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 August 2005 ASTM International News

Nanomaterials for Cancer Research
2006 ASTM Board of Directors Candidates
Proposed Amendment to ASTM Bylaws
Roofing Committee Celebrates Centennial

Nanomaterials for Cancer Research Discussed at Collaborative Workshop

Nanotechnology has emerged as one of the new frontiers in the fight against cancer and the need for standards in this realm has become apparent. The creation of nanomaterial standards that will be used in the field of cancer research was given a boost in May by a workshop held jointly by ASTM International Committee E56 on Nanotechnology, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The workshop was held during Committee E56’s May meeting in Reno, Nev.

The workshop was conceived when NCI was developing its Cancer Nanotechnology Plan and the Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer. In the course of this development, NCI recognized that the new field of cancer nanotechnology would require a set of standards by which researchers could compare and contrast their work with nanoscale materials. In order to be able to characterize nanomaterials whose intended use is in humans and to set standards for the cancer research community, NCI created the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory.

The highlight of the workshop was an all-day session on characterization of nanomaterials for medical and health applications, co-sponsored by ASTM International, NCI, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Speakers included Greg Downing, director, NCI’s Office and Technology and Industrial Relations; Eric Steele, acting director, program office, NIST; and Don Marlowe, former ASTM International chairman of the board, and overseer of standards development at the FDA. Each speaker detailed some of the ways in which standards development is an integral part of federal government efforts to catalyze nanotechnology research.

In addition, several presentations on real-life cancer-related applications of nanotechnology were given. Speakers included longtime NCI grantees James Baker, Jr., director of the newly endowed Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences at the University of Michigan, and Greg Lanza, Washington University Medical Hospital, who discussed nanotechnology-enabled products that are within a year of beginning human clinical trials. Also speaking were Mauro Ferrari, Ohio State University and special advisor on nanotechnology to the NCI; Kenneth Watkin, Ultra-Imaging; and Barrett Rabinow, senior director, BioPharma Solutions at Baxter Healthcare.

The workshop closed with three presentations from the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory staff, including Scott McNeil, NCL director, Anil Patri, and Stephan Stern. These speakers outlined the mission of the NCL and provided details on the assay cascade that NCL scientists have developed to characterize nanomaterials in terms of their physical, in vitro and in vivo properties. McNeil closed the workshop by inviting anyone working on nanomaterials that may have use in detecting, treating or preventing cancer to submit materials to NCL. He also reiterated that part of the mission of NCL was to develop standards in cooperation with ASTM International Committee E56.

Slides from the workshop, as well as a more detailed summary, are available on the NCL website: http://ncl.cancer. gov.Complete information on NCL’s mission and the procedure for submitting materials for characterization are also available on the NCL’s website. //

Candidates for 2006 ASTM Board of Directors Announced

ASTM is pleased to announce the slate of candidates selected by the Society’s Nominating Committee are as follows:

• Chairman of the board: Anthony E. Fiorato, CTLGroup.
• Vice chairman of the board (two-year term): Richard F. Kayser, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Directors (three-year terms):

• Roger Blaine, TA Instruments;
• James A. Horton, MACTEL Engineering and Consulting;
• Manuel Antonio Lascarro, ASOCRETO;
• Catherine H. Pilarz, Fisher Price Toys;
• Thomas A. Schwartz, Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, Inc.;
• Kenneth F. Yarosh, Dow Corning SA.

Voting instructions and biographical information on each candidate will be published in the October issue of SN for your approval. In addition to electing the 2006 board of directors, you are asked to recommend candidates from the ASTM membership to serve on next year’s Nominating Committee. Contact Maureen Houck (phone: 610/832-9594) should you need any further information. //

Proposed Amendment to ASTM Bylaws

A proposed amendment to ASTM Bylaw 10, approved in 1972 by ASTM’s Board of Directors, will bring the bylaw into conformity with the current language of the Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporations Act. An addition to the bylaws, proposed new Bylaw 12 will meet a requirement of a recently enacted Pennsylvania law, “The Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act.” These items will be open for discussion at a special business meeting during the Member’s Breakfast on October 19 at the October Committee Week. Prior to the special business meeting, the proposed amendments will be circulated to members via ballot. The amendment will be adopted if approved by a majority of the votes cast at the meeting together with the letter ballot votes. The complimentary breakfast (and special business meeting) will begin at 7:00 a.m. at a location to be announced in the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas. For more information, contact Maureen Houck, assistant to the president (phone: 610/832-9594). //

Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing Celebrates Centennial

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(l to r) Jay Keating, subcommittee secretary for D08.03 and committee member Michael Franks at the D08 centennial dinner held during June Committee Week at the National Automobile Museum, Harrah's Collection, in Reno, Nev. D08 members touring the National Automotive Museum.
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(l to r) Mrs. Joanie Weideman, Richard Wallace, main committee chairman, and Jim Weideman. (l to r) Jim Weideman, 2005 recipient, and Werner Gumpertz, 2004 recipient , of the William C. Cullen Award, a Society Recognized award. Weidman and Gumpertz both received their award at the centennial dinner.

 
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