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 December 2005 Global Notebook

S. Joe Bhatia Named President and CEO of the American National Standards Institute

S. Joe Bhatia has been appointed the new president and chief executive officer of the American National Standards Institute. Bhatia is the former executive vice president and chief operating officer of the international group at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. ANSI’s announcement was made following an intensive global search to identify a successor to Mark W. Hurwitz, CAE, who will be retiring from ANSI at year’s end. Bhatia will join ANSI on Jan. 1, 2006. During his 35-year tenure with Underwriters Laboratories, Bhatia’s areas of responsibility included engineering, governmental and external affairs, certification services and, most recently, the direction of UL’s $300 million international operations. Bhatia holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and a master of science in business management.

NIST Develops Healthcare IT Standards Repository

Information technology has made it simpler and more convenient to handle myriad tasks online, such as booking a hotel, paying bills and ordering clothes. The widespread adoption and use of information technology also can help improve healthcare safety, quality and efficiency. But the healthcare industry has lagged behind, largely because of a lack of common standards. While numerous healthcare organizations, both public and private, are developing specifications and standards, these activities are often uncoordinated, leading to duplication of efforts and incompatible software and tools. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, along with standards development groups and others, are developing a Web-based repository of information called the Healthcare Standards Landscape. The repository will provide a comprehensive source of information on healthcare standards, standards development organizations and organizations that use or implement healthcare standards. This information will help in the coordination and development of more compatible standards and tools. HCSL currently is a prototype that includes both real and sample data to demonstrate its capabilities. NIST is inviting healthcare standards developers, users and others to evaluate HCSL. To submit comments on HCSL or for more information, contact Tom Rhodes.

Concrete Bridge Awards

The Portland Cement Association is seeking nominations for its 10th biennial Bridge Awards Competition. The program, co-sponsored by Roads & Bridges magazine, recognizes excellence in the design and construction of concrete bridges. All types of bridges — highway, railway, pedestrian — in which the basic structural system is concrete are eligible. Entries are encouraged for cast-in-place or precast concrete bridges with short, medium, or long spans. Newly constructed, reconstructed, or widened structures qualify for the competition. PCA and Roads & Bridges will announce the winning projects at the American Concrete Institute Fall Annual Convention in November 2006. Public and private organizations may submit as many bridges as desired. Structures must have been essentially completed between June 2004 and March 2006 and must be located within the United States or Canada. Entries are due March 31, 2006. Entry forms are available for download here.

ASME Standards Technology LLC, DOE in Cooperative Agreement on Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems

ASME International has joined with the U.S. Department of Energy to develop safe, sustainable and environmentally responsible next-generation (Generation IV) nuclear energy systems. The society’s recently established not-for-profit standards commercialization company, ASME Standards Technology LLC, was awarded a $1 million cooperative agreement from the DOE. Through the agreement, ASME ST-LLC will develop technical basis documents that are necessary to update and expand appropriate materials, construction, and design codes and standards for application in future Generation IV nuclear reactor systems. ASME ST-LLC currently is assembling a steering committee from key ASTM Codes and Standards volunteers, government agencies and other stakeholders to help direct the technical work. The Generation IV project refers to a new type of nuclear reactor that offers significant improvements in safety, construction costs, fuel utilization and maintenance requirements. Begun in 2000, the project involves an international consortium of vendors, energy companies, universities and other organizations from the United States and nine other countries, including Canada, France, Japan, South Africa, and South Korea.

Get on Board as a Baldrige Examiner

Each year, the National Institute of Standards and Technology recruits the best minds from business, education, healthcare and nonprofit organizations to serve as members of the board of examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest honor for quality and performance excellence. Examiners volunteer their time and expertise to evaluate applications for the award, go on site visits, and prepare feedback reports to applicants citing strengths and opportunities for improvement. The board consists of more than 500 members, including nine judges and about 60 senior examiners, representing many industries, companies and organizations including those from nonprofit and public sectors. Serving on the board provides an opportunity to refine analytical and consensus-building skills, network with some of the nation’s foremost experts from a wide range of organizations, and improve America’s competitive position. Further information, including an application to be an examiner, is available here or by calling 301/975-2036. Applications are due by Jan. 8, 2006.//

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