|World Standards Day Paper Contest
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 2001 WSD Paper
Competition: Standards and the Environment. The winners will
be acknowledged and receive their awards during the annual World
Standards Day Dinner on Oct. 10, 2001, 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. The SES Executive
Director must receive all submissions and accompanying official
entry forms by Aug. 31, 2001. Entry forms, along with a complete
set of rules and eligibility requirements, can be obtained from
the SES Office, Miami, Fla. (phone: 305/971-4798) or from the SES Web site.
Advanced Ceramics Survey
Steve Gonczy, chairman of the subcommittee on Advanced Ceramics
Properties and Performance of Committee C28 on Advanced Ceramics, is conducting a survey of the advanced
ceramics community to determine the current status of and the
need for high-temperature oxidation test standards for advanced
(monolithic and fiber-reinforced) ceramics. The survey is supported
by the U.S. Department of Energy. If you are a user-supplier/evaluator
of high-temperature ceramics and wish to participate in the survey,
contact Dr. Gonczy, Gateway Materials Technology, Mount Prospect, Ill. (phone: 847/870-1621).
Lab Accreditation Agreement
Testing and calibration laboratories accredited by U.S. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation-recognized accreditation bodies will now have their accreditation
recognized in Canada, thanks to the signing of a bilateral recognition
arrangement with the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). SCC is Canadas federal crown corporation that oversees
the National Standards System. The NACLA-SCC Bilateral Arrangement
will mean an increase in the bottom line for laboratories in the
U.S. and Canada that operate in both countries, given that it
has the potential to reduce redundant accreditations and the costs
of associated assessment activities. It will also promote mutual
acceptance of testing and calibration results in both countries.
Contact: Dawn Pickering, SCC (phone: 613/238-3222, ext. 477) or Joe ONeil, NACLA (phone: 301/975-8406).
Kammer Takes New Post
As of last month, Ray Kammer, former director of the U.S. Department
of Commerces National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), began serving as counselor to ANSI President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurwitz. He will assist
the American National Standards Institute administration in understanding
the vital role that standards play in trade, safety and the environment.
Kammer stepped down as NIST director, a presidential appointment
that he received in 1997, on Dec. 29, 2000.
Connections to China
Eurofo.com is a gateway site to the Chinese building material market, a
place for small and medium-sized companies to find new buyers
and sellers in China. With free registration, members can independently
post supplies or demands on the site.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University publishes Advances in Structural EngineeringAn International Journal, and invites readers and authors to participate in its international
dialogue on research in the general area of structural engineering.
The journal aims to provide an international forum for the exchange
of ideas, especially between the East and the West. Especially
welcome are papers describing research directed at the solution
of the real engineering problems which arise in challenging construction
projects. Contact: Editor in Chief Professor J.M. Ko, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Social Accountability on the World Stage
Should companies be held accountable for the well being of their
employees in the global marketplace? Is there a place in international
business for social consciousness? The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will investigate possible answers to these questions in
the coming year. While many multinational companies would agree
with the ethical theories presented in documents on social responsibility,
and have developed corporate codes of conduct that prohibit child
labor, prison labor, and discrimination and promote basic human
rights, the implementation of standards at the international level
can be problematic.
For example, the challenge of monitoring thousands of suppliers
for large companies with global production requirements is significant
when language and cultural differences make it difficult to recognize
related human rights abuses and implement strategies to address
social accountability issues. At a recent meeting, the ISO Council
passed a resolution underlining the importance of emerging issues
in relation to social accountability and asked its Consumer Policy
Committee (COPOLCO) to consider the viability of International
Standards in this area. COPOLCO will study the matter and deliver
its recommendations at the June 2002 COPOLCO plenary meeting.
Helpful Measurement Web Pages
How do you find accurate measurement standards for gauging the
thrust from a jet engine? How do you verify the accuracy of your
new infrared spectrometer for EPA-required emissions monitoring?
Where do you order a NIST measurement standard for optical fiber
diameter thats accurate to within a micrometer? Answers to these
and many more questions are just a couple of clicks away on a
new National Institute of Standards and Technology Information
for Industry Web site.
NIST has created these new Web pages to help industry personnel
find the specific NIST standard, measurement, or technology they
need with minimal effort. Click here for pages for nine different industry sectorsaerospace, automotive,
chemical processing, communications, computers, construction,
electronics, health care, and manufacturing.
New Pub from Masonry Society
TMS Responds is a new bimonthly publication addressing practical
questions about masonry design, construction, and evaluation.
Contact: The Masonry Society, Boulder, Colo. (phone: 303/939-9700).
Test Your Quality Quotient
A new, Web-based tool called e-Baldrige Organizational Profile
can help determine whether an organization is ready to use the
performance excellence criteria for the Malcolm Baldrige National
Quality Award as a way to assess and improve performance. Using
e-Baldrige takes a few minutes and will help identify key gaps
and areas for which an organization has conflicting, little, or
no information. In conjunction with this tool, a beginners manual
to Baldrige called Getting Started with the Baldrige National
Quality Program has been updated. Contact NIST by phone: 301/975-2036
or download. //
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