Activities Calendar

Activities Calendar

Science Cafe: A Muggle's Guide to Harry Potter's Chemistry

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
6:30 pm8:00 pm
Happy Raven Bar
122 N 11th St.
Lincoln, NE 68508
US

In 2011, University of Nebraska–Lincoln chemistry professor Rebecca Lai contemplated how to attract more students to the sciences. She had just reread the entire Harry Potter series, and it occurred to her: What if she designed a course around the books’ potions and spells? Thus, the honors class “A Muggle’s Guide to Harry Potter’s Chemistry” was born! Dr. Lai will discuss various elements in our world that are also in Harry Potter's world, including gold (Au), silver (Ag), mercury (Hg), aluminum (Al), and silicon (Si). She will focus on the use of these elements in the wizarding world when compared to our “Muggle” world.