The 2017-2018 HSS/NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Science has been awarded to Andy Bruno, an associate professor of history at Northern Illinois University. He will use the fellowship to study the history of the mysterious Tunguska explosion of 1908 that happened over a desolate region of Siberia and the efforts by amateurs, scientists, and even science fiction writers to understand it.
The explosion, which decimated 770 square miles of forest, was alternately attributed to an air burst from an asteroid, a meteor or comet, the release and explosion of natural gas from the Earth’s crust, and even a nuclear explosion from a UFO crash.
Bruno will use research surrounding the event and the contested explanations to illuminate various aspects of Soviet science during the Cold War. He has already spent time researching at the “Threatened Orders” Collaborative Research Center at the University of Tübingen and traveling to Russia in 2012, 2013, and 2017 to conduct research in the Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow and the National Library of Russia in Saint Petersburg.
Bruno is also Faculty Associate in Environmental Studies at NIU. His first book, The Nature of Soviet Power: An Arctic Environmental History, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. As part of the HSS/NASA prize, he will give a public talk this spring.
The January Newsletter is now online. This month, read about the progress of the Isis Bibliography, the first international “Putting History and Philosophy of Science to Work with the Life Sciences” workshop, the 25th International Congress of History and Science and Technology (ICHST), the history of radiation protection, member news, and much more.
Click here to view Osiris Volume 32, Number 1, titled “Data Histories.” In this issue you’ll find fourteen articles on the use of data in everything from biology to linguistics.
Osiris is our annual thematic journal highlighting recent research on significant themes in the history of science and is currently edited by W. Patrick McCray (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Suman Seth (Cornell University).
The October Newsletter is now online. This month, see our guide to good eats in Toronto for our upcoming 2017 Meeting, hear one account of the arduous search for an academic position, and read the In Memoriam section to learn the extraordinary lives of members who have recently passed.
In this issue: “‘Making Trials’ in Sixteenth- and Early Seventeenth-Century European Academic Medicine,” with Evan R. Ragland; “Darwin’s Delay”: A Reassessment of the Evidence,” by Roderick D. Buchanan and James Bradley; “From Modernizing the Chinese Language to Information Science: Chao Yuen Ren’s Route to Cybernetics,” by Chen-Pang Yeang; and “A ‘Precious Minority’: Constructing the ‘Gifted’ and ‘Academically Talented’ Student in the Era of Brown v. Board of Education and the National Defense Education Act,” from Jim Wynter Porter.
Also, an open-access Focus Section on linguistic hegemony and the history of science with Michael D. Gordin, Ahmed Ragab, Dagmar Schäfer, Sietske Fransen, Mary Terrall, and Elena Aronova and more. Click here to go to the journal site.