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ASTM International’s board of directors last met April 29-30 at ASTM Headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pa. The following is a summary of the actions taken by the board at those meetings. For further details on any of the following topics contact ASTM President James A. Thomas, ASTM, International, 100 Barr Harbor Dr., PO Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959 (610/832-9598; jthomas@astm.org).

Executive Committee Report

Proposed Revisions to ASTM Bylaws:ASTM vice president of Corporate Development Drew Azzara reviewed proposed changes to the ASTM Bylaws regarding follow-up on administrative fee bills, which charge ASTM members for their upcoming membership year. These fee bills are initiated in mid-November and current bylaw provisions allow members who have not paid their administrative fee to remain a member until July 1. The proposed revision is intended to condense the invoicing timeframe.

The ASTM membership will consider the proposed bylaws revisions by letter ballot and at a special business meeting to be held at October Committee Week; the board will determine an appropriate timetable for payment of administrative fees following this meeting at its October meeting. A more detailed notification of this change will be published in the August issue of SN in anticipation of the October special business meeting.

Appointment of the 2003 Nominating Committee:
The Nominating Committee is charged with selecting the slate of candidates for the 2003 ASTM directors and officers. The committee is composed of the three past chairmen of the ASTM board and six other individuals. The following people have been named to the 2002 Nominating Committee:

1. William H. Childs, General Electric Co.;
2. Carroll L. Davis, Alcoa Technical Center;
3. Ronald D. Graham, CT&E;
4. Richard F. Lynch, Lynch and Associates;
5. Tom Marsh, Centrotrade Rubber USA, Inc.;
6. Catherine H. Pilarz, Fisher-Price Toys;
7. Harvey P. Hack, past chairman of the ASTM board, Northrop Grumman Corp.;
8. Donald E. Marlowe, past chairman of the ASTM board, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and
9. Richard J. Schulte, past chairman of the ASTM board.

Report on Publications

Status of New Journal:
David von Glahn, director of Product Development and Promotion, provided an update on the board’s past action to approve the new Journal of ASTM International (see the article on page 22). He reported that Sheldon Dean, member of ASTM Committee G01 on Corrosion of Metals and fellow of ASTM, will be editor-in-chief of JAI and that five of the seven associate editors have been selected. Ten issues of the online publication will be posted each year, and each issue will have approximately 15 articles dispersed among seven category topics. JAI will be launched in January 2004.

Report on the Committee on Publications Meeting:
The board voted unanimously to approve STP 1193, Waste Materials in Hot-Mix Asphalt, H. Fred Waller, the recipient of the 2002 Charles B. Dudley Award. This Special Technical Publication is widely quoted and referenced both nationally and internationally, appearing in publications in such far ranging areas as Europe, Canada, and Brazil. It forms an integral part of several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ manuals and technical publications. Many new research projects draw upon this precedent-setting publication as a basis for work in this area. This STP is noteworthy not only as one of the first treatments of the topic, but also for the breadth and depth of its coverage. It covers the use of five major recycled materials in hot mix asphalt and addresses engineering, social, and economic implications relating to their use.

The board also approved the assimilation of the ASTM Concrete and Concrete Aggregates Journal and the Journal of Composite Technology and Research into the new online Journal of ASTM International as recommended by the Committee on Publications.

Corporate Development and Communications
Barbara Schindler reported on the new student membership category. Student memberships were launched in late March, and provide full-time university and college students an opportunity to join ASTM for free. Member benefits include online subscriptions to ASTM publications, free attendance at ASTM symposia, participation in a student paper contest, and reduced membership fee upon graduation. Schindler reported that in one month 200 students had applied for membership; approximately one-third of these are from schools outside the United States.

Technical Committee Operations

The board granted Society recognition to the William C. Cullen Award, which is administered by ASTM Committee D08 on Roofing, Waterproofing, and Bituminous Materials.

ASTM Outreach Initiatives

Global Outreach
ASTM Vice President for Global Cooperation Kitty Kono gave a presentation on ASTM’s international outreach efforts. She noted that in the past two years, ASTM has signed memorandums of understanding with national standards bodies around the world and that MOUs signed with International Organization for Standardization technical committees will help reduce redundancy in international standards development.

ASTM has sent representatives to the meetings of various regional standards bodies, such as the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) and the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC), and is planning an Open House at ASTM Headquarters in September for standards leaders in the Asia Pacific region.

In addition, ASTM has submitted a proposal to participate in the World Trade Organization’s technical assistance programs, which benefit developing countries. ASTM is also working with three Latin American organizations on the translation of ASTM cement and concrete standards into Spanish.

Technology Transfer
ASTM Director of External Relations Teresa Cendrowska reported on the many ways ASTM provides technical training in partnership with other organizations. ASTM participates in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Standards in Trade program and its Specialized American Business Internship Training program. It does so by sending staff or member representatives to speak on ASTM’s process and standards development tools to SiT and SABIT programs organized by NIST.

ASTM works with national standards bodies that have signed memorandums of understanding with ASTM to provide technical and professional training in their countries. This training is geared toward professionals in specific industry sectors, such as steel and petroleum. In addition, ASTM provided training in the use of its electronic standards development tools at the PASC/Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation in February in Singapore, and at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica in March. Efforts such as these are ongoing.

Washington Report
Cendrowska also reported on developments in Washington, D.C. Legislation that has been proposed on Capitol Hill to protect standards developing organizations from treble damages in anti-trust litigation is currently in the House of Representatives and, if passed there, would go to the Senate for final passage. The CASA Act — Codes and Standards for the Americas — was signed into law in 2002 and will provide funding for the training of construction professionals in Ecuador and El Salvador in the use of codes and standards, and the translation of certain building codes and standards into Spanish.

Cendrowska reported that ASTM has conducted workshops to introduce ASTM’s process and its electronic standards development tools to various federal agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award

The board voted unanimously to award the 2003 William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award to June Ling, associate executive director, Codes and Standards, for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME International), in New York, N.Y. The Cavanaugh Award is given to a person of widely recognized eminence in the voluntary standards system. Ling was cited for her outstanding leadership and tireless promotion of technically sound and market-relevant U.S.-developed voluntary consensus standards as international standards. //

After the business of the board meeting was completed, board members and staff welcomed standards leaders from five developing countries. Represented were the national standards bodies of Albania, Colombia, Jamaica, Uruguay, and Zimbabwe, each of which has signed a memorandum of understanding with ASTM. ASTM Vice President for Global Cooperation Kitty Kono
invited them to speak in order to educate the board about their standards bodies’ priorities and the challenges they face, and to speak to how ASTM might assist them.

The speakers were Arben Nati, general director of the Albanian national standards body; Fabio Tobon, ASTM board member and
executive director of ICONTEC, Colombia’s national standards body; Omer Thomas, executive director, Bureau of Standards Jamaica; Pablo Benia, director of Uruguay’s standards body, UNIT; and Maureen Mutasa, director general, Standards Association of Zimbabwe.

(Standing, left to right:) Arben Nati, general director, Drejtoria e Pergjithshme e Standardizimit, Albania; Fabio Tobon, executive director, Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación, Colombia; Omer Thomas, executive director, Bureau of Standards Jamaica;
Jim Thomas, ASTM president; Pablo Benia, director, Instituto Uruguayo de Normas Tecnicas (UNIT), Uruguay; (seated:) Maureen Mutasa, director general, Standards Association of Zimbabwe; and Kitty Kono, vice president of Global Cooperation, ASTM.

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