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EPA aims to cut mercury emissions from boilers.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
May 3, 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is issuing proposals that would cut U.S. mercury emissions by more than half and would significantly cut other pollutants from boilers, process heaters, and solid waste incinerators. These pollutants include several air toxics which are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health problems and environmental damage. When fully implemented, proposals would yield combined health benefits estimated at $18-$44 billion annually.
IPC Apex Expo 2010 honors best industry posters.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
May 3, 2010 During IPC APEX EXPO, IPC announced 2010 Best Industry Posters. Tied for first place honors were Christopher Hunt, Ph.D., National Physical Laboratory, and David Lee, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. In addition, EXPO held academic poster competition with 10 posters highlighting research being conducted at college level. Attendees voted on top 3 posters, with first-place honors going to Pylin Sarobol, Aaron Pedigo, P. Su, J.E. Blendell, and C.A. Handwerker, Sc.D., from Purdue University.
IPC APEX EXPO 2010 Attendance points to end of recession.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
May 3, 2010 Verified attendance figures from IPC APEX EXPO(TM) 2010 indicated 10% increase over last year, with 3,702 attendees. In total, 6,683 attendees and exhibitors participated. Increased participation was also seen in technical conference, professional development courses, and executive management meetings. According to Aqueous Technologies Corp. President Michael Konrad, "This year's show hailed a visible end to the recession with crowded aisles and buying customers."
DOE announces $529 million loan to Fisker Automotive.
U.S. Department of Energy    Washington, DC 20585
May 3, 2010 Department of Energy announced closing of $528.7 million loan with Fisker Automotive for development and production of 2 lines of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Loan will support the Karma, a full-size, 4-door sports sedan, and a line of family oriented models being developed under Project NINA program. Fisker expects to manufacture hybrid lines at recently shuttered GM factory in Wilmington, DE, and anticipates that it will employ 2,000 American assembly workers.
Clean Tech Investor Sessions to be held during BIO World Congress.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
May 3, 2010 Scheduled for June 28-29, BIO's Clean Tech Investor Session Program will be held during 2010 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing in Washington, DC. Executives from emerging industrial biotechnology companies seeking investment and partnering opportunities will present their new technologies, accomplishments, milestones, value propositions, and business cases for advanced biofuels and renewable chemical platforms.
ANSI Standards/Activities contribute to Earth Day all year long.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 30, 2010 ANSI has been involved in various initiatives that support health of this planet and its inhabitants. First published in 1996, ISO 14000 family of standards on environmental management has since been implemented in 155 countries world-wide. As coordinator of US standards and conformity assessment system, ANSI offers interested stakeholders diverse ways to get engaged and demonstrate their commitment to these standards.
U.S. EPA opens access to chemical information.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
April 30, 2010 Released by EPA, ToxRefDB database allows scientists and interested public to search and download thousands of toxicity testing results on hundreds of chemicals. ToxRefDB captures 30 years and $2 billion of testing results. Those interested in chemical toxicity can query specific chemical and find all available public hazard, exposure, and risk-assessment data, as well as previously unpublished studies related to cancer, reproductive, and developmental toxicity.
ELFA appoints William G. Sutton and Ralph Petta.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
April 30, 2010 Appointed President of ELFA, Mr. Sutton served as interim President and CEO of the Association, Education and Business Institute, Inc. A former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Mr. Sutton previously served as Commerce Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing and Services after serving for 5 years as president of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute. Ralph Petta will serve in newly created position of COO. Petta served as interim president since September 2009 and has been with association since 1987.
NIST develops dimmer switch for superconducting circuit.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
April 30, 2010 Scientists at NIST have developed first dimmer switch for a superconducting circuit linking quantum bit and quantum bus technologies. As described in forthcoming paper in Physical Review Letters, switch can reliably tune interaction strength or rate between qubit and quantum bus circuits from 100 MHz to nearly 0. This advance could enable researchers to flexibly control interactions between circuit elements in an intricate network as would be needed in a practical size quantum computer.
SME Education Foundation opens web portal.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
April 30, 2010 SME Education Foundation announces Web portal that serves as career navigation service. Information on colleges and universities, and business and industries, is presented, along with access to technical experts, presentations and videos, and companies that offer mentoring, onsite visits, tours, and interaction with engineers. Social media component allows peers, educators, and business/industry users to set up accounts and connect with classrooms nationwide.
U.S. and UAE cooperate to promote clean/sustainable energy.
U.S. Department of Energy    Washington, DC 20585
April 30, 2010 U.S. DoE signed Memorandum of Understanding with Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy initiative, to promote collaboration on clean and sustainable energy technologies. Agreement was signed by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman and Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar. Opening door for scientific/technical exchanges and joint research/development of clean energy technologies, it aims for cooperation in carbon capture/sequestration, water and biofuels, and building technology.
GREEN JOBS Act Biofuels Incentives strongly supported by BIO.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 29, 2010 BIO thanked Representatives Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), Mark Schauer (D-MI), and Brian Bilbray (R-CA) for introducing the Grow a Renewable Energy Economy Now - Jumpstart Other Biofuels (GREEN JOBS) Act of 2010, H.R. 5142. As executive VP for BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, Brent Erickson said, "If enacted, this legislation would provide the consistent, sustained and diverse federal support necessary to enable rapid growth of a sustainable advanced biofuel industry."
ANSI Leadership and Service Awards are open for nominations.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 29, 2010 Presented in conjunction with World Standards Week, ANSI's 2010 Leadership and Service Awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs as well as those who have consistently demonstrated commitment to their industry, their nation, and enhancement of global standards system. There are 11 categories of individual awards, and nominations are due by July 16, 2010.
ANSI Certificate Issuers' Accreditation Workshop is open for registration.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 29, 2010 , held in Washington, DC on April 29-30, will introduce ANS ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, as well as ANSI's Certificate Accreditation Program. Attendees will learn about requirements for developing quality education/training courses that have assessment at end to determine if learning outcomes have been achieved. Workshop also covers areas such as terminology, standards significance/use, and requirements.
ISA and ANSI to introduce financial risk document to Congress.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 29, 2010 On May 7, Internet Security Alliance and ANSI will brief members of Congress and their staff on new publication, "The Financial Management of Cyber Risk: An Implementation Framework for CFOs." Briefing will begin with video presentation and role play depicting dynamics of typical executive reaction to cybersecurity attack. Presentation will then demonstrate how publication offers framework for preventing such attacks by developing enterprise-wide system of risk management.
AIA names Assistant VP for Acquisition Policy.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
April 29, 2010 AIA has appointed Susan K. Tonner as Assistant VP for Acquisition Policy. Previously senior director for Federal Public Policy at TechAmerica, Tonner brings more than 30 years of experience in government acquisition policy to AIA. She will present positions of AIA member companies on range of regulatory andlegislative issues, rules, policies, and procedures that affect federal acquisition and financial management of Defense Department, military services, and other government agencies.
BIO-Hosted Media Luncheon addresses need for increased food security.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 29, 2010 Taking place in Chicago, IL on May 5, BIO's media luncheon will address need for increased food security as well as roles for biotechnology to help combat world hunger. "When Politics Impedes Progress to Combat Hunger" will explore political and regulatory hurdles that prevent acceptance of agricultural technologies as well as access to biotechnology by certain populations. Specifically, speakers will examine role of science and technology in helping producers grow food more sustainably.
Green Building Webinar addresses deep energy retrofits.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
April 29, 2010 Scheduled for May 4, webinar presented by Betsy Pettit, FAIA, will examine enclosure design and construction details that achieve greater energy efficiency. Session will provide practicing architects with knowledge and tools about energy retrofit techniques for residential work and explain how design services can add value to any energy retrofit project. Insulating sheathings and new windows that increase comfort while reducing energy use will also be highlighted.
BIO Convention highlights key policy issues for biotechnology.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 29, 2010 Scheduled for May 3-6, 2010 BIO International Convention will feature high-level industry leaders discussing public policy issues of critical importance to all segments of biotechnology industry, including health and medicine, food and agriculture, industry and environment, and emerging companies. During breakout sessions, industry experts will share their insights on 111th Congress, next steps in health care reform, patent reform, and sustainability.
EPA issues report on U.S. climate change indicators.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
April 29, 2010 Titled "Climate Change Indicators in the United States," EPA report looks at 24 key indicators that show how climate change impacts health and environment of nation's citizens. Between 1990-2008, there has been a 14% increase in greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. Seven of top 10 warmest years on record for continental U.S. have occurred since 1990, and 6 of 10 most active hurricane seasons have occurred since mid-1990s. From 1993-2008, sea level rose twice as fast as long-term trend.

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