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BYU celebrates Chem Week with science to satisfy your sweet tooth

Discover just how fun—and tasty—chemistry can be at the National Chemistry Week events on BYU campus this week, Oct. 20-25.

This year’s theme, “The Sweet Side of Chemistry—Candy,” showcases the chemistry involved in confection and candy making through a variety of activities suited to students, adults and children, sponsored by the Central Utah Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). 

Activities will include chemical magic shows, a hands-on workshop for kids, a symposium hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and a research poster session with reception.

Events Schedule

Chemical Magic Shows
When
: Mon, Oct 20, 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm; Tues-Fri, Oct 21–24, 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm
Where: W111 and W112 Ezra Taft Benson Building (BNSN)
Tickets: Free, but limited. Reserve online, or call the Chemistry Department office (801.422.3667).

Symposium
When: Thurs, Oct 23, 3-5 pm
Where: W140 Benson Building
Details: Central Utah Section of ACS will present “The Chemistry of Food.” 

Research Poster Session 
When: Fri, Oct 24; Reception, 4-6 pm
Where: Benson Building lobby
Details: The annual Research Poster Session is a great chance to learn more about current research in the Central Utah Section by faculty-mentored student research groups. This year’s posters will be on display throughout the day and a reception will be held in the late afternoon.

Hands-on Chemistry Workshop for Kids
When: Sat, Oct 25, 1-3 pm
Where: Children's Section of the Provo City Library
Details: All children are invited to be chemists for the afternoon. 

About National Chemistry Week

National Chemistry Week is celebrated annually during the third full week of October by ACS local sections. It is designed to enhance public awareness of chemistry’s contributions to society and to our everyday lives. For more resources and information about National Chemistry Week, visit the American Chemical Society’s webpage at www.acs.org

Writer: Jordan Wright

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