Jennifer Dailey, a doctoral student in material science and engineering at Johns Hopkins University, teaches thermodynamics using chocolate as her “material.” In a recent article in the Washington Post, Dailey finds chocolates to be as effective a teaching medium as teaching with metals, and more appealing to students. Dailey uses techniques like scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and nano-indentation in her chocolates class to help students understand principles of molecular structure and crystallography. What a great way to engage students! Read more here.
(Jennifer Dailey teaching her class using chocolate at Johns Hopkins U.)
Jennifer Dailey is a PhD candidate in Prof. Howard Katz’s lab at JHU where she conducts research to create sensors for applications, such as food safety. She has won a prestigious NSF graduate fellowship for her research proposal of building biosensors using carbon nanotubes.
- Written by Nakita Sengar, edited by Paulette Clancy
(Photo credit: Used with permission, credit to: Will Kirk/homewoodphoto.jhu.edu)