12th March 2004

 

SOLVING MYSTERIES PAST AND PRESENT

 

Professor Brian McGaw from the University of Lincoln will give his Lincoln Academy inaugural lecture as part of National Science Week.

 

Professor McGaw, who is Dean of the Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences at the university, will discuss how isotopes are becoming more and more useful to the scientific community.

 

Stable and radioactive isotopes can be put to a multitude of uses, from detecting serious crime to identifying the origin of nuclear contamination.

 

He will deliver his lecture ‘Isotopes and Forensic Science: from the Piltdown Man to the Pakistan Mummy’ on Wednesday 17th March 2004.

 

“Today stable isotopes are increasingly used to help to solve the mysteries of the past and the present, uncovering evidence of global climatic change, locating the origin of illegal drugs or terrorist explosives and identifying the food that our ancestors ate,” said Professor McGaw.

 

The lecture will take place at 6pm in the Jackson Lecture Theatre at the Brayford Pool campus and members of the public are welcome to attend.

 

Refreshments will be served in the Alstom Atrium from 5.30pm and there will be wine and a light buffet after the lecture at about 7pm.

 

If you would like to attend the lecture contact Faith Cobaine on 01522 886626 or email fcobaine@lincoln.ac.uk  including the names of those who wish to attend.

 

Other activities in celebration of National Science Week include a science activity for school pupils at Riseholme Park campus on Wednesday 17th March and staff from the university will visit Caistor Grammar School on Thursday 18th March to conduct a forensic demonstration to Year 10 students.

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For more information contact: Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 Email: lbird@lincoln.ac.uk

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