July 2014 – News From the Profession

May 2014 Graduates of Harvard’s Department of the History of Science 
May 2014 Graduates of Harvard’s Department of the History of Science
Janet Browne, chair of Harvard’s Department of the History of Science, is proud to announce that the Department graduated 16 PhD and 2 MA candidates this past May. Pictured above in their crimson robes are (alphabetically) James Bergman, Anouska Bhattacharyya, He Bian, Jeremy Blatter, Stephanie Dick, Kuang-chi Hung, Melissa Lo, Mateo Munoz, Latif Nasser, Scott Phelps, Funke Sangodeyi, Myrna Sheldon, David Theodore, and Marco Viniegra. Our two MAs in black are Sandra Korn and Linna Duan.

President Obama nominates William D. Adams as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

(Adapted from the National Humanities Alliance’s memo to its members)

A native of Birmingham, Michigan, Adams earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Colorado College and a PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz History of Consciousness Program. He studied in France as a Fulbright Scholar before beginning his career in higher education with appointments to teach political philosophy at Santa Clara University in California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to coordinate the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford University and to serve as vice president and secretary of Wesleyan University. He was named president of Bucknell University in 1995 and president of Colby College in 2000.

Adams’s formal education was interrupted by three years of service in the Army, including one year in Vietnam. It was partly that experience that motivated him to study and teach in the humanities. “It made me serious in a certain way,” he says. “And as a 20-year-old combat infantry advisor, I came face to face, acutely, with questions that writers, artists, philosophers, and musicians examine in their work—starting with, ‘What does it mean to be human?’”

In each of his professional roles, Adams has demonstrated a deep understanding of, and commitment to, the humanities as essential to education and to civic life. At Colby, for example, he led a $376-million capital campaign—the largest in Maine history—that included expansion of the Colby College Museum of Art and the gift of the $100-million Lunder Collection of American Art, the creation of a center for arts and humanities and a film studies program, and expansion of the College’s curriculum in creative writing and writing across the curriculum. He also spearheaded formal collaboration of the college with the Maine Film Center and chaired the Waterville Regional Arts and Community Center.

As senior president of the prestigious New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), Adams has been at the center of the national conversation on the cost and value of liberal arts education. “I see the power of what is happening on our campuses and among the alumni I meet across the country and around the world,” he says. “People who engage in a profound way with a broad range of disciplines—including, and in some cases especially, with the humanities—are preparing to engage the challenges of life. They are creative and flexible thinkers; they acquire the habits of mind needed to find solutions to important problems; they can even appreciate the value of making mistakes and changing their minds. I am convinced that this kind of study is not merely defensible but critical to our national welfare.”

A statement from the National Humanities Alliance:

Colby College President William D. Adams is the ideal person to lead the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Adams is an accomplished teacher and administrator who has been a leading proponent of the importance of a broad-based education grounded in the humanities. We are fortunate that he will bring his years of experience to the NEH at a time when the humanities are being called upon to help achieve critical national goals such as promoting educational opportunity for all, fostering innovation, ensuring productive global engagement, and building strong communities. Dr. Adams has a deep understanding of the ways in which the humanities can change lives, tracing his passion for the humanities to his search for answers to eternal questions while serving on the battlefield in Vietnam. The National Humanities Alliance applauds the nomination of Dr. Adams.

For more information, please see the announcement from the White House. The nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

Quito and the Sun

By Hans J. Haubold, UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (this article is adapted from a report by E. D. López (Quito Astronomical Observatory, Ecuador))

There is a relatively new field of scientific research devoted to studying the physical phenomena that take place in the atmosphere around the sun. This field has been given the name “space weather,” and it includes many interesting and complex phenomena that are poorly understood, phenomena that are waiting for the sensitive instruments and adequate physical models that will explain them.

Fortunately, for over two decades, the United Nations Basic Space Science Initiative (UNBSSI) through the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has provided a huge amount of support to establish regional centers for space science and technology in developing countries. Moreover, the United Nations’ initiative has played a pivotal role in organizing the world-wide scientific community through its support of space-science schools, symposia, and annual UN workshops such as those under the auspices of the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI). These events have facilitated communication among space-science students, engineers, and scientists, thus enabling agreements for educational programs, the deployment of instruments in new regions, and the enhancement of international cooperation in research projects.

The United Nations Space Weather Initiative (UNSWI) has involved leading scientists from around the world and these scientists have participated in three meetings to follow up on activities from the successful International Heliophysical Year 2007 (IHY). The first ISWI Workshop was hosted by Helwan University, Egypt, in 2010, to benefit the nations of Western Asia. In 2011 the United Nations/Nigeria Workshop was hosted by the Centre for Basic Space Science of the University of Nigeria at Nsukka, for the benefit of nations in Africa. The third ISWI workshop was hosted by Ecuador in 2012 in support of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Participants at the Ecuador workshop made key decisions in order to give continuity to future activities in space science, technology research, and education. They took advantage of that workshop to promote space science studies in Ecuador by creating a new station supported by the Quito Astronomical Observatory of the National Polytechnic School. The new station began with the operation of the AWESOME instrument provided through cooperation with Stanford University (USA) and with the MAGDAS instrument provided by Kyushu University (Japan). This new Ecuadorian station, Solar Physics Phenomena, is now established as a division of the Quito Astronomical Observatory.

Ecuador is located in a strategic geographical position where solar-physics studies can be performed year-round, providing data for the scientific community working to understand Sun-Earth interactions. We invite leaders from other scientific projects to deploy their instruments in Quito and to join us in supporting our new strategic research center.

Note: The proceedings of the UN Ecuador Workshop on the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI), edited by E. D. Lopez and S. Gadimova, are published in the open-access journal Sun and Geosphere, Vol. 9 (2014), Nos. 1 & 2.

U.S. Members: Ask Your Representative to Join the National History Caucus

The National Coalition for History (NCH) has worked with the offices of Congressmen John Larson (D-CT) and Tom Cole (R-OK) on the creation of a Congressional History Caucus. Please encourage your member of the House to join the caucus and to actively participate in its activities. The purpose of the caucus is to provide a forum for members of Congress to share their interest in history and to promote an awareness of the subject on Capitol Hill. Click here to learn more and go here to send a letter to your representative, asking him or her to join the Congressional History Caucus.

New Center in Holland

The Stevin Centre for History of Science and the Humanities, initiated and headed by HSS member Ida Stamhuis and named after the polymath Simon Stevin (1548-1620), is a collaboration of staff members from most faculties of the VU University Amsterdam. It opened on 18 March 2014. The lectures from the opening can be viewed at http://stevincentre.com/news-agenda.html.

Members of the Stevin Centre offer courses taught in English or Dutch on the history of science and the humanities at the BA and MA levels.  The Stevin Centre is also a platform for research. It has formulated a common research theme titled “Knowledge Practices and Normativity within their Historical Context.” The concept of science will be problematized, and the role of philosophical, normative, religious, and legal aspects will be central in the historical analysis. The Stevin Centre aims at making its results available to the wider community and to achieve this it will organize activities for the VU community and special activities for particular groups.

2014 Midwest Junto for the History of Science

The 57th Meeting of the Midwest Junto for the History of Science took place this past April at Truman State University, which is located amidst the gentle slopes of northern Missouri in Kirksville, the birthplace of osteopathic medicine. Peter Ramberg, David Robinson, and Amy Bix served as the gracious hosts for the approximately 50 Juntoers who attended. The meeting began in lovely fashion with an opening dinner at the home of Amy Bix and Taner Edis, close to the Truman campus.

The sessions kicked off on Saturday, 5 April, in Magruder Hall (Truman’s science building). Due to the large number of submissions for the program, graduate students received priority and attendees came from near and far: from the frozen north (Minnesota students braved an early April snowstorm) to relatively nearby Iowa State University. Attendees listened to a feast of topics, 24 papers in all, 19 of them delivered by graduate students. The subjects ranged from open digital sources in the history of science, to the use of Google ngrams in research, to inertia in Descartes’s thought, to the history of video arcade games, and to archeologists as spies in World War I.

David Wilson delivering the Pierson Memorial Lecture

David Wilson delivering the Pierson Memorial Lecture

Mealtimes at the Junto were a special treat. For Saturday’s lunch, participants met in the atrium of the Still National Museum of Osteopathy, where they learned about A.T. Still and the origins of osteopathic medicine. The most famous item in the museum is a life-size display of the complete human nervous system as dissected and preserved by two students in 1926. At the Saturday-evening banquet, following a fine buffet dinner, David Wilson (Iowa State University) delivered the annual Stuart Pierson Memorial lecture on “William Whewell: God’s Spokesman in an Age of Scientific Shift.”

Jay Malone, the Junto’s incoming President, chaired the business meeting, endeavoring to uphold the Junto tradition of finishing in 15 minutes or less. Junto members—those who had paid their $2 membership fee—wisely elected Jole Shackelford (University of Minnesota) as the next President and then selected Kerry Magruder (University of Oklahoma) to serve on Council. The next Junto meeting will take place in Madison, Wisconsin, 17–19 April 2015 (mark your calendars) and then will move south the following year, in 2016, to Norman, Oklahoma to celebrate the spectacular Galileo exhibit that the Special Collections at the University of Oklahoma will host that year.

For the complete 2014 program and for more information on the Junto, contact the Secretary-Treasurer Peter Ramberg (ramberg@truman.edu) or see the Junto website at http://www.history.iastate.edu/graduate-programs/midwest-junto/.

Lone Star Historians of Science

By Bruce Hunt, University of Texas

The Lone Star History of Science Group held its twenty-seventh annual meeting on 11 April 2014 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The gathering was hosted by Professor Anthony Stranges of the A&M History Department.

Lone Star Historians of Science, left to right: Angela Smith, Karl Stephan, Anthony Stranges, Steve Case, Alberto Martínez, Ioanna Semendeferi, Cyrus Mody, Megan Raby, Sean Smith, Roger Horky, Colleen Witt, Bruce Hunt, Steve Kirkpatrick, Anna Fay Williams, Ioannis Pavlidis, Tom Williams

Lone Star Historians of Science, left to right: Angela Smith, Karl Stephan, Anthony Stranges, Steve Case, Alberto Martínez, Ioanna Semendeferi, Cyrus Mody, Megan Raby, Sean Smith, Roger Horky, Colleen Witt, Bruce Hunt, Steve Kirkpatrick, Anna Fay Williams, Ioannis Pavlidis, Tom Williams

The speaker this year was Professor Andrew Dessler of the Texas A&M Department of Atmospheric Sciences, who spoke on “The Science and History of the Human Influence on Climate.” A leading national expert on climate physics, Professor Dessler presented a lively account of the long history of scientific study of rising global temperatures, with a particular focus on recent politically motivated efforts to cast doubt on the scientific consensus concerning anthropogenic climate change.

After a lively discussion, the group headed off to enjoy dinner and further conversation at a local Italian restaurant. Steve Kirkpatrick, who has found a way to combine the life of a historian with that of a vintner, kindly supplied the group with wine.

Each spring, the Lone Star Group draws together historians of science, technology, and medicine from around Texas to discuss their shared interests and enjoy a friendly dinner. Its constitution, adopted over dinner in an Austin restaurant in 1988, provides that there shall be “no officers, no by-laws, and no dues,” and the group remains resolutely informal. The next Lone Star meeting will be held in Houston in March or April 2015. Anyone interested in being added to the group’s e-mail list should contact Professor Bruce Hunt of the University of Texas History Department at bjhunt@austin.utexas.edu.

SHOT Three Minute Dissertation Video Contest

Want to spread the word about your research to a broader audience? The Society for the History of Technology is pleased to announce its first ever three-minute video contest for PhD students and recent graduates whose dissertation engages with the history of technology. We welcome participants from the history of science, technology or medicine, STS, media studies, material culture studies or any other area in which understanding technology from a historical perspective matters.

The contest invites you to “pitch” your dissertation topic in a three-minute video. A panel of judges will choose the contestant who best explains the substance of the dissertation in an accessible and entertaining way. The winner will receive, airfare, registration, accommodations, and a banquet ticket for a SHOT conference of their choice. The ten best films will be published on the SHOT website and all films will be accessible on SHOT’s Vimeo channel.

The film should be directed at an educated general public, and cannot be longer than three minutes. Any language is welcome, but if the film has narration and is not in English we request English subtitles or some other aid to communication. We encourage creativity. Participants are welcome to add music, illustrations or animation. Please see our resources page for more information about copyright and fair use.

This is a great opportunity to let people know what you are working on!

Guidelines for entering the contest:

  • Deadline for submission: 1 August 2014
  • Eligibility: Graduate students and young scholars in any field whose work explores technology from a historical perspective (Participants must have received their PhD no earlier than 2012)

Submission: Upload your videos to Vimeo and send the link, your name, email address, and permission for us to use your video on the Vimeo channel and the SHOT website, to techstories@techculture.org no later than 1 August 2014. We will post all entries on a dedicated SHOT Vimeo channel once all submissions are in. Do you feel a bit daunted by the thought of making a film? Here are some helpful tips and resources.

IHPST Newsletter

The International History and Philosophy of Science Teaching Group’s latest newsletter is available online at http://ihpst.net/newsletters/.

2014 Digital HPS Consortium Annual Meeting: September 1-3 in Nancy, France

Following the meetings held in Pasadena (2011)Cambridge (2012), and Bloomington (2013), the 2014 edition of the Digital HPS Consortium Annual Meeting will be held in Nancy, France, from 1 to 3 September. Organized by Olivier Bruneau, Pierre Couchet, and Scott Walter, with support from the Henri-Poincaré Archives (University of Lorraine & CNRS) and the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Lorraine, the meeting offers an opportunity for scholars in DHPS to present their publications, tools, and methods, to exchange ideas, and to form and nurture contacts with members of the international DHPS community. The working language of the meeting is English, but there will be plenty of occasions to practice speaking French, for those so inclined.

Located in the Lorraine region of eastern France, Nancy is easily accessible by high-speed trains from both Paris and Charles de Gaulle airport (north of Paris). Travel directions, information on lodging, and a preliminary program will soon be available; stay tuned. Scholars wishing to participate in the meeting are invited to register online, eventually disclosing a title and abstract for a 30-minute talk at their earliest convenience.

2014 and 2015 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Information

The 2014 Geological Society of America Annual meeting will be held 19–22 October 2014 in Vancouver, BC Canada at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The abstract deadline is 29 July, and the registration deadline is 15 September. More information can be found at http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2014/home/. In addition, the 2015 GSA annual meeting will be held 1–4 November 2014 in Baltimore, MD at the Baltimore Convention Center.

C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society 2014–2015 Lectures

The schedule of the 2014-2015 lectures of the C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society at the University of Pittsburgh is now available. All lectures will be held in Lecture Room #5, Scaife Hall, University of Pittsburgh, at 6:00 P.M. A dinner for members and their guests in the 11th floor Conference Center, Scaife Hall will follow each of the five individual lectures. The schedule is as follows:

23 Sep 2014

Robert Nesbit, MD, Professor Emeritus of Surgery, Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University-Augusta, “Medical Aspects of the 1942 Coconut Grove Fire Night Club Fire in Boston.”

4 Nov 2014

21th Annual Sylvan E. Stool History of Medicine Lecture
Christopher Boes, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology and History of Medicine, The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, “The Difficulty in Recognizing New Diseases: Examples from Osler and Horton.”

27 Jan 2015

Lorelei Stein, PhD, Professor, School of Arts and Sciences, Point Park University, “The Day-to-Day Practice of Dr. Cyrus Schriener: A Late 19th Century Practitioner in Rural Southwestern Pennsylvania.”

26 Feb 2015

4th Annual Jonathon Erlen History of Medicine Lecture
Scott Podolsky, MD, Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, “Antibiotic Pasts and Futures: Seven Decades of Reform and Resistance.”

7 Apr 2015

Twenty-Seventh Annual Mark M. Ravitch History of Medicine Lecture
James B. Young, Professor of Medicine, Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, “Death of President Garfield: The Difficulty of Creating Paradigm Shifts in Medicine.”

3rd USA Science and Engineering Festival 

By Kate MacCord, Jessica Ranney, Erica O’Neil (Arizona State University)

Group picture from Festival Booth

From left to right: Kate McCord, Jessica Ranney, and Erica O’Neil

Members of the History of Science Society (HSS) teamed up with the Embryo Project Encyclopedia (EPE) from the Center for Biology and Society at Arizona State University for a booth at the third biennial USA Science and Engineering Festival from 25 to 27 April. Held at the Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital, the festival drew an audience of over 325,000 attendees this year. Kate MacCord, Erica O’Neil, and Jessica Ranney ran the HSS-sponsored booth with the assistance of several volunteers, all of whom helped achieve the goal of informing visitors of the science and history surrounding issues of developmental biology.

To accomplish that goal in a hall filled with over 3,000 exhibits, the team focused on presenting a factual and scientific definition of an embryo through hands-on activities and explanations. Those activities included a “Name that Species” spinning wheel of embryo photos and “Build an Embryo” that allowed children to construct some of the organ precursors in a human embryo. Also, the team created a series of ten EPE trading cards for relevant topics, which included fun historical facts and anecdotes, to further spur history of science-related conversations.

The “Name that Species” game went over great with festival attendees who spun the wheel of embryos decorated with photos of mice, chicks, frogs, alligators, pythons, and lizards at different stages of embryonic development. After spinning the wheel, visitors were asked to identify the species, a difficult task at such an early stage of development when evolutionary conservation across species often results in a similar appearance. While no shrimp, sea horses, or sea monkeys were present on the wheel, those popular responses from visitors helped to trigger meaningful discussions about evolution and development. (The many coils of the python embryo tended to be a bit easier to identify!) Regardless of answer, everyone walked away with a prize for trying and hopefully an introduction to evolutionary conservation across species.

Kate McCord and Erica O’Neil at the USASEF

Kate McCord and Erica O’Neil at the USASEF

The “Build an Embryo” activity guided young visitors through the creation of a one- month old human embryo using modeling clay, to demonstrate how different the parts of an embryo look, compared to that of a fully grown human. Prior to the festival, presenters created a series of embryo models based on a teaching activity created by anatomy professor Colin Quilter at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Each of the ten models exhibited a one-month old human embryo with different germ layers and organ rudiments. The festival attendees created a less complicated version of that model with clay. After creating the neural tube out of clay, visitors were guided through the creation of the optic placode, auditory vesicle, pharyngeal pouches, and embryonic heart. By explaining technical terms in the context of what those tissues go on to become in the fully-formed human, visitors observed the differences of early organ rudiments in the embryonic stage. Afterward, they were welcome to take their embryo home or leave it as a teaching example for others to emulate.

An estimated 3,000 people visited the booth, a great turnout for a history of science public outreach project, particularly vying against so many other activities at the festival. The collaboration between HSS and EPE is particularly notable as the founder of the USA Science and Engineering Festival, Larry Bock, received the 2014 Victor Hamburger Outstanding Educator prize from the Society of Developmental Biology for his work creating a national festival friendly to issues surrounding development and reproduction.

Conference: “Science and the Public in the Nation-State: Historic and Current Configurations in Global Perspective, 1800-2010”

Interdisciplinary workshop at the University of Tübingen, 11-13 Sept 2014

Conveners: Axel Jansen (Cambridge/UK), Andreas Franzmann (Tübingen), Peter Münte (Bielefeld)

The workshop allows for the exploration of the relationship between science and the nation-state from a new perspective. In nation-states that have traditionally supported research science (such as England, France, Germany, and the US), the profession evolved under the protective wing and as an ally of the political sovereign. Academic professions have played a significant role in the consolidation of national states. The conference focuses on historical configurations of science and the nation-state in Europe and in North America in order to compare these configurations to emerging science-oriented states such as China and India—countries that have significantly expanded their science budgets in recent decades. The relationship between science as a profession and the nation-state will provide an analytical framework for discussing important historic developments in different countries. What has been the public role of the academic professions? And what are the effects on research of “national policy decisions”?

Speakers include Fa-ti Fan (Binghamton), Dieter Langewiesche (Tübingen), Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner (Sussex), Rudolf Stichweh (Bonn), Shiju Sam Varughese (Gandhinagar), and Jessica Wang (Vancouver).

The workshop is supported by the Volkswagen Foundation (Project “Public Context of Science”) and the Vereinigung der Freunde der Universität Tübingen (Universitätsbund) e.V.

For the conference program and additional information, visit the website: http://public-context-of-science.de/sciencenationstate_program.html

National Humanities Center 2015-2016 Residential Fellowships

The National Humanities Center offers up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for academic-year or semester-long residencies. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Young scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply, but they must have a record of publication, and new PhDs should be aware that the Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. The Center is also international and gladly accepts applications from scholars outside the United States.Applicants submit proposals and other support materials electronically, via the Center’s online application system. The deadline for submissions is 15 October 2014.

To apply, go to http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/fellowships/appltoc.htm

New Research Group on the History of Matter, Materials, and Cultures

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) in Philadelphia, under the direction of its new president, Carsten Reinhardt, is excited to announce the launch of a new research group on the History of Matter, Materials, and Cultures. Based in CHF’s newly founded Institute for Research, the work of the group will interlace studies of the material culture of science with studies on the sciences and technologies of materials and matter. The group will focus on broad themes, including the material culture of the laboratory and the interplay between new materials and broader culture. The group will examine these themes in contexts spanning the early modern period through to the present, and the resulting work will create novel engagement and outreach opportunities for involved scholars. The research group will be a cornerstone in fulfilling CHF’s mission to foster broad, historically grounded, dialogue on the roles of science and technology, and matter and materials in society.

Call for Papers: 36th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association

26–28 Mar 2015, Boston, Massachusetts

Material Cultures/Material Worlds

We seek papers and panels that investigate elements of the material world belonging to the long nineteenth century. Topics may include collecting, possession(s), things and thing theories, realism, hoarding, bric-a­brac, souvenirs, historic houses (interiors and rooms), buildings and “truth to materials,” collecting folklore and songs, Atlantic trade, colonial objects, commodity fetishism, animals as things (taxidermy, zoos, taxonomies), people as things (slavery, human zoos, relics, death masks), cabinets of curiosity, closets, antiquities, museum displays, theatrical stages and sets, textures, books and manuscripts as objects, the materiality of texts, art materials, food, fraudulent items or the luxury trade. We invite alternate interpretations of the theme as well.

Please email 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers along with one-page CVs to the program chairs by 30 Sep 2014 to ncsaboston2015@gmail.com. Paper abstracts should include author’s name, institutional affiliation, and paper title in the heading. We welcome panel proposals with three panelists and a moderator or alternative formats with pre-circulated papers and discussion.

Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend the conference if the proposal is accepted. All proposals received will be acknowledged, and presenters will be notified in November 2014. Graduate students whose proposals are accepted may, at that point, submit complete papers in competition for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. Scholars who live outside the North American continent, whose proposals have been accepted, may submit a full paper to be considered for the International Scholar Travel Grant (see NCSA website for additional requirements http://www.ncsaweb.net).

The Chemical Heritage Foundation Beckman Center Fellows

The Chemical Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the appointments of the 2014-15 Beckman Center Fellows:

Cain Distinguished Fellow (4 months in residence)

  1. Bruce Moran, (University of Nevada, Reno), “Leonhard Thurneisser and the Alchemy of Plants in the Early Modern Era.”

Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellows (9-months in residence)

  1. Deanna Day (University of Pennsylvania), Haas Fellow, “Teaching Through Toys: Girls Experiencing Science and Technology from Chemistry Sets to the American Girl Dolls.”
  2. Stefano Gattei (IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy), Edelstein Fellow, “Beyond Galileo: Medicine, Alchemy, and Natural Philosophy at the Lyncean Academy.”
  3. Ignacio Suay-Matallana (University of Valencia, Spain), Cain Fellow, “Chemicals Across Borders: Spanish Experts and Custom Laboratories in a Global Fight Against the Fraud.”

Long-Term Dissertation Fellows (9 months in residence)

  1. Elizabeth Berry Drago (University of Delaware), U Delaware Fellow/CHF Fellow-in-Residence, “Thomas Wijck’s Painted Alchemists at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Practice.”
  2. Nadia Berenstein (University of Pennsylvania), Haas Fellow, “Flavor Added.”
  3. Britt Dahlberg (University of Pennsylvania), ACLS Fellow/CHF Fellow-in-Residence, “Envisioning Post-Industrial Futures: Community Activism and Government Environmental Health Science.”
  4. E.A. Driggers (University of South Carolina), Edelstein Fellow, “Networks of Nature: Chemistry and the Revival of Humoral Theory.”
  5. Timothy Johnson (University of Georgia), Allington Fellow, “Growth Industry: Unearthing the Origins of Fertilizer-Fueled Agriculture in America, 1865-1950.”

Short-Term Fellows

  1. Nandini Bhattacharya (University of Dundee, UK), Doan Fellow (2 months),“The Making of an Industrial Nation: A History of the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries in India.”
  2. William Brock (Emeritus, University of Leicester, UK), Doan Fellow (1 month), “A Very Short Introduction to the History of Chemistry.”
  3. Ella Butler (University of Chicago), Doan Fellow (3 months), “Producing Taste: Science and the Senses in the US Processed Food Industry.”
  4. Kristin DeGhetaldi (University of Delaware), CHF Fellow (1 month), “Analytical Methods Used to Explore the Evolution from Egg to Oil Paints in Quattrocento Italy.”
  5. Meredith Farmer (University of North Carolina), Allington Fellow (2 months), “Melville’s Ontology.”
  6. Apostolos Gerontas (Norwegian University in Science and Technology), Mistry Fellow (3 months), Large-Scale Chromatography in Industrial Processing.”
  7. Mathias Grote (Technische Universität Berlin), Ullyot Scholar (2 months), “From ‘Total Synthesis’ to Synthetic Biology? Making Biomolocules with Reagents, Enzymes, and Machines, 1960s-1980s.”
  8. Jeffrey Johnson (Villanova University), Haas Fellow (1 month), “From Frankenstein to Artificial Life: Historical and Cultural Perspectives.”
  9. Stylianos Kampouridis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Allington Fellow (1 month), “Bytes as Test Tubes: The Emergence of Computational Quantum Chemistry.”
  10. Douglass O’Reagan (University of California, Berkeley), Seidel Fellow (3 months), “Industrial Espionage, Tech Transfer, and Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century.”
  11. Jason Pine (SUNY Purchase), Haas Fellow (3 months), “Meth Labs, Alchemy, and the Matter of Life.”
  12. Elly Truitt (Bryn Mawr College), CHF Fellow (4 months), “A Medieval Handbook of Art and Magic.”
  13. Feng-En Tu (Harvard University), Doan Fellow (1 month), “Manufacturing Reality: The Production of Modern Smells in Japan and Beyond, 1880-­1945.”
  14. Stephen Weininger, (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Haas Fellow (1 month), “Paul D. Bartlett and the Intersection of Industry, War and ‘Pure’ Science.”
  15. Michael Worboys, (University of Manchester, UK), Haas Fellow (1 month), “NSAIDs, Inflammation and Translational Medicine.”

Relocation of IEEE History Center

After 24 years, the IEEE History Center has relocated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA to the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, which will become the new strategic partner for IEEE in the history area.

The mission of the IEEE History Center is to preserve, research and promote the history of electrical, electronic and informational sciences and technologies. The Center maintains many resources for the historian of science or technology, for the educator, and for anyone interested in the development of electrical and computer sciences and engineering and their role in modern society. The Center is sponsored by IEEE, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within Stevens, the IEEE History Center will be affiliated with the College of Arts and Letters (CAL), the academic unit dedicated to teaching and research at the intersection of science, technology, the humanities, and the arts. CAL maintains a strong focus on the history of science and technology and on science and technology studies.

The move will enable two organizations at the intersection of history and technoscience to take advantage of synergies and increases strategic opportunities. See more at: http://www.stevens.edu/news/content/ieee-history-center-moves-stevens-institute-technology

NCSA 2015 Article Prize

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2015 Article Prize, which recognizes excellence in scholarly studies from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (French Revolution to World War I). The winner will receive a cash award of $500 to be presented at the Thirty-sixth Annual NCSA Conference, “Material Cultures/Material Worlds” in Boston, MA (26-28 March 2015).

Articles published between 1 Sep 2013 and 31 Aug 2014 are eligible for consideration for the 2015 prize and may be submitted by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. The submission of essays that take an interdisciplinary approach is especially encouraged. The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. Applicants are encouraged to attend the conference at which the prize will be awarded.

Send one PDF file electronically of published articles/essays, including the publication’s name/volume/date etc. to the chair of the committee at the following email address: jmhill@unr.edu. All submissions via email will be acknowledged; queries should be addresses to Professor Jen Hill at the same email address.

Applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility, and one entry per scholar or publisher is allowed annually. Essays written in part or entirely in a language other than English must be accompanied by English translations. Deadline for submission is 30 Sep 2014.

The NCSA 2015 Emerging Scholars Award

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2015 Emerging Scholars Award. The work of emerging scholars represents the promise and long-term future of interdisciplinary scholarship in 19th-century studies. In recognition of the excellent publications of this constituency of emerging scholars, this award will be given to an outstanding article or essay published within five years of the author’s doctorate. Entries can be from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (the French Revolution to World War I); they must be published in English or be accompanied by an English translation, and must be by a single author. Submission of essays that are interdisciplinary is especially encouraged.

Entrants must be within five years of having received a doctorate or other terminal professional degree, and must have less than seven years of experience either in an academic career, or as a post-terminal-degree independent scholar or practicing professional.

Only articles physically published between 1 Sep 2013 and 31 Aug 2014 (even if the citation date of the journal is different) are eligible for the 2015 Emerging Scholar Award. Articles published in any scholarly journal, including on-line journals, or in edited volumes of essays are eligible and may be submitted either by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. In any given year, an applicant may submit more than one article for this award.

The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. Articles submitted to the NCSA Article Prize competition are ineligible for the Emerging Scholars Award.

The winner will receive $500 to be presented at the annual NCSA Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, 26-28 Mar 2015. Prize recipients need not be members of the NCSA but are encouraged to attend the conference to receive the award. Deadline for submission is 30 Sep 2014.

Send electronic PDF submissions to: pcroce@stetson.edu, Chair of the Emerging Scholars Award, Professor Paul Croce, Department of History, Stetson University. If necessary, three off-prints or photocopies of published articles/essays may be mailed to the committee chair. Please note that applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility and provide an email address so that receipt of their submissions may be acknowledged.