Dissertation Abstracts 78-11 A and B



Above are the latest batch of recent doctoral dissertations harvested from the issues 78-11 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 2019-yes they have some 2019 dates-back to 2017.

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 1900’s.  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.

I hope that some of the materials I am providing you will be of use to your journal/website/blog.

My health has forced me to retire from the University of Pittsburgh but I can still do my dissertation harvesting for you.  This will mean you will be hearing from me once every 2-3 months in the future.  My new contact information is:

Jonathon Erlen, Ph.D.
123 Northview Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15209

IUHPST/Division of History of Science and Technology Dissertation Prize winners announced

DHST-Dissertation Prizes for 2019


Sandra Elena Guevara Flores, “The sociocultural construction of Cocoliztli in the epidemic of 1545 to 1548 in New Spain,” [La construcción sociocultural del cocoliztli en la epidemia de 1545 a 1548 en la Nueva España] (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2017. Director: Dr. José Pardo Tomás; Tutor: Dr. Jorge Molero Mesa).

Marcin Krasnodębski, “The Pine Institute and Resin Chemistry in Aquitaine (1900-1970),” [L’Institut du Pin et la Chimie des Résines en Aquitaine (1900-1970)] (University of Bordeaux, 16 November 2016. Director: Pascal Duris).

Emily Margaret Kern, “Out of Asia: a global history of the scientific search for the origins of humankind, 1800-1965,” (Princeton University, April 2018. Directors: Erika Lorraine Milam and Michael Gordin).

Honorable mentions:

Shira Dina Shmuely, “The bureaucracy of empathy: vivisection and the question of animal pain in Britain, 1876-1912,” (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 9 August 2017. Director: Harriet Ritvo).

Jonas van der Straeten, “Transmitting Development: Global Networks and Local Grids in the Electrification of East Africa, 1906-1970,” (Darmstadt University of Technology, 27 April 2017. Director: Mikael Hård).

An Anthropogenic Table of Elements – Society for Cultural Anthropology series

Timothy Neale (Deakin University), Thao Phan (Deakin University) and Courtney Addison (Victoria University of Wellington) have edited a collection titled An Anthropogenic Table of Elements as part of the Society for Cultural Anthropology’s ‘Theorizing the Contemporary’ series. Based in a collaboration that began with the Anthropocene Campus Melbourne in 2018, the collection is made of 15 short essays that ‘take an ironic stance towards the functionalism and naturalism of the chemical sciences, nominating materials, beings, forces, and other entities that are elemental to our present anthropogenic predicaments’. It includes contributions on mould, calcium carbonate, ice, seeds, strontium and more.

See more here.

Webinar: Between Two Bookshelves on the Humanities and Civic Culture

Join us on September 12 at 2:00 pm EDT for a Between Two Bookshelves webinar with Andrew Perrin, Ruel W. Tyson Professor of the Humanities and director of the University of North Carolina’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities. A sociologist, Dr. Perrin has a longstanding research interest in how engagement with the humanities contributes to civic engagement. His 2014 book, American Democracy: From Tocqueville to Town Halls to Twitter, argues that democracy is “first and foremost a matter of culture: the shared ideas, practices, and technologies that help individuals combine into publics and achieve representation.” The webinar will focus on Dr. Perrin’s recent work to establish empirical links between the humanities and civic engagement.

Invite your members and colleagues to participate: The Between Two Bookshelves series is open to all NHA member organizations and their members. We encourage you to share this invitation with your members and colleagues to help broaden the conversation.

Please register here. You will receive an automated email from Zoom after registering with information about how to access the webinar.

BSHS Great Exhibitions 2019 Prizewinners

We’re delighted to announce the results of the most recent iteration of the BSHS Great Exhibitions Prize.

The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology took home the prize in the ‘Large’ category for its FOLK: From Racial Types to DNA exhibition. BSHS judges praised the museum’s exploration of the history of scientific attitudes towards race and the legacy those attitudes have today.

SS Great Britain’s Being Brunel, in Bristol, was commended in the same category.

In the ‘Small’ category, Royal Holloway, University of London came top for its 200 Years of Being Digital. Judges said the exhibition shone in portraying the overlooked contribution of women to the field and caught the audiences’ imaginations with its display of 3D prints, animations and a live steam engine.

The Royal College of Physicians of London was commended for its ‘This Vexed Question’: 500 Years of Women and Medicine.

The prizes were awarded from a wide selection of international nominations. It was a wonderful experience for the OEC to get an insight into the state of the field, and the jury deliberation was a very thought-provoking process. We look very much forward to the next round of the prize in 2020.

Please support the winners and the prize by offering congratulations and spreading the word on Twitter @BSHSOutreach.

Liz Haines – Chair, BSHS Outreach and Engagement Committee

Submit Accomplishments for NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research

For a number of years, the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) has made available a fact sheet that lists some key accomplishments of health-related behavioral and social sciences research. That fact sheet, developed in 2013, is becoming dated and is a short list of only a few key accomplishments resulting from behavioral and social sciences research. The NIH behavioral and social sciences staff could generate an updated list, but we can generate a much more extensive and diverse list of accomplishments if we enlist the help of the larger behavioral and social sciences research community. Plus, your crowdsourcing input can also be used to help us identify the accomplishments that should be highlighted.

We need your help. Through midnight ET on July 31, 2019, we want everyone in the behavioral and social sciences research community to submit an accomplishment, add information to a submitted accomplishment, and/or vote on the ones that have had a substantial health impact and for which behavioral and social sciences research was critical to achieving. The website for submitting accomplishments is here.

When you submit, do not limit yourself to NIH-supported research – we know that the NIH funds important and impactful research, but research leading to health accomplishments is not limited to the research that the NIH funds. Do not limit yourself to only recent accomplishments – while our goal is partly to generate an updated list of accomplishments, the “oldies but goodies” are important contributions that show the sustained impact of our sciences. And do not limit yourself to accomplishments resulting only from your research – this is not a contest to determine whose research has been most impactful.

After we have collected your submissions and votes, an expert panel will review the submissions and assist OBSSR in how best to select, organize, and make available online. We hope that this accomplishments resource will be useful when any of us need to make the case for the importance of the behavioral and social sciences to health. Join us in contributing to this important resource.

Please submit an accomplishment here.

If you have any questions, contact OBSSR at OBSSRNews@mail.nih.gov or 301-594-4392.

Charles Lyell Update

Thank you for your support or interest in the University of Edinburgh’s campaign to raise the funds to Save Charles Lyell’s notebooks.

There have been some recent positive developments. First, the Export Bar which expires on 15th July will be extended to a final 15th October deadline. Second, we have confirmed with HMRC (the UK tax authority) and other parties that a Private Treaty Sale for the notebook collection has been agreed. By arranging for the tax to be removed from the sale we have reduced the purchase price from £1,444,000 to £966,000.

With over 800 generous pledges and the University’s own contribution we have now raised over £610,000. The revised deadline and target make our ultimate success a very real possibility.

I look forward to keeping you up to date with our progress. Should we be successful in saving Charles Lyell’s notebooks we will be undertaking an ambitious access project to ensure the collection is as freely available and appreciated as we and our collaborative partners can make it.

Thank you again and best wishes,


David McClay
Philanthropy Manager, Library and University Collections

The Davy Notebooks Project has launched – Help us to transcribe the manuscript notebooks of Sir Humphry Davy

The Davy Notebooks Project has just launched on Zooniverse, the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research.

Sir Humphry Davy (1778-1829) was one of the most significant and famous figures in the scientific and literary culture of early nineteenth-century Britain, Europe, and America. Davy’s scientific accomplishments include: conducting pioneering research into the physiological effects of nitrous oxide (often called ‘laughing gas’); isolating seven chemical elements (magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium, strontium, barium, and boron) and establishing the elemental status of chlorine and iodine; inventing a miners’ safety lamp; developing the electrochemical protection of the copper sheeting of Royal Navy vessels; conserving the Herculaneum papyri; and writing an influential text on agricultural chemistry. Davy was also a poet, moving in the same literary circles as Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, and William Wordsworth.

The notebooks selected for this pilot run of the Davy Notebooks Project reveal how Davy’s mind worked and how his thinking developed. Containing details of his scientific experiments, poetry, geological observations, travel accounts, and personal philosophy, Davy’s notebooks present us with a wide range of fascinating insights. Many of the pages of these notebooks have never been transcribed before. By transcribing these notebooks, we will find out more about the young Davy, his life, and the cultures and networks of which he was part.

All you need to contribute is a Zooniverse account – sign up today here. If you have any questions, please send them to humphrydavyzooniverse@gmail.com, or post them on our Zooniverse Talk boards. Project updates will be posted to our Twitter account @davynotebooks.

26th ICHST: Important Dates

Please find the list of important dates for the 26th International Congress of History of Science and Technology, which will take place in Prague 25-31 July 2021, by clicking here.


Call for submission of symposia proposals October 1, 2019
Deadline for submission of symposia proposals April 30, 2020
Call for stand-alone papers opens May 1, 2020
Decisions on accepted symposia announced June 30, 2020
Deadline for proposals of visits and excursions November 2, 2020
Deadline for submission of paper abstracts within symposia November 30, 2020
Deadline for submission of stand-alone paper proposals November 30, 2020
Early registration opens February 1, 2020
Decisions on stand-alone papers announced February 10, 2021
Program (first version) released online April 1, 2021
Early registration closes April 30, 2021
Final date for registration July 5, 2021
On-site registration July 6, 2021
ICHST 2021 July 25-31, 2021