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 April 2006 ASTM International News

Jim Thomas to Speak in Korea
Construction Industry Seminar in Casablanca
New Orleans Benefits from Continuity of Care Record Standard
MOU Signed with Gulf States GSO
ASTM International at Arizona State University
ASTM International Annual Business Meeting
Training for Afghanistan Standards Professionals
China Association for Standardization Delegation
New Manager of Membership for ASTM

ASTM International President Invited to Speak in Korea

Dr. Chang Wook Kang presents an invitation to James Thomas, ASTM president, to speak at the Visions of Engineering class taught at the Ansan Campus of Hanyang University in Korea.
ASTM International President James Thomas has been invited to make two presentations in Korea in May. The first presentation will take place on May 10 at the Ansan Campus of Hanyang University. College of Engineering and Science dean, Professor Si Tae Noh, has invited Thomas to speak to a class of over 500 students. The “Visions of Engineering” class, taught by Dr. Chang Wook Kang, includes undergraduate students majoring in engineering, architecture and information technology. Thomas has been asked to address the topic of global trends in standardization and the role of engineers in standardization. The lecture will introduce the students to ASTM International, discuss the role of standards in trade, commerce, research and competition, outline standards trends in developed countries, and provide personal perspectives on how the students can prepare for careers in a global marketplace.

Hanyang University’s Seoul campus was established in 1939 and the Ansan campus, which is focused on practical learning, was established in 1979. The Ansan campus was established to facilitate technology transfer and is a key partner with the 6,500 local small and medium enterprises located in the nearby industrial park. Consistent with the objective of providing an environment for learning and applying practical knowledge, the Ansan campus is well known for its Education-Research-Industry Cluster campus, which is a new model for university innovation in Korea.

During his visit to Korea, Thomas will also serve as the keynote speaker for the Global Standards Management Conference, which will take place May 11-12 at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul. The two-day conference, with a theme of “Global Standards in the Ubiquitous Age,” will include invited speakers, poster sessions, tutorials, parallel sessions, an ASTM workshop, and the annual Global Standards Management Conference Awards. Sponsored by the Korean Management Association Registrations and Assessments and the Society of Korea Industrial and System Engineering, the conference is being conducted for the third time.

Organizers of this year’s event hope to expand attendance to more than the 2005 event, in which over 500 chief executive officers, managers for quality, safety, environment and standards, as well as government and academic representatives, participated. Topics to be addressed will include global standards and standards management, the global trend in sustainability management and process innovation for global customer satisfaction.

The Global Standards Management System Awards will recognize corporations that demonstrate superior standards management systems directed at making the corporation the best in the world, improve the global competitiveness of Korean industries as a whole and facilitate Korean exports.

For the first time, the GSMC is expanding to include international participation, particularly from the Pacific Rim. The US $300 registration fee includes conference admission, conference materials, and all lunches and refreshments. To register, contact Mr. Young Chan Lee. International attendees invited by ASTM International will receive a 50 percent discount when registering. //

ASTM and SNIMA Sponsor Construction Industry Seminar in Casablanca

On Feb. 20, about 150 representatives from the Moroccan construction industry attended a seminar in Casablanca, sponsored by ASTM International in cooperation with Service de Normalisation Industrielle Marocaine, the national standards body of Morocco.

Speakers at the ASTM/Moroccan Construction Standards Seminar included, from left: Abderrahim Taibi, Service de Normalisation Industrielle Marocaine (SNIMA); Kitty Kono, ASTM International; Said Bouanani, Centre Des Technoiques et Materiaux de Construction (CETEMCO); Abdellah Nejjar, SNIMA; John Nicholas, Intertek and ASTM International; and Najia Tourougui, U.S. Embassy, Rabat, Morocco.
The objective of the seminar was to raise the awareness of Moroccan scientists and engineers, in both the public and private sectors, on the importance of standardization in the field of construction. A second purpose was to raise awareness of the openness of the ASTM International standards development process and to encourage more Moroccans to join and actively participate in the process.

Speaking on behalf of the Moroccan standards system were Mr. Abdellah Nejjar, director, SNIMA, Mr. Abderrahim Taibi, chief of the standards division, SNIMA, and Mr. Said Bouanani, director general of CETEMCO, a Moroccan industry technical center responsible for the improvement of productivity and quality for the materials of construction.

Speaking for ASTM International were Kitty Kono, vice president of global cooperation, and John Nicholas, immediate past chairman of ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Building Construction and business development manager for Intertek. Nicholas provided an overview of ASTM’s construction standards as well as the ASTM standards process and the electronic tools for standards development that allow active global participation.

ASTM International and SNIMA signed a memorandum of understanding in July 2003. //

City of New Orleans Sponsors Health Recovery Week, Residents Receive Free Medical Care

The City of New Orleans Health Department and the Morehouse School of Medicine hosted a full-service Health Fair Feb. 6-12 at the Audubon Zoo and Gardens at which ASTM standard E 2369, Specification for the Continuity of Care Record (CCR), played a supporting role.

New Orleans residents received free medical, dental and eye care services that included a complete examination and health assessment, general medical and surgical care, cancer, blood pressure and diabetes screenings, and eye examinations with glasses and contacts made on the spot. These services were made available through Remote Area Medical, an international mobile relief force of volunteer doctors, nurses and technicians.

In addition to free medical care, participants were given the opportunity to create their own electronic personal and portable health care record based on the ASTM CCR standard, which was approved late last year. Each patient’s personal medical history was digitally stored as a CCR file and, in the first effort of this size, the information was transferred to CDs that the patients took with them after completion of treatment. These CDs contained the CCR file along with a PDF rendering of the information. The patients will be able to take their personal health record to their physician as well as view it on their own computer.

Along with the New Orleans Health Department and the Morehouse School of Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians and Intel provided information technology resources to provide each patient with a personal health record.

“Thousands of paper medical records were destroyed during Katrina along with files in doctor’s offices and hospitals,” said Colin Evans of Intel’s Digital Health Group.  “Digital technology can provide people with their own personal electronic health records that are private and portable; they can’t be washed away; they can be accessed from anywhere and New Orleans is leading the country in making this transformation happen.” As New Orleans continues to rebuild, Intel Corporation has been offering its technical expertise and resources by participating in the “Health Recovery Week.”  

“This project shows the power of the CCR to produce a portable and interoperable patient health record,” said Dr. David Kibbe of the AAFP. “We saw a definite demand from the patients for their personal health records. Many patients came back a second day just to get their information burned to a CD.” //

ASTM International Signs Memorandum of Understanding with GSO

GSO, the Standardization Organization of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, and ASTM International signed a memorandum of understanding in February. Headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the GSO serves to coordinate the standardization activities of the Member States of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), which consists of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait. GSO fosters intra-GCC trade, consumer protection, environmental and public health, and the advancement of the GCC economy. ASTM’s MOU program facilitates communication, participation, and the development of national standards aiding health, safety, and environmental and economic conditions. //

ASTM International Visits Arizona State University

Representatives of ASTM International made presentations on the subject of technical standards to students interested in the field of civil engineering on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University on Feb. 6.

With ASTM standards development meetings under way in Phoenix during the same week, the ASTM visit offered ASU students the opportunity to connect face-to-face with a technical expert currently involved in drafting ASTM standards.

The session was the second of its kind that reinforced a renewed effort by ASTM International to convey the strategic importance of standardization to the future careers of university-level students. The event was coordinated with the ASU student section of the American Society for Civil Engineers. Derek Boland, ASCE student section president at ASU delivered the welcoming remarks. Twenty students and three ASU faculty members attended the informational session, which began at 6:30 p.m.

Following a brief overview of ASTM International given by Brynn Iwanowski, an ASTM staff liaison in the Technical Committee Operations Division, Beth Martin, a member of Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, addressed the room. From her extensive experience involving ASTM International, Martin provided examples of the importance of understanding standards throughout various stages of one’s professional career in her presentation titled “My Life at ASTM.” Martin has been involved with Committee D18 for over 20 years and has made major contributions to five standards. Throughout her presentation she emphasized the benefits of working so closely with the standards on which her employer relies. Learning about state-of-the-art practices, networking with other professionals and personal satisfaction were some of the benefits highlighted in Martin’s presentation.

Martin is chief of the Compliance and Pollution Prevention Section with the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine in Fort Meade, Md. The mission of USACHPPM is to provide worldwide technical support for implementing preventive medicine, public health, and health promotion/wellness services into all aspects of America’s Army. Throughout the time Martin has been with ASTM Committee D18, the USACHPPM has adopted 12 ASTM standards as internal protocols.

For more information on education outreach at ASTM International, contact Teresa Cendrowska, director of external relations, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9718). For more information on ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, contact the ASTM staff manager for Committee D18, Robert Morgan (phone: 610/832-9732). For information on student membership in ASTM International, which is free of charge, visit the ASTM Campus Web site.//

ASTM Annual Business Meeting

The 2006 Annual Business Meeting will be featured during the Wednesday, June 14, ASTM members’ breakfast at the June Committee Week meetings in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Sheraton Centre Hotel. Contact Maureen Houck, ASTM International, for further information (phone: 610/832-9594). //

Afghanistan Standards Authority Participates in Virtual Training with ASTM Staff

Ten staff members from the Afghanistan National Standardization Authority participated in a virtual training session facilitated by James Olshefsky, director, committee services, ASTM International. Mohammad Omar Andar, project officer, ANSA, requested the training.

During the session, which lasted over an hour, Olshefsky presented an overview of ASTM International. This included information on how to join an ASTM committee, how standards are developed, and use of the ASTM Web site in developing standards.

At the request of participants, Olshefsky also discussed standards on metrology and calibration, petroleum products, construction materials, pharmaceuticals and food.

ASTM International signed a memorandum of understanding with ANSA in 2005. For more information on virtual training, contact James Olshefsky (phone: 610/832-9714). //

Delegation from China Association for Standardization Visits ASTM Headquarters

A delegation from the China Association for Standardization visited ASTM International Headquarters on Feb. 27. The delegation was led by Mr. Zhao Xiaoman, CAS. The delegation was welcomed to ASTM and learned more about ASTM through a presentation given by Drew Azzara, ASTM International vice president, corporate development, and Pat Picariello, ASTM director of developmental operations. //

Caceres Joins ASTM as Membership Manager

Erica Caceres has joined ASTM International as manager, member promotion and academic outreach, in the Corporate Development Division.

Caceres comes to ASTM from Penn Detroit Diesel Allison in Philadelphia, Pa., where she served as a marketing analyst. Previously, she worked at LRP Publications, Horsham, Pa., as a marketing administrative assistant. She served two internships as new business development intern at Merit Industries, Bensalem, Pa., and as a market research intern at McKessonhboc, Horsham, Pa.

Caceres has a bachelor of science in Business Administration from the Fox School of Business and Management, Temple University, and an MBA from LaSalle University. She also speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently. //

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