ASM Akron Meeting Notice
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Student Night and Member Recognition Night

Meeting Sponsor: McAfee Tool & Die Co.

RESERVATIONS Requested by: Monday, April 15, 2013, by 2:00 p.m.
Walk- ins are welcome*****

Reservations not canceled 2 days prior to meeting
will be invoiced as we must pay for meals reserved.
Reservations:Marion Gordon
Technical Chair:Wayne Niehoff, Babcock and Wilcox, Euclid.
At this meeting:Election of Officers.

Presentations by Western Reserve Science Day student contest awardees.
Recognition of member anniversaries including Life members:
Edward C. Crist, Gene L. Homer, P.E., Peter Nepodal, and Dharam (Paul) Bansal.
Congratulations to all. A Life Member shall be any Individual Member who is in good standing, who has reached the age of 65 years and whose years of membership combined with his/her age equal 100 or more.
A reduced membership fee is offered by ASM International and Chapter meeting dinners will be complimentary.

Speaker: Dr. Matthew Shawkey, University of Akron

Dr. Shawkey grew up in Northern Virginia, undergraduate work in Neurobiology at Wesleyan University, Masters in Conservation Biology at University of South Florida, then became fascinated with animal colors as a Ph.D. student at Auburn. Matthew continued work as a post-doctoral student at Berkeley and joined the University of Akron faculty (Biology/Integrated Bioscience Department) in 2008.

Presentation: Optics and Evolution of Plumage Color in Birds and Other Dinosaurs

Birds have a tremendous diversity of colors, many of which are produced not by pigment deposition but by light interference and scattering effects from nanometer-scaled, highly organized tissues within feathers. Some of the most famous examples include the brilliant blues and "eye spot" tails of peacocks and the flashy reds and greens of hummingbirds. Prof. Shawkey’s lab group explores how these colors are produced, how they grow in the developing feather and how they change over evolutionary time. He will discuss these topics, as well as recent evidence for their presence very early in the evolution of birds from meat-eating dinosaurs in the same group as T. Rex and Velociraptor.

Location:New Era Cafe,
10 Massillon Rd. Akron, OH 44312
Time: Networking: 5:30 / Dinner: 6:30 p.m. / Presentation: 7:30
Cost:$20.00 members & spouses / $22.00 guests / $15.00 retirees / $5.00 Students
Buffet: Chicken Paprikas. Swiss Steak, Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad, Coffee, and Dessert.
Vegetarians: Request "vegetarian" with your reservation and we can arrange a vegetarian meal.

Next Meeting May 15, 2013 – Plant tour of Ebner Furnaces, Wadsworth. Due to Ebner’s confidentiality restraints we must include your professional/commercial ties. Ebner Furnace reserves the right to refuse anyone access to Ebner’s facility.  Please respond by May 8 to Dave Houser with your name, affiliation and contact information.

ASM Akron Teachers Camp July 22-26, 2013. High school general science, chemistry, physics, math and technology teachers; middle school science teachers. Attend a one-week professional development course this summer – at no cost to you! Contact Dr. Bob Shemenski, FASM, Akron Chapter Education Chair: 330-705-2563.

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In Appreciation We Thank our Sponsors