Bassam Shakhashiri, professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, performs before an audience filled with children and their parents during his annual “Once Upon a Christmas Cheery In the Lab of Shakhashiri” demonstration program in the Chemistry Building on Dec. 5, 2009. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the presentation.
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The Hatch Public Library is excited to welcome UW Professor of Chemistry Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri and his well-known “Science is Fun” program on Wednesday, June 14 at 12:30pm.

A master of chemical demonstrations, Professor Shakhashiri shares the fun of science through captivating and crowd-pleasing presentations.

Dr. Shakhashiri is the first holder of the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea at UW-Madison. He is well known internationally for his use of demonstrations in the teaching of chemistry, as a science policy advocate, and for his work promoting excellence in science education through the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy. The Encyclopedia Britannica sites him as the “dean of lecture demonstrators in America.”

Professor Shakhashiri has received over 35 awards and given over 1400 invited lectures and presentations in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and South America. He has been featured in newspapers, magazines, national and local radio and television including the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio, CNN, and the Larry King show. He appears as a regular guest on the Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio.

More information about “Science is Fun” is available online at The Mauston program is free and open to the public, and is being presented as part of the Hatch Public Library Summer Reading Program. More information about the library is available at, or by calling (608) 847-4454.