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ASTM President Meets Macaulay Honors Students in New York City

CUNY Honors College Seminar Features Live Radio Interview with James Thomas

ASTM International President James A. Thomas spoke with students from the Macaulay Honors College, part of the City University of New York, in New York, N.Y., on Oct. 21, 2013. The venue for Thomas’ presentation was unique: a live interview on the radio show “Innovation Unedited,” from WHCR 90.3 FM, “the voice of Harlem,” a community radio station broadcasting from the CUNY campus.

Thomas was interviewed by Angelo Lampousis, Ph.D., Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science, City College of New York-CUNY. Students from Lampousis’ seminar on Science and Technology in New York City watched the interview in the “green room” adjacent to the studio and met with Thomas after the broadcast.

Lampousis and Thomas opened the show by talking about global activities that ASTM has been involved with this year. Thomas and Lampousis also discussed ASTM’s involvement with CUNY, which has included visits from Mary C. McKiel, Ph.D., current chairman of the ASTM board of directors, and other ASTM members.

In the second half of the show Lampousis and Thomas were joined in the studio by one of the Macaulay students, James Botwina, who asked questions on behalf of his classmates.

Other topics discussed during the show included:

  • History of ASTM International;
  • The CUNY course on environmental site assessment, taught by Lampousis and based solely on ASTM standards, particularly E1527, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process;
  • Global aspects and the importance of diversity in the development of standards; and
  • The importance of innovation and science to the development of standards.

This article appears in the issue of Standardization News.