Cyber Security & US Energy Policy Keynote Topics at 53rd ISA POWID Symposium

The DOE on Cyber Security: Covered by ISA POWID Symposium Keynotes

Research Triangle Park NC, USA (11 June 2010) – Cyber security progress at the US Department of Energy (DOE), the forces that will shape US energy policy development, and the dollars and jobs at stake were the hot topics covered by three keynote speakers at the 53rd ISA POWID Symposium, just completed in Las Vegas, Nevada, 6-11 June 2010.

Henry (Hank) Kenchington, deputy assistant secretary for research and development for the DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, announced that the department, working closely with power-generation end users and vendors, has completed the first milestones in its cyber security testing and pre-qualification plan for automated power technologies such as Smart Grid and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Kenchington shared with the conference attendees some lessons the DOE learned as its team developed the plan.

Foremost is that public-private collaboration, critical to building effective grid operational security, must be done within a strategically planned framework.

Aligning activities to a common goal not only enhances success, he said, but also helps stimulate investments in control systems security. He added that the DOE’s $4.5 billion from the 2009 Recovery Act that will be used for Smart Grid will be matched by $4.5 billion in private-sector investments.

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ORNL's New Agricultural Carbon Accounting Tool

Volume 20, Issue 4 (June)Newswise — Carbon dioxide emissions from agricultural activity in the United States can now be tracked with unprecedented resolution because of a method developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

A team led by Tristram West uses satellite remote sensing, computational resources and high-resolution national inventory datasets to pinpoint agricultural-based carbon emissions nationwide. The method, outlined in the journal Ecological Applications (, provides a link between ground-based estimates and atmospheric measurements for any given agricultural point in the nation.

“This is a significant step toward compiling datasets and establishing a method useful for carbon accounting purposes,” said West, a member of ORNL’s Environmental Sciences Division.

“Until now, we have done project-level reporting and national-level reporting as two independent exercises,” West said. “The first was for carbon credits while the second was for international reporting to the United Nations.”

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New measurement network launched in UK

Access the most up to date measurement knowledge & research adding weight to your work & helping new ideas flourish

Teddington, UK — The UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has launched its new Measurement Network to provide comprehensive access to the latest measurement science.

It will bring together nineteen existing NPL knowledge transfer clubs and networks into a central hub – making it easier for a wide range of stakeholders to engage with NPL and for new groups to develop as technologies change.

The Network is designed to stimulate innovation in the UK by providing easy access to world-class measurement knowledge and expertise through a single network. By uniting existing groups under a single banner, NPL will be able to provide a more efficient and coordinated service for stakeholders including industrial partners, SMEs, universities and manufacturers.

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Rigorous Filter Manufacturing Process Ensures Regulatory Compliance

Each cartridge uniquely identified providing full traceability to all FDA CFR 21 and EC-approved manufacturing components

porvairfiltersFareham, UK & Ashland VA, USA — Porvair Filtration Group has announced its range of polymeric membrane filters is proven to meet the most stringent international regulatory guidelines.

Filtration and separation processes in the Pharmaceutical and Food & Beverage industries are critical, not only to ensure products are adequately purified and fit for consumption, but also to optimise process economics and prevent loss of valuable product.

Membrane cartridges can be used as pre-filters or final filters and are suitable for particulate or microbial reduction in critical applications.

Foremost to achieving high performance filtration is the rigorous construction of Porvair pleated membrane cartridges which ensures higher flow rates, lower pressure differentials and faster process times.

Independently verified to meet USP Class VI and ISO 10993, each filter is provided with a certificate of quality. Manufacturing takes place in an ISO Class 5 clean room in accordance with accredited quality procedures and the membrane is protected from damage during production by the inner and outer drainage layers that maintain the pleat pack structure.

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Toumaz Named ‘Cool Vendor’ by Gartner

‘Cool Vendors in Healthcare Providers 2010’ Report Selects Vendors As “Innovative, Impactful and Intriguing”

Toumaz LogoAbingdon, UK – Toumaz has been named as a ‘Cool Vendor’ by leading analyst firm Gartner, Inc. The ‘Cool Vendors in Healthcare Providers 2010’ report profiles five vendors worldwide who, in Gartner’s assessment, exemplify innovative and potentially transformative solutions for global healthcare providers.

Toumaz’s Sensium™ is the industry’s first complete system for the development of end-to-end wireless vital signs monitoring and Body Area Networks (BAN) solutions. The revolutionary Sensium system provides the ability to continuously monitor multiple vital signs in real-time and feedback high-quality information to health professionals.

In November 2009, Toumaz began clinical trials of its ultra-low power, ultra-small size Sensium “digital plaster” wireless body monitor, in a study conducted by a specialist clinical research team at Imperial College London.
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SP Industries Announces New Name

Introducing: SP Scientific

Stone Ridge NY, USA — SP Industries Inc. has announced that since 1 February 2010 it uses the new trading name – SP Scientific for its VirTis, Genevac, FTS Systems and Hotpack brands.

Mark Shon, Vice President Sales and Marketing stated, “Through a process of acquisitions over recent years we have created a strong corporate entity that develops, manufactures, sells and services a wide variety of innovative laboratory and process products to countries worldwide”.

The focal point of their worldwide business is scientific instruments including freeze dryers / lyophilizers, centrifugal evaporators and concentrators, thermal management systems, and glassware washers. 

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STATISTICA Data Miner Tops Independent Review

A leading German computer journal Computerwoche has published a comprehensive review of data mining tools, which in addition to STATISTICA Data Miner 9, discussed also a large number of commercial and public domain/open source data mining applications: SAS Enterprise Miner 6.1, SPSS PASW Modeler 13 (formerly Clementine), Oracle Data Mining 11g, SAP Netweaver Data Mining Workbench 7, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services, KXEN 5.1, and Weka 3.6, and included detailed, comparative ratings (based on performance tests) of STATISTICA Data Miner, SAS Enterprise Miner, SAP Netweaver, KNIME and KXEN.

STATISTICA Data Miner tied with SAS Enterprise Miner as the winners of this “Data Mining Study 2010” (conducted for Computerwoche by Mayato, a consulting firm in the area of decision support, prediction and analysis) outscoring the other products by providing impressive breadth of functions, speed of performance and reliable handling of large amounts of data.

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ISA Extends Membership Privileges for Unemployed Members Wednesday, December 30,

Membership Extension for Unemployed ISA Members Continues into 2010

RTP NC, USA — To support loyal ISA Members during these difficult economic times, ISA is once again granting an extension of membership benefits to unemployed Members. This extension was created in 2009 and has been renewed for 2010.

It will last for a period of up to 12 months from membership renewal date.

During the extension, all Member benefits will continue, including Division memberships, except that delivery of InTech and any Division newsletters will be in digital form.
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A2 Technologies Supports Educational Institutions With Special Pricing On FTIR…

Perthshire, Scotland & Danbury CT, USA — A2 Technologies has announced that the popular Educational Institution Pricing Program on its ML FTIR spectrometer system will continue through to March 31, 2010.

This special pricing program allows academic institutions to purchase the ML FTIR spectrometer, with integrated single reflection diamond ATR sampling system, for 40% off of list price.
The ML spectrometer is well suited to academic environments, both in support of research and teaching. It is a very compact, easy-to-use system with the ruggedness and reliability required for multi-user environments.

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China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. Selects Symyx for High-Throughput Workflow

Geneva, Switzerland & Santa Clara CA, USA — Symyx Technologies, Inc. has announced it has closed a deal with China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Corp.) to supply a Zeolite Synthesis Workflow for research in energy and chemical development.

This will be the first large-scale implementation of a high-throughput system by Symyx with a Chinese company.

“The China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation is one of the top emerging companies not only in China but in the world and its decision to adopt the Symyx Zeolite Synthesis Workflow provides great validation to our high-throughput experimentation technology,” said Isy Goldwasser, CEO of Symyx Technologies.

“We look forward to further expanding our presence within China.”

The Zeolite Synthesis Workflow utilises Symyx-pioneered microscale, high-throughput technology for accelerating the pace of breakthrough R&D discoveries.

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Single-embryo gene expression…

A Research Spotlight paper

Fluidigm genetic analysisAmsterdam, Netherlands — Fluidigm Europe has released a new Research Spotlight paper entitled Single-embryo gene expression for early embryo development that reports upon the pioneering work of Dr Mylene Yao and her fellow researchers at Stanford University. 

Scientists around the world are looking at how to reprogram a highly differentiated somatic cell into a pluripotent embryonic stem cell-like cell.  The new Research Spotlight paper describes how the Stanford scientists focused their research efforts on investigating the role of Oct4, a pluripotency regulator in embryonic stem cells.  

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