Travel to Mars with the University of Findlay! On Tuesday, Oct. 23. the campus community and public will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive activity, a webinar hosted by the American Chemical Society, and view a program in UF’s planetarium. All activities will be free.
“Voyage to Mars: Red Planet Chemistry,” will be held during National Chemistry Week.
The 7 p.m. webinar, to be viewed in Frost Science Center’s Malcolm Lecture Hall, will address the challenges of long-term space travels, as well as the materials, biochemistry and astrochemistry that would make a manned mission to Mars possible.
The hour-long livestreamed webinar, which will include a question-and-answer session, will focus not only on science involved with traveling to Mars, but on how people would live on the planet too, said Nathan Tice, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry at UF.
The webinar will feature the following panel of experts: Kirsten Siebach, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Rice University’s Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences; Brett McGuire, Ph.D., a Hubble Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory; Mark Blenner, Ph.D., an associate professor in Clemson University’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department; Mary Meader, Ph.D., from NASA Glenn Research Center; Michael Meador, Ph.D., from NASA’s Game Changing Technologies Program; and Susanna Widicus-Weaver, Ph.D., from Emory University’s Department of Chemistry.
The planetarium show will begin at 8:30 p.m. and last about 20 minutes; participants may simply attend the planetarium program if they wish.
Also, the UF chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will organize a “mole hunt,” which will start at 6 p.m. Clues will be given about mole locations on campus, and searches will be guided by club officers. The mole is the ACS mascot; mole, in chemistry terms, is a unit of measurement dealing with large quantities of substances, such as atoms. Chemists use moles in various calculations.
Refreshments will be provided and a raffle will be held featuring cool chemistry-related items.