105th meeting of ALCA set for Virginia

13 March 2009

The American Leather Chemists Association will hold its Annual Meeting June 18-21 at the Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, USA. The full technical program will begin with the Wilson Memorial Lecture on Friday morning, June 19, and continue through to Saturday with approximately twenty lectures being presented.

This year's Wilson lecturer will be Dr Eleanor Brown. Dr Brown is a research chemist/lead scientist for the fats, oils and animal byproducts research unit of the Eastern Regional Research Center. The title of her presentation will be ‘Collagen a natural scaffold for biology and engineering.'

This year's technical program offers a wide variety of leather technologies covering tanning to finishing and environmental issues. There will also be an array of international speakers. 

There will be numerous opportunities for social interaction and fun activities beginning with the opening reception and dinner on Thursday, June 18. A ‘shotgun' golf tournament will be held prior to the opening reception beginning at 1pm and the annual fun run will commence at 5 pm on Friday, June 19, followed by a reception and dinner in the Glessner ballroom.  The annual awards banquet will be held on Saturday evening.

The full program, detailed schedule, ALCA registration form, Oglebay reservation form and travel information plus many other details will be constantly updated on the ALCA website, http://www.leatherchemist.org.  Alternatively, contact Carol Adcock, executive secretary of ALCA, 1314 50th Street, Suite 103, Lubbock, TX.  79412-2940. The full program with abstracts will be available in early May.

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