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Fellow in Focus

The Rohm and Haas Fellow in Focus lecture series gives our scholars an opportunity to present their work to a broad audience interested in history, science, and culture. Fellow in Focus lectures are presented by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry.

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Past Lectures: 2010−2018

Fall 2018
An Electric Education: How to Teach Science on Television
Ingrid Ockert, Princeton University

Spring 2018
Technology and Society: Engineering Cultures, Chemistry, and Social Order in the Second Industrial Revolution (1890 to 1930)
Adelheid Voskuhl, University of Pennsylvania

Fall 2017
Fresh Air, Foul Odors, and the Growth of American Cities
Melanie A. Kiechle, Virginia Tech University

Spring 2017
“Trust Me!” The Problem of Insincerity in Early Modern Medicine
Mark Waddell, Michigan State University

Fall 2016
Searching for Meaning in the History of Planetary Science
Matthew Shindell, Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum

Spring 2016
Bewitching Chemistry: Art, Alchemy, and the Making of Color
Elisabeth Berry Drago, University of Delaware and Science History Institute

Fall 2015
New Light on Isaac Newton’s Alchemy
William R. Newman, Indiana University

Spring 2015
Making It Delicious: The Science of Flavor and the Industrialization of Food in the United States, 1900–1960
Nadia Berenstein, University of Pennsylvania

Fall 2014
Genuine Atonement and Sincere Performance: Living with Alchemy, Murder, and Marketing in Early Modern Europe
Bruce T. Moran, University of Nevada, Reno

Spring 2014
The Invention of Peer Review
Alex Csiszar, Harvard University

Fall 2013
Mapping the Universe of Knowledge: Internationalism and National Interest in Modern Science
Robert Fox, University of Oxford

Spring 2013
Michel-Eugène Chevreul and the Material Cultures of Color in 19th-Century France
Laura Anne Kalba, Smith College

Fall 2012
Humphry Davy’s Consolations in Travel: Last Thoughts of a Chemical Philosopher
Jan Golinski, University of New Hampshire

Spring 2012
Beyond Genius, Before Theory: Recovering the Lost World of Practice in 19th-Century Chemistry
Catherine Jackson, University College London

Spring 2010
The Chemistry of Kosher
Roger Horowitz, Hagley Museum and Library