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March ANSI Caucus to Feature NIST Senior Research Scientist

New York, Feb 17, 2006

On Friday, March 3, 2006, the ANSI Caucus will feature Dr. Richard G. Gann, senior research scientist, integrated performance assessment group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Gann will speak about the activities of NIST’s Fire Research Division, and discuss standards developments for reduced ignition cigarettes.

Dr. Gann began his career with NIST in 1976 (then the National Bureau of Standards), holding positions of progressive leadership within the Fire Research Division. Throughout his tenure he worked to develop scientific and engineering metrology for fire research. In 2002, Dr. Gann was one of five NIST scientists to receive ASTM International’s Simon H. Ingberg Award for their joint research leading to the creation of ASTM Standard 2187, Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes. This test method is slated for adoption by the State of New York as the basis for the first law requiring that cigarettes demonstrate greater fire-resistant properties. In addition to this project, Dr. Gann’s recent efforts include developing a scientifically sound strategy for including the effects of smoke in fire safety decisions and reducing dependence on ozone-depleting halon fire suppressants.

Among his numerous professional affiliations, Dr. Gann chairs the National Fire Protection Association Toxicity Technical Advisory Committee, as well as the ISO TC92 SC3 Subcommittee on Fire Threat to People and the Environment. Dr. Gann also serves as the technical program manager for the Department of Defense’s Next Generation Fire Suppression Technology Program. Dr. Gann’s interests in fire research span a wide range of subjects, including materials flammability, ignition phenomena, flame suppression chemistry, and atmospheric and combustion chemical kinetics.

Sponsored by the International Code Council, the luncheon will begin at 12:00 noon with general networking; lunch will be served promptly at 12:30 p.m. The National Press Club is located at 1529 14th St, NW, 13th Floor (Zenger Room). To RSVP, please contact Jim McCabe, consumer relations and public policy director (; 212-642-8921) by February 27, 2006.

ANSI Caucus luncheons are held on the first Friday of each month and are free to ANSI members. For more information on caucus luncheons, please contact David Karmol, ANSI vice president, public policy and government affairs (; 202-331-3610).

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