Radioactivity: What It Means for You

Stephen Schnetzer (Physics and Astronomy)

Radioactivity plays an important role in our everyday lives and impacts important societal decisions regarding our energy and climate future. It is important that the public be well informed about what radioactivity is and the effects it has on us. Despite its importance, there is a great deal of ignorance and misinformation surrounding radioactivity. In this seminar, we will explore the underlying nature of radioactivity. We will investigate its health and environmental effects and we will discuss its actual, as opposed to imagined, dangers. We will also learn some little known, amusing facts about radioactivity, including the origin of helium used in party balloons.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 62 index 12894