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ISO Presents First Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award

The first Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award for excellence in creative and innovative standards development has been presented to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Joint Technical Committee 1 on Information Technology’s Subcommittee 29 on Coding of Audio, Picture, Multimedia and Hypermedia Information. The subcommittee, in which 27 countries participate, with another 14 as observers, is responsible for the development of such standards as MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group) and JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group). The Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award was established in 2002 by ISO Council to honor the memory of the late Lawrence D. Eicher, who served as ISO secretary-general from 1986 to 2002. It is to be presented at the ISO General Assembly every year to ISO technical committees and subcommittees.

New Legislation Would Amend Homeland Security Act to Create Preparedness Standards

Introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives on Oct. 2, the National Preparedness Standards Act (H.R. 3227) aims to assist the secretary of Homeland Security in establishing clearly defined standards and guidelines for federal, state, and local government emergency preparedness and response capabilities. H.R. 3227 would amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 by adding Section 510, “Emergency Preparedness and Response Standards,” which sets forth a requirement that the secretary, “in consultation with other Federal agencies, State and local emergency responder agencies and officials, and standard-setting bodies from the emergency responder community, shall establish clearly defined standards and guidelines for Federal, State, and local government emergency preparedness and response capability, including for training, interoperable communication systems, and response equipment.”

Free CD Demystifies Complex Standards System

A new CD from the National Institute of Standards and Technology can help steer engineers, novice trade-association representatives and new government staffers through the thicket of organizations, activities, policies and laws related to standards and measurement in the United States. With an easily digested helping of technical detail, the free electronic primer, An Overview of the U.S. Approach to Standards, Conformity Assessment, and Metrology (NISTIR 6978), provides an integrated view of major public and private-sector components of the nation’s measurement and standards system. Five major sections survey relevant topics and activities in the areas of measurements, standards, conformity assessment, regulations and global activities. An additional section describes NIST, its programs, and its supporting technical roles and services. To get a copy of the compendium-like CD, contact the editor, Elisabeth Parker, NIST (phone: 301/975-3089).

Naval Engineering Scholarships

The American Society of Naval Engineers sponsors a scholarship program to encourage students to enter the field of naval engineering and to provide support to naval engineers seeking advanced education in the field. Programs of study that apply to the diverse field of naval enginering include naval architecture, marine, mechanical, civil, aeronautical, electrical and electronic engineering, and the physical sciences. Other programs leading to careers with both military and civilian organizations requiring these educational backgrounds are also included. Scholarship awards of $2,500 for undergraduate students and $3,500 for graduate students will be made for the 2004-2005 academic years. The deadline for receipt of scholarship applications is Feb. 15, 2004. Contact D.P. Sargent, Jr., ASNE, Alexandria, Va. (phone: 703/836-6727).

Communicating Science and Technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published the proceedings of a conference on Communicating the Future: Best Practices for Communication of Science and Technology to the Public. The publication (NIST Special Publication 991) includes a summary statement by the conference steering committee, transcripts or other text summarizing the remarks of conference speakers, and abstracts for 48 best practice communications programs selected by the steering committee through an open competition and a formal peer review process. Contact: Gail Porter, NIST, Gaithersburg, Md. (phone: 301/975-3392). //

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