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Piedmont Symposium: Hand Sanitizer or Hand Soap?

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, one solution to avoid infection is to keep your hands clean. Which works better, hand sanitizer or hand soap? 

Piedmont students Anna Owenby and Briana Lesniak-Sellers sought to find an answer to that question, concluding that hand soap is better for cleaning your hands. They present their study, “Hand Soap vs. Hand Sanitizer” at the 2020 Piedmont Symposium. 

Lesniak-Sellers uses a spot flashlight after washing her hands with soap one day and notices that there is still a lot of bacteria on her hands. This is what motivates Lesniak-Sellers and Owenby to conduct an experiment on soap and sanitizer. They have always been told that hand sanitizer kills more germs than soap so their hypothesis states, “Hand sanitizer would kill more bacteria than hand soap and that hand soap was not more effective when washing your hands.” 

However, they are surprised after finishing the experiment. Hand soap kills more and stops more colony growth compared to hand sanitizer. During the experiment, Owenby and Lesniak-Sellers test two different soaps and sanitizers. They contaminate their hands and place it on Agar plates, then they clean their hands and do the same thing. They let the plates sit at a temperature of 37 degrees Celsius for 24 hours. If the temperatures slightly change while sitting for 24 hours, it would definitely change the results. 

Although they started the study before the COVID-19 outbreak, the students recognize the importance of their research at this critical time. “Emerging scientific studies have proven the spread of COVID-19 can be reduced by the simplest tasks of just washing your hands,” Lesniak-Sellers said. 

Owenby was not expecting her outcomes of the experiment but it helps lead her into her next project. “We can further test handwashing by repeating this experiment and test if air drying or using a paper towel to dry our hands will reduce bacteria production.”

Interview with Coach Alex Buchman

Assistant Soccer Coach Alex Buchman has always wanted to be a coach and his dreams came true here at Piedmont College.

“Start with whatever coaching opportunity you can get and take advantage of it.”, he said.

Growing up in Wisconsin Buchman played several sports: soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and baseball in the spring. While Buchman was growing up, his dad would always be his coach, and this influenced him to start wanting to be one as well. In high school, Buchman and his best friend coached a youth basketball team for the first time, and this is what started his passion.

Buchman never saw coaching as a career for him. He was looking forward to just coaching his kids in the future until he was given the opportunity to coach at Piedmont College in 2019.

“It became a career rather than a hobby for me.”, he said.

Surprisingly a soccer coach now, Buchman enjoyed baseball much more than soccer. However, he continued to play soccer into college because he realized he was better at it than baseball. He still watches baseball to help give him a break from soccer. As a huge Brewers fan, he tries to go and watch them play the Braves every chance he gets.

“Growing up baseball was actually my passion.”, he said.

He attended a division 3 school to play soccer and study general management for business. It is a similar school to Piedmont College, but their school has 15,000 students rather than 1,500 here. Buchman enjoyed his time at the University of Wisconsin White Water and he still keeps in contact with most of his old teammates and friends. Buchman says a willingness to pursue opportunity is the key to success.

“The are endless opportunities of where you can coach you just have to go out and get them.”

Tyler Goins: What Makes Me Who I am

I was raised in once was a small town known as Locust Grove but now is a very populated place about 30 minutes south of Atlanta. I grew up with a brother and sister that were adventurous which caused us to get into trouble all the time. Every day we were doing something fun until my 4th and 5th grade year. Both of my siblings graduated and I was the only child left in the house. At first it was extremely boring until one day I was watching T.V. and a soccer game came on. Ever since this day I fell in love with this sport that made me into the person I am today. It has been over ten plus years and I still haven’t lost the love for soccer. Every time I step on the field I get the same feeling that I once felt as an 8 year old and I don’t think this love or feeling will ever go away.

As middle school flew by and high school started I found another passion that I thought I would never have. My dad was a professional photographer and the summer before my 9th grade year I found some photos that my dad took while he was in Egypt. He sat me down and showed me all of his photos and showed me how to use his camera. I got that same feeling that I had when I first started playing soccer when I picked up the camera. As high school went on I didn’t have time to take pictures or use his camera like I could due to having soccer almost everyday. Around my senior year I started to get into making videos. Being able to tell a story through a video can make you feel many emotions which is what I love about it. I then started to make YouTube videos of anything and everything. As I started to make more videos I became better and better but I still have so much to learn. This is what makes it interesting, you can always learn more about it. After I graduated, I went to a college known as Reinhardt University. I went there for soccer and because they have a great filming program. I then realized the school was not for me for soccer reasons so I transferred to Piedmont College which is where I am at currently.

My number one goal in life is to make it as a professional soccer player but my backup plan is filming and photography. I hope to look back one day and say dang I actually made it.