National Chemistry Week celebrated at Radford University
From Oct. 21-27, the Radford University Department of Chemistry celebrated National Chemistry Week (NCW), a science outreach program promoting positive messages about chemistry.
This year, NCW’s theme was entitled “Chemistry is Out of This World” and focused on the science of outer space. Booklets discussing the composition of stars, the elements present in space and how oxygen is made at the International Space Station were distributed throughout the week. The Chemistry Club distributed National Chemistry Week pins and American Chemical Society (ACS) cookies to honor the week.
On Oct. 23, the department hosted the ACS Program-In-A-Box, a live webinar that encourages audience members around the world to participate in science discussions about how chemistry is applied in everyday life. The theme for this event was entitled “Voyage to Mars” and involved experts in space chemistry from NASA, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Rice University and Clemson University. The audience of approximately 75 people learned about the molecules present on Mars, what is necessary for humans to travel and live on Mars and select problems that need to be solved before long-distance travel is possible.
Prior to the Program-In-A-Box, the department collaborated with the Radford University Planetarium to host a 45-minute show about Mars. Members from the community, including 25 Road Scholars, attended the event.