February 7, 2013
Sophomore Kelly Schuberg studied the effect of sunscreens on a bathing suit’s flammability. “I found an article about a man who put on a spray sunscreen and then barbecued immediately over an open flame and caught on fire,” she said. “So I wanted to test different sunscreens on a bathing suit because sunscreen often gets on your bathing suit when you apply it.” She figured an aerosol would burn easily because of the methyl alcohol in it, but was surprised that one of the sunscreen lotions also burned. Best, she said, was the Banana Boat brand, which didn’t burn, at all.