October 2016 News From the Profession

The 2016 ACLS Fellowship Recipients

The following 2016 American Council of Learned Societies fellowship recipients are members of the History of Science Society:

  • Ariew, Roger – ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship
    Professor, Philosophy, University of South Florida
    A New Critical Edition and Complete English Translation of the Correspondence of René Descartes
  • Baldwin, Melinda – ACLS Fellowship Program
    Independent Scholar
    In Referees We Trust? Scientific Legitimacy and the Rise of Peer Review in the Twentieth Century
  • Biagioli, Mario – ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship
    Professor, Science and Technology Studies, Law, and History, University of California, Davis
    Machine-Made Law: Mapping the Modern Patent Episteme, 1790-2000
  • Dent, Rosanna – Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
    Doctoral Candidate, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania
    Studying Indigenous Brazil: The Xavante and the Human Sciences, 1958-2015
  • Gaida, Margaret – Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
    Doctoral Candidate, History of Science, University of Oklahoma
    Encounters with Alcabitius: Reading Arabic Astrology in the Latin West, 950-1560
  • Solomon, Adriana Monica – Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
    Doctoral Candidate, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame
    On the Interaction between Mathematical
    Methods and Metaphysics in Isaac Newton’s Writings: The Case of Mathematical Forces
  • Statman, Alexander – Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
    Doctoral Candidate, History, Stanford University
    A Global Enlightenment: History, Science, and the Birth of Sinology

Please note that the list is based on voluntary information that fellowship recipients provided
as part of their applications. For an overview of all ACLS fellowship recipients, please refer to our
website: http://www.acls.org/fellows/new.

Application deadlines for the upcoming 2016-17 competitions are posted on the ACLS website,
and more detailed information on the individual programs will be available within the next few
weeks. Congratulations to all recipients!

2016 Osiris Call for Proposals

The Editorial Board of Osiris solicits proposals for Volume 35 which will appear in 2020. Osiris is an international research journal devoted to the history of science and its cultural influences and is a publication of the History of Science Society and the University of Chicago Press.

Osiris aims to connect the history of science with other areas of historical scholarship. Volumes of the journal are designed to explore how, where, and why science draws upon and contributes to society, culture, and politics. The journal’s editors and board members strongly encourage proposals that engage with and examine broad themes while aiming for diversity across time and space. The journal is also very interested in receiving proposals that assess the state of the history of science as a field, broadly construed, in both established and emerging areas of scholarship. Possible future issues, for example, might consider themes such as: Sexuality; Food; Disability and Mobility; Science, Risk, and Disaster; Science in the Global South and/or Africa; Environments and Populations; Time, Temporality, and Periodization.

Proposals should include the following items:

  1. A description of the topic and its significance (approximately 2000 words)
  2. A list of 12 to 15 contributors along with a title and paragraph describing each contributor’s individual essay
  3. A two-page c.v. of the guest editor(s)

The guest editor(s) and their contributors must be prepared to meet the Osiris publication schedule. Volume 35 (2020) will go to press—after refereeing, authors’ revisions, and copyediting—in the fall of 2019. The guest editor(s) must therefore choose contributors who are able to submit their completed essays by the summer of 2018.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Osiris Editorial Board at the annual meeting of the History of Science Society in November 2016. The announcement of the next volume of Osiris will be made in January 2017.

Proposals and all supporting material should be sent in paper or electronic copy by 15 October 2016 to both:

  • W. Patrick McCray
    Department of History, University of California
    Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9410
    pmccray@history.ucsb.edu
  • Suman Seth
    303 Rockefeller, Hall Department of Science and
    Technology Studies, Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY 14853
    ss536@cornell.edu

CNSF Releases Statement on American Innovation and Competitiveness Act

The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), of which COSSA is an active member, released a statement on July 6 regarding the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084). This legislation, which was approved by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on June 29, includes language authorizing the National Science Foundation (NSF); check out COSSA’s analysis for full details. The CNSF statement highlights the important role of the NSF in the U.S. innovation and research enterprise and requests that the Senate extend the length of NSF’s authorization past the two years currently provided in the bill. CNSF also thanks the Senate for reaffirming the NSF’s peer review process, addressing the importance of broadening participation in science, and calling for changes to regulations to all researchers to spend less time attending to administrative requirements. A webcast of the Senate Commerce Committee markup of the bill is available on the Senate website.

HPS&ST Note Online

The latest issue of the History and Philosophy of Science Teaching Group’s monthly newsletter is on the web at in the HPS&ST Note folder. This HPS&ST monthly Note is sent to about 7,100 individuals who directly or indirectly have an interest in the connections of history and philosophy of science with theoretical, curricular and pedagogical issues in science teaching, and/or interests in the promotion of more engaging and effective teaching of the history and philosophy of science. The Note is sent on to different HPS lists and to science teaching lists.

The Note serves the diverse international community of HPS&ST scholars and teachers by disseminating information about events and publications that connect to HPS&ST concerns. It is an information list, not a discussion list. Contributions to the note (publications, conferences etc.) are welcome and should be sent direct to the editor: Michael R. Matthews, UNSW, m.matthews@unsw.edu.au.

Announcing the 2016-17 Fellows of the Beckman Center at CHF

The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry, at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 class of fellows. For more information about the Beckman Center and its programs, see www.chemheritage.org/beckmancenter.

Cain Senior Fellow (4 months in residence)

Frank Zelko (University of Vermont).
“Precious Bodily Fluids: What the History of
Fluoride Tells Us About Science, Public Health,
and the Politics of Knowledge”

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

  • Thomas Apel (Menlo College).
    Haas Fellowship: “Translating Lavoisier: French
    Chemistry and the Making of American
    Science, 1790-1830.”
  • Agnieszka Rec (Yale University).
    Herdegen Fellowship: “Blood is Thicker than
    Aqua Regia: Alchemical Networks in Sixteenth-
    Century Central and Eastern Europe.”
  • Jean-Olivier Richard (Johns Hopkins University).
    Cain Fellowship: “Mixture Makers: The Role of
    Mankind in Père Castel’s Matter Theory.”

Long-Term Dissertation Fellows (9 months in residence)

  • Cari Casteel (Auburn University).
    Price Fellowship: “The Odor of Things: Deodorant, Gender, and Olfaction in the United States.”
  • Kirsten Moore-Sheeley (Johns Hopkins University).
    Haas Fellowship: “Nothing But Nets: History of Insecticide Treated Nets, 1980s-Present.”
  • Elisabeth Moreau (Université Libre de Bruxelles).
    Haas Fellowship: “The Composition of Life and Health: Elements, Particles, and Atoms in
    Late Renaissance Physiology.”

Short-Term Fellows

  • Sarah Ehlers (University of Leicester).
    “Pharmaceutical Crossings: Chemotherapeutic Research between Europe, Colonial Africa, and the US.” (2 months)
  • Lynne Friedmann (Freelance Science Writer).
    “Ink Chemists of the Industrial Revolution.” (3 months)
  • Ute Frietsch (HAB Wolfenbüttel).
    “Hidden helpers? An Investigation into Women’s Activities in Early Modern Alchemy/
    chymistry.” (3 months)
  • Marieke Hendriksen (Utrecht University).
    “Boerhaave’s Mineral Chemistry and Its Influence on Eighteenth-century Pharmacy.” (1
    month)
  • Gabriel Moshenska (University College London).
    “The Development of Gas Masks in the Early Twentieth Century.” (2 months)
  • Ingemar Pettersson (Uppsala University).
    “Masters of Flavor: Sensory Analysis and High Industrial Food.” (2 months)
  • Marlise Rijks (Ghent University).
    “By Human Hands. Counterfeiting Nature in Early Modern Europe.” (1 month)
  • Michael Rossi (University of Chicago).
    “Between Objectivity, Subjectivity, and
    Aesthetics: Color Chemistry, Measurement and Manufacture, 1830 to 1930.” (2 months)
  • Sharon Ruston (Lancaster University).
    “The Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy.” (2 months)
  • Oscar Torres (Colegio de Mexico).
    “Miners, Oilmen and Chemists: Globalization and Technology in Mexican Sulphur Industry
    (1920 – 1972).” (2 months)
  • Mark Waddell (Michigan State University).
    “The Devil’s Cure: Magical Medicine and the Problem of Plausibility in the Seventeenth Century.” (1 month)

C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society Meetings

The C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society invites members and their guests to their 2016-2017 meetings co-sponsored by the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh.

  • November 1, 2016
    24th Annual Sylvan E. Stool History of Medicine Lecture
    Charles Bryan, M. D., Heyward Gibbes
    Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine,
    Emeritus, University of South Carolina,
    Columbia, S. C.
    “Verbing Faith: An Early Medical Humanist.”
  • January 24, 2017
    Donald S. Burke, M.D., Dean, Graduate School
    of Public Health Associate, Vice Chancellor in
    Global Health, University of Pittsburgh
    “Origins of the World Health Organization’s Definition of Health: Pittsburgh Threads.”
  • February 28, 2017
    6th Annual Jonathon Erlen History of Medicine Lecture
    Douglas Lanska, M.D., Professor of Neurology,
    University of Wisconsin,
    “Seeing Things Differently: Insights on Perception and Disorders of Movement from the Dawn of Motion Pictures.”
  • April 5, 2017
    29th Annual Mark M. Ravitch History of Medicine Lecture
    Marc E. Mitchell, M.D, Professor of Surgery,
    University of Mississippi Medical Center,
    “James D. Hardy and the First Heart and Lung
    Transplants at the University of Mississippi
    Medical Center.”

All lectures will be held in Lecture Room #5, Scaife Hall, University of Pittsburgh, at 6 PM. A dinner for members and their guests in the 11th floor Conference Center, Scaife Hall will follow each of the five individual lectures. The society hopes that you and any interested colleagues will join them for these five evenings of historical lectures and discussions. The C. F. Reynolds Medical History Society appreciates your continuing support and is confident that you will enjoy this coming year’s programming. Please refer all questions on the Society and its programming to the Society’s Secretary/
Treasurer, Dr. Jonathon Erlen, 412-648-8927; erlen@pitt.edu.

ACLS’s Public Fellows Program

The American Council of Learned Societies, in conjunction with the Mellon Foundation, established a Public Fellows Program in 2011. The program offers recent PhDs from a humanistic discipline 2-year paid placements at selected government agencies and non profit groups. The annual stipend of $65,000 include health insurance and up to $3,000 in professional development.

Latest Doctoral Dissertations

You can view the latest batch of recent doctoral dissertations harvested from the issues 76-09 A and B of Dissertation Abstracts that pertain to the broad scope the history of science and medicine at www.hsls.pitt.edu/histmed/dissertations ProQuest has altered how they put out their individual issues. No longer do they correlate to one month, so the dating is more random. Thus titles will range from 2016 back into the 1930s. Because ProQuest has begun downloading a large number of earlier dissertations from many institutions a decision has been made to only include titles going back to 2010 in this database. Anyone who wants the complete list of titles on this topic should email me directly at erlen@pitt.edu and I will email you the full list.

Historians of Chemistry Gather in Philadelphia

On 20-24 August 2016, around 13,000 registrants assembled in Philadelphia for the 252nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society. Among the thirty-some sections of the ACS is the lively and popular History of Chemistry Division (HIST), under whose auspices 42 papers were presented in 11 scholarly sessions. Inter alia, two sessions were devoted to the subject “Chemistry in America, 1676-1876,” during which (for example) William Newman discoursed on New England “chymistry” in the generation after George Starkey.

The two sessions with perhaps the greatest interest for historians of science were a 90th birthday tribute to Otto Theodor Benfey, the noted chemist and historian of chemistry at Guilford College, and the HIST Award session honoring Ursula Klein, senior research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. In the session honoring Ted Benfey, Mary Ellen Bowden described the “second generation” in the Center for the History of Chemistry (now part of the Chemical Heritage Foundation); Bill Newman examined the changing historiography of Newton’s chymistry; Alan Rocke offered a new perspective on the Kekulé-Couper rivalry; Jeff Seeman shared some treasured memories of the honoree; two former colleagues and Ted’s son presented tributes; and a boyhood chum of Ted’s from 1930s Berlin returned to pay respects. The session was capped by an eloquent and moving autobiographical talk by Ted Benfey, who is still a lively presence at the podium.

The 2016 HIST Award for Outstanding Achievement in History of Chemistry was presented to the eminent Prof. Dr. Ursula Klein on 23 August at a symposium organized by Mary Jo Nye, Stephen Weininger, and Alan Rocke. Presenters included Wolfgang Lefèvre on the collaborative character of the Méthode de Nomenclature Chimique (1787); Michael Gordin on the periodic table as a paper tool; Alan Rocke on Erlenmeyer’s entrepreneurial career; Mary Jo Nye on early Nobel Awards and what they say about changing specialties; Stephen Weininger on physical organic chemistry in 20th-century Germany; and Evan Hepler-Smith on paper tools, nomenclature, and the influence of François Dagognet. The session ended with a stimulating presentation by Professor Klein on “Chemists for the Common Good,” concentrating on chemists in Prussian government service in the eighteenth century.

All in all, it was an interesting, instructive, and enjoyable five days for historians of chemistry in the City of Brotherly Love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ursula Klein receiving the 2016 HIST award on 23 August, handed to her by Gary Patterson, chair of the History Division of ACS. (Picture by Vera Mainz)

Ursula Klein receiving the 2016 HIST award on 23 August, handed to her by Gary Patterson, chair of the History Division of ACS. (Picture by Vera Mainz)

Photo of a presentation of a plaque on 21 August to Otto Theodor Benfey at the session celebrating his 90th birthday. Others in the picture are Gary Patterson, Vera Mainz (Secretary-Treasurer of HIST), and Jeffrey Seeman, organizer of the symposium. (Picture by John Sharkey)

Photo of a presentation of a plaque on 21 August to Otto Theodor Benfey at the session celebrating his 90th birthday. Others in the picture are Gary Patterson, Vera Mainz (Secretary-Treasurer of HIST), and Jeffrey Seeman, organizer of the symposium. (Picture by John Sharkey)

Lever Press Call for Works and Series

The Lever Press, a peer-reviewed, open-access publisher of scholarly monographs in the humanities, the arts, and the humanistic social sciences, has officially launched and now issues a call for works and series.

Conceived by an initiative of the Oberlin Group, a consortium of eighty liberal arts colleges across the nation, the Lever Press is made possible by funding commitments from more than forty college and university libraries within and beyond Oberlin’s membership, and run by a partnership of two established scholarly publishers—the Amherst College Press and Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan. Lever Press is guided by a cross-institutional, multidisciplinary editorial board of distinguished scholars:

  • Darin Hayton, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, Haverford College
  • Nicolle Hirschfeld, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Trinity University
  • Matthew Johnson, Assistant Professor and Chair of East Asian Studies, Grinnell College
  • Rebecca Futo Kennedy, Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Interim Director of the
    Denison Museum, Denison University
  • Frederick Knight, Professor and Chairman of History, Morehouse College
  • Karil Kucera, Associate Professor of Art History and Asian Studies and Chair, Asian Studies St. Olaf College
  • Jason Mittell, Professor of Film and Media Culture and American Studies and Faculty Director, Digital Liberal Arts Initiative, Middlebury College
  • Mary Crone Odekon, Professor and Chair, Department of Physics, Skidmore College
  • Aaron Simmons, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Furman University
  • Lisa Trivedi, Professor of History, Hamilton College
  • Josephine Wright, Professor of Music, The Josephine Lincoln Morris Professor of Black Studies, and Chair, Department of Africana Studies, The College of Wooster

In giving shape to its emerging editorial program, Lever Press has developed a “Guidance to Authors”
signaling an interest in works characterized by three qualities:

  • Exhibit the deep commitment to interdisciplinarity that is native to smaller academic communities where faculty members daily collaborate across field boundaries. We are particularly interested in projects that connect perspectives from the sciences, arts, and humanities.
  • Engage with major social issues facing our communities. Founded on strong ethical and
    religious principles, liberal arts colleges are the location of important debates about the grand
    challenges that face our society which we hope to manifest in our publications.
  • Blur the traditional lines between “research” and “teaching,” creating resources ideally suited for experiential learning environments. Liberal arts colleges have reinvented the pedagogy of engagement and our publications will reflect that commitment. Among other things, we are
    interested in projects curated by faculty members that involve undergraduates in the process of
    creation and highlight their contributions.

Proposals for new works and new series are now being welcomed at the Lever Press website. Information and instructions for submissions may be found at www.leverpress.org/authors/

ICHST Approved Symposium Proposals

The International Program Committee of the 25th ICHST in Rio has released its list of
approved symposium proposals. For more information on the symposia approved and the contact e-mails of their organizers, please click in the link “more info,” which is immediately below the references of each symposium.

Video Shares Insights into NIH Grant Application and Peer Review Process

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review (CSR) recently posted a video compiling insights from individuals who have participated in the NIH’s peer review process, including peer reviewers, study section chairs, and NIH staff. The video is designed to guide applicants in planning and writing a competitive grant application, including writing the summary and specific aims sections of the application; explaining why the research is essential; and the importance of explaining
proposed techniques, among other suggestions. The video is part of CSR’s Insider’s Guide to Peer Review for Applicants.

The “Open Mind” TV Series Features HSS Members

James Hansen of Columbia University’s Earth Institute talks about preserving the planet for
the next generation in the latest “Open Mind” episode hosted by Alexander Heffner. Naomi Oreskes also spoke on “Open Mind” in the episode, “The Pope and the Planet.” For more information and to view the episodes, please visit www.thirteen.org/openmind/science/.

Inaugural Issue of BJHS Themes

BJHS Themes is a new, fully open access, peer reviewed journal for the history of science. It publishes annual thematic collections aimed at animating the history of science community; insightful, original and timely studies that hit the historiographical moment. Articles are free to read online for all and, in most circumstances, free for the author too.

BJHS Themes aims to publish open access, high quality, scholarly, engaging collections of history of science papers, each collection of which will address a provocative theme. The journal is wholly open access—free to read online and normally free for authors too—funded through a collaboration between the British Society for the History of Science and Cambridge University Press. Now is the right time to launch a journal of this kind, because there is a need for an outlet through which edited collections of high quality history of science can reach a broad, scholarly audience. As a rigorously peer-reviewed, professionally-published, open access journals, BJHS Themes meets this need.

Like its sister publication, the British Journal for the History of Science, BJHS Themes is a journal of the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS), a major learned society for its subject. There is one issue per year, consisting of more than 256 pages. To learn more about the publication of the inaugural issue of BJHS Themes, which is modelled on Osiris, please visit journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=BJT.

Linda Hall Library Seeks Fellows Among Science, Technology Historians

The Linda Hall Library is pleased to announce its fellowship program for the academic year 2017/18. Fellowships, lasting anywhere from one week to a full year, are awarded to outstanding projects in history of science, environmental history, and related science and technology studies fields that make use of the Library’s collections. Awards range from up to $3,000 per month for pre-doctoral fellows to $4,200 per month for post-doctoral fellows.

The Linda Hall Library, located next to the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri is among the world’s leading independent research libraries, boasting extensive primary and secondary sources related to environmental sciences, physical sciences, earth sciences, engineering, astronomy, meteorology, and the life sciences. The Library holds more than 10,000 rare books dating from the 15th century to the present, as well as 500,000 monograph volumes and more than 48,000 journal titles from around the world, with especially strong holdings in Soviet and East Asian science. Its collections also contain conference proceedings, government publications, technical reports, and over 200,000 industrial standards. Fellows at the Linda Hall Library participate in a vibrant intellectual community alongside in-house scholars and colleagues from nearby research institutions.

For more information and to apply online by 16 January 2017, visit: www.lindahall.org/fellowships.

News from the Consortium of Social Science Associations: COSSA Washington Update, Sept. 20, 2016, vol. 35, issue 18

NSF Releases Open Government Plan 4.0

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently released the latest iteration of its transparency plan, Open Government Plan 4.0. NSF’s original plan, (version 1.0) was developed in 2010 in response to a 2009 White House directive calling for federal agencies to “implement the principles of transparency, participation and collaboration” across their activities and functions. This newest report reflects updates that have been made to federal guidelines pertaining to open government practices. The plan covers a variety of topics, including specific NSF transparency initiatives, the use of social media for communicating with the public, Freedom of Information Act requests, and others.

DOD Seeks Candidates for Associate Director for Social Science Research

The Department of Defense (DOD) Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research is seeking candidates to fill the position of Associate Director of Social Science Research. This position includes direction of the Minerva Research Initiative. The Minerva Initiative was launched in 2008 as a university-based social science research program. The position will be filled through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act process, so applicants must be the employee of state, local, federal, or tribal government; an institution of higher education; or another eligible nonprofit, and agree to serve a set term in the position. Demonstrated experience with large program management, as well as a higher degree in the social and behavioral sciences are among the requirements.

White House SBS Team Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

On September 15, the White House’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) celebrated its one-year anniversary. SBST, a group of behavioral scientists within the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), is chaired by the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). It also includes the participation of federal agencies, departments, and White House offices.

The 2016 Social and Behavioral Sciences Team Annual Report cites the progress made by the team in implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13707, “Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People” (see Update, September 22, 2015). The 2016 report explains that over the last year the SBST’s portfolio has grown to include more than 40 collaborations throughout the federal
government. The collaborations fall under three major themes: (1) undertaking significant policy challenges (e.g., affordable health insurance, expanding economic opportunities, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions); (2) leveraging strategies to enhance the effectiveness of programs, including addressing how programs are communicated, changing the ways programs are administered, “informing the design of History of Science Society Newsletter policy”; and (3) using the best available evidence along with testing its impact to determine which programs to scale up and discern what needs improving.

Project areas addressed by SBST over the last year include promoting retirement security, advancing economic opportunity, improving college access and affordability, responding to climate change, supporting criminal justice reform, assisting job seekers, assisting families in obtaining health coverage and staying healthy, and improving government effectiveness and efficiency.

HSS Editor Search: Preliminary Proposals Due 1 March 2017

The Society’s Editor, H. Floris Cohen, will be finishing his term in June 2019. The next Editor is to be elected by the History of Science Society Council in June 2018, for a term from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024. (The year after the new Editor is elected is designed to allow for a smooth transition.)

In accordance with HSS procedures, the search for the new Editor will be undertaken by the Committee on Publications (CoP). The Committee requests that expressions of interest in the position of Society Editor be sent to: Florence Hsia, Chair of the Committee on Publications (fchsia@
wisc.edu); Bernie Lightman, Vice-President and Executive Committee Representative to the Committee on Publications (lightman@yorku.ca); or Jay Malone, HSS Executive Director (jay@hssonline.org). Information about the requirements of the position can be found below. We especially encourage any interested folks to contact Bernie Lightman, Jay Malone, or Floris Cohen (H.F.Cohen@uu.nl) to discuss particulars.

Since 2014, Floris Cohen and his team have maintained the highest standards for Isis, and the Descartes Centre at the University of Utrecht has provided a wonderful home for the editorial offices of the Society. We now once again seek someone with an excellent reputation as a research scholar in the history of science who is at an institution that can partner with the History of Science Society in supporting the Editorial Office. Potential applicants may consider whether a bid can be developed in collaboration with more than one home institution.

Information for potential candidates to be Society Editor and Editor of Isis.

  1. This position has a five-year renewable term.
  2. The next Society Editor will be recommended by the HSS Committee on Publications, consisting of five members appointed by the Executive Committee serving staggered terms of five years, plus the Vice President, serving ex officio. Discussions with potential Editors and their institutions will take place throughout the fall of 2016 and winter of 2017. Preliminary written proposals for staffing and financing of the Editorial office should be submitted to the Committee on Publications by potential Editors and their associate editors and institutions by 1 March 2017. The Committee on Publications will review preliminary proposals in April 2017 and send out queries to potential candidates during April and May 2017. Revised and complete proposals need to be submitted by 1 October 2017. The Committee on Publications will interview candidates during the 9–12 November 2017 HSS meeting in Toronto. A subcommittee of the Committee on Publications will make site visits to finalists’ institutions in the winter/spring of 2017–2018. The HSS Council will evaluate the recommendation and make its final decision in order to have the HSS Executive Committee announce the selection of the new Society and Isis Editor in the July 2018 HSS Newsletter.
  3. It is anticipated that Isis during the term of the next Editor will be published for the Society
    by the University of Chicago Press, to which the journal was moved in the spring of 1991.
    A Memorandum of Agreement covers the relations of the History of Science Society and
    the University of Chicago Press with regard to the publication of Isis. This contract will be
    subject to review during the term of the new Editor.
  4. The Society Editor is an Officer of the History of Science Society, and, as such, serves as an ex officio non-voting member of the Executive Committee and of Council. As an Officer, the Society Editor is expected to attend Council meetings and Committee on Publications meetings held at the annual meeting and also Executive Committee meetings which, in recent years, have occurred twice a year, once before the annual meeting of the Society and a second time, approximately 6 months after the annual meeting. The Executive Committee also acts ad interim during the course of the year, proposes the budget, etc. The Society Editor serves as the Editor of Isis and also oversees Osiris, the annual bibliography, as well as any other publications produced by the Society.
  5. As Editor of Isis, the Society Editor is expected to recommend Isis Advisory Editors to
    three-year terms (with possible renewal), the numbers and expertise of such editors to be
    determined by the Editor and ratified by CoP. There will be Advisory Editors in office who
    continue from Floris Cohen’s term as Editor into the next term.
    6. The History of Science Society expects to be able to support the editing of Isis by providing
    funding for the salaries of a Managing Editor, a Manuscript Editor, for office supplies,
    and for part of the course release for the Book Review Editor. The Editor’s institution, in
    turn, is expected to support the Isis editorial office to a significant degree. Candidates will
    need to submit a tentative budget and can obtain the current budget from Jay Malone
    (jay@hssonline.org).