Course Details for Dr. William Ward - Winter - 2019-20

Chemical History of England

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Professor William Ward is a retired Air Force officer who spent 16 years in Europe. He taught high school chemistry and engineering classes before returning to school to earn his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University in 2014. He then completed a post-doctorate at Brookhaven National Labs in Long Island before joining the faculty at Austin Peay State University as an Inorganic Chemistry Professor. He currently teaches General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry, and a general science class for aspiring K-12 teachers. Dr. Ward conducts research with undergraduate students centered on renewable energy with the following two specific projects: - Developing novel semiconductors for use with Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells - Synthesizing novel zinc-hydride catalysts for reduction of carbon dioxide into a usable fuel (More Info)

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Chemical History of England

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Course Description:
This course will focus on the historical scientific and medical museums and hospitals of London, along with the contributions of British scientists and medical professionals. We will observe the wonders and discoveries of early chemistry and the medical fields, including dental, optical, and pharmaceutical, and enrich our minds with the astonishing experiences of scientists in the past and the obstacles and marvels attributed to them. Museum visits will tentatively include the British Museum, the Science Museum, and the History of Science Museum in Oxford.  Field trips are also planned for specialized sites, including the Old Operating Theatre, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and the Alexander Fleming Laboratory. 

Completion of one semester of upper-division chemistry study.

Physical Activity Requirements:
Expect 4-6 miles of walking on class days.

Course Highlights:
  1. Day‐trips to various historical scientific, medical, and hospital museums
  2. Faraday and Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museums
  3. History of Science and Natural History Museums
  4. Old Operating Theatre, Wellcome Collection, and Hunterian Museums
  5. Royal Pharmaceutical Society, British Dental Association, Anesthesia Museums
  6. Royal College of Surgeons of England & St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museums
  7. British Museum
  8. Sherlock Holmes Museum
  9. Perfect for chemistry major/minor and pre-dental/medical/optical/pharmaceutical students