How did scientists develop the ability to detect toxins in a body? Tune in LIVE as Deborah Blum, Pulitzer-prize winning science writer and author of “The Poisoner’s Handbook”, tells the remarkable story of the two scientists who invented forensic medicine and figured out how to catch killers that used an almost invisible weapon. Learn the history of poison, murder, and forensic investigation. Bring your questions for Deborah and learn more about a fascinating chapter in forensic history.
What You Will Learn
- What was the golden age of poisoners?
- When and how did scientists learn to detect such murders?
- How do classic poisons such as arsenic and cyanide affect us today?
- Why poisons are a useful tool in scientific communication
- And much more…
Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Meet Your Experts
Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer-prize winning science writer and the author of five books, most recently, The Poisoner’s Handbook, a New York Times best seller. She writes the Elemental blog, about chemistry and culture, for Wired, as well as for a wide range of other national publications. She teaches science writing and literary journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Darren Griffin, PhD is Professor of Genetics at the University of Kent, UK. Previously he was Professor of Genetics at Brunel University. In 2002, he was admitted as a fellow of the Society of Biology and in 2008 he was awarded both a fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists and Doctor of Science from the University of Manchester. He was awarded the Institutional Teaching Prize for his work in supervising graduate students and was recently shortlisted for Research Project of the Year by the Times Higher Education supplement. Dr. Griffin completed his post-doctoral research in Cleveland, Ohio and at The University of Cambridge. He received his PhD at University College London in 1992, graduated from the University of Manchester in 1988.
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