Chemistry Professor Foiled!

When chemistry professor Scott Bur of Gustavus Adolphus College left for a week's vacation, he returned to a very shiny office:

Nothing was done to Bur’s office last year, so the students needed to amp up their efforts this year.

They took a week, said Kristen Jahr, a senior from Proctor majoring in biochemistry. They did a little bit at first, then, as college students are wont to do, they crammed most of the work in on the day before Bur returned.

The results are extraordinary. Nothing was left unfoiled. Computer screen, chairs, the ceiling, the floor — all covered in foil. Books and pens were wrapped individually.

The cords that lead from the computer and phone to the wall? Hard-wired with foil. The coffee pot? Call it the sterling silver blend. Even the delicate model of a molecule was painstakingly covered in what looked like “Ag,” (the symbol for silver on the periodic table of elements.)

Robb Murray of The Free Press uncovers the details: (Photo: John Cross)

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