||Write Paper. Win Cash.
The Standards Engineering Society (SES), in conjunction with the World Standards Day (WSD) Planning
Committee, has announced the theme, awards, and rules for participation
in the 2000 WSD Paper Competition. Standards for Change and Stability
is the general topic to be addressed with the winning entries
to be awarded during the annual World Standards Day dinner on
Oct. 18, 2000, in Washington, D.C. The author(s) of the winning
submission will receive $2,500 along with a plaque; second and
third place winners will receive cash awards of $1,000 and $500
respectively. The winning papers will be published in the SES
journal (Standards Engineering) and be available on the SES Web
site. The first place winner will also appear as a special article
in the ANSI Reporter. All submissions and accompanying official
entry forms are due Aug. 27. For entry forms and a complete set
of rules and eligibility requirements, contact: SES Office, 13340
SW 96th Ave., Miami, FL 33176 (305/971-4798; fax 305/971-4799;
and More on World Standards Day
The United States will celebrate World Standards Day 2000 on Wednesday,
Oct. 18. The theme of this years event, Peace and Prosperity
draws attention to the influence of the standards and conformity
assessment communities on harmonization, collaboration, and mutual
understanding among nations of the world.
Better Pipe Info
Changes to the Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe Association Web site
make it easier to get information about polyethylene pipe. The site answers basic questions about the pipe and gives visitors up-to-date
information on research and CPPA news. Included in the redesigned
site are several easy-to-access pages featuring background information
on CPPA, a dozen technical booklets and case studies written on
corrugated polyethylene pipe, the ability for visitors to register
and receive regular updates, and links to Web sites of CPPA members.
Another page, dedicated to understanding high-density polyethylene
pipe, is written in question-and-answer format.
Materials scientists wanting easy access to ceramics data on the
World Wide Web should point their Internet browsers to a new resource:
the NIST Ceramics WebBook. This WebBook contains evaluated data, a guide to data centers
and sources, as well as software tools and other resources useful
for materials research. The Ceramics WebBook has a link to three
NIST-developed materials databases: the NIST High Temperature
Superconducting Materials Database, the NIST Structural Ceramics
Database, and the NIST Property Data Summaries for Advanced Materials.
In addition, the Ceramics WebBook links to 22 other government
and academic data centers and Web resources devoted to biomaterials,
ceramics, metals, and composites, as well as chemical and physical
data. Another page of tools and resources provides links to software
tools, a ceramics virtual library, a discussion forum, and educational
Did You Know?
Did you know that the U.S. House of Representatives Committee
on Science has its roots in the intense reaction to the Soviet
launch of Sputnik on Oct. 4, 1957? The Committee on Science happens
to be the only Congressional committee with direct, ongoing responsibilities
in the area of standards and conformity assessment. The committee
officially came into being on Jan. 3, 1959, born of an extraordinary
House-Senate joint leadership initiative, a determination to maintain
American pre-eminence in science and technology. In 1961, President
John F. Kennedy announced to a joint session of Congress the national
commitment to land a man on the moon and return him safely to
Earth before the end of the decade. The committee then directed
its main efforts toward the development of the space program.
Although its original mission was directed primarily at space
and astronautics, its workload has expanded to encompass scientific
research and development in general. The 2000 ASTM William T.
Cavanaugh Memorial Award was presented to a House Committee on
Science staff member, James Turner, for his substantial contributions
to the voluntary consensus standards system.
This news item comes from the ANSI Insider, an e-mail publication
for ANSI members. For more information on the American National
Standards Institute or the Insider, contact Jane Schweiker (202/331-3610).
||Big Nonwovens Conference
INDA (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry) and TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry) have combined
their technical conference to produce INTC 2000, The International
Nonwovens Technical Conference. The conference will be held Sept.
26-28, 2000, in Dallas, Texas. Information will be available on
fibers, properties and performance, process technologies, filtration,
building and industrial mats, absorbents, binders and additives,
barriers, melt extrusion, hydroentangling, and more. Contact:
INDA, PO Box 1288, Cary, NC 27512-1288 (919/233-1210; ext. 0;
The Steel Recycling Institute has launched a SteeLink Web Surfer. This is the first step in providing seamless surfing between
each of the AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute) and affiliated sites. SteeLink
is a series of pull-down menus that will enable site users to
move from site to site and area to area within a site easily from
a central frame. //
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