Member News – July 2020

Warwick Anderson (University of Sydney) published two articles on the website  Somatosphere: “Epidemic Philosophy,” (April 2020) and “Not on the Beach, or Death in Bondi,” (May 2020) as well as “Unmasked: Face Work in a Pandemic,” in the June 2020 issue of Arena Quarterly.

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The Chemical Philosophy of Robert Boyle: Mechanism, Chymical Atoms, and Emergence

Marina Paola Banchetti-Robino (Florida Atlantic University) published The Chemical Philosophy of Robert Boyle: Mechanism, Chymical Atoms, and Emergence (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020).

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Julie K. Brown (Independent Scholar – Research Associate, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution) published “Connecting health and the museum: An exhibition initiative by the National Health Council at the Smithsonian Institution’s United States National Museum, 1922–1924” in Museum History Journal 12, no. (2019): 111-128.

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Janet Browne (Harvard University) was elected as an Honorary member (Polite Literature and Antiquities) of the Royal Irish Academy in May 2020.

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Steven M. Carr (Memorial University of Newfoundland) published “Evidence for the Persistence of Ancient Beothuk and Maritime Archaic Mitochondrial DNA Genome Lineages among Modern Native American Peoples,” now available online on the website of the journal Genome.

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Karine Chemla (CNRS-Université de Paris) was named the 2020 recipient of Otto Neugebauer Prize by the European Mathematical Society, which awards this prize every four years “for highly original and influential work in the field of history of mathematics.”  

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H. Floris Cohen (Universiteit Utrecht) has been named the 2020-21 Sarton Chair at Ghent University.

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Angela Creager (Princeton University) was recently elected to the American Philosophical Society, the United States’ oldest scholarly organization.

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Jane P. Davidson (University of Nevada, Reno) published “The Hours with Ghosts of Edward Drinker Cope, Elliott Coues and Joseph Leidy. Scientific Interest in the Occult,” in Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science Fall 2019, v122. (225-235).

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Ian Davis (Universidade de Coimbra) published “Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and Measuring the Invisible: The Context of 16th and 17th century Micrometry,” available online on the website of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part A.

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Steven Dick (formerly NASA Chief Historian) has been elected to the first class of fellows of the American Astronomical Society, and also published Space, Time, and Aliens: Collected Works on Cosmos and Culture (New York: Springer, 2020).

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A Century of Geneticists: Mutation to Medicine

Krishna Dronamraju (Foundation for Genetic Research, Houston, Texas, USA) has published A Century of Geneticists: Mutation to Medicine (Routledge; 1 edition, 2018).

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Bert Hansen (Baruch College of CUNY, emeritus) was interviewed in April 2020 for a 30-minute podcast of Rediscovering New York, “New York’s Hospitals, Past and Present,” available to listen and download. In early May on the website of the Science History Institute, he published a brief account of the long history of convalescent plasma therapy, in the news these days as a possible treatment or preventative for COVID-19, in “The Story of Serum Therapy.”

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Hans J. Haubold (United Nations) published “A. M. Mathai Centre for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences: A Brief History of the Centre and Prof. Dr. A. M. Mathai’s Research and Education Programs at the Occasion of His 85th Anniversary,” Creative Education, 11, 356-405 (March 2020), a case study on the history of the Centre for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Kerala, India, covering also an overview of the Centre’s research and education programs in a diverse range of topics.

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Sandra Herbert (University of Maryland Baltimore County) is the 2020 recipient of the Sue Tyler Friedman Medal from the Geological Society of London, awarded for “distinguished contributions to the recording of the history of geology.”

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Danian Hu (City College of New York) published “The Transnational Dimensions of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Modern China,” Chinese Annals of History of Science and Technology, December 2019. For more information on this special issue of the journal see the “News of the Profession” section of this issue.

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On July 1, 2020, Edward Jones-Imhotep formerly at the history department at York University, Toronto took up a new position as Director of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. 

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Daniel Kevles (emeritus, Yale University) published the introduction to Heirloom Fruits of America: Selections from the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection (Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books, 2020) pp 1-18, and “Enlisting the Laboratories: Science, Defense, and the Transformation of the Hi-Tech West,” in World War II and the West It Wrought, Mark Brilliant and David M. Kennedy eds., (Palo Alto, CA: Stanford U. Press, 2020) pp. 38-73. 

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Harald Kümmerle (German Institute for Japanese Studies) was awarded the 2020 Johannes Zilkens Dissertation Prize by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation for his Ph.D. dissertation, “Die Institutionalisierung der Mathematik als Wissenschaft im Japan der Meiji- und Taishō-Zeit,” [The Institutionalization of mathematics as a science in Meiji- and Taishō-era Japan] which he defended at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in January 2019. The dissertation will be published as a monograph in the series “Acta Historia Leopoldina” published by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and German Academic Scholarship Foundation has produced a video in which Kümmerle gives an introduction into his research.

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Pamela Long (Independent Scholar) was awarded the Spiro Kostof Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians for her book Engineering the Eternal City: Infrastructure, Topography, and the Culture of Knowledge in Late Sixteenth-Century Rome (Chicago: Univ. Chicago Press, 2018).

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Patrick McCray (University of California, Santa Barbara) published Making Art Work: How Cold War Engineers and Artists Forged a New Creative Culture, Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2020.

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Gregg Mitman (University of Wisconsin, Madison) has been awarded a €2.5 million European Research Council Advanced Grant for his project, “Bloodborne: Hot Zones, Disease Ecologies, and the Changing Landscape of Environment and Health in West Africa,” to be based at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich. This five-year project aims to discern the ecological, economic, political and social forces at play that have simultaneously turned certain regions into profitable sites of natural resource extraction, productive enclaves of biomedical research, and hot zones of pandemic threats.

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Josephine Musil-Gutsch (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) and Kärin Nickelsen (LMU München) published “Ein Botaniker in der Paläographie: Offene und geschlossene Kooperationen in den Wissenschaften um 1900” [A Botanist in the History of Paper: Open and Closed Cooperations in the Sciences Around 1900], NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin, 28, 2020, 1-33. 

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Víctor Navarro-Brotons (University of Valencia) recently published the following: M. Menéndez Pelayo: La ciencia española [Menéndez Pelayo: Spanish science], V. Navarro Brotons and Gerardo Bolado (eds.), Fundación Ignacio Larramendi, Madrid, 2019 and Vicente Mut (1614-1687), astrónomo y matemático [Vicente Mut (1614-1687) astronomer and mathematician], Fundación Ignacio Larramendi, Madrid, 2019.

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Richard Noakes (University of Exeter) recently published Physics and Psychics: The Occult and the Sciences in Modern Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019).

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Tara Nummedal (Brown University) and Donna Bilak (Independent scholar) are editors of Furnace and Fugue: A Digital Edition of Michael Maier’s Atalanta fugiens (1618) with Scholarly Commentary (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2020). 

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Mary Jo Nye (Oregon State University) and Alan Rocke (Case Western Reserve University) have jointly received the Franklin-Lavoisier Prize for 2020, which is awarded every other year, for work in the preservation and highlighting of any aspect of our common scientific or industrial heritage in the fields of chemistry and its related applications, the promotion of the history of the chemical and molecular sciences and industries, or the fostering of closer Franco-American ties and the promotion of significant activities in the chemical sciences or industries. The prize is cosponsored by the Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie and the Science History Institute, and the award ceremony will take place at the Maison de la Chimie in Paris. For further information, click here

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Lynn Nyhart (University of Wisconsin–Madison) was recently one of 11 recipients of a WARF (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation) Named Professorship. In Lynn’s words: A lovely feature of this professorship is that the recipient gets to designate the name for the professorship. I am therefore now, with great pleasure, the Robert E. Kohler Professor of History of Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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Joseph Pitt (Virginia Tech) published Heraclitus Redux; Technological Infrastructures and Scientific Change (Roman and Littlefield Publishers, 2019). 

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Theodore Porter (UCLA) announces the following:

The paperback edition of Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity (Princeton University Press, July 2020).

New edition of The Rise of Statistical Thinking, 1820–1900 (Princeton University Press, first published 1986) and Trust in Numbers: The Pursuit of Objectivity in Science and Public Life (Princeton University Press;, first ed., 1995) will appear with new prefaces by the author in August 2020.  

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Jamil Ragep (McGill University) received the 2019 TÜBA International Academy Prize in the Social and Humanities category for his work that broadened the time and space horizons of the history of Islamic science, and especially for his research on the ways in which Nasiruddin Tûsî, İbn Şâtır and Ali Kuşcu’s astronomy studies were transferred to Europe in the pre-modern period and showed the effects of the emergence of Copernican astronomy.

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Sally Ragep and Jamil Ragep will leave McGill University in August 2020 after 14 years, the former as Senior Researcher in Islamic Studies and the latter as Canada Research Chair in the History of Science in Islamic Societies. They hesitate to call this a retirement since they hope to continue their collaborative work on the history of Islamic science with colleagues in a number of countries, in particular Turkey, where Jamil was awarded the 2019 Turkish Academy of Sciences prize in Social Sciences and Humanities. They also hope to stay active in the Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative, whose new home will be at Medeniyet University in Istanbul.

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Harriet Ritvo (MIT) was awarded the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH)’s Distinguished Scholar Award given every year to an individual who has contributed significantly to environmental history scholarship. 

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Margaret Rossiter (Cornell University, emerita) and her work in restoring the historical place of women in science were recently featured in “Women Scientists Were Written out of History. It’s Margaret Rossiter’s Lifelong Mission to Fix That” in Smithsonian Magazine (October 2019).

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Alan  Rushton (Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington, NJ) published “Professionalisation and Professionalism: Diphtheria and Medical Practice in Minnesota 1850–1900,” Social History of Medicine (2019), and “’Whatever Works’: Innovations in the Treatment of Hemophilia in America 1783–1950Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 37, (2020):119-146 (2020).

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On May 27, 2020 Neeraja Sankaran (Visiting Fellow, University of Leeds, and editor, HSS Newsletter) delivered the C. Michael Mellor Public Lecture titled “Fantastic Microbes and Where to Find Them.” Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this event was conducted online via Zoom. A recorded version of the talk is available on Youtube.

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

El planeta de los virus: El nuevo Decanerón,” Nueva Gaceta, 1 April 2020

De zonas de inteligencia en Colombia: ¿En dónde están?,” Nueva Gaceta, 8 March 2020

De involuciones con las que inicia el 2020,” Nueva Gaceta, 30 January 2020

Cajal y la cuestión ambiental,” Comarca, December 2019

Leonardo da Vinci: Cuando no se comprende la historia de la ciencia y la tecnología,” Nueva Gaceta, 14 December 2019

La dimensión ética del extravio de Occidente, Revista de Bioética Latinoamericana, November 2019

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Robert W. Smith (University of Alberta) is the recipient of the 2020 LeRoy E. Doggett Prize for Historical Astronomy, a biennial award from the Historical Astronomy Division to an individual who has significantly influenced the field of the history of astronomy by a career-long effort. 

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Mark Solovey (University of Toronto, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology) published Social Science for What? Battles over Public Funding for the “Other Sciences” at the National Science Foundation (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2020).  

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Joel Tannenbaum (University of the Sciences) published  “Blue Steak, Red Peas: Science, Marketing and the Making of a Culinary Myth,” Gastronomica 20, 2 (2020) 30-36. 

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Tamara Plakins Thornton (State University of New York, Buffalo) published “Mathematical Geography, the ‘Use of the Globes,’ and Race Theory in Early America.” William and Mary Quarterly, 3d. ser., 77, no. 2 (April 2020): 273-310. She will spend Spring Semester 2021 as an NEH-AAS Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society, pursuing her book project, “Globes and the Global Imagination in Early America: A Study in People, Ideas, and Objects.” 

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Arleen Tuchman (Vanderbilt University) has published Diabetes: A History of Race and Disease (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020). 

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Zuoyue Wang (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona) recently published the following:

With Jinhai Guo. “Transnational Mathematics and Movements: Shiing-shen Chern, Hua Luogeng, and the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study from World War II to the Cold WarChinese Annals of History of Science and Technology 3, no. 2 (2019): 118-165, part of a special issue of the journal guest edited by Danian Hu.

From Modern Physics to the Cold War and Beyond,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 50, nos. 1-2 (2020): 25-30, part of a special issue of the HSNS on “Looking Backward, Looking Forward: HSNS at 50” edited by Erika Lorraine Milam.

Wang also appeared in two media reports on the global COVID-19 vaccine efforts: one on the National Public Radio (NPR) on May 19, 2020, and another one in the June 2020 issue of Exame, the Brazilian business magazine. 

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Dominik Wujastyk (University of Alberta) a member of the editorial board of History of Science in South Asia is pleased to announce the completion of volume 7 of the journal. Volume 8 currently in progress has already published four articles online. 

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Appetite and Its Discontents: Science, Medicine, and the Urge to Eat, 1750–1950

Elizabeth Williams (Professor Emerita, Department of History, Oklahoma State University) published Appetite and Its Discontents: Science, Medicine, and the Urge to Eat, 1750–1950 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020).

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Richard Yeo (Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia) published “Thinking with Excerpts: John Locke (1632-1704) and His Notebooks,” Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, 43 (2020), 180-202.

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