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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Lucian is a Benedictine Monk of Saint John’s Abbey, and a second-year PhD student in the HPS program at Notre Dame, history track. His interests include Science and Magic in Medieval Monasteries, Folk Magic, Late Antiquity, Syncretism and Colonization, Christianization, The Occult, Monastic Demonologies, Metaphysics, Alchemy, Herbalism, Hildegard of Bingen, Johannes Trithemius, and Hermes Trismegistus.
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Whitney C Lim – Undergraduate Student Assistant
Whitney is a junior undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame studying Theology, Sustainability, and Business Economics. She is a student leader of the on-campus Christian fellowship, Iron Sharpens Iron. Whitney has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and worked on Student Government. This past summer, she interned in San Francisco, California, at the Children’s Day School. Starting in January 2019, Whitney will be studying abroad in Jerusalem, Israel.
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Hannah Morris – Undergraduate Student Assistant
Hannah is a junior undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Science Preprofessional and minoring in Poverty Studies. She serves as a board member for her dorm’s hall council in addition to being involved with Wyldlife, a children’s ministry group. This past summer, Hannah worked in a research laboratory studying mandibular biomineralization, which she will continue throughout the school year.
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