CPSC Signs Cooperative Agreement with Japan to Improve Consumer Product Safety
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the signing of Guidelines for Information Exchange and Administrative Cooperation with the Japanese government to improve the safety of consumer products in the U.S. and Japan. The agreement calls for an exchange of information between the two countries on consumer product safety issues, the development of training programs dealing with consumer product safety, and an exchange of safety professionals to carry out consumer safety programs. According to the International Trade Commission, $40 billion of products under CPSC’s jurisdiction came from Japan in 2005. CPSC also has signed agreements with other countries, including Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, the European Commission, India, Israel, Mexico, and the Republic of Korea, to improve the safety of consumer products.
ISO Launches Award for Higher Education in Standardization
The International Organization for Standardization has announced the creation of an award to encourage and recognize successful programs in higher education on standardization. The award aims to raise awareness of the importance of standardization worldwide by supporting institutions of higher education that have developed and implemented successful programs related to standardization as a tool to access world markets, transfer technology and promote good business practice and sustainable development. The award comprises a certificate of appreciation and a cash prize of 15,000 Swiss francs. It is co-sponsored by ISO and the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee, the ISO member for Japan. The nomination of candidates must be made by Feb. 15 to the ISO secretary-general by the national standards institutes that make up ISO’s worldwide membership. The deadline for receipt of applications for the award is May 1. The award selection committee will consist of eminent international personalities from academia, the economic sphere and the media. Download the award leaflet here.
Contributions Sought for 7th Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium
The 7th Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium, to be held Aug. 12-16, 2007, in Minneapolis, Minn., will provide opportunities for the presentation of new knowledge and information regarding sensory evaluation, the presentation of commercial technologies and services related to sensory evaluation, and networking among all attendees with the goal of supporting current collaborations and stimulating new connections. The program will comprise oral and poster presentations, plus debates, mini-symposia and forums arranged in parallel sessions. Contributions are invited for concurrent sessions and for oral and poster presentations at the conference. Abstracts should be submitted online at before the deadline of Jan. 31. Contact Janet Seabrook (phone: +44 (0) 1865 843691).
Virginia Tech’s Forestry Department Seeks Applicants for National Fellowship in Urban Forestry
The Garden Club of America has again selected Virginia Tech’s forestry department to review and administer its recently established national urban forestry fellowship for qualified U.S. students. Virginia Tech has both undergraduate and graduate programs focusing on the study of urban forestry. With this fellowship, The Garden Club of America seeks to advance knowledge of urban forests and increase the number of scientists in the relatively new field of urban forestry. The fellowship is open to both advanced undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in urban forestry, forestry, horticulture, environmental studies, or a closely related field at any four-year college or university degree program in the United States. Recipients must be U.S. students who will be enrolled as juniors, seniors, or graduate students during the fellowship period. The award is for $4,000 and recipients may apply for one additional year of funding. For more information and online application forms, visit www.cnr.vt.edu/urbanforestry scholarships.htm or contact Susan Day (phone: 540/231-7264). Application deadline is Jan. 31.
FAA to Help Strengthen India’s Civil Aviation Standards
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has entered into a formal agreement with the Indian government to assist in modernizing the country’s civil aviation infrastructure. The third fastest growing market of its kind worldwide, India’s domestic aviation sector is projected to grow 20 percent every year between now and 2009. Specifically, the FAA will partner with the Directorate General for Civil Aviation and the Airports Authority of India to institute infrastructure-building measures. The efforts are geared toward providing the market with the capacity and flexibility needed to manage such considerable growth. FAA support will include technical assistance in developing aviation safety standards, air traffic control personnel training, and airspace design. Additional areas of assistance may include the inspection and certification of India’s aircraft equipment and airports. The agency is also expected to assist in the development and certification of India’s satellite-based air navigation system, known as the GAGAN project. A global positioning system-based navigation and landing system that provides precision guidance to aircraft, the GAGAN project mirrors the wide-area augmentation navigation system used in the United States.
ASHRAE and Canada Green Building Council Advance Sustainability
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the Canada Green Building Council will work together to advance buildings that are healthy, productive, environmentally responsible and economically viable. The two organizations, both of which are committed to green building and sustainable community development, have signed a memorandum of understanding. The memorandum calls for ASHRAE and the council to join efforts in development and maintenance of technical standards and guidelines, communications and marketing, and research and education of members and the building industry. //