Areas of Study
We seek to become a unique and essential node in the network of institutions and organizations that shape health, environment, risk, and innovation policy by producing socially and historically centered perspectives and resources through our projects in these areas.
The conservation of energy and the reduction of negative impacts concerning climate change are principal challenges for us all. Projects in this area explore the social, economic, and health dimensions relevant to energy and climate concerns.
Issues in health and medicine are currently undergoing profound change. Projects in this area engage these issues, specifically to examine and explore the rapid development of biotechnologies and biomedicines and their integration with diverse communities, including those that are scientific, clinical, local, and corporate.
We live in an increasingly chemical world. However, many of the effects of chemical use are still being discovered. Projects in this area explore the pressing, universal issues surrounding chemical production and the subsequent risks to human and environmental health.
Equitable, socially and environmentally minded decision making is a key component in the creation of sustainable solutions. The projects in this area examine and explore the creation of regulatory regimes, especially their intersection with the larger public.
New and emerging technologies shape our world and the resources available to us. What issues can (and do) arise regarding their use?
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Fellowships at CHF
CHF’s scholars, who spend anywhere from one to nine months in residence, form a vital part of CHF’s intellectual life.
Hear It Firsthand
CHF’s Center for Oral History captures and preserves the stories of notable figures in chemistry and related fields. Many of the oral histories in the collection belong to winners of CHF’s awards, including
- Arnold Beckman, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000)
- Robert Allington, winner of the Pittcon Heritage Award (2005)
- Carl Djerassi, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000), the AIC Gold Medal (2004), and the Ullyot Public Affairs Lecturer (1995)
- Gordon Cain, winner of the Petrochemical Heritage Award (1997)
Listen to their extraordinary stories today!