ASTM International eNews
March 2014
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Nominating Committee Welcomes Suggestions for ASTM Board
The ASTM Nominating Committee, appointed annually by the ASTM board, welcomes suggestions from the ASTM membership for the 2015 board of directors, including chairman (one-year term), vice chairman (two-year term) and six directors (three-year terms). Contact Maureen Houck for more information. [Full Story] 
ASTM Graduate Scholarship
Applications for the ASTM International Graduate Scholarship are now being accepted. The scholarship is presented each year to as many as two graduate students who have demonstrated high levels of interest in ASTM standards. Click here to read about the 2013 recipients. Applications for the 2013 Graduate Scholarship are due by April 30. Visit the ASTM student website to learn more. 
Nominations Sought for Cavanaugh Award 
Nominations are being sought for the ASTM International William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. This annual award is granted to a person of widely recognized eminence in the standards system who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of national and international voluntary standards. Nominees may or may not be members of ASTM. The deadline for submissions is April 1. Click here for nomination information. 
2014 Annual Business Meeting in June
The 2014 ASTM International Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Members' Breakfast on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, during the ASTM June Committee Week meetings in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7 a.m. at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. For more information, contact Maureen Houck.
ASTM Member and Officer Training 
ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses for members. Upcoming courses include New Member Orientation and Training (March 19, April 24) and Balloting and Handling Negative Votes (April 16). On-Demand tutorials such as Strategic Planning and New Activity Development, Electronic Balloting and more are also available. Visit
Nominations Are Invited for Dudley Medal 
Publication nominations are invited for the Charles B. Dudley Medal Award. The Dudley Award honors an outstanding contribution that has a widely recognized impact on a particular field of ASTM interest and has been documented in ASTM literature, either in a paper or group of papers; a Special Technical Publication; a Data Series publication; or a manual, monograph, or computer software program. The deadline for submissions is April 15. Visit 



Forensic Engineering
A proposed Committee E58 standard will highlight the use of infrared technology in forensic engineering. [Full Story] 

Sensory Evaluation    

A proposed E18 standard will provide guidance to sensory evaluation researchers who are studying the temporal sensory properties of consumer products. [Full Story] 


Photovoltaic Electric Power   
E44 is developing a standard that will provide guidance for stakeholders involved in the financing, construction and maintenance of solar photovoltaic electric power plants. [Full Story]

Vacuum Cleaners    

The laboratory conditions test in a new F11 standard will be used by manufacturers to determine the sustained air performance and exhaust emissions of a central vacuum cleaner. [Full Story]

Occupational Health and Safety    

A new E34 standard provides a uniform method for recording occupational injuries and illnesses. [Full Story] 



ASTM Signs MOU with Kosovo
ASTM International has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kosovo Standardization Agency. Signed in December 2013 by ASTM President James A. Thomas and Hafiz Gara, executive director of the Kosovo Standardization Agency, this is the 86th MOU ASTM has signed with a national or regional standards body. The MOU program is designed to encourage, increase and facilitate the participation of technical experts from around the world in the ASTM standards development process. Through MOU agreements, global national standards bodies reference, adopt, or use ASTM standards as the basis of their national standards. Visit

ASTM a Sponsor of Building Test Expo in Brussels 
ASTM International is a sponsor at the Building Test Expo, to be held June 17-19, 2014, in Brussels, Belgium. The Expo is a free international exhibition and forum on the effective testing and certification of construction products to promote increased innovation, quality, safety and sustainability. ASTM will exhibit at Booth #F22. For more information, visit or contact Nick Ecart. [Full Story]

Workshop on Building Standards Held in India
ASTM International participated in a Workshop on Building and Construction Standards in New Delhi, India, on Feb. 12-13. ASTM co-sponsored the event, along with ASHRAE, ASME, the International Association of Pluming and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), NFPA and UL. ASTM member Muthiah Kasi, chairman of Subcommittee E06.81 on Building Economics, presented information on ASTM construction standards and building codes to approximately 80 representatives from Indian government and industry. 
DID YOU KNOW? . . . World Water Day  


March 22 is World Water Day, a campaign coordinated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and United Nations University to raise awareness of the link between water and energy. The campaign specifically will address the lack of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and insufficient food and energy service that millions deal with in impoverished rural areas. ASTM water-related standards provide best practices and tools for testing and maintaining water quality, improving water infrastructure, restoring wetlands and waterways, monitoring water conservation, implementing sustainable operations and more. And in a concerted effort to continue to meet the expanding need for standardized practices and methods for water testing, transport, recycling and safety, ASTM has compiled a listing of its current portfolio of standards related to water in a website portal. The ASTM Water Portal brings together the latest information on newly published ASTM standards, proposed new standards and revisions to current standards, schedules of upcoming meetings and symposia, research reports and other resources from more than 25 ASTM International technical committees. Visit for more.  
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In This Issue
Technical Committee News
Global Notes
Did You Know?
Symposia & Training
Publications & Meetings





Committee Weeks  

April 6-11, Toronto, ON

May 4-9, Toronto, ON

March 13-14, Washington, DC
April 7, Toronto, ON
April 10, Toronto, ON
May 7-8, Toronto, ON

March 25-26, ASTM HQ
May 13-14, Akron, OH

March 25-27, Scottsdale, AZ
April 29-May 1, ASTM HQ

Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems
May 6-7, Houston, TX

April 1-3, Las Vegas, NV
May 13-15, Charleston, SC

Light Sport Aircraft
May 21-22, ASTM HQ

Marine Fuels
May 20-22, Baltimore, MD

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment for Commercial Real Estate 
March 11-12, Lenexa, KS
April 8-9, Scottsdale, AZ
April 22-23, ASTM HQ
May 6-7, Chicago, IL
May 20-21, New Orleans, LA
March 18-20, ASTM HQ
April 15-17, Atlanta, GA
May 6-8, Las Vegas, NV
May 20-22, Denver, CO

Plastics, Major Testing Introduction
April 29-May 1, New Orleans, LA 
March 18-19, Atlanta, GA
May 13-14, Chicago, IL

Risk-Based Corrective Action at Petroleum Release Sites
May 13-14, Lansing, MI

Rubber Testing
April 2-3, Akron, OH

Statistics in ASTM Test Method Development
May 21-22, ASTM HQ 

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