January 2020 – Member News

Ana Barahona (National Autonomous University of Mexico) became a Member of the Board of Governors of the UNAM. The Board was created in 1945 and is composed of fifteen distinguished members of the academic community elected by the University Council and, on specific occasions, by the Board itself. Among its responsibilities is the appointment of the Rector and the directors of the faculties, schools, and institutes, as well as the appointment of the members of the University Board.

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Assembling the Tropics: Science and Medicine in Portugal's Empire, 1450–1700Hugh Cagle (University of Utah) received the 2019 Leo Gershoy Award from the American Historical Association for his first book, Assembling the Tropics: Science and Medicine in Portugal’s Empire, 1450–1700 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018).

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Elly Dekker (Independent scholar) presented a lecture, “The celestial globe of Gerbert d’Aurillac: Its place in the history of celestial cartography,” at a symposium on Friday 7 June 2019 in Paris, which will be published in La revue Cartes & Géomatique.

Decker also presented a lecture, “The construction of globe gores: Theory and Practice in the sixteenth and seventeenth century,” at the 14th International Symposium for the Study of Globes held 2–5 October 2019 in Zurich, which will be published in Globe Studies.

Dekker is also conducting research in cooperation with Kristen Lippincott, “Translation and analysis of the first celestial atlas published by Alessandro Piccolomini in his De le Stelle Fisse in 1540.”

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Ryan Feigenbaum (History of Science Society) recently released The Capitalizer, a web app for automatically capitalizing titles according to the style rules of the AP, APA, CMS, MLA, or NYT. The website may be useful to scholars, writers, and students who need to ensure that their titles are in the correct format for bibliographies, conference programs, and presentations.

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Adam Fix (University of Minnesota) published “Esperienza, Teacher of All Things: Vincenzo Galilei’s Music as Artisanal Epistemology” in Nuncius 34, no. 3 (December 2019): 535–574.

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Patrick R. Girard (Université de Lyon) published “Histoire de la Relativité Générale d’Einstein: Développement Conceptuel de la Théorie” a French translation of his 1981 PhD thesis, “The Conceptual Development of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity” (University of Wisconsin-Madison USA, 1981) supplemented with explanatory tables, an index and some commentary.

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Bert Hansen (Baruch College of CUNY, emeritus) published the online report “How Renaissance Princes Pursued Beauty in Science” for Distillations, which is published by the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation). The piece calls attention to a most unusual history of science exhibit and catalog at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York: Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe. The 150 items in the exhibit include not only the expected clocks and clockwork and fabulous automata, but also an alchemical smelting oven, an odometer, and the unique wire-drawing bench that pulled gold and silver wire through successively smaller dies to make them finer and finer. Many of the treasures are borrowed from historic Kunstkammern located in Dresden and Kassel, but Paris is represented, and a surprising number were already at the Met, even if not usually on display.

Some Newsletter readers will have seen reports of the tragic heist of historic jewelry from Dresden’s Gruenes Gewoelbe around Thanksgiving. Fortunately, the world’s largest, flawless green diamond was safe at that time on loan to the Met. Historians of science who can get to New York before the show closes on 1 March 2020 will want to avail themselves of a unique opportunity. For the rest, and for their institutions’ libraries, the Met has published a sumptuous catalogue with scholarly essays and comprehensive entries on each item.

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An Introduction to Fractional CalculusHans J. Haubold (United Nations) and A. M. Mathai published An Introduction to Fractional Calculus (New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2019).

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Ton van Helvoort (independent scholar), Neeraja Sankaran (editor, HSS Newsletter), and Gerard van Doornum (Erasmus MC) are pleased to announce that their book Leeuwenhoek’s Legatees and Beijerinck’s Beneficiaries: A history of medical virology in the Netherlands (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020) will be out in February 2020. More information is available on the publisher’s website.

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Marieke Hendriksen (Royal Netherlands Academy of Art and Science) is one of twelve young Dutch researchers to receive an inaugural KNAW Early Career Award. The Award, a sum of €15,000 and an art object, is aimed at researchers in the Netherlands at the start of their career who are capable of developing innovative and original research ideas.

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Margaret Jacob (University of California, Los Angeles) was made a fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Frank James (University College London) has left the Royal Institution and moved completely to the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London. His new e-mail address is frank.james@ucl.ac.uk.

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Christine Keiner (Rochester Institute of Technology) was promoted to Professor of STS, with a joint appointment as Professor of History, and is now Chair of the Science, Technology, and Society Department at RIT.

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Ancient Hindu Science: Its Transmission and Impact on World CulturesAlok Kumar (State University of New York Oswego) published Ancient Hindu Science: Its Transmission and Impact on World Cultures (California: Morgan and Claypool, 2019).

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Bruce Lewenstein (Cornell University) received recognition as the 2019 Cornell CALS Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Member, an annual award from alumni of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for full professors “who have made outstanding contribution to the College in one or more of the following areas: teaching, research, extension, and/or administration.”

He also edited “Special Section: The Need for Feminist Approaches to Science Communication” appearing in the JCOM: Journal of Science Communication 18, no. 4 (2019). (This journal is only published online.)

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Liu Dun (Distinguished Professor of Science History of Tsinghua University) was the recipient of the International Academy of the History of Science’s Koyré Medal in 2019. The medal was awarded at the 1st Conference of the International Academy of the History of Science held in Athens, Greece from 12–15 September. A distinguished scholar of the history and advancement of science in China for over 40 years, Dr. Liu is the first Chinese recipient of the Koyré Medal, which was first awarded in 1968 and recognizes the sum of a scholar’s career rather than one specific achievement or publication.

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Kira Lussier (University of Toronto Mississauga) published “Of Maslow, Motives, and Managers” in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 55 no. 4 (Autumn 2019): 319–341.

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Dioses y RobotsGods and RobotAdrienne Mayor (Stanford University) wrote the script for the TED-Ed animation “The Greek Myth of Talos the First Robot,” based on her book Gods and Robots (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018).

Gods and Robots was translated into Spanish, Dioses y Robots by Desperta Ferro.

She was also invited to speak about “ancient automatons and dreams of technology” at Leaders in Science Forum A*STAR, Singapore; California Classics Association-South, University of California-Irvine; Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara; Nerd Nite Silicon Valley, San Jose; The Long Now Foundation’s Interval Salon, San Francisco; and Taiwan American School, Taipei.

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James McClellan (Professor emeritus, Stevens Institute of Technology) recently completed Old Regime France and Its Jetons: Pointillist History and Numismatics, which is due out in early 2020 under the imprint of the American Numismatic Society.

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The Regimen Sanitatis of Avenzoar: Stages in the Production of a Medieval TranslationMichael McVaugh (University of North Carolina) published The Regimen Sanitatis of Avenzoar: Stages in the Production of a Medieval Translation with co-authors Gerrit Bos and Joseph Shatzmiller (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2019).

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Christoph Meinel (Universität Regensburg) was awarded the Carl-Duisberg-Plakette badge by the German Chemical Society to honor his outstanding contributions to a deeper understanding of the emergence and cultural signification of chemistry in history.

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Anna-Maria Meister (Technische Universität Darmstadt) is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor for Architecture Theory at the TU Darmstadt, since September 2019.

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Ronald Mickens (Clark Atlanta University, Distinguished Fuller E. Callaway Professor) presented a lecture to The James Weldon Johnson Institute’s Colloquium Series on Race and Difference on 25 November 2019, Emory University. The title of his talk was “The Heroic Era for Blacks in Science (1935–1945): Blackwell    Wilkins.”

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The Politics of Chemistry: Science and Power in Twentieth-Century SpainAgustí Nieto-Galan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) published The Politics of Chemistry: Science and Power in Twentieth-Century Spain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019).

He was also awarded an ICREA-Acadèmia research prize (2019–2023) by the Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA). This is a research prize for university professors who already hold permanent positions in the Catalan research system. The award is for five years and is meant to promote the research of the awardees mainly through relieving them from teaching duties.

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Why Trust Science?Naomi Oreskes (Harvard University) published Why Trust Science? (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019).

 

 

 

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Heraclitus Redux: Technological Infrastructures and Scientific ChangeJoseph Pitt (Virginia Tech) published Heraclitus Redux: Technological Infrastructures and Scientific Change (London: Roman and Littlefield, 2019).

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Heather Munro Prescott (Central Connecticut State University) is the recipient of this year’s Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation Fellowship at the Archives for Women in Medicine/Center for the History of Medicine at the Countway Library at Harvard University Medical School. The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation Fellowship promotes and preserves the history of women in medicine and medical sciences. She will use the Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation Fellowship to conduct archival research for a book on the cultural history of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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Peter J. Ramberg (Truman State University) was named Associate Editor of Ambix: The Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, beginning in January of 2020. He will be responsible for overseeing article submissions covering the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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Joy Rankin (AI Now Institute, New York University) is now Research Lead at AI Now. As Research Lead, Joy will further develop and oversee the strategy and initiatives for AI Now’s Gender, Race, and Power in AI program. She brings to AI Now her decade of experience working at the intersection of technology and education combined with her academic expertise as a historian.

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Seth Rasmussen (North Dakota State University) published “Sustainability and Energy – Knowledge of the Past is Critical for our Future” in Substantia 3, no. 2, suppl. 1 (2019): 9–11. He also published “From Aqua Vitae to E85: The History of Ethanol as Fuel” in Substantia 3, no. 2, suppl. 1 (2019): 43–55. Both of the two publications above are part of a special issue that he guest edited. This special issue is one of six special issues of the journal in celebration of the international year of the periodic table.

He has also launched a new history of chemistry book series with Springer entitled Perspectives on the History of Chemistry, for which he will serve as the Series Editor. This series will publish books of 150-450 pages in both hardback and e-book forms.

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How We Teach Science: What’s Changed, and Why It MattersJohn L. Rudolph (University of Wisconsin-Madison) published How We Teach Science: What’s Changed, and Why It Matters (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2019), which was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2019. The book explores the history of how the process of science has been taught in American schools from the nineteenth century to the present and the implications of that history for the relationship between science and the public. Rudolph is currently completing his second term as chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Science, (Anti-) Communism and Diplomacy. The Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs in the Early Cold WarCarola Sachse (University of Vienna) published Science, (Anti-) Communism and Diplomacy. The Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs in the Early Cold War, History of Modern Science, Vol. 3 (Leiden: Brill, 2019) as a co-editor with Alison Kraft. She also wrote “Patronage impossible: Cyrus Eaton and ‘his’ Pugwash Scientists” in it.

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Carlos Sierra (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) published the following:

“Bioética y medios de comunicación: Influencias y responsabilidades mutuas,” Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 27 November 2019

“Un nuevo derecho: El derecho a la oscuridad,” Centro de Estudios Nueva Gaceta, 13 November 2019

“El Sínodo Amazónico: Una visión holística de la crisis de civilización,” Centro de Estudios Nueva Gaceta, 21 October 2019

“Temas especiales en la enseñanza de la Termodinámica de soluciones: Más allá de la Guía de Perplejos,” Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 20 September 2019

“Chernobyl: Tecnociencia dominante irresponsable,” Centro de Estudios Nueva Gaceta, 10 September 2019

“El despertar del León Durmiente: ¿Pacífico, bondadoso y civilizado?” Centro de Estudios Nueva Gaceta, 19 August 2019

He also participated in the following conferences:

“La perennidad del libro: El alma de las civilizaciones,” Tecnológico de Antioquia, Medellín, 25 October 2019

“La dimensión ética de Doctor Who,” Sociedad Julio Garavito para el Estudio de la Astronomía, Medellín, 28 September 2019

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Dean Keith Simonton (University of California, Davis) published “A Publication Missing from Lewis M. Terman’s CV? Ralph K. White’s 1931 ‘The Versatility of Genius’” in Society for the History of Psychology 22, no. 4 (2019): 372–4.

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Pamela H Smith (Columbia University), Director of the Making and Knowing Project, was awarded the Eugene S. Ferguson Prize from the Society for the History of Technology for the project’s digital critical edition of an anonymous sixteenth-century French technical manuscript, BnF Ms. Fr. 640. The Eugene S. Ferguson Prize is awarded biennially for outstanding and original reference work that will support future scholarship in the history of technology. The Ferguson Prize recognizes work that is in the tradition of scholarly excellence established by Eugene S. Ferguson (1916–2004), SHOT’s pioneering bibliographer, a founding member of the Society (President, 1977–1978; da Vinci Medalist, 1977), museum curator and exhibit catalog author, editor, annotator, university professor, and scholar of the history of engineering and technology.

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Michael Stolberg (Universität Würzburg) is continuing work on the database project on Early Modern Physicians’ Correspondences in Würzburg, Germany. Started in 2009, the database now offers free online-access to the records of about 45,000 letters written by or to learned physicians in the German lands between 1500 and 1700. In addition to the basic data (names, date, place), thousands of datasets contain a detailed summary of the letter in question. Recently, an English-language user interface has been added and over the next years, English translations of the German summaries will be added. 

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Alain Touwaide (University of California, Los Angeles) was interviewed by ethnobotanist Dr. Cassandra Quave (Emory University) as part of her podcast series entitled “Foodie Pharmacology.” In this conversation, Touwaide presents his research on food and medicine in the ancient Mediterranean.

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Trigonometry: A Very Short IntroductionGlen Van Brummelen (Quest University) will publish Trigonometry: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020).

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Ruben Verwaal (Durham University) is now an NWO Rubicon postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Medical Humanities at Durham University.

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How Knowledge Moves: Writing the Transnational History of Science and TechnologyZuoyue Wang (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona) was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in November 2019.

He has also published articles in the following:

“Controlled Exchanges: Public-Private Hybridity, Transnational Networking, and Knowledge Circulation in US-China Scientific Discourse on Nuclear Arms Control” in How Knowledge Moves: Writing the Transnational History of Science and Technology, edited by John Krige, 368–10 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019).

Basic and Applied Research: The Language of Science Policy in the Twentieth Century“Theory Attached to Practice: Chinese Debates over Basic Research from Thought Remolding to the Bomb, 1949–1966” in Basic and Applied Research: The Language of Science Policy in the Twentieth Century, edited by David Kaldewey and Desiree Schauz, 228–247 (New York: Berghahn Books, 2018).

Additionally, he took a sabbatical leave in fall 2019 to conduct research and gave numerous lectures on Chinese American scientists and US-China scientific exchanges in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Hohhot in China.

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Mesopotamian Commentaries on the Diagnostic Handbook Sa-gig: Edition and Notes on Medical LexicographyKnowledge and Rhetoric in Medical Commentary: Ancient Mesopotamian Commentaries on a Handbook of Medical DiagnosisJohn Z. Wee (University of Chicago) published Knowledge and Rhetoric in Medical Commentary: Ancient Mesopotamian Commentaries on a Handbook of Medical Diagnosis (Sa-gig) (Leiden: Brill, 2019) and Mesopotamian Commentaries on the Diagnostic Handbook Sa-gig: Edition and Notes on Medical Lexicography (Leiden: Brill, 2019).

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Richard Yeo (Griffith University) was elected a member of l’Académie internationale d’histoire des sciences.