|NIST: 100 Years Old and Looking Great
Congratulations to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which is 100 years old this month. Founded on March 3, 1901,
as the National Bureau of Standards, NIST was the federal governments
first physical science research laboratory. For 100 years, the
Institute has helped to keep U.S. technology at the leading edge.
Over the years, NIST has made solid contributions to image processing,
DNA diagnostic chips, smoke detectors, and automated error-correcting
software for machine tools. Other areas in which NIST has had
major impact include atomic clocks, x-ray standards for mammography,
scanning tunneling microscopy, pollution-control technology, and
high-speed dental drills. NIST has an ongoing commitment to standardization,
and has worked diligently through joint programs with ASTM and
participation on ASTM technical committees to develop voluntary
consensus standards. NIST has a Web site devoted to its 100-year history, and has published NIST at 100: Foundations for Progress (available
at the Web site).
Essentials of Standardization
Standardization Essentials: Principles and Practice, written by
ASTM member Steven M. Spivak with F. Cecil Brenner, is now available
for purchase. Published by Dekker, the 320-page illustrated text
surveys the discipline of standards and standardization, defining
common terms, clarifying descriptions, describing how standards
could be used to restrain trade, and explaining how international
trade is stimulated by the due process provisions of standards
writing organizations. ASTM President Jim Thomas has written the
foreword to the book.
ASME Codes and Standards on Web
ASME International (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
will make many of its codes and standards available for purchase
and secure download on its Web site beginning in the first quarter of this year.
Where Theres Smoke and Fire, Theres AFSCC
After two years of informal collaboration, the members of the
Alliance for Fire and Smoke Containment and Control (AFSCC) have incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. AFSCC
members are companies, organizations and individuals within the
construction industry who share the common goal of promoting passive
fire protection as part of a balanced design approach to fire
protection in the built environment. The AFSCC intends to focus
its initial outreach efforts on programs and publications that
will educate and inform building code officials and project designers
on passive fire protection issues and the value of balanced fire
protection design. Contact: AFSCC (phone: 301/369-1233).
Grant Competitions Open
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that fiscal year 2001 laboratory competitions
are open for funding under the grant programs of the following
laboratories: Chemical Science and Technology, Electronics and
Electrical Engineering, Fire Research, Manufacturing Engineering,
Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics. Applications are
due by Sept. 30. For details, go to the online Federal Register and enter 01/11/2001 and National Institute of Standards and
Technology as search keywords to reach the Jan. 11 notice.
Australia Hosts 9th International Durability Conference
Better Buildings for Tomorrow is the theme of the 9th Durability of Building Materials and Components Conference to be held in Brisbane, Australia, in March 2002. This international
event will highlight ways in which research into the durability
of building materials and components can be undertaken and used
to improve the performance of the building of the 21st century.
The conference will examine the major changes that have taken
place in what we are thinking when we discuss the meaning of durability
in building materials. Contact: Stewart Burn, Chairman 9DMBC (phone: 61 3 9252 6000 (Australia)).
Composites Search Engine
The Worldwide Composites Search Engine has recently been refreshed with over 50,000 pages of composite-related
sites. In addition, WWC has a series of discussion groups that
exchange information via e-mail about various subjects concerning
the composite industry. A site newsletter is also available to
which you may subscribe through the site. //
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