This past weekend I was working with some 5th-grade teachers on electricity and magnetism, and one of the great scientists that we invoke is Michael Faraday. The electricity you use on a daily basis that magically comes out of those outlets in your home is all a result of Faraday’s law of induction, the principle behind the generation of electrical energy from some kind of motion energy. (Around here, most of that comes from coal burning to boil some water and turn a turbine.) Beyond this, Faraday was known for his ability to understand and communicate science, and his tradition of bringing science demonstrations to the public was unrivaled. The Faraday Christmas Lectures that he initiated in 1826 became an annual tradition.
We’re lucky to have a new university president, Chuck Wight, who is continuing this lecture tradition, together with our Chemistry Department, here at Weber State. While this has been hosted at the University of Utah for many years when President Wight worked as a chemist and administrator there, the tradition is now brought here to our university. The CSME has no hand in this, but we’re confident that everyone should go. The event is hosted in Lind Lecture Hall 225/226 this coming Monday and Tuesday (December 16 and 17) evening, starting at 7:00 PM. Link here for more information. We hope to see you there!