The Executive Office manages the Society’s day-to-day activities. Located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, the Office is responsible for handling the numerous administrative and communication needs of a 3,000 member organization. The Office produces the quarterly Newsletter, and handles media requests. Recently, the Executive Office has provided guidance and historical background information to newspapers such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and San Jose Mercury News. The staff also coordinates with the program chairs to organize the annual meeting. For more information, read about the history of the executive office.
Executive Office Staff
Jay became the HSS’s first executive director when he was hired in 1998. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, where he studied under Frederick Gregory and Bertram Wyatt Brown; his dissertation focused on the planter/naturalist William Dunbar. His work examines science in the Old Southwest (lower Mississippi River Valley). He represents the HSS in various sister societies, such as the American Council of Learned Societies, and serves on numerous committees. He is married to the beautiful and talented Rebecca Malone, has three beautiful and talented children, and also has two slightly neurotic cats, Willow and Moe.
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Ryan Feigenbaum – Society Coordinator
Ryan joined the Executive Office in September 2017. He recently received his PhD from Villanova University, defending his dissertation on the philosophy and history of late eighteenth-century German life science. In general, his work re-assesses the beginning of biology and its legacy for understanding the organic world in the twenty-first century. Ryan also has interest in digital media and research, and launched a digital exhibition, “Poetic Botany,” while he was a Mellon Fellows at the New York Botanical Garden. He aims to bring this digital experience to the History of Science Society by showcasing original digital scholarship in the history of science and by providing resources for digital historians.
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Jessica is currently the Outreach and Communications Coordinator for the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame. She is also a member of the History of Science Society’s Committee on Education and co-chair of HSS at Work.
She completed her PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science Program at Notre Dame with a dissertation titled Reforming the Raj: Florence Nightingale’s biomedical liberalism in British India in 2013.
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Natalie Boone – Undergraduate Student Assistant
Natalie is a junior undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame studying Marketing and Film, Television, and Theatre. This past summer, she will be returned home to Indianapolis to intern with Roche Medical Diagnostics in the Tissue Diagnostics Marketing Department while continuing her work with HSS. Natalie will be studying abroad in Spring 2017 at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
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Kayla is a junior undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame studying Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She is a SIBC project leader for the Marketing division on campus and is currently working on a campus ambassador project for Vera Bradley. Last summer, she worked in her home town of Crystal Lake, Illinois.
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