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Press Release: Chemistry Demonstrations by DeSales University Students Stimulate Learning and Also Entertain
Date: 11/9/2006


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Chemistry Demonstration  2006
Chemistry Demonstrations by DeSales University Students Stimulate Learning and Also Entertain

Students at DeSales University will combine science with colorful visuals, popular music, and comic relief during the Sixth Annual DeSales University Chemistry Demonstrations Program at 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 13, in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Science Center auditorium. The session will feature 11 students conducting 15 experiments including The Rainbow Disconnection, Twister, Leprechaun Elixir, Heartbreaker, Armageddon, Soda Fountain, among others. The event is open to the public free of charge. For more information, or to reserve a seat for the public presentation, call 610-282-1100, ext. 1386.

Established in the fall of 2001, the chemistry demonstrations program at DeSales is designed to educate elementary and secondary school students on the key concepts of chemistry in a fun atmosphere. DeSales science students present the chemistry demonstrations in an entertaining and instructional manner. They develop the concepts, research the chemistry underlying them, and create colorful power-point presentations based on the reactions observed. They also select music that is appropriate for each demonstration. During the 2006 - 2007 academic year, students will present the program nine times during the fall semester and eight times in the spring, including the public session on Nov. 13.

"The program stimulates the thinking of those who see it," said Dr. Rodger Berg, associate professor in the department of natural science at DeSales, who serves as coordinator of the chemistry program. "High school and middle school teachers learn new concepts and ideas and find new ways to teach their students chemistry."

Originally the program was designed for juniors and seniors in high school, but is now offered to students in grades 5 through 12. Last year, the demonstrations were presented 17 times to over 1200 students in area high schools, middle schools and elementary schools. The programs differ from year to year.

According to Berg, DeSales students enjoy taking part in the program because it helps them learn additional techniques and different methods of doing chemistry.

"They enjoy participating in the program because it is a chance for them to work with their peers and faculty members in an area they find fascinating," said Berg. "It's also an opportunity for them to perform before large groups of people and to perfect their communication and presentation skills."

The DeSales students taking part in the chemistry demonstrations this year are: Michael Allen, '08, double major in chemistry and biology from York, Pa.; Marisa Baldassano, '09, medical studies major from Audubon, Pa.; BobbiAnn Barnes, '07, environmental science major and chemistry minor from Newark, Del. ; Angela Bollinger, '07, chemistry major from Palmerton, Pa.; Erin Frey, '07, biology major from Hellertown, Pa.; Ashley Grube, '09, chemistry major from Orwigsburg, Pa.; Christopher Kern, '09, chemistry major from Laflin, Pa.; Joseph Newman, '07, biology major from Toledo, Ohio; Marissa Lamparksi, '07, chemistry major from Lansdale, Pa.; Kimberly Rarick, '09, chemistry major from Ringtown, Pa.; and Justin Sparks, '07, chemistry major from Pottstown, Pa.
 
In addition to Dr. Rodger Berg, DeSales faculty participating this year include Dr. Stephen Cartier, assistant professor of physical and inorganic chemistry, and Dr. Francis Mayville, associate professor of organic chemistry and biochemistry.
 
For more information, or to reserve a seat for the public presentation, call the department of natural science at DeSales University, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1386.

Press Release: Chemistry Demonstrations by DeSales University Students Stimulate Learning and Also Entertain | Posted on: 11/9/2006

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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