Campus Notes for Nov. 29

Area students to perform in Gustavus Adolphus College’s Christmas in Christ Chapel

Gustavus Adolphus College will host its annual Christmas in Christ Chapel worship services Dec. 1-3 on its St. Peter campus. The evening performance on Saturday, Dec. 2 will be live streamed online for free beginning at 7:30 p.m. central time. Visit to learn more or watch the live stream.

The following local student(s) will perform at Christmas in Christ Chapel: Christian Thoen of Dawson and Michael Gutman of Marshall.

The annual Christmas in Christ Chapel worship services at Gustavus evoke wonder through music, poetry, prayer, and dance performed by over 350 students. This year, Christmas in Christ Chapel’s theme is “Life Abundant: A Celebration of Christmas during the 500th year of the Reformation.” The service will celebrate the nativity through the rich and diverse heritage of music, word, and art inspired by the global Lutheran movement — both historic in depth and continually emerging in scope.

Area students present research at regional conference in Minneapolis

A group of University of Wisconsin-Stout students recently showcased their nearly yearlong research projects, which uncovered valuable information for consumers about toxic metals in common foods.

Five of seven students who conducted the research presented their studies in Minneapolis at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Regional Food Safety Seminar and the National Environmental Health Region 4 Conference, hosted by the Minnesota Environmental Health Association.

The first of two projects was titled “Lead and Cadmium Content of Imported and American Food Products.” The second project was the “Effect of Zinc Application on Cadmium Absorption in Kale and Snow Peas.” The following area student worked on one or both projects: MaiHer Xiong, of Walnut Grove, junior, environmental science (project 2).

The groups conducted their studies in the research lab of Ana M.Q. Vande Linde, professor and chair of the chemistry and physics department.

After months of research, the findings were presented as posters to public health and environmental health professionals from across Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. The students from UW-Stout were the only undergraduate presenters.