In the Chemist's Kitchen: Teaching Science with Food

Submitted on Wednesday, 3/26/2014, at 5:09 PM

by William Sweet

In Patricia O’Hara’s popular new introductory chemistry course, the periodic table of elements includes nitrogen, mozzarella and prosciutto.

“Molecular Gastronomy and Food Science: From Test Tubes to Taste Buds” looks like a cross between a cooking class and a science lab—and that’s the point, said O’Hara, the Amanda and Lisa Cross Professor of Chemistry.

Equipment Available

The Dean of Students Office offers a variety of equipment to students for check-out over Thanksgiving Break.  It is available by appointment with Xiao Xiao (xxiao16@amherst.edu), one of the Winter Break Student Coordinators, in Stearns Dorm.

Equipment Available

The Dean of Students Office offers a variety of equipment to students for check-out over Thanksgiving Break.  It is available by appointment with any of the Student Coordinators (listed here) or Flora Chan (fchan@amherst.edu) in the basement of Keefe Campus Center.

Eating Their Research

Julie & Julia

Mouth Wide Open: A Cook and His Appetite

By John Thorne ’65 with Matt Lewis Thorne. New York City: North Point Press, 2007. 448 pp. $26 hardcover.

Reviewed by Alexander Chee

Tasting Victory

Submitted by Katherine D. Duke

Welcome to Kitchen Stadium, usually known as the upper terrace of Valentine Dining Hall.  Tonight, student chefs in white hats and aprons stand behind tables, armed with knives, skillets and spices, ready to do battle. This is Iron Chef Valentine.

Food and Kitchen Safety

January 2010

Just the facts:

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)…

Ellie Swain Ballard '95

Submitted by Ellie Swain Ballard

The low down...

Work: I am currently the Director of Class and Constituent Programs in the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs here at Amherst. I work with the 25th Reunion class, help to develop programs and initiatives that connect Amherst alumni and students with one another in new ways and oversee our online initiatives.

What I like to do in my free time: Free time? What's that? With 2 kids-see photos page- and a full time job free time is hard to come by!

Hello, Amherst

Submitted by Diana M. Cappiello