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UNI Chemistry and Biochemistry host Halloween House


CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- University of Northern Iowa's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will host a Halloween House on Oct. 28., on the second floor of UNI's McCollum Science Hall.

Bill Harwood, head of the UNI Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, invites anyone to the Halloween House. "UNI students in costume will help children with hands-on chemistry activities, such as making liquid-nitrogen ice cream, creating a genie rising from a bottle and making elephant toothpaste," said Harwood.

UNI student affiliates of the American Chemical Society will be demonstrating many different Halloween-themed activities including flash freezing with liquid nitrogen, fire and explosives, and others.

"For the sake of safety, the demonstrations are performed by chemistry students," said Matthew Graaf, a junior chemistry major from Humboldt and president of the UNI student affiliates chapter of ACS, "but we will offer lots of hands-on chemistry to the public, including making liquid-nitrogen ice cream and gak." Gak is similar to Silly Putty but made from glue and Borax.

The house is held in conjunction with National Chemistry Week (Oct. 19- 25), which was designed by the American Chemistry Society as a way to reach the public with a positive message about chemistry.

Online Reporter: Nick Jellings

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