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Advisory: 'Molecule of the Year' contest features sidewalk graffiti

April 25, 2008

Diners walking to lunch at Wake Forest University April 28 will discover a section of normally busy sidewalk covered with unusual, scientific drawings.  But the graffiti won’t be the work of vandals or space aliens.  It will be homework.

Angela King, senior lecturer in chemistry at Wake Forest, has assigned students in her “CHM 108: Everyday Chemistry” class, designed for non-science majors, to nominate candidates for “Molecule of the Year” and to draw their molecular structures using sidewalk chalk.

Although King will judge the accuracy of the sketches outside, the winner of “Molecule of the Year” will depend on how well students campaign to persuade their classmates to vote for their favorites.

“Last time, the molecule responsible for chocolate won,” King noted, giving some insight into the minds of the electorate.

Teams of students will begin drawing their molecules about 11 a.m. April 28 on the sidewalk by the patio eating area at Benson University Center facing Manchester Quad.  In the event of rain, the sidewalk drawing will take place Wednesday, April 30.

Media interested in covering the contest should contact the News Service at (336) 758-5237.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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