January 2016 – Member News

Carlo Artemi has published the paper “Giorgio Piccardi a forgotten but great Italian scientist” in History Research, Volume 3, Issue 2. March 2015. His book Un corridoio chiamato scienza (A passage named science) was presented at the Italian festival “Più libri, più liberi” held in Rome 4-8 December 2015.

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Alexandra Bacopoulos-Viau (McGill University) edited with Aude Fauvel a special issue of Medical History: “Tales from the Asylum. Patient Narratives and the (De)construction of Psychiatry.” This volume, which marks the thirtieth anniversary of Roy Porter’s seminal article “Doing Medical History from Below,” explores the varied ways in which patients’ voices have guided psychiatry’s construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction from 1800 to the present (see Medical History, vol. 60, no. 1: January 2016).

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Joe Bassi (Lt Colonel, USAF, Retired, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide) has published A Scientific Peak: The Development of Boulder as a World Center for Space and Atmospheric Science (American Meteorological Society Press, 2015).

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Richard Beyler was appointed Secretary to the Faculty at Portland State University, starting September 2015.

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Andreas W. Daum (SUNY Buffalo) has published a volume jointly edited with James J. Sheehan and Hartmut Lehmann on The Second Generation: Émigrés from Nazi Germany as Historians (Berghahn Books, 2016). It deals with over 100 historians in North America, Great Britain, and Israel who escaped from the Third Reich, including Peter Gay, Walter Laqueur, Gerda Lerner, George L. Mosse, Fritz Stern, Gerald Holton, and Gert Brieger. In the book, historians reflect on the autobiographical testimonies, thus illuminating the moving life stories of these men and women, helping the reader understand these historians’ memories of Europe, the cultural capital they carried with them, and the role they played in modern historiography.

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Brian K. Hall (Dalhousie University) received an Honorary LL.D from The University of Calgary in June 2014. He has recently published a new book, titled Bones and Cartilage: Developmental and Evolutionary Skeletal Biology (Elsevier/Academic Press, 2015) which won a 2015 BMA Medical Book Award.

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Marieke Hendriksen (currently postdoc at the University of Groningen) will work as a postdoctoral researcher within Sven Dupré’s ERC project ARTECHNE at Utrecht University as of 1 Feb 2016. Her article, “Anatomical Mercury: Changing Understandings of Quicksilver, Blood, and the Lymphatic System, 1650–1800,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (2015) 70 (4): 516-548, is now available in print.

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Pamela M. Henson, Historian, Institutional History, (Smithsonian Institution Archives) has been awarded the 2015 Herbert Feis Award for distinguished contributions to public history from the American Historical Association.

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Layne Karafantis was recently appointed curator of the modern military aircraft collection at the National Air and Space Museum, after receiving her PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 2015.

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Henk Kubbinga (University of Groningen) edited volumes III and IV of The Collected Papers of Frits Zernike (1888-1966) (Groningen University Press, 2016) which feature English translations of Zernike’s papers, as published, 2012, in volumes I and II. He is preparing a fifth and last volume providing “Introductions” to those papers, “Bibliographies,” “Indexes,” and “Addenda.” He also worked on the first volume of a series on Making molecularism (Groningen University Press, 2016). This volume features an overview of the historiography of the (atomic and) molecular theory since 2001, together with a section of “Selected papers” (in English translation) and an exhaustive “Bibliography.” One of the outcomes of this balance sheet is a new deduction of Planck’s constant.

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Fresh from her labors as the 2015 History of Science Society Program co-chair with Florence Hsia, Susan E. Lederer (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health) will spend spring 2016 in North Carolina. She will be the Nannerl O. Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. In addition to co-teaching a course with UNC professor Rebecca Walker on the history and ethics of human and animal experimentation for both Duke and UNC undergraduates, she will deliver the Nannerl O. Keohane Lecture.

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Yii-Jan Lin (Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley) has published The Erotic Life of Manuscripts: New Testament Textual Criticism and the Biological Sciences (Oxford University Press, 2016). This is a critical history of the field of textual criticism (the study of ancient manuscript transmission) and its use of methodologies and metaphors drawn from the natural sciences from the 18th century to the present, including classification, natural selection, genomics, and phylogenetics.

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Jemma Lorenat recently began a position as an assistant professor at Pitzer College in the history of mathematics.

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Keith A. Nier co-edited the just-published two-part Volume 9: Historical Perspectives of The Encyclopedia of Mass Spectrometry. The two are: Part A: The Development of Mass Spectrometry, Keith A. Nier, Alfred L. Yergey, and P. Jane Gale, eds. Elsevier, 2015, and Part B: Notable People in Mass Spectrometry, Keith A. Nier, Alfred L. Yergey, and P. Jane Gale, eds., Elsevier, 2015.

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Donald L. Opitz (DePaul University), Staffan Bergwik, and Brigitte Van Tiggelen have published their edited volume, Domesticity in the Making of Modern Science (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Its fourteen chapters challenge the historiographical opposition between science and the home through detailed analyses of developments in astronomy, chemistry, horticulture, engineering, meteorology, natural history, oceanography, physics, and radio technology.

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Seth C. Rasmussen (North Dakota State University) has published the edited volume Chemical Technology in Antiquity (American Chemical Society, 2015). This volume is part of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Symposium Series (volume 1211) and is based on the popular symposium of the same name held at the National ACS Meeting in Denver this last spring. Topics include the history of mineral pigments, pottery, fermented beverages, metals and alloys, organic dyes, leather tanning, perfumes, soap, and glass.

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Howard Segal, Professor of History (University of Maine), received the Lyman Tower Sargent Award for Distinguished Scholarship at the annual meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies in November 2015.

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Efram Sera-Shriar began a permanent position as Lecturer of Modern History at Leeds Trinity University, in January 2016.

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Carlos Eduardo Sierra C. (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) has published the following articles: (1) “Cajal frente a la pseudociencia: su vigencia,” in Serrablo, Año XLV, N° 173 (Nov 2015); (2) “New articles on the history of astronomy” in Circular de la Red de Astronomía de Colombia. Nos 812, 814, 816, 818, 819, 821 and 823; (3) “La esencia del legado de Cajal en Latinoamérica,” in Comarca (Asociación Promoción Integral de Ayerbe y Comarca, APIAC). N° 86 (Jul-Sept 2015); (4) (with Horacio Antonio Serna S.) “El Canon de Avicena como un precursor de la primera ley de la termodinámica,” in Revista de Historia (revistadehistoria.es), 13 November 2015.

He also serves as the Coordinator of the Laboratory of Thermodynamics, Faculty of Mines, at the National University of Colombia.

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Mark Solovey’s (University of Toronto) book Shaky Foundations: The Politics-Patronage-Social Science Nexus in Cold War America (Rutgers University Press) has just been published in paperback (2015pb/2013hb).

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Alain Touwaide (research associate at the Smithsonian Institution and Scientific Director of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions) is a visiting professor at UCLA for the fall and winter terms. During the fall term, he taught one class on “The Legacy of Ancient Medicine”, while in January and February 2016 he will teach two classes: “Venoms, Poisons, and Medicines from Antiquity to the Renaissance”, open to all students across campus, at all levels, and “Books of Science/Science of the Book” for graduate students.

Touwaide also wrote the entry “Medicine,” in the Handbook of Medieval Culture. Fundamental Aspects and Conditions of the European Middle Ages, edited by Albrecht Classen (Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2015, pp. 954-998) and, with Emanuela Appetiti, authored the article “Food and Medicines in the Mediterranean tradition. A Systematic Analysis of the Earliest Extant Body of Textual Evidence,” published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 167, 2015, pp. 11-29. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2014.10.035. He has also been appointed as an Associate of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA.

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Raf Vanderstraeten (Ghent University, Belgium) and Frederic Vandermoere (University of Antwerp, Belgium) published the article “Disciplined by the discipline: A social-epistemic fingerprint of the history of science” in Science in Context (vol. 28: 195-214, 2015). On the basis of an empirical analysis of the HSS flagship journal Isis, they show how the process of discipline-building in history of science has led its practitioners to be socialized and sensitized in relatively strong intra-disciplinary terms, with minimal interdisciplinary openness. See http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9700884&fileId=S0269889715000058

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Scott A. Walter recently joined the University of Nantes as Professor of Epistemology and History of Science and Technology, and Associate Director of the François-Viète Center for Epistemology and History of Science and Technology.

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Andreas Weber (University of Twente, The Netherlands) will be a researcher in the four-year project Making Sense of Handwritten Illustrated Archives. The project develops an advanced and user-friendly online service to search and connect scientific heritage. The project is centered around one of the top collections of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden: the archive of the “Committee for Natural History,” which contains a rich verbal and pictorial account of nature, cultures, and economics in the Indonesian archipelago (1820-1850). The project is financed by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the publishing house Brill in Leiden. It also involves natural history experts from Naturalis Biodiversity Center Leiden and computer scientists from the universities in Leiden (LIACS) and Groningen (ALICE). Learn more here: https://www.utwente.nl/en/news/!/2015/10/336279/university-of-twente-partner-in-research-on-handwriting-and-image-recognition

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Per Wisselgren (Umeå University) has published a new book: The Social Scientific Gaze: The Social Question and the Rise of Academic Social Science in Sweden (Ashgate, 2015). https://www.routledge.com/products/9781472447593