Its eagerness to acquire electrons can slowly create rust or suddenly produce flame. Its energy can be explosive or exquisitely controlled.
Within our bodies, it supplies life-giving energy but also makes death-dealing changes.
It’s in the air around us, but despite today’s abundance of oxygen, once the atmosphere had almost none.
Do we fully understand oxygen, or is there more to learn about this vital and fascinating element?
Come and find out for yourself at the
Saturday, March 29, 2003
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The 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.
The Oxygen Symposium is free and open to the public, but
advance registration is required by March 10.
A registration form is available here,
or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Oxygen Symposium, Department of Chemistry,
1101 University Avenue, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706.
For more information, call 608-263-2424
This 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.
Also 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.
Speakers include
Carl Djerassi, National Medal of Science winner, on “How to Smuggle Science to the Public”
Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, on “Mme. Lavoisier”
and
Patricia Kiley
Alan Rocke
Brian G. Fox
Shannon S. Stahl
Thomas Broman
Richard Weindruch
“Where Did Oxygen Come From?”
“Untangling the Web of Oxygen’s Discovery”
“Marvelous Biological Control of Oxygen Reactivity”
“Green Chemistry: Oxidations using Molecular Oxygen”
“Building a Foundation for Lavoisier’s Discoveries”
“Oxygen and the Aging Process”