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APRIL 24, 2015 - General Membership Meeting
at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Civic Center
  725 Portage Lakes Dr
Akron, OH  44319

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Please note that we ALWAYS encourage the public to attend ANY of our events, including meetings.
Come and enjoy the lecture and talk to us about astronomy!

8:00 PM - Call to order and introduction of tonight's program:


Dr. Ralph Harvey, Principal Investigator and Field Team Leader
for the US Antarctic Search for Meteorites


Antarctic Meteorites: Sifting the sands of the Solar System

Since 1969, nearly 50,000 meteorite specimens have been systematically recovered from the East Antarctic icesheet, more than 20,000 of these by the US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program. These samples have done more than fill the larders of museums and research institutions; they have fundamentally changed our under-standing of the solar system. Antarctic meteorites are the only reliable, continuous, and readily available source of new planetary material, naturally swept up by the Earth as it cascades through space, and revealing the fundamental building blocks of the solar system.

Ralph P. Harvey is an Associate Professor of Geological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. A graduate of Beloit College with a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, he has been the Principal Investigator and field team leader for the US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program since 1991. He is an author or co-author on more than 100 publications on diverse topics in the planetary sciences, ranging from micrometeorites to icesheet dynamics to the history of Mars. He is a principal investigator in NSF's Office of Polar Programs as well as NASA's Cosmochemistry and Mars Fundamental Research programs. He is a frequent contributor to science instrument and landing site definition panels for NASA's Mars Exploration Program. He was recently a member of the preliminary examination team for the STARDUST sample return mission, and both an asteroid and an Antarctic mountain now bear his name.

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9:00 PM - Brief coffee-break / discussion time
9:15 PM - Business meeting to be called to order and included the following:
  ●  Treasurer's Report
  ●  Observatory Director's Report
  ●  Calls for observations
  ●  New Business

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