News and Notes

February 24, 2015

Engineers as Servant-Leaders of the Old South

Jonson Miller is Associate Teaching Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Drexel University. In 2014-2015, he was a Research Fellow of the Consortium. Here is a report on his project, “Engineers as Servant-Leaders of the Old South: The Southern Military Schools and the Foundation of the New South.”

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February 14, 2015

James Poskett Wins Adrian Research Fellowship

Congratulations to James Poskett (2013-2014 Research Fellow), who will be taking up the Adrian Research Fellowship in “Darwin and the Humanities” at Darwin College, UK starting on October 1st, 2014. Poskett’s article on the transatlantic publication and reception of Crania Americana (1839) was recently accepted for publication with History of Science.

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February 5, 2015

Kislak Center (UPenn) acquires rare manuscripts in alchemy, astrology, Cabbala, Tarot, and more

The Kislak Center recently acquired 58 manuscript codices from the library of the Duke of Northumberland. The manuscripts were originally collected by General Charles Rainsford (1728-1809), an 18th century gentleman scientist, and cover subjects such as alchemy, astrology, Cabbala and Tarot. Notable items include an illustrated book on summoning demons, an astrological horoscope of King George III, a manual by Rainsford on judicial astrology, and several alchemical notebooks used by Rainsford for commonplacing, or note-taking, on useful information and discoveries.

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January 8, 2015

Fellowships Available for 2015-2016

The Consortium invites applications for fellowships in the history of science, technology and medicine, broadly construed.  Opportunities include:

  • short-term Research Fellowships for use of member institutions’ collections
  • nine-month Dissertation Writing Fellowships
  • a nine-month NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship

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    January 6, 2015

    January 2014 Newsletter

    The Consortium’s newsletter has updates on the fellowship program, public and academic events, and the collections of consortium partners. 

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    Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859). De distributione geographica plantarum…. Paris: Lutetiae Parisiorum, 1817. From the exhibit Dialogues with Darwin. Image courtesy of the American Philosophical Society