James Fleming: “Inventing Atmospheric Science” at AMS

James Rodger Fleming

The American Meteorological Society, the Colby Club of Boston, and MIT Press invite you to James Rodger Fleming Discussing “Inventing Atmospheric Science”.

American Meteorological Society Headquarters; 45 Beacon Street; Boston

January 27, 2016; 5-7 PM

Free! Refreshments will be served.


2015 PSA Election Results

Results of the 2015 PSA Election:

Peter Godfrey-Smith of CUNY Graduate Center and University of Sydney andLaura Ruetsche of the University of Michigan have been elected to the Governing Board of the PSA, each to serve a four year term ending 12/31/2019. The Officers of the PSA congratulate and welcome Professors Godfrey-Smith and Ruetsche to the PSA Governing Board and offer their gratitude to all the candidates who ran for election. The Officers also express their appreciation to Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh) and Christian Wüthrich (University of Geneva), who have stepped down from the Governing Board after completing their four year terms. The full list of the Governing Board members can be found at http://philsci.org/about-the-psa/governance.

Holly Andersen of Simon Fraser University, Mathias Frisch of the University of Hannover, and Anya Plutynski of Washington University have been elected to the PSA Nominating Committee, each to serve a two year term ending 12/31/2017. Again, the Officers congratulate and welcome Professors Andersen, Frisch, and Plutynski to the PSA Nominating Committee and thank all those who ran for election to the PSA Nominating Committee. The Officers also offer their gratitude to the out-going PSA Nominating Committee, consisting of Alisa Bokulich (Boston University), as chair, Katherine Brading (University of Notre Dame), and Hasok Chang (University of Cambridge). In accord with PSA By-Laws, the chair of the in-coming PSA Nominating Committee will be selected by the PSA President, C. Kenneth Waters.

The amendments to the PSA By-Laws passed. The newly revised By-Laws, as well as the wording of the motions, can be found at http://philsci.org/about-the-psa/bylaws-of-the-association.

Any comments, questions, or concerns about the 2015 PSA Election, please contact Jessica Pfeifer at psa@umbc.edu.

MLA’s Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies Awarded to Nick Wilding

New York, NY – 1 December 2015 – The Modern Language Association of America today announced that its eighth Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies will be presented this year to Nick Wilding, of Georgia State University, for his book Galileo’s Idol: Gianfrancesco Sagredo and the Politics of Knowledge, published by the University of Chicago Press.  From 1996 until 2000, the Scaglione Prize was awarded jointly with the Howard R. Marraro Prize; since 2001, it is awarded as a separate prize.

Please click here to download a PDF of the full press release.

Vesalius Census

Daniel Margocsy is currently conducting a census of Andreas Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica, the first illustrated atlas of anatomy. If your collection holds a copy of the following editions, he would be grateful if you could let him know at margocsy@gmail.com:

  • Andreas Vesalius. De humani corporis fabrica (Basel: Oporinus, 1543).
  • Andreas Vesalius. De humani corporis fabrica (Basel: Oporinus, 1555).
  • Andreas Vesalius. De humani corporis fabrica Epitome (Basel: Oporinus, 1543).
  • Andreas Vesalius. Von des menschen Cörpers Anatomey (Basel, Oporinus, 1543).

Latest Dissertation Abstracts

The latest batch of recent doctoral dissertations harvested from the issues 76-02 A and B of Dissertation Abstracts pertaining to aspects of the broad scope of the history of medicine and science are available 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 2015-yes they have some 2015 dates-back into the1930’s.

There is another aspect to point out about this latest batch of dissertations that make it unique.  The University of Southern California downloaded the past 75+ years of its dissertations into the current issues-thus you will find titles dating back into the 1920”s.  While there are no abstracts for these earlier works you can pull up the full text of these dissertations. Other universities are beginning to download earlier titles so do not be surprised if some much earlier titles show up in your search.

John Farley (1936 – 2015)

John Farley, a pioneer in the history of science and the history of medicine, a scientist turned historian of science, passed away on 10 Nov 2015.  A subtle scholar of the role of social and political factors in the very content of science, and a leader in the study of the history of tropical medicine, John was instrumental in establishing the history of science at Dalhousie, in Nova Scotia.