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Chemistry Café to address water stewardship and conservation

Penn State Berks will hold a series of Chemistry Cafés to celebrate locally the International Year of Chemistry, a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. During second event, Kate O’Brien, Watershed Specialist and Environmental Educator with the Berks County Conservation District, will present “Water: Stewardship and Conservation” on Thursday, May 19, 2011, at 6 p.m. at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington Street, Reading. This event is free and open to the public.

As the IYC 2011 Coordinator for the Lehigh Valley Section of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Lorena Tribe, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Penn State Berks, will organize a series of Science Cafés held locally to participate in the celebration.

Under the unifying theme “Chemistry—our life, our future,” IYC 2011 will offer a range of interactive, entertaining, and educational activities for all ages. The Year of Chemistry is intended to reach across the globe, with opportunities for public participation at the local, regional, and national level.

The goals of this year’s events are to increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, and to generate enthusiasm for creative future chemistry.

For more information, contact Tribe at 610-396-6187 or via e-mail at LUT1@psu.edu.

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