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David Allen Cole Named President and CEO of the Science History Institute
May 18, 2020
The 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.”
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Anonymous Too Long—STL Women Shorted on Credit for Scientific Work
May 15, 2020
Social media editor Rebecca Ortenberg interviewed about campaign to identify unnamed women scientists in photo.
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Massive Science: Can You Help Identify Unnamed Women Scientists of the Past?
April 21, 2020
The Science History Institute launches crowdsourcing campaign to help ID female lab workers in photo.
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Vox: 18 Fascinating Nonfiction Podcasts
April 09, 2020
News site features Distillations on its list of podcasts that will keep you distracted while expanding your knowledge of the world.
Philadelphia Magazine: Explore Philly from Your Couch with These Virtual Tours of Local Attractions
April 01, 2020
The Institute is included on the publication’s list of cultural hotspots to explore in a whole new way.
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A Message from the Science History Institute about COVID-19
March 16, 2020
As of March 16, 2020, our building is closed and all public events have been moved online, postponed, or canceled until further notice.
Cuban postage stamp commemorating Pierre and Marie Curie’s discovery of radium
Philadelphia Inquirer: In Museums—Suffrage, Scandal, Sloths, and Rebellion
February 10, 2020
The Institute’s Valentine’s Day-themed event is featured in the Inquirer’s “Spring Arts Preview.”
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Condé Nast Traveler: 15 Best Museums in Philadelphia
January 23, 2020
The Science History Institute is featured on the travel magazine’s list of Philly’s top museums for the second year in a row.
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CBS3: Science History Institute Blends History of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Life Sciences
January 08, 2020
Institute’s museum featured on local Philadelphia station during its 5:00 p.m. newscast.
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The Hill: R&D, Not Greenland, Can Solve Our Rare Earth Problem
September 18, 2019
Institute fellow Roger Turner and Dr. Julie Klinger offer a long-term solution to our growing need for rare earth elements in this opinion piece.
New York Times: Is It Time to Upend the Periodic Table?
August 27, 2019
The Institute’s Brigitte Van Tiggelen is quoted in this article on Mendeleev’s chart and the variations proposed in the 150 years since.
The Oprah Magazine: 20 Best History Podcasts That’ll Make You Rethink What You Learned in School
August 22, 2019
OprahMag.com features Distilllations in its roundup of favorite history podcasts.
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ChemistryViews: IUPAC 2019 in Paris
July 24, 2019
A presentation by Science History Institute President Robert Anderson is featured in this recap of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry’s annual meeting.
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VacationIdea.com: 25 Best Free Things to Do in Philadelphia
July 19, 2019
The Science History Institute is featured at No. 2 on the online travel and lifestyle magazine’s list of Philly’s top free attractions.
Identification papers from the Bredig archive
Archive Smuggled from Nazi-Era Germany Is Acquired by the Science History Institute
July 02, 2019
The collection of Jewish German chemist Georg Bredig documents the early pioneers of physical chemistry in Europe and the struggles of Jews trying to escape the Nazis.
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Green Tech Media: A Strategic Approach to Rare Earth Elements as Global Trade Tensions Flare
June 24, 2019
Institute fellow Roger Turner shares his perspective on China’s domination of rare earth metal production and what it means for other countries.
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Mashable: Do Something Good for Earth Day
April 22, 2019
The Institute’s Roger Turner talks about rare earth elements in this article about green technology.
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GreenBiz: Reimagining Rare Earth Elements in a Sacrifice Zone-Free Future
February 06, 2019
Institute fellow Roger Turner talks about the effort to find sustainable rare earth mineral extraction.

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