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With "Molecular Foundation of Movement" we will connect atoms and molecules to exercise science. Where is the chemistry? Well, your muscles won't work unless you have iron, calcium and magnesium for example. Attendees can win a prize by completing a puzzle that is related to the information given in the exhibit.
The exhibit includes a special tribute to the work of Dr. Alfred Bader, entrepreneur, fine arts collector and philanthropist.
There will be showcase dances with chemists, open dances, and line dances in the auditorium, among others. The exhibit and refreshments will be set up in the lobby. Everybody is asked to check in upon arrival. The full program can be downloaded here [PDF].
Interested in studying up before the big day? Here are some videos demonstrating the group line dances that will take place. Don't worry, the steps will be described during the event as well. The event is one day after Halloween. Feel free to wear your Sunday best or come in a Halloween costume.
Attendees can win in several ways
This year's prizes are:
This event is made possible through generous donations from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Alfred Bader Fine Arts, Aldrich Chemistry, VWR, Western Michigan University, and the WMU Business Technology and Research Park.
Chemists are not just experts in their field but are also interested in art, history, cooking, baking, brewing, gardening and exercise, among others. “Elements of Dance” invites all chemists, chemistry enthusiasts and the general public to enjoy ballroom dancing. Future “Chemistry and Culture” themes will address topics like “Art Conservation”, “Forgery”, “Cooking” and “Gardening”, for example.
The goals of the "Chemistry and Culture" series are...
Contact Elke Schoffers with questions.
With Photos by Denis Billen (DB) of DB Family Photography DJ and by Roxana Manta-Bielanski (RM)
The connection between chemistry and culture, especially chemistry and dance may not be obvious to everybody. However, there are some interesting aspects to consider when contemplating these combinations. John Bohannon, a biologist and science journalist, has collaborated with AAAS to create the Dance Your PhD competition. It is in response to a dreaded situation that scientists encounter whey they try to explain their research to laymen. How does one respond to &lqduo;So, what’s your PhD about?” For the fourth year running, PhD scientists can compete to win up to $1,000, and they are required to dance. Bohannon has also performed at TEDx Brussels. With the help of the Black Label Movement dance troupe he proposed to replace Powerpoint software with live dancers. Zafra M. Lerman of the Institute for Science Education and Science Communication thinks that the “arts can play a valuable role in reversing [a negative] public perception” and help “improve the public understanding of chemistry” (Chemistry: An Inspiration for Theatre and Dance Chemical Education International, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2005). A notable example is the play Oxygen, written by Carl Djerassi and Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann. And “Nobel laureate John Planyi has referred to molecular movement as ‘the dance of the molecules’”.
On November 1, over 200 people were curious enough to find out about dancing chemists when KACS connected atoms and molecules to exercise science in the lobby, while offering showcase dances, line dances and open dances in the auditorium of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts during Chemistry and Culture: Elements of Dance. Mayor Bobby Hopewell was the "Surprise Celebrity MC".
Many chemists dressed in elegant evening attire and joined local ballroom dancers and the general public. The lobby featured refreshments and several displays as part of an exhibit that explained exercise chemistry:
Participants were able to win prizes. For example, correct crossword puzzles, based on the science in the exhibit, were entered into a drawing for trial gym memberships, T-shirts, Meg-A- Moles, and dance passes, among others.
There was also a computer set up which played a YouTube video of “Chemists Can DANCE! The first ever dancing periodic table of elements” , which was produced by ACS. A demo showed how one can isolate iron from cereal. Last but not least, there was a display as a special tribute to Dr. Alfred Bader, founder of Aldrich Chemicals and an avid art collector and philanthropist. This event was made possible through generous donations by AAAS, WMU, Aldrich Chemistry, Alfred Bader Fine Arts, and WMU-BTR. It was also a collaboration of KACS with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Southwest Michigan Ballroom Dance and the Kalamazoo Chapter of USA Dance.