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.

For more information about this series please contact fellowships@sciencehistory.org.

Upcoming Events

Geert Somsen of Maastricht University will speak about the HERA-funded research project “The Scientific Conference: A Social, Cultural, and Political History.”

Past Lectures

Spring 2022

Nylon and “The Test Tube Girl”: Reimagining Plastic Futures
Isabelle Marina Held, Price-Doan Postdoctoral Fellow

Fall 2021

Humphry Davy: Enlightenment Chemist, Poet, Social Climber
Frank James, Cain Senior Fellow

Spring 2021

The Thing about Alchemy . . . Secrets, Mixtures, and Discerning the Alchemical in the Potter’s Art
Bruce Moran, Cultural Historian

Fall 2020

Furnace and Fugue: An Alchemical Happy Hour
Donna Bilak, Historian of Early Modern Science
Tara Nummedal, Brown University

Fall 2019

Wasted Space: The History of Orbiting Junk
Lisa Ruth Rand, Haas Fellow

Spring 2019

Milk Safety in the 20th Century: Eradicating Brucellosis in the United States
Rebecca Kaplan, ACLS Public Fellow/Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

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