Chemistry to Host 'Reaction Attraction' for Kids of All Ages

By Jenny Wells

In celebration of the American Chemical Society's National Chemistry Week, the University of Kentucky Department of Chemistry will host a demonstration show for school-aged children and their families this week. The "Reaction Attraction" will begin 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in Room 121 of the Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building (JSB).

This public event serves as the department's primary outreach activity during National Chemistry Week..

"Young and not-so-young scientists will enjoy the colors, sounds, smoke and fire at a show guaranteed to entertain and even educate," said Steven Yates, professor of chemistry and Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor. "UK Professor Jack Seleque, a master showman who looks every bit the part of a scientist, will be leading the presentation. Demonstration favorites include elephant toothpaste, the electric pickle, an alcohol cannon and the famous Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction."

The department's annual Lyle Dawson Lecture will also take place this Friday. The lecture will run 4-5 p.m., in Room 321 of the JSB. Teri Odom, of Northwestern University, will discuss "Single-Nanoparticle Sensors of Nano-Bio Interactions." A reception will follow the lecture. More information is available at

Free parking for both events at JSB is available in the Rose Street Garage, which is entered from Hilltop Avenue on campus.

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