Students wowed by BC professors
The Community Outreach Team, created by chemistry professor Eric Dueno of the Bainbridge College (BC) Arts and Sciences Division, expanded its outreach to area schools, incorporating physics demonstrations along with the chemistry demos the team has presented each semester since 2009.
Students at Grady County’s Southside Elementary School were the first to see the expanded program. They were wowed, startled and impressed by the team’s fiery chemistry displays and fascinating physics laws, such as keeping a ping pong ball in the air and how holding a spinning bicycle wheel can make a person change directions.
BC students on the team were Cairo residents Matthew Powell, a pre-engineering major, and Jana Simmons, a pre-med major; Colquitt resident Caleb Long, a pre-nursing major, and Tanner Walker, of Bainbridge, a pre-vet major.
Presenters with Dueno, whose doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of South Florida focused on the synthesis of compounds, were physics professor Juan Gomez, who earned his doctorate in space plasma physics from the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kan.; Instructional Resources Coordinator Colette Galivan, who holds a Master of Science in forensic drug chemistry from the University of Florida, and retired Col. Hector Dueno, Dr. Dueno’s father who sparked his interest in chemistry and chemistry demonstrations from a very early age.
That interest in chemistry demos continues and motivated Dr. Dueno to establish the Outreach Team after coming to BC in 2008.
“As a faculty member at Eastern Kentucky University I had an opportunity to work closely with a professor there who helped me to develop my own demos,” Dueno said.
“When I came to BC I wanted to continue and expand upon this work. There is a tremendous amount of preparation that goes into a demo, I’ve been fortunate to have some talented people to help with these,” he said, complimenting the work of the students and the professional colleagues with whom he works.