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The First Science Salon Junior Is an Explosive Hit

Shahan Kamal ’19, a molecular and cell biology major, helps aspiring scientists measure magnesium and sodium persulfate.

Lucie Turkel

The popular UConn Science Salon series traded cocktails and conversation for kid-focused experimentation at its first Science Salon Junior, during UConn’s October Family Weekend. Started in 2015, Science Salon brings University and industry experts together to examine technological developments, debate health and human behavior, and discuss with the community the hottest topics in science today. At the sold-out Science Salon Junior, kids ages 5 to 12 conducted experiments with faculty and students from the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources; the School of Engineering; and the Department of Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Above, Shahan Kamal ’19, a molecular and cell biology major, helps aspiring scientists measure magnesium and sodium persulfate. The kids then combined the two chemicals with a ruthenium compound, made by UConn students in a chem lab, to cause a reaction that glows orange in the dark. —Julie (Stagis) Bartucca ’10 (BUS, CLAS)

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