The Catholic University of America

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CUA Chemistry Class to Celebrate Halloween by Dressing as Favorite Elements

WHEN: 12:10 to 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Hannan Hall, Room 106
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

Students dressed up as elements last year

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.

Students in Bunce's Chemistry in the World Around Us course, which is offered to non-science majors, 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 their classmates, who then try to guess who they are.

It's no Halloween trick. Bunce treats students to up to five points on their next exam based on the success of their research and the presentation of their costume.

Bunce will be dressed as the element Silver (chemical symbol Ag) for the class.

For details about the other creative approaches Bunce takes to teaching chemistry, visit:

MEDIA: Coverage of the class is welcome. Please contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600 for more information.