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Press Release: DeSales Students Combine Chemical Concepts with Visuals, Humor and Music in Colorful Chemistry Demonstrations, Wed., March 12
Date: 3/3/2008


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DeSales Students Combine Chemical Concepts with Visuals, Humor and Music in Colorful Chemistry Demonstrations, Wed., March 12

DeSales University students will combine science with colorful visuals, humor and popular music during a chemistry demonstrations program at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Science Center auditorium. The event is open to the public free of charge, but seat reservations are required. For more information, or to reserve a seat for the public presentation, call 610-282-1100, ext. 1386.

During the program, 14 DeSales students will conduct a dozen experiments such as Treasure Hunt, Funky Fog, Cooking with Jessica Simpson, Disco Inferno, Napoleon's Dynamite, among others, that will educate as well as entertain those in attendance. The public event is part of a semester long program that also features 10 daytime performances for elementary, middle and high school students.

Established in Fall 2001, this year marks the Eighth Annual DeSales University Chemistry Demonstrations Program. The program, which offers different presentations from year to year, is designed to educate elementary and secondary school students on the basics of chemistry in a fun atmosphere. The Spring 2008 series is being funded in part by Air Products and Chemicals.

According to Dr. Rodger Berg, associate professor of analytical chemistry and coordinator of the chemistry program, more than 2000 people in the Lehigh Valley area are expected to see the presentations during 2007 - 2008 academic year.

The DeSales students develop the key 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.

"The program stimulates the thinking of those who see it," said Berg. "High school and middle school teachers learn new concepts and ideas and find new ways to teach their students chemistry."

According to Berg, DeSales students enjoy taking part in the demonstrations program because it helps them learn additional techniques and different methods of doing chemistry. It also gives them an opportunity to perform before large groups of people and to perfect their communication and presentation skills.

"I enjoy taking part in the program because it helps me learn more about chemistry. It also has helped me improve my public speaking skills and taught me how to present information effectively to an audience," said Marisa Baldassano, '09, medical studies major from Audubon, Pa. "The experience has allowed me to grow as a student and as a leader."

"Before the first program of the academic year is presented, students spend much of their own time preparing the presentations. Once the programs begin, they devote countless hours to presenting and perfecting them," said Berg. "And they do it all for the love of science."

In addition to Berg, DeSales faculty members participating this year include Dr. Stephen Cartier, assistant professor of physical and inorganic chemistry; Dr. Francis Mayville, associate professor of organic chemistry and biochemistry; Dr. Silvia Porello, assistant professor of biochemistry, and Mrs. Patricia Harman, chemistry laboratory manager.

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: DeSales Students Combine Chemical Concepts with Visuals, Humor and Music in Colorful Chemistry Demonstrations, Wed., March 12 | Posted on: 3/3/2008

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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