Back in 2013 when the Society first started planning a conference outside of North America, we naturally turned to Utrecht, the new site of our editorial office. Because HSS had never met outside the confines of Canada and the United States, we recognized that this would be an experiment; it was a way of altering the variables of our typical meeting to see what worked and what could be discarded as we sought to broaden our international stature.
HSS congratulates the winners of the 2018 DHST prize for their hard work and success. This year’s competition pool included submissions in English, Russian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese on subjects as varied as the history of resins, human evolution, and Aztec epidemics.
Since 1958, Pfizer Inc., has sponsored a book award at HSS, which stipulates that the winning book must be principally a history of science, appropriate given that we are a society for precisely this community. The 2018 award winner was Anita Guerrini’s The Courtiers’ Anatomists: Animals and Humans in Louis XIV’s Paris (The University of Chicago Press, 2015), which brings to glorious life, science in the time of the famed Sun King of France, Louis the Fourteenth.
As a curator of Modern Science at the National Museum of American History, I want to say my day starts and ends with amazing objects. The reality is a bit less exciting, as I am more likely to greet the day with an attack on my inbox or an obligatory meeting than I am with a trip to the storeroom. What I can say with certainty is that the reason why I am a curator starts and ends with amazing objects.