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Science & Engineering Fair Excites Interest in Science

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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When fifth grader Lucas Vervynckt of St. Michael’s Elementary heard that Coca-Cola would dissolve a nail, he had to try it. The nail survived, but Lucas decided to try calf’s teeth available on his family farm. The experiment – seven cups of different soda brands and one of water – revealed the corrosive effects of the sweet drinks, with one reducing the tooth mass by one-third. “It was fun doing the experiment,” Lucas said. “I learned a lot of new things. I wanted to help people make better choices about pop.”

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Students in Physics Course Craft New U.S. Energy Policy

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Undergraduate students in Professor of Physics Ani Aprahamian’s course, Concepts of Energy and Environment, are spending part of the semester crafting a new energy policy for the United States. Class members are divided into teams that report on specific energy resources plus a 10-person policy committee that checks affected regulations and a 10-person panel that will draft the conclusions. 

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