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Did You Know?

New York, Oct 01, 2010

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

Polytechnic Institute of New York University to Hold Career Fair The Polytechnic Institute of New York University is holding a career fair on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, bringing together bright and motivated students and alumni with prospective employers.

Employers are invited to participate in the fair, increasing visibility on campus and maximizing recruitment potential. In addition to the traditional science and engineering majors, students from the Institute's programs in liberal arts, management, and digital media will also be present.

To register to have a display table at the fair, contact Herb Scheftel (718.260.3098;

NIST Restructures Laboratories to Promote New Mission
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is restructuring its laboratories in accordance with its new mission-based structure.

According to a NIST release, the new structure will allow more day-to-day operational decisions to be made by the major laboratory units, and will also improve interdisciplinary research by making it easier to form research groups with the needed expertise. The change will provide greater accountability by ensuring that individual laboratories are responsible for all major products and services that meet NIST’s specific mission authorities, from the research to develop them to the delivery of products and services to customers.

For more information, see the NIST news release.

2009 International Energy Conservation Code Now Freely Available
Digital copies of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), published by the International Code Council (ICC), are now freely available for interested stakeholders.

The code is being offered thanks to funding by the Department of Energy (DOE). According to DOE, the 2009 IECC will produce approximately 15 percent in residential energy efficiency gains, compared to the 2006 edition. The initiative is targeted to both homes and commercial buildings, including schools and hospitals, and the goal is to enable them to consume less energy and help the environment by reducing emissions and their collective carbon footprint.

To receive the free code, click here.

NFPA Highlights Smoke Alarms for Fire Prevention Week 2010

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is emphasizing the importance of smoke alarms for this year’s Fire Prevention Week.

Held from October 3-9, this year’s Fire Prevention Week is designed to educate people about the importance of smoke alarms and encourages everyone to take the steps necessary to update and maintain their home smoke alarm protection.

NFPA has sponsored Fire Protection Week for over 90 years. To learn more, click here.

New White Paper by UL Outlines Safer Household Electronic Appliance Design
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has released a white paper that reviews the evolution of small motor design, emerging motor protection schemes, and the applicable standards for safer design and operation.

The Increasing Complexity of Appliance Motors: The Need for New Standards to Address New Technologies examines various motor technologies currently on the market today as well as the applicable standards for motor-driven appliances. The paper is freely available for download.

For more information and to view the white paper, click here.

NRA Offers Tips for Reducing Garbage Volume in Restaurants and Dining Halls
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is offering a simple process for restaurants and dining halls to figure out how the amount of garbage produced can be reduced, leading to reductions in expenses and environmental damage.

The process begins with a look at what items end up in the garbage each day. Then, conduct a food-waste audit, noting exactly what food goes to waste, and in what quantities. Next, audit non-food waste to identify recyclable items. Finally, involve customers by asking them to cooperate with your reduced waste plans.

To learn more about the NRA’s suggestions, click here.

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