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The Pulse: The Miracle and Menace of Plastic
January 15, 2021Institute fellow Isabelle Held is featured on this WHYY podcast episode that explores the science behind the dual nature of plastic.
Science History Institute Receives $40K PHMC Grant
January 13, 2021Prestigious award from the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission to provide operational support for our museum.
Science History Institute Receives NEH/AHRC Grant
January 06, 2021The New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions award—given jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council—will fund a research project on Isaac Newton's alchemical manuscripts.
The Why: A Camera, a Mask, and 2020’s Most Enduring Image
December 08, 2020WHYY’s podcast talks to photographer Kyle Cassidy and some of the essential workers featured in our ‘Between Us and Catastrophe’ outdoor exhibition.
UWISHUNU: The Top Things to Do in Philly This Week & Weekend, November 2–8
November 09, 2020Visit Philadelphia’s official tourism blog features Institute’s new outdoor exhibition ‘Between Us and Catastrophe’
The Washington Post: The Idea of Herd Immunity to Manage the Coronavirus Should Ring Alarm Bells
October 30, 2020Institute fellow Rebecca Kaplan explains the concept’s origins in veterinary medicine.
PhillyVoice: Photos of Essential Workers to Be Displayed by the Science History Institute
October 23, 2020Local news outlet features Institute’s new outdoor exhibition of large-scale portraits.
Science History Institute Debuts New Outdoor Exhibition
October 22, 2020‘Between Us and Catastrophe’ showcases portraits of the pandemic’s essential workers.
BBC: Institute President David Cole Remembers Inventor Bob Gore
October 05, 2020The GORE-TEX inventor passed away on September 17, 2020.
Catherine Keenan Joins Institute’s Board of Directors
October 05, 2020The consulting firm founder previously served on the Institute’s board of overseers and rebranding committee.
Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Bob Gore
September 22, 2020The award-winning scientist and engineer, best known as the inventor of GORE-TEX, was a longtime member of the Institute’s board of overseers.
Atlas Obscura: 6 Fascinating Medical Marvels in Pennsylvania
September 09, 2020The online travel magazine includes the Institute on its list of places to experience the trials, errors, and triumphs of medical history.
‘The Instrumental Chemist: The Incredible Curiosity of Arnold O. Beckman’ Released Nationwide on Video on Demand
August 04, 2020The documentary spotlights the scientific instrument inventor’s life and legacy.
Science History Institute Receives COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL Grant
June 19, 2020Emergency relief fund helps cultural organizations whose operations have been affected by the pandemic.
Science History Institute and Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie Announce Winners of 2020 Franklin-Lavoisier Prize
June 18, 2020Mary Jo Nye and Alan Rocke will be honored jointly at a ceremony in Paris in 2021.
BBC: The People Solving Mysteries during Lockdown
June 16, 2020The Institute’s crowdsourcing campaign to help identify female lab workers is included in this article about finding missing people.
Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Board Member Peter Lederman
June 12, 2020A longtime member of the Institute’s board of directors, the award-winning chemical engineer passed away June 9, 2020, at the age of 88.
A Message from the Science History Institute about Black Lives Matter
June 08, 2020We join in this important conversation by sharing the stories of scientists who succeeded despite the systemic inequities that created a more difficult path to their success.
David Allen Cole Named President and CEO of the Science History Institute
May 18, 2020The former executive director of the Hagley Museum and Library is “thrilled to be stepping into a leadership role at an institution with a reputation for excellence.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Anonymous Too Long—STL Women Shorted on Credit for Scientific Work
May 15, 2020Social media editor Rebecca Ortenberg interviewed about campaign to identify unnamed women scientists in photo.