2009 U.S. World Standards Day Paper Competition Announced
Papers about standards for environmental stewardship are requested for the 2009 World Standards Day Paper Competition. Submissions are due, with an official entry form, by midnight Aug. 28 to Leona Nisbet, SES executive director, 1950 Lafayette Road, Box 1, Portsmouth, NH 03801. Papers are invited that use specific examples to show how standards and conformity assessment programs promote and facilitate environmentally friendly practices. Winning papers will receive cash prizes, and will be published in the SES journal, Standards Engineering. For details, please click here.
ISO’s Rob Steele To Speak at Annual SES Conference in August
Rob Steele, secretary-general of the International Organization for Standardization, will present the keynote address at the 58th annual conference of the Standards Engineering Society, to be held Aug. 16-20 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The conference theme is “Reaching for the Top: New Heights for Standards,” and the program will include several sessions about the diversity of issues within the standards community. In addition, two standards-related professional development courses will be held on Aug. 19 and 20 in conjunction with the conference. For more information, please click here.
USPTO Statement Supports Consensus-Based Standards Process
The U.S. government, through a statement delivered by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, has recently presented its support for the private-sector led and public-sector supported U.S. standards system and for the use of standards developed through an open and consensus-based process. In its statement given at the March 25, 2009, meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization Standing Committee on the Law of Patents, the USPTO also said that the standard setting process should be voluntary and market driven.
Concrete Associations Take Part in Joint Sustainability Initiative
The Portland Cement Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, American Concrete Institute, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute have signed a memorandum of understanding to align sustainable development activities. Together the groups will focus on the sustainable development applications of all concrete structures; the agreement aligns the groups with a goal of providing advocacy, technology and educational resources to convey the social value of concrete structures.
PCA Seeks Bridge Competition Nominations
Entries for the 12th Biennial Bridge Awards Competition, which recognizes excellence in the design and construction of concrete bridges, are sought by the Portland Cement Association. Eligible projects include U.S. and Canadian bridges essentially completed between April 2008 and September 2009. Entry forms can be found by clicking here.
ACI Foundation Fellowship and Scholarship Program Open
Undergraduate and graduate students can apply for ACI Foundation fellowships through Oct. 30, 2009. The program awards eight fellowships to students studying engineering, construction management or related fields of study in the area of concrete. In addition, five scholarships will be awarded to graduate students studying concrete-related subjects. For more information, click here.