The National Science Foundation recently awarded a $680,000 grant to Wake Forest University Associate Professor of Chemistry Patricia Dos Santos. In addition to funding research that helps scientists better understand life on earth, the grant also enables her to mentor students from other Triad-area colleges.
The basic principles of chemistry can be learned using everyday items you can find in the kitchen. Dancing popcorn, a jelly bean taste-test, and a colorful lemon volcano are part of the fun and the curriculum for Comstock-Ferguson’s advanced chemistry class community outreach project.
It’s very different from other courses offered by the Chemistry Department. It’s cool to learn about food science. I enjoy cooking but learning the science behind cooking is different than just following the directions.