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BYU activities will celebrate National Chemistry Week Oct. 21-27

National Chemistry Week will take place the week of Oct. 21-27 on Brigham Young University campus with a variety of activities and programs sponsored by the Central Utah Section of the American Chemical Society, including chemical magic shows and a research poster session and reception.

This year’s theme is “Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science,” and activities will include something “nano” for all ages and levels of scientific interest. 

Chemical magic shows, hosted by BYU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will be held Monday through Friday, Oct. 22-26, in W111 and W112 Ezra Taft Benson Building. Although the events are free, seating is limited and tickets will be required. Tickets can be reserved at www.chem.byu.edu/nationalchemistryweek.

Marinda Wu, president-elect of American Chemical Society, will be presenting a seminar, "Turning Challenges into Opportunities: A Personal and Professional Journey into the 21st Century," Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 9 a.m. in W140 Ezra Taft Benson Building. A symposium, "Nanotechnology, Where Are We Now?" is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. in the same room.  

For those interested in current research, the society will have informational displays available Thursday and Friday, Oct. 25-26, in the Ezra Taft Benson Building lobby. A reception will be held Friday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. in the same place, where visitors can ask researchers questions and learn more about nanotechnology.

The weeklong event will finish on Saturday, Oct. 27, with a hands-on chemistry workshop for kids. All children are invited to be chemists for the afternoon. The workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the children’s section of the Provo City Library. Participants can come and go any time during the workshop.

National Chemistry Week is designed to further public awareness of chemistry’s contributions to everyday life and the world that surrounds us. It is celebrated annually during the third week of October and unites ACS sections, businesses, schools and the community.

For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.chem.byu.edu/nationalchemistryweek or contact Sue Mortensen at (801) 422-3667.

Writer: Hwa Lee

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