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University + Industry: It's Complicated

During a recent oral history interview I conducted, the increasingly complex partnerships between industry scientists and university scientist was discussed. Today's situation is in stark contrast to very causal collaboration and consultation relationships described by some of CHF’s older oral histories.

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Midterm Outlook on Limiting CO2

Much of the debate over efforts to control CO2 in the past two years revolved around legislatively driven processes. How have the midterm elections changed that?

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Climate and Congress Change

While news pundits debate the consequences of yesterday's elections on topics like the economy and healthcare, others ask: what will the changes in Washington mean for science?

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Posted In: Policy | Technology

Women in Science: Listening and Learning from Nancy Hopkins

Just over a week ago I had the opportunity to hear Nancy Hopkins speak. She did not speak about her biology research focused on zebrafish, but instead she spoke in her capacity as an expert on women in science.

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A Heartfelt Congratulations to Helen M. Free

Last week President Obama awarded Helen M. Free with a National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honor that the U.S. government can bestow on an American scientist.We were fortunate enough to interview Helen a little over 10 years ago.

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Best Free Ticket in November

Susan Solomon, research scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will deliver the 2010 Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture, “A Tale for Our Times: Something for Everyone about Climate Change and the Reasons for Climate Gridlock.”

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Putting a Price on Carbon is Not Really a Tax

Opponents of establishing a price on carbon portray it as just another mechanism to tax the American people. The tax could be, in many ways, revenue neutral.

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New Environmental History Program White Papers

CHF announces the publication of new white papers from two of the Center for Contemporary History and Policy’s 2009 fellows.

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Practical Magic

For centuries scientists have sought to control the weather. With climate change a top concern in modern times, scientists continue to explore drastic options for engineering weather patterns. Historian James Fleming explains how these efforts have panned out over the ages.

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Innovation Day 2010: CEOs Address Sustainability

A well-attended feature of this year’s Innovation Day at CHF was its closing event: a panel of chemical industry CEOs discussing “Meeting the Sustainability Challenge.” What are their plans?

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