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March Meeting Notice
2017 Meeting in Miniature
Monday, March 13, 2017

Cleveland State University
Registration: Main Classroom Building 2nd floor
Cleveland, OH

1:00            Registration opens (Main Classroom 2nd fl)
2:00-5:00    Contributed talks – Main Classroom
5:15-6:15    Plenary Talk – Main Classroom
6:15-7:00    Networking/social – Student Center, 311A/B
7:00            Dinner & Awards Presentation


Plenary Address:
Dr. James Short
History of Explosives
The 1000 year history of explosives will be traced from the first observation of explosive phenomena in China. Travel of the knowledge from the Old World along the Silk Road to Europe. The several accidental & initially unrecognized discoveries of new explosive materials in Europe. The enormous wealth that came to people that figured out how to safely manufacture and handle explosives. Why explosive knowledge and innovation crossed the Atlantic into the New World. The crucial contribution of university research to the advancement of explosive (and propellant) chemistry. Why the world's largest manufacturer of photographic film became the world's largest manufacturer of explosives. How Walt Disney and President Kennedy moved America into Outer Space. And how mistakes and errors along the way led to successful explosives safety research programs.


RESERVATIONS FOR DINNER REQUIRED:Please RSVP to Dr. David Ball ( with the names and number of people in your party by 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 9. The menu will be a southern BBQ with brisket and chicken, cole slaw, roasted potatoes, chips & salsa, and a corn relish with cookies & brownies for dessert. We can take credit cards, checks made out to “Cleveland ACS”, or cash. The cost is $20 for members and guests, $5 for students, and FREE for student presenters and volunteers.


Important Update from the Cleveland Section

With support from an ACS grant we have begun a strategic planning exercise. Please click here for an article detailing the strategic planning retreat held Oct. 10-11, 2015




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