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 November 2007
Global Notebook

LABTECH 2008 in Bahrain: Abstracts Being Accepted

The 1st International Laboratory Technology Conference and Exhibition, LABTECH 2008, will be held Oct. 20-22, 2008, in Manama, Bahrain. Organizers are accepting abstracts for technical papers until Nov. 30. Full papers will be due May 31, 2008. The conference theme is “Future Challenges to Meet Global Demands for Quality Testing.” The event will bring together regional, national and international experts in all aspects of laboratory operation, including staff development, quality management, health, safety and the environment. Specific areas of interest for papers are:

• Nanotechnology
• Spectroscopy techniques
• Gas chromatography techniques
• Laboratory best practices
• Quality cross-check programs
• Laboratory modern management
• Laboratory safety
• Future challenges facing refinery and analytical laboratories

For abstract submission information, contact Yaser Sonbul.

SME Seeks Nominations for Industry-Changing Technologies

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers has developed a new initiative to identify technologies that are making an impact across the industry. “Technologies that Could Change the Way You Manufacture” is a member-driven program to discover and showcase new and emerging technologies that are making a difference in manufacturing. Nominations are being sought from manufacturing leaders representing a broad spectrum of industries, applications and technologies. Technologies will be assessed based on their readiness level, stage in market adaptation, breadth of application, and their ability to have a positive impact. The nomination deadline is Nov. 12. All nominations will be reviewed by SME’s Technical Community Network (www.sme.org/communities), which will select the top nominations in their area. Winning companies will be featured in a series of articles in Manufacturing Engineering magazine, conference sessions at IMTS 2008, and other media outlets. For more information about “Technologies that Could Change the Way You Manufacture,” along with the nomination form, click here.

USTR Seeks Comment on Intellectual Property Rights in China

The World Trade Organization has established a dispute settlement panel to review claims concerning certain measures pertaining to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in China. The U.S. Trade Representative invites written comments from the public regarding the major issues raised in the dispute, including thresholds for criminal procedures and penalties, disposal of confiscated goods that infringe intellectual property rights, and denial of copyright protection and enforcement to works that have not been authorized for publication or distribution within China. Interested parties are invited to provide written comments no later than Nov. 16, via e-mail, comments may also be faxed to Sandy McKinzy at 202/395-3640. For more information, contact Steven Fabry, associate general counsel, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (212/395-3150).

ANSI Joint Member Forum Examines Consumer Product Safety Concerns

During an Oct. 18 meeting, the Joint Member Forum of the American National Standards Institute convened to discuss consumer product safety issues. Bringing together the entire ANSI Federation, the JMF built upon the institute’s recent Building Consumer Confidence conference, examining how voluntary standards and compliance programs can be leveraged to renew consumer confidence in product safety. In his opening remarks, Scott Cooper, ANSI vice president for government relations, stressed the importance of a unified and proactive response from the standards and conformity assessment community. Following Cooper’s call for action, the Toy Industry Association kicked off the meeting with a case study presentation on how its members address product safety. TIA announced the launch of their new public information campaign. This new Web site will help keep consumers informed about recalls and industry activities, and will include information from pediatricians and experts about lead paint and other toy safety concerns.

Call for Entries: 2008 Environment and Energy Awards

The Portland Cement Association and Cement Americas magazine are seeking entries for the 2008 Cement Industry Energy and Environment Awards.The awards program is open to any cement manufacturing plant in North America and recognizes projects and activities from January 2007 through December 2007. A panel of independent judges awards plants for achievements in six categories: environmental performance, land stewardship, outreach, innovation, energy efficiency, and overall environmental excellence. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2008. Entry forms will also appear in several forthcoming issues of Cement Americas. //