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Dr. Osseo-Asare’s book “Bitter Roots” wins AHA’s Pacific Coast Branch Book Award

Tue, August 11, 2015
Dr. Osseo-Asare’s book “Bitter Roots” wins AHA’s Pacific Coast Branch Book Award
Prof. Osseo-Asare and her award-winning book "Bitter Roots"


Dr. Abena Dove Osseo-Asare, Assistant Professor of History, has been awarded the American Historical Association's 2014 Pacific Coast Branch Book Award for her book Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa (University of Chicago Press, January 2014).

Prof. Osseo-Asare received her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University, where she focused on the history of medicine with her primary adviser Allan Brandt. She grew up in Ghana and the United States, and became interested in the history behind the health disparities she observed within her own family.

Bitter Roots, her first book, examines efforts of drug companies, African scientists, healers, and rural communities to transform six plants into pharmaceuticals. Her research in Ghana, South Africa, and Madagascar was funded by the Ford Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Hellman family fund (of Hellman Mayonnaise fame), Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology formerly at MIT.

Abena's next project is a study of Ghana's medical isotopes and nuclear energy program, "Atomic Junction: Nuclear Power in an African Suburb" (Funded by the National Science Foundation).

Read about Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa, at:
press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/B/bo17031345.html

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Related:

Dr. Osseo-Asare’s participation in the Futurefarmers "Variation on the Powers of Ten" project:
www.futurefarmers.com/powersoften/about.html

Discussion:
www.futurefarmers.com/powersoften/transcripts/adoveosseoassare.pdf

Podcast:
www.futurefarmers.com/powersoften/picnics.html#Asare

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