The Catholic University of America

Oct. 30, 2006

Halloween Photo Opportunity

CUA Chemistry Classes Celebrate Halloween with Elemental Masquerade


CUA Students Impersonate Chemical Elements


Monday, Oct. 30, 2006
9:10 a.m. - Maloney Auditorium
12:10 p.m. - Hannan Hall, Room 106


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Award-winning chemistry professor Diane Bunce will continue her annual tradition of celebrating Halloween with her students by impersonating the various elements of the periodic table in a game of chemical masquerade.

The first group of 80 nursing students will come dressed as their favorite element (or two or more can come as a compound). They must research their element or compound and design a costume that demonstrates at least three properties of the substance. They write these on an index card (along with the name of the substance) and then present clues to all their classmates, who then try to guess who they are.

The exercise will be repeated with 38 non-science majors on Monday afternoon.

For more details about CUA Associate Professor Diane Bunce's creative approaches to teaching chemistry, visit:

For a specific description of her Halloween "Parade of Elements," try:


Coverage of either Halloween class is welcome; please contact Chris Harrison or Katie Lee at 202-319-5600 for more information.


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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,