The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health San Antonio celebrated National Periodic Table Day on Feb. 7 by decorating 118 sugar cookies to make a periodic cookie table.
According to Compound Chem, the day was founded in May 2015 and the date February 7 was picked because it marks the date on which John Newlands’ first periodic table of elements was published way back in 1863. It also just happens to be only a day before the birthday of Dmitri Mendeleev, the scientist most famously associated with the periodic table.
Stephanie Delgado from San Antonio Cookie Cafe was invited to bake the 118 cookies and gave students tips on how to ice sugar cookies.
Samantha Yee, a graduate student in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program, said that “the Periodic Table event was very fun, relaxing and inclusive to all 5 schools. It encouraged teamwork among all the attendees to try and complete the periodic table.”
Although some cookies were eaten during the event, students were very creative and found additional cookies to decorate with the goal of finishing the table.
“My favorite part was hanging out with friends and feeling accomplished in completing the periodic table, even though I contributed only two cookies,” Yee said.
The Graduate School plans to have more social events like this so stay tuned by visiting the Graduate School’s Facebook page.