Chem Week to be a big bang



    Students will be treated to a scientific magic show known as “Chemical Magic” as part of festivities celebrating National Chemistry Week November 3-9 on campus.

    The Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry are sponsoring this and other events all week along with the Central Utah Section of the American Chemical Society. The purpose of National Chemistry Week is to acknowledge the vital role of chemistry to our nation and, as individuals, to the quality of life we enjoy. It also encourages science instruction in public schools.

    The hour-long magic show is free to the public and contain demonstrations that are proven crowd pleasers, but also illustrate the vital role of chemistry in our everyday lives. Because seating is limited, tickets are required to attend.

    Shows will be Monday at 6 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. in 111 BNSN. Tickets can obtained at the Chemistry Department office in C100 BNSN or can they be reserved by calling 378-3667.

    “We hope the activities sponsored in conjunction with Chemistry Week will help bridge the gap between the knowledge of chemist and the knowledge of the rest of the population,” said Luther D. Giddings, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. “We want the public to see that chemistry is a part of their everyday lives and that chemists are not social recluses who are plotting to blow up the planet.”

    Other events include school demonstrations and a research poster session. Classroom demonstrations will be given to interested groups by faculty members or students. Interested individuals inside and outside of Utah County are invited to call the Chemistry Department and schedule a demonstration for their class or group.

    Posters explaining current research projects being done by the BYU Department of Chemistry will be on display in the Benson Building lobby November 6-8. A reception will be on Friday, November 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

    The Utah Central Section of the American Chemical Society is just one section of dozens across the country. The American Chemical Society boasts the largest of all professional organization in the country with a membership of 140,000.

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