I just presented at the lunchtime talks here at school. This was part of a chemistry project we had to do and I am very glad to be done with it. The past two weeks have been non-stop between this chem project, a mountain geography project, and tests. Now, only two more projects left for the semester. Then Zion!
One of my classes this semester is Chemistry of Sustainability. The class takes a look at sustainability related issues including green chemistry, materials, production of energy, and climate change from a chemistry perspective. This class is taught by the wonderful Marty Jones, a recent recipient of the Presidential Teacher Award. One of the perks of receiving this award is that the selected teacher has the opportunity to create a course of his or her choice… and this class is Dr. Jones’s fresh, never been taught before, creation. As a final project for the course we, the six of us in the class, must do a presentation on a subject pertaining to the chemistry of sustainability. My group selected to research biodiesel and the other group will be investigating photovoltaics. Both groups will be presenting at a lunchtime talk on April 21st. I’m pretty excited about learning more about biodiesel from a chemistry perspective because, like so many other “green” products, there is much to learn beyond what you hear in everyday media.