15th March 2005

 

SOLVING MYSTERIES PAST AND PRESENT

 

A public lecture to be given this week at the University of Lincoln in Hull will show how isotopes are becoming more and more useful to the scientific community.

 

Professor Brian McGaw, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences at the university, will give his professorial lecture as part of the Hull Academy series of cultural events.

 

He will deliver his lecture ‘Isotopes and Forensic Science: From Piltdown Man to the Pakistan Mummy’ at the Derek Crothall Building on George Street, Hull on Thursday 17th March.

 

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

 

“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,” says Professor McGaw.

 

The event begins with registration and refreshments from 5.30pm on Thursday and the lecture itself begins in the Saville Lecture Theatre at 6pm.

 

Admission is free, all are welcome and no prior knowledge of the subject is required.

 

To book a place contact Rebecca Platt on 01482 311702 or email rplatt@lincoln.ac.uk

 

 

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Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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