CHF Announces 18 Fellowships in the History of Science in 2011–12 Academic Year

August 24, 2011 - Philadelphia

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) will award a total of eighteen pre- and post-doctorate fellowships in the history of chemistry in the 2011–12 academic year. The fellows come to CHF from across the United States, five European nations, and China. They will study topics as varied as the science of sweat, paint chemistry, nutrition, alchemy, and the early history of chromatography.

“The perfect way to end the International Year of Chemistry is to continue it,” said Thomas R. Tritton, president and CEO. “This year's scholars will bring new chapters in the rich history of chemistry to life, as this year of celebrating chemistry comes to an end. I look forward to meeting all of these talented scholars and to seeing their work take shape.”


Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellows
1. Augustin Cerveaux (University of Strasbourg, France), Cain Fellow: “‘From an Art to a Science:’ Changes in Paint Chemistry and Technology in Progressive-Era America and the Great Depression”
2. Catherine Jackson (University College London, United Kingdom), Cain Fellow: “Material World: Analysis, Synthesis and the Making of Modern Chemistry”
3. Brendan Matz (Yale University), Haas Fellow: “The Science of Nutrition in Germany and the United States, 1870–1920”
4. J. Emmanuel Raymundo (Tulane University), Edelstein Fellow: “National Skin: Contact, Conflict, and the Culion Leper Colony in the U.S.-Occupied Philippines, 1902–1941”
5. Doogab Yi (National Institutes of Health), Haas Fellow: “The Organized Search for the Oncogene: ‘Proto’ Biotechnology, Molecular Medicine, and the History of the War on Cancer, 1964–1980”

Long-Term Dissertation Fellows
1. Melanie Kiechle (Rutgers University), ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellow: “‘The Air We Breathe’: Nineteenth-Century Americans and the Search for Fresh Air”
2. Jongmin Lee (Virginia Institute of Technology), Edelstein Fellow: “Regulatory Engineering in the EPA: Chemical Monitoring, Catalytic Converters, and the Controlled Environment”
3. Christine Nawa (University of Regensburg, Germany), Price Fellow: “Robert Wilhelm Bunsen’s Research Style and His Teaching”

Short-Term Fellows
1. Sarah Everts (Chemical & Engineering News), Ullyot Scholar, 2 months: “Sweat Science: The Science, Culture, History, and Commercialization of Perspiration, the Chemical Cocktail that Humanity Produces in Abundant Amounts”
2. Michelle Francl (Bryn Mawr College), Herdegen Fellow, 2 months: “Sideline Science: Critical Commentaries in 19th-Century Journals and 21st-Century Blogs”
3. Nathaniel Freiburger (University of California, Davis), Société de Chimie Industrielle Fellow, 3 months: “Cultures of Engineering and the Engineering of Politics: The Making of Lithium as an Object of Techno-Scientific Knowledge and Politics in Bolivia”
4. Apostolos Gerontas (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Doan Fellow, 4 months: “Writing the History of High- Performance Liquid Chromatography”
5. Rebecca Laroche (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs), Allington Fellow, 2 months: “Placing Robert Boyle’s Experiments and Considerations Touching Colours in Dialogue with the Recipe Arch”
6. Pedro Ruiz-Castell (University of Valencia, Spain), Allington Fellow, 3 months: “New Identities From the Invisible: The Early Days of Electron Microscopy”
7. Ulf Schmidt (University of Kent, United Kingdom), Doan Fellow, 2 months: “Secret Science: Human Experimentation in Biological and Chemical Warfare Research during the Cold War”
8. Elena Serrano (CEHIC-UAB, Spain), CHF Fellow, 2 months: “Women and Chemistry in late 18th-Century Spain: The Chemico-Charitable Activities of the Junta de Damas”
9. Etienne Stockland (Columbia University), Allington Fellow, 2 months: “Trust, Credit, and Expertise: The Alchemical Practitioners of Elizabethan London”
10. Changming Wang (Guangxi University for Nationalities, China), Allington Fellow, 4 months: “The Lives and Studies of Outstanding Chinese Chemistry Students in the United States During the Republic of China (1911–1949): A Comprehensive Investigation on Chemical Dissemination and Cultural Exchange”

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