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 November 2006
Global Notebook

ASTM–ISO Standards Comparative Guide Available

The Adhesive and Sealant Council has announced the release of its “ASTM–ISO Standards Comparative Guide,” which provides a general comparative reference of adhesive testing standards between ASTM International and related International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards. This study is focused on ICS field 83 (Rubber and Plastics), Section 83.180 (Adhesives) within the overall ISO structure. ASC commissioned Chemsultants, Inc., to identify key similarities and differences between the comparable adhesive testing methods of the two international standards bodies. It is focused on specific to general adhesive testing methods and does not purport to address adhesive testing methodologies that may be inherent in the overall standards of and for specific industries or applications such as building materials, furniture, footwear, or others. The ASTM–ISO Comparative Guide is currently available to ASC members exclusively and will be available for purchase by non-members in January 2007. Learn more and order the guide here.

New IEC President Named

Jacques Régis has been elected the next president of the International Electrotechnical Commission. Régis, a graduate of the Université de Montréal, is a former president of Hydro-Québec TransEnergie and sat as a member of the board of several subsidiaries of HQ International. He has also chaired the Transmission Council of the Canadian Electrical Association. He begins his one-year term as IEC president-elect on Jan. 1, 2007, and a three-year term as IEC president on Jan. 1, 2008.

Voting Under Way for World’s Greatest Materials Moments

Voting for the world’s greatest moments in materials science and engineering history has begun via an online survey at, developed by JOM, the journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. The top 10 materials moments will be spotlighted at the TMS 2007 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, to be held in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 25–March 1. Professionals in the materials field as well as the general public may vote for their top 10 moments from a list of 100 nominees. The deadline for voting is Dec. 1. The list includes moments such as smelted copper being observed in a fire pit in 8000 BC, which brought about the birth of extractive metallurgy; French chemist Count Hilaire de Chardonnet building the first commercial rayon plant in 1891, which enabled commercial production of synthetic fibers; the invention of the transistor by John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain, and William Shockley, which created the building block for modern electronics; and Don Eigler spelling out “IBM” at the nano level by manipulating xenon atoms, which demonstrated the idea of bottom-up manufacture. Click here for all 100 nominees as well as an explanation of the methodology used to compile the list.

Science Week to Be Held at Pittcon® 2007

The Pittsburgh Conference announced its educational programs for science teachers and students, as well as grant award deadlines for its annual Science Week program held in conjunction with Pittcon 2007, McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill. Science Week (Feb. 24 - March 1, 2007) is an educational outreach program conducted during the annual Pittcon Expo and Conference in the host city. In addition to educational programs, Science Week offers workshops for students, a Thursday morning lecture accompanied by a demonstration, and workshops for local science teachers. Net financial proceeds from the conference are used to fund educational programs and institutions promoting science education for students from elementary to post secondary level institutions. Additionally, several grants are awarded to support scientific education at the middle school, high school, college, and university level. The specific award programs and application deadlines are:

• Citation for Excellence in Teaching: Application deadline is Nov. 22. Awards of $500 will be made to elementary, middle and high schools teachers who demonstrate outstanding commitment and achievement in science education.

• Science Equipment Grants. Application deadline is Dec. 1. Awards of up to $500 in materials for elementary and middle schools and up to $1,000 in materials for high schools will be made for worthy proposals submitted by teachers or groups of teachers.

Complete information about Science Week including application forms, criteria, and guidelines can be found here.

NACLA Restores Recognition of Two Accreditors; Restructures Decision-Making Body

The leadership of the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation has taken two important steps following its decision to eliminate the NACLA mutual recognition arrangement: First, it has reinstated two major accreditation bodies on the list of NACLA-recognized bodies, and second, it has revised the composition of its Acceptance Panel. The reinstated bodies are IAS (International Accreditation Service) and NVLAP (National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program). Both had voluntarily withdrawn from the NACLA MRA, which necessitated their removal from the NACLA recognition roster. As in the past, NACLA continues to grant recognition solely on the basis of an accreditation body’s demonstrated competence that it is in compliance with both NACLA requirements and accepted international standards. The competence of these two bodies has been amply demonstrated through NACLA evaluations, so their recognition has been restored. With these re-instatements, there are now seven bodies that are recognized by NACLA. The recognition roster can be found on NACLA’s Web site, The second change occasioned by the elimination of the NACLA MRA is a restructuring of the acceptance panel to increase the proportion of government and industry representatives. This change increases the involvement of specifiers and users of accredited laboratory results in the recognition process. //

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