eagerness to acquire electrons can slowly create rust or suddenly produce
flame. Its energy can be explosive or exquisitely controlled.
our bodies, it supplies life-giving energy but also makes death-dealing
in the air around us, but despite today’s abundance of oxygen, once the
atmosphere had almost none.
we fully understand oxygen, or is there more to learn about this vital and
Come and find out for yourself at the
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Oxygen Symposium is sponsored by the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy,
the UW College of Letters and Science, the UW Department of Chemistry, the
Wisconsin Section of the American Chemical Society, the Wisconsin Academy
of Science, Arts and Letters, and the UW Libraries.
Oxygen Symposium is free and open to the public, but
advance registration is required by March 10.
or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Oxygen Symposium, Department
1101 University Avenue, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706.
For more information, call 608-263-2424
symposium is being presented in conjunction with the University Theatre’s production
of Oxygen, a play by chemists Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffmann. For
ticket information, contact the Vilas Hall Box Office at 821 University Avenue,
Madison, WI 53706, telephone 608-262-1500.
featured are chemical demonstrations of properties of oxygen, some presented
by Bassam Shakhashiri,
and a performance by Marc Fink and members of the Pro Arte Quartet.
Carl Djerassi, National Medal of Science winner, on “How to Smuggle Science
to the Public”
Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, on “Mme. Lavoisier”
Brian G. Fox
Shannon S. Stahl
Oxygen Come From?”
the Web of Oxygen’s Discovery”
Biological Control of Oxygen Reactivity”
Oxidations using Molecular Oxygen”
a Foundation for Lavoisier’s Discoveries”
the Aging Process”