“Ahhhh, Strontium!”Pyrotechnics expert John Conking ‘65, an adjunct professor of chemistry, offered a talk on the Chemistry of Fireworks Saturday afternoon. Professor Conkling explained the chemical compounds and methods used to produce the various colors and special effects of fireworks displays.Conkling and Chris Mocella ‘01, a chemist with US Customs & Border Protection, collaborated on the second edition of Conkling’s book, The Chemistry of Fireworks, published in January 2011. The lecture was part of the College’s celebration of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry.
As part of the year-long Washington College Celebration of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry, Valeria C. Culotta, Ph.D. Bloomberg School of Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University, Caryn E. Outten, Ph.D., the University of South Carolina, and Rosette M. Roat-Malone, Ph.D., Washington College spoke on “Why Copper and Iron? Metal Ions We Need for Good Health,” in a symposium sponsored by the William James Forum and Sigma Xi.
As part of the International Year of Chemistry, magazine writer Ryan Lizza shared his insights into how and why Congress and the White House failed to reach agreement on breakthrough energy legislation.