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Engineering Expo: Engaging and Informative

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

More than 1,000 students attended the 99th annual Engineering Expo at the University of Kansas on February 19.  CEBC graduate students used hands-on activities with dry ice and purple cabbage to explain the impact of rising levels of carbon dioxide on the environment.

When purple cabbage is soaked in hot water, pigments in the cabbage turn the water blue.  This “juice” dramatically changes color depending on the pH of the liquid.  Kids discovered that their exhaled carbon dioxide changes the color of the juice from blue to purple, making it more acidic. This demonstration shows how carbon dioxide can make oceans more acidic and disrupt the growth of plants and animals.   

 These activities highlight CEBC’s major research efforts to shrink carbon dioxide emissions from high-volume chemical manufacturing processes, such as those used to make the ingredients for plastic.



CEBC Calendar

July 10, Wednesday - Mandatory Safety Meeting 
9:00 a.m., CEBC Seminar Room (bldg. B room 104)
Topic: Chemical Reactivity and Storage
Presenter: Anoop Uchagawkar, CEBC graduate student
This meeting is mandatory for all CEBC researchers working at 1501 Wakarusa

July 12, Friday - Research Poster Symposium for the RET:ECO-WATER Program
10:30 a.m., LEEP2 Atrium, 1st Floor (1520 W. 15th St.)
RET participants will present their projects; all CEBC researchers are invited to attend

July 24, Wednesday - Formal Oral Presentations by Participants in the REU IDEA Incubator Program
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., LEEP2 Room 2420 (1520 W. 15th St.)
REU participants will present their projects; all CEBC researchers are invited to attend

July 26, Friday - Research Poster Symposium for the REU IDEA Incubator Program
10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Burge Union, Forum CD (1565 Irving Hill Rd.)
REU participants will present their projects; all CEBC researchers are invited to attend

 

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