Brown Bag Lectures (BBLs)
Brown Bag Lectures (BBLs) are a series of weekly, informal talks on the history of chemistry or related subjects, including the history and social studies of science, technology, and medicine. Based on original research (sometimes still in progress), these talks are given by local scholars for an audience of CHF staff and fellows and interested members of the public.
The Brown Bag Lecture Series is a project of the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry and the Othmer Library of Chemical History.
Spring 2014 BBLs
- February 4, 2014
Michelle DiMeo, “ ‘Such a Sister Became Such a Brother’: Lady Ranelagh’s Influence on Robert Boyle”
- February 11, 2014
Alex Csiszar, “Under the Microscope: Journalistes vs. Rapporteurs at the Académie des Sciences, 1824–1836”
- February 18, 2014
Juan-Andres Leon, “Of Shuffled Punched Cards and Errant Polymers: Theory, Industry and War in Mid-20th Century America”
- February 25, 2014
Robin Scheffler, “The Formation of a Scientific Bubble: Cancer Viruses and the Acceleration of Biomedical Research”
- March 4, 2014
Kurtis Hessel, “Symbolic Elements and Generic Solutions: Humphry Davy’s Consolations in Travel”
- March 11, 2014
Emily B. Stanback, “Romantic Self-Experimentation and Thomas de Quincey’s Opium Eater”
- March 18, 2014
Daniel Margocsy, “The Well Temper’d Engraver: Newtonian Optics, Theories of Proportion, and the Invention of Color Printing”
- March 25, 2014
Joel Klein, “Epistolary Chymistry, The Philosophical Golden Chicken, and Recipes for the Reform of Medicine”
- April 1, 2014
Rebecca Guenard, “Dyeing for Change: A Historical Perspective on Tress-Altering Chemicals”
- April 8, 2014
Donna Bilak, “Blast from the Past: 1950s Atomic Jewelry”
- April 22, 2014
Carsten Reinhardt, “Material Culture of Science, Science of Material Culture”
- April 29, 2014
Nick Harris, “ ‘What’s in the Box?’: Religion, Secrets, and Epistemology in Later Islamic Alchemy”
- May 6, 2014
Jarmo Pulkkinen, “ ‘Before Long, This Process Will Be in General Use throughout Europe’: A History of the AIV Method”
- May 13, 2014
Robert Slate, “Nanomaterials Dossier in Review: Understanding the Evolution of U.S. and E.U. Regulatory Approaches to Protecting and Providing Access to Risk Data Information”
- May 20, 2014
Brent Lane, “ ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’: The Primacy of Chemistry in the Founding of America”
For information on past BBLs, please visit the page below or contact email@example.com.
Learn about CHF’s BBLs from Spring 2011.
Learn about CHF’s BBLs from Fall 2010.
Learn about CHF’s BBLs from Spring 2010.