Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly
Professors from University of the Pacific’s Chemistry Department will treat the community to a Victorian-era Christmas tradition – they will blow things up, turns things into orange and black and then explain how they did it.
The tradition comes from the Royal Institution of Great Britain’s Christmas Lecture —the Royal Institution has offered a science lecture to children in the London community every year since 1825.
At 6:30 p.m. December 21, 2010, two Pacific chemistry professors Liang Xue and Balint Sztaray will offer their version of the “Faraday Lecture” in the Spanos Center. They will demonstrate the wonders of chemistry. In keeping with the Victorian-era roots of the lecture, both professors will be dressed as 19th Century scientists.
“This will be a lot of fun,” said Professor Xue, “we hope to wow the crowd with what will appear to be magic, and we hope this will spur many of the children to take an interest in science.”
The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available in most Stockton-area public schools. Tickets also are available at Pacific’s Phillips Center, Room 110. The audience will be limited to 1,000 people.