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 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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    January 6, 2015

    Announcing the New Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine

    We are delighted to announce the launch of the new Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine. Seven institutions have joined with the dozen members of the Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science to form the new Consortium. We are very excited by the greatly expanded opportunities and resources that these new partnerships will provide for promoting public and academic understanding of the history of science, technology and medicine.



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    Preparing high altitude cosmic ray experiment, W.F.G. Swann (1884-1962)
    Image courtesy of the American Philosophical Society