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January/February 2011

Celebrate the International Year of Chemistry in 2011

The International Year of Chemistry, as declared by the United Nations, will be celebrated in 2011 to highlight the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to people’s well-being. With a theme of “Chemistry — Our Life, Our Future,” the celebration will offer educational and entertaining activities worldwide such as academic conferences, lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experiments in schools, museums and libraries. Events will be held by chemical societies, educational institutions, industry, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations. The goals for IYC 2011 include:

  • Increasing public appreciation of chemistry to meet world needs,
  • Encouraging interest in chemistry among young people, and
  • Generating enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry.

The official IYC 2011 opening ceremony and events will be held Jan. 27-28 at the headquarters of the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris, France, under the aegis of the UN, UNESCO and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. The national U.S. kickoff event will be held Feb. 1 in Philadelphia, Pa., and will feature addresses by leaders in the chemistry industry, academia and federal agencies. To participate in an outreach effort, design a chemistry event for your community or join online discussions on chemistry topics, and to learn more, click here.

NIST Launches Global Standards Information Website

Find standards and conformity assessment information, plus additional information about global standards news, upcoming events and information about proposed technical regulations that may impact market access. Customized e-mail updates also highlight the expanded website, hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

GreenWizard and MBDC Partner on Cradle to Cradle Certified Products

Through their collaboration, GreenWizard and MBDC LLC are working to introduce and maintain information about Cradle to Cradle certified products in the GreenWizard’s searchable green product database. The Web-based database enables architects, engineers and contractors to search for, compare and document products for green commercial construction and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. GreenWizard will include the LEED points that could be earned by specifying Cradle to Cradle products.

NIBS Establishes Flood Information Scientific Resolution Panels

The National Institute of Building Sciences, under contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is establishing scientific resolution panels to review scientific and technical data to be used by FEMA for the National Flood Insurance Program. The SRPs will review flood hazard data from FEMA and communities to provide scientific and technical review and make determinations about conflicting data, which will then be incorporated into revised flood maps.

Engineers Week 2011 to Be Celebrated in February

The 60th anniversary of Engineers Week will be held Feb. 20-26 with events and programs across the country. The week celebrates the engineering profession, encourages future generations of engineering talent and raises understanding of engineers’ contributions to society.

MIT Releases Interim Reports on Life Cycle Assessment

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Concrete Sustainability Hub have been working on new models to quantify, for a variety of structures, life cycle carbon emissions from manufacturing to disposal. Interim reports about the life cycle assessment of buildings and of pavements have been published.