Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: David Ballantine, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
(815) 753-6857

March 11, 2008

NIU Chemistry Club creates magic
for youth of DeKalb County

DeKalb, Ill. — The Northern Illinois University Chemistry Club invites the public to a chemical magic show at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in Faraday Hall 143.

The event will be free of charge to attend, but donations will be welcomed to benefit the DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau, Inc. (YSB), a non-profit agency dedicated to improving the lives of DeKalb County youth.

“We are excited about partnering with the NIU chemistry department,” said Deanna Cada, executive director of YSB. “All donations received from the Magic Show will go to programming for youth throughout DeKalb County, providing mentoring experiences, school group counseling and life-skill development for all youth who need services.”

The show will feature a host of Chemistry Club favorite demonstrations and will include bright lights, big explosions and “magical ice cream” made with liquid nitrogen. As a special guest, Paul Kelter, professor and chair of the NIU Department of Teaching and Learning, will also add to the mix of chemistry magic.

Some of the experiments planned for the evening may involve loud noises and produce some smoke and/or unpleasant smells and might not be appropriate for small children. To ensure the safety of the audience and the presenters, flash photography will not be permitted and members of the audience may be asked to move away from the demonstration area during some experiments.

Parking will be available in the NIU Parking Deck along the west side of Normal Road , about one block north of Lincoln Highway (Route 38). The Parking Deck is open for general parking after 7 p.m., except for reserved and handicapped spaces.