The History of Science Society is paying close attention to innovation in the Digital Humanities. This year, for a second year in a row, HSS is sponsoring a THATCamp in conjunction with the annual meeting. The camp will be held on Thursday, November 19, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in the conference hotel. The two morning workshops are designed to provide instruction in technologies that scholars might find useful in their research or in their teaching. The workshops are “Natural Language Processing” taught by Erick Peirson (ASU) and “Palladio: A Viewfinder for Historical Data” taught by Nicole Coleman(Stanford).
After lunch, there will be a Digital Pedagogy Roundtable, followed by two sessions of the traditional Un-conference. The organizers are still looking for Roundtable discussants who have experience in teaching that involves digital tools, so if you are interested participating, please contact the organizers, via the website.
Go to the website https://thatcamphss.wordpress.com/ to find out more, register, and propose some unconference session topics. Please join us for an interesting afternoon.
Sites 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.
The preliminary program for the 2015 HSS Meeting can be viewed here. If there are any corrections to be made, please email email@example.com. Information about travel, hotel, and more can be found here.
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.
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.
The 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.
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 Matter: 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.
**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!
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.
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.