April 2016 Newsletter Now Available

The April 2016 HSS Newsletter is now online. Click here to view.

HSS Newsletter LogoIn this issue: Vesalius’ Fabrica: The Aims of the New Census; Notes From the Inside: AAAs and AHA; IsisCB Explore—What You Can Do Now, and What You Can Expect; Digital HPS Consortium; What is Big History?; Member News; In Memoriam: Marjorie Caroline Malley; Announcing the 2017 Neu-Whitrow Prize; and News from the Profession.

Latest Issue of Isis

isis.2016.107.issue-1.coverThe latest issue of Isis (Volume 107, Number 1 | March 2016) is now available online. In this issue, “Fusang: The Enlightenment Story of the Chinese Discovery of America,” by Alexander Statman; Protestants, Catholics, and Masonic Conspiracies: The British Association in Montreal (1884),” by Ciaran Toal; and “The Unmaking of a Modern Synthesis: Noam Chomsky, Charles Hockett, and the Politics of Behaviorism, 1955–1965,” by Gregory Radick.

This month’s open access Focus Section is titled “The History of Archives and the History of Science,” and includes pieces from Elizabeth Yale, Brian Ogilvie, Nicholas Popper, María M. Portuondo, and Kathryn James.

Theodore Porter and Sharon Kingsland provide fitting tributes to Charles Gillispie (1918-2015) and Joan Bromberg (1929-2015), respectively.

This issue also contains an essay review, “Pictures and Conversation: How to Study the Visual Cultures of Science,” by José Ramón Marcaida, and four dozen book reviews.

2016 Meeting Submissions Closed

The deadline for submitting session and contributed paper proposals for the 2016 HSS Meeting in Atlanta has passed. Thank you to all who submitted proposals for this year’s program.

We hope to make notifications by early June. If you have not received any information about the status of your proposal by 15 June, please contact the HSS Executive Office at info@hssonline.org.

Joseph Dauben to Deliver 2016 Hazen Lecture

daubenJoseph Dauben, Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York, will give the 2016 Hazen Lecture on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at The New York Academy of Sciences. You can find the abstract for “Science and Art in China: Li Matou (Matteo Ricci), Lang Shining (Giuseppe Castiglione), and the Influence of Western Geometry and Mathematical Perspective on Early Qing Dynasty Mathematicians and Artists” here.

The Joseph H. Hazen Lecture is part of the History of Science Society’s educational efforts and public outreach programs. The Lecture is named after Joseph Hazen (1898-1994), a longtime supporter of the Society. After his death, his daughter Cynthia Hazen Polsky gave the Society a generous donation, which included arrangements for a biennial or triennial lecture in the history of science to be delivered in cooperation with the New York Academy of Science.

The 25th ICHST Meeting in Rio de Janeiro

The 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (ICHST) will be located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the 23rd to the 29th of July 2017. The meeting will be held in the Praia Vermelha campus of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).  This 25th ICHST will hold the general theme of “Science, Technology and Medicine between the Global and the Local”. If you intend to submit a Symposium proposal, the call for Symposia is already open, but it will close on Saturday, April 30th, 2016. The call for Individual Paper (Stand-alone Paper) presentations will be open by Sunday, May 1st, 2016, and the deadline for proposal submissions is Wednesday, November 30th, 2016.

For more information about the ICHST meeting in general, please click here.

For more information about Symposium Proposals, please click here.

For more information about Stand-alone Paper Proposals, please click here.

The 2017 ISHPSSB Meeting in São Paulo

The 2017 meeting of International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) will be held at the Institute of Biosciences of the University of São Paulo (USP), in São Paulo; those attending this meeting will also be able to participate in the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (ICHST).

For more information about the ISHPSSB meeting in general, please click here.

More information about Symposium Proposals will be coming soon.

A Note from Stephen Weldon on the Isis CB

Stephen Weldon, Editor of the Isis Bibliography of the History of Science, has been working on an Alfred P. Sloan-funded project to create a new open access version of the Isis Bibliography: IsisCB Explore. IsisCB Explore opens up bibliographical research in the history of science, technology, and medicine. It is designed for students, scholars, librarians, and the general public.

Send all feedback on the new system to spweldon@ou.edu.

As you use IsisCB Explore, be aware that the Explore system does not yet have last year’s data. It will take another month or so to add this data.

There are some instructional videos on the IsisCB Explore YouTube Channel. You can find more information about the history of the Isis Bibliography on the main site: isiscb.org.

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.

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.

History of Science Society Strategic Plan – 2014

Early in 2013, the History of Science Society Executive Committee made a commitment to launch a structured strategic planning initiative to take on the tasks of reviewing the organization’s mission; agreeing on a vision; identifying and coping with changing circumstances; providing a framework of deliberate priorities to guide day-to-day decision-making and allocation of human and financial resources; evaluating performance and organizational effectiveness; and making a sound case for philanthropic support.

To view our goals, objectives, action steps, and evaluation procedures, as well as the rest of the strategic plan, click here.