The next AAAS-CHF history seminar will take place Tuesday, September 8,

4:30-6:00 p.m. Dr. David J. Caruso, Program Manager for Oral History at

the Chemical Heritage Foundation, will speak on “The Death of Biomedical

Innovation?: Private Foundations, the NIH, and ‘Risky’ and ‘Incremental’


Dr. Caruso’s current research interest focuses on the discipline

formation of biomedical science in 20th-century America and the

organizational structures that have contributed to such formation. In

this talk, he will discuss the role of the Pew Charitable Trusts in

developing certain areas of biomedical science and the consequences for

biomedical innovation in the United States. Using oral histories

conducted with Pew awardees and committee members, he compares

perceptions of private and governmental funding in the biomedical

sciences, focusing particularly on scientists’ views regarding utility

and therapeutic potential in their research. Dr. Caruso holds a Ph.D. in

Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University.

The seminar is part of a series co-hosted by the American Association

for the Advancement of Science Archives and the Chemical Heritage

Foundation’s Center for Contemporary History and Policy that explores

social, institutional, and intellectual histories of contemporary policy

problems that are interwoven with developments in science and

technology. For summaries of past seminars, please see

To RSVP, contact Amy Crumpton

[[email protected] or 202-326-6791]. All

seminars will be held in the Revelle Conference Room, 2nd floor, AAAS

Headquarters, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005. Light

refreshments will be served.