to submit OSHA Form 300A.
WirelessHART Specification approved as international standard.
Hart Communication Foundation    Austin, TX 78759
April 14, 2010 WirelessHARTŪ specification has been approved by IEC as full international standard (IEC 62591Ed. 1.0). Unanimous vote by IEC National Committees of 28 countries confirms global support for this technology as international standard for wireless communication in process automation. Backwards-compatible to HART Communication Protocol, WirelessHART open and interoperable wireless communication standard addresses reliable and secure wireless communication in real-time applications.
Bob Black receives IPC President's Award.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 14, 2010 Bob Black, president and CEO of Juki Automation Systems, Inc, received IPC President's Award at IPC APEX EXPO(TM), which is presented to IPC members who have exhibited ongoing leadership in IPC and have made significant contributions of their time and talent to association and electronics interconnect industry. Black has provided leadership over past 20 years to the industry and IPC through IPC/EIA Surface Mount Council, IPC SMEMA steering committee, and IPC APEX Trade Show Subcommittee.
DuPont and Raytheon receive Corporate Recognition Awards.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 14, 2010 At IPC Annual Meeting Luncheon, IPC honored Raytheon Company with Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award, which is presented to corporation that actively contributes to enhancing industry while demonstrating support of IPC through participation in technical and/or management programs. DuPont received Peter Sarmanian Corporate Recognition Award, which honors member company in PCB industry that has taken leadership role and made contributions to industry while also demonstrating support of IPC.
Revised Standard addresses environmental regulation changes.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 14, 2010 To help electronics manufacturing companies manage growing documentation required to ensure products comply with evolving environmental regulations, IPC has released IPC-1752A, Materials Declaration Management. Revision provides updated industry-wide reporting format for material declaration data exchange between companies in electronic interconnect supply chain. Standard addresses compliance with REACH and China's RoHS-type regulation, and can incorporate additional substance restrictions.
US Surgeon General will speak at 2010 BIO convention.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 13, 2010 US Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin will deliver keynote address at May 3 summit during 2010 BIO International Convention, held May 3-6 in Chicago. Summit will focus on importance of integrating diverse and underserved populations within medical, agricultural, and energy research industry; increasing employment opportunities; and encouraging clinical trial participation. Following keynote, 2 breakout sessions will address diversity in workplace and its role in therapy development.
Dr. Thomas Langill was elected chair of ASTM committee.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 13, 2010 Thomas Langill, Ph.D., technical director at American Galvanizers Association, was elected chairman of ASTM International Committee A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products for one 2-year term. As member of ASTM International since 1994, Langill has chaired Subcommittee A05.13 on Structural Shapes and Hardware Specifications and has been active member of several ASTM committees. Langill's professional career has focused on materials engineering and failure analysis.
IPC Board of Directors welcomes new members.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 13, 2010 Nominating and Governance Committee of IPC Board of Directors presented 6 candidates for election at IPC Annual Meeting on April 6, 2010. Three board officers, who will serve 2-year terms covering April 2010 through March 2012, include Chairman Bob Ferguson, Vice Chairman Steve Pudles, and Secretary/Treasurer Don Schroeder. Three board directors, who will serve 4-year terms covering April 2010 through March 2014, include Andy Hyatt; Dongkai Shangguan, Ph.D.; and Mikel Williams.
Jack Bramel receives highest level of member recognition.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 13, 2010 In recognition of extraordinary contributions to IPC and electronic interconnect industry, countless hours of volunteer service on IPC standards development committees, and exceptional lifetime achievement, Jack Bramel was awarded 2009 IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award. Bramel has been involved in IPC for more than 40 years. He co-chaired committee that released first IPC printed board process standard in 1974, and has chaired IPC task group that works with UL and CSA since 1975.
ASTM Committee names Frank Sinibaldi as new chairman.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 13, 2010 Consultant Frank Sinibaldi of Stow, Ohio, has been elected chairman of ASTM International Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics, which is responsible for 26 ASTM standards that promote appropriate use of principles and methods of statistic and quality control in standards. Sinibaldi is a consultant in areas of Lean, Six Sigma, quality management and its strategic roles in applied statistics and statistical methods, problem solving, and quality control and assurance.
Iron Castings Committee elects William LeVan as chairman.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 13, 2010 ASTM International Committee A04 on Iron Castings has elected William LeVan, EVP of the Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute in Atlanta, as its new chairman. The 140-member committee is responsible for approximately 50 standards published in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, LeVan spent nearly 20 years as regional sales manager at U.S. Pipe and Foundry Co. LeVan also leads Subcommittees A04.12 on Pipes and Tubes and A04.94 on Long Range Planning.
Electroindustrty Firms Report improved business conditions.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
April 13, 2010 According to electrical equipment manufacturers polled in NEMA's business confidence survey, business environment has improved since December 2009. Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions rose in March 2010 for its third straight month, increasing 7.2 points to 71.7. This may prove small in absolute terms, as average intensity of change in business conditions reported in survey held steady in March at +0.5 on 0 to +5 range.
EPA Administrator announces $2 million in job training funds.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
April 13, 2010 U.S. EPA is awarding more than $2 million in job training grants for environmental cleanups in communities across the country. Agency's Brownfields Job Training Program helps train people for jobs in assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of brownfields properties, including abandoned gas stations, old textile mills, closed smelters, and other abandoned industrial and commercial properties. These investments target under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

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