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New SHARE Button on ASTM Web Site
ASTM Web users may have noticed the new SHARE button appearing at the top of every page on the ASTM Web site. The SHARE button makes it easy for visitors to bookmark and share pages and stories from www.astm.org with others. Users can e-mail, print or bookmark pages, or can "share" or post links on a number of social networking sites including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and more. Look for the SHARE button at the top of every page on the ASTM Web site.
Also new on the ASTM Web site this month is the enhanced Standards Tracker service. The Standards Tracker is a free, weekly e-mail that lists standards development activities. Users can customize alerts by choosing to track new and revised standards and/or new work items by ASTM standard or committee or by technical field. The improved standards tracker makes it possible to track individual standards, not just collections, and can be managed within your MyASTM account. Set up your Standards Tracker here.
Professor of the Year
A part of the 2009 Year of the Professor initiative, the ASTM Professor of the Year Award recognizes the contributions of educators in developing students' understanding of standards. Candidates for the award include professors and instructors at an accredited university worldwide who have demonstrated outstanding use of ASTM standards in their teaching. Cash awards will be given to the winning educator and their respective university. Visit the Campus section of the ASTM Web site for more information.
MOU with Dominican Republic ASTM has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the La Dirección General de Normas y Sistemas de Calidad (DIGENOR), the official institution for Standardization, Quality, Certification and Metrology in the Dominican Republic. The MOU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide. To date, 67 MOUs have been signed. View more information about the ASTM MOU program here.
DID YOU KNOW? . . . Eye Safety and Protection
There is often a focus on the use of proper helmets for sporting and other recreational activities, but it is important to remember eye safety and protection as well. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, an estimated 2.5 million eye injuries occur in the U.S. each year. Proper protective eyewear should be worn to avoid eye injuries when participating in sporting activities. ASTM F803 is a safety specification that covers eye protectors designed for use by players of basketball, baseball and soccer as well as racket sports, women's lacrosse and field hockey. In addition, Subcommittee F08.57 on Eye Safety for Sports has standards for eye protectors for skiing and paintball, and is developing new standards for airsoft sports and selected motor sports.
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