In 1897, Herbert Henry Dow founded his eponyous company for the commercial production of bleach and KBr from the Midland, Michign brines, but he probably would not recognize the company today. Dow chemcal has grown and diversfied to become one of the world's largest and most successful conglomerates. The company has had high points (inventing Styrofoam, pioneering biodegradable insecticides, generosity to education and community) and low points (napalm, Agent Orange, Rocky Flats, Bhopal (with the acquisition of Union Carbide)). This month's program will focus on the progress and progress and prognosis of this chemical giant. It will be led by Dow's Global Operations Technology Director, Dr. Billy B Bardin.