FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Thu Aug 30 16:42:03 EDT 2012

ACS Webinar on the history of poison, murder and forensic investigation — Aug. 30

WASHINGTON— News media and others interested in the chemical sciences are invited to join the next in a series of American Chemical Society (ACS) Webinars™, focusing on the history of poison, murder and forensic investigation.

Scheduled for Thursday, August 30, 2-3 p.m. EDT, the free ACS Webinar™ will feature Deborah Blum, a Pulitzer prize-winning science writer and the author of five books, including The Poisoner’s Handbook, a New York Times best-seller. She teaches science writing and literary journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, writes the Elemental blog for Wired and contributes to a wide range of national publications.

Blum’s topics will include:

  • 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?
  • How are poisons a useful tool in scientific communication?

News media and others can tune into the conference without charge, but must register in advance. The webinar will include a short presentation followed by a question-and-answer session.

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ACS Webinars™ connect you with subject experts and global thought leaders in chemical sciences, management and business to address current topics of interest to scientific and engineering professionals.

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