Practically everyone learns about the periodic table of elements in school, but most of us don’t think about it on a daily basis. That’s not the case for faculty and staff whose expertise is rooted in one of the elements. Because 2019 is the 150th anniversary of the periodic table, here's a chemistry lesson from some surprising and not-so-surprising sources on the vital role that six of the table’s elements play in our lives.

Read more about these and other elements being highlighted by faculty and staff experts this year at