The next AAAS-CHF history seminar will take place Tuesday, May 5,
4:30-6:00 pm. Dr. Shobita Shobita Parthasarathy,
Co-Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the
Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, will speak on
“Between Markets and Morals: Understanding the Politics of Patenting
Biotechnology in Comparative Perspective.”

Dr. Parthasarathy’s research focuses on the politics of patenting
biotechnology in the US and Europe. She explores how patent offices
interpret their roles in democratic societies as they respond to
challenges to their policies and practices brought by advocacy groups
across the world. Dr. Parthasarathy earned her Ph.D. from Cornell
University and has worked at the White House Advisory Committee on Human
Radiation Experiments, the National Academy of Sciences, the Center for
Science in the Public Interest, and RAND’s Critical Technologies
Institute. She is currently a visiting Scholar at the Consortium for
Science, Policy, and Outcomes in Washington, DC.

The seminar is part of a series cohosted 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