MURRAY, Ky. — Chemistry students at Murray State University recently had the opportunity to participate in National Chemistry Week, a week-long celebration of chemistry sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS), through a variety of events embodying the 2017 theme: “Chemistry Rocks!”
Now embarking on its 30th year, National Chemistry Week, held Oct. 22–28, continues to be a leading outreach program for the ACS and informs millions of people nationwide about the positive contributions of chemistry to everyday life. To celebrate National Chemistry Week, students and faculty in Murray State’s department of chemistry held and participated in a number of events, such as a chemistry demonstration, display of rocks from more than 20 countries and a webinar presentation.
The week prior to National Chemistry Week, student members of the ACS at Murray State assisted in a chemistry demonstration Oct. 19 to an audience of more than 100 people, including students and the public, at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Dr. Kevin Miller, faculty advisor for the student organization, led the presentation, which featured the chemistry behind the formation of rocks. The demonstration was sponsored by the Kentucky Lake Section of the ACS and included six student groups participating from four colleges, including Murray State, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, University of Tennessee at Martin and Union University.
Drs. Bommanna Loganathan, Bikram Subedi and Sebastian Jezowski, all Murray State chemistry professors, then hosted a National Chemistry Week program-in-a-box presentation Tuesday, Oct. 24. The event included discussion about rocks, gemstones and minerals as well as a webinar, Q&A period and door prizes. More than 30 students and faculty from the department of chemistry attended the event.
The “Chemistry Rocks!” overall theme was especially relevant for Murray State due to the University’s location in the region of western Kentucky, an area known for rocks that are rich in high-quality iron. Rocks collected from the Land Between the Lakes, located near Murray, along with different types of rocks from more than 20 countries, are currently on display in the department of chemistry at Murray State in conjunction with the National Chemistry Week celebration.