Notes From the Profession – April 2021

2021 Everett Mendelsohn Prize

The Journal of the History of Biology is pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 Everett Mendelsohn Prize: Jean-Baptiste Grodwohl, whose essay, “Animal Behavior, Population Biology and the Modern Synthesis (1955-1985),” appeared in the Special issue on the Modern Synthesis in volume 52, issue 4 (2019), pp. 597-633.  

We also recognize three additional essays as highly commended:

Clare Button, “James Cossar Ewart and the Origins of the Animal Breeding Research Department in Edinburgh, 1895–1920,” JHB 51, 4 (2018): 445-477

Alexandra Rizhinashvili, “Production Hydrobiology in the USSR under the Pressure of Lysenkoism: Vladimir I. Zhadin’s Forgotten Theory of Biological Productivity (1940),” JHB 53, 1 (2020): 105-139.

Marga Vicedo, “The ‘Disadapted’ Animal: Niko Tinbergen on Human Nature and the Human Predicament,” JHB 51, 2 (2018): 191-221.

All of these articles will be made freely available on the JHB website in March and April 2021.

Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) Updates

Available now is a new episode of perspectives on the history of race science and scientific racism by Elise Burton, who talks about the development of race science and racial genetics in the Middle East, the similarities and differences between race concepts in the Middle East and North America, and how race science has influenced contemporary politics and medicine in the Middle East and beyond. Listen to the discussion on our website, or on YouTube where closed-captioning is also available

CHSTM also invites proposals for new online working groups that will meet during the 2021-2022 academic year, focusing on specialized topics in the history of science, technology or medicine. Applications are due no later than 1 May 2021. Complete details may be found here on the consortium’s website. Contact with any questions regarding working groups.

Registration for the 26th International Congress of History of Science and Technology is Now Open

The ICHST conference, scheduled for 25-31 July 2021, will be a virtual affair instead of in Prague, as originally planned. The theme is “Giants and Dwarfs in Science, Technology, and Medicine.” Further information and registration can be found on the conference website:

CSMBR Webinar Series: Expanding the Limits of Academic Medicine

The Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance (CSMBR) in Pisa, Italy will be hosting the next event of its 2021 webinar series via Zoom on 22 April 2021 from 4-7 pm Central European Time.  Expanding the Limits of Academic Medicine: Pedagogy, Magic, Anatomy, & Surgery explores the different ways in which medicine developed beyond the traditional boundaries of an academic discipline. 

The event is free to attend but registration is required. The CSMBR website contains further information about how to register and about the series.

Inviting Submissions to Backchannels, the 4S Blog

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) invites submissions for its blog, Backchannels, which provides an outlet for students and scholars of Science & Technology Studies (STS) to publish shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community. We are particularly keen to showcase more contributions from Asia, Africa and South America and accept submissions throughout the year. Please reference their editorial guidelines and write directly to submit anything.

SIHS Article Prize for Medieval and Early Modern Italian History

The Society for Italian Historical Studies invites applications from its members for the SIHS Article Prize for Medieval and Early Modern Italian History to be awarded to the best English-language peer-reviewed journal article published in 2020. Full details of eligibility and criteria are available on the society’s website. The award will be presented at the annual SIHS meeting at the American Historical Association in January 2022.

Call for Papers: Art of Illness; History of Medicine and Bioethics

Submissions are invited for a new volume of the Routledge Advances in the History of Bioethics series: Art of Illness; History of Medicine and Bioethics, edited by Wendy Turner, professor of history and adjunct professor of health policy at Augusta University. Please contact Dr. Turner directly via email at with abstract and title if interested. All papers engaging with the themes of the art of illness and deceptions and truths around health and bodies are welcome. Finished papers are due by 1 August 2021. More details about the scope of the volume and what to submit are available on the publisher’s website available via the link above. 

Call for Submissions: SHNH W.T. Stearn Student Essay Prize 

The Society for the History of Natural History is now accepting submissions for the 2021 William T. Stearn Essay Prize, The Prize is awarded to the best original, unpublished essay in the field of the history of natural history by an undergraduate and postgraduate student in full or part-time education. All entries must be received by the Secretary by 31 July 2021. Guidelines for submission and entry form can be found on the society’s website and a poster promoting the prize can be downloaded from this page. The winning entry will normally be published in the Society’s journal Archives of Natural History. The winner receives a cash prize of £300 and a one-year free membership of the Society for the History of Natural History.

National Humanities Alliance Lauds Latest Round of NEH Grants

The following grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities may be of interest to our members:

Gabrielle Hecht (Stanford University), “Inside-Out Earth: Residual Governance Under Extreme Conditions.”

Benjamin Breen (University of California, Santa Cruz), “Experimental Drugs, Cold War Science, and the Future that Never Arrived, 1945–1965.”

Lakshmi Krishnan (Georgetown University), “The Doctor and the Detective: A Cultural History of Diagnosis.”

Bianca Premo (Florida International University), “The Smallest Subject: History, Science and Peru’s Youngest Mother in the World.”

NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship was awarded to the project “Digital Approaches to the Capture and Analysis of Watermarks, Using the Manuscripts of Isaac Newton as a Test Case,” directed by William Newman (Indiana University) as together with co-directors Joel Klein and James Voelkel.  

Olivia Weisser (University of Massachusetts, Boston), “Sex and Disease in Early Modern London.”

Ann Kibbie (Bowdoin College), “Obstetrics and the Disabled Maternal Body in Nineteenth-century Great Britain.”

The Humanities Initiatives: HSIs was awarded to “The HIV Storytelling Project: Narratives from South Texas,” directed by Rachel Pearson (University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio).

News from the Hagley Museum

The “Capitalism and the Senses” conference, organized by the Hagley Museum and Library, explored the sensory history of capitalism—the ways that seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching have shaped, and been shaped by, capitalist processes and social relations. Collectively the papers stress how capitalism has drawn on the embodied power of the senses and, in turn, influenced how sensory experience has developed. Fourteen presentations are available at Copyright is retained by the authors.

Also available on the website are new episodes in the Hagley History Hangout, featuring interviews with authors of books and other researchers who have use of our collections, and members of Hagley staff with their special knowledge of what we have in our stacks. History Hangouts as part of the Hagley from Home initiative by the Hagley Museum and Library. 

HIST: Bulletin for the History of Chemistry Outstanding Paper Award for 2017 

The recipient of the 2017 Paul R. Jones Outstanding Paper Award of the Division of the History of Chemistry of the American Chemical Society is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Carmen Giunta, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY, for his  paper “Isotopes: Identifying the Breakthrough Publication,” Bulletin of the History of Chemistry, v42 (issue 2), 2017, pp. 103-111. The award is presented to the author of the best paper published in the Bulletin during the previous three years 2015, 2016, 2017.

Philosophy of Science to be Published by Cambridge University Press

The Philosophy of Science Association is delighted to announce that they have reached an agreement with Cambridge University Press to publish their flagship journal, Philosophy of Science, beginning in 2022.

More details about this move may be found on the PSA’s website, in their news section (scroll down for this item) and in a statement by President Alison Wylie.

Explore 150 Years of British Science History

Experience 150 years of British science history from the scientists’ perspective in our newest archive to launch on the Wiley Digital Archives platform, the British Association for the Advancement of Science—Collections on the History of Science (1830s-1970s). Available online for the first time ever, this archive collection is the ultimate interdisciplinary and interinstitutional archive. This archive comprises the previously uncatalogued BAAS materials and collections from prestigious British universities, selected by a team of leading History of Science scholars.

Asian Medicine Journal Special Issue TOC: “Medicines and Memories in South Asia”

We are happy to draw your attention to a Special Issue of Asian Medicine that might be of interest: 

SHAC Morris Award: Call for Nominations

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry solicits nominations for the 2021 John and Martha Morris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the History of Modern Chemistry or the History of the Chemical Industry. This award honors the memory of John and Martha Morris, the late parents of Peter Morris, the former editor of the Society’s journal, Ambix, who has contributed the endowment for this award. The recipient chosen to receive the Morris Award will be expected to deliver a lecture at a meeting of SHAC, where the awardee will be presented with an appropriate framed photograph, picture or document and the sum of £300. The award is international in scope, and nominations are invited from anywhere in the world.

New Report from NCSES: Survey of Earned Doctorates

In the last few weeks, the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics within the U.S. National Science Foundation had issued several reports, to include the Survey of Earned Doctorates, an annual census of individuals who receive research doctoral degrees from accredited U.S. academic institutions. This annual report calls attention to major trends in doctoral education.

A few takeaways from the 2019 data:

In 2019, the number of doctorate recipients increased to 55,703. This represents a 1% increase from 2018, below the 3.2% average annual growth since the survey’s inception.

The number of underrepresented minority doctorate recipients (Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and American Indian or Alaska Native) grew to 5,480 in 2019. This represents a 6.7% increase from 2018.

Women continue to be more than half of doctorate recipients in life sciences, psychology and social sciences, education, humanities and arts, and other non-science and engineering (non-S&E) fields. However, they constitute about a third of those in physical sciences and earth sciences and a quarter of those in engineering and in mathematics and computer sciences. You can find this report here:

If you’d like to set up a Zoom interview with the NSF staff behind this report, please email

The Golden Goose Award

The ninth annual Golden Goose Award ceremony, held on 1 December 2020, recognized three teams of scientists whose research has greatly benefited society. For its 2020 recipients, the Golden Goose Award highlighted outstanding examples of researchers whose federally funded research is informing scientific responses to COVID-19, including the development of vaccines and treatments that have the potential to help tackle the global pandemic. This year’s awardees are: Kizzmekia Corbett, Barney Graham, Emmie de Wit, and Vincent Munster; Jason McLellan and Daniel Wrapp; and James Crowe.

HPS&ST Newsletter

Check out past HPS&ST newsletters for related information such as positions, conferences, publications, books, and more: Contributions to the newsletter (publications, thematic issues, conferences, Opinion Page, etc.) are welcome and should be sent to the editor: Michael R. Matthews, UNSW, If you want to subscribe to the list or if you have friends, colleagues or students who would like to subscribe to the list, send a message to:

Online Symposium on Governing Science and Technology

A group of scholars from the Centre Alexandre Koyre in Paris, have organized an online symposium, Governing science and technology, governing through science and technology: what was at stake for women? (From the late 19th to the early 21st century), to be held 1-2 July 2021. Organized in the memory of Larissa Zakharova (1977-2019), a specialist of the Soviet Union who devoted much of her work to the history of technology, this symposium replaces the conference which should have been held in Moscow in June 2020. It will be comprised of seven panels conceived as spaces for research and discussion. The symposium was officially launched on 2 March 2021, with a special session featuring a presentation on the subject of “Governance meets Gender: Retelling Narratives of Authority in Science and Technology,” followed by a discussion among participants, which included HSS members Donald L. Opitz (DePaul University),  Brigitte Van Tiggelen (Science History Institute), Marsha Richmond (Wayne State University) and Pnina Abir-Am (Brandeis University).

2021 Dan David Prize Laureates

Historians of science and medicine Allison Bashford (University of New South Wales), Katharine Parks (Professor Emerita, Harvard University), and Keith Wailoo (Princeton University) were named as the 2021 Dan David Prize laureates, for their contributions to the history of health and medicine, the chosen field for the “Past” category of the prize, which recognizes achievements that “expand knowledge of former times.” This international prize was established in 2001 by the Dan David Foundation to recognize and encourage innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. A recording of the announcement of the 2021 laureates may be viewed on YouTube.

ACLS Leading Edge Fellowships

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the third competition of the Leading Edge Fellowship program, which places recent humanities PhDs with nonprofit organizations committed to promoting social justice in their communities. Applications, which are due on 6 May 2021 by 9pm EDT, will be accepted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system. Full details of the fellowship and eligibility requirementsmay be found via the weblink provided above.

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