NEH Grants in History of Science, Technology, or Medicine 2020

Costanza Dopfel Outright:

$6,000 [Summer Stipends] Saint Mary’s College of California

Project Title:

Fertile Florence: How a Demographic Disaster Shaped the Italian Renaissance.

Project Description:

Research for a book on the connection between the Black Death and the origins of the Italian
Renaissance.

National Geographic Society Outright:

$350,000 [Humanities Collections and Reference Resources]

Project Director:

Sara Manco

Project Title:

The Early Color Photography Conservation and Digitization Project.

Project Description:

The cataloging and digitization of 15,030 early color glass slides created by explorers and researchers between 1914 and 1944, covering the Arctic regions, Greenland, and Alaska. An accompanying finding aid would include not only description of the photographs but also some 3,000 textual objects that document the content and the creation of the collection.

Dana Tulodziecki Outright:

$6,000 [Summer Stipends] Purdue University

Project Title:

Expanding the Notion of Epistemic Success in Science.

Project Description:

Writing one chapter of a book that will argue for a new way of thinking about scientific progress.

Purdue University Outright:

$35,000 [Humanities Connections Planning Grants]

Project Director:

Lori Czerwionka; Eric Nauman (co-project director)

Project Title:

Integrating the Humanities and Global Engineering.

Project Description:

A curricular development project integrating the humanities with global engineering through an expanded program of language and cultural study.

Newman University Outright:

$35,000 [Humanities Connections Planning Grants]

Project Director:

Cheryl Golden

Project Title:

Emphasis in Technology and Human Values.

Project Description:

The development of a new Emphasis in Technology and Human Values program integrating humanities study into pre-professional pathways.

Peter Der Manuelian Outright:

$6,000 [Summer Stipends] Harvard University

Project Title:

A Biography of American Egyptologist George A. Reisner (1867–1942).

Project Description:

Research and writing leading to a biography of the influential American Egyptologist George A. Reisner (1867–1942).

John Shank Outright:

$6,000 [Summer Stipends] Regents of the University of Minnesota

Project Title:

A History of the French Académie Royale des Sciences, 1495–1746.

Project Description:

Research and writing leading to publication of the first volume of a planned three-volume history of the French Royal Academy of Sciences from 1495 to 1746.

Nathan Vedal Outright:

$6,000 [Summer Stipends] Washington University in St. Louis

Project Title:

The Category of Everything: Ordering and Circulating Knowledge in Early Modern China.

Project Description:

Research leading to a book on the organization of knowledge in sixteenth- to eighteenth-century China, based on the digital analysis of reference works such as encyclopedias and dictionaries.

Doane University Outright:

$100,000 [Humanities Connections Implementation Grants]

Project Director:

Kathleen Hanggi

Project Title:

Implementing a Certificate in Integrated Humanities Program.

Project Description:

A three-year project to implement a new general education certificate program in integrated humanities for psychology and biology majors.

Corning Museum of Glass Outright:

$75,000 [Exhibitions: Planning]

Project Director:

Carole Ann Fabian

Project Title:

Reimagining 35 Centuries of Glass.

Project Description:

Planning for the reinterpretation of an encyclopedic glass exhibition.

Grant Bollmer Outright:

$6,000 [Summer Stipends] North Carolina State University

Project Title:

Measurement and Technological Inscription in the Psychology of Emotions, 1850 to the Present.

Project Description:

Completion of a book on the history of technologies used to measure human emotions.

John Eicher Outright:

$6,000 [Summer Stipends] Pennsylvania State University, Altoona Campus

Project Title:

Influenza, War, and Religion in Rural Europe, 1918–1920.

Project Description:

Researching a history of the 1918 influenza epidemic in rural Europe, investigating the social, political, and religious factors shaping responses to the medical crisis.

Misericordia University Outright:

$33,964 [Humanities Connections Planning Grants]

Project Director:

Melanie Shephard; Cosima Wiese (co-project director)

Project Title:

Environmental Humanities Curriculum.

Project Description:

Planning for a new interdisciplinary major and minor in environmental studies, with a specific humanities focus.

Vanderbilt University Outright:

$33,375 [Humanities Connections Planning Grants]

Project Director:

Bonnie Dow; David Wright (co-project director)

Project Title:

Integrating the Humanities in the Communication of Science and Technology.

Project Description:

Faculty and curriculum development to create new core courses for an undergraduate program in communication of science and technology.

Norwich University Outright:

$100,000 [Humanities Connections Implementation Grants]

Project Director:

Amy Woodbury Tease; Tara Kulkarni (co-project director)

Project Title:

Building a Humanities-Centered Interdisciplinary Curriculum to Foster Citizen Scholars.

Project Description:

A three-year project to implement a new team-taught curriculum integrating humanities with the sciences and professional fields.

George Mason University Outright:

$334,720 [Humanities Collections and Reference Resources]

Project Director:

Lynn Eaton

Project Title:

Preserving the Legacy of James M. Buchanan.

Project Description:

Arrangement and description of 282 linear feet of archival material, including correspondence, memos, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and ephemera related to the career of James M. Buchanan, who won the Nobel Prize in economics in 1986 for his development of Public Choice Theory.

Museum of Flight Foundation Outright:

$236,824 [Humanities Collections and Reference Resources]

Project Director:

Nicole Davis

Project Title:

Processing the William P. and Moya Olsen Lear Papers.

Project Description:

The arrangement, description, cataloging, and selected digitization of 170 cubic feet of archival materials and 260 objects from the William P. and Moya Olsen Lear Collection, including correspondence, photographs, model planes, invention prototypes, and 33 audio recordings and 18 films related to groundbreaking discoveries in aviation and radio that span the twentieth century.

Anat Schechtman Outright:

$6,000 [Summer Stipends] University of Wisconsin, Madison

Project Title:

Non-Quantitative Notions of Infinity in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy.

Project Description:

Writing two chapters of a book on the concept of infinity in the writings of philosophers of the seventeenth century.