News

SC Grad to Speak About Medical Uses of Radioactivity

Southwestern College’s Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Alumni Science Seminar will feature a certified nuclear medicine technologist.

Kim Bever, a 1979 Southwestern College graduate, is the featured speaker.  The title of his speech is “A History of the Use and Misuse of Radioactivity in Medicine.” The presentation will be on Friday, Oct. 7, at 3:30 p.m., in the Beech Science Center room 104.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. 

Bever will be taking a historical tour of the many ways in which radioactivity has been applied to the promotion of human health.  Whether it is radioactive toothpastes for brighter smiles, radium baths for arthritis, or vita-radia suppositories for restoring sexual power, the public seems to have had an insatiable appetite for atomic solutions to the body’s ills, according to Bever.

“As part of Kim’s work in nuclear medicine, he has accumulated a wealth of historical trivia on the subject,” says Pat Ross, chair of the division of natural sciences and mathematics.  “We are delighted to give him a chance to share that knowledge with our students and the broader community.  In the future, we are planning to invite other members of our talented science and math alumni to showcase their stories and talents.”

For more information, call (620) 229-6339.