Deliberations in Chemistry: Environmental Contaminants

As part of our work with the Wabash College Chemistry Department, WDPD, Dr. Sara Drury, and Dr. Laura Wysocki have developed a deliberation focusing on how communities and states can best respond to and protect against environmental contaminants.

This deliberative activity had three parts:

  1. A class period with dialogue in small groups about the issue, using knowledge from current media accounts of communities impacted by contaminants, such as Flint, Michigan and East Chicago, Indiana.
  2. A class period of lecture, questions, and discussion on scientific concepts relating to the issue.
  3. A class period of deliberation about what can be done.  The participant guide for this day can be found here: Chemistry – Environmental Contaminants Guide