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Bethel College chemistry professor to present faculty seminar

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Gary Histand will present "Chemistry Magic and Fantastic Demonstrations" at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11 in the Administration Building Chapel at Bethel College, North Newton. The lecture is the next faculty seminar at Bethel College. Admission is free and open to the public. Gary Histand, who is associate professor of chemistry at Bethel, earned an associate of arts degree at Hesston College, a bachelor’s degree at Delaware Valley College and master’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry at Northwestern University. For 13 years, he has taught college chemistry courses.

In addition to his teaching, Histand was awarded an NSR Epscor Fellowship to carry out research work at the University of Arkansas and a Watkins Fellowship for research at Wichita State University. His interests and passions lie in finding creative methods for teaching and learning chemistry with his students.

"Chemistry is an exciting discipline for everyone," says Histand as he describes his presentation. "I will provide a feast for the senses, including colorful, noisy and fun demonstrations of chemical reactivity."

Sounding almost like a magician and wondering if this is pedagogy or play, he adds, "See copper turn into gold, marvel as water burns and hear the voice that can start a chemical reaction."

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