Dr. Dominique Weis gave a series of invited public lectures at the prestigious Collège de France in Paris over the past several days. She discussed isotope geochemistry in a wide variety research applications, from volcanic mantle plumes, to the cleanliness of urban areas, to Indigenous archaeology. Dr. Weis was also presented with a medal from the Collège.
Watch Dr. Dominique Weis and other women scientists at the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences give sage advice to girls and young women who are thinking about a career in science. Video produced by the Pacific Museum of Earth, UBC.
Dr. Dominique Weis has been appointed as a 2021 University Killam Professor. This designation is the highest academic honour awarded to faculty members at the University of British Columbia, in recognition of exceptional and sustained excellence in research, teaching and mentoring.
Kate and Dominique used sensitive mass-spectrometer techniques to determine that the average concentration of lead in honey collected downwind of the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, three months after the devastating April 2019 fire, was around four times higher than lead levels in honey collected from the countryside and about three-and-a-half times higher than the urban honey collected before the fire. The research was published last week in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.
Despite these lead levels, all the honey collected for this study in and around Paris following the fire are still within the European Union’s safe levels for consumption.