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~Celebrate National Chemistry Week with Magical Fun at Wellesley College~

For immediate release:
October 1, 2003

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College will celebrate National Chemistry Week with renowned scientist Bassam Shakhashiri for an afternoon of hands-on experiments designed to dazzle the eyes and open the minds of children and adults to the wonders of science.

Participants will watch liquids "magically" turn different colors and money disappear into smoke. This popular lecture, fun for all ages, is part science lecture and part magic show. The lecture, whose theme this year will be "Earth's Atmosphere and Beyond," will be held in Science Center 277 Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 am-noon. It will be repeated from 2-3 pm.

Sponsored by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, it's free and open to the public, but tickets (available on a first-come, first-serve basis through reservations) are required. To reserve tickets, call Marilou Cashman at 800-872-2054 or e-mail her at Tickets will be available for pick-up outside room 277 Science Center on the day of the event.

"The lecture is in honor of Phyllis Brauner, a chemist and long-time resident of the town of Wellesley," said Jean Fuller-Stanley, chemistry, who is the 2003 chair-elect of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS). "Additionally, she earned a Masters in Chemistry from Wellesley College Chemistry in 1940."
From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. outside the Science Center, there will be a number of hands-on activities, such as making UV and humidity testers. These events will be held inside in case of rain. It is sponsored and hosted by the NESACS. For more information, visit

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries.


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