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WHAT:

Food for Thought at CUA: "Thanksgiving Dinner and Chemistry - What's the Connection?"

WHEN:

4:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Maloney Hall, Rice Auditorium
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.
DETAILS:

A traditional Thanksgiving table will be set at CUA when Professor Diane Bunce unravels the chemistry behind the foods in the annual feast.

In a demonstration "Thanksgiving Dinner and Chemistry - What's the Connection?" award-winning chemistry Professor Bunce will consider turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce and answer these and other questions:

• How does the pop-up timer on a roasting turkey work?

• Why do we eat mashed potatoes but not mashed paper towels even though they are similar chemically?

• How does cranberry sauce gel?

• Why do we get a bloated feeling from drinking too much soda?

A traditional turkey dinner will be on display as Bunce conducts her experiments at an adjacent table. Her lecture is part of CUA's Dialogue on Demand series.

SPONSOR: Office of Campus Activities

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