Spring Lecture Series: Metals 3 and 4

March 28, 2017 - March 28, 2017

Spring Lecture Series: Metals 3 and 4

1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Join Dr. David Holah. There are less than 100 different naturally occurring atoms. Most are metals. This series is a largely historical account of their extractions, energies, properties, usefulness and toxicities and how they have impacted the lives of everyone from our Stone Age ancestors to the present.

A background in science is neither required, nor assumed. **Please note the special start time for talks in this series, taking place on Tuesday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in our Theatre. Each day will feature two talks. The first beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a complimentary refreshment break, and then a second talk the same afternoon at 2:30 p.m. The talks are related in theme, but also stand alone, so come to one, or come to them all!

1 p.m. Radioactive metals, like Radium, and the con men promoting its use. The Radium Girls. The terrible price paid by many people before we learned to handle radioactivity safely.

2:30 p.m. Toxic metals, including mercury. Its uses, from felt hats to gold mining. Disasters in Japan and in Grassy Narrows in Ontario.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Dr. Holah held numerous teaching and research positions at research facilities, government agencies and universities in the US, UK and Canada; working, over the course of his career, in the fields of inorganic chemistry, Atomic Energy, and Pulp and Paper Research at locations including: the Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland Ohio, the UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Laboratories at Harwell, UK, Utah State University, Iowa State University, McGill University and Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

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