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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.

IEEE-USA Announces 2011-2012 Student Video Competition: How Engineers Make a World of Difference
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member and accredited standards developer IEEE has launched an online video competition for U.S. college students on the theme, How Engineers Make a World of Difference.

Students are challenged to create two-minute video clips - aimed at influencing an 11-to-13-year-old audience - on how engineers improve the world. Winning entries will be announced and shown during Engineers Week, February 19-25, 2012, and will also be featured on PBS's Design Squad website. Awards totaling $5,000 will be presented in four categories.

The competition is open to all U.S. undergraduate and graduate students regardless of academic discipline; however, at least one student on each team must be a U.S. IEEE student member. Entries must be submitted through YouTube by midnight ET on January 27, 2012. Click here to learn more.

SES Webinar on December 8 to Explore the International Perspective on Standards
On December 8, SES - the Society for Standards Professionals will host a webinar on the theme, International Perspective on Standards, featuring Ross Wraight, CEO of Standards Group Limited.

This session is part of a monthly series of SES webinars, and will include extensive opportunity for discussion with the presenter. The webinar will begin at 11a.m. ET. Click here for more information and to register.

USGBC Launches App Lab
ANSI member and accredited standards developer the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched an online App Lab as part of its LEED Automation Program. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification system developed by USGBC in 2000.

The USGBC App Lab is a searchable catalog of third-party apps that are integrated with LEED data. The lab includes eight applications and is designed for use with Internet browsers, tablets, smartphones, and other devices. Each app is a fully functional software tool that has been enhanced to provide LEED projects teams and administrators integration with LEED Online and address the LEED certification process. According to USGBC, these tools are already being used to help with task management, data interchange, file uploads, credit scorecards, credit strategies, and team messaging, and are now capable of interacting directly with USGBC's LEED Online system.

For more information, or to use an app from the lab, visit

Toy Industry Association Announces TOTY 2012 Nominees and Hall of Fame Inductees
ANSI member the Toy Industry Association (TIA) has announced 77 finalists for the 2012 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. Toy lovers of all ages can visit through January 15, 2012, to vote for their favorite toys and register to win prize packages. This year's finalists - representing 67 unique products or properties from 51 companies - were selected from nearly 600 nominees submitted for consideration in eleven categories.

Winners will be selected with the input of consumers, retailers (mass and specialty), media, and members of the toy industry. All winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on February 11, 2012, as the kick-off to the 109th American International Toy Fair.

TIA also announced the next inductees into the esteemed Toy Industry Hall of Fame. Arnie Rubin, founder and CEO of Funrise Toy Corporation, and the late Frederick August Otto Schwarz, founder of FAO Schwarz, will be recognized for their outstanding contributions and service to the toy industry during the TOTY Awards ceremony in February.

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