January 2015 – News from the Profession

CHM Hosts Second Annual Festival of Medical History and the Arts: “Vesalius 500: Art, Anatomy, and the Body.”

Festival Curator Riva Lehrer, left, and Center Director Dr. Lisa O’Sullivan

Festival Curator Riva Lehrer, left, and Center Director Dr. Lisa O’Sullivan

Over 400 people attended the Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health’s (New York Academy of Medicine) second annual Festival of Medical History and the Arts on Saturday, 18 Oct. “Vesalius 500: Art, Anatomy, and the Body” celebrated the 500th birthday of anatomist Andreas Vesalius.

The day-long event explored the intersection of anatomy and the arts with a far-reaching roster of performers and presenters, including Heidi Latsky’s “GIMP” Dance Project; the comics artists of Graphic Medicine; Sander Gilman on posture controlling the unruly body; Alice Dreger on inventing the medical photograph; Bill Hayes on researching hidden histories of medicine; Steven Assael, Ann Fox and Chun-shan (Sandie) Yi on anatomy in contemporary art; Chase Joynt’s Resisterectomy, a meditation on surgery and gender; Brandy Schillace on ambivalent depictions of female anatomy in the 18th century; Lisa Rosner on famous body snatchers Burke and Hare; the art of anatomical atlases with Michael Sappol; medical 3D printing demos by ProofX; anatomical painting directly on skin with Kriota Willberg; Daniel Garrison on translating Vesalius for modern audiences; Jeff Levine and Michael Nevins on revisiting the Fabrica frontispiece; and others. Center staff conducted tours of the rare book room and presented an exhibit based on NYAM’s collections: Brains, Brawn, & Beauty: Andreas Vesalius and the Art of Anatomy. In addition, festival attendees could sign up for four hands-on art and anatomy workshops. For further information and for thoughts on the Festival by guest Curator Riva Lehrer, see Reflections on “Art, Anatomy and the Body: Vesalius 500”.

Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University in the City of New York has founded a Center for Science and Society (http://scienceandsociety.columbia.edu/) that brings together a wide variety of scholars and practitioners in the human, social, and natural sciences from Columbia’s campus and the New York City metropolitan area to support interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach about the roles of science, technology, medicine, and public health in past and present societies. The Center is supported by an initial start up grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

New ISHPSSB Prize

The International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) seeks submissions for the newly inaugurated Werner Callebaut Prize.

This prize is intended to advance the careers of younger scholars working at the intersection of the fields represented by ISHPSSB. The 2015 prize will be awarded to the best manuscript utilizing an interdisciplinary approach based on a presentation at one of the two previous ISHPSSB meetings (Salt Lake City or Montpellier) by someone who was, at the time of presentation, a graduate student.

The prize is named in honor of Werner Callebaut, whose untimely death in 2014 (at which time he was serving as the President of ISHPSSB) inflicted a serious blow to the philosophy of biology community worldwide. Werner’s mentorship and guidance has benefitted the intellectual and personal development of countless philosophers and scientists over the last twenty years, and contributed greatly to making sure that philosophical and scientific work evolve in constructive dialogue and reciprocal respect. His work reached creatively across fields of relevance to the philosophical understanding of biology (comprising areas as far removed as economics, evolutionary biology, history, sociology and cognitive science), as well as across national cultures, languages and traditions (most notably the ‘continental-analytic’ divide among philosophers of science), hence making a prize focused on interdisciplinarity most appropriate, especially for ISHSSPB which explicitly encourages interdisiciplinary approaches.

The award will consist of a certificate and an award of $500, as well as a permanent record of the award on a plaque which circulates every two years to the current winners. Submissions may be simultaneously considered for the Grene and the Callebaut prizes, but a paper may not be awarded both prizes. Submissions should be in the form of a paper accepted by or prepared for submission to a professional journal with an indication of the journal in question, along with a brief statement detailing the interdisciplinarity represented in the manuscript. An electronic copy, in Microsoft Word or PDF format, should be emailed to the Chair of the Callebaut Prize Committee, Rachel A. Ankeny, rachel.ankeny@adelaide.edu.au, no later than 15 February 2015. The winning paper will be announced at the 2015 meeting in Montréal. The committee reserves the right not to make an award, or to split the award.

To make donations to the prize fund in honor of Werner, please visit the ISH donations page at http://ishpssb.onefireplace.com/page-154695, or make a donation when renewing your membership or registering for the conference.

The History of Science Society Fellowship in the History of Space Science

The History of Science Society Fellowship in the History of Space Science, supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) History Division, funds a nine-month research project that is related to any aspect of the history of space science, from the earliest human interest in space to the present. The program is broadly conceived and includes the social, cultural, institutional and personal context of space-science history. Proposals of advanced research in history related to all aspects of the history of space science are eligible. Sciences of space and sciences affected by data and concepts developed in connection with space exploration include astronomy, Earth science, optics, meteorology, oceanography, and physiology. The fellowship is open to applicants who hold a doctoral degree in history or a closely related field, or students who have completed all requirements for the PhD, except the dissertation, in history of science or a related field.

What is Space Science?

The history of space science predates the founding of NASA. For example, the organizers of the International Geophysical Year (1957–1958) realized the important contributions spacecraft data could make to science, and the launch of Explorer I in 1958 demonstrated that feasibility with its discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts. In addition, scientific questions that motivated spaces sciences and scientific principles from which it evolved have even earlier roots.

Sciences of space and sciences affected by data and concepts developed in connection with space exploration include astronomy, Earth science, optics, meteorology, oceanography, and physiology. Space science has implications for our understanding of the moon and planets, fields and particles in space, celestial bodies beyond the solar system such as stars and galaxies, the Earth itself, and the life sciences, especially exobiology. Some works on space science are listed at the NASA History Office Web site: http://history.nasa.gov/.

The Fellowship term is for a period of nine months. The Fellow will be expected to devote the term largely to the proposed research project. The stipend is intended for a nine-month fellowship during the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. For further details on the stipend, please email info@hssonline.org. The starting and ending dates within that period are flexible. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees. Sources of anticipated support must be listed in the application form. The stipend for 2015–16 will be $21,250.

The application deadline for the 2015–16 Fellowship is Monday, 30 March 2015. Further details and application materials can be found at https://hssonline.org/employment/fellowship-in-the-history-of-space-science/.

Paul Farber to Deliver AAAS Sarton Lecture

Paul FarberThis year’s George Sarton Memorial Lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Science, to be delivered at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in San Jose, California, 15 Feb 2015, is Paul Farber, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Modern Life Sciences, Intellectual History, Oregon State University. His title is “Darwinian Evolution and Human Race.” A former president of HSS, Dr. Farber’s background in zoology and active interest in ornithology led him to the study of the naturalist tradition from the early 18th century through the 20th century, with emphasis on the development of systematic methods for cataloging and analyzing the natural world. He also began research into evolutionary ethics and the results of biological evolution on the shaping of philosophy and psychology. This work eventually resulted in the publication of Finding Order in Nature: The Naturalist Tradition from Linnaeus to E.O. Wilson and The Temptations of Evolutionary Ethics. In addition to his research and administrative duties, Paul took an active role in organizing publications and events for the history of science community, serving as an editor and contributor for several journals including the Journal of the History of Biology and Endeavour. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he has published more than three dozen books, articles, and reviews and received honors and awards from Oregon State University, the Phi Alpha Phi Honor Society, and the History of Science Society. He currently studies the evolution of scientific thought, with an emphasis on race-mixing in the United States as a social and scientific phenomenon. In 2011, he published From Scientific Racism to Modern Evolutionary Ideas.

ISH in Montréal

The organization of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology conference (ISHPSSB 2015) is now under way. All relevant information can be found on the conference website: ishpssb2015.uqam.ca

Key dates:

  • The conference is planned from Sunday afternoon, 5 July till Friday, 10 July 2015.
  • The call for abstracts is open since early October and up until 15 January 2015.
  • And early bird registration will start in January 2015.

General inquiries about the conference should be directed to Dr. Mathieu Charbonneau: ishpssb2015@gmail.com

New Dissertations

You can view the latest batch of recent doctoral dissertations harvested from the issues 75-04 A and B of Dissertation Abstracts pertaining to the history of Science and Medicine at the following URL: http://www.hsls.pitt.edu/histmed/dissertations.

ProQuest has altered how they put out their individual issues. No longer do they correlate to one month, so the dating is more random. Thus titles will range from 2015—yes they have some 2015 dates—back into the late 1990s. Our thanks to Jonathon Erlen for compiling this list.

ANC-HPS Workshop

The Australian National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science (which is sponsored by the Australian Academy of Science) recently sponsored a workshop entitled “Theory Meets Practice: Master Class in Science Engagement and Policy Making.” The event brought together more than eighty people at the Shine Dome in Canberra and also was live streamed. Attendees included historians, policymakers, science communicators, regulators, engineers, and people working in industry, among others. Six sessions involving pairs of speakers—one from a “theory” perspective and one from a “practice”perspective—covered a range of topics including involving the public in policymaking, biobanking and indigenous populations, communication of science to the public via popular media and museums, climate change communication, food labelling and regulation, and big data. Key themes included the limits of regulation, breaking down assumptions about the public (particularly relating to the “deficit” model), uses of narratives to engage the public, and the centrality of trust in policymaking processes. For more information, please see https://www.science.org.au/events/theory-meets-practice-master-class-science-engagement-and-policy-making.

Cheiron CFP

Proposals are now being accepted for the 47th annual meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences. We invite papers, posters, symposia/panels, or workshops that deal with any aspect of the history of the human, behavioral, and social sciences or related historiographical and methodological issues. The conference will be held at University of Kansas, Lawrence (about 45 minutes from Kansas City) with Edward K. Morris and Ruth Ann Atchley as local co-hosts. The meeting will take place beginning Thursday, 18 June, to Sunday, 21 June 2015. Proposals are due by 15 January 2015 at 5 p.m. EST via email to jennbazar@gmail.com. For the full CFP and submission details, please see https://www.uakron.edu/cheiron/annual-meeting/2015.dot

The Montréal Summer School in the History of Science and Economics

Sponsored by the History of Economics Society, and hosted by the Interuniversity Centre for Research in Science and Technology (CIRST) and the Economics Department at ESG-UQAM

At several points in the history of science, economists have been significant players in shaping the landscape of research. Specifically, during World War II and the Cold War, economic rationality became a major benchmark of the transformation of the institutions of science. Historians of science have increasingly acknowledged the complex role played by economists and their ideas, just as historians of economics increasingly connect their narratives to larger developments in the sciences in general. This five full-day summer school, 14–19 July 2015, with established scholars from both fields, will provide students in the history of science with the knowledge necessary to contextualize the tradition of economics, and students in the history of economics with a larger knowledge of general topics in recent history of science.

Speakers

  • Hunter Heyck (The University of Oklahoma)
  • Judy Klein (Mary Baldwin College)
  • Thomas C. Leonard (Princeton University)
  • Ted Porter (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Thomas Stapleford (University of Notre Dame)
  • E. Roy Weintraub (Duke University)

Admissions and Scholarship

Applications are open for all PhD and post-doc students in the history of science, history of economics and neighboring fields. Applications by Master’s students will also be considered. Given that the intention is to encourage significant interaction, the number of participants is limited to 20. Applications should include a letter of motivation outlining the applicant’s graduate research project (1-2 pages) and one short reference letter. Students will have the opportunity to present their research projects. There is no participation fee. Students will provide for their accommodation and travel expenses. All students can apply for (limited) travel funding.

  • Deadline for applications is 1 March 2015.
  • Local Organizers: Till Düppe, Alessandro Barattieri, Juan Carvajalino, and Yves Gingras.

For more information see http://www.cirst.uqam.ca/en-us/activities/summerschool2015.aspx or contact Till Düppe (duppe.till@uqam.ca)

The Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University

The Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University is now accepting Fellowship Applications for the 2015–2016 academic year. For a complete description of the Fellowship Program and how to apply, please visit the Center website at: http://hope.econ.duke.edu/

For full consideration, applicants should have their completed applications in by 10 January 2015.

Digital Einstein

Princeton University Press, in partnership with Tizra, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and California Institute of Technology, announces the launch of THE DIGITAL EINSTEIN PAPERS (http://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu). This unique, authoritative resource provides full public access to the translated and annotated writings of the most influential scientist of the twentieth century: Albert Einstein.

THE DIGITAL EINSTEIN PAPERS website presents the complete contents of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, and, upon its launch, the website—http://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu—will contain 5,000 documents covering the first forty-four years of Einstein’s life, up to and including the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics and his long voyage to the Far East. Additional material will be available on the website approximately eighteen months after the print publication of new volumes of The Collected Papers. Eventually, the website will provide access to all of Einstein’s writings and correspondence, accompanied by scholarly annotation and apparatus.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein is one of the most ambitious publishing ventures ever undertaken in the documentation of the history of science. Selected from among more than 40,000 documents contained in Einstein’s personal collection, and 15,000 Einstein and Einstein-related documents discovered by the editors since the beginning of the Einstein Project, The Collected Papers provides the first complete picture of a massive written legacy. When completed, the series will contain more than 14,000 documents as full text and will fill thirty volumes. The volumes are published by Princeton University Press, sponsored by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and supported by the California Institute of Technology (http://www.einstein.caltech.edu/).

New Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Announced

I am delighted to announce that U.S. Congressman Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., a research physicist and former teacher, has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals. Dr. Holt will transition to AAAS after his eighth term of service ends on Capitol Hill, during the association’s 2015 Annual Meeting, 12–16 February, in San Jose, California.

Efforts to advance science, promote public engagement with science and technology, and ensure that accurate scientific information informs policy decisions—core AAAS activities—have also been central to Dr. Holt’s long record of public service. He has represented Central New Jersey (12th District) since 1999. He earned his BA degree in physics from Carleton College, and he completed his Master’s and doctoral degrees at New York University. A former AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, he has held positions as a teacher and as an arms control expert at the U.S. Department of State. From 1989 until 1998, he served as Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Dr. Holt has a long track record of advocacy for federal investment in research and development, science education, and innovation. He has also broadly promoted the value of science communication, particularly for conveying the urgency of climate change, and he has said that “thinking like a scientist” can benefit the policymaking process. Incidentally, he is a five-time “Jeopardy!” champion, who famously beat the IBM supercomputer Watson in a simulated exhibition game intended to help promote innovation.

Dr. Holt will succeed Dr. Alan Leshner, who has been a fabulous leader for AAAS for the past 13 years. Alan’s legacy at AAAS will include the launch of a far-reaching Transformation Initiative and the association’s first open-access journal, Science Advances; leadership to promote international research cooperation and science diplomacy; the association’s productive Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology; and a wide array of other efforts to ensure that scientific advances benefit society. Please join me in thanking Alan for his tremendous service, and in welcoming Rush as the new AAAS CEO and Science executive publisher.

Phillip A. Sharp
Chair, AAAS Board of Directors

BSHS and Cambridge Launch New Open Access History of Science Journal

Cambridge University Press and the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) are pleased to announce their partnership to launch a new, peer-reviewed, open access, thematic journal, for the history of science. A call for proposals for the first volume of BJHS Themes has been released, seeking thematic collections of papers that animate, provoke and inspire the scholarly community.

Each volume of the journal will be free to read online from the date of its publication. By launching the journal in this way, the BSHS and Cambridge will encourage widespread engagement with the important ideas each volume will present, stimulating public and scholarly debate that will enhance our collective understanding of science in history. To fully promote onward exploration of each volume’s theme, the journal will use a Creative Commons license that permits re-use and dissemination.

BJHS Themes’ unique offering includes a rigorous pre-publication peer-review process, consistent with the top history journals, and the society will provide support to enable all authors, regardless of their funding status, to participate.

The journal will be edited by Jon Agar of University College London, who said, “I’m delighted to be leading, as editor, this new open access journal. Too often, edited collections have hidden their insights, stories and analysis from their readers. I’m looking forward to hosting some great, public debates about the vital place of science in past societies and cultures.”

Greg Radick, President of the British Society for the History of Science, said, “the British Journal for the History of Science has long enjoyed a reputation around the world as one of the best journals in our field. BJHS Themes will carry on that tradition of excellence, for the benefit of a truly global readership.”

Daniel Pearce, Senior Commissioning Editor at Cambridge University Press, said, “we are delighted to be partnering with the BSHS to launch this bold new journal, breaking new ground in both history of science research and in academic publishing.” Further information:

Pacific Circle’s New Website

The Pacific Circle’s Website is up and running at http://thepacificcircle.com, with new content being added periodically. The site includes all past issues of the Bulletin and Newsletter, documents from past conferences, useful links to affiliated groups, and a blog with announcements regarding upcoming events, members’ publications, and more. Circle members can also submit their own announcements for posting on the blog by emailing thepacificcircle@gmail.com.

Public Scholar Program

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced a new grant opportunity, the Public Scholar Program, intended to support well-researched books in the humanities that have been conceived and written to reach a broad readership. Books supported through the Public Scholar Program might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Most importantly, they should present significant humanities topics in a way that is accessible to general readers. The Public Scholar Program is open to both independent scholars and individuals affiliated with scholarly institutions. It offers a stipend of $4,200 per month for a period of six to twelve months. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a twelve-month period. Applicants must have previously published a book or monograph with a university or commercial press, or articles and essays that reach a wide readership. Application guidelines and a list of F.A.Q.s for the Public Scholar Program are available on the NEH’s website at http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/public-scholar-program. The application deadline for the first cycle is 3 March 2015. Recipients may begin the term of the grant as early as 1 Oct 2015 or as late as 1 Sept 2016. The official press release for the new program is available here: http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2014-12-01.

History of Science Books: Pickstone Prize Shortlist Announced

A new biennial prize will be awarded in December 2014 by the British Society for the History of Science for “the best scholarly book in the history of science (broadly construed) in English.” It is named in honor of Professor John Pickstone, the University of Manchester historian of science, technology and medicine who sadly died in 2014.

The rubric states, “The winning book should mark a major advance in the understanding and interpretation of the scientific past.” The judges have chosen a worthy shortlist, and they deserve congratulations and readers beyond the academy.

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/science/the-h-word/2014/nov/17/history-science-books-pickstone-prize-shortlist

Allan Nevins Prize

The Allan Nevins Prize is awarded annually by the Society for American Historians for the best-written doctoral dissertation on an American subject. The prizewinning work is published by one of the distinguished houses that support the prize: Basic Books; Bloomsbury Press; Cambridge University Press; University of Chicago Press; Columbia University Press; Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Hill and Wang; Harvard University Press; Henry Holt; Alfred A. Knopf; W. W. Norton and Company; University of North Carolina Press; Oxford University Press; University of Pennsylvania Press; Princeton University Press; Random House; Simon and Schuster; and Yale University Press. The prize is named in honor of the society’s founder and first president.

Purpose

To honor dissertations for literary distinction and for making a significant contribution to historical knowledge. Prize: A certificate and two thousand dollars, and publication by one of the publishers listed above. A certificate will be presented to the dissertation sponsor. The prize will be awarded at the annual meeting of the society in New York in May, 2015.

Eligibility

The society defines history broadly and welcomes manuscripts on American arts, literature, and science, as well as biographical studies of Americans in any walk of life. The dissertation must have been defended or the PhD degree received in the previous calendar year, between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014. Dissertations already accepted for publication are not eligible.

Submission

Dissertations should be submitted by the chair of the department awarding the degree or by the dissertation sponsor. Please submit a digital copy, preferably in PDF form, as well as one hard copy, which should be bound in an effective yet inexpensive fashion. The hard copy will not be returned.

The nomination letter should include complete contact information for the student, including a telephone number and an email address that will be valid as of spring 2014. The nomination letter need state these facts and no others. No department may submit more than two dissertations.

Deadline

The digital and hard copies should be submitted no later than 31 January 2015, to:

Professor Andie Tucher
Columbia Journalism School
2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
amhistsociety@columbia.edu.
http://sah.columbia.edu/content/information-0

Call for Submissions: European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH) Book Prize

Application deadline

1 March 2015

Sponsoring Institution

The European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH)

The European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH) invites submissions for its book prize, awarded for the third time. The prize is designed for a monograph, published in or after 2013, which explains and interprets in a particularly rich, nuanced and/or innovative manner any topic related to the history of European medicine or health of any period and any region. The prize involves an award of €3000 (granted through the generous support of the Dutch Stichting Historia Medicinae and the German Robert Bosch Stiftung) and will be presented at the biennial conference of the association in September 2015. Information on the last two winners can be found on the EAHMH website: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/mds/centres/eahmh/prizes/index.aspx. Publishers as well as authors themselves can submit applications. To consider nominations, the jury will need three paper copies of the book by 1 March 2015.

Mailing Address

iborowy@ukaachen.de
PD Dr. Iris Borowy
Institut für Geschichte, Ethik und Theorie der Medizin
RWTH Aachen
Tel.: +49 241 80 85611
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/mds/centres/eahmh/prizes/index.aspx

2015 James T. Cushing Memorial Prize—Call for Nominations

The family, students, friends, and colleagues of Jim Cushing are pleased once again to solicit nominations for the James T. Cushing Prize in the History and Philosophy of Physics. In recognition of Jim’s well-known role as a nurturer of new talent in the profession, this annual prize is intended to recognize and reward the work of younger scholars. The next winner will receive $2,000 and an invitation to deliver a paper in the University of Notre Dame’s History and Philosophy of Science Colloquium series during the 2015–2016 academic year. Work is eligible by nomination only. Eligible are all papers in the history and philosophy of physics published by a younger scholar within the three years prior to the current call for nominations (i.e., published no earlier than October 2011). Without defining “younger scholar,” our intention is to favor work produced by scholars who are no more than five years or so beyond completion of the PhD or, in a comparable way, new to the fields of the history and philosophy of physics. Nominated work will be evaluated by a committee drawn from the members of the Advisory Committee. A nomination should consist of a brief description of the significance of the nominated work and such information about the author as the nominator might think helpful to the evaluation committee (e.g., an abbreviated c.v.). The deadline for receipt of nominations is 1 March 2015. The winner will be announced in May 2015. Nominations will be accepted by mail, fax, and email.

  • By Mail:
    Cushing Memorial Prize
    Program in History and Philosophy of Science
    453 Geddes Hall
    University of Notre Dame
    Notre Dame, IN 46556
  • By Fax:
    574-631-7418 (“Cushing Memorial Prize Nomination” on cover sheet).
  • By Email:
    Cushing.Prize.1@nd.edu
  • Contact Information:
    Darrin Snyder Belousek
    darrin.w.snyderbelousek@gmail.com

Support for Research at The Bakken: Research Travel Grant and Visiting Research Fellowship

The Bakken (Minneapolis, MN) awards short-term fellowships and travel grants to scholars and artists to support research using The Bakken’s library and artifact collections. The subject of the collections is the history of electricity and magnetism (with a focus on their roles in the life sciences and medicine) and include approximately 11,000 books, journals, and manuscripts, and 2,200 instruments, medical devices, and other artifacts. The awards are to be used to help defray the expenses of travel, subsistence and other direct costs of conducting research at The Bakken for researchers who must travel some distance and pay for temporary lodging in the Twin Cities in order to conduct research at The Bakken.

Visiting research fellowships are awarded up to a maximum of $1,500; the minimum period of residence is two weeks, and preference is given to researchers who are interested in collaborating informally with Bakken staff for a short time during their research visit. Research travel grants are awarded up to a maximum of $500 (domestic) and $750 (foreign); the minimum period of residence is one week. Applications are due 9 March 2015 and travel must be completed by 1 December 2015.

The library collection includes works in early physics (natural philosophy) and early works on magnetic cures, electrotherapeutics, electrophysiology, and their accompanying instrumentation. The Bakken Library also possesses a fine collection of primary sources in mesmerism, animal magnetism, and hypnotism, and works documenting the history of para-psychology, psychical research, and phrenology. Significant holdings include many of the writings of Hauksbee, Nollet, Franklin, Mesmer, Galvani, Volta, Matteucci, Du Bois-Reymond, Marey, and Einthoven. Also of interest to researchers are small collections of 19th-century medical and electro-medical ephemera, trade catalogues and price lists, and miscellaneous scientists’ letters from the 18th-20th centuries.

The artifact collection comprises objects from the 18th century to the present, including electrostatic generators by George Adams, Edward Nairne, John Cuthbertson and others; magneto-electric generators; medical stimulators designed by Duchenne; induction coils; physiological instrumentation by E.J. Marey; recording devices; cardiac pacing devices; and accessories. Unorthodox devices are well-represented and include electric belts and hairbrushes, magnetic applicators, and radionics equipment.

For more information, application guidelines, or to access collections catalogues, visit www.thebakken.org/research

notre-dame-adNDXII Twelfth Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop

University of Notre Dame
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
June 24–28, 2015

Astronomy and Authority

Invited speaker: Michio Yano, Professor of Faculty of Cultural Studies, Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan, and editor of the journal SCIAMVS: Sources and Commentaries in Exact Sciences

Call for Papers: Open through March 1, 2015. Please contact Liz Hamm at elizabeth.hamm@stmarys-ca.edu by March 1 or visit the NDXII web page  for details. Proposals that address the theme receive preference, but all proposals will be considered.

www.nd.edu/~histast/