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March/April 2010
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World Standards Week to Be Held in September

The American National Standards Institute has announced that World Standards Week will be held Sept. 21-24 in Arlington, Va., and the U.S. celebration of World Standards Day will be held Sept. 23. Special events and several forums will be part of the planned events. Click here for details that will be posted as they become available.

Papers for World Standards Day Competition Due in July

Entries for the 2010 World Standards Day Paper Competition, “Standards for Accessibility,” are due July 23. The competition, sponsored by the Standards Engineering Society, will consider papers that use specific examples of how standards and conformity assessment programs promote accessibility in any form. For more information, click here, then click on the WSD paper competition link.

Manufacturing ResurgenceReport Discusses Manufacturing and U.S. Prosperity

The report, “Manufacturing Resurgence — A Must for U.S. Prosperity,” has been released by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council of Manufacturing Associations. The report concludes that manufacturing fuels economic prosperity; it also requires policies that favor growth in order to create jobs and for the United States to remain globally competitive. Economists Joel Popkin, Ph.D., and Kathryn Kobe produced the report, which includes recommendations about creating jobs and enhancing U.S. manufacturing innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The report can be found by clicking here.

plants on roofPCA Requests Entries for 2010 Sustainable Leadership Awards

The Portland Cement Association requests entries for the 2010 Sustainable Leadership Awards, which recognize public officials who use concrete and cement-based products for sustainable, long-lasting benefits. Eligible project planning and construction activities must have occurred between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2009; the deadline to submit final entries is May 3. For details and a nomination form, click here.

Nanotechnology Conference to Focus on Cement and Concrete

The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies is sponsoring the First International Conference in North America on Nanotechnology in Cement and Concrete on May 5-7 in Irvine, Calif. The program objective is advancing the science and engineering of nanotechnology in modifying and monitoring the behavior and performance of cement and concrete at the nanoscale.

SteelDay 2010 Slated for September 24

The second annual SteelDay will be held Sept. 24 and will feature a variety of events across the United States. During the 2009 event, more than 7,000 professionals and students attended educational presentations and toured facilities nationwide. For more information, click here.