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People on the Move

New York, Jan 04, 2008

intro image People on the Move spotlights trailblazers in standardization, highlighting their latest achievements, advancements, and contributions to the standards community.

Douglas Troutman has been named director of government affairs at the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA).

He joins SDA from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), where he was senior manager of legislative affairs. He previously worked as senior manager of government relations at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). Troutman focused primarily on energy issues during his tenures at UL and NEMA.

“Doug Troutman's experience on Capitol Hill and his understanding of the challenges manufacturers face every day will strengthen SDA's advocacy efforts on behalf of our members,” said Dennis Griesing, SDA vice president of government affairs.

Ian Bartky, a retired chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and well-known horology researcher, died of lung cancer on December 18, 2007. Dr. Bartky was seventy-three years old.

Dr. Barky began his career at NIST – then the National Bureau of Standards – in 1961, working primarily in laboratory research. He then became managing editor of the Bureau’s first National Climate Program Plan, and retired in 1992 with oversight of several areas in the Army's research and development laboratories.

During his retirement, Dr. Bartky authored Selling the True Time: Nineteenth-Century Timekeeping in America, considered the first comprehensive history of timekeeping in the United States. His interest in horology – the science of time measurement – began during his 1973-74 fellowship year on Capitol Hill, when a House commerce committee asked him to determine whether daylight saving time should be extended into winter as an energy-saving measure.

In 2007, Dr. Bartky published a second book, One Time Fits All: The Campaigns for Global Uniformity, about the public aspects of timekeeping.

Dr. Bartky was a member of the American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for the History of Technology, and the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Elizabeth Hodgins Bartky; two children, David J. Bartky and Anne B. Goldberg; and a brother.

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