As Dr. Al Hazari described to me his Forensic Chemistry Camp for middle-school students, I thought of my own son’s love of chemistry. When our interview ended, I volunteered my son to help out at the camp, which runs this week on the UT campus. When I got home, I told my son what I had done. It wasn’t too much of a stretch. He works as a chemistry tutor at his college.
Tuesday’s session began with a special guest speaker, Dr. Bill Bass. The founder of the Body Farm described the cremation process to an attentive audience that also included students from the Governor’s Schools for the Sciences and Engineering. One of the Governor’s School students recognized my son from their time together on their high school Scholar’s Bowl team.
After the cremation slide show, my son helped the students conduct an experiment on lead poisoning. At other work stations, they analyzed soil, fiber and some household products like baking soda which were masquerading as contraband seized in an imaginary drug bust.