HPS&ST March Note

The March HPS&ST Note is on the web here.


  • Introduction
  • International Congress on the History of Science in Education, May 30 – June 1, 2019, Vila Real, Portugal
  • 15th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group (IHPST) Biennial Conference, Thessaloniki, July 15-19, 2019
  • Springer Lecture at IHPST Thessaloniki Conference
  • New Editor of Science & Education Journal
  • Opinion Page: Beware the Greeks: Sources for the History of Gravity in Science Teaching, Thomas J.J. McCloughlin, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • PhD Theses in HPS&ST Domain
  • Recent HPS&ST Research Articles
  • Recent HPS&ST Related Books
  • Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

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HSS Joins Academic Societies in Protesting Cuts to Higher Education in Alaska

The HSS Council voted this past week (March 1 -3) to add the HSS’s name to a letter addressed to the governor of Alaska and other officials, which objects to proposed cuts to higher education in the state.

March 4, 2019

Dear Governor Dunleavy, Representative Edgmon, Senator Giessel, Representative
Foster, Representative Wilson, Senator Stedman, and Senator von Imhof,

As professional societies representing tens of thousands of faculty members and students
from humanistic and social scientific disciplines, including many in Alaska, we express
deep concern about Governor Dunleavy’s proposed funding cuts for higher education.
While we understand that Alaska is currently facing financial constraints, a $134 million
reduction in state support for the University of Alaska will undoubtedly have devastating
consequences to the well-being of the state for generations to come.

Higher education is a critical engine for individual economic well-being and for local,
state, and national economies. College graduates earn more, are less likely to be poor, and
are less likely to rely on public assistance than others. According to the 2017 American
Community Survey, Alaskans with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of $56,914 per
year, compared to $41,758 for those with an associate degree or some college, and
$35,868 for high school graduates. Moreover, according to a study of high school
graduates by the Alaskan Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the vast
majority of those who attended college in Alaska continue to reside in the state ten years
after graduation, while the vast majority of those who left the state for higher education
did not return. A healthy local system ensures that many of the economic benefits of
higher education remain local. Further, higher education helps to ensure a local
workforce with the capacity to respond to rapidly changing economic, political, and
social contexts.

The proposed budget cuts would shift the costs of higher education in Alaska even more
heavily to students and their families. Data from the State Higher Education Executive
Officers show that between 2008 and 2017, net tuition revenue per student at Alaska’s
public institutions increased 26 percent. The proposed 41 percent budget cut would
necessitate additional and more significant tuition increases and still require the
elimination of programs and services. University President James Johnsen has estimated
that more than 1,000 faculty and staff would have to be laid off to accommodate such big
cuts. Undoubtedly, this would significantly lower enrollments, with a corresponding
decline in tuition revenue, and put the system in an untenable situation with respect to
retaining high quality faculty.

Investment in a robust system of higher education is an investment in the public good that
extends beyond economics. The university’s mission is to inspire learning and to
advance and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, and public service,
emphasizing the North and its diverse peoples. If Alaska’s higher education system is
decimated, it will have not only negative economic consequences, but negative
consequences on the broader social well-being of individuals and communities in Alaska.
We know you face difficult choices in developing a responsible and responsive budget
that meets the complex needs of Alaska’s citizens. As you make these choices, we urge
you to consider the value of higher education, the many contributions higher education
makes to the well-being of Alaska, and the severe negative consequences to reducing
investment in higher education.

If you would like to follow up with questions or comments on any of these issues, please
contact Teresa Ciabattari, PhD, Director of Research, Professional Development, and
Academic Affairs at the American Sociological Association. She can be reached at
tciabattari@asanet.org or 202.247.9840.


American Academy of Religion
American Anthropological Association
American Association of Geographers
American Dialect Society
American Folklore Society
American Historical Association
American Musicological Society
American Philosophical Association
American Political Science Association
American Schools of Oriental Research
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
American Society for Environmental History
American Society of Comparative Law
American Sociological Association
American Studies Association
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Association of College and Research Libraries
College Art Association
Dance Studies Association
History of Science Society
Latin American Studies Association
Linguistic Society of America
Middle East Studies Association
Modern Language Association
National Communication Association
National Council on Public History
Organization of American Historians
Sixteenth Century Society and Conference
Society for Ethnomusicology
Society of Architectural Historians
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
World History Association

Cautery Device

Courtesy of The Bakken Museum

Cauterization, first used in the 16th century, was a method of burning body parts, such as a blood vessels or open wounds to stop bleeding and close amputations. It was thought to prevent infection. In the modern era, doctors use electrocautery devices, which are not heated by fire but instead by an electric current. The unit is powered by a Tesla coil, which produces the high-frequency alternating current needed to make precise cuts and sterilize the area.

This 1930s medical instrument had a foot pedal that allowed a surgeon to stop and start the electric current. The actual knife would have been connected to the terminals on the front of the control unit.

Made in Los Angeles
Made of wood, wires, plastic, and metal

See more information here.

Discovery Days: Women in Science

Saturday, March 9
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free with museum admission
All ages
During Discovery Days: Women in Science, youth, families, and adults are invited to meet women working in the STEM field doing everything from conservation biology to genetics. Build your own model DNA molecule, learn how to track animals with radio telemetry, listen to book readings, and explore a soil station, and so much more!
Girl and Boy Scouts in uniform will receive $2 off admission and members of The Bakken Museum get in free.
Thank you to our event sponsors: Abbott, Boston Scientific, Rebiotix, and Smiths Medical.

PSA Newsletter

Read the most recent Philosophy of Science Association newsletter by clicking here. Included are Calls for Papers, Events of Interest, and Other Announcements.

March Events and Working Groups, CHSTM

The Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine newsletter is available both by clicking here and reading below.
March 2019 Working Groups and Events


Working Groups


Scholars can participate in Consortium Working Groups online or in person, in Philadelphia and other locations. Check the web page for updates.
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
    March 6, 2019
    We will discuss selections from the recent special thematic issue of the British Journal for the History of Science on “Science and Islands in Indo-Pacific Worlds.” Two contributors to that issue, Genie Yoo and Geoff Bil, will join us.
  • Biological Sciences
    March 7, 2019
    Jay Aronson will discuss selections from his book, Who Owns the Dead? The Science and Politics of Death at Ground Zero.
  • Medicine and Health
    March 8, 2019
    Janet Golden, Professor of History, Rutgers University-Camden.
    “‘Normal Enough’: Paula Patton, Intellectually Disabled Immigrant Children, and the 1924 Immigration Act.”
    Comment by Jaipreet Virdi, Assistant Professor of History, University of Delaware.
  • History and Philosophy of Science
    March 13, 2019
    We will read Alexander Reutlinger and Juha Saatsi (eds.) Explanation Beyond Causation, Chapers 7 and 8 (by Alisa Bokulich and Mazviita Chirimuuta, respectively).
  • Physical Sciences
    March 15, 2019
    Gregory Good, American Institute of Physics, on space weather. This session will be a power point presentation and discussion.
  • Ancient and Medieval Sciences
    March 15, 2019
    M. Berrey, Hellenistic Science at Court. Science, Technology and Medicine in Ancient Cultures, chaps 3 & 4.
  • Technology
    March 19, 2019
    Meredith Sattler, Cal Poly San Louis Obispo, “Knowledge Space Eco-Technics: Designing Life-Forms and Life Ways at Biosphere 2, 1974-1994”


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

  • March 4, 2019
    Warwick Anderson
    STS Circle at Harvard: Negotiating Personhood and Precision in Recent Biomedicine
    Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • March 7, 2019
    Erica Milam
    Harvard University History of Science Seminars
    Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • March 7, 2019
    Kim Tolley and Natalie King
    Rewriting the Story of Girls’ Education in STEM: Past Through Present
    Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine and the Wagner Free Institute of Science (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 7, 2019
    Hasia Diner
    Julius Rosenwald: From Sears Executive to Passionate Philanthropist
    Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington, DE)
  • March 11, 2019
    Marianne F. Potvin
    STS Circle at Harvard: Humanitarian Planners in the “Century of the Unsettled Man”
    Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • March 11, 2019
    Elena Aronova
    HSS Workshop: Missing Link: Nikolai Vavilov’s Genogeography and History’s Past Future
    University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 11, 2019
    Paul Lombardo
    Documentary: No Mas Bebes
    University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 12, 2019
    Patrick Shea
    Appraising Archives for the History of Science
    Science History Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 14, 2019
    Joyce White
    Science Beyond the West: Joyce White
    University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 14, 2019
    Alain Touwaide
    Historia Plantarum
    The Huntington  (San Marino, CA)
  • March 14, 2019
    Jessica C. Linker
    Profiles of 19th-Century Women in Science
    Library Company of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 16, 2019
    Saturday DNA! Ancient Ancestry
    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)
  • March 16, 2019
    Ötzi the Iceman Museum Tour – DNA Learning Center
    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)
  • March 18, 2019
    Myles Jackson
    HSS Workshop: “A Berlin Ensemble: Natural Scientists, Radio Engineers, Musicians, and the Trautonium.”
    University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 18, 2019
    Dr. Jan Goplerud, Kate Campbell Hurd-Mead
    The Kate Hurd-Mead Lecture: Dr. John Langdon Down, Prenatal Diagnosis, and Disability Advocacy
    The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 18, 2019
    Alexander Ji
    Carnegie Lecture – Glimpses of the Cosmic Dawn
    The Huntington (San Marino, CA)
  • March 20, 2019
    Pamela H. Smith
    Of Lizards, Laboratories, and History: The Making and Knowing Project
    The Huntington (San Marino, CA)
  • March 25, 2019
    Eli Nelson
    STS Circle at Harvard: Repossessing the Wilderness: New Deal Sciences in the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation
    Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • March 25, 2019
    David Sepkoski
    HSS Workshop: Catastrophic Thinking in Science and Culture; or, How We Learned to Start Worrying and Fear Mass Extinctions
    University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 26, 2019
    Library Pop-up: Women’s History Month
    The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 26, 2019
    C. Pierce Salguero
    Sino-Buddhist Medicine: A Missing Link in the Global History of Medicine
    The Huntington (San Marino, CA)
  • March 27, 2019
    Doug Lantry
    Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington, DE)
  • March 31, 2019
    Sujit Sivasundaram
    Botany and the Roots of the British Conquest of Sri Lanka
    The Huntington (San Marino, CA)

Dissertation Abstracts 78-10 A and B



Attached are the latest batch of recent doctoral dissertations harvested from the issues 78-10 A and B of Dissertation Abstracts related to your subject area. 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 2018 – yes they have some 2018 dates – back into the early 1900s.

There is one additional aspect to point out about this latest batch of dissertations. ProQuest has begun adding numerous titles from many universities world-wide dating back into the early 1900s. Not all these earlier titles come with abstracts but should be available for down loading entire copies on line.

You may find some duplicate citations – the ProQuest database is including over 30% duplicate titles, sometimes in multiple months. I try and catch these duplicates but I am sure you will find that I missed some.

-Jonathon Erlen, PhD

Two STS Master’s Programs at TU Munich

The Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) at TU Munich welcomes applications for its two full-time Master’s programs M.A. Science and Technology Studies and M.A. Responsibility in Science, Engineering and Technology. Both programs are offered in English and are free of tuition fees. The application period is from January 1 to May 31, 2019. Please consider submitting your application as early as possible to ensure smooth procedures (aptitude assessment, visa, travel, accommodation etc.).

Master of Arts: Science and Technology Studies (M.A. STS)

M.A. STS is a unique Master’s program that puts the relations and interactions between science, technology, society and politics front and center. From bio-technology to energy transitions, from automated mobility to data security – the big challenges society is facing today are inseparably scientific, technical and social. In today’s highly technologized societies, STS tackles questions such as: How can we understand scientific and technological change? How do science, technology and society influence and shape each other? Which inter- or transdisciplinary forms of knowledge production are necessary?

The program offers a research-oriented graduate education in the flourishing field of Science and Technology Studies for students interested in a comprehensive social science perspective on today’s highly technologized societies. Students gain in-depth exposure to interdisciplinary approaches to urgent questions about the ever-changing interplay between science, technology and society. As a full-time study program, M.A. STS offers empirical research methods and analytical skills to study the conditions and consequences of contemporary science and technology. In addition, the program offers specializations in the Philosophy of Science and Technology or the History of Science and Technology. STS graduates are able to work in a range of fields including academic research (such as a PhD program) as well as careers in science and technology policy, communication, journalism and management.

For more information, please visit this website.

If you have any questions, please email sts@mcts.tum.de.

Master of Arts: Responsibility in Science, Engineering and Technology (M.A. RESET)

M.A. RESET is a unique Master’s program that puts questions of responsibility front and center in our thinking about science, technology and innovation. Responsibility has become a key concern in current discussions around governance, economic growth, sustainable development and social progress – captured, for example, by the frameworks of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In an environment of increasing economic and political uncertainty, RESET takes serious challenges such as: How can we anticipate and govern the social, ethical or environmental impacts of scientific and technological change? What is sustainable, reflexive or democratic innovation? Which inter- or transdisciplinary forms of knowledge production enable responsibility? How do notions of responsibility differ across regulatory, cultural and policy contexts? How should expert knowledge and technical possibilities shape democracies, markets and societies? Conversely, how can we democratize expertise and technology development?

The program offers a practice-oriented graduate education for students interested in both the technical and social aspects of responsibility in today’s highly technologized societies. Supported by mentors, students gain in-depth exposure to areas of technical specialization in collaboration with science and engineering departments at TU Munich. The program draws its interdisciplinary strength and symmetry from a diverse student body – with backgrounds in science, technology and engineering as well as social and life sciences, economics and the humanities – and specifically targets students with previous work or research experience. While a full-time study program, RESET offers a flexible program structure to accommodate candidates seeking to combine graduate studies with part-time work, internships or parallel studies/research in science and engineering. Graduates are able to work in a range of fields including government institutions, international organizations, innovative firms (both established companies and start-ups), NGOs, think tanks, research and higher education management, consulting, or they can pursue a career in academia.

The RESET program is funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria which offers students a range of networking and support opportunities.

For more information, please visit this website.

If you have any questions, please email reset@mcts.tum.de.

New Issue: Nazariyat Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences (4/3)

The new issue for Nazariyat Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences (4/3) has been released. Articles and reviews can be reached through this link, as the journal is open-access.


Is it Possible to Speak of an Illuminationist Circle in the Ottoman Scholarly World? An Analysis of the Ottoman Scholarly Conception of Illuminationism, Mustakim Arıcı

Mental Existence Debates in the Post-Classical Period: A Study in the Context of the Essence and Category of Knowledge, Murat Kaş

An Introduction to the Critique of the Theory of Definition in Arabic Logic: Is Complete Definition Circular?, Mehmet Özturan

Debating Sufi Knowledge in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Thought: An Analysis of the Saçaḳlīzāde-‘Alamī Debate on Divine Inspiration (‘ilm al-ladunn), Mehmet Gel



Like a Swiss Clockwork in the Desert: A Review of Moshe M. Pavlov’s Books on Abū al-Barakāt al-Baghdādī, Pauline Froissart



Nasîruddîn Tûsî’de Önermeler Mantığı [Logic of Propositions in Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūṣī], Harun Kuşlu (by Aytekin Özel)

The World in a Book: Al-Nuwayri and the Islamic Encyclopedic Tradition, Elias Muhanna (by Duygu Yıldırım)

Varlık ve Akıl: Aristoteles ve Fârâbî’de Burhân Teorisi [Being and Intellect: Demonstration Theory in Aristotle and al-Fārābī], Ali Tekin (by Fatma Karaismail)

Klasik İslam Düşüncesinde Atomculuk Eleştirileri [Criticisms of Atomism in Classical Islamic Thought], Mehmet Bulğen (by Zeynep Şeker)