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Sanitation Discussions in the Piedmont Symposium

As the coronavirus cripples the world, keeping hands clean has been emphasized by medical experts as one of the best ways to combat the spread of the virus. But what works better, hand sanitizer or hand soap?

Two Piedmont College nursing majors, Anna Owenby and Briana Sellers, explored this question at the 2020 Piedmont Symposium, presenting their research, “Hand Soap vs. Hand Sanitizer.”

The difference between cleaning your hands with hand sanitizer or hand soap is surprisingly somewhat of a grey area. Owenby and Sellers created the hypothesis that “hand sanitizer would kill more bacteria than hand soap.”

They explored the different levels of the soaps and sanitizers they tested against the germs in the lab. The idea of this experiment was to determine which of the two serve a better prupose in. During the experiment, Owenby said she was “shocked” to see “so much growth on the Agar plates” and for different types of bacteria to “appear in so many colonies after washing our hands.”

Sellers and Owenby conducted this study by washing their hands with Up & Up and SoftSoap hand soap and placing their hands on Agar plates, which allowed them to see the colonies of bacteria that grew which showed how clean their hands really were. The same process was done with the Swan and Personal Care brands of hand sanitizer.

What was surprising to find as a part of the results was how much bacteria was still present on their hands after washing or sanitizing. Owenby especially remembers how “hand sanitizer is known for killing 99.99% of germs and there was still so many colonies on the plate.”

These results really do make you realize that just rubbing some soap and water on your hands for 15 seconds isn’t enough to get the job done effectively. For Sellers, she was happy because she was “reassured that [her] hypothesis was correct.”

Since the experiment and research required different variants to soap and hand sanitizer, it was difficult to narrow down which brands would be able to demonstrate the most clear results. For certain circumstances like this, a little help from their faculty advisor, Dr. Julia Schmitz, was utilized.

 Schmitz, a biology professor,  was tasked with watching over the operations and making sure these students were able to carefully and properly execute their experiment. “I always like seeing the questions that students come up with to answer the main one,” she said. “It’s fun to see if the results they obtain match up with their hypothesis.”

 After examining the results, Schmitz said the three “talked about why this was and had conversations about what future experiments could come out of this project.”

 When it comes to cleanliness, trial and error to find the ultimate solution is definitely worth it. Owenby’s and Sellers’ experiment showed one important thing. “Clean hands will reduce the risk of acquiring [coronavirus] or transmitting it to others.”

A Haley Bolt Profile

Being more than just a student and making a difference in the lives of others is the main drives Haley Bolt’s purpose.

“I love what I do in school as well as the various responsibilities I have outside of it,” Bolt said.

Bolt isn’t your typical Piedmont College senior. She is a member of the cross country and track teams, but her main focus is in her academics. She is majoring in forensic science with a minor in criminal justice. While others may find themselves busy enough with the rigorous course load of this major alone, Bolt takes that extra step to apply her skills and knowledge in action with a job as a member of the Piedmont Campus Police.

Her career started in September of 2018 when she first joined the force and got acquainted with the basics. Since then, Bolt’s role has evolved to be simple, yet vital in the day-to-day operations of the office. “I assist in any calls, handle parking passes, log tickets and help people that come into the office looking for help,” she said. Bolt does the dirty work that isn’t the most glamourous, but without her the officers would have much more work on their hands. She also takes a great deal of pride in being part of an organization responsible for keeping 1,500 students and staff protected. “The new chief does a lot more to keep the campus and people on it safe and happy.”

With a little over a year’s experience serving Piedmont College, Bolt has been able to land herself other related jobs, such as an internship with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office over this past summer. She is also currently working another internship at the nearby Banks County Sheriff’s Office. Bolt says the best part about it is that “she’s getting real life experience and I’m learning how to do things cops do every day, so not the basic ‘watch but don’t touch’ things.”

To Bolt, this is crucial for applying herself in the future career field. “I get a lot of hands on experience.”

Although she is getting lots of standard police officer exposure, Bolt plans to take her career in a little bit of a different direction. “The way I want to go is I want to be a certified crime scene investigator.”

This sounds like a much bigger piece of the pie. “I would be in the field, but a little bit more of a lab rat as well. Basically it would be the best of both worlds.”

Bolt has the upmost support of her forensics professor,. Bruce Willis.  “The inquisitive nature of her questions exhibit a higher level of understanding.

About Me, Connor Creedon

My name is Connor Creedon and I am a Sports Communications major here at Piedmont College. I have a younger sister at home named Hannah who I miss very much but luckily she isn’t really that far away.

I was born and raised in Duluth, Georgia which is where I have been for my whole life until now. I stayed in the same elementary, middle, and high schools for all the years I had to be there. I graduated from Duluth High School and I was honestly really happy to be done with it. High school was where I got even closer with the friends I’ve known since I was born, so I am definitely really grateful for them. High school is also where I really got into sports. I played basketball and ran track as well as cross country all four years, and running is pretty much the reason that I am a student here today. I’ve also met so many great people here which has been awesome and I really love it here altogether.

Academically, I am interested in video production as well as sports. Ideally I would like to combine the two in some way but I am also very open to doing video production or just something along those lines in many different fields. I am pretty confident that I would want to work behind the camera, but I am not entirely sure on the specifics on where I want my career to go. All things considered, I am very confident in the fact that Piedmont is the place for me to be successful both academically and athletically, which is why I am so grateful and thankful that I am in this position.