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Breakfast Rx

Can food be medicine, or medicine food? It’s not as simple as comparing apples and…syringes. According to Donna Messner, CHF’s current Gordon Cain Fellow in Technology, Policy, and Entrepreneurship, the distinction between what is food and what is medicine began to blur around the turn of the 20th century.

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How I Would Have Died: Breaking My Neck

Twice this year and a dozen times in the last four decades, I have had a reason to celebrate modern medicine and the chemistry behind it. This series of blog posts explains how I would have died if I had the same injury 100 years ago. Last week, I described the bicycle racing crash that left me in a ditch bleeding with ten broken bones. The worst of those ten broken bones, at least in terms of my short-term and long-term survival, was my seventh cervical vertebra, C-7. How would I have fared if this injury had occurred a century earlier?

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Alchemy is Front-Page News, Again in the Science Times

This week alchemy was front page news in the (New York Times) Science Times, Again!

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Making Connections: "The Big Picture" and the History of Science

CHF broadens the lens of what we call the history of science to make it relevant to a broader public.

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Events Every Day Next Week at CHF

CHF will host free, public events every day next week—except Monday.

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Full of Fellows Once More

A new class of Beckman Center fellows are joining CHF’s scholarly community. Check out what they’re up to.

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Fellows Galore!

The Ship of Fellows is back in the water after a few months in drydock (yes, you can expect plenty of nautical metaphors from here on out). We have much to catch up on, but first your commodore would like to announce our class of fellows for the 2010–2011 academic year.

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A Flurry of Applications

Hooray, the craziness is over—the deadline for fellowship applications has come and gone. Now it’s time to take stock of the situation. Last year we had 35 total applications for all of our fellowships. Three days before the deadline we had only 7 in hand. I was a bit apprehensive, but I knew that a flood of applications usually comes in at the last minute. This year was no exception, and when it was all said and done, we ended up with 34 applications total.

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Happy New Year!

Things have been a little quiet around here during our traditional winter break. We lost our Fearless Fellowship Leader, as Anke has departed for Glasgow (Scotland, not Kentucky). So now it is up to me to carry the torch for all of our Ship of Fellows fans (you know who you are).

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