2014 HSS Annual Meeting

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2014 HSS Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois 6-9 November 2014


The 2014 History of Science Society meeting will be held on November 6-9, 2014 at the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel on the Miracle Mile in Chicago, IL. The meeting will be held jointly with the Philosophy of Science Association. Nick Huggett has written a local guide for visitors attending the meeting with helpful information on travel, local sights, and food. You can read it here.

Meeting Program Thank you to all who submitted proposals for the 2014 HSS Meeting. Notifications regarding the program have been sent. If you submitted a contributed paper or organized a session and have not received a notification, please contact the HSS Executive Office at info@hssonline.org. If you were part of a session proposal, please contact your session organizer. The program for the 2014 HSS Annual Meeting can be viewed here.

For the second year, the HSS will have grants for dependent care (up to $200) available, with preference given to those who appear on the program. Notifications for dependent care grants have already been made. The HSS is now accepting applications for the NSF-funded travel grant program. We will also have a limited number of travel grants available for scholars outside the U.S. who are ineligible for the NSF-funded travel grants. Please see the “Travel Grants” section below for details. Notifications for these grants have already been made.

Session abstracts from the 2014 HSS Meeting can be viewed here.

Paper and poster abstracts from the 2014 HSS Meeting can be viewed here.

Meeting Registration Online registration for the 2014 HSS/PSA Meeting is now closed. All registrations must now be done onsite.

The registration desk will open at 10:00 am on Thursday, Nov. 6 in the Great Lakes Ballroom Foyer and will remain open on Thursday until 6:00. Those who have registered online can pick up packets on Thursday evening until 8:00 outside of Superior East on the 2nd level.

The registration desk will be open Friday and Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm amd on Sunday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm outside of Superior East.

Onsite registration rates are listed below.

HSS Member HSS Non-Member Student Member Student Non-Member Low-Income
$205 $260 $105 $120 $145

One-day registrations will be available on-site only.

In addition to your meeting registration, you can also include several extras, including  tickets to the Women’s Caucus Breakfast, HSS mugs and pint glasses, and more. You can also donate to support specific activities of the Society.

Please note that tickets for the Saturday evening reception have sold out.

Meeting Hotel Information

The 2014 HSS Annual Meeting will be held at the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel, located on the “Magnificent Mile,” three blocks north of the historic Water Tower and just one block north of the John Hancock Center. 909 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 Tel: (866) 716-8104

Rooms for the Meeting are $175/night for single- and double-occupancy plus tax (roughly $204/night total). There is also an option for deluxe view “club” rooms that include access to a club lounge and continental breakfast in the morning. These rooms are $224/night plus tax.

Please note: As of this time, the Westin Michigan Avenue is full. It is possible that rooms will become available due to cancellations – you can check the reservation site here for any such availability.

Overflow Hotel: The Westin and Sofitel are both booked, and the deadline for reserving at either location has passed. There are a few rooms at the Whitehall Hotel, about a block from the Westin. Rooms at the Whitehall are $249/night plus taxes. To book a room at the Whitehall Hotel, you must reserve the room directly with Michael Foster, the hotel sales manager, or his assistant, Scarlett Melton. To do so:

1. Call 312-573-6214 or email Michael Foster at mfoster@thewhitehallhotel.com.
2. Ask to reserve a room for your dates.
3. Identify yourself as part of the History of Science Society or Philosophy of Science Association.

Graduate Student Rooms: There will also be a block of rooms reserved for graduate students at a reduced rate of $150 plus tax. All graduate student rooms will be booked through the HSS Executive Office, NOT the hotel. The grad student rooms will be available to HSS and PSA student members only through August 15. After that date, any remaining rooms can be reserved by any students.

There is currently a wait list for the rooms in the grad student block. To be added to the wait list, please email  the HSS Executive Office at info@hssonline.org

Roommate Finder: The Graduate and Early Career Caucus has created a webpage here on their site to help attendees find roommates to share hotel costs. Please note that neither the HSS nor GECC screen potential roommates and neither group is responsible for matches.

Remember that the HSS does not work with any third-party booking companies. If you are contacted by somebody offering to book rooms for the conference, please contact the HSS Executive Office at info@hssonline.org. We recommend making any reservations directly with the hotel.

For the hotel website and information on the surrounding area, maps, directions and hotel services, go here.

Traveling to and in Chicago

For more detailed instructions and suggestions about travel, please click here.

Planes Chicago is served by O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Midway International Airport (MDW). A cab ride to the hotel will cost roughly $40-45 from O’Hare and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes depending on traffic. A cab from Midway will cost about $40 and take 30-60 minutes.

There are also public transit trains that run from both airports (blue line from O’Hare ($5.00), orange from Midway ($2.25)) and will necessitate a change to the red line (change from the blue line at Jackson St., change from the orange line at Roosevelt). The hotel is a 5-6 block walk from the Chicago Ave. station on the red line. For more information on Chicago’s public transportation system, visit the Chicago Transit Authority page here.

GO Airport Express: Meeting attendees can take advantage of a reduced fare special from GO Airport Express for shuttle service between the hotel and the Chicago airports. The shuttles depart from O’Hare and Midway every 15 minutes. The special fare is $19 from O’Hare and $15 from Midway, and reservations can only be booked using this site.

Trains Chicago’s Union Station is a major terminal for Amtrak as well as for city and regional train service. It is located at 210 Canal St. in downtown Chicago. It is about a 2-mile trip from Union Station to the meeting hotel. The easiest way to get to the hotel from Union Station is via taxi, which will cost about $10 and take no more than about 20 minutes. The CTA 151 bus can also be taken from Union Station for $2.00; the bus runs right up Michigan Avenue.

Automobiles Chicago can be reached via Interstates 57, 80, 88, 90, or 94, as well as numerous spurs off the interstates. Keep in mind that traffic in downtown Chicago is extremely heavy at times, and that the major highways are typically referred to by locals by names instead of numbers (e.g., Dan Ryan or Kennedy instead of I-94 or I-190, respectively). All signs will include numbers. Specific driving instructions to the Westin Michigan Avenue are here.

Parking Be aware that parking in Chicago can be very expensive – upwards of $60 or more per day. The hotel charges $67/day for valet parking. Salstar Parking has two lots in the vicinity of the hotel and offers a less expensive rate of $30/day. The lots are located at 860 North Dewitt Place and 110 E. Delaware. Alternatively, drivers coming by car can consider parking for free on the street in a suburb like Evanston or the north side of Chicago (if they are coming in from the north or west) or a neighborhood like Hyde Park (if they are coming in from the east or south) and then take public transportation to the site.  (For CTA information, see http://www.transitchicago.com).  Generally, cars left over the weekend should be fine, but watch the rules….

Travel in Chicago The CTA provides bus and subway/elevated train lines in Chicago. The nearest stop to the meeting hotel is the Chicago Ave. station (Red Line). The Chicago Ave. station is two stops north of the main CTA train loop/hub area. Information on fares for the CTA can be found here. There are options for single-ride tickets; daily or weekly passes; and Ventra Cards, which can store money for fares and offer a discounted fare compared to single-ride tickets. Ventra Cards and tickets can be purchased in subway stations at vending machines.

Maps and further details about the CTA train and bus sytems can be found at the CTA site here.

Wheelchair Accessible Transportation Services Easy Access Chicago hosts a website with lots of useful information for getting around in and seeing Chicago for those with mobility and other challenges. Their website can be found here.

Information for Meeting Participants

All meeting participants must register for the meeting. Although you need not be a member of the HSS to participate in the meeting, membership will provide you a significant discount on registration fees.

If you are submitting a proposal for the HSS meeting and have already done so for the PSA meeting, please be aware that we may be unable to avoid time conflicts between the two sessions.

All meeting rooms will be equipped with an LCD projector (beamer), screen, and podium; larger rooms will also have microphone/speakers. If you require any additional audio-visual equipment, or an internet connection for your presentation, please contact the HSS Executive Office (info@hssonline.org) as soon as possible. Please be aware that you may be responsible for additional costs incurred.

Special Events and Sessions

There are numerous special events and sessions taking place at the 2014 Meeting, many of which appear on the preliminary program. Some of these sessions include:

THATCamp  You are invited to participate in THATCamp HSS 2014, Thursday Nov. 6, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago, a 15-minute walk from the meeting hotel. The Humanities and Technology Camp, is an open, welcoming meeting where participants learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. For more information, click here.

Opening Reception  Join your colleagues from both the History of Science Society and Philosophy of Science Association in the Great Lakes Ballroom for an opening reception on Thursday evening with a cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres. The book exhibit will also be opening at this time, and you will be able to browse the latest publications from our exhibitors.

Saturday Evening Reception  Following the HSS prize ceremony on Saturday evening, a joint reception will be held in the Great Lakes Ballroom. Please note that this is a ticketed event. Tickets for the Saturday Evening Reception are currently sold out. To place your name on a waiting list, please contact the HSS Executive Office at info@hssonline.org.

Travel Grants

There are two sets of grants to support travel for graduate students, independent scholars, and recent PhDs to the 2014 meeting: the U.S. NSF-funded program is for U.S. citizens and those at U.S. institutions, and an additional set of grants for non-U.S. citizens at institutions outside the U.S.

NSF Travel Grants (Deadline 25 August 2014) – As in past years, the History of Science Society has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to help fund travel to meeting participants who are graduate students, independent scholars or recent PhDs. These grants can be used for travel to and from the meeting as well as registration costs. Please note that only U.S. citizens and individuals from U.S. institutions are eligible. Preference is given to graduate students and independent scholars and to those who are members of the HSS.

The reimbursement form for the 2014 NSF-funded grants for both HSS and PSA meetings can be downloaded here. All forms and receipts must arrive in the HSS Executive Office no later than 15 December 2014.

HSS International Travel Grants (Deadline 3 September 2014) Additional funds are also available for graduate students, independent scholars, and recent PhDs ineligible for the NSF grants. You may apply for these modest grants here. Please be aware that we will be unable to fully fund your travel for the meeting.

The reimbursement for for these travel grants can be downloaded here. All forms and receipts must arrive in the HSS Executive Office no later than 15 December 2014.

Dependent Care Grants

If you require childcare at the meeting, there are two companies that have been recommended by the hotel: American Child Care (312-644-7300) and Sitters Studio (312-890-8194). Both are licensed and bonded.

The History of Science Society will offer a limited number of grants of up to two hundred dollars to assist delegates who require additional dependent care during the meeting. The reimbursement form for the 2014 HSS Dependent Care Grants can be downloaded here.

  • Please note that: – Only one caretaker per family may apply for a grant. – Graduate students, independent scholars, and early careerists are eligible, with priority given to those who appear on the program. – The funds available may not meet all of the needs of applicants.
  • Eligible expenses: – Caretakers, either onsite or for extra expenses for additional care required at home. – Airfare/hotel for a caregiver to accompany the dependent to the meeting site.
  • Ineligible expenses: – Meals, onsite transportation, or other entertainment costs. – Normal dependent care expenses unrelated to and unaffected by meeting attendance. – Normal expenses incurred by the attendee for participation in the meeting (e.g., flight, hotel, meals, registration). – Travel costs for the dependent.

The History of Science Society is accepting donations to help support the Dependent Care Grants. Donations can be made as part of meeting registration, or at this link. The HSS thanks all of those who have already given generously to support the Dependent Care Grants

Business Meeting The HSS business meeting will be held on Sunday morning, November 9, 8:30 – 9:30 in Great Lakes Ballroom E.

You can download the meeting agenda here.

Minutes of the 2013 HSS Business Meeting can be downloaded here.

Commitee Reports are available here.

Information for Publishers There are several opportunities for publishers and other organizations to publicize their books and other works. The book exhibit will be hosted at the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel. The publisher’s brochure, which includes information regarding the book exhibit, packet inserts, sponsorships, and advertising can be downloaded here (pdf). The guidelines for the book exhibit will be posted here in the summer of 2014. If you have any questions, please contact the HSS Executive Office at info@hssonline.org.

Future History of Science Society Meetings 19-22 November 2015 – San Francisco, California 3-6 November 2016 – Atlanta, Georgia 9-12 November 2017 – Toronto, Ontario 1-4 November 2018 – Seattle, Washington

Previous Meetings 21-24 November 2013 Boston, MA 15-18 November 2012 San Diego, CA 3-6 November 2011 Cleveland, OH 4-7 November 2010 Montreal, QC

Chicago skyline photo credit: Daniel Schwen