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Chemistry Rocks! October 23-28 marks National Chemistry week

Y Chem Magic Show Fall 2016
Y Chem Magic Show final photos
Photo by Alyssa Lyman

While chemistry is important every day of the year, October 23-28 marks National Chemistry Week. The theme for this year’s National Chemistry Week is “Chemistry Rocks!” and will be celebrated across campus with events put on by the Central Utah section of the American Chemical Society.

Chemistry magic shows, a hit with both young kids and the young-at-heart, will be presented Monday at 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday–Friday at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. For a low-key visit, stop by the “Famous Mormon Scientists” exhibition at the Education in Zion gallery in the Joseph F. Smith Building.  There will be a half-hour family home evening program about the exhibition at the gallery on Monday, October 23, at 7:00, 7:30 and 8:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, Distinguised Symposium Lecture: Dr. Daniel Austin will speak about rocks on Mars and Dr. Jani Radebaugh will talk about rocks in Antarctica. W140 Benson Building

BYU chemistry students are also “rocking” during National Chemistry Week. On Friday, October 27, students will present posters of their faculty-mentored research in the lobby of the Benson Building, with a reception  4:00–6:00 p.m. in the same building. Y-Chem, the BYU student chapter of the American Chemical Society, will sell liquid nitrogen ice cream, chemistry t-shirts, and chemistry mugs all week long in the main hall of the Benson Building, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

All events are free to the public. To find out more about these and other events, including show times and ticket reservations, go to BYU’s National Chemistry Week webpage.