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UNI's 'Halloween House' makes science spooky

October 14, 2013

Dawn Del Carlo, associate professor, chemistry & biochemistry, 319-273-3296,

Melisa Cherney, assistant professor, chemistry & biochemistry, 319-273-2557,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's American Chemical Society (ACS) students will host their annual "Halloween House" from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, on the second floor of McCollum Science Hall on the UNI campus. More than 500 people are expected to attend this year's event.

The Halloween House is made up of seven themed rooms including the Vampire Video Lounge, the Devil's Den and Frankenstein's Lab. Each room will host various Halloween-themed demonstrations, including hands-on activities, such as making pretend snot and brains in the Grossology Lab.

"The ACS students have been working hard this semester to create these demonstrations and hands-on activities in an effort to make the event fun and entertaining in a safe environment," said Dawn Del Carlo, faculty adviser to ACS and associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

"Hopefully our visitors will have a great time and experience how exciting chemistry at UNI can be," added Melisa Cherney, co-adviser of ACS and assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Del Carlo at 319-273-3296 or, or Cherney at 319-273-2557 or