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Carolyn Thomas Professor of American Studies, and Dean & Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at UC Davis.  She is the author of two books (Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda, 2010 and The Body Electric: How Strange Machines Built The Modern American, 2003), two co-edited volumes Re-Wiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies (2007) and Local Foods Meet Global Foodways: Tasting History (2012) and roughly twenty articles on technology, food, health, and consumption in the U.S.  Her individual research has received funding from the Hagley Center for Business and Industry, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and the UC Humanities Research Institute.  As director of the UC Davis Humanities Institute (2007-2012) she served as a principle investigator for major collaborative grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation.  In 2011 her history of artificial sweetener in the United States, Empty Pleasures, received the Book of the Year Prize from the Association for the Study of Food and Society and was designated a CHOICE outstanding academic book.  She is also the former recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring at UC Davis.
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The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda
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The University of North Carolina Press

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