THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELED. ONLINE: Although radioactivity was only discovered in the late 19th century, it has had a rapid impact on our world. We will start with a brief introduction to the science and history of radioactivity before moving onto case studies. To develop an understanding of radionuclides, we will discuss their use for scientific pursuits (geochronology, environmental tracers) while considering their technological uses (weapons, energy, medicine) and natural and anthropogenic occurrences in the environment (rocks, groundwater, air, homes). Students will gain an awareness of human interactions with radionuclides and a relative understanding of radioactivity and health. Classes will be structured with time for questions and answers during and after the lecture. A course website will have suggested but not required readings and other relevant materials for a more in-depth understanding of the topics covered. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 30.
Class sessions are recorded.