October 2017 Newsletter

Downtown Toronto during the day.

Welcome to Toronto: History of Science Society Annual Meeting
Toronto, Canada, 9-12 November 2017
A quick guide to the city of Toronto, including Eating Near the Hotel; Dining Further Afield; LGBTQ+ Toronto; Pubs, Bars, and Watering Holes; Gems; and Some Useful Information.

THAT Camp Returns to HSS
The HSS is sponsoring its 4th annual THATCamp on Sunday, November 12 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the conference hotel, Sheraton Centre Toronto. The camp is free and open to anyone who wants to spend time exploring digital history of science.

The Smithsonian Conservation Commons’ Earth Optimism Summit 2017
During Earth Day weekend, 21-23 April 2017, the Smithsonian Institution convened the first “Earth Optimism Summit” in Washington, D.C. This three-day event focused on highlighting, explicating, and celebrating approaches, methods, and philosophies that are working for conservation of nature, natural resources, and nature-respecting human systems around the globe. Equally important, the Summit presenters’ many narratives also focused on exploring how to replicate or scale up these successes.

From ASU to HKU: My Academic Job-Search
In June 2015, I came back to Hong Kong, not just to spend the summer, but to remain for good. Since completing my PhD at Arizona State University (ASU) the previous summer, I, like many new graduates, had been looking for jobs all over the world. I taught at ASU as an adjunct for one semester, but after that ended in December, I had no jobs lined up. As joblessness and visa constraints pushed me to leave the US, my familial support and recruitment opportunities lured me homewards. Today, I am writing as a postdoctoral fellow from the University of Hong Kong (HKU), the most prestigious university in my home town. Although my story is unconventional, I hope my experience could shed some light for new PhDs in the history of science and the humanities in general.

Notre Dame Astronomy Workshop
Roughly sixty students and scholars from around the globe convened in northern Indiana this past July for the University of Notre Dame’s Thirteenth Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop, or NDXIII. The theme of NDXIII was “Models and Mechanisms.” Presentations spanned cultures and ages.

The “March for Science”
On 22 April this year, close to a million people participated in the worldwide event known as the “March for Science.” In terms of the number of people involved, the science march might be the largest event in the history of science. Many of us may disagree with this description, depending on how we want to define both “science” and “event.” But while fixation on crowd size is a hallmark of the current political climate in Washington, DC, where the “main” science march took place, for historians of science the science march has importance beyond its mere numbers. The science march is not the same kind of science event that the publication of the Origin of Species, or the discovery of gravitational waves is, but its importance is found in how it reflects on the interactions among scientific practitioners, science enthusiasts and allies, and state entities and policymakers.

NASA in the “Long” Civil Rights Movement Symposium
The goal of this symposium was to provide more context for the voices and stories and, subsequently, develop a better understanding, of the intersection of NASA and the Civil Rights Movement. The concept of a “long” Civil Rights Movement was drawn from Jacquelyn Dowd Hall’s essay, “The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past,” which extended the chronological scope of the Movement.

Member News – October 2017

In Memoriam – October 2017
John Chynoweth Burnham, Frederick B. Churchill, Robert S. Cohen, Ann Johnson, Silvan “Sam” Schweber

News from the Profession – October 2017