Effects of Chemical, Biological and Nuclear
Instructor: Diane Vance
Dates and Times: Wednesdays, October 14 – November 18, 1 – 2 p.m.
Location: Online Zoom Course
Maximum Enrollment: 30 | Course Fee: $25
This is a continuation of the class that was interrupted due to the pandemic, so this class will discuss only biological and chemical weapons. You don’t need to have attended the nuclear classes to take this course. No science background is necessary.
It will be easy to use the events of the past few months to discuss how biological agents can be effective weapons of mass “disruption” as much as mass “destruction.” We’ll discuss the 3 CDC categories of bioweapons; the BioWatch program to monitor for the release of an agent, and add some information about the SARS-CoV-2 virus, such as basic information on its cellular mode of action, the different types of tests, and a bit about vaccine development. The section on chemical weapons will include information about the 8 classes of weapons and the activity now going on near Richmond to destroy the last remaining nerve agents in the US. There will be extra information about riot control agents, since we’ve been hearing a lot about these during recent protests.