John Schaumloffel, Chemistry & Biochemistry, recently completed a course on the Early History of the Atomic Bomb that is offered by the University of Dayton.
The three day course, held in Albuquerque, Los Alamos and Socorro, NM, included lectures on the Manhattan Project, security at the Los Alamos site, the role of Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories in the development of atomic weapons, President Truman’s decision to use the bomb against Japan, and the role of atomic weapons in the Cold War. Lectures were held at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, the Bradbury Museum near Los Alamos National Labs and at the Trinity Site on the White Sands Missile Range.
The course ended with a behind the scenes tour of the Trinity Site, including “ground zero”, the McDonald house, Base Camp and instrumentation areas used during the first detonation of a nuclear device. Support for the course fees and travel was provided by the Dean of Natural and Mathematical Sciences and the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.