HSS Statement on U.S. President’s Executive Order 13769

The History of Science Society is an apolitical organization; the Society does not endorse or submit amicus curiae briefs or take positions on general political or social issues, lest we be diverted from our mission. There are, however, times when issues arise that affect all scholars, or, in particular, scholars in our discipline, or historical scholarship on science, that demand our consideration. If the HSS Executive Committee believes the Society should join an action, it will make a recommendation to Council in the form of a motion.  A majority of the Council members must approve the motion for it to be approved. The following statement was approved by the Council:

HSS Statement on Executive Order Issued on 27 January 2017

The History of Science Society condemns the executive order issued by President Donald J. Trump on January 27, 2017,  that bans entry into the US of people from seven countries.  All scholarship, including that of historians of science, our colleagues, and our students, depends on fundamental freedoms, including the free movement of peoples. The President and Council of the HSS direct concerned individuals to the statement issued by the American Historical Association.

HSS January Newsletter

Our January Newsletter is now online . In this issue, Pamela Mack addresses the challenges of “Teaching STS in a Changing World,” Regina McGee suggests that the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is “leading the way towards gender parity at its meetings,” and Robert J. Richards pays tribute to the late Alison Winter. Also included are a recap of the 2016 meeting in Atlanta and the list of the 2016 HSS Prize winners, along with member news and other news from HSS and the profession.

A PDF of the newsletter is available here.

Latest Issue of Isis

Publication CoverThe December 2016 issue of Isis can be found online here. In this issue: “The Accuracy of Ancient Cartography Reassessed: The Longitude Error in Ptolemy’s Map,” by Dmitry A. Shcheglov; “Francis Bacon and Magnetical Cosmology,” by Xiaona Wang; “The Age of Methods: William Whewell, Charles Peirce, and Scientific Kinds,” by Henry M. Cowles; “Species Complex: Classification and Conservation in American Environmental History,” by Peter S. Alagona.
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HSS October Newsletter

Our October Newsletter is now online. In this issue John Krige welcomes us to Atlanta for the 2016 HSS Meeting; Mark Bourgeois asks “Should We Teach Science and Engineering as Practices?”; Keith R. Bengtsson and Alistair Sponsel’s tribute to Ronald Rainger; as well as member news and other news from the profession, including the announcement of many distinguished fellowships.

Latest Issue of Osiris

The latest issue of Osiris is now available to view online. This issue is titled History of Science and the Emotions and was edited by Otniel E. Dror, Bettina Hitzer, Anja Laukötter, Pilar León-Sanz.

The series editors for Osiris are W. Patrick McCray and Suman Seth.

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. Continue reading

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.

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.