April 2015 Newsletter

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Vol. 44, No. 2, April 2015
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Presidential Address, Angela Creager

As I looked over the past year’s activities in preparation for this report, I was amazed by how very much had happened since our meeting in Boston in November 2013. In contrast to the usual feeling when attending a meeting and reviewing the prior meeting’s minutes, in Chicago we’re not simply picking up where we left off.

Notes from the Inside: Advocacy

I have just returned from the annual meeting of the National Humanities Alliance and the NHA-sponsored Humanities Advocacy Day in Washington DC. Since we have identified advocacy as a priority in the HSS Strategic Plan (see Angela’s message above), I want to share with you some highlights from these events and the palpable excitement at NHA.

From the Isis Editorial Office

About a month ago, in early March, Isis joined a myriad of other scholarly journals in adopting an on-line submission and tracking system. Called “Editorial Manager” (EM), the system is run by a company named Aries Systems, which currently serves over 5,800 journals.

“The Bonds of History”: A Festschrift for Mary Jo Nye

On 16 January 2015, scholars, former students, friends, and family members packed the Asian/Pacific Room at the Oregon State University Memorial Union to honor Mary Jo Nye, Horning Professor in the Humanities emerita at Oregon State University.

Cultivating Genius in the K-12 Classroom: A Job for Historians of Science

“Students are sparked by novelty. Think of Einstein and Edison; think of Da Vinci and Newton. The whole history of science is full of genius and ingenuity, of thinking outside the box. Our job is to help students get to that point.”

Whither the Humanities in the Era of Transformative Science and Technology?

Having listened to participants at the 3rd World Humanities Forum (WHF) last month in Daejeon, South Korea, I’m inclined to play on a famous line by Mark Twain: Reports of the humanities’ death have been greatly exaggerated.

Three Societies to Meet in Canada

Every four years the 3-Societies Meeting brings together three organizations dedicated to the study of the history of science, technology, and medicine: the History of Science Society, the British Society for the History of Science, and the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science.

Learned Societies and Open Access

Let’s begin with a story from when the research university was still new. William Rainey Harper, the first president of the University of Chicago aggressively recruited “star faculty” with inventive blandishments. The president was known to promise a wavering scholar that he (almost always a “he” in those days) could serve as editor of not one but two new journals that the university presses would publish: one a journal for academic specialists and a second for the general public.

Member News

In Memoriam

David Lindberg and L. Pearce Williams.

Minutes from the 2014 Business Meeting

News from the Profession

International Union of the History and Philosophy  of Science and Technology / 2017 DHST Prize For Young Students