Course Description

One hundred and one years after machines capable of detecting isotopes were first built, humans are continuing to find ways of using isotopes to solve modern mysteries. (Isotopes are simply different forms of the same chemical element that differ in mass.) From antique delicacies (is that an authentic Chateau Margaux 1904?), to modern environmental concerns (can honey be used to pinpoint sources of air pollution?), and even to the future of space travel (can we better protect astronauts' bone health?), we will walk through some of the most interesting and innovative ways in which isotopes are being used today. We will start with a brief primer on the science behind isotope studies and then focus on case studies from archaeology, forensic science, environmental science, and finally health/medicine. Classes will consist of lectures punctuated with questions and discussion opportunities. There will be optional readings and supplemental class materials available on a course website. | Lecture + Q&A; Facilitated discussion.

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Section Title
Wine, Bees, and Bones: How Isotopes Are Used to Solve Modern Mysteries
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 10:15AM
Sep 17, 2020 to Oct 15, 2020
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Virtual Classroom  
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Section Notes

Please note: Some recollection of high school chemistry may be helpful but is not necessary.

Class sessions are recorded.