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DeBrief - January 19, 2022

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Winter Term 2022

Students working in a kitchen during the Sweet and Savory Science class

Jeff Hansen, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been introducing students to new recipes and cooking lessons during winter term since he first introduced “Sweet and Savory Science” in 2003.


Each week teams prepare dishes that fit into themes ­such as childhood favorites made for adults, vegetarian, and Chopped, a theme based on the Food Network show of the same name.


With team names like Ancient Romaine Empire, students compete against each other, testing their culinary skills by preparing dishes and presenting them to a panel of faculty and staff judges.


Hansen said the Chopped theme usually results in some pretty tasty dishes. He encourages students to be adventurous with their cooking as much as possible. The most successful dishes will be prepared for President White when she is invited to lunch next week.


And why teach a class on cooking?


“Well, because I like cooking, and obviously I like chemistry,” Hansen said. “I think the two are a very good match. I've long felt that understanding the chemistry that's going on when you cook will help you have better results.


“So, I try to employ that when I cook, and I want to try and help students to be able to do that. To me, it’s just really fun to do.”


(Pictured above: Prof Hansen and Kiley Shaw ’23 with guest chef Kevin Hamilton, associate dean of students and director of housing and residence life. Fun fact: Prior to working in higher ed, Kevin worked at a restaurant that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.)

Updates from the COVID-19 Mitigation Team

Testing and vaccination clinic

What: The Indiana Department of Health is hosting a free mobile testing and vaccination clinic.

Where: The Putnam County Fairgrounds Community Building, 191 N US Hwy 231.

When: Jan. 19 and 20 from noon-8 p.m. and Jan. 21 from noon-4 p.m.

Register online by visiting ourshot.in.gov or call 211 (866-211-9966) and a representative will schedule an appointment for you from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT daily. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are accepted.

For more information: Follow the Putnam County Health Department on Facebook.


Free at-home COVID-19 tests

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. Here’s what you need to know about your order:

Limit of one order per residential address
One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
Orders will ship free starting in late January.



Mask usage reminder

The CDC states that disposable masks can be reused multiple days and only need to be discarded when they are “dirty, damaged, or difficult to breathe through.”

Faculty and Staff News Roundup

Diabelli Variations, a CD by pianist May Phang, professor of music, was favorably reviewed by the American Record Guide in its January/February issue.  


Philips Akinwole, postdoctoral scholar and assistant professor of biology, is the co-author of “Spatial Variability in Streambed Microbial Community Structure across Two Watersheds,” which was published in Microbiology Spectrum, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.


Samuel Autman, associate professor of English, will be among the presenters at a Jan. 26 Zoom forum called “The Healing Power of Art/How Creativity and Beauty Can Help Cure the Ill.”


Derek Ford, assistant professor of education studies, published the second edition of his monograph, “Communist Study/Education for the Commons,” Jan. 15.  

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