Livestreamed History of Science Show Called #Histchem Debuts Today with Chemistry of the Zombie Apocalypse

August 7, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA

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Today, the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) will debut a monthly livestreamed show called #HistChem. The show will feature topically compelling issues that intersect science and history. CHF’s Bob Kenworthy and Michal Meyer will host the show. The first episode, “How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Zombie Apocalypse,” will air at 6 p.m. EST on

Guests will include Deanna Day, a CHF fellow, and Robert Hicks, director of the College of Physicians’ Mütter Museum. Day, who has taught a course on zombies at the University of Pennsylvania, will share her insights on zombies and what they say about our fears. Hicks will provide historical insight on apocalyptic diseases and medical cures.

“Even Zombies are made of atoms, so they can be studied by chemistry,” said Shelley Wilks Geehr, Director, Roy Eddleman Institute. “Robert Hicks was the first host of our long-running audio podcast Distillations. He is the perfect guest for the first episode of our new video program.”

With the popularity of post-apocalyptic storytelling at an all-time high, CHF decided to look into the science, history, and sociology behind these fears. Our viewers can tweet to vote for the objects, people, and chemicals they would want to bring along into the apocalypse. Results will be announced live on the show.

About the Chemical Heritage Foundation

The Chemical Heritage Foundation is a collections-based nonprofit organization that preserves the history and heritage of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences and technologies. The collections are used to create a body of original scholarship that illuminates chemistry’s role in shaping society. In bridging science with the humanities, arts, and social sciences, CHF is committed to building a vibrant, international community of scholars; creating a rich source of traditional and emerging media; expanding the reach of our museum; and engaging the broader society through inventive public events.

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