2011 is the International Year of Chemistry (as if
you didn't already know that). To celebrate, Illinois Science
is offering programs about chemistry of stuff we care
about (and some things we don't give a second thought to but should).
This unique workshop, Chemistry of Cosmetics, will be led Perry
Romanowski, cosmetic chemist and author of Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?* and Dr. Shelby Hatch, chemistry faculty at Northwestern University.
Folks, this isn't just for ladies who wear make-up. It's for anyone who bothers to bathe regularly (hopefully, all of you) or needs to (definitely all of you). It's for anyone who ever put a product on his/her body or hair to make themselves look better or smell better. As we humans are social beings - and vain creatures - that's all of us.
Memorizing the periodic table in high school didn't do it, but knowledge of chemistry can, in fact make you prettier (avoid rashes) and richer (avoid overpriced products). Cosmetics means all personal care products. Come for an enlightening evening where you'll get the inside chemical scoop on the lotions, potions and products that clutter our bathrooms. You'll get to test some things out yourself too!
Are natural or organic products better for my skin?
Is wearing makeup bad for me?
Are more expensive products worth the price?
There are thousands of shampoo choices - what works best?
And the eternal mystery Einstein couldn't answer... Can I get hooked on lip balm?
No science prerequisites are necessary but you must be 21 or older. Sign up now -- space is very limited! Other programs with dates TBD include beer, honey and coffee. A repeat of the very popular "Chemistry of chocolate" will be held at O'Callaghan's on Sept. 21st. Visit IllinoisScience.org for more details.
* Copies of Perry's book will be available for purchase. He'll sign a copy for you!
When & Where
Illinois Science Council
Illinois Science Council ("ISC") is an independent 501c3 organization that engages, educates, and entertains the adult public about science, technology, engineering and math in our everyday lives. We showcase the scientists and research of those Chicago-area institutions and companies that make Chicago our nation's true "City of Science." ISC serves as the science & tech complement to the region's arts & culture offerings.
We are inspired and motivated by this Carl Sagan quote: “The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous." Sagan also observed, "We live in a society that is exquisitely dependent upon science and technology in which hardly anyone understands anything about science and technology." ISC is certainly working to change that.
ISC explores all areas of science and technology and we do it with a fun, non-stuffy approach. We don't care what's been forgotten since school (or never learned in the first place). It's simply about continuing to exercise our inexhaustible human sense of curiosity. We create engaging programs open to the public (aimed at adults and accessible to teens) such as hands on chemistry (Chemistry of... Beer, Chocolate, Coffee, Honey, etc), panel discussions on science subjects in the news (Your Brain on Happiness, on Creativity, on Addiction, on Exercise, etc.), author talks, film screenings ("The Atom Smashers"), and more.