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NIST Researchers develop simple way to analyze complex samples.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 30, 2009 NIST researchers Elizabeth Strychalski and David Ross, in collaboration with Alyssa Henry of Applied Research Associates, Inc., have developed way to analyze complex mixtures. In New Miniaturized Device for Lab-on-a-Chip Separations, they describe gradient elution moving boundary electrophoresis (GEMBE) technique which, in all test cases, was able to reproducibly separate and quantify specific components from solutions, including potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium, lithium and melamine.
JQI Researchers create entangled photons from quantum dots.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 30, 2009 Physicists at Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) developed new source of entangled photons using quantum dots tweaked with laser. JQI's technique may enable more compact and convenient sources of entangled photon pairs than presently available for quantum information applications, such as distribution of quantum keys for encrypting sensitive messages. Glenn Solomon, JQI group leader, said advantages include less bulky nature and ability to produce one pair of entangled photons at a time.
Baldrige Program calls for applicants for 2010 examiners.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 30, 2009 Each year Baldrige Program recruits experts from business, education organizations, health care providers, and nonprofits to serve on Board of Examiners for Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Examiners evaluate applications for Award and prepare feedback reports to applicants that cite strengths and opportunities for improvement. Application form for 2010 Board of Examiners is available online and must be submitted electronically by Jan 7, 2010.
NTSB Marine Safety Course still has openings.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
November 30, 2009 Scheduled for Dec 7-11, 2009, Marine Accident Investigation course still has openings for senior-level marine industry professionals. Weeklong course covers Safety Board's processes and procedures during major marine accident; reviews human factors, medical factors, and electronic data elements in marine investigation; offers best practices for comprehensive and thorough interviewing techniques; and shares report preparation guidelines.
SPE Conference to feature forums focusing on sustainability.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
November 30, 2009 SPE ANTECŪ 2010, to take place May 16-20 in Orlando, FL, will explore topics important for improving environmental sustainability of plastics. In addition to technical presentations, event will feature New Technology Forums with experts discussing current topics and their implications for industry professionals. Forum topics include Polymer Applications for a Clean Environment, Successful Case Studies in Bioplastics, and Latest Developments in Non-Halogenated Flame Retardants.
Gretchen Zierick elected as PMA's 2010 Chair.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
November 30, 2009 President of Zierick Manufacturing Corp., Gretchen Zierick, has been named PMA 2010 chair of the board of directors. She started by urging all who work in the metalforming industry to support her theme, The Morality of Manufacturing. During her one year term as PMA chair and beyond, Zierick expects PMA's advocacy efforts to help ensure government actions do not put manufacturers at competitive disadvantage. She also encourages members to become involved with networking opportunities.
PMA Report forecasts declining business over next 3 months.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
November 30, 2009 November 2009 PMA Business Conditions Report, which sampled 137 metalforming companies in U.S. and Canada, shows anticipated dip in business conditions and incoming orders over next 3 months. While 27% forecast an improvement in overall economic activity, 48% predict unchanged activity, and 25% suspect decline. Similarly, 31% expect increased orders, and 38% anticipate no change. As opposed to last year during same period, 67% of members reported declining orders.
IUAPPA Seeks Abstracts for 2010 World Clean Air Congress.
Air & Waste Management Association    Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1435
November 30, 2009 International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations (IUAPPA) is seeking abstracts for World Clean Air Congress, which will be held September 12-16 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Abstracts of 250 words or less should relate to the "Achieving Environmental Sustainability in a Resource Hungry World," theme, which recognizes need for holistic management approaches to effectively mitigate potential water, food, energy, and environmental challenges.
ELFA releases survey of economic activity.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
November 27, 2009 According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, MLFI-25, new business volume for October declined by 32.8% when compared to same period in 2008. For 2009, MLFI-25 reported month-to-month new business volume down 8.5% from September to October, from $4.7 billion to $4.3 billion. Receivables over 30 days decreased to 4.2% as compared to 5.6% in September, while charge-offs decreased sharply to 1.7% from 3.0% in prior month and rose by 25% compared to October 2008.
ASTM Committee co-sponsors composite materials conference.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 27, 2009 ASTM International Committee D30 on Composite Materials is co-sponsoring 25th Annual Technical Conference of American Society for Composites, which will be held September 20-22, 2010 in Dayton, OH. Papers are invited on composite-related topics of interest ranging from joining and adhesive bonding, analysis methods, and out-of-autoclave composites to damage growth prediction, nanocomposites, and applications. Abstract submissions are due by March 26, 2010.
FAA Conference will focus on critical runway safety issues.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
November 27, 2009 International Runway Safety Conference, taking place December 1-3 of 2009 in Washington, D.C., brings together members of safety community and cross-section of key industry stakeholders to work towards solving one of aviation's most serious problems. "Taxiing Toward Tomorrow" will focus on reduction and eventual elimination of runway incursions and excursions. Panels will assess runway safety progress to date, initiatives underway, and plans being made for future environments.
Technology Innovation Program seeks comments on funding areas.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 27, 2009 NIST is asking for public comment on 4 white papers that outline potential areas for research funding grants under Institute's Technology Innovation Program. Papers outline national needs for new and improved technologies in areas of monitoring and repair of civil infrastructure, manufacturing technologies for advanced materials, enabling technologies for electric power smart grid, and technologies for health care based on proteomics, data analysis, and biomanufacturing.
NIST revises draft publication on computer security guidance.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 27, 2009 Revised draft publication focuses on transforming episodic information system certification and accreditation processes at federal agencies by reinforcing and specifying procedures for continuous monitoring and updating. Procedures will help organizations respond rapidly to cyber security threats. Titled Special Publication 800-37 Rev 1, document describes Risk Management Framework that stresses security from information system's initial design phase through implementation and daily operations.
Idaho Transportation Department names new director.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
November 27, 2009 Idaho Transportation Board announced that Brian W. Ness has been selected as director of Idaho Department of Transportation. Ness, who holds bachelor's of science degree and master's degree in public administration, was chosen from group of 12 finalists, assembled during nationwide search. Idaho Transportation Board Chairman, Darrell V. Manning, said that Ness possesses professional background, leadership skills, and energy to make immediate impact on transportation in Idaho.
FAA takes aim at icing with ice protection proposal.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
November 27, 2009 For aircraft with ice-detection systems, FAA proposes that these systems alert crew when they should be activated, and for aircraft without ice-detection equipment, crew would activate protection system based on cues listed in airplane's flight manual. Proposed rule would only apply to in-service aircraft with takeoff weight less than 60,000 lb, since most larger airplanes already have equipment that meets requirements.
User Survey shows BPM provides fast payback.
Aiim    Silver Spring, MD 20910
November 27, 2009 According to research by AIIM, half of organizations using Business Process Management tools achieve payback of investment in 18 months or less. In all, 72% recoup their spend within 2 years. In addition to cost savings, users report faster process throughput and improved compliance from more consistent processes. Majority of respondents feel they have only addressed one-fifth of potentially profitable BPM projects, and consider BPM to be significant or imperative to business.
Cooperation, Compatibility stressed for toy safety development.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 27, 2009 Consistent with ASTM's commitment to principles of international standards development established by WTO and interest of collaboration on toy safety standards, ISO delegates were invited to participate in reviewing proposed changes to ASTM F963, Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. Nearly 30 toy safety experts joined with members of ASTM Subcommittee F15.22 to explore technical standards that could address potential toy hazards related to impaction, magnets, and projectiles.
Nanoparticle Research could improve medical imaging.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 27, 2009 Joint research team working at NIST and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) discovered method of using nanoparticles to illuminate cellular interior to reveal activities that occur over hours, or even days, inside living cells. While potentially providing means to solving mysteries associated with molecular-scale events, this research focused on characterizing quantum dot properties and contrasting them with other imaging techniques.
NIST demonstrates programmable quantum information processor.NIST demonstrates programmable quantum information processor.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 25, 2009 NIST physicists demonstrated first universal programmable quantum information processor able to run any program allowed by quantum mechanics, using 2 quantum bits (qubits) of information. Processor stores binary information in 2 beryllium ions held in electromagnetic trap and manipulated with UV lasers, while 2 magnesium ions in trap help cool beryllium ions. Scientists are able to place ions in superposition of 1 and 0 values simultaneously as well as entangle both qubits.
Workshop Report addresses construction industry improvements.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 25, 2009 Advancing the Competitiveness and Efficiency of the U.S. Construction Industry: A Workshop Report, from NRC has been created based on workshop commissioned by NIST. It identifies 5 activities that could lead to breakthrough improvement in quality, timeliness, and sustainability of construction projects. Report also recommends NIST work with industry leaders to establish technology readiness index, as well as with government/industry groups to develop ways to track productivity.

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