Chemical Heritage Foundation Names Jody Roberts Director of Center for Contemporary History and Policy

Jody Roberts. Photo by Douglas Lockard

September 29, 2011 - Philadelphia

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) has named Jody Roberts director of its Center for Contemporary History and Policy. In this role, he will be responsible for implementing the strategic vision for the center, building stronger ties to key constituencies, and bringing the work of the center's staff and research fellows to those who can benefit from their insights.

"After four years of managing our Environmental History and Policy Program, Jody will lead our efforts to bring the history of chemistry into key policy questions we face as a nation,” said Thomas R.Tritton, president and CEO of CHF. "Jody’s breadth of knowledge and experience will allow the center to bring historically based perspectives to industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations.”

About Jody Roberts
Jody Roberts leads CHF’s Center for Contemporary History and Policy. He is a senior fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program and lectures in the History and Sociology of Science department at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for Public Policy at Drexel University. 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. 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.

About the Center for Contemporary History and Policy 
The Center for Contemporary History and Policy  is a hybrid institution, uniting academe’s strong foundation in original research with the passion of a non-profit think tank capable of bringing the results of that research to those who need it most. Along the way, we enhance the reputation and visibility of the Chemical Heritage Foundation through our interactions with diverse audiences and facilitate the building of its unique collections and library as we obtain interviews and oral histories and pursue archival opportunities.

The Center for Contemporary History and Policy identifies key issues at the intersections of science, technology, and medicine that can benefit from careful research, analysis, and new perspectives. We develop projects that mobilize history using archives, interviews, case studies, and oral histories in order to bring original perspectives on contemporary science and technology-based societal challenges. Our work and findings are packaged in multiple forms to meet the needs of diverse constituencies, including individuals in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, as well as current and future researchers.

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 and its technologies and industries 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.

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