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Genetically engineered wheat graces the cover of C&E News, America's premiere trade weekly for the chemical industry. In the past 100 years, agriculture has undergone a technological revolution comparible in scope and importance to the Industrial Revolution.
Crops in America, Europe, and much of Asia are grown with the aid of fertilizers, pesticides, and many gallons of fossil fuel--at the cost of ecological consequences we are only now beginning to understand. The U.N. projects that in 25 years the population of the Earth will top 10 billion. How can we increase food production without destroying the environment on which agriculture depends?
Welcome to the Home Page of Chemistry and Public Policy
Chem 191--Fall 1999Prof. Marya Lieberman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Notre Dame
The focus of this course is on the intersection between scientific knowledge and policy-making. What do scientists mean when they say they know something? When does scientific knowledge help make policy decisions, and when not? How can non-scientists inform themselves about technological issues?
The course is divided into three five-week sections: Cars, Toxicity and the Law, and Agricultural Chemistry. Each topic will be explored through lecture, readings, experiments, discussion, problem-solving, and special projects.
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Population Modeling Lab (pdf file)
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Automobile exhaust is linked to photochemical smog in metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles. Tough emissions standards and other regulations have improved air quality in most cities. Now some scientists claim that our use of gasoline, coal, oil, and natural gas is causing global climate change. Are they right? If so, what can be done, and at what costs?
Now available: the Hearing Schedule (HTML document which also contains IMPORTANT information about the project).
Project description (html file)
Women harvesting rice in Tanzania--picture from FAO database