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A Successful Innovation Day!

A large number of industrial scientists and engineers gathered at CHF last week to attend the 2010 SCI-CHF Innovation Day. Talks focused on the challenges for innovation in the 21st century and the broad challenges facing the chemical industry.

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Posted In: Policy

The Life and Times of a Statute Revealed

The Center’s Environmental History and Policy program has been working on building a collection of oral histories chronicling the history of the Toxic Substances Control Act, and showing the ways in which law lives and changes long after it leaves the halls of Congress. Now those revelations are ready to be revealed at an event at the American Association for the Advancement of Science on November 19, 2010.

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Posted In: History | Policy

Women in Science, Blogging, and Alternative Careers

An interesting conversation began this week in the blogosphere concerning the number of female science bloggers. And unsurprisingly the conversation evolved from the question:where are the female science bloggers?

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Celebrating Frances Oldham Kelsey

Today the first Kelsey Award was presented to its namesake, Frances Oldham Kelsey.

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Posted In: History | Policy

The Power to Change Science

Chemical and Engineering News featured an article last week about the retirement of Rep. Vern Ehlers—an important figure in the empowerment of Women in Chemistry Oral History Project interviewee Donna J. Nelson. 

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Posted In: History | Policy

The Anthropocene Epoch

At the American Chemical Society (ACS) Boston meeting I attended last week, some leading scientists convened to discuss the consequences of climate change. For every disagreement on how to tackle this problem (and whether it's a problem at all), agreements were made as well.

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Posted In: History | Policy | Technology

Sensible Policy

Sensible ________ policy. Readers may fill in the blank with whatever current issue is of high interest: scientific research, immigration, health care, economic development, jobs, climate change, space exploration, campaign financing, infrastructure renewal, etc.

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Restriction Rollercoaster

Just when researchers thought it was safe to study stem cells... restrictions and controversy strike again.

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Co-Innovation of Materials, Standards, and Markets: BASF’s Development of Ecoflex

Innovation is like motherhood and apple pie—everyone is for it.  Yet, how does the innovation process actually take place? How are innovations successfully brought to market? CHF’s Center for Contemporary History and Policy has been examining the subject through its Studies in Materials Innovation project.

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Brownfield Clean Up

Brownfield remediation is becoming a better-known topic lately, as more and more brownfields throughout the urban United States are getting cleaned up.

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