Member News – July 2021

Pnina Abir-Am (Brandeis University) was named the winner of a 2021 SIIA Excel Award in the Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Features category (Silver) for her article “The Women Who Discovered RNA Splicing” published in the September-October 2020 issue of the American Scientist (Vol. 108, no. 6). An opinion piece by the author about the implications of the journal’s editors to not feature the article on the cover was the cover article in our previous issue (HSS Newsletter, April 2021).

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Warwick Anderson (University of Sydney) has been interviewed for the American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History “AHA Member Spotlight” Series.

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Patrick Anthony (Vanderbilt University) was the editor for a special issue of Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte (Volume 44, issue 2) June 2021 on “Working at the Margins: Labor and the Politics of Participation in Natural History, 1700–1830,” with the following articles:

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The Doctrine of Triangles: A History of Modern Trigonometry by Glen Van Brummelen
The Doctrine of Triangles: A History of Modern Trigonometry by Glen Van Brummelen

Glen Van Brummelen (Trinity Western University) The Doctrine of Triangles: A History of Modern Trigonometry (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2021).

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Elena Canadelli (University of Padova) was elected president of the Italian Society for the History of Science in February 2021. The Society has just signed an important agreement with the Museo Galileo in Florence in order to enhance and spread the study and knowledge of the history of science in Italy. An on-line early career conference is scheduled for mid-October 2021 and a new website is on its way. Stay tuned!

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Kenneth Caneva (Professor emeritus, UNC Greensboro) established a personal website, through which he has made available downloadable a comprehensive bibliography on the conservation of energy, consisting of around 2700 primary sources, counting reprints and translations, covering principally the period 1830–1900.

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Ian M. Davis (Universidade de Coimbra) gave an invited talk, “Antoni van Leeuwenhoek: Defining Proportion in the Microscopic Realm,” on 23 June 2021 for the Historical Microscopy Symposium during the World Microbe Forum, a combined virtual conference of the American Microbiological Society and the Federation of European Microbiological Societies.

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The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender From Genesis to the Renaissance by Leah DeVun
The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender From Genesis to the Renaissance by Leah DeVun

Leah DeVun (Rutgers University) published The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender From Genesis to the Renaissance (New York: Columbia University Press, 2021).

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Nature Remade: Engineering Life, Envisioning Worlds by Luis Campos, Michael R. Dietrich, Tiago Saraiva, and Christian C. Young
Nature Remade: Engineering Life, Envisioning Worlds by Luis Campos, Michael R. Dietrich, Tiago Saraiva, and Christian C. Young

Luis Campos (University of New Mexico), Michael R. Dietrich (University of Pittsburgh), Tiago Saraiva (Drexel University), and Christian C. Young are pleased to announce the publication of their new multi-author volume: Nature Remade: Engineering Life, Envisioning Worlds (University of Chicago Press, 2021). Organized around three themes, the volume charts different means, scales, and consequences of intervening and reimagining nature, and explores the many ways in which “engineering” has firmly taken root in the entangled bank of biology.

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Richard A. Duschl (Executive Director, Caruth Institute for Engineering Education in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University and Professor Emeritus, Penn State University) was elected in February 2021 to the National Academy of Education – NAEd in recognition for his many contributions. He is also a recipient of the 2021 NARST Fellow Award.

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Nahyan Fancy (DePauw University) was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2021-2022) with his project titled “In Ibn al-Nafis’s Shadow: Arabic Medical Commentaries in the PostClassical Period (1200–1520).” He also published “Plague and the Fall of Baghdad (1258),” Medical History 65, no. 2 (April 2021): 157-177.

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Jim Fleming (Colby College) will become an emeritus professor on September 1 and will begin his “permanent sabbatical.”

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Scott F. Gilbert (Swarthmore College) has published “Systemic racism, systemic sexism, and the embryological enterprise,” Developmental Biology 473 (May, 2021): 97-104.

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Simon Grote (Wellesley College) has received the Dr. Liselotte Kirchner Fellowship from the Francke Foundations in Halle (Saale) for four months of research, beginning in August 2021, on a new project: “Searching for the World-Soul: Experimental Science, Philosophy, and the Bible in the Early German Enlightenment.”

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Anita Guerrini (Oregon State University/UC Santa Barbara) delivered the Stillman Drake Lecture, “Galileo among the Giants,” on May 30 to the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science.

Also, together with Georgina Montgomery (Michigan State University), she organized and edited “Sustainability and the history of scientific environments,” a special issue of Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science (Vol. 75, no. 2) containing the following articles:

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The Wretched Atom: America’s Global Gamble with Peaceful Nuclear Technology by Jacob Darwin Hamblin
The Wretched Atom: America’s Global Gamble with Peaceful Nuclear Technology by Jacob Darwin Hamblin

Jacob Darwin Hamblin (Oregon State University) published The Wretched Atom: America’s Global Gamble with Peaceful Nuclear Technology (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021).

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Bert Hansen (Baruch College of CUNY, Emeritus) recently published “Pasteur’s Lifelong Engagement with the Fine Arts: Uncovering a Scientist’s Passion and Personality,” in the Annals of Science (online April 29, 2021).

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Barbara Haubold and photo of Albert Abraham Michelson
Barbara Haubold and photo of Albert Abraham Michelson

In April 2021 Hans Haubold (United Nations) and Barbara Haubold (International Atomic Energy Agency) remembered the international celebrations that have been held in 1981 in Potsdam, Germany, at the Centenary of Albert Abraham Michelson’s first aether drift experiment performed in Potsdam in 1881.

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Ernst Homburg (University of Maastricht, retired) was awarded the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC)’s John and Martha Morris Award for 2021 for his outstanding work on the history of the chemical industry.

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Gerald Holton (Harvard University), emeritus professor of the history of science and a former president of HSS, turned 99 years old on 23 May 2021 and was awarded the 2021 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Humanities “for articulating the cultural dimension of science and the liberating power of scientific rationality.” Many congratulations to Gerry on this magnificent award and happy birthday as well!

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Kim Kleinman (Webster University, Missouri Botanical Garden) has published the eighth paper in a series examining the contributions of Edgar Anderson of the Missouri Botanical Garden to 20th century evolutionary biology: “From Geneticist to the Garden to Senior Botanist: Edgar Anderson and the Study of Plants in the 20th Century,” Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Volume 105, Number 4 (December, 2020), 578-587.

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In February, Francesco Luzzini (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) was awarded an EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship for his project “SOUNDEPTH – Sounding the Depths of Providence: Mineral (Re)generation, Natural Resources, and Human-Environment Interaction in the Early Modern Period.” The project is hosted by Johns Hopkins University—where Francesco will carry out his research from 2021-2023 in collaboration with Prof. Lawrence Principe—and by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage) in 2023 where he will work with Prof. Pietro Daniel Omodeo.

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Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia by George Makari
Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia by George Makari

George Makari (DeWitt Wallace Institute: History, Policy and the Arts, Weill Cornell Medical College) published Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia (New York: W.W. Norton, 2021).

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Adrienne Mayor (Stanford University) published “Prometheus’ Toolbox,” Lapham’s Quarterly, March 2021: 193-200 and “Amazons.” Entry, Oxford Classical Dictionary, digital ed. Oxford University Press, 2021. Additionally, “Talos Dreams,” a new musical composition was commissioned by Greek Chamber Music, based on Mayor’s book, Gods and Robots (Princeton University Press, 2018) which premiered on April 25, 2021, at the University of California, Berkeley. Gods and Robots has now been translated into Spanish, Chinese, German, Korean, and Arabic, and her lecture of the same title for the Long Now Foundation on YouTube has more than a million views. Other recent presentations (also delivered remotely) include: “Imagining Robots in Antiquity,” at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on 4 March, 2021 a lecture on ancient automatons in myth and history, for the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence colloquium, Oxford, UK, on 11 February 2021, and a workshop on “Ancient Science Fictions,” for Everyday U, Everyday Robots Project, AlphabetX (GoogleX) Moonshot Division, on Nov. 12, 2020. Mayor’s book The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World (Princeton University Press, 2016) was recently optioned by FreeForm Disney, and she has also given two podcast interviews for National Geographic on the archaeology of ancient women warriors.

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Far Beyond the Moon: A History of Life Support Systems in the Space Age by David Munns
Far Beyond the Moon: A History of Life Support Systems in the Space Age by David Munns

David Munns (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) and Kärin Nickelsen published Far Beyond the Moon: A History of Life Support Systems in the Space Age (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021).

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Deprived, as most of us are, of the pleasure of delving into archives, David Orenstein (Danforth CTI, Retired) has turned to electronic study and communication. He has been blogging regularly with the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association (CSTHA), looking at archival resources and the commemoration of special events in the history of Canadian science. He has also produced a pair of blog posts on “Time Zones” for the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM). In addition to attending and promoting the monthly online colloquia of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM), he and Michael Barany (University of Edinburgh) debated “The Success of the 1924 Toronto International Mathematical Congress” for the Society’s colloquium series in October 2020. On May 30, 2021, David delivered his paper “A Scientific Centennial: The 1921 Toronto Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science” for the online conference of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS). With a couple of CSTHA blog colleagues, David is co-convening a special session on the history of the geosciences in Canada for the 2021 conference of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), to be held November 1–5, (hybrid online and at the Western University, London Ontario. He has also been asked to prepare an article on the 1972 Montreal International Geological Congress for Episodes, the journal of the International Union of Geological Sciences, scheduled to appear in early 2022.

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Science on a Mission: How Military Funding Shaped What We Do and Don’t Know about the Ocean by Naomi Oreskes
Science on a Mission: How Military Funding Shaped What We Do and Don’t Know about the Ocean by Naomi Oreskes

Naomi Oreskes (Harvard University) published Science on a Mission: How Military Funding Shaped What We Do and Don’t Know about the Ocean (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2021).

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Seth Rasmussen (North Dakota State University) has published “New Insight into the “Fortuitous Error” that Led to the 2000 Nobel Prize in ChemistrySubstantia 5, no. 1 (2021), 91-97, as well as “From Parkesine to Celluloid: The Birth of Organic PlasticsAngewandte Chemie International Edition 60 (2021): 8012-8016.

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Spalt und Fuge: Eine Phänomenologie des Experiments by Hans-Joerg Rheinberger
Spalt und Fuge: Eine Phänomenologie des Experiments by Hans-Joerg Rheinberger

Hans-Joerg Rheinberger (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin) published Spalt und Fuge: Eine Phänomenologie des Experiments [in translation: Gap and Fugue: A Phenomenology of Experiment] (Suhrkamp, Berlin 2021).

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Neeraja Sankaran (HSS Newsletter) published “The Secret Lives of DNAInference: International Review of Science 6 (1), an essay review of Unravelling the Double Helix: The Lost Heroes of DNA by Gareth Williams (Pegasus Books, 2019).

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Carlos Sierra (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) has been involved in the following:

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Cold War Social Science: Transnational Entanglements by Mark Solovey
Cold War Social Science: Transnational Entanglements by Mark Solovey

Mark Solovey (University of Toronto) published Cold War Social Science: Transnational Entanglements (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).

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Frank W. Stahnisch (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada) has received the “Established Scholar Research Award” of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts. Additionally, he recently published A New Field in Mind—A History of Interdisciplinarity in the Early Brain Sciences (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020).

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Intelligent Love: The Story of Clara Park, Her Autistic Daughter, and the Myth of the Refrigerator Mother by Marga Vicedo
Intelligent Love: The Story of Clara Park, Her Autistic Daughter, and the Myth of the Refrigerator Mother by Marga Vicedo

Marga Vicedo (University of Toronto) published Intelligent Love: The Story of Clara Park, Her Autistic Daughter, and the Myth of the Refrigerator Mother (Boston: Beacon Press, 2021).

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