The Department of Chemistry hosted its annual Chemistry Open House Saturday, November 8, 2003, from 10 am to 2 pm, as part of the American Chemical Society's National Chemistry Week.

10:00 am Doors opened to the public, and they streamed in to get seats for the first viewing of the Chemistry Road Show.

10:10 am Seats filled fast in the Arthur E. Martell Lecture Hall as people arrived to see the opening act.

10:23 am Chemistry graduate student, Abby Wooddell, teaches the audience about pressure using liquid nitrogen and an unusual flask stopper.

10:35 am Newly-hired Road Show employee, Mary Ellen Passarelli, makes "Elephant Toothpaste," which yields excited shrieks from the crowd.

10:47 am The grand finale! Various gasses trapped in ordinary balloons are set aflame with booming results.

11:10 am Students from various departments across campus teach science to eager children and adults at booths set up in the Chemistry Building.

12:15 pm Even faculty members get in on the act. Dr. Winfried Teizer, professor of physics, shows how to change liquid nitrogen into a solid by creating a conducive atmosphere.

12:37 pm Fun for all ages. The Chemistry Road Show has hands-on learning experiences for kids from 2 to 82.

1:20 pm Here, one of our physics professors shows participants some of the latest advances in laser technology.

1:45 pm Chemistry graduate student, Holly Sawyer, shows how household products (liquid detergent and baking soda) can be used to make an "explosive" volcano.

2:00 pm Using simple chemical reactions, a graduate student shows participants how to turn their ordinary pennies into "gold."

For more information on the Chemistry Open House or the Chemistry Road Show, contact: Dr. Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt, Senior Lecturer, Texas A&M University, EMAIL: kennicutt@mail.chem.tamu.edu, PH: 979-845-3256.
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