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ANSI Invites Nominations for 2002 Leadership and Service Awards


New York, May 13, 2002

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization system, has announced a call for nominations for its 2002 Leadership and Service Awards.

Presented in conjunction with the ANSI Annual Conference, "Breaking Down Borders - Business, Standards and Trade," and the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day, the awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs and have consistently demonstrated a commitment to their industry, their nation, and the enhancement of the global standards system.

ANSI Online, the Institute's homepage on the World Wide Web, details the nomination procedure, as well as information about the recipient selection process. Nominations are due by Friday, July 12, 2002.

Complete descriptions of the awards are as follows:

The Astin-Polk International Standards Medal honors distinguished service in promoting trade and understanding among nations through personal participation in the advancement, development, or administration of international standardization, measurements, or certification.
The Finegan Standards Medal honors an individual, not necessarily an executive, who has shown extraordinary leadership in the actual development and application of voluntary standards.
The Howard Coonley Medal honors an executive who has rendered great service to the national economy through voluntary standardization and who has given outstanding support to standardization as a management tool.
The George S. Wham Leadership Medal honors outstanding contributions by an individual who has provided direction and long-range planning to the ANSI standards federation in commitment and support of the national and/or international standards system or in a specific area of voluntary standardization.
The Edward Lohse Information Technology Medal honors an individual who has participated in the development of information technology standards both at the national and international levels, demonstrated leadership in the promotion of such standards within the information technology standards community, and fostered cooperation among the bodies involved in global standardization.
The Meritorious Service Award is presented to an individual who has a record of significant contribution to voluntary standardization and who has demonstrated outstanding service in enabling the American National Standards Institute to attain the objectives for which it was founded. Multiple awards may be presented each year.
The President's Award for Journalism honors a journalistic work that helps to illuminate the role that standardization and conformity assessment activities play in improving the health and safety of Americans and in strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. business in a global marketplace. Journalism award recipients may be either full-time or part-time contributors to general or trade publications for print, broadcast, or electronic media. Entries may include news, features, editorials, or commentary.

ANSI will honor the 2002 award recipients on Tuesday evening, October 15, at a banquet and ceremony to be held at the Marriott at Metro Center in downtown Washington, DC, immediately following the Institute's Annual Conference Reception. The two-day Annual Conference will explore key issues affecting global commerce and trade within the context of standards and conformity assessment activities and will feature an international panel of experts from academia, government, business/industry, standards-setting and conformity assessment organizations. Panelists will clarify the complex role that each sector plays in regulating global trade and harmonizing international regulations.

ANSI's mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization system. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the world's leading standards bodies, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ANSI currently has offices in New York City and Washington, DC.

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