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Illinois College students to demonstrate climate change at State Fair


Illinois College students along with other members of the Illinois Heartland Local Section of the American Chemical Society will be at the Illinois State Fair running hands-on demonstrations that highlight the physical properties of carbon dioxide and its impact on the environment.

Demonstrations will take place throughout the day at the ACS booth in Conservation World on Saturday, August 17, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Illinois College students participating include seniors Kyle Mason of Latham, Ashley Roller of Girard and Mariah Sisson of Virden; juniors Anne Aiello of Springfield, Madalyn Allen of Alexander, Jen Brenneisen of Springfield, and Amber Riley and Ashley Riley both of St. Charles, Mo.; and sophomore Lauren Aiello of Springfield.

“Our demonstrations will illustrate physical properties of carbon dioxide that can negatively affect the environment,” Brent Chandler, assistant professor of chemistry, said.

The Illinois Heartland Local Sections of the American Chemical Society has 240 chemists, chemical engineers and educators in an 11 county area in central Illinois including Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, Henry, Jacksonville and Galesburg.

For more information on the Illinois State Fair chemistry demonstration or the Illinois College Department of Chemistry contact Chandler at 217-245-3478 or at

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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