JSTOR for History of Science Society Members

In its strategic plan, HSS identified professional development as one of its six goals. Specifically, the Society is focusing on supporting the “professional development of emerging history of science scholars in and outside the academy.” One of the ways in which the HSS can help our members advance their research and teaching is to facilitate access to the literature, and we are pleased to work with JSTOR to offer a 50% savings on a one year JPASS subscription for members. JPASS, available as monthly or yearly plans, allows you to read whatever journal article you like and enjoy up to 120 PDF downloads a year from the JSTOR archive, an archive with over 7 million articles from 2 thousand journals (including Isis and Osiris), representing some 50 academic disciplines.

In addition to past issues of Isis and Osiris, HSS members may find the following journals of particular interest:

  • The British Journal for the History of Science
  • Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
  • Science Progress
  • Science, Technology, & Human Values

JSTOR adds new titles to JPASS every month so you’ll have a growing collection of the world’s leading scholarly journals only a click away.

HSS members save 50% on a yearly JPASS here: http://jpass.jstor.org/?soc=HSS&mc=6kiy5hIv99


2016 THAT Camp

The HSS is sponsoring its 3rd annual THATCamp (The Humanities And Technology Camp) at HSS 2016 for anyone either doing or considering a project involving digital technology. People of all experience levels are welcome — newbies as well as experienced coders.

This is an “unconference,” which means that the participants own the conference: the schedule is organized by those who show up on the morning of the event. It is highly flexible and designed to meet the needs of the participants. We’ll have lightning talks, as well as full sessions for discussing, playing with, or learning new technologies.

See more about THATCamps here, and then go to THATCamp HSS 2016 to see the tentative schedule and to register. 

2016 Meeting Registration, Hotel, Program, Grants

Online registration for the 2016 HSS Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, is now open. Click here to go the registration site.

You can also book your room at the Westin Peachtree Hotel the reservation site. To book a graduate student room, HSS student members should email info@hssonline.org.

The preliminary program for the meeting is also available via the meeting page. If you are a meeting participants, please review the program and inform the HSS Executive Office of any corrections or updates by emailing info@hssonline.org.

Finally, applications are being accepted for NSF-funded travel grants. These are available to grad students, independent scholars, and recent PhDs who are participating at the meeting. Only individuals affiliated with a U.S. institutions and U.S. citizens abroad are eligible. Please click here to submit an application.

For important deadlines and additional information, please visit the 2016 Meeting site.

HSS Election Results 2016

The runoff election is now complete and we can announce the results of our 2016 election. But first, we would like to thank our nominating committee (Fa-ti Fan, chair; Tara Abraham; Staffan Müller-Wille; Harriet Ritvo; Audra Wolfe) for assembling a fantastic slate. This year’s nominating committee faced a special challenge as they accommodated new elected positions established by our recently adopted bylaws. We also wish to express our deep gratitude to all of those who agreed to run for office.

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July 2016 Newsletter Now Available

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

HSS Newsletter LogoIn this issue: On Time: The Quest for Precision; Notes From the Inside: The HSS Annual Meeting; How Do We Make the Future?; Member News; In Memoriam: Robert David Joseph; Midwest Junto visits Galileo’s World; Lone Star Historians of Science—2016; and News from the Profession.

Notifications for 2016 HSS Meeting

Notifications regarding proposals for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society have been emailed. Please note that the preliminary program is still in the final stages of development, so we do not yet have scheduling information for accepted sessions and papers. Once that information is available, it will be emailed as part of a formal acceptance letter.

If you are part of an organized session, please contact your session organizer for information on your session’s status.

If you submitted a proposal for the 2016 Meeting but did not receive a notification email today, please contact info@hssonline.org.

Galison Directs New Documentary

Poster for the documentary Containment

Peter Galison (Harvard University) and Rob Moss have directed a new film titled Containment (2015), a documentary on the long-term consequences of nuclear waste storage. The film has been screened internationally at over a dozen film festivals.

Click here to see more and to find a screening near you.

Latest Issue of Isis

The latest issue of Isis (Volume 107, Number 2 | June 2016) is now available online. Publication CoverIn this issue: “Ludwik Antoni Birkenmajer and Curtis Wilson on the Origin of Nicholas Copernicus’s Heliocentrism,” by André Goddu; “An Amphibious Being: How Maritime Surveying Reshaped Darwin’s Approach to Natural History,” by Alistair Sponsel; and “The Pedagogical Roots of the History of Science: Revisiting the vision of James Bryant Conant,” by Christopher Hamlin.

This month’s open access Focus Section is titled “History Manifesto and the History of Science” and includes pieces from Noortje Jacobs, Daniel J. Kevles, Karine Chemla, and many more.

The History of Science Society Prizes for 2015 presented at the HSS Annual Meeting are reviewed in the “News of the Profession” section.

This issue also contains an essay review, “Editing Early Modern Scientific Correspondence: The Way Forward” by Michael Hunter, and over four dozen book reviews.

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.