July 2021 Newsletter

Reflections on Gender in our Society

Following up on the recent report from the co-editors of Isis, Alix Hui and Matt Lavine, about the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on submissions from women, the HSS Newsletter invited them to talk about the meaning and implications of the data collected for the journal and the society more broadly. Future HSS President, Karen Rader, and the co-chairs of the HSS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CoDI), Don Opitz and Myrna Perez Sheldon, joined them with their insights on this important issue.

Autobiography of an Article

The act of reviving and polishing the text of a thirty-year old article led Mark B. Adams, Professor emeritus, University of Pennsylvania on a trip down memory lane. The HSS Newsletter is delighted that he shared his memories with us, thereby offering a peek into how history is made and done.

Roundtable with Erika Milam, 2020 Levinson Prize Winner

The HSS Newsletter is pleased to congratulate Erika Milam, winner of the 2020 Suzanne J. Levinson Prize, for her book Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America (Princeton University Press, 2019). The Levinson Prize is awarded biennally (in even-numbered years) to the author of a book from the past four years on the history of the life sciences and natural history. Matthew Goodrum, Georgina Montgomery and Marga Vicedo had questions aplenty to ask of about her “nuanced and compelling book” which Erika tackles with aplomb and clarity.

Why Translate?: A Conversation

A few years ago, the British Society for the History of Science launched a new initiative, BSHS Translations, an online series featuring scholarly translations of publications in our discipline, which were originally published in a language other than English. The first offering to the series, in 2016, titled “Legumes and linguistics” was a translation of Mendel’s classic “Experiments on Plant Hybrids” by Staffan Müller-Wille and Kersten Hall, which was followed soon thereafter by Nils Roll-Hansen’s translation of a lesser-known Danish tract by the geneticist Wilhelm Johannsen, about Darwinism. Following the recent publication of the translation of Friedrich Miescher’s 1871 discovery of DNA (he called it nuclein) by Kersten and me, all of us engaged in a conversation exchanging accounts of our experiences and reflecting on the role of translation in the history of science. For a change, I am on the other side, so to speak (i.e. as a participant rather than interlocutor), in such a conversation featured in the HSS Newsletter.

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