Hot Science - Cool Talk "Sleuthing, The Avengers & Chemistry"

Discover how superheroes like the Avengers use chemistry to keep villains in check and save the world, and how forensic chemistry can help real-life crime fighters. Join Dr. Raychelle Burks as she shares her experiences, from working in a crime lab to being a professor and TV personality, all while developing research tools for chemical sleuthing. We encourage attendees to dress up as their favorite superhero and join us at this family friendly event. 

Dr. Raychelle Burks is a professor at St. Edwards University who enjoys the challenge of developing methods for detecting a variety of materials, including illegal drugs and explosives. She designs portable sensors, including those that work in your smart phone, that can make chemical measurements in the field. She helped create and organize SciPop Talks!, a popular talk series blending science and pop culture. Dr. Burks is a popular science communicator, appearing on the Science Channel's Outrageous Acts of Science, American Chemical Society’s Reactions videos, Royal Society of Chemistry podcasts, and at conventions such as DragonCon and GeekGirlCon.

Cool Activities: 5:30 - 6:40 p.m.

Talk with Q&A: 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

Hot Science – Cool Talks provides a front row seat to world-class research. Presented by the Environmental Science Institute this nationally recognized series allows leading researchers from Texas and other prominent universities to share their passion about science, technology, engineering and math with the general public. 

Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Burdine Hall (BUR), 106
2505 UNIVERSITY AVE , Austin, Texas 78712

Event Type

Campus & Community, Science & Tech


All Departments

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, Families, General Public



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