February 1, 2012

BAKING WITH THE KING:

St. Mary's puts the chemistry in baking (Jackie Burrell, 2/01/12, Bay Area News Group)

It's not often you see scientists clearing off their lab tables with dough scrapers.

But when the lab belongs to St. Mary's College chemistry professor Michelle Shulman, all bets are off. Crime scenes littered the lab during one January term, and art restoration equipment and paintings were splayed over the tables for another course.

So no one blinked when Shulman stocked her chem lab last month with King Arthur flour, gluten-free baking mixes and Kitchen Aid mixers for a four-week course on the science of baking.

Each January, students at this small liberal arts college in Moraga are encouraged to step outside their major to sample other curricular fare. Professors have grown savvy about marketing their "Jan Term" topics to students who might not otherwise enroll in a class on, say, the history of the Huns and Longobards though you can bet they'll take a class dubbed "Barbarians!!!" that includes falcons, Vikings and a medieval ball.

But who needs Vikings when you've got cinnamon rolls?
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