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Vol. 26 No. 6
November-December 2004

Chemistry is Everywhere

by Can Etik

Peter Mahaffy (right) presents Can Etik with a certificate of recognition.

In January 2003, Professor Hale Bayram, the Secretary General of the Organizing Committee of the 18th ICCE and a teacher trainer in Istanbul, alerted chemistry teachers Selmin Aydin and Hülya Kordel about IUPAC’s poster competition “It’s a Chemical World!” Sixteen-year old Can Etik, a student in their class, produced one of the winning posters: Chemistry is Everywhere, which represents the atomic, microscopic, and macroscopic world in beautiful watercolor.

In the summer of 2003, the school (Ozel Kalamis Lisesi in Istanbul) phoned Etik in Britain, where he was on vacation, to tell him he had won the prize. Upon his return home to Turkey, Etik gave interviews to magazines, radio, and television; He had became an artistic scientific celebrity! Etik said that his father used to draw, and that maybe he inherited this artistic gift from him. This could well be the case, his twin brother Cem won another Science Across the World competition called “When the Wind Blows” <www.scienceacross.org>.

The Etik brothers, who are concentrating on science, have two more years to go in high school. They haven’t decided yet what field of study they will pursue after finishing school. Their parents postponed their vacation plans to attend the 18th ICCE ceremony at which Can Etik was presented with a certificate of recognition by Peter Mahaffy.


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