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Press Release: DeSales Students Stimulate Learning During Colorful Chemistry Demonstrations
Date: 3/17/2009

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DeSales Students Stimulate Learning During Colorful Chemistry Demonstrations

(March 17, 2009) - DeSales students stimulate learning as they combine chemical concepts with humor and music to present the Eighth Annual DeSales University Chemistry Demonstrations.

During the spring 2009 semester, students will present 11 daytime performances for elementary, middle and high school students in the Lehigh Valley area. Also, a public program will be held at 7 p.m., Wed., March 18, in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Science Center auditorium. The public 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.

The Eighth Annual DeSales University Chemistry Demonstrations Program is sponsored financially in part by Air Product and Chemicals.

The spring '09 chemistry demonstrations feature 16 DeSales students who conduct colorful experiments such as Poppin' Polymers, Burnin' Up, Harry Potter Potions Class, It's Electric, Dirty Laundry and Bubble Bombs and No Strings Attached.

Established in fall 2001, the annual chemistry demonstrations program is designed to educate elementary and secondary school students on the basics of chemistry in a fun environment. During the spring 2009 semester, more than 850 students are expected to see the chemistry presentations.

DeSales science students present the chemistry demonstrations, develop the concepts, research the chemistry underlying them, and create power-point presentations based on the reactions observed. A different collection is presented each academic year.

"Students do it all for the love of science," said Dr. Roger Berg, associate professor of analytical chemistry, who coordinates the chemistry program. "They spend much of their own time preparing for presentations, even before the first program of the academic year is presented. Once the program is underway, they devote countless hours to perfecting the presentations."

In addition to Berg, DeSales faculty members participating in the chemistry demonstrations program this year include Dr. Francis Mayville, associate professor of organic chemistry and biochemistry, Dr. Tina Catalone, assistant professor of natural science, and Mrs. Patricia Hartman, chemistry laboratory manager.

"The program stimulates the thinking of those who see it, so students are energized, as well as entertained," said Berg. "It also enables high school and middle school teachers to learn new concepts and ideas and find new ways to teach chemistry to their students."

For more information, call the DeSales University Department of Natural Science, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1386.

Press Release: DeSales Students Stimulate Learning During Colorful Chemistry Demonstrations | Posted on: 3/17/2009

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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