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Innovative Wittenberg Saturday Science Program Continues March 26

March 14, 2011  
 Filed in Community, Events, Science

Springfield, Ohio – The 2010-11 Wittenberg Saturday Science program continues at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26, in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center with a presentation titled “The Chemistry of Ice Cream” by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ray Dudek.

Wittenberg Saturday Science is an outreach program started in January 2009 that exposes area high school and home-schooled students to science and its many possibilities. Nine academic departments – biology, chemistry, communication, computer science, geography, geology, mathematics, physics and psychology – are collaborating on the program, which is scheduled to run once a month during the school year.

While the format sometimes varies, programs normally feature a public presentation by a Wittenberg faculty member on an accessible science topic, likely something outside the typical high school curriculum. On March 26, Dudek says his presentation will look at the chemistry involved in making a cooled emulsion, known as ice cream.”

After a continental breakfast in the David L. Hobson Atrium, students then take part in a science experience led by current Wittenberg students and their professors. Participants will try different ice cream recipes in order to see which combination of ingredients works best. The ice cream will be made quickly using liquid nitrogen.

Dudek teaches courses in introductory chemistry, as well as thermodynamics and quantum chemistry. His research interests include the synthesis of silver colloids and their use in Raman spectroscopy. A 1994 graduate of Connecticut College, Dudek went on to earn his Ph.D. from Brown University in 2001. He has been a member of Wittenberg’s faculty since 2005.

Wittenberg Saturday Science is funded by a grant from Future Jobs, a regional workforce development program. Wittenberg is a partner with Future Jobs, and University President Mark H. Erickson is a member of its board of directors.

There is no cost to participate in Wittenberg Saturday Science, and the public is welcome to attend the lecture portion. However, space is limited for the hands-on experience. To register for the event, go to For more information, e-mails can be sent to

Written By: Ryan Maurer


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