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McGill Professor demystifies the magic of chemistry in Vernon speaker series

Okanagan College Media Release

Dr. Joe Schwarcz, professor of chemistry and director of the McGill University Office for Science and Society, will attempt to demystify the complexities of chemistry in a presentation entitled: “Have you wondered…(or how the mysteries of the world can be explained by chemistry.)”

The presentation is the latest public lecture offered through the Science in Society Speaker Series (a joint project by Okanagan Science Center and the Okanagan College) and is in celebration of the International Year of Chemistry, 2011 and the Vernon winter carnival, “Cooking with Carnival.”

The lecture will take place on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre of the Vernon campus of Okanagan College, and will be followed by free refreshments.

Schwarcz will address questions such as: Why, for years and years, there were no red M&M's or how they get the maraschino cherry to float in the syrup inside a Cherry Blossom? What is the link between the bombardier beetle at the V-2 rocket? Why does popcorn pop? Why are there holes in Swiss cheese? Can chocolate really make you fall in love?

Schwarcz is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging. He has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public. Among these are the Royal Society of Canada’s McNeil Award and the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award. His latest awards include the Royal Canadian Institute’s Sandford Fleming Medal, the Society of Chemical Industry’s Purvis Award and the Chemical Institute of Canada’s Montreal Medal. Schwarcz was also awarded an honorary Doctorate degree by Athabasca University.

“Dr. Joe” has appeared hundreds of times on the Canadian Discovery Channel, TV Ontario, Global Television, CBC-TV, CTV-TV and various radio stations. He hosts the "Dr. Joe Show" on Montreal's CJAD every Sunday from 3-4 p.m. He also hosted “Science To Go,” a series on the Discovery Channel that focused on common foods. Schwarcz writes a weekly newspaper column in the Montreal Gazette entitled “The Right Chemistry” as well as a monthly column in Canadian Chemical News. His books “Radar, Hula Hoops and Playful Pigs,” “The Genie in the Bottle,” “That’s The Way The Cookie Crumbles,” “Dr. Joe and What You Didn’t Know,” “The Fly in the Ointment,” “Let Them Eat Flax,” “Brain Fuel,” “An Apple A Day,” “Science, Sense and Nonsense,” and his latest, “Dr. Joe’s Brain Sparks” have all been best sellers.

Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Please contact the Okanagan Science Centre www.okscience.ca or call (250) 545-3644 for advanced purchase of tickets or for more information.

This event is sponsored by Sladen Moore Chartered Accountants, the Best Western Vernon Lodge, and Starbucks Coffee.

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