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March/April 2010

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Nominations Sought

W.T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award

ASTM International is seeking nominations for the William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. This annual award is granted to a person of widely recognized eminence in the standards system who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of national and international voluntary standards.

Nominees for the Cavanaugh Memorial Award may or may not be members of ASTM International, and the title of honorary member is bestowed on all of its recipients. Established in 1987, the award honors William T. Cavanaugh, who served as chief executive officer of ASTM from 1970 until 1985. During his service, Cavanaugh firmly established ASTM as the world leader in the development and dissemination of voluntary consensus standards.

Nominations should describe each candidate’s qualifications as completely as possible. Nomination packages should include relevant information about the candidate’s professional background; outstanding contributions made within ASTM International as well as other standards organizations or professional societies; and all offices and special positions held in each organization.

In addition, any of the candidate’s accomplishments to advance the efforts of the global standards community should be specifically identified, including standards interaction with governments, industry or academia, as well as any past honors, citations and awards that relate to voluntary standards. No more than two individuals will be selected for the Cavanaugh Award in a single year.

The deadline for submissions is April 1. Nominations should be sent to the Executive Committee, c/o the President’s Office, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. For a copy of the award criteria, contact Maureen Houck, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9594).

Dudley Medal

The ASTM International Committee on Publications is soliciting candidate publications from ASTM committees for the Charles B. Dudley Medal Award. Each committee may submit one publication for consideration.

The award honors an outstanding contribution that has a widely recognized impact on a particular field of ASTM interest and has been documented in ASTM literature. A minimum of three years must have elapsed between the date of publication of a nominee and the nomination deadline of April 15.
Eligible candidate publications may be:

  • An individual paper or group of papers;
  • A Special Technical Publication;
  • A Data Series publication;
  • An atomic and molecular data publication; or
  • A manual, monograph, handbook or computer software program.

Submittals should be made on or before April 15 and must contain the following information:

  • Name of the candidate publication;
  • Name of the author(s), editor or contributor to the candidate publication;
  • Statement of 300 words or less stating why the candidate publication should receive the award and how the publication meets the basis of the award;
  • Name and designation of the submitting committee (no more than one nomination from a committee shall be submitted); and
  • Name and address of the individual acting on behalf of the committee.

Submit nominations to Kathy Dernoga, Committee on Publications, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Dr., P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959.

Ogden Memorial Award

Committee B10 on Reactive and Refractory Metals and Alloys seeks nominations for the H.R. (Russ) Ogden Memorial Award, which recognizes individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the science and technology of reactive and refractory metals. Nominees need not be ASTM International members.

Any or all of the following achievements will be considered as the basis for giving the award:

  • Marked achievement in technical advancement, such as alloy development, corrosion research, properties improvement and methods of manufacture;
  • Marked leadership in technical application of reactive and refractory metals in the industrial society;
  • Marked leadership in the manufacturing or marketing of reactive and refractory metals; and
  • Outstanding service in this field that is not recognized by another ASTM award.

The H.R. (Russ) Ogden Award, established in 1983 in honor of the first chairman of Committee B10, may be presented annually to one recipient.

Nominations are due May 1 in the form of a letter describing the nominee and outlining the special service on which the award would be based. For more information and for format details, please contact Jeffrey Adkins, ASTM (phone: 610-832-9738).

Frank W. Reinhart Award

Nominations are sought for the 2010 Frank W. Reinhart Award, which honors a technical committee, a subcommittee or an individual ASTM member who has made outstanding and unusual contributions to the organization in the realm of terminology standardization.

The award, established in 1981, honors the late Reinhart, who was active in ASTM terminology work for many years. Reinhart exemplified the intent of the award through his dedication to the use of correct and appropriate technical terminology in ASTM standards.

The Subcommittee on Form and Style of the Committee on Standards administers the Reinhart Award. Nominations documenting the contributions of the candidate must be postmarked by Aug. 1 and forwarded to Barbara Smith, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA, 19428 (phone: 610-832-9684).

Walter C. Voss Award

Nominations are requested for the 2010 Walter C. Voss Award to recognize outstanding contributions to advancing knowledge in the building technology field. The award honors longtime member and former chair of Committee C07 on Lime, Walter C. Voss.

Presented to an engineer, scientist or other professional in the trade, both ASTM members and nonmembers are eligible. Nominations should indicate how the nominee has contributed to advancing knowledge in the building technology field. Emphasis should be placed on those using materials that have led to significant advances, innovation or creative efforts that have benefited the entire construction industry and encouraged its fundamental development.

Nominations documenting the contributions of the candidate must be postmarked no later than Aug. 1. Please send nominations to Barbara Smith, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA (phone: 610-832-968).

Nominations Sought for 2010 ASTM Board

The ASTM Nominating Committee, appointed annually by the ASTM board of directors, welcomes suggestions from the ASTM membership for candidates for the following positions on the 2011 board of directors:

  • Chairman (one-year term);
  • Vice chairman (two-year term); and
  • Six directors (three-year terms).

Complete biographical information including candidate’s name, title, business address and education as well as the candidate’s professional experience, affiliations, honors and awards should be sent to: ASTM Nominating Committee, Attn: Maureen Houck, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. Nominations must be received by April 1. Contact Maureen Houck for further information (phone: 610-832-9594).

ASTM hosts 2 Japanese delegationsOn Jan. 22, ASTM International hosted a delegation from the Mitsubishi Research Institute and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The discussion focused on ASTM’s new capabilities in offering product and personnel certification programs as well as the ASTM standards development process and the upcoming ASTM board of directors meeting in Tokyo, Japan.


ASTM makes donation to local charitiesASTM International arranged for the December 2009 donation of 200 pairs of shoes to be given to the underprivileged in the Conshohocken, Pa., area. The shoes were given to the Colonial Neighborhood Council and the Conshohocken Fellowship House to be distributed. In addition, ASTM donated $5,000 to benefit the food pantry and emergency services programs of the Colonial Neighborhood Council. Shown at the Fellowship House are (left to right): Dayle Malantino, a member of the board of managers, Conshohocken Fellowship House; Sandy Fryer, assistant executive director, Colonial Neighborhood Council; James Thomas, president, ASTM International; and Margaret Cassidy, treasurer, ASTM International and board member for the Fellowship House and CNC.

Scholarships Available

ASTM International is currently seeking nominees for the 2010 ASTM International Graduate and Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarships. For more information on these scholarships, click here.

Graduate Scholarship

The ASTM International Graduate Scholarship is presented each year to as many as four high potential graduate students, contingent upon merit and available funds. The scholarship rewards graduate students who have demonstrated high levels of interest or involvement with ASTM standards. Each recipient of the scholarship will receive $10,000 to be used for educational expenses. Applications are due April 30.

Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship

Administered by ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, the Mather scholarship is open to students pursuing degrees specializing in cement or concrete materials technology or concrete construction. Full-time undergraduate students completing at least their second/sophomore year of college or graduate students specializing in cement or concrete materials technology are eligible to apply for this award, which consists of $7,500 in tuition assistance. Applications are due April 30.

MOU Program

Oman and Serbia

ASTM International recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Directorate General for Standards and Metrology of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in the Sultanate of Oman. Saoud Nasser Mansoor Al Khusaibi, director general, DGSM, and James Thomas, president, ASTM International, signed the MOU.

ASTM has also signed an MOU with the Institute for Standardization of Serbia. Ivan Krstic, director, ISS, signed the MOU along with Thomas.

The MOUs with Oman and Serbia mark the 68th and 69th MOUs that ASTM has signed with national standards bodies throughout the world. The ASTM MOU program, initiated in 2001, promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide, fostering awareness of the standardization systems of all parties involved. For more information, contact Sarah Naouri, manager, global cooperation, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9693).

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