Meeting Registration and Hotel Reservations Available

Golden_Gate_WebSites for both meeting registration and hotel room reservations for the 2015 HSS Meeting in San Francisco are now available. We apologize for the delay in launching these, and thank you for your patience. More details can be found on the HSS Meeting page.

Meeting registration can be accessed here.

Hotel reservations may be made here. Please check the meeting page for details on grad student rooms.

Special Call for Posters for 2015 Meeting

Because the History of Science Society’s recently completed strategic plan emphasizes dynamic annual meetings the HSS is issuing a special call for posters for the 2015 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. While posters can address any topic germane to the history of science, broadly defined, we especially invite posters related to the theme “Images in/of Science.”

The poster session will overlap with the evening reception on Friday, November 20.

Click here for more details.

HSS 2015 Conference Schedule Available

The preliminary program for the 2015 HSS Meeting can be viewed here. If there are any corrections to be made, please email info@hssonline.org. Information about travel, hotel, and more can be found here.

Isis Books Received (Updated)

The list of books received in the editorial offices of Isis from April-June 2015 can be found at the Isis Books Received page here. Any books purchased through links on the Books Received page will help support the History of Science Society.

July 2015 Newsletter Now Online

The July 2015 issue of the HSS Newsletter is now online. You can view it here and download a .pdf version here.

In this issue, you will find a description of the book review process in Isis; notes from a team-taught introductory physics course with a major history of science component; an overview of the wonderful resources available at the U.S.’s National Archives; a look at the different types of records at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia; a look back at the first 50 years of the Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology; reflections on a history of chemistry conference in Japan; a report on HSS’s committees, interest groups, and caucuses; and a touching remembrance of Mel Usselman.

June 2015 Issue of Isis Is Now Online

IsisThe latest issues of Isis is available by clicking here. In this issue, editor H. Floris Cohen on his vision for the journal; “The Prehistory of Serendipity, from Bacon to Walpole,” by Sean Silver; “Building Networks for Science: Conflict and Cooperation in Nineteenth-Century Global Marine Studies,” by Azadeh Achbari; “A Drifting Concept for an Unruly Menace: A History of Psychopathy in Germany,” by Greg Eghigian; “The Invisible and Indeterminable Value of Ecology: From Malaria Control to Ecological Research in the American South,” by Albert G. Way. This issue also features a free access section titled “The History of Humanities and the History of Science” edited by Rens Bod and Julia Kursell, with articles by Jeroen Bouterse and Bart Karstens, Julia Kursell, Rens Bod, and Lorraine Daston and Glenn W. Most. It also contains news of the profession, two essay reviews, and many book reviews.

PBS Series to Portray the History of Chemistry

A new three-hour HD documentary series charting the history of chemistry from the Enlightenment to the twentieth century is about to be broadcast nationally on the PBS network. Entitled “The Mystery of PBSchemshowMatter: Search for the Elements,” the program has been in preparation over the last ten years by Moreno/Lyons Productions, in collaboration with Middlemarch Films. The series features reenactments with actors working on period instruments and speaking words of the scientists whom they portray, woven together with host narrative, animations, and plenty of talking-head commentary by historians of science. Particular emphasis is placed on the life and work of Joseph Priestley, Antoine Lavoisier, Humphry Davy, Dmitrii Mendeleev, Marie Curie, Harry Moseley, and Glenn Seaborg.
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HSS Hosts Its Second Annual THATCamp 19 Nov 2015

The HSS Annual Meeting will be in San Francisco, from November 19-22, 2015. We are planning a THATCamp alongside the meeting on Thursday, September 19. Anyone interested in joining us in planning the event can contact organizers at thatcamphss@gmail.com. Click here for more information.

The IsisCB Offers a Data Hacking Competition

**This event has been postponed. We will update as information becomes available.**
If you had access to all of the data in the Isis Current Bibliography (IsisCB) for the last forty years, what could you do with it? If want to get your hands dirty for a day and play around with the IsisCB data, see what’s there, and what you can make it do for you, consider signing up for Hack-the-CB 2015! Click here for more details!

HSS Signs Letter Regarding Georgia RFRA

The History of Science Society joined six sister societies, including the American Historical Association and the Philosophy of Science Association, in sending a letter to the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau protesting the potential passage of a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” in the state of Georgia. All of these organizations are planning on holding meetings in Atlanta in the near future, and the letter states that this legislation might precipitate moving the meetings to other cities where similar laws have not been passed. You can read the entire text of the letter by clicking here.