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.

Latest Issue of Isis

The latest issue of Isis (Volume 106, Number 4 | December 2015) is now available online. In this issue, “Philosophical Intelligence: Letters, Print, and Experiment during Napoleon’s Continental Blockade,” by Iain P. Watts; “Log Books and the Law of Storms: Maritime Meteorology and the British Admiralty in the Nineteenth Century,” by Simon Naylor; and “Ark and Archive: Making a Place for Long-Term Research on Barro Colorado Island, Panama,” isis.2015.106.issue-4.coverby Megan Raby. Erling Haagensen and Niels C. Lind also unravel the mystery of a unique cluster of four medieval round churches.

This month’s open access Focus Section is titled “Bridging Concepts: Connecting and Globalizing History of Science, History of Technology, and Economic History,” and includes pieces from Karel Davids, Pamela O. Long, Marcus Popplow, and Lissa Roberts.

This issue also contains an essay review, “Isaac Newton, Historian: Redivivus,” by Stephen D. Snobelen and over eighty book reviews.

Click here for the Current Bibliography of the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences, 2015.

January 2016 Newsletter Now Available

HSS Newsletter LogoThe January 2016 HSS Newsletter is now online. Click here to view the web version or click here to download the pdf.

In this issue: a note from new HSS President Janet Browne, an update on the work of the Executive Office, reflections on the conferences “Gendering Science” (Prague) and Lone Star Historians of Science 2015, a tale of traveling to all 7 continents in one year to speak about the history of science, a renaissance in medieval medical history, and In Memoriam pieces for John Farley, Hamilton Cravens, and Charles Gillispie. The HSS Annual Report, the results of the 2015 post-meeting survey, and a recap of our 2015 prize winners are also included, along with member news; and news from the profession.

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.

Elizabeth Paris Endowment for Socially Engaged History and Philosophy of Science

The Elizabeth Paris Endowment for Socially Engaged History and Philosophy of Science honors the life and interests of Elizabeth Paris (1968-2009), a historian and philosopher of science and HSS member. The Endowment aims to provide for a regular public event that will bring to a wider audience an understanding of the value of the history and philosophy of science. The first event was a Baskes Lecture in History, presented by Peter Galison at the Chicago Humanities festival titled “From Einstein’s Clocks to the Refusal of Time.”

For more information on Elizabeth, the Endowment, and how to give, please click this link.

Sites for Future Meetings Finalized through 2019

The History of Science Society has finalized arrangements for the dates and sites for the annual meetings through 2018. Future HSS meetings are scheduled for:

3-6 November 2016 – Atlanta, Georgia

9-12 November 2017 – Toronto, Ontario

1-4 November 2018 – Seattle, Washington

early August 2019 – Utrecht, The Netherlands (dates TBD)