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BYU sponsors National Chemistry Week events Oct. 17-22

Brigham Young University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is offering the community an opportunity to learn about the science behind the magic of chemistry during National Chemistry Week Oct. 17-22.

National Chemistry Week 2011 will be celebrated across the country with demonstrations and educational lectures focused around the theme, “Chemistry – Our Health, Our Future.” This year’s local events should draw a broad range of visitors from children to adults.

For those interested in current research, the Central Utah Section of the American Chemical Society will have informational displays Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20-21, in the Ezra Taft Benson Building lobby. A reception will be held Friday, Oct. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. where visitors can ask researchers questions and learn more about the future of chemistry.

The weeklong event will finish on Saturday, Oct. 22, 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 tickets visit www.chem.byu.edu/nationalchemistryweek.

Writer: Melissa Connor

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