ASTM International Johnson Conference addresses the asbestos debate.

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Presentations are invited for 2011 ASTM International Johnson Conference titled, The On-Going Asbestos Debate: What We're Learning after a Quarter Century of Johnson Conferences. Presentations are solicited on, but not limited to: medical research, dose/response, toxicology; sampling, exposure assessment, and risk characterization; environmental monitoring and remediation; international and domestic analytical methods; litigation and science; and asbestos analysis and quality assurance.

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Presentations are Invited for the 2011 ASTM International Johnson Conference on the On-Going Asbestos Debate

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., -Presentations are invited for the 2011 ASTM International Johnson Conference titled, The On-Going Asbestos Debate: What We're Learning after a Quarter Century of Johnson Conferences. Sponsored by ASTM Committee D22 on Air Quality, the conference will be held July 25-29, 2011, at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt.

Detection, reporting, risk assessment and regulation of asbestos and other fibrous minerals is as relevant today as when the first Johnson Conference was held a quarter of a decade ago. Abstracts for the 2011 Johnson Conference are solicited that deal with these topics on a regional, national, or international level. Presentations are solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

Medical research, dose/response, toxicology;

Sampling, exposure assessment and risk characterization;

Environmental monitoring and remediation;

International and domestic analytical methods;

Soils, natural occurrences of asbestos and vermiculite products;

Litigation and science;

Asbestos analysis and quality assurance;

Mineralogy and nomenclature; and

Definitions workshop.

To submit a presentation, presenters/authors must submit a 200-300 word preliminary abstract by Oct. 16, 2010, via e-mail to Larry Pierce at The abstract should include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. The conference co-chairs will notify you by Nov. 16, 2010, of your paper's acceptability for presentation. If the preliminary abstract is accepted, the presenter/author will be requested to submit a final abstract several months before the symposium, and the final abstracts will be distributed in an abstract booklet at the conference.

A preliminary technical program (presentation times, paper titles and presenters' names) will be posted on the ASTM website in January 2011. Online registration opens March 1, 2011, and closes July 19, 2011. For more information, visit

Additional technical information is available from conference co-chairs Larry Pierce, Fiberquant Inc., Phoenix, Ariz. (; James Millette, MVA Scientific Consultants, Lilburn, Ga. (; James Webber, New York State University Department of Health, Albany, N.Y. (; or Harry Rook, Moretown, Vt. (

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