A. L. Hook Emerging Professor in Science and Mathematics Jen Dabrowski and Senior Lecturer Mary McManamy have co-authored an article in the Journal of Chemical Education.
How do we engage students in science? Recent curriculum changes have led to increases in nonlaboratory science course offerings for nonmajors to not only bolster science literacy but also demonstrate the relevance and impact of science on their everyday lives.
Towards this end, A. L. Hook Emerging Professor in Science and Mathematics Jen Dabrowski and Senior Lecturer Mary McManamy designed the course Culinary Transformations to connect food and chemistry utilizing the overarching themes of a recipe and the scientific method. Anchoring concepts delineated by the American Chemical Society were linked to a series of Elon’s signature experiential learning components, including hands-on activities and engagement with community partners both on- and off-campus. These efforts were shared with the broader chemistry community in a recent article entitled, “Design of Culinary Transformations: A Chemistry Course for Nonscience Majors” in the Journal of Chemical Education.
“The Journal of Chemical Education is the official journal of the Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society, co-published with the American Chemical Society Publications Division. Launched in 1924, the Journal of Chemical Education is the world’s premier chemical education journal. The Journal publishes peer-reviewed articles and related information as a resource to those in the field of chemical education and to those institutions that serve them. JCE typically addresses chemical content, activities, laboratory experiments, instructional methods, and pedagogies. The Journal serves as a means of communication among people across the world who are interested in the teaching and learning of chemistry. This includes instructors of chemistry from middle school through graduate school, professional staff who support these teaching activities, as well as some scientists in commerce, industry, and government.” – Journal of Chemical Education. https://pubs.acs.org/page/jceda8/about.html (accessed April 14, 2020).