Environmental Fridays Assignments

Pre-lecture readings

 

post-lecture assignments

Careers in Environmental Science by Ann St. Amand

1. The following are links that Dr. Ann St. Amand provided for your review before her lecture on Friday (9/25/20).

https://www.environmentalscience.org/careers

https://www.usgs.gov/about/organization/science-support/human-capital/em...

https://www.epa.gov/careers

https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/

https://www.michigan.gov/egle/

https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79137_79764---,00.html

http://www.abonmarche.com/services

https://berriencounty.org/753/Environmental-Health

2. The following are keywords that Dr. Ann St. Amand provided for your review before her lecture on Friday (9/25/20).

water quality, climate change, harmful algal blooms (HAB), environmental contaminants, hydrogeology, environmental stewardship, modeling, methods development, TMDL, natural history, environmental chemistry

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Government and the Environment by Matt Robbins

1. The following are links that you should review before Mr. Matt Robbins lecture on Friday (10/2/20).

https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/our-mission-and-what-we-do

https://www.epa.gov/history

https://www.epa.gov/history/origins-epa

https://www.epa.gov/history/epa-history-earth-day

https://www.epa.gov/history/milestones-epa-and-environmental-history

https://www.epa.gov/environmental-topics/chemicals-and-toxics-topics

https://www.epa.gov/careers

https://www.epa.gov/careers/science-careers-epa

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_issues

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_environmental_organizations

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainability

2. The following are keywords that you should review before Mr. Matt Robbins lecture on Friday (10/2/20).

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, pollution, pesticides, climate change, environmentalism, sustainability

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Nuclear Energy & the Environment by Jack Giessner

1. The following are keywords and terms that you should review before Mr. Jack Giessner’s lecture on Friday (10/23/20).

Nuclear, nuclear science, nuclear fuel, effluents, radiation, ionizing radiation, isotopes, unstable isotopes, radioisotopes, alpha particle, beta particle, nuclear fission, nuclear fusion

2. Read and preview Chapter 25 in your textbook on Nuclear Chemistry.

3. The following are links that you should review before Mr. Jack Giessner’s lecture on Friday (10/23/20).

United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission: https://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/radiation.html

Radiation & Health: https://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/radiation/rad-health-effects.html

Radiation at Nuclear Power Plants: https://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/radiation/protects-you/radiation-monitorin...

  Careers in Environmental Science (Post-Lecture Questions)

INSTRUCTIONS: Please use additional sheets of paper to answer the following questions completely.

1- What fields/subjects contribute to and are involved in environmental science?

2- What role does chemistry play in environmental science?

3- (a) What chemical nutrients increase algae blooms? Give names and formulas. (b) Describe the biogeochemical cycles these nutrients belong to. Hint – view this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leHy-Y_8nRs&t=319s and others.

4- Read this (https://www.lgsonic.com/nutrient-pollution-and-algal-blooms/) and answer the question: What can be done to control nutrient pollution?

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Government and the Environment (Post-Lecture Questions)

INSTRUCTIONS: Please use additional sheets of paper to answer the following questions completely.

1- What role did the following persons play in creating greater environmental awareness and governmental action?
(a) Rachel Carson, (b)Richard Nixon, and (c) Gaylord Nelson

2- (a) What class of chemicals were discussed in Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring book? (b) What is the formula of DDT? Is it molecular or ionic? (c)What was it used for and how did DDT become ‘famous’?

3- (a) What is the mission of the EPA? (b) Visit this website (https://www.epa.gov/environmental-topics/chemicals-and-toxics-topics), then list and describe five chemicals that are considered toxic.

4- (a) How did the Valley of the Drums get its name? (b) Two classes of substances found in the Valley of the Drums were heavy metals and PCBs. (c) What are heavy metals? Are they representative or transition elements? (d) What are PCBs, are they molecular or ionic?

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Environmental Justice – A Soil Chemistry Case Study (Post-Lecture Questions)

INSTRUCTIONS: Please use additional sheets of paper to answer the following questions completely.

1- Based on the lecture and online sources: (a) What is soil?, (b) Draw and clearly label the layers (O, A, B, C, R) of soil.

2- (a) What is humus? (b) Describe the interaction of humus and metal ions, including toxic cations, such as lead.

3- (a) What are the atomic properties of lead? (atomic number, group, period, block, electron configuration) (b) What are the most common cations of lead? (c) What are the four most common isotopes of lead and what makes them different from each other?

4- (a) Is metallic lead toxic? (b) What forms of lead are toxic?

5- Describe the biological effects of lead poisoning.

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