Announcement of Residential Fire Suppression Research Needs Workshop
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites interested parties to attend a one-day Residential Fire Suppression Research Needs Workshop. The Workshop will provide a forum to discuss test methods, technologies, and R&D that can significantly improve residential fire protection through the development of science- based methods that test the performance of fire suppression technology with emphasis on residential kitchen applications. The Workshop program will include experts from the standards, hardware manufacturer, testing and fire service communities, and those doing research on fire suppression, speaking on today's fire safety challenges. The workshop will be held April 11, 2006 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The goal of the workshop is to identify barriers that impede advances in the application of localized suppression systems in residences. In this regard, the Workshop will explore: Residential Fire Trends Developments in Suppression System Technologies Characterization of the Performance of Suppression Systems The Role of Federal Agencies and Standards Committees Opportunities for Collaboration We expect this workshop to provide a strong foundation for follow- on efforts among government agencies, industry, and academia to Identify/define research needs on Residential Fire Suppression Develop performance standards Demonstrate performance metrics Due to space limitations, attendance will be limited to 45 registered participants. Participants will be registered on a first come first serve basis. Attendees must pre-register; there will be no same-day registrations.
Notice of Intent To Establish the NIST Nucleic Acid Sequence Library
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is collecting nucleic acid sequences, which have been dedicated to the public domain, in order to form a library of sequences suitable for the preparation of RNA reference materials. These reference materials are intended to act as external RNA controls in gene expression assays. It is expected that there will be commercial products based upon this sequence library. Development of these reference materials is being done in conjunction with the External RNA Control Consortium (ERCC), an ad hoc international consortium of approximately 70 organizations from the public, private, and academic sectors.