Curiosity Unleashed—Chemistry at the Wisconsin Science Festival

This year’s Wisconsin Science Festival, which runs Sept. 26-29, explores science from every possible angle. Anchored at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and the UW-Madison campus, the festival welcomes people of all ages to look listen, feel, touch, taste, and discover the wonders of all aspects of the sciences.

Chemistry will be on display during the festival in events highlighting the connection between science and the arts. Members of the chemistry community will also share the wonders of science at demonstrations throughout the festival weekend:

Wisconsin Science Festival 2013 logoFriday, Sept. 27

Tracy Drier and the Wisconsin Fire Wagon
“Listen for the rijike tube while you’re there!” says Drier, the department's master scientific glassblower. He will be demonstrating scientific glassblowing techniques.

Location: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Two Chemists in the Arts
This Chemistry Department colloquium features a reading of Nobel laureate Roald Hoffman’s play and a discussion of former UW-Madison chemistry professor Marion O’Leary’s book, “Musical Milestones: My Tale of Science and Music.”

Location: Chemistry Building
Time: 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Chemistry Imagined: Connecting Art and Science
Artist Vivian Torrence and chemist, writer and Novel laureate Roald Hoffman speak of the spirit of chemistry explored through art.

Location: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28

Science is Fun!
Professor Bassam Shakhashiri, Roald Hoffmann and Rodney Schreiner present a fun-filled hour of glowing liquids, exploding balloons, and more!

Location: Chemistry Building
Time: 10–11 a.m.

Artist Talk for Chemistry Imagined: Correlations

Don’t miss a special closing reception and artist talk with Vivian Torrence. Collages from her Chemistry Imagined project (in collaboration with Roald Hoffmann) are on exhibit at Gallery 1308 throughout the festival.   
Location: Union South, Gallery 1308                                            
Time: 5–7 p.m.

Check out all the great events and opportunities to volunteer at the Wisconsin Science Festival website.