history of science


Bringing Bio Together with Europe, in Europe: BPFE 2012 with Robert Kilpatrick

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Guests:

Dr. Robert Lee Kilpatrick, Co-founder of TVG Bio and Contact Info

Chapters: (Advance the marker)

0:45 History and outlook of Biopartnering Future Europe (BPFE)

6:45 Face to face meetings still the number one way to get business done

13:11 Path to TVG

18:05 Biotech only interesting if it enhances life on earth

TVG Network, based in Santa Cruz, CA, has been producing the longest running bio partnering conference in Europe. This year, with the encouragement of the European Commission, the show has been renamed "Biopartnering Future Europe (BPFE)" to reference the Commission's goal of creating a knowledge-based economy in Europe. The show has also been moved this year from London to the more centrally located Brussels, Belgium, capital of the European Union. It takes place October 7-9, 2013.

Robert previews the show and explains why biotech companies want to participate. He says that "face to face meetings are still the number one way to get business done."

Joining Robert in his home garden, we ask him about his journey from history of science teacher in Cambridge, England to producing global conferences from Santa Cruz, CA.

Human Theome, Project Dick, and Other 2011 Stories You Missed with Nathaniel Comfort

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Guests:

Nathaniel Comfort, Science Historian Bio and Contact Info

Listen (6:29) On being a science historian

Listen (1:41) Art, history, and science

Listen (2:05) Thalassophia

Listen (4:27) Human Theome Project

Listen (2:53) Project Dick

Listen (3:28) Nature writes like a middle-schooler

Listen (7:16) Barbara McClintock-Is there feminine science?

Listen (4:39) Horace Judson, science historian

Listen (1:45) Writing style and purpose

Listen (7:22) Science changes notion of self

Listen (7:09) Commercialization of personal genetics

Listen (3:23) Science tattoos

We have a special, at times light-hearted, show to wrap up the year.  Joining us is science historian, Nathaniel Comfort.  Dr. Comfort is an associate professor at Johns Hopkins School of medicine and author of The Tangled Field, a book about nobel laureate Barbara McClintock.  Nathaniel also blogs regularly but not always earnestly.  His blogs this year have gone from a eulogy written for his mentor, a renowned science historian, to some satiric pieces on the absurd  and too often believed notion that there's a gene for everything.   These blogs will provide the material for much of our interview and you can be the judge of whether Nathaniel's humorous gene is expressing.

NOTE: It’s important to acknowledge that mendelspod has been made possible through the generous support of our sponsors throughout the year. We thank all of them for their partnership. We wish them and all of you a very happy holiday.

History as a Bridge to the Future: LSF Launches Book on Genentech

Last month, while interviewing Steve Burrill, he introduced me to a new organization which he chairs, The Life Sciences Foundation (LSF). “What we want to do with the Foundation is to tell the real story of what happened,” he told me. “History and information are different. History is putting the information in a context that makes it useful in the future. Young people today don’t know who Cetus Corporation was.”

The Foundation

You Can't Google Insight: Up Close with Steve Burrill

Talk to anyone about the history of biotech, and at some point you’ll end up talking about Steven Burrill: venture capitalist, merchant banker, consultant, speaker, mentor, and teacher. On Nov 4, Burrill received the Scrip Lifetime Achievement Award in London's Grosvenor House.

“There’s an incredible number of people and companies who really owe their existence and success to Steve,” says colleague Fred Dorey, special council at the law firm, Cooley Godward Kronish.

Gender and Science

Do women do science differently than men? Are women more intimate with their research subject, more personal, and therefore more intuitive? Is a man more rational and objective? Does a woman by nature choose projects that a man wouldn’t think of? The gender gap in science has narrowed. Science has a lot for women scientists. Do women have something special for science?

Why Should We Care . . .? Part IV Toward a Poetics of HSMT

If you’re just joining us, I’ve been taking a first stab (the internet was invented for first stabs) at the context of justification for scholarly history of science. My simple premise: it should be beautiful or useful. The last couple of posts have reflected on ways in which scholarship in the history of science, medicine, and technology can be useful. Today I want to tackle beauty.

Who Cares about the History of Science?

I want to start what I hope will be not only a series of posts but also a discussion about the value of the history of science. We don’t often stop to think about—let alone systematically formulate a set of justifications for—our field. But it matters for things that affect our daily lives. Why do we teach? Why should the NSF, NEH, NIH, or other foundation give us a grant—or our university pay our salary? Who should publish our book? On what basis should we recruit graduate students?



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