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Fri, 02/02/2024

A chronicler of the biotech boom


Peter Dizikes | MIT News

Publication Date:

February 2, 2024


MIT historian of science Robin Wolfe Scheffler takes a close look at the progress of biomedical research in the U.S.

For decades now...

Fri, 12/31/2021

The ‘War on Cancer’ continues, 50 years on. Who sets the terms of victory?

What we’ve learned since the National Cancer Act was enacted in 1971

full article here:...

Thu, 12/16/2021

Join me for a public leture at the NIH Office of History December 16th at 1pm-- now availiable as a recording at:

Molecular Medicine in the War on Cancer: Success or Failure?



Wed, 10/06/2021

At noon 12pm on October 6th, I'll be speaking at the University of South Carolina's Waring Library on "Success or Failure for Whom? Cancer Vaccination and the Uneasy Relationship between Biology and Medicine in America"-- book your (virtual) seat now!

Wed, 09/22/2021

Robert H. Levi Leadership Symposium in Bioethics and Health Policy

Susceptibility, Surveillance, and Stigma: A Conversation on History, Infectious Disease, and Genomics

September 22, 2021
5-7 p.m. EST

Sun, 05/30/2021

Robin Scheffler discusses A Contagious Cause and the history of cancer with Infectious Historians podcast episode co-hosts Merle Einsenberg and Lee Mordechai.

Mon, 05/03/2021

Robin Scheffler has been awarded a Sydney Brenner fellowship by the CSHL Center for Humanities & History of Modern Biology to fund travel and other expenses associated with work on a significant research project in the history of the life sciences.

Mon, 03/22/2021

Join Robin in April for a virtual walking tour of biotechnology's history in Kendall Square!