Member News – April 2021

Warwick Anderson (University of Sydney) published “The Model Crisis, or How to Have Critical Promiscuity in the Time of Covid-19,” in the Social Studies of Science (online February 16, 2021), which is a critical inquiry into the histories and practices of disease modeling, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kenneth Caneva (University of North Carolina at Greensboro (retired)) is working on Helmholtz and the Conservation of Energy: Contexts of Creation and Reception (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2021), which is scheduled for publication in August of 2021. 

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Paul Cech published “Sociological Theories of Crime.” In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology, edited by Robert D. Morgan, 1421-23. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2019.

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Ryan Dahn (Physics Today, American Institute of Physics) recently started a new position as the Books Editor for the magazine Physics Today, where in addition to editing reviews he will also contribute history-related articles.

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Cover of Not Yet Imagined: A Study of Hubble Space Telescope Operations by Christopher Gainor
Not Yet Imagined: A Study of Hubble Space Telescope Operations by Christopher Gainor

Christopher Gainor published Not Yet Imagined: A Study of Hubble Space Telescope Operations (Washington, D.C.: NASA History Division, 2020).

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Judith Grabiner (Pitzer College) was awarded the 2021 Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize for her outstanding contributions to the history of mathematics, in particular her works on Cauchy, Lagrange, and MacLaurin; her widely-recognized gift for expository writing; and a distinguished career of teaching, lecturing, and numerous publications promoting a better understanding of mathematics and the significant roles it plays in culture.

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Nick Hopwood (University of Cambridge) has been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, for three years from September 2021, to finish the research for and to write The Many Births of the Test-Tube Baby.

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Cover of Imperial Science: Cable Telegraphy and Electrical Physics in the Victorian British Empire by Bruce Hunt
Imperial Science: Cable Telegraphy and Electrical Physics in the Victorian British Empire by Bruce Hunt

Bruce Hunt (University of Texas) published Imperial Science: Cable Telegraphy and Electrical Physics in the Victorian British Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021). It shows how deeply British work in electrical physics in the second half of the 19th century—from the development of the ohm to the formulation of “Maxwell’s equations”—was entwined with the growth of the network of submarine telegraph cables that bound together the British Empire.

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Margaret Jacob (University of California, Los Angeles) was elected as a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Additionally, Jacob authored “Reflections on Enlightenment and Modernity: In our Plague Year,” International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity, v.8 issue 3-4, (2020); co-edited Clandestine Philosophy: New Studies on Subversive Manuscripts in Early Modern Europe, 1620–1823 (University of Toronto Press, 2020); and wrote “The Left, Science Studies, and Global Warming,” in Michael J. Thompson and Gregory R. Smulewicz-Zucker, eds. Anti-Science and the Assault on Democracy. Defending Reason in a Free Society (Amherst, NY. Prometheus Books, 2018), pp. 123-130.

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As part of his role as Associate Dean of Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing in MIT’s new Schwarzman College of Computing, David Kaiser is delighted to announce the publication of a new online series: the MIT Case Studies in Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing

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Paige Madison has begun a postdoc at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen. She will be assisting museum director and HSS member Peter Kjærgaard in designing a new gallery about the human family for the new museum, currently under construction. Madison and Kjærgaard are also kickstarting a research initiative on the topic of human evolution in the Anthropocene. Additionally, Madison published “Characterized by Darkness: Reconsidering the Origins of the Brutish Neanderthal” in the Journal of the History Biology 53, (2020): 493–519.

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Ronald Mickens published “The Roles of SIR Mathematical Models in Epidemiology” in the American Physical Society, Forum on the History of Physics (NEWSLETTER, Vol. XIV, no. 5 (Fall 2020): 2, 10-15) with co-author Talitha Washington, and “Approximate Rational Solutions to the Thomas-Fermi Equation based on Dynamic Consistency” in Applied Mathematics Letters, Vol. 116 (2021). 

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Vivek Neelakantan published “No Nation Can Go Forward When It Is Crippled by Disease: Philippine Science and the Cold War, 1950s,” in Southeast Asian Studies 10, No. 1 (2021), forthcoming, as well as “Pandemics in Southeast Asia: A Return of National Anxieties,” in Isis Current Bibliography (2021), accepted.

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Tiffany Nichols (Harvard University) was elected as a Member-at-Large for the American Physical Society’s Forum on the History of Physics. Her three-year term begins April 2021.

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Cover of The Poison Trials: Wonder Drugs, Experiment, and the Battle for Authority in Renaissance Science by Alisha Rankin
The Poison Trials: Wonder Drugs, Experiment, and the Battle for Authority in Renaissance Science by Alisha Rankin

Alisha Rankin (Tufts University) published The Poison Trials: Wonder Drugs, Experiment, and the Battle for Authority in Renaissance Science (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2021).

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Cover of Archaeological Chemistry: A Multidisciplinary Analysis of the Past by Mary Virginia Orna and Seth Rasmussen
150Archaeological Chemistry: A Multidisciplinary Analysis of the Past by Mary Virginia Orna and Seth Rasmussen

Seth Rasmussen (North Dakota State University) published Archaeological Chemistry: A Multidisciplinary Analysis of the Past (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020), as well as “From Polymer to Macromolecule: Origins and Historical Evolution of Polymer TerminologyBulletin for the History of Chemistry 45, no. 2 (2020): 91-100.

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Whitney Barlow Robles (Dartmouth College) published an article titled “The Rattlesnake and the Hibernaculum: Animals, Ignorance, and Extinction in the Early American Underworld” in the January 2021 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly.

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Cover of A Tale of Two Viruses: Parallels in the Research Trajectories of Tumor and Bacterial Viruses by Neeraja Sankaran
A Tale of Two Viruses: Parallels in the Research Trajectories of Tumor and Bacterial Viruses by Neeraja Sankaran

Neeraja Sankaran (HSS Newsletter) announces the publication of her book A Tale of Two Viruses: Parallels in the Research Trajectories of Tumor and Bacterial Viruses (University of Pittsburgh Press) in March 2021. 

She also co-authored the following:

With Kersten Hall:A scholarly translation of Friedrich Miescher’s 1871 paper describing the discovery of DNA in its original guise as nuclein (“Über Die Chemische Zusammensetzung Der Eiterzellen,” Medicinisch-Chemische Untersuchungen (1871) 4: 441–60), accompanied by a commentary titled “DNA translated: Friedrich Miescher’s discovery of nuclein in its original context,” British Journal of History of Science

With Robin A. Weiss:“Viruses: Impact on Science and Society.” In Encyclopedia of Virology, 671–80. Elsevier (2021). 

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Cover of Cold War Social Science: Transnational Entanglements co-edited by Mark Solovey and Christian Dayé
Cold War Social Science: Transnational Entanglements co-edited by Mark Solovey and Christian Dayé

Mark Solovey (University of Toronto) is the co-editor along with Christian Dayé Cold War Social Science: Transnational Entanglements (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), which explores how the social sciences became entangled with the global Cold War.

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Cover of Creating the Future of Health - The History of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, 1967-2012, by Frank Stahnisch, et al.
Creating the Future of Health – The History of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, 1967-2012, by Frank Stahnisch et al.

Frank Stahnisch (University of Calgary) received a 2021-2022 Annual Fellowship from the Calgary Institute for the Humanities (CIH) at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Additionally, he helped publish Creating the Future of Health – The History of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, 1967-2012 (Calgary, AB: University of Calgary Press, 2021).

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Laura Stark (Vanderbilt University) contributed a chapter on “Accounting for Esther Smucker: The Mennonite Church, the US National Institutes of Health and the trade in healthy bodies, 1950-70,” in Accounting for Health: Calculation, Paperwork, and Medicine, 1500–2000 (Manchester University Press, 2021). HSS members Andrea Rusnock and Ted Porter have also contributed chapters to this volume.

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Chris Young has taken an extended academic leave from teaching at Alverno College (Milwaukee, WI) to work as a consultant for the Urban Ecology Center (also in Milwaukee) where he has served as a volunteer for the past few years, helping the Center to extend the reach of their mission by sharing the distinctive model for engagement for children, families, and community members of all ages with cities around the world. 

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