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Bassam Shakhashiri

Bassam Shakhashiri

Expert on chemical education, science outreach, and communicating science to the public; noted science demonstrator

Professor, chemistry; director, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-0538 Home page


  • Science policy
  • Communicating science to the public
  • Chemical education
  • Chemical demonstrations
  • Chemistry


  • Assistant Director for Science and Engineering Education at National Science Foundation, 1984-1990
  • Recipient, Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science, Council of Scientific Society Presidents, 2013
  • Author, Chemical Demonstrations: A Handbook for Teachers of Chemistry, Volumes 1-5
  • Founder of Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy
  • 2012 President of the American Chemical Society