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On March 31st — at a University not so far away…
Chem Wars!

DeKalb, Il- The Northern Illinois University Chemistry Club invites the public to its annual Spring Chemistry Demo Night on Friday, March 31st, at 6:30 p.m., in Cole Hall room 100, on the Northern Illinois University campus.

This year, the Chemistry Club will put on a show, entitled Chem Wars, which will feature a number of thrilling experiments that could have been used by the big film studios in Hollywood to create the special effects in the science fiction franchises we all love and cherish.

“We certainly hope that the Star Wars theme draws lots of people to come to the show. However, I am confident that - when they leave - they will not only better understand the chemical concepts behind these experiments but also appreciate the love of chemistry that all volunteers participating in the show share,” Chemistry Club President, Marina Galluzzo, says.

Faculty members helping with this year’s demo include Drs. Tim Hagen, Lee Sunderlin and Chong Zheng, Mr. Tim Perkins, and the Chemistry Club’s faculty advisor, Dr. Oliver Hofstetter. “The annual Chem Demo really is the highlight of the year when it comes to presenting ourselves and reaching out to the community. It is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate that science is fun and that scientists are just people like you and me,” Hofstetter explains.

While the night will include some crowd-favorites of previous years — like the liquid nitrogen bomb and ping-pong madness — the Chem Club will also serve freshly prepared ice cream at the end of the performance.

The force will be strong with this one. Just ask Chemistry Club Demo co-coordinator Devon Boland. “After having participated in several chemistry demos over the last couple of years, I can assure you that this year’s show will be one for the ages: We have Star Wars, rivalries, and — most importantly — lightsabers! This is an event you don’t want to miss! I bet that all ages will leave laughing, cheering, and being excited. So, make sure you come, feel free to put on your favorite costume — be it from Star Wars, Star Trek, or whatever. Join us for one spectacular show!”

Expect bright flashes of light and intermittent periods of low light and/or darkness during the event.

Free 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), starting at 5 p.m., except for reserved and handicapped spaces.

For more information about the Chemistry Demo, please, e-mail Marina Galluzzo at

For more information about the Chemistry Club, please, e-mail Dr. Hofstetter at

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Northern Illinois University
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Faraday Hall, Room 319
DeKalb, IL  60115

(815) 753‐1131

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