Diapers To Dollar Bills: Everyday Demonstrations Of Hands-On Science

August 26, 1998

Beavercreek, Ohio, is home to a professor who likes to start his lectures with a bang--literally. Wright State University's John Fortman "is best-known by educators and students alike for his demonstrations and pyrotechnics illustrating principles of chemistry," according to the Beavercreek News Current. Having toured 45 states to deliver more than 100 talks for the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, Dr. Fortman will show chemistry's role in daily life, highlighting the best demonstrations from his 12 different programs using everyday objects--from diapers to dollar bills.

At the 216th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Fortman will show how the proper use of combustion can engulf a book and a $50 bill in flames without charring them. Chemistry's ability to hold together many houses and buildings will be shown through chemical reaction that creates limestone--an essential component of mortar, a staple of construction for thousands of years.

Finally, with the audience's help, he will prove, once and for all, that there is a connection between the Macarena and your car by teaching a line-dance that illustrates the four-stroke process of the internal combustion engine.


Wed., Aug. 26, 1:00-2:00 p.m.


Hynes Convention Center, Boston
Exhibit Hall, ACS Membership Booth #1326

For Further Information Contact:

Nancy Blount, (202) 872-4451
August 20-27: Press Room , Convention Center, Room 308
Phone: (617) 351-6808; FAX: (617) 351-6820

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