Alexandra Straub

Cain Fellow

Alexandra Straub is a historian of environment, science, and technology. She came to the Institute to work on her dissertation, “Making Water Pure: A History of Water Softening from Potash to Tide,” which explores the history of chemical and mechanical water softening.

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Philadelphia Earth Week, Fifty Years On

The successes and shortcomings of the first Earth Day in 1970 still reverberate.