Clarkson professor to give chemistry 'magic' show, to include tricks and ice cream, Dec. 9
Friday, December 7, 2012 - 5:28 pm

POTSDAM -- Clarkson University Professor Jim Peploski’s chemistry magic show, known as “Dr. Jim’s Chemistry Magic Show,” will include magic tricks and a free sample of ice cream.

Peploski will share his experiments Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Room 360 of Clarkson’s Science Center.

The “Miracles, Magic and Mayhem” show, which is targeted to children, will benefit the Potsdam Holiday Fund.

Peploski's show will feature 10 to 15 demonstrations, including a free sample of ice cream made by using liquid nitrogen.

Peploski, an associate professor and director of freshman chemistry, first began showcasing his experiments in front of students nearly 20 years ago and gradually began entertaining other on-campus groups. His show is an attraction at family and alumni weekends and at the University’s open house.

The Potsdam Holiday Fund show will allow him to bring the experiments to the greater Potsdam community.

“I like to see the people that are completely awed by the science -- the fun,” says Peploski. “People are fascinated by reactions that go ‘boom.’ I try to work in as many of those as I can.”

He is happy that his December show will benefit a charitable cause. “It’s a small effort on my part,” he said. ‘By doing this, my gift is multiplied.”

Each family or individual attending is asked to bring one new, unwrapped toy or gift to donate to the fund. The Holiday Fund provides new toys, clothing, boots and food to families and senior citizens in need in Potsdam, Madrid, Hopkinton, Nicholville, Brasher Falls, Chase Mills, Fort Jackson, West Stockholm and Winthrop.

The event is sponsored by Peploski and Clarkson's Student Life & Engagement office.