Member News – October 2020

Anthony Adler (Carleton College) published Deep horizons: Canada’s underwater habitat program and vertical dimensions of marine sovereignty (Centaurus, 2020).

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Warwick Anderson (University of Sydney) and Gabriela Sota Laveaga (Harvard University) co-edited and published a forum on Decolonizing Histories in Theory and Practice, which focuses particularly on decolonizing histories of science.

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The Power of the Periphery: How Norway Became an Environmental Pioneer for the World by Peder Anker

Peder Anker (New York University) published The Power of the Periphery: How Norway Became an Environmental Pioneer for the World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020).

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Lydia Barnett (Northwestern University) is the 2019 recipient of the Morris D. Forkosch Prize from the Journal of the History of Ideas for her book, For After the Flood: Imagining the Global Environment in Early Modern Europe (John Hopkins University Press, 2019). Additionally, her book was shortlisted for the 2020 Kenshur Prize for the best book in eighteenth-century studies by the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Illinois-Bloomington.

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On June 1, 2020, Glen Van Brummelen, formerly the Coordinator (chair) of Mathematics at Quest University, Squamish, Canada, took up a new position as Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences at Trinity Western University, Langley, Canada.

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Senderos de la descripción. Perspectivas teóricas y prácticas diversas by Jesús Catalá-Gorgues

Jesús Catalá-Gorgues (Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera, CEU Universities, Valencia, Spain) published Senderos de la descripción. Perspectivas teóricas y prácticas diversas (Granada: Comares, 2020).

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Ian Davis (Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal) published “SARS-CoV: Lessons learned; opportunities missed for SARS-CoV-2,” Reviews in Medical Virology n/a, no. n/a (n.d.): e2152.

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Islam, Science Fiction and Extraterrestrial Life: The Culture of Astrobiology in the Muslim World by Jörg Matthias Determann

Jörg Matthias Determann (Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar) published Islam, Science Fiction and Extraterrestrial Life: The Culture of Astrobiology in the Muslim World (London: I.B. Tauris, 2021).



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First Woman: Joanne Simpson and the Tropical Atmosphere by James Fleming

James Fleming (Colby College) published First Woman: Joanne Simpson and the Tropical Atmosphere (Oxford University Press, 2020).



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Donald Forsdyke (Queen’s University) recently published the following: “Metabolic Optimization of Adoptive T Cell Transfer Cancer Immunotherapy: A Historical Overview.” Scandinavian Journal of Immunology 92, no. 3 (2020): e12929, the final installment of a trio of articles on the history of immunology; and “Revisiting George Romanes’ ‘Physiological Selection’ (1886)Biological Theory 15, no. 3 (September 1, 2020): 143–47, an invited foreword to the republication republication of George Romanes’ 1886 Linnean Society address in the journal’s “Classics in Biological Theory” collection.

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Patrick R. Girad (Creatis, Insa, University of Lyon, France) published a revised version of his PhD thesis with a few explanatory remarks and supplementary material online: “History of Einstein’s General Relativity: Conceptual Development of the Theory.” Theses, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Etats-Unis), 1981.

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Kristine Harper (University of Copenhagen) was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities Open Book Award for her NEH-funded monograph Make it Rain: State Control of the Atmosphere in Twentieth-Century America (Chicago, 2017). She also wishes to announce her move from the Florida State University History Department (retired January 2020) to the HPS Section of the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Science as a Professor of History and Philosophy of Earth Science.

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Marieke Hendriksen (NL-Lab, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) helped launch Wonderkamer, a twice-yearly Dutch-language magazine, through the Belgium-Dutch Society for the History of Science, Gewina. The first volume of Wonderkamer, devoted to colonial science, was published in June 2020 and includes articles about Dutch colonial observatories and about psychiatry in the former “Dutch Indies.”

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George Makari (Cornell Medical College) recently published an essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books about his father, a pioneer of modern immuno-oncology.

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Alan I. Marcus (Mississippi State University) was selected as the 2019 recipient of the Agricultural History Society’s annual Gladys L. Baker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He will formally accept his award during a 2021 in-person ceremony due to this year’s cancellation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Forbidden Knowledge: Medicine, Science, and Censorship in Early Modern Italy by Hannah Marcus

Hannah Marcus (Harvard University) published Forbidden Knowledge: Medicine, Science, and Censorship in Early Modern Italy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020).

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Bennett McIntosh (PhD student in HSMT at UW Madison) was recently elected publisher of the re-launched Science for the People magazine.

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Pedro Raposo (Curator and Director of Collections, Adler Planetarium) is the chair of the recently formed History of the Planetarium Working Group of the International Planetarium Society (IPS). The goal of this working group is to promote research and outreach as well as preservation and accessibility of source materials in the history of planetaria. More information is available on the society’s website. Feel free to contact Pedro at praposo@adlerplanetarium.org if you would like to become involved or learn more about the activities of this group.

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Seth Rasmussen (North Dakota State University) recently published the following: “Peer Review—Critical Feedback or Necessary Evil?Substantia 4, no. 1 (January 13, 2020): 5–6; and “Conjugated and Conducting Organic Polymers: The First 150 Years.” ChemPlusChem 85, no. 7 (2020): 1412–29, an invited review of the last ten years of his own work on the topic.

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An illustration of a young female toddler in an 18 century dress, wearing a harness with legs and wheels to assist in walking.

Felix E. Rietmann (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) has received a prestigious Ambizione grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation for his project “Raising a Well-Grown Child: Media and Material Cultures of Child Health in the Early Nineteenth Century,” which investigates how child health emerged as a subject of public interest in German-speaking Europe in the early nineteenth century, through an examination of popular print media and medico-pedagogical objects and devices. The grant covers research in a small group for a period of four years.

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Traveling with the Atom: A Scientific Guide to Europe and Beyond by Glen Rodgers

Glen Rodgers (Allegheny College) published Traveling with the Atom: A Scientific Guide to Europe and Beyond (The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2020).

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Naomi Rogers (Yale University) has recently become Chair of the Women Faculty Forum at Yale University, a cross-school group that advocates for gender equity and diversity.

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Effective September 2020, Neeraja Sankaran (editor, HSS Newsletter) is a visiting scholar in Bert Theunissen’s HPS group in the Freudenthal Institute (Science Faculty) and the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences at the University of Utrecht.

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Kathleen Sheppard (Missouri S&T) was named one of the recipients of the University of Missouri System President’s Award for Innovative Teaching in 2020.

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Carlos Eduardo Sierra (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) recently published the following four articles:

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Pamela Smith (Columbia University) published Schooling the Eye and Hand: Performative Methods of Research and Pedagogy in the Making and Knowing Project (Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte. 43 (2020): 323-40).

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Frank W. Stahnisch and Erna Kurbegovic (University of Calgary) published the following edited collection: Psychiatry and the Legacies of Eugenics: Historical Studies of Alberta and Beyond (Edmonton, AB: Athabasca University Press, 2020).

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Robert Westman (University of California, San Diego) published The Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism and Celestial Order (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2020). He also posted a second volume which is a Chinese translation of the same.

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