Chemist Ashe Engages Students with Wednesday Programs at Northern Suites

Posted on 9/11/2019 2:36:10 PM

chemistry2Every Wednesday, students can walk into Northern Suites and see science right at their front door. While many people have a hand in planning this semester full of STEM and chemistry programs to engage students outside of the classroom, one particular contributor is assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry Colin Ashe. 

Professor Ashe's background includes a BS from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This year he also took on the role of being a living-learning partner to the "In Our Element" Chemistry Living-Learning Community in Northern Suites. 

When he's not in the classroom, Ashe donates his time and expertise to help Northern Suites staff plan and execute many of their programs. These programs, known as “Weekly Wednesday Wonders” consist of many activities including lava lamp creation, Mythbusters DIY, and creating slime. 

This past Wednesday, September 4, students learned how their favorite ice cream treat Dippin’ Dots was made with liquid nitrogen. Ashe explained the process to the waiting line of students, poured the liquid nitrogen, and had members of Alpha Chi Sigma chemistry fraternity assist him with the creation of the ice cream dots. Over 100 students showed up to meet with Ashe and enjoy a sweet treat after dinner. 

Special thanks go to Graduate Assistant Chuck Stock and all Northern Resident Assistants for coordinating these engaging living-learning events. 

To keep up to date with all future Weekly Wednesday Wonders programs and Professor Ashe's involvement, follow Northern Suites’ Instagram @northernsuitesiup.