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CANCELLED - Science History Institute Seminar: Dr. Michal Meyer

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 06:00 PM

Communicating Risk: DDT Past & Present

With Dr. Michal Meyer, editor in chief of Distillations at the Science History Institute.

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There are many people today who understand DDT in one dimensional terms, who, if they think about it, view it as the chemical essence of evil, a stand in for all that has been
problematic with our relationship with the natural world.

However, DDT has had a three dimensional past, one that involves scientists, advertisers, mothers, gardeners, and others. I will be exploring how risk was understood by these different groups from the creation of DDT as an insecticide to its banning via the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

This evening lecture includes pizza from 6 PM to 7PM.

About the Speaker

Michal Meyer is editor in chief of Distillations at the Science History Institute. Distillations is an online magazine that aims to connect science, culture and history. Our audience is the curious public and our magazine’s tagline is “Using Stories from Science’s Past to Understand our World.” Michal holds a PhD and a master’s degree in history from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Michal has previously worked as a weather forecaster in New Zealand and Fiji, as magazine editor of the Jerusalem Post in Israel, and as editor of the History of Science Society Newsletter at the University of Florida.

Event location: Holmes Hall, Lecture Hall (HH 006)

If you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in this CANCELLED - Science History Institute Seminar: Dr. Michal Meyer, please contact Anil Jain at, at least 7 business days in advance.

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