July 2014 – Member News

Barbara Becker (University of California, Irvine) announces the recent publication of the Selected Correspondence of William Huggins, in two volumes (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2014). This edition includes over 1,000 letters, as well as excerpts from Huggins’s observatory notebooks. She states that the volumes will be of interest to those researching astrophysics, astronomy, the history of instruments, and the history of science more generally.


Roland Boucher (Independent Scholar) presented his paper “The Pendulum and Three Standards that Measured the Ancient World” at the 95th annual meeting of the Pacific Division of AAAS, in June 2014. He is happy to report that his talk was very well received.


Jordan Bimm (York University) has been awarded the 2014-2015 HSS/NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Science. A fuller description of this fellowship appears elsewhere in this Newsletter.


Matthew K. Chew (Arizona State University) has been appointed by the Research Division of the Huntington Library as the Huntington Exchange Fellow with Corpus Christi College in Oxford. Chew will spend part of the 2014 Fall semester continuing archival and site-related research for a book manuscript in development, provisionally titled An Ecological Pandemonium: Charles Elton and the Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants. Elton was Director of Oxford’s Bureau of Animal Population until his retirement in 1967. Elton’s parents were accomplished and well-connected, and Chew will also be consulting family-related correspondence archived at Glasgow University in Scotland.


Hamilton Cravens (University of Minnesota) is proud to announce the publication of a paperback edition of his and Mark Solovey’s (University of Toronto) Cold War Social Science: Knowledge Production, Liberal Democracy, and Human Nature (New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2014 [2012]). All the chapters are original pieces of work, a number of which were written by HSS members: A foreword by Ted Porter, Mark Solovey on the concept of Cold War social science, Hunter Heyck on “producing reason,” Hamilton Cravens on the connections between scientific positivism and conservative hypernationalism, Michael Bycroft on the creativity movement, Nadine Weidman on Ashley Montagu and biological anthropology, and Marga Vicedo on mother love in the Cold War. The editors hope that HSS members will find the book useful for their own work and for their classes.


Andreas Daum (SUNY Buffalo) has received a NEH fellowship for 2014-15 for his book project on “Alexander von Humboldt and the Emergence of the Modern World.” Jean DeGroot (The Catholic University of America) has recently published Aristotle’s Empiricism: Experience and Mechanics in the Fourth Century B.C. (Parmenides Publishing, 2014).


Dawn Digrius has taken a position at The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, as Senior Project Manager of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Collaboratives, as of 2 June 2014. She will be overseeing the system-wide initiatives in STEM.


Judy Goodstein (Caltech) spoke at the January 2014 meeting of the American Mathematical Society in Baltimore and spoke again in June at a special meeting of the Bologna Academy of Sciences on the same topic: “Tullio Levi-Civita, Giuseppe Levi, and the 1931 Fascist Loyalty Oath.”


Henk Kubbinga (University of Groningen) recently published The astronomical instruments (1618) and Catalogus librorum (1646) of Nicolaus Mulerius, with an essay on his place in the history of science (Groningen University Press). Mulerius was the first professor of “mathematics” (and medical sciences) at the University of Groningen, which is celebrating the fourth centenary of its founding.


Elizabeth Lunbeck’s (Vanderbilt University) The Americanization of Narcissism has recently been published by Harvard University Press (2014).


Roy MacLeod (Emeritus Professor, Sydney University) will hold the Sarton Chair for 2014-2015 at the University of Ghent, Belgium, where he will deliver a set of lectures on the role of science and scientists in the First World War. Professor MacLeod has also held appointments as a Keeley Visiting Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford; as a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies at Durham University; and as a Senior Fellow at the Lichtenberg Kolleg in the University of Göttingen. At Göttingen he contributed to studies of the history of “materiality” in the history of science. In March 2014, he delivered the annual Max von Laue Lecture at the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft in Berlin, and later this year, he will be a Guest Professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where he will be working on nuclear history and the history of the environmental sciences.


Adrienne Mayor’s (Research Scholar at Stanford University) research is featured in a young-adult book recently published by the National Geographic Society: Marc Aronson’s, The Dinosaur and the Griffin: How Adrienne Mayor Discovered a Fascinating Link between Myth and Science (2014). Another children’s book features her as the “Explorer” who explains geomythology around the world: Blake Hoena’s National Geographic Kids Everything Mythology (National Geographic Society, 2014). Her book on the science and history underlying ancient Greek and other cultures’ myths, legends, art, and literature about “Amazons” and warrior women is coming out in September: The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World (Princeton University Press, 2014). She has been invited to present this book at the National Book Festival on 30 August in Washington, DC. Finally, she is a regular monthly contributor to “Wonders and Marvels,” the award-winning history of science website founded by Holly Tucker, http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/.


Daniel P. Miller (PhD student, Science & Technology Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, National Capital Region) attended Arizona State University’s Center for Nanotechnology in Society’s (CNS-ASU) Winter School on the Anticipatory Governance of Emerging Technologies. At STGlobal 2014 in Washington, D.C., he presented a paper titled “Post-Fukushima U.S. Nuclear Power Regulation: Same Game?” to the International Relations and Governance panel. STGlobal is an annual conference where graduate students present research on Science &Technology policy, STS issues, and related fields. It is held in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and The National Academies. He has also been awarded a graduate certificate, in Science and Technology, from Virginia Tech.


Edward K. Morris (University of Kansas) recently published an annotated bibliography of the works of B. F. Skinner (Oxford Bibliographies, Oxford University Press, 2013) and two articles on the history of applied behavior analysis (nee behavior modification): “A Study in the Founding of Applied Behavior Analysis through its Publications (The Behavior Analyst, 2013, 36, 70-111) and “The Legacy of John B. Watson’s Behaviorist Manifesto for Applied Behavior Analysis” (Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis, 2013, 39, 155-179). In 2015, he will host the meeting of Cheiron, the International Society for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, in Lawrence, Kansas.


Catherine L. Newell (University of Miami) has accepted a tenure track position in religion and science in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Miami, beginning Fall 2014.


Lynn Nyhart will be starting a 4-year term as Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison beginning September 2014.


Teresa Ortiz-Gómez (University of Granada) and María Jesús Santesmases (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid) have recently published Gendered Drugs and Medicine: Historical and Socio-Cultural Perspectives (Ashgate, 2014). The table of contents, introduction, and index are available at http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409454045.


Michael A. Osborne (Oregon State University) has published The Emergence of Tropical Medicine in France (University of Chicago Press, 2014).


Seth C. Rasmussen (North Dakota State University) has published The Quest for Aqua Vitae: The History and Chemistry of Alcohol from Antiquity to the Middle Ages (SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science: History of Chemistry. Springer, May 2014).


Londa Schiebinger (Stanford University) has recently been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her new four-volume edited work, Women and Gender in Science and Technology (Routledge, 2014), seeks to make sense of the interlocking pieces of the gender, science, and technology puzzle: the history of women’s participation in science and engineering; the structure of research institutions; and the gendering of human knowledge. The volumes bring together important representative publications treating these issues from antiquity to the present, and across cultures.


The official website of Ioanna N. Semendeferi’s (University of Houston) recent film on science ethics has been activated: www.dearscientists.org.


After working many years on limited-term contracts at the University of Toronto’s Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Mark Solovey will begin a tenure-track job at the Institute, as historian of the social and psychological sciences, starting 1 July 2014.


Roger H. Stuewer, Professor Emeritus of the History of Science and Technology at the University of Minnesota, has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award of the Department of Physics of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which he received at the department’s annual awards banquet on 2 May 2014.


Kara W. Swanson (Northeastern University School of Law) is happy to announce the publication of her new book, Banking on the Body: The Market in Blood, Milk and Sperm in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2014).


Zuoyue Wang (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona), was a co-editor of An Advocate for Democracy and Human Rights: Essays in Honor of Xu Liangying on His 90th Birthday (Hong Kong: Mirror Books, 2012) in Chinese, and of Fang Lizhi in Science: A Memorial Collection by the same press in 2014 with essays mainly in Chinese but also some in English. On Xu, a historian of physics, see Danian Hu’s obituary in the July 2013 issue of this Newsletter. Fang, the prominent Chinese astrophysicist-dissident who spent his last years as a professor of physics at the University of Arizona before passing away in 2012, had a strong interest in the history of science. Wang had studied with both men as a graduate student in China in the 1980s and is currently completing a transnational history of Chinese American scientists with the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation.


Richard Weikart (California State University, Stanislaus) has recently published “The Role of Evolutionary Ethics in Nazi Propaganda and Worldview Training,” in Nazi Ideology and Ethics, eds. Wolfgang Bialas and Lothar Fritze (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014).


Alex Wellerstein will begin his new job as Assistant Professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) in Hoboken, New Jersey this fall. He is the author of the wildly popular web site http://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/, which answers the question “What would happen if a nuclear bomb went off in my home town?” Alex is happy to report that SIT is very supportive of his work, especially his digital activities.


Richard Yeo’s recent book is Notebooks, English Virtuosi, and Early Modern Science (The University of Chicago Press, 2014). He has retired from a Personal Chair in the School of Humanities, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He is currently an Adjunct Professor.

Isis in Transition

Creager and Mijnhardt

HSS President Angela Creager and the Descartes Centre’s Director Wijnand Mijnhardt signing the editorial agreement between the two organizations.

Have you heard? Isis is moving to The Netherlands! 

Isis will move to the Descartes Centre at Utrecht University on July 1st. The editor in chief for the next five years will be H. Floris Cohen, professor of comparative history of science and former chairman of the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities at Utrecht University. You can learn more about him at http://www.hfcohen.com/ and read an interview with him here

Isis’ move to the Descartes Centre is financially supported by Utrecht University, the Ammodo Foundation, The Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands in The Hague, and Museum Boerhaave in Leyden.

The Isis office at York University, Toronto, Canada will shut down on June 17, and will open again at the Descartes Center, Utrecht University, Netherlands on July 7. After July 7, messages may be sent to ISISJournal@uu.nl and will be answered by the new editorial office.

News about the HSTM Database – Update

Notice to users of the Isis Bibliography. For the past several months, it appears that the HSTM database hosted by EBSCO was missing a very substantial number of records from the Isis dataset. Researchers who have searched in the EBSCO system may have turned up many fewer results than they should have. The gap affected records from 2000 to 2012. We apologize for this extraordinary mistake.

HSS/NASA Fellowship Awarded to York University’s Jordan Bimm

Jordan BimmThe 2014-2015 HSS/NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Science has been awarded to Jordan Bimm, a PhD student in Science and Technology Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. The fellowship will allow him to do nine months of research, working in archives at Wright-Patterson Aeromedical Library in Ohio, the NASA History Archives in Washington D.C., and the Lovelace Foundation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is currently writing a dissertation on the construction of the American astronaut in the 1950s, including an analysis the roles of space medicine and psychology in selection criteria of the first astronauts. The project will be “a new contextualist history of space medicine and the construction of the astronaut” and will take into account “the idea that science is also political, and that medicalized visions of the ‘body’ and ‘mind’ are historical creations thick with social and cultural values.” Bimm’s project will examine “critical moments when the type of person thought most suitable for work in outer-space was articulated.”

Bimm is the author of two articles, both published in Quest: The History of Spaceflight. The first, “Primate Lives in Early American Space Science” (2013), began as a paper delivered for the International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, in Manchester, England and earned a story in the LA Times’ science section. His most recent article, “Rethinking the Overview Effect,” (2014) won the Sacknoff Prize for Space History.

In addition to his research, Bimm has also served as the book review assistant for Isis and has performed fieldwork at the Canadian Space Agency/Canada Science and Technology Museum.

HSS Awarded NSF Grant for Conference Travel

The History of Science Society has won a grant of over $200K from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “Eight Societies Travel Grants for Graduate Students, Independent Scholars, and Recent PhDs” (SES-1354351). The award, under the direction of HSS Executive Director Robert (Jay) Malone, will provide travel assistance to graduate students, independent scholars, and those who have recently received PhDs who wish to attend the professional meetings of the following eight societies:

  • the History of Science Society (HSS)
  • the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)
  • the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA)
  • the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS)
  • the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH)
  • the International Society for the Psychology of Science and Technology (ISPST)
  • the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISH)
  • and the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA).

From 2014 to 2016, the grant will fund travel to 19 conferences and will encourage engagement, as well as inter-society interchange that would not otherwise be possible because of financial barriers. It will also strengthen relationships across the eight societies, which represent divergent fields and encourage international interactions.