University of Idaho eTOX - Principles of Environmental Toxicology the study of Toxic Substances in the Environment
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Lecture 1 - Introduction

T 8/27

Course requirements, motivation for undertaking this course of study.

Lecture 2 - Silent Spring

Th 8/29

Historical overview of the book that catalyzed the US environmental movement.

Lecture 3 - Concepts in Toxicology

T  9/3

Core concepts in toxicology that form the basis of further study.

Lecture 4 - Special Topic: Pesticide Residues

Th  9/5

A review and update on the science and regulation of pesticides.

Lecture 5 - Dose-Response Relationships

T  9/10

"Solely the dose determines that a thing is not a poison" -Paracelsus

Lecture 6 - Absorption of Toxicants

Th  9/12

Where chemistry meets biology.

Lecture 7 - Distribution and Storage of Toxicants

T  9/17

Pathway analysis of intoxication.

Lecture 8 - Biotransformation and Elimination of Toxicants

Th 9/19

The guys in the white hats fight back.

Lecture 9 - Target Organ Toxicity

T 9/24

Neurotoxic, nephrotoxic, hepatotoxic...

Lecture 10 - Teratogenesis, Mutagenesis & Carcinogenesis

Th  9/26

Toxic reactions with the molecules of life.

Lecture 11 - Special Topic: Dioxin & Related Compounds

T  10/1

An especially persistent and toxic group of chemicals.

Midterm Exam I

Th 10/3

 

Lecture 12 - Risk Assessment and Risk Management, I

T 10/8

Hazard estimation in exposure scenarios.

Lecture 13 - Risk Assessment and Risk Management, II

Th 10/410

The tools and troubles of risk assessment and management.

Lecture 14 - Special Topics

T  10/15

1. Selenium Ecotoxicology
2. Arsenic in Drinking Water

Sources, pathways, receptors and controls.

Lecture 15 - Ecological Biochemistry

Th  10/178

Discover why blue jays do not eat Monarch butterflies.

Lecture 16 - Abiotic Transformation in the Environment

T 10/22

Where entropy is king.

Lecture 17 - Environmental Chemodynamics

Th  10/24

Chemical processes of environmental toxicants.

Lecture 18 - Environmental Transport

T  10/29

Physical processes of environmental toxicants.

Lecture 19 - Environmental Chemicals I

Th  10/31

Heavy metals, metalloids, nutrients, radionuclides.

Lecture 20 - Environmental Chemicals II

T  11/5

Heavy metals, metalloids, nutrients, radionuclides.

Lecture 21 - Environmental Chemicals III

Th  11/7

Industrial chemicals, pesticides, petrochemicals, biotoxins.

Lecture 22 - Environmental Chemicals IV

T  11/12

Industrial chemicals, pesticides, petrochemicals, biotoxins.

Lecture 23 - Special Topic: Endocrine Disruption

Th  11/14

Our stolen future?

Midterm Exam II

T  11/19

 

Lecture 24 - Monitoring Chemicals in the Environment

Th  11/21

Of bunny suits, sewer pipes and test tubes.

Lecture 25 - Regulating Chemicals in the Environment

T  12/3

CERCLA, TSCA, FIFRA, CWA, RCRA, CAA; Need I say more?

Lecture 26 - Frontiers in Environmental Toxicology

Th  12/5

A look to the challenges beyond.

Informal Course Review

T Th  12/10-12

 

Final Exam

Tu  12/17

Open online 12/14 - 12/17

 

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