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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.
Fabtech Success demonstrates manufacturing viability.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
November 25, 2009 Based on business and booth traffic at 2009 FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, manufacturing industry is alive and optimistic about its future. Some 25,000 visitors from more than 90 countries visited McCormick Place in Chicago to discover, evaluate, and purchase innovative manufacturing technologies and solutions. Filling nearly 400,000 sq-ft of booth space, 4-day show included 1,083 exhibitors and more than 500 new products.
NIST Researcher develops reusable microfluidic connector.NIST Researcher develops reusable microfluidic connector.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 25, 2009 NIST researcher Javier Atencia has developed connector that utilizes ring magnet with o-ring gasket on bottom and tube in center set directly atop inlet or outlet port of microfluidic channel embedded in glass chip. Described in paper titled Magnetic Connectors for Microfluidic Applications, it can be positioned anywhere on chip and eliminates any possibility of broken bonds that leak. NIST researchers state that magnetic connector is suitable for most microfluidic applications.
Proposed Standard addresses inspection of gypsum board.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 24, 2009 First draft of proposed new standard ASTM WK26072, Practice for Evaluation of Buildings to Identify Corrosive Gypsum Board, was reviewed and edited at task group meeting on November 10 in Atlanta, GA. Participants of task group meeting included consultants, home inspectors, representatives of gypsum industry, and government entities, and all interested parties are invited to participate in ongoing development of WK26072.
Manufacturing Industry Viability shown via FABTECH success.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
November 24, 2009 Comments from exhibitors and attendees as well as business and booth traffic at 2009 FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show indicated that the manufacturing industry is alive, well, and optimistic about its future. Approximately 25,000 visitors from 90+ countries visited to discover, evaluate, and purchase manufacturing technologies and solutions. Filling nearly 400,000 ft² of booth space, 4-day show included 1,083 exhibitors and 500+ new products.
ASTM International offers training class on corrosion testing.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 24, 2009 Titled Corrosion Testing: Application and Use of Salt Fog, Humidity, Cyclic and Gas Tests, 2-day hands-on training course will provide clear understanding of proper application of ASTM B117, Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray Apparatus. It will furnish information regarding corrosion testing in general so that attendees will understand significance of salt fog test. Participants will learn how to properly operate salt fog apparatus as well as the whys and hows of salt fog testing.
ZigBee and ATA collaborate to advance telehealth solutions.
ZigBee Alliance    San Ramon, CA 94583
November 24, 2009 As part of liaison agreement, ZigBee® Alliance and American Telemedicine Association will educate health care professionals and consumers on benefits of telecommunications technologies. Groups will focus on capabilities of ZigBee Health Care, an open standard for secure monitoring and management of noncritical, low-acuity health care and wellness services. ZigBee Health Care offers telehealth solution featuring interference-free and secure wireless connectivity.
NAMUR confirms WirelessHART for process applications.
Hart Communication Foundation    Austin, TX 78759
November 24, 2009 HART® Communication Foundation welcomes recent report and confirmation by NAMUR that WirelessHART(TM) technology meets requirements for wireless sensor networks in process applications. After conducting extensive multi-vendor field test, NAMUR reports that WirelessHART Communication provides flexibility, security, performance, coexistence with other radio technologies, and device interoperability within WirelessHART network that its members should expect.

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