Chemical Heritage Foundation Names Jody Roberts Associate Director for CHF’s Center for Contemporary History and Policy

August 10, 2010 - Philadelphia PA

Chemical Heritage Foundation Names Jody Roberts Associate Director for CHF’s Center for Contemporary History and Policy

PHILADELPHIA, PA—August 10, 2010—The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) has named Jody Roberts Associate Director for CHF’s Center for Contemporary History and Policy (CCHP).  In this role, he will be responsible for developing a strategic vision for CCHP, building constituencies, and bringing the work of CCHP to those who need it as well as continuing to build the Environmental History and Policy Program.

"Jody will help develop our strategic plan and interact with key supporters as we grow and shape CCHP,” said Ron Reynolds, director, Center for Contemporary History and Policy, and Special Advisor to the President.  "Jody’s skill in communication and passion for defining chemistry’s relationships to the environment will allow the CCHP to impact industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations with historically based perspectives.”


About Jody Roberts
Jody Roberts manages the Environmental History and Policy Program in the Center for Contemporary History and Policy. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in science and technology studies from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in chemistry from St. Vincent College. Before joining the Center in 2007 he was the Charles C. Price Fellow and Gordon Cain Fellow in the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at CHF.
His work, and the work of the Environmental History and Policy Program, explores the various ways in which we control chemicals – through technological innovation, regulation, community and industry advocacy and collaboration.. Recently, those interests have led to projects on the creation and implementation of the Toxic Substances Control Act, the emergence of nanotechnology at the EPA, and the formation of green chemistry.

About the Center for Contemporary History and Policy  
The Center for Contemporary History and Policy offers historically grounded perspectives on issues related to the molecular sciences and technologies. The Center’s programmatic initiatives draw on diverse historical and contemporary source materials to provide knowledge, perspective, and advice to stakeholders from industry, academia, government, and citizen groups.
The Center comprises CHF’s Oral History Program and five major areas of expertise: Climate and Energy, Health and Medicine, Environment, Regulation, and Emerging Technologies.

Our goal is to become a unique and essential node in the network of institutions and organizations that shape health, environment, risk, innovation policy, and public discourse on these matters by producing socially- and historically-centered perspectives on these areas.
About the Chemical Heritage Foundation
The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) fosters an understanding of chemistry's impact on society. An independent nonprofit organization, we strive to inspire a passion for chemistry; highlight chemistry's role in meeting current social challenges; and preserve the story of chemistry across centuries.
CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, papers, and books. We host conferences and lectures, support research, offer fellowships, and produce educational materials. Our museum and public programs explore subjects ranging from alchemy to nanotechnology.

Contact:
Neil Gussman, Public Affairs
215-873-8262
717-314-2494
neilg@chemheritage.org

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