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NIST Technology Program announces research project awards.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 17, 2009 NIST announced funding for 20 research projects under Technology Innovation Program, which supports innovative, high-risk research in new technologies that address critical national needs. Projects range from unmanned, hovering aircraft for inspecting bridges to high-speed sorting system for recycling aerospace metals to nanomaterials for advanced batteries. Cost-sharing awards represent up to $146 million in new research over next 2-5 years with up to $71 million in funding provided by TIP.
NIST and NTIA plan demonstration communications network.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 17, 2009 NIST and NTIA have announced plans to create demonstration broadband communications network for emergency services agencies, using part of 700 MHz broadband spectrum. System will provide common demonstration site for manufacturers, carriers, and public safety agencies to test/evaluate advanced broadband communications equipment/software. It is expected to go live in mid-2010. National network could offer public safety groups access to video, mapping, GPS applications, and more.
Network Analyzer Calibration is facilitated by automated techniques.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 17, 2009 Electronic verification standard and accompanying software developed by electrical engineers at NIST allows process to be automated and performance of calibration system checked with NIST via the Internet. Traceable directly to NIST labs, procedure compares measurements to independent calibration process and authenticates tests both electronically and with printable certificate from NIST that includes serial number of device being calibrated.
AIA elects officers and Board of Governors for 2010.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 17, 2009 AIA's Board of Governors has elected Scott Donnelly, President and CEO of Textron Inc., as its Chairman for 2010. James F. Albaugh, Executive VP of The Boeing Company, and President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, was elected AIA's Vice Chairman. Board also re-elected Marion C. Blakey as AIA's President and CEO as well as AIA's CFO, Ginette C. Colot, as Secretary-Treasurer. Additional members of 2010 AIA Board of Governors are listed in full release.
Group of Airlines take step in alternative fuel deployment.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
December 17, 2009 According to ATA, a core group of airlines has signed groundbreaking memoranda of understanding with AltAir Fuels LLC and Rentech, Inc. for future supply of alternative aviation fuel. In addition to being more environmentally friendly on lifecycle basis than today's jet fuels, domestically produced alternative fuels will also create jobs and bolster U.S. energy independence. Announcement reaffirms airlines' commitment to greener, more stable and secure energy future.
NACD Announcement names 21 new members and affiliates.
The National Association of Chemical Distributors    Arlington, VA 22209
December 17, 2009 NACD welcomed 21 new members and affiliates - which include chemical distributors, suppliers, chemical handlers, and non-handlers - for the fourth quarter of 2009. Exemplifying diversity and continued growth of NACD community, members will be provided with regulatory guidance, networking opportunities, and access to elected officials in Washington, DC. NACD expects continued growth in 2010, as chemical distributors look to thrive in current economic and regulatory environment.
NFPA and UL Standards help ensure bright, safe holidays.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 17, 2009 NFPA and UL, members and audited designators of ANSI, urge consumers to keep safety in mind this holiday season when decorating. Codes and standards addressing decoration safety cover safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment to be used indoors/outdoors. Both agencies advise choice of appropriate products (indoor-only vs. outdoor-only) as well as examination of products for cracked sockets and frayed/exposed wires before installation.
ANSI Member Collaboration will benefit recreational water safety.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 17, 2009 Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) and NSF International, members and accredited standards developers of ANSI, jointly agreed to pursue research and testing to advance health and safety in recreational water industry. Via this collaboration, NSF has agreed to provide research and testing services for the development and maintenance of APSP's standards and will also perform general research on prevention of injuries and illnesses related to recreational water activities.
AWWA Symposium on Waterborne Pathogens scheduled for May 2010.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
December 16, 2009 Open registration has been announced for 2010 International Symposium on Waterborne Pathogens, which is scheduled to take place May 2-4, 2010 in Manhattan Beach, CA. Providing forum for exchange of information and ideas relating to critical public health issue of waterborne pathogens, symposium will cover topics such as detection methods, emerging pathogens, risk assessment, treatment and disinfection, case studies and outbreaks, and regulatory issues.
ANSI announces expanded scope of accreditation.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 16, 2009 In effort to facilitate cross-border trade of telecommunications products between Japan and U.S., ANSI has announced that the scope of its accreditation program for Telecommunications Certification Bodies was expanded to include recognition of telecommunications requirements issued by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Under this scope expansion, test results and product certification by U.S. TCBs for equipment will be accepted in Japan without need to re-test product.
ANSI Hosts delegates from China National Institute of Standardization.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 16, 2009 ANSI hosted a delegation from the China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS) in its Washington, DC offices on December 1, 2009. Close to 25 ANSI members attended, both in person and via web conference, and watched CNIS delegates provide informative presentations that highlighted general overview of the organization's activity and structure, standardization education research project, and CNIS's contributions to China's policies for intellectual property and standards.
ANSI's Document Library Alert Feature informs members of changes.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 16, 2009 ANSI is announcing a helpful alert feature within members' document library that allows users to set up alert requests on specific folders and pages within library. Once alert is in place, system will automatically send email to user whenever folder or page is modified. This feature will help ANSI members keep abreast of latest changes and additions to information that pertains to their work. Alerts can be tailored to fit user's preferences.
Content Category Finalists announced for CODiE Awards.
Software and Information Industry Association    Washington, DC 20005-4095
December 16, 2009 CODiE Awards finalists were announced for categories relating to content aggregation, distribution, management, and publishing. Forty-eight products from 30 companies were selected from among 100+ nominations by 65 companies. Gale and LexisNexis have the most products reaching final stage, with 5 each. Products that qualified will now be reviewed by members of SIIA, who will vote on winners for all 15 categories. Winners will be announced at CODiE Awards Dinner on January 26, 2010.
NACD Members continue to reduce emissions.
The National Association of Chemical Distributors    Arlington, VA 22209
December 15, 2009 According to information in US EPA's 2008 Toxics Release Inventory Public Data Release Report, chemical distribution industry has lowest average release of toxic emissions per facility. It indicates average release of toxic emissions per facility at ~75% less than textiles industry and 90% less than plastics/rubber industry. NACD member companies, through participation in Responsible Distribution Process, had per facility disposal average of 18% less than non-NACD member companies.
Ventilation Standard incorporated into FGI guidelines.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
December 15, 2009 ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2008, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities, which defines ventilation system design requirements that provide environmental control for comfort and infection/odor control, has been incorporated into the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities, which is copyrighted by Facility Guidelines Institute and published by ASHE. Inclusion will eliminate potential confusion posed by having 2 national ventilation standards for health care.
BIO Commends House for easing regulatory burdens in HR 4173.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
December 15, 2009 BIO commended the House of Representatives for including provisions intended to ease small business regulatory burdens, part of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173). One provision would permanently exempt companies with market capitalizations of $75 million or less from Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Another would direct SEC to perform study evaluating costs and benefits of compliance with SOX Section 404(b) for companies that meet specific criteria.
ATA Co-Sponsors Conference on sleep apnea and truck drivers.
American Trucking Associations    Alexandria, VA 22314
December 15, 2009 On May 12 of 2010, American Trucking Associations (ATA) will co-sponsor the first national conference on sleep apnea and commercial motor vehicle drivers. The conference, hosted by American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), will feature presentations and panel discussions that focus on providing common understanding of OSA diagnosis and treatment, clarifying current and proposed regulations, and providing trucking management with resources to improve employee health and safety.
Repair Skills Decline points to future manufacturing deficit.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
December 15, 2009 In response to polls of 1,000 U.S. adults and 500 teens who showed growing general disinterest or ineptitude regarding around-the-house maintenance projects, NBT president Gerald Shankel said it is "absolutely critical for this mindset to change." He went on to say that post-economic recovery America will have a "dire need" for those skilled in manufacturing or manual arts such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and welding.
AMT Praises Provisions in President Obama's job plan.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
December 15, 2009 AMT is pleased with steps proposed by President Obama to create jobs and strengthen manufacturing. Now in hands of Congress, proposals and provisions offer steps that can help spur capital investments. Specifically, AMT President Douglas K. Woods singled out 2 provisions important to U.S. manufacturing technology providers: one-year extension of enhanced Section 179 expensing for small businesses, and one-year extension of 50% bonus depreciation incentive for new capital equipment purchases.
BSA Taps Association Leadership for 2010 convention panels.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
December 14, 2009 BSA leaders, past and present, have committed to participating in panels to look at the past, present, and future of the industry at BSA's (Bearing Specialists Association) 2010 Annual Convention. Taking place May 1-4 in Naples, FL, convention will also offer industry updates from ABMA and BSA, presentation on counterfeit bearings, as well as traditional Conference Tables Session featuring pre-scheduled and planned conferences between distributors and manufacturers.

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