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SES Conference Slated for August

The annual conference of SES — The Society for Standards Professionals, will be held Aug. 19-22 in New Orleans, La.; the conference theme will be “Building the Future through Standards.” Mary H. Saunders will serve as keynote speaker for the conference. Saunders, a member of the ASTM International board of directors, is director of the Standards Coordination Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

2012 World Standards Day Paper Competition Announced

“Standards Increase Efficiency” is the theme for this year’s World Standards Day paper competition. The theme recognizes that standards help measure, compare and increase efficiency, and reduce waste. The competition, sponsored by SES — The Society for Standards Professionals and the World Standards Day Planning Committee, will award cash prizes to the three best papers. Papers must be received with an official entry form by Aug. 10.

U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Set for October

This year’s U.S. celebration of World Standards Day, with a theme of "Standards Increase Efficiency," will be held Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C. The theme recognizes the crucial role of standards, codes and conformance activities, which drive innovation and efficiency, harmonize trade and lead to more sustainable built environments.

ANSI Sponsors Student Paper Competition

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit papers (2,000 words maximum) on the theme, “How Standards Facilitate Innovation and Benefit Society.” Sponsored by the American National Standards Institute, the competition will award three cash prizes. Papers must demonstrate why and how standards spur innovation, drive U.S. competitiveness and benefit society. Papers are due by Aug. 1.

AIA and NIBS Sign MOU

The American Institute of Architects and the National Institute of Building Sciences have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on issues related to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of high performance buildings. One planned initial project is the joint development of an online portal for building industry research and knowledge, which is intended to be accessible by the public.

SBIC Becomes NIBS Council

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, originally established to focus on energy efficiency in design and construction, has become a new council of the National Institute of Building Sciences. Today, as an advocate of the whole building approach to sustainable facilities and as a NIBS council, SBIC is broadening its focus on the role of resource efficiency and energy use in achieving high performance buildings.

ASHRAE Reflects Industry Changes

As the role of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration has changed and is now considered to include facets of building design, construction and operation, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers has been rebranded as ASHRAE with the tagline, Shaping Tomorrow’s Built Environment Today.

GSI Requests Fellowship Proposals

The Geosynthetic Institute has announced a request for fellowship proposals from students who have completed candidacy examinations leading to a doctoral degree in engineering or science. RFPs must be submitted by email by June 15. Multiple awards — $10,000 for the first year and renewable for a second and third year up to a total of $20,000 per student — are planned and will be announced on or before July 15.

This article appears in the issue of Standardization News.