Summer 2017 ISHM Newsletter

The latest issue of the ISHM Newsletter is now available online.  This issue includes important updates on the next ISHM meeting, which will be held in Beijing, China on September 6-11, 2017.  Other news about the international congresses and cultural events related to the History of Medicine, as well as some recent dissertations and publications on this subject are also highlighted in the summer issue.

Latest Dissertations from 77-08 A and B

You can view the latest batch of recent doctoral dissertations harvested from the issues 77-08 A and B of Dissertation Abstracts that pertain to the broad scope of History of Medicine and Science studies at the following URL:

ProQuest has altered how they put out their individual issues.  No longer do they correlate to one month, so the dating is more random.  Thus titles will range from 2017-yes they have some 2017 dates-back into the 1930’s.

Because ProQuest has begun downloading a large number of earlier dissertations from many institutions a decision has been made to only include titles going back to 2015 in this database.  Anyone who wants the complete list of titles on this topic from these issues should email me directly at and I will email you the full list.

2018 HAD Prize Awarded to Dr. Sara J. Schechner

The HAD Prize Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Sara J. Schechner will be the recipient of the 2018 award. Sara is a prominent member of the Historical Astronomy Division. She served as Vice Chair, Chair, and Past Chair during the period 2005-2011, and has served on numerous HAD committees. During 1990s she was an especially valuable member of the AAS Centennial Committee, and served as Chair of the Exhibit Subcommittee. She has also served on the Working Group on the Preservation of Astronomical Heritage since 2007.

Her influence upon the history of astronomy is felt worldwide. She received her PhD (supervised by Owen Gingerich and I. Bernard Cohen) in 1988, and since 2000 has been the David P. Wheatland Curator of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard. There she acts as chief curator for early scientific instruments and related books and photographs. She is widely published; her two most recent volumes are Sundials and Time: Finding Instruments of the Adler Planetarium (Adler Planetarium, 2017) and Tangible Things: Making History through Objects (Oxford University Press, 2015; co-authored with Laurel Ulrich, Ivan Gaskell, and Sarah Carter). She has prepared numerous exhibitions and received many awards, including the Great Exhibitions Prize from the British Society for the History of Science in 2014 and the Joseph H. Hazen Education Prize from the History of Science Society in 2008.

The award will be presented at a plenary session of the 231st meeting of the American Astronomical Society, to be held next January in National Harbor, Maryland.

HPS&ST Notes

The June HPS&ST Note is on the web at:


  • Introduction
  • 2017 IHPST Biennial Conference, Ankara July 4-7, 2017
  • Education Papers at the Division of the History of Science & Technology (DHST) 25th International Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23 to 29 July 2017
  • British Society for the History of Science, Annual Conference, July 6-9, 2017
  • epiSTEME 7: Seventh international conference to review research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education, 5-8 January 2018
  • British Journal for History of Science, Book Reviews
  • LSE Lakatos Awards
  • Translations of HPS and Science Teaching Book
  • Opinion Page: What’s Wrong with HPS and What Needs be Done to Put It Right?  (Nicholas Maxwell)
  • Recent HPS&ST Research Articles
  • Recent HPS&ST Related Books
  • Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

The May HPS&ST Note is on the web at:


  • Introduction
  • 2017 IHPST Biennial Conference, Ankara July 4-7, 2017
  • British Society for the History of Science, Annual Conference, July 6-9, 2017
  • epiSTEME 7: Seventh international conference to review research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education, 5-8 January 2018
  • Fourth Asian HPS&ST Conference, Hualien, Taiwan, Nov. 21-23, 2018
  • Opinion Page: An Interview with Mario Bunge, Heinz W. Droste
  • Recent HPS&ST Research Articles
  • Recent HPS&ST Related Books
  • Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

This HPS&ST monthly Note is sent to about 7,400 individuals who directly or indirectly have an interest in the connections of history and philosophy of science with theoretical, curricular and pedagogical issues in science teaching, and/or interests in the promotion of more engaging and effective teaching of the history and philosophy of science.  The Note is also sent to different HPS lists and to science education lists.

The Note seeks to serve the diverse international community of HPS&ST scholars and teachers by disseminating information about events and publications that connect to HPS&ST concerns.  It is an information list, not a discussion list.

Please do feel free to forward this email to any local, national or international lists that whose members you think would appreciate knowing of the Note and its web location.  Forwarding the notification email is a very easy and efficient way of multiplying the readership and so increasing awareness of HPS&ST matters.

Contributions to the Note (publications, conferences, Opinion Page, etc.) are welcome and should be sent direct to the editor, Michael Matthews at


NEH-Sponsored Object Lessons Workshops

Scholars can now apply to attend one of the NEH-Sponsored Object Lessons Workshops. There are four sessions over the next year, each attached to a major scholarly conference. Applications are due by June 30th. These are very useful workshops with a great lineup of guest instructors from major publishing and media outlets as well as scholars with a track record of writing for public audiences. The thematic focus is on scholarship surrounding contemporary media and technology, broadly defined.

To learn more, please visit the following website:


ICHST Prize Announcements


We are very glad to announce here the final result of the Young Scholars’ Prize and of the IUHPST Essay Prize. We congratulate all candidates and wish them the best of luck in their future career!

Young Scholars’ Prize

Following a tradition established in the past editions of the International Congress of History of Science and Technology, the Division of History of Science and Technology (DHST) of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (ICHST) awards here the Fourth DHST Prize for Young Scholars. This prize aims at recognizing the five best doctoral dissertations in History of Science and Technology finished between June 2012 and August 2016. This year exceptionally six prizes will be awarded. The awarding ceremony will take place in a special session in the last day of the congress.

The winners of this edition of the Young Scholars’ Prize are:

– Mario Cams, Companions in Geography: Maps, Instruments and the Mapping of Qing China (c. 1685-1735), University of Leuven.
– Andrew Stuhl, Empires on Ice: Science, Nature, and the Making of the Modern Arctic, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
– Elena Serrano Jerez, Science for Women in the Spanish Enlightenment (1753-1808), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
– Layne Karafantis, Under Control: Constructing the Nerve Centers of the Cold War, The Johns Hopkins University.
– Andreas Sommer, Crossing the Boundaries of Mind and Body: Psychical Research and the Origins of Modern Psychology, University College London.
– Amir-Mohammad Gamini, Quṭb al-Dīn Shīrāzī and his Role in the Science of Hay’a, Iranian Institute of Philosophy.

Five other doctoral dissertations were considered by their high quality and received honorable mentions:

– Maria Luísa de Castro Coelho de Oliveira e Sousa, Automobility in Portugal. The construction of the sociotechnical system, 1920-1950 [A mobilidade automóvel em Portugal], Universidade Nova de Lisboa & Université Sorbonne Nouvelle.
– Madalina Valeria Veres, Constructing Imperial Spaces: Habsburg Cartography in the Age of Enlightenment, University of Pittsburgh.
– Joeri Bruyninckx, Sound Science. Recording and Listening in Bird Song Biology, 1880-1980, Maastricht University.
– Iris Montero Sobrevilla, Transatlantic Hum: Natural History and the Itineraries of the Torpid Hummingbird, ca. 1521-1790, University of Cambridge.
– Michael Jeremy Barany, Distributions in Postwar Mathematics, Princeton University.

IUHPST Essay Prize

The International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology announces the result of the First IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science. This prize competition, planned to continue on a biennial basis, seeks to encourage fresh methodological thinking on the history and philosophy of science as an integrated discipline. This prize will be awarded during the activities of the Joint Commission at the 25th ICHST, especially at the Symposium 44, entitled “Integrated History and Philosophy of Science”.

The winner of this first edition of the IUHPST Essay Prize is Theodore Arabatzis, of the University of Athens, for his essay entitled What’s in it for the historian of science? Reflections on the value of philosophy of science for history of science.


The Commission on the History of Physics (CHP) of the DHST-IUHPS is pleased to offer some small grants-in-aid to defray travel expenses of some participants of the 25th ICHST. Early career scholars and PhD students presenting papers related to the history of physics at this congress are eligible to apply for this grant-in-aid. Applications should be sent by e-mail to including a short CV, and the title and the abstract of the talk to be delivered at the congress. Applications must be sent by May 20, 2017 and results will be announced on May 25, 2017. The CHP-DHST is offering grants-in-aid of up to $500 each one, amounting to $6,000 in total.

Full-tuition scholarships until May 1: International MA program “Usable Pasts”

Applied and Interdisciplinary History Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, Russia

How to apply:

HSE St Petersburg, Department of History, invites international applicants to its two-year,

English-language MA program “Usable Pasts”: Applied and Interdisciplinary History.

It is the 1st international, 100% English-language taught History MA program in Russia. It already teaches international students from 12 countries, all continents.

Academic Head of the Program Julia Lajus, Associate Professor, Head of the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History. Internationally well-known professors teach at the program: Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov (formerly prof. at Cambridge U.), Nathan Marcus (PhD from New York University), Alexander Semyonov (PhD from Central European U.), Marina Loskutova (PhD from Central European U.), Alexandra Bekasova (formerly European University at St. Petersburg), Tatiana Borisova (PhD from U. of Turku).

This is a program for you, if you are keen:

  • to understand how history speaks to the future
  • to get interdisciplinary training or to add historical training to your previous education
  • to build an academic career in new global, comparative, environmental, technological history, history of empire and nationalism, heritage and historical memory studies
  • to learn how to use historical knowledge in media, museums, tourism industry applying new methods in digital humanities and public history

The program offers strong research-led teaching that draws on the Department’s strength in global, comparative and transnational history, including studies of empires and nationalism, socialism, post-socialism and post-colonialism, environmental and economic history and anthropology, history of science and technology, and the anthropology of memory. Students benefit from interdisciplinary grounding in methods of historical research and textual criticism, cultural heritage and museum studies, anthropology, historical geography and geoinformation systems, digital humanities, oral history and visual methods.

We seek applicants with undergraduate degrees in all disciplines with strong commitment to study history. Send in your personal motivation statement and be prepared for admission interview. Eligible students will have good command of English as demonstrated by international certificates or entrance exam. Native English speakers and students who have completed a degree exclusively in English do not need to submit a proof of their language proficiency.

This program provides skills for further academic study, including PhD, as well as non-academic careers. It includes the possibility of internships in over fifty St. Petersburg museums and options for Russian language training.

International placement competition including possibilities for full-tuition scholarships runs to 1 May 2017.

Successful international applicants can apply for these scholarships after admittance to the program.

Contacts: Head of the Program Julia Lajus (

Coordinator Dilorom Akhmedzhanova (
Details of course:
Potential supervisors:
How to apply:

Consortium for Hist, Sci, Tech and Med: May and June Events


Please check the Consortium Events Calendar for more details on the events below.

  • May 1, 2017
    Elisabeth Moreau, Université Libre de Bruxelles
    Brown Bag Lecture: The Composition of Life and Health: Elements, Particles, and Atoms in Late Renaissance Physiology
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • May 4, 2017
    Mary Pilon
    The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game
    Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington, DE)
  • May 8, 2017
    Michael Rossi, University of Chicago
    Brown Bag Lecture: From Color to Culture (and Back Again)
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • May 10, 2017
    Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
    Lyne Starling Trimble Public Lecture: The Greatest Myth in the History of Astronomy
    American Institute of Physics (College Park, MD)
  • May 12, 2017
    Chris Crenner, University of Kansas
    The Surprising Epidemiology of Peptic Ulcers
    Linda Hall Library ( Kansas City, MO)
  • May 15, 2017
    Tianna Uchacz, CHF
    Brown Bag Lecture: Of Pixels, Prints, and Publics: The Art of Describing Images in the CHF Collections
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • May 18, 2017
    Jeannette Estruth, New York University
    Research Seminar: Silicon Valley Conservation: Redefining Environmental and Labor Politics, 1970-1995
    Hagley Museum & Library (Wilmington, DE)
  • May 25, 2017
    My Data, My Self: A Century of Self-Tracking Health Technologies
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • June 5, 2017
    Sarah Lohman
    The History of Garlic: From Medicine to Marinara
    New York Academy of Medicine (New York, NY)

Consortium for Hist, Sci, Tech and Med: May and June Working Groups

Working Groups

Scholars can participate in Consortium Working Groups online or in person, in Philadelphia and other locations. Please follow links below for details.

  • History and Theory
    May 2, 2017
    Povinelli, Elizabeth A. Geontologies:  A Requiem to Late Liberalism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. Chapters 1 & 2.
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
    May 3, 2017
    Our theme will be Polar Science. Adrian Howkins (Colorado State University), author of Frozen Empires: An Environmental History of the Antarctic Peninsula (Oxford, 2016) and Andrew Stuhl (Bucknell University), author of Unfreezing the Arctic: Science, Colonialism, and the Transformation of Inuit Lands (Chicago, 2016) will open the discussion by commenting on each others’ books.
  • Biological Sciences
    May 4, 2017
    Lawrence Kessler will join the group, as we discuss a chapter from his on-going project, entitled “Entomology and Empire: Biological Pest Control, Diversified Farming, and Hawaiian Sugarcane Planters’ Campaign for Annexation, 1893-1898.”  Mary Richie Mcguire (of Virginia Tech’s STS Program) will lead discussion.
  • Early Modern Science
    May 5, 2017
  • Ancient and Medieval Sciences
    May 11, 2017
    M. Osborn, “Anglo-Saxon Ethnobotany: Women’s Reproductive Medicine in Leechbook III” in Health and Healing from the Medieval Garden (2015), 145–161.
    C.M. Guardiola-Griffiths, “Homegrown: From the Woman’s Workplace to the Medieval Garden” La corónica 44 (2015): 39–65.