Malaria Redux: The History and Ethics of Malaria Eradication and Control Campaigns in Tropical Africa

During the 1950s, colonial malariologists, in conjunction with experts from the World Health Organization, set up malaria eradication pilot projects across tropical Africa. They deployed new synthetic insecticides such as DLD, HCH, and DDT, and new antimalarials, such as chloroquine and pyrimethamine, in an effort to establish protocols for eradication. These efforts 'protected' some fourteen million Africans. Yet by the early 1960s, the experts concluded that eradication was not feasible, and the pilot projects were disbanded.

Measuring Quality of Life Among Ancient Roman Populations

Presented by Kim Bowes (University of Pennsylvania) on Dec. 2, 2011 at the Center for Historical Research, Ohio State. This talk will focus the problems of applying data from the ancient world to modern metrics for quality of life, and offer some solutions, looking particularly data on the rural poor. The Roman rural poor are typically assumed to have had very low quality of life by any number of indeces, particularly climatic and agricultural factors that lead to a precarious subsistence living, low life expectancy, and only very distant ties to a market economy which limited income.

Mendeleev's Periodic Table

In March 1869, Mendeleev delivered a full paper to the Russian Chemical Society spelling out the most significant aspect of his system, that characteristics of the elements recur at a periodic interval as a function of their atomic weight. This was the first iteration of the periodic law. Come along with us as we explore the history of the periodic table of elements.

Mental Health and American Society (a History Talk podcast)

Recent mass shootings have turned American attention to the nation’s mental health system, its perceived failings, and it's potential to stem the tide of mass violence. However, Americans have a long history of pointing to mental illness as a panacea for solving social problems and an equally lengthy history of criticizing the treatment of those considered mentally ill.

Migration (Global Mobility Project Podcasts)

This series of podcasts was created by the Global Mobility Project at Ohio State University. Global mobility is a defining issue for the 21st century. The project integrates the expertise of five Ohio State University faculty members - Vera Brunner-Sung, Jeffrey Cohen, Theodora Dragostinova, Yana Hashamova, and Robin Judd - working on global mobility from the perspectives of anthropology, history, literature, film/media studies, and filmmaking. Focusing on two main research questions, 'what does it mean to leave home' and 'how do communities accept newcomers,' we foster the exchange of ideas on campus, engage students in and outside the classroom, and forge connections with the wider community in Columbus and beyond.

Mini-conference on Health and Disease in Africa

"Gland-feelers, Researchers, and Elusive Patients: Perspectives on Sleeping Sickness Control in East Africa" presented by Mari Webel, Postdoctoral Fellow in African studies and Global Health, Emory Univeristy at the Center for Historical Research, Department of History, The Ohio State University on Feb. 1, 2013.

Mr. Civil Rights

Created by Katherine O'Harra. This video is a digital project completed as part of Professor Lilia Fernandez's History 4015: Research in Modern U.S. History course at Ohio State University in the spring of 2015.