Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Peeps experiments: A seasonal celebration of science

Why experiment on Peeps? "Because they're there!" says Emory chemist Douglas Mulford. Photo by Carol Clark.

It’s that time of year again when Peepus Marshmalleous, commonly known as Peeps, pop up everywhere — even in an Emory University chemistry lab.

Emory's groundbreaking Peeps research began in 1999 when researchers Gary Falcon and James Zimming investigated the effects of smoking and alcohol on Peeps health and performed the medical miracle of separating quintuplet Peep siblings, conjoined at birth. You can read more here: peepresearch

Douglas Mulford, senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Chemistry, continues the tradition by treating students every spring to a Peeps show. “Basically, it’s 45-minutes of every chemical thing that you can do to a Peeps,” Mulford explains. “It’s amazing what they can survive.” 

Watch a brief video summarizing the show, below. And check out Emory’s new Instagram account, Science Seen, for more quick, behind-the-scenes looks at science at Emory.

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