Faraday Lectures at WSU make chemistry a family holiday event

OGDEN — The public is invited to Weber State University’s annual Faraday Lectures, hosted by the chemistry department, will take place Dec. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Tracy Hall Science Center.

The free lectures pay homage to Michael Faraday, a renowned English scientist known for his contributions to electromagnetism and electrochemistry. Faraday hosted Christmas lectures at The Royal Institution in London from 1825 to 1861, and WSU has continued the holiday tradition to entertain and educate.

Children of all ages will be able to participate in the open house event with hands-on experiments throughout Tracy Hall.

“Activities will be based on simple colors and different color-type reactions with different textures, soap and bubbles,” Brandon Burnett, chemistry assistant professor, said in a statement “Most of the demonstrations will be pretty informal. People can come and go as they like.”

University President Charles A. Wight will don a top hat and coattails while he lectures on the chemical history of the candle as Faraday might have done. He will offer a 20-minute presentation at 6 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in Tracy Hall Room 102. This lecture is well-suited for older children and adults.

In addition to the presentations by Wight and the chemistry department, chemistry clubs from WSU and area high schools will offer demonstrations throughout the evening.

For more information on the Faraday Lectures visit weber.edu/chemistry/faraday.html.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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