January 2020 – HSS News

Meet the New Editorial Advisory Panel of the HSS Newsletter

I am very pleased to announce that the editorial advisory panel, which I had mentioned while introducing myself back in July, is now in place. Panel members represent different disciplinary specialties in the history of science, geographic regions and professional sectors, and will serve in this capacity for anywhere from 13 years. Our prediction that such a panel will improve the coverage and quality of the Newsletter is already being borne out in spades–not only through the direct participation in articles (as will be evident in the next issue) but also by suggesting ideas for people and issues that we may otherwise miss. I am sure that all members are well known in the HSS community, but for this issue, I asked each panel member to re-introduce themselves and share something of their vision for the Newsletter.

Robert Bud (PhD, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, 1980) worked at the Science Museum in London for forty years. Since retirement in 2018 he has taken emeritus status and continues to do research. He has sought to integrate research into nineteenth and twentieth century technoscience, particularly the disciplines around biotechnology, within curatorial work. He is a cofounder of the Artefacts consortium that brings together curators and academics to discuss the interpretation of collections and in his capacity as advisor, hopes to promote not just museum interests but also reflective engagement with the vast non-academic writing of the history of science.

Harold Burstyn, PhD Harvard, received what’s now the Reingold Prize in 1960. His principal position was as the first Historian of the United States Geological Survey; he went to law school when that position was abolished. After 30 years practicing patent and trademark law, he’s returned to the history of science and says that although “advanced age limits my participation in live meetings, I hope to offer through the Newsletter a perspective that goes back to 1947, when I entered college and first learned, probably from the late I. Bernard Cohen, about our subject.”

Pablo F. Gómez is Associate Professor of Medical History and History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His work examines the history of science, and the history of health and corporeality in Latin America, the Caribbean, and, more broadly, the Black Atlantic World. He is interested in promoting the visibility of scholarship in these fields within the HSS community.

Marta Hanson received her PhD in the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Currently Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, she writes on the history of medicine and public health in China and the cross-cultural history of medicine between China and Europe. Broadly involved in the history of science, technology, and medicine in East Asia since graduate school, she plans to encourage more coverage of new developments related to that field as a new member of the HSS Newsletter team.

Minakshi Menon received her PhD in History and Science Studies from the University of California San Diego and now works as a Research Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. She wants to see as much coverage as possible on science in Asia at the HSS, and plans to devote her time as part of the Newsletter team toward making that happen.

Kristine Palmieri is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago. Her research concerns the history of the human sciences and the humanities with a focus on philology. As Co-Chair of the HSS Graduate and Early Career Caucus from 2017–2019, she worked to develop programming that fostered an inclusive and welcoming, as well as collaborative and convivial environment, for junior scholars. She aims to bring perspectives from this community to the Newsletter and thus, to HSS as a whole.

Edna Suárez-Díaz is Full Professor at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), where she received her PhD and has worked since 1996. Between 2005 and 2008 she was a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. She has written on the history and historical epistemology of studies of molecular evolution, and currently she is broadly involved with global history of science, technology and development in the 20th century, with a focus on Mexico and Latin America. As part of the Newsletter team, she wants to promote the participation of Latin American scholars in HSS, and will encourage more coverage of current research happening in this field.

Grad Students and Early Career Scholars Elect First Representative

The graduate student and early career community of HSS has elected Kristine Palmieri (University of Chicago) as its first Early Career Representative (ECR) to speak on their behalf and represent their interests in Council.

The ECR position was created in July 2019 in order in order to establish a mechanism through which information can be shared between this community and the rest of HSS as an organization. The ECR has three primary responsibilities: (1) to present the thoughts and concerns of the graduate and early career community to the HSS Council; (2) to speak and comment on matters discussed in Council from the point of view of this community; (3) to convey pertinent information directly to that community on behalf of the Council.

Kris would like to strongly encourage anyone to contact her with suggestions, comments, and thoughts concerning the matters and issues that they would like to see brought to Council. She can be reached at hss.ecr@gmail.com.

HSS, PSA, and HOPOS Membership Directories

Until quite recently, the membership directories for the three societies—HSS, the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA), and The International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS)—whose journals are published by the University of Chicago Press—were open and accessible to anyone. With the passage of the General Data Protection Regulation and other privacy laws that are soon to become active, however, these directories are now restricted to members only. They are great resources for finding colleagues with similar research interests, and so, we thought it worthwhile to bring this development to the attention of the HSS at large.

New Newsletter Section: From Our Readers

Another new section we are kicking off in this issue of the Newsletter is one that came about because we received the following letter from one of you, our readers (thank you Dr. Beijerinck) and we thought it was a fine opportunity to make such items a regular feature. So whether you wish to respond to this letter or share other experiences, opinions, grievances or whatever else, please write in.

We welcome letters from authors, ideally around 350 words, which are related in some way with the doings or interests of the HSS. All letters must be signed, we will not publish anonymous submissions. We reserve the right to edit and/or refuse submissions for legal ramifications, appropriateness, etc., at our discretion. Published letters are neither endorsed by, nor representative of the views of, the HSS Newsletter, HSS or any of the staff and office bearers.