Biennial History of Astronomy Workshops
We want to present our Eikón / Imago Scientific Journal, edited by the CAPIRE Research Team of the Complutense University of Madrid. It is an annual academic publication whose research interest focuses on iconography and visual culture, from a thematic scope that encompasses the forms and meanings of the images of any era, culture or country, as well as any thematic, typological or disciplinary variant: religious, mythological, political, musical, fantastic, animalistic and other.
Each issue of Eikón / Imago Magazine consists of three sections:
- Miscellany: related to any aspect of the general thematic coverage of the Journal (free peer review articles).
- Monographic: the topic change every year. This year 2020 it is: War and Otherness. Images of the Enemy in the Visual Culture, from the Middle Ages to Nowadays (ed. by Borja Franco)
- Reviews and Chronicles of new books, exhibitions, and conferences.
We are accepting article proposals for the monographic and miscellaneous sections before April 30th 2020 (deadline extended).
When messengers are not authors of messages they bear, they should not be praised for the novelty of ideas in the messages. Donald Forsdyke (Queen’s University, Canada) has made a case that certain accolades bestowed upon Peter Medawar and Erwin Schrödinger for their respective contributions to theories of aging and of informational aspects of DNA, should rightly be assigned to the Victorian polymath, Samuel Butler (see Biological Theory 15, 50-55). Forsdyke has extensive webpages on Samuel Butler, George Romanes, William Bateson and – of particular significance in light of COVID-19 – Romanes’ mentor, John Burdon Sanderson (1828-1905). The account in the 1860s of the rapidly spreading cattle plague (rinderpest) by “England’s Pasteur” was scrutinized by the politicians no less intently than they today scrutinize accounts of the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Visit the website.
On 16 March 2020, Monica Green delivered a talk at the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research titled “What Happens When We Expand the Chronology and Geography of Plague? Or Why ‘Yersina pestis’ is a Good ‘Model Organism’ in These Pandemic Times.” The talk was recorded and can be found here: (introduction starts at 0:50, talk begins at 2:25).
The following fellows’ topics deal with elements of science, technology, or medicine. Please note the disciplinary breadth of the projects.
Javier Patino Loira | Abstract
Assistant Professor, Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Los Angeles – Sharp Minds: Metaphor and the Cult of Ingenuity in an Age of Science (1639-1654)
Jon T. Coleman | Abstract
Professor, History, University of Notre Dame – The Mighty Kankakee: History Against the Current
Samira Sheikh | Abstract
Associate Professor, History, Vanderbilt University – Landscapes of Conflict: Geographical mapping in early modern Gujarat, India
Arjun Guneratne | Abstract
Professor, Anthropology, Macalester College – Ornithology at the margins: The social history of a field science in Sri Lanka
Shelley Streeby | Abstract
Professor, Literature and Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego – Speculative Archives: Hidden Histories and Ecologies of Science Fiction World-Making
Nathan Vedal | Abstract
Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Washington University in St. Louis – The Category of Everything: Ordering and Circulating Knowledge in Early Modern Chin
Costanza Dopfel Outright:
$6,000 [Summer Stipends] Saint Mary’s College of California
Fertile Florence: How a Demographic Disaster Shaped the Italian Renaissance.
Research for a book on the connection between the Black Death and the origins of the Italian
National Geographic Society Outright:
$350,000 [Humanities Collections and Reference Resources]
The Early Color Photography Conservation and Digitization Project.
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
Expanding the Notion of Epistemic Success in Science.
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]
Lori Czerwionka; Eric Nauman (co-project director)
Integrating the Humanities and Global Engineering.
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]
Emphasis in Technology and Human Values.
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
A Biography of American Egyptologist George A. Reisner (1867–1942).
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
A History of the French Académie Royale des Sciences, 1495–1746.
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
The Category of Everything: Ordering and Circulating Knowledge in Early Modern China.
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]
Implementing a Certificate in Integrated Humanities Program.
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]
Carole Ann Fabian
Reimagining 35 Centuries of Glass.
Planning for the reinterpretation of an encyclopedic glass exhibition.
Grant Bollmer Outright:
$6,000 [Summer Stipends] North Carolina State University
Measurement and Technological Inscription in the Psychology of Emotions, 1850 to the Present.
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
Influenza, War, and Religion in Rural Europe, 1918–1920.
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]
Melanie Shephard; Cosima Wiese (co-project director)
Environmental Humanities Curriculum.
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]
Bonnie Dow; David Wright (co-project director)
Integrating the Humanities in the Communication of Science and Technology.
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]
Amy Woodbury Tease; Tara Kulkarni (co-project director)
Building a Humanities-Centered Interdisciplinary Curriculum to Foster Citizen Scholars.
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]
Preserving the Legacy of James M. Buchanan.
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]
Processing the William P. and Moya Olsen Lear Papers.
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
Non-Quantitative Notions of Infinity in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy.
Writing two chapters of a book on the concept of infinity in the writings of philosophers of the seventeenth century.
Heroic medical teams around the world are either dealing directly with or preparing for an onslaught. Biomedical technicians (biomeds for short) are the repair experts at hospitals, and in many regions they are stretched thin. There are a wide variety of machines made by a number of different manufacturers at hospitals around the world, and there is no single resource for how to repair all of them.
Some manufacturers heroically host service manuals for their equipment on their website, and some make them more challenging to locate. There is no single source of information for biomeds to access. Biomed forums are frequently populated with requests for specific PDF service manuals. The closest thing to a central resource is Frank’s Hospital Workshop, a fantastic website run out of Tanzania with hundreds of manuals and very helpful how-to resources for maintaining medical equipment. But Frank’s site is a one-person operation, and a single point of failure, should overwhelming traffic come calling.
We put out a call for manuals, and the medical community responded.
We have been donated a trove of tens of thousands of medical equipment service manuals. We’ve already uploaded the high-priority ventilators to iFixit, and now we’re working on getting the rest online.
iFixit’s team of about ten technical writers has been working to organize these files for the last two weeks, and we’re just overwhelmed. We can’t do it on our own.
We estimate that we have about 2,000 hours of file curation and organization to build this library. I am looking for people willing to donate at least 20 hours of time. The work is straightforward but requires attention to detail—mostly file organization and renaming. It’s a chance to learn a lot about the medical device maintenance world in a short amount of time! Did you know that hospitals have machines for calibrating their endoscopy machines? Well, you do now!
Can you help? Do you know someone that can? We need librarians, academics, and anyone else with a love for organization and a little extra time right now. No specific repair or medical knowledge is required.
We are going to host a training for new volunteers on Monday at 5:00 PM Pacific on Zoom. Please share this with anyone who could help. (We can set up another training for volunteers in different time zones if we have enough volunteers.)
Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help!
National Science Foundation Press Release
Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, has been named Acting Director of the National Science Foundation effective March 31, 2020.
Droegemeier has previously served two six-year terms on the National Science Board, the governing body of NSF. He currently serves as the President’s Science Advisor and Director of OSTP, with responsibility for coordination of science and technology initiatives across the Federal Government.
“Director Kelvin Droegemeier has unmatched experience as the science advisor to the White House and leader the Office of Science and Technology Policy. He has a distinguished career of advancing the progress of science. NSF will continue to thrive under his leadership,” said former Director of NSF Dr. France Córdova.
The Director of the National Science Foundation is charged with managing the day-to-day operations of the Foundation and leads a workforce driven to improve the world through research, discovery and innovation.
“I am honored to serve in this acting capacity for NSF, and it is a homecoming of sorts as a former member of the National Science Board and longtime recipient of grants from NSF. I thank President Trump for his confidence as well as his appreciation that maintaining continuity of science leadership is more important now than ever. Dr. France Córdova has been a tireless advocate for science the past six years and is leaving NSF with a solid leadership team in place. My role at NSF is a temporary one as we all excitedly await the swift Senate confirmation of Dr. Panchanathan. I had the privilege of serving on the National Science Board with both Dr. Córdova and Dr. Panchanathan and both are exceptional leaders. The future is bright, and the United States will continue to lead the world in science and technology as we transition from one NSF Director to the next,” said The White House OSTP Director Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier.
“Kelvin has devoted his career to ensuring that science and engineering discoveries benefit and protect Americans. He has a deep appreciation for NSF’s foundational role in our innovation economy, as well as how the pieces of our ecosystem build on the seed corn of basic research. He loves our agency and I can’t think of a better caretaker. I look forward to working closely with him again,” said The Chair of the National Science Board Dr. Diane Souvaine.
Interested in being a student representative to the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Council? Apply now!
The Student Section of the Society for Social Studies of Science (6S) is now accepting (self-)nominations for a new representative. The tentative deadline for nominations is May 1, 2020. Please submit nominations. For full consideration, please submit a CV, a statement of interest (not to exceed 300 words), and the name and contact information of one professional reference. (***A previous email sent out to student 4S members erroneously said to apply by emailing materials to the current reps; please use the above form instead.)
Applications will be reviewed by current 6S representatives and one member of the 4S Council, and up to three students will be asked to stand for election by all student members of 4S. Election of the new 6S Representative will occur in conjunction with the 4S Council elections, which will likely occur in late Spring or Summer 2020.
Job Description of a 6S Representative:
Elected representatives lead the student section of 4S (6S) and represent students on the 4S Council. They are elected in the spring/summer, for a term that lasts approximately 3 years. While they are not expected to attend the 4S meeting during the year in which they were elected, they are expected to attend the meeting (including the 4S Council meeting) during the three subsequent years of their term. 6S Representatives must demonstrate characteristics of leadership, management, and organizational skills, interest and enthusiasm in serving as 6S representative, and maintain good academic standing in their graduate program.
Responsibilities for the Annual Meeting:
In addition to representing 6S at the 4S Council meeting, 6S Representatives will plan at least three events at each 4S meeting (a 6S business meeting, a workshop on issues of interest to students such as research interests, publishing or surviving job interviews, and an evening social event). They are also expected to attend and participate in the 4S Council meeting and 4S Business Meeting, representing student needs and concerns as appropriate. They should also work with the mentorship program coordinator and student volunteers coordinator as needed. They must produce a yearly written report to the 4S Council on 6S activities (in advance of the 4S Council meeting). Finally, they may help to organize accommodation or ride sharing to lessen the costs of attending the 4S annual meeting.
As 4S is an international organization, we strongly encourage students based all around the globe to apply! If you have any questions about the position of 6S representative or about the application process in general please do not hesitate to contact current student representatives Angela Okune (email@example.com), Katie Ulrich (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Aadita Chaudhury (email@example.com).