TTU celebrates chemistry across campus, community

Posted by Lori Shull - Tuesday, October 16 2012

thumb BuckyballTennessee Tech University will join the country in celebrating National Chemistry Week Oct. 21-27, and students and faculty will demonstrate the fun side of the science around campus and across town. 

The week will be full of events, ranging from bake sales to balloon displays to academic talks.

"We are planning these events to be fun and accessible to all members of our community," said Janet Coonce, TTU chemistry instructor. "We want to invite everyone to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of the scientific community and to raise awareness of our TTU student research activities."

On campus, students and community members are invited to help build balloon sculptures of various nanoparticles from Oct. 17 to Oct. 21 in the lobby of the Bryan Fine Arts Building. The balloon exhibit will be on display until Oct. 27.

Chemistry professor Dan Swartling and student members of the American Chemical Society will have a series of Dangerous Boys activities from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Cookeville Children's Museum on W. 2nd Street.

Students will have a chemistry scavenger hunt, a periodic table of cupcakes for sale and a pie the professor contest. Proceeds will support student travel to research meetings and conferences. 

Amanda Crook, TTU alumna and chemistry instructor, will give a talk about green chemistry at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Foster 220. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Coonce and Dale Ensor, emeritus chemistry professor, will spend a few hours at Northwest Elementary School, introducing second graders to chemistry through demonstrations and activities.

The community is invited to participate in the Golden Helix 5K fun run/walk at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Registration is $30 and can be completed at or from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the starting line outside Prescott Hall. Proceeds will support TTU chemistry clubs.