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Biomedical Diagnostics in California Subject of Dec. 12 Talk

Dec. 3, 2013

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Historian Volker Janssen will discuss "In Flesh and Blood: Questions About Health, Discipline and Biotechnology in Postwar America" in a Dec. 12 program sponsored by Cal State Fullerton's Department of Liberal Studies and the Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine. The program is free and open to the public.


Thursday, Dec. 12
5:30 p.m.


Cal State Fullerton, Humanities-Social Sciences Building, Room 110
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit Monday through Friday. Details are available online.


Janssen, associate professor of history at Cal State Fullerton, is editor of "Where Minds and Matters Meet: Technology in California and the West" published last year by the Huntington Library and University of California Press.


The talk will explore the history of the biomedical diagnostics industry in California and the global market in healthcare technologies, said Janssen. "Drawing on advances in the life sciences, as well as the prolific technological innovations of World War II and the postwar aerospace industry, California entrepreneurs and engineers developed diagnostics systems that came to be the foundation for the contemporary healthcare industry."

Media Contacts:

Volker Janssen, History, 657-278-2360
James Hofmann, Liberal Studies, 657-278-7049
Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852

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