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CHF staff and scholars provide a behind-the-scenes guide to activities at CHF, with reflections on science education, provocative explorations of chemistry in the wider world, and much more.

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The Quest Begins!

Exhibit installation is one of the most rewarding parts of the exhibition planning and creation process. You start with a blank canvas and design plans and watch it all move into place and unfold into something beautiful, something beyond what you could have imagined. I’ve often thought that a time-lapse video of an installation would be fun, but some snapshots from the week will have to do.

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Posted In: Education | Technology

Fireworks: Physics and Chemistry Juxtaposed

Philadelphia’s annual July 4th fireworks display on the Delaware River never fails to impress. The uniquely historic setting helps—in this city the American nation began its emergence onto the world stage. But the sizzling combination of colors and sounds from aerial fireworks, so much more astonishing than when I was a kid, set me thinking about the science of it all.

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Posted In: Technology

Beckman at 25: Matthew Eisler

2012 is the 25th anniversary of CHF’s Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry. To celebrate the Beckman Center’s remarkable achievements and its many accomplished fellows, we will be profiling one former fellow each month over the course of the year. This month we’d like you to meet Matthew N. (Matt) Eisler.

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Posted In: Fellows

Bias, Yours and Mine

Most of us think we are free of bias. We’re pretty convinced we reach conclusions, make decisions, rank priorities, and do related acts of judgment based on evidence, not bias or prejudice.

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Posted In: Education

A History of Chemistry in Two Words

As fans of CHF no doubt know, alchemy was once the name given to “the science of matter;” only around the latter half of the sixteenth century did the term chemistry begin to appear in Western sources. The theories behind this shift in use, and the source of the root word – chem – nicely encapsulates the history of chemistry itself, and the questions that remain about its origins.

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Posted In: History

BIO Award

Dr. Nancy Chang is the first woman to be inducted in the Biotechnology Hall of Fame. Like many previous awardees, her life has been one of overcoming obstacles, rising above circumstances, being inspired, and finally, being an inspiration to others.

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Posted In: Technology

More Professional Firsts for Women

Yesterday Nancy Chang became the first woman to win the Biotechnology Heritage Award. But did you know that the world’s first chemist may have been a woman?

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Posted In: History

First Person: William McMillan

In the interest of history, chemist William McMillan wrote two volumes reflecting on his work in the Manhattan Project. But as of the date of his oral history—1999—those documents were still classified.

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Posted In: History | Policy | Technology

Metabolism and Cancer

A new paper makes a contribution to identifying a common unifying abnormality in cancer using mass spectrometry.

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Posted In: Technology

Collective Voice: The Balloon in Literature

To celebrate ballooning history this summer, CHF’s collections team is highlighting the ballooning postcards held by the Othmer Library of Chemical History. In this month’s Collective Voice we explore how balloons captured centuries of imagination—producing ideas more than just flights of fancy.

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Posted In: History | Technology