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||Contact: Matt Johnston, Assistant Professor, Natural
Lewis-Clark State College
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Lewiston, Idaho 83501
CHEMISTRY COMES OUT OF--OR INTO
Chemistry comes out on the LC campus with a bang next week. LCSC science majors will be
demonstrating some unusual ways chemistry is part of everyday life--whether we realize it
Students and professors have a number of activities planned for National Chemistry Week.
Posters prepared by students will be posted around the Natural Sciences Division,
depicting student research. Professor Matt Johnston explained the students were encouraged
to aim their projects at explaining every day activities. "For example, they can look
at aspects of chemistry in kitchen tasks, the yard, or in other household
activities," he said.
The most popular event may be the demonstration shows at the Student Union Building on
Tuesday, November 6th. This year's demos include ways to use common materials in uncommon
ways. Included will be a "cannon" made from baking soda and vinegar, liquid
nitrogen ice cream, "Ooblech," and the "oozing pumpkin, demonstrated at the
SUB from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A pyrotechnics demonstration is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
Students and professors will also be visiting local schools, where they will hand out
materials published by the American Chemical Society. The LC group is a recognized student
affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and ACS provides promotional
materials for them to distribute. Students majoring in other sciences--biology and
pre-pharmacy, for example--are encouraged to participate.
The week closes with a fundraising bake sale, which continues the theme of chemistry in
kitchen. Popular goodies include cupcakes from the periodic table--where buyers can choose
their favorite element, and other items decorated to represent important subjects in