CINCINNATI, Ohio (Oct. 19)—The ACS Rubber Division spring meetings will be shorter, begin earlier and have a different look, assuming approval of an ad hoc committee recommendation. Starting with the April 29-May 1, 2002, convention in Savannah, Ga., the spring meetings will be a 2 1/2-day technical conference beginning on Monday and ending around noon on Wednesday, said Donald E. Mackey, past chairman from Zeon Chemicals L.P. and a member of the ad hoc committee created to consider whether spring meetings should be changed or dropped. The meetings now start on Tuesday and conclude after a Friday morning session. The schedule change will enable the division to win improved hotel room rates and allow participants to take advantage of better airline fares, Mackey said. The results of a vote on the decision are to be announced today during the association´s meeting in Cincinnati.