Interactive Sessions - Kids' Tech University (KTU) at BGSU    
Dr. Andrew TorelliMarch 28, 2015
What’s the best way to grow crystals?

An interactive session led by Dr. Andrew Torelli

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

There are many types of crystals we can see in our everyday lives - gemstones, salt and snowflakes are just a few common examples. But what makes a crystal a crystal, and how are crystals formed? We will consider some of the essential characteristics of crystals, and experiment with different strategies to grow crystals made from an everyday compound you can find at the supermarket.

Andrew Torelli grew up outside of Syracuse, NY and spent a great deal of time exploring the outdoors in his childhood. He combined interests in biology and computer science during his undergraduate studies at the State University of New York (SUNY) college at Geneseo before pursuing a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Structural Biology at the University of Rochester where he used a technique called X-ray crystallography to determine the precise arrangement of atoms in RNA molecules. His current research relies on X-ray crystallography and complementary techniques to study how the structure of certain proteins is related to their function.

March 2015 - Hands-On Exhibits
After the interactive session the students will be escorted by their parents to have lunch and then to the hands-on portion of the event. There the students will enjoy the experience of interacting with various exhibits from the Bowling Green State University community.