to "The Doctor Bones Show"
___The Funny Man of Health !
"Doctor Bones really knows his stuff. He's a lot more informative than Dr. Phil and much more fun than Richard Simmons!" ___ Susan P.
"Doctor Bones is the 'Will Rogers' of Science and Health!" ___ Chris St. L.
my name is Prof. Don Mueller, although I'm perhaps better known as
"Doctor Bones!" I'm a chemistry professor who is passionate about
getting "kids of all ages" excited about health and science. As Doctor
Bones, I perform a number of fun shows:
_ Health Awareness Show for K-8 kids__
_ Health Show for High School Students_
_ Health Promotion Show for Seniors____
_ Science Demonstrations Show__
I also perform the Geometry Guy Show
Check it out!__ Geometry Guy Show
is part Educator___and part Entertainer!
As Doctor Bones, I work closely with the administrators and teachers who invite me to perform my Health and Science Education shows for their school and after-school events. Each performance is tailored to
the needs of the prospective school or other organization.
you would like Doctor Bones to perform one of these Fun and Educational
Science and Health Shows for your group, then please feel free to
contact Doc Bones:
___Phone: (845) 406-4623
In the Doctor
Bones "Health Awareness" Show for K-8 Kids, I juggle foods from the Food Guide Pyramid in a fun performance that
features useful information about nutrition, exercise and other
important items related to good health, such as sleep, food safety,
hygiene and laughter (yes, "laughter is the best medicine").
Hey, how about some lettuce, tomato, mushroom and onion?
Now that's what I call a Tossed Salad!
We also talk about some of the things that we should avoid in maintaining good health, like for example, cigarette smoking. Mr. Cigarette is part of the Health Awareness Show. He is a life-size cigarette with bloodshot eyes and yellow teeth from his years of smoking.
and Say No to Mr. Cigarette!
Kids punch Mr. Cigarette in the nose as they "Give Cigarettes a Knockout Punch!"
Many kids have come to believe that smoking cigars is less dangerous than smoking cigarettes. The simple
truth is that Cigars and all other tobacco products are detrimental to
Mr. Cigar alias "Mr.Stogie"
This year marks the 3rd annual National Stomp Stogies
Day, which is held on the third Tuesday in May. It is a day dedicated
to informing the public (especially children) that cigars or "stogies"
are by no means a "safe" alternative to cigarettes or other tobacco
products despite the wealth of stogie-puffing celebrities that we see
on TV, in newspapers and magazines and on the internet. Check out the Stomp Stogies Day webpage:
request of several school teachers, the Doctor has also carefully examined the "Couch
Potato Problem" and has come up with a fun exercise program for the
garden-variety Couch Potato to do while at school or at home.
Potato" Exercises are Fun!
Click on the following link to see some fun Couch Potato Exercises that Doc Bones demonstrates: http://www.drbonesshow.com/page8.html
a special Health Show for High School Students,
Doctor Bones stresses
health-related issues important to high school students. Topics
include: dieting and eating disorders, the value of regular exercise,
use and abuse and the hazards associated with legal and illegal drugs,
including the so-called "designer drugs" and anabolic steroids.
The Doctor Bones "Health Promotion" Show for Seniors
also includes some fancy food juggling while tackling health issues
important to seniors. Senior Citizens always have a lot of
health-related questions for Doctor Bones who likes to keep
abreast of the latest in health information. Seniors
can count on the Doctor to deliver reliable science-based
health information with a no-nonsense approach.
The Doctor Bones "Science Demonstrations" Show has seen action in K-12
schools throughout the U.S. Doctor
Bones helps clear up some of the misconceptions students have about science while helping teachers add a touch
of excitement to the learning of biology, chemistry, earth science and physics.
The mantra of this show is, "Science Really Can Be Fun!"
See the Videos
___Doc Bones at Philly Fit Fest
___Doc Bones Health Show on TV
___Science Show on News 12 NJ
___Science Show on Cablevision
___Doc Bones - Science Night___Couch Potato Exercises 101
___Senior Health Promotion Show
Some of the Many Stops for the Doctor Bones Show
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Queen of Peace School, PA
Barnes & Noble Books, Princeton, NJ
Science Weekend, State Museum, Trenton, NJ
Princeton YWCA, NJ
South Brunswick Senior Center, NJ
Shriner's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA
Super Science Saturday, East Brunswick, NJ
NTU Children's Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
Wilson Middle School, Philadelphia, PA
Byram Intermediate School, Stanhope, NJ
Fit Fest 2002, Philadelphia, PA
Columbus Children's Hospital, OH
Univ. of Maryland Children's Hospital, Baltimore
Borders Books, Princeton, NJ
Cincinnati Children's Hospital, OH
MS Walk-A-Thon, NJ
Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital
Albany Medical Center Children's Hospital, NY
Nyack Hospital "Family Fest," NY
Middletown Senior Center, NY
Barnes & Noble, Nyack, NY
Sarah Wells Girl Scouts, NY
Kid's Fair 2003, NY
Broadway School, NY
Ramapo Parks & Rec Show, NY
Westchester Medical Center Children's Hospital, NY
JCCY of Rockland, NY
Montebello Senior Center, NY
March of Dimes WalkAmerica, NY
Salute To Seniors, Westchester County, NY
Science and Technology Entry Program, NY
and many more..........
fun reviewing the Doctor Bones Show website. I will be adding photos
from various shows as time moves on. Following the photos are a number
of nice articles written about the Doctor Bones Show. I hope you enjoy
reading them. If you would like to invite me to perform a Health or
Science Demonstrations Show for your group, then please feel free to
contact me for some fun and excitement with Health and Science.
Hey, it looks like there's a nice group of kids and their parents ready for the Doctor Bones "Health Awareness" Show to start!______
In fact, you can see Doctor Bones (on the left) unpacking his suitcase full of foods that he juggles during his fun health show.
Here we see some children at National Taiwan University Children's Hospital being introduced to Doctor Bones' associate Skelly Skeleton.
____ "Hi kids, my name is Skelly Skeleton!"
Did you know that an adult human skeleton has 206 bones? Of course you did!
Bones and his friend Dr. Dan (the hand puppet) just gave the children a
copy of the Doctor Bones Healthy Body Club Membership (the blue paper). Everyone attending the Doctor Bones Health Show receives a copy of the Healthy Body Club Membership. You can check out the membership form in the K-8 Health Show section of this website.
Here we see Doctor Bones showing one of the kids how to juggle some
Doctor Bones prepares to juggle some Pumpkins.
Kids really have a good time with Skelly Skeleton
and Doctor Bones!
Doctor Bones talks to the media.The kids tell the media what they learned at the Doctor Bones Show.
Doctor Bones Receives an Award!___In recognition of the many shows that he performed during his stay in Taiwan,
Doctor Bones was awarded a beautiful plaque by the Director of National
Taiwan University Children's Hospital and her associates. It was an
honor and a privilege to visit with the kids at the children's
Newspaper Articles about the Doctor Bones Show
Chemistry professor called 'invaluable'
(Journal News Weekly)
(Original publication: March 26, 2004)
There's too much misinformation about science out there, according to Don Mueller.
And it's all Jerry Seinfeld's fault, the Manhattanville science professor joked.
Well, maybe not all of it is Seinfeld's fault, Mueller said. But
between the media, politicians and popular culture, too many
unqualified people consider themselves science experts, he said.
So Mueller, a visiting chemistry professor at Manhattanville
since last year, set out to combat pseudo science. He created "Science
and Society," a course that looks at the influence of science on
politics, business and technology.
Mueller said he likes to host debates in class because it's
important to make students feel comfortable speaking about their
opinions. It's also important to clarify any misconceptions about
science that students may have. "I try to get them to see that the
headlines they see in the paper don't always give them the knowledge
Mueller said he's heard many politicians over the years talk
about science and "the sad part is their audience listens to that and
thinks they know what they're talking about."
Such misinformation also pops up in entertainment, he said,
citing a "Seinfeld" episode that wrongly explained the molecular
make-up of a valet driver's body odor.
'The Doctor Bones Show'
A Monsey resident, Mueller goes by the nickname Dr. Bones. The moniker
is drawn from science experiment shows he holds for children called the
"Doctor Bones Show." Since the human bone structure is one of the first
science lessons children receive in school, Mueller said, he adopted
"Bones" because children commonly ask questions about bones.
Paid for and hosted by schools all over the country, the shows
include a variety of experiments. One experiment involved Mueller
holding a hair dryer. While the hot air is blowing, a ping-pong ball is
dropped in the hot air stream. As the ball appears to float, a 4-foot
tube is placed over the ball, causing the ball to shoot out.
Mueller has taught at Penn State University, the University of
Pennsylvania, the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences in Taiwan
and Rutgers University, where he earned a doctorate in chemical
At Manhattanville, Mueller helped found the Science Club, which
is open to students of all majors. Club members will participate in
demonstrations, experiments, trips and, Mueller hopes, debates.
Emerald Shenk, a sophomore, founded the Science Club with
Mueller. She said with few chemistry professors at the college, Mueller
has been invaluable to the department. Aside from his knowledge,
Mueller has brought equipment that the students otherwise wouldn't have
had, Shenk said.
"He always has the students' best interests in mind," Shenk
said. "He always makes himself available, and he's an interesting guy."
Shenk said with his leadership, the Science Club will be an
enriching educational experience for members. "He's an important person
here on campus. And he's a fun character."
Mueller's doctoral adviser at Rutgers, chemistry professor John
Krenos, said Mueller was one of the finest students ever in the
department. He described Mueller as relentlessly creative, motivated
and self-sufficient. "He's blazed his own trail," Krenos said. "He was
always serious and committed and didn't need a lot of guidance and
Mueller's doctoral thesis, at 700 pages, was impressive in its
scope and scholarship, Krenos said. He also praised Mueller for the
children's shows he founded. "I'm amazed by what he's done since he
left. He's one of a kind."
Making learning fun
By KARI NEERING
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: January 20, 2004)
Jordanna Disser was first in line to take a swing at "Mr. Cigarette."
The foam-rubber character, shaped like a life-size cigarette with red
eyes and yellow teeth, was part of a demonstration held at JCC-Y of
Rockland yesterday to teach children about health issues.
By punching "Mr. Cigarette," children were told they could
knock cigarettes out of their lives for good. So Disser, 5, clenched
her fist, drew her arm back and slugged the character square in its
"It's not healthy to do," the New Hempstead girl said of smoking.
The afternoon health show was led by Don Mueller, a
Manhattanville College chemistry professor known during his
presentations as "Doctor Bones."
Mueller, of Monsey, said he gave himself the name when he began
hosting health shows because he noticed how interested children were in
learning about the bones in their bodies.
To keep yesterday's crowd engaged, Mueller — dressed
scientist-like in a white lab coat and black-rimmed glasses — brought a
plastic skeleton and allowed the dozen children to shake its hand. He
also juggled everything from plastic fruits and vegetables to fake
cheese slices and pumpkins while stressing the importance of adhering
to the federal food guide pyramid.
"Be healthy and have fun, too — that's what we try to promote," he said.
Mueller said the trick to eating healthily long-term wasn't
going without certain foods. Rather, it was to eat all kinds of food in
moderation. He said it was never too early to adopt healthy eating
habits and children shouldn't always have to eat candy to enjoy
When asked why vegetables were good for the body, Eytan Rubinstein of Suffern immediately raised his hand with an answer.
"They come from the earth," the 7-year-old said when called on. "And the earth gives healthy food."
In addition to healthy eating, Mueller also discussed exercise,
food safety, hygiene and the importance of getting enough sleep. The
children cheered for more juggling and laughed the most when Mueller
dropped the items. Shula Lofstock, the JCC-Y's cultural arts director,
said Mueller made learning fun.
"It was definitely a different way to teach kids about health, nutrition and fitness," she said.
Mueller also showed the children simple exercises they could do
at home while watching television, including squats and tricep curls
with the help of a few chairs. When asked if anyone knew what a couch
potato was, Bridget Anger, 5, of New City stood atop a chair and gave
her description to the crowd.
"A couch potato," she said proudly, "is someone that sits and watches TV almost every day."
Mueller, who has been teaching graduate and undergraduate
courses at Manhattanville College for the past year, said he enjoyed
the change of pace provided by this kind of presentation.
"I'm a professor," he said. "That doesn't mean that I can't get out there and have some fun."
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Dr. Bones hits the science funny bone
ON THE ROAD: Dr. Don Mueller uses props and a sense of humor to teach science and math.
By Deborah Medenbach
– Dr. Don Mueller is probably the only person on the planet who can
make you feel sorry for a molecule of sulfur dioxide. The
research scientist spent months in Taiwan studying how to shoot lasers
through the chemical without having it break apart. Day after day,
experiment after experiment, Mueller hammered away at the problem.
kind of single-minded focus can dull the sense of humor of even the
most outgoing person. So with a smattering of Mandarin Chinese, Mueller
found a way to break up the intensity. Disguised as his comic
alter-ego Dr. Bones, he dropped into Taiwanese schoolrooms and
hospitals to teach children about science and nutrition. Despite the
language barrier, the fruit-juggling scientist became something of a
celebrity there, appearing on two television programs and as the
subject of numerous newspaper articles.
"Fun is my first motive, and I'll take any chance I can get to juggle," Mueller said. The
40-year-old researcher, who now lives in Goshen, took his show on the
road in 1998, filling his hours outside college labs with quirky
interactive programs designed to get children interested in math and
science. The price of such dedication is that sometimes the
kids walk off with his props, like the little boy found by a school
security guard with one of Mueller's giant plastic hamburgers. Still,
he'd rather have kids yearn to take something away than to leave all of
science's treasures behind.
As Dr. Bones, Mueller teaches about
nutrition, health, physics and chemistry. As Geometry Guy, Mueller's
playful enthusiasm generates a circus of mathematical games and tricks. "It's
said that you should be able to explain even the most complex theories
in a way everyone can understand. If you can't do that, you don't
understand the theory well enough yourself," Mueller said. His
drive to spark interest in science among school children started when
he noticed college students in his classes who didn't understand basic
theories. "As young children, they'd have learned science from a
teacher shuffled in from the English department to fill a vacant slot,"
he said. "How are they supposed to get a love for science from a
teacher who doesn't understand the principles?"
In addition to
creating an entertaining persona, Mueller invented geometric cookies
with the equation for determining their area stamped into them and a
breakfast cereal based on the periodic table. He has nine educational
food products and games he hopes to market along with his shows.
a post-doctoral college-level instructor and researcher, Mueller
travels to where the teaching posts or research opportunities are. This
gives him a chance to take his Dr. Bones and Geometry Guy shows across
the nation. A year ago, Mueller went to Ohio for a college
professorship interview. Though he didn't get the job, he did two Dr.
Bones shows, appeared in an area newspaper and still appears on the
Cincinnati Children's Hospital's Web site. Mueller will soon move
to Rockland County to teach chemistry this spring at Marymount College
and then on to a research fellowship in Manhattan. No matter how far
afield or intense his research gets, light-hearted Dr. Bones will
entertain children wherever he lands.
Bones will perform from 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the Horizons
on the Hudson School, 137 Montgomery St., Newburgh, and give a program
on osteoporosis Friday at the Mulberry House Senior Center in
Middletown. For more information about upcoming Dr. Bones or Geometry
Guy shows, call (845) 425-6270 or e-mail email@example.com
'Dr. Bones' visits Philly school
Penn researcher Don Mueller exhibited his alter ego at a middle school science fair.
February 13, 2002
Some nights, Don Mueller comes home from his day
job as a research associate at Penn, changes into a costume and becomes
"Doctor Bones." Yesterday was one such day. Mueller appeared as "Doctor Bones" at the
Wilson Middle School science fair, located in Northeast Philadelphia,
to demonstrate scientific principles to the students.
Mueller, who has been researching lasers at Penn for the last year and
a half, came up with the idea for his alter ego while giving talks to
children about nutrition. "I was trying to get kids interested in health," he said.
In order to catch students' interest last night, Mueller dressed as a
stereotypical scientist in a white lab coat, curly wig and glasses. He
also used a plastic model of a skeleton to tell jokes and juggled
plastic fruit. Mueller entertained science fair participants with a
variety of demonstrations as they waited for their projects to be
Mueller said his goal was to "give them a sample of a little of
everything." At one point, Mueller illustrated some concepts of rocket
science with a plastic bottle and a balloon. Amid "oohs" and "ahs" from
the crowd, he also introduced the concept of torque with a bicycle
wheel on a string. "We do the same thing in college physics," he told
Mueller included chemistry in his presentation as well, mixing baking
soda and vinegar in a handmade model of a volcano to show a chemical
In one of the most popular demonstrations, he allowed students to test
their lung capacities by blowing water into a bottle, and then used the
data to draw a graph.
In addition, Mueller emphasized to the children that mistakes are
acceptable in science. "If I had a nickel for every time I had a wrong
answer, I'd be rich,"
he said. "Scientists don't have all of the answers... it wouldn't be
much fun if we did."
Mueller said he
performs for children as "Doctor Bones" as often as possible. "I'm
trying to get them interested in taking a closer look at science," he
Wilson Middle School principal Arlene Holtz said "Doctor Bones" was
invited because "we're always looking for ways of entertaining" the
children. "He sounded like he would be fun," she added.
Mueller has appeared as "Doctor Bones" on NBC news in Philadelphia and
New Jersey. He has also visited bookstores to perform scientific
experiments. "Doctor Bones" has made appearances around the world,
performing in a Taiwanese hospital when he was working overseas.
No matter the location, Mueller said he has one message for children.
"Give science a try -- it's fun," he said.
October 26, 2000
When he’s not doing research
in Chemistry Professor Hai-Lung Dai’s lab, postdoctoral researcher
Don Mueller is teaching kids about good nutrition with his “Doctor
Bones Show.” Doctor I. M. Bones, played by Mueller, and his
sidekick Skelly Skeleton performed before patients at Children’s
Hospital of Philadelphia Oct. 18. In addition to showing kids how
to juggle what they eat to ensure a balanced diet, Bones entertained
the audience with jokes and songs.
Photo by Candace diCarlo
|Monday, July 9, 2001
|Dr. Bones makes no bones about it
|Published: July 7, 2001
Source: The China Post
smiles returned to a group of sick children at National Taiwan
University Hospital (NTUH) Friday when they received first-hand
information about the importance of a balanced diet from Dr. Bones and
his "associate," Skelly Skeleton. |
Dr. Bones, also known as Dr. Donald Mueller, is a visiting research
fellow with the Academia Sinica's Institute of Atomic and Molecular
Sciences. A scholar from the University of Pennsylvania in the U.S., Mueller said
he became an avid advocate of balanced nutrition and proper exercise
for children after witnessing the poor dietary habits of many kids back
With the help of Skelly Skeleton, a two-foot tall skeleton puppet,
Mueller said he has been able to get his message across to his young
audience with "The Dr. Bones Show" he's performed in many school and
"The theme (of my show) is to be healthy and have fun," he said.
And contrary to the preaching of some nutritional experts, Mueller said
it's O.K. for children to have junk food from time to time as long as
they have a balanced diet.
Aside from eating right and having proper exercise, the American
scholar pointed out that he has also been using his fun-filled show to
talk to children about issues that pertain to food safety, hygiene, and
Other than the work in helping children learn more about nutrition,
Mueller said he himself has also been able to have great fun working
Mueller's show at NTUH Friday was a hit among many of the hospital's
children as they watched in amazement when the 39-year-old scholar with
a Ph.D. in chemical physics performed magic tricks using wax vegetables
A six-year-old boy's mother said her son's perennial aversion for
hospital miraculously disappeared during Mueller's presentation as he
happily joined other kids to play with Skelly Skeleton. The young mother said she thought Mueller's approach in incorporating
playing and learning was an excellent idea to instill in young children
a healthy lifestyle that would benefit them for the rest of their lives.
2002 Pediatric Health News Releases
May 7, 2002 - Dr. Bones Prescribes Laughter To Cincinnati Children's PatientsCincinnati Children's Hospital
- At 6 pm on Wednesday, May 8, Dr. Bones and his sidekick, Skelly the
skeleton, will teach patients at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical
Center about health and nutrition through interactive games in the
Location H child life activity center.
"After teaching high school and college students, I noticed my
students were poorly equipped at basic math and science - and not much
better at understanding health concepts," says Don Mueller, PhD (a.k.a.
Doctor Bones), a chemistry professor and researcher from Troy, New
York. "The Doctor Bones Show is an effort to educate and entertain
children about the importance of eating a nutritious diet and
participating in daily practices to help maintain a healthy body."
Doctor Bones will juggle food from the Food Guide Pyramid, tells
jokes and involves children in games, such as Name that
Vegetable. Skelly Skeleton teaches children that laughter is a good
form of exercise and is a proven stress reliever.
"Laughter is a daily technique used by Cincinnati Children's child
life specialists to help patients get through the sad times," says
Sharon McLeod, director of Child Life and Recreational Therapy at
Child Life at Cincinnati Children's is a unique department of
dedicated child life specialists focusing on promoting optimal growth
and development in children, reducing the stress of health care
experiences, providing support and education to children and their
families and advocating for psychosocial care in pediatrics.
|Amy Caruso, 513-636-5637, firstname.lastname@example.org|
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following link: http://www.drbonesshow.com/page2.html
Doctor Bones shares a nutritious message
By: Amanda Bok
Staff Writer (South Brunswick Post)
Jokes and juggling help get the message across to kids
An educator by nature, scientist by profession and juggler by force
of habit, Doctor I.M. Bones jokes, juggles and entertains his way into
the minds - and funny bones - of young children. Doctor I.M.
Bones, played by Monmouth Junction resident Dr. Don Mueller, and his
trusted associate, Skelly Skeleton, teach young kids about nutrition
Their traveling show, "Doctor Bones Show," which will
present "Holiday Hijinks - The case of why we eat what we eat during
the holidays," at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in Borders Books,
Nassau Park, Route 1 in West Windsor.
The show routinely performs throughout the New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas.
"The show is about nutrition," said Dr. Mueller, who uses the food
pyramid to illustrate the importance of balanced meals and what
vitamins and minerals are needed for healthy living. He also teaches
kids about the basic anatomy of the human body, including bones,
muscles, nerves and the brain. But, in order to capture the
attention of the audience, lessons are taught through games, jokes,
songs and a lot of food-juggling.
The lines: "Why are bananas
never lonely? Because they hang out in bunches," may get children's
attention. If not, "why couldn't the orange cross the street? Because
she ran out of juice," may do the trick. "If I can get the kids
interested in listening to me, they will take something from the show,"
said Dr. Mueller.
Audiences of all ages are welcome, but there is a lot the doctor wants
young children in particular to learn. "The more aware kids are of
science, math and nutrition, the less
likely they'll be to do some of the bad things, like smoking and
drinking," he said. His show is meant both to educate and entertain,
but his goals reach farther than to the nearest laugh.
Dr. Mueller began this show about three years ago, after teaching at
the university level and noticing that his students weren't versed in
science and math at the levels they should have been. "I do this
show because I enjoy working with children. But, I also do it to stave
off the university problem by going out to the schools," said Dr.
Mueller. His goal is to alleviate the burden of university
professors forced to review high school levels of math and science, of
high school teachers who fill in the math and science knowledge
students didn't get in middle school, and so on down the line.
along the way, he also wants to get kids interested in science and math
at the earliest ages. "I want to show them that science and math is
fun, and go against
the stereotype that all science people are geeky," he said.
Mueller has a Ph.D in chemical physics from Rutgers University, New
Brunswick, and also has a strong background in biochemistry and
anatomy/physiology. He has taught chemistry at the university levels
and tutored math and science students at the kindergarten through
Doctor Bones set to visit Taiwan
By: Amanda Bok
Staff Writer (South Brunswick Post)
The "Doctor Bones Show" is going international. Doctor Don Mueller, the man who has charmed children in the New
Jersey and Pennsylvania areas with his humorous health-awareness show,
"Doctor Bones Show," is taking his act overseas — to Taiwan.
Mueller plays Dr. I.M. Bones, a character who juggles and often drops
plastic vegetables, fruits and other foods — to the delight of his
audiences. Dr. Mueller has been performing the show routinely for the
last three years in an effort to raise awareness of nutrition and
health. Now, Dr. Mueller is taking his act to a different audience: the
children of Taiwan. "It's another opportunity to do the show and
have some fun," Dr. Mueller said. "I'm just trying to get kids to take
some notice about nutrition and feel better about themselves."
Dr. Mueller, who conducts chemical and physics research at the
University of Pennsylvania, will travel to Taipei, Taiwan where he will
further his research using laser experiments at the Institute of Atomic
and Molecular Sciences. Dr. Mueller has a Ph.D. in chemical physics
from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. He will be in Taiwan for the
next three months.
In the show, which is about nutrition, Dr.
Mueller uses the food pyramid to illustrate the importance of balanced
meals and what vitamins and minerals are needed for healthy living. He
also teaches kids about the basic anatomy of the human body, including
bones, muscles, nerves and the brain.
Dr. Mueller began this
show after teaching at the university level and noticing that his
students weren't versed in science and math at the levels they should
have been. His goal was to alleviate the burden of university
professors forced to review high school levels of math and science, of
high school teachers who fill in the math and science knowledge
students didn't get in middle school, and so on down the line. Dr.
Mueller doesn't directly teach math and science in his show, but hoped
to awaken children's' interest in those subjects through the show's
games, jokes and juggling tricks. "I do this show because I
enjoy working with children. But, I also do it to stave off the
university problem by going out to the schools," said Dr. Mueller.
While Taiwan may not have a comparable problem, Dr. Mueller said he
would enjoy going into the schools anyway, if nothing else to entertain
them. He also said he could learn from them, but would depend on
friends to translate for him as he doesn't speak the language. "I think their sense of nutrition is probably more sophisticated
than ours," Dr. Mueller said. "But I think the show will translate
physically, and I think I'll learn new things."
Dr. Mueller said he would study the Asian food pyramid as well as try
to translate his jokes. He plans to attend children's hospitals and
schools. In addition to his research, Dr. Mueller has taught
chemistry at the university levels and tutored math and science
students at the kindergarten through 12th grade.
Doctor Bones Entertains at Borders Books in Princeton, NJ with some Holiday Food Juggling, Food Jokes and more!___