2011-12 Wittenberg Saturday Science Program Continues Feb. 25
Published Feb. 10, 2012
Springfield, Ohio –The 2011-12 Wittenberg Saturday Science program continues at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center with a presentation titled “Finger Print Analysis” by Associate Professor of Chemistry Ray Dudek.
Wittenberg Saturday Science is an outreach program started in January 2009 that exposes area high school and home-schooled students to science and its many possibilities. A wide range of academic departments are collaborating on the program, which is scheduled to run once a month during the school year.
While the format sometimes varies, programs normally feature a public presentation by a Wittenberg faculty member on an accessible science topic, likely something outside the typical high school curriculum. On Feb. 25, Dudek will present the chemistry behind methods used for exposing fingerprints.
After a continental breakfast in the David L. Hobson Atrium, students take part in a science experience led by current Wittenberg students and their professors. Dudek and a group of students currently studying at Wittenberg will lead participants in an examination of evidence, where they will need to lift fingerprints and compare them to a suspect list to determine the culprit.
“Students will have an opportunity to see how fingerprints are gathered from a variety of surfaces using different techniques.” Dudek said. “Contemporary fingerprint analysis involves digitally scanning the prints and matching them to those in a large data base. We will be using an older technique of looking for visual cues regarding each print to determine whose print matches which item.”
A Wittenberg faculty member since 2005, Dudek graduated from Connecticut College in 1994 and went on to earn his Ph.D. from Brown University in 2001. His research interests include silver colloid enhanced vibrational spectroscopy, and he teaches a variety of courses at Wittenberg, including general chemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics, and quantum mechanics.
Dudek has done past Saturday Science events on a wide range of topics from photography to ice cream. This will be his fourth time running the Wittenberg Saturday Science Program.
Wittenberg Saturday Science is funded by a grant from the Transformational Investment Funds, set aside by the university’s board of directors.
There is no cost to participate in Wittenberg Saturday Science, and the public is welcome to attend the lecture portion. However, space is limited for the hands-on experience. To register for the event, go to http://www.wittenberg.edu/science-outreach. For more information, emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By: Ryan Maurer