Chemistry undergraduate students Jashaun Bottoms, Monae Jackson, Ivy-Monae Gallimore, Parquita Jones, and Terita Tall presented “The Chemistry of Thanksgiving” to local students at the Tuskegee Youth Safe Haven, a local agency for at-risk children, on November 25. The students from Safe Haven learned about tryptophan (turkey), myoglobin (turkey), starch (gravy and mashed potatoes), antioxidants (cranberries and pecans), β-carotene (carrots, pumpkin pie, and sweet potatoes), and how a pop-up turkey timer works. After the presentation, everyone enjoyed using their new knowledge by feasting on a complete Thanksgiving dinner provided by Guy Trammell, site manager, Vanessa Kennon, senior youth advocate, Mary Uzzle, and Debranyo Walker.
If you are interested in having Tuskegee students present an educational program, please contact Dr. Willard Collier at 254-396-3003 or the Tuskegee University chemistry department at 334-727-8833. The faculty and students of the Chemistry Department are always eager to share their enthusiasm for chemistry with the next generation of scientists and increase science awareness among the general public.