AKRON (Oct. 28, 2008) — The ACS Rubber Division drew 1,819 attendees to its Oct. 14-16 fall meeting in Louisville, Ky., where James L. White of the University of Akron was announced as the winner of the Charles Goodyear Medal.
Among the highlights of the meeting were:
* Selection of White for the division's highest technical award, along with and five other award winners — James E. McGrath, Virginia Tech, George S. Whitby Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research; Frederick Ignatz-Hoover, Flexsys America, Melvin Mooney Distinguished Technology Award; John M. Baldwin, Exponent's Vehicle Engineering practice, Sparks-Thomas Award for younger scientists, technologists and engineers working in the elastomers field; Judit E. Puskas, UA Department of Polymer Science, the Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award; and Donald J. Plazek, University of Pittsburgh the Fernley H. Banbury Award for innovations of production equipment, instrumentation, control systems or improved technologies used in the industry.
* Leo Whalen received the Arnold Smith Special Service Award for his efforts with the organization;
* The two technical courses at the meeting drew 51 participants.
* Winning undergraduate scholarships were Matthew Carper, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Cory Simon and Ryan Kupchela, UA. John Terry, Johnsonite Inc., won the Rubber Technology Training Award.
* The mini-expo was sold out with 168 booths.