Events in history of science, technology and medicine at or near member institutions or within 75 miles of Philadelphia


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October 26, 2016

Robert Hicks, Mütter Museum and Daniel Shain, Rutgers University

Un-Leeched: The History and Science of Leeches

Wagner Free Institute of Science (Philadelphia, PA)

October 28, 2016

Conference: Making Modern Disability: Histories of Disability, Design, and Technology

Hagley Museum & Library (Wilmington, DE)

October 31, 2016

Henry Cowles, Yale University

Workshop Series in History and Sociology of Science, Medicine and Technology

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

November 3, 2016

Paul A. Offit, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Rhoads Medal Award Ceremony and Lecture: “The Vaccine Wars, Who’s Winning?”

American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, PA)

November 3, 2016

Joseph Malherek, Library of Congress

Research Seminar: Does Motivation Matter?

Hagley Museum & Library (Wilmington, DE)

November 4, 2016

Christopher Heaney, Pennsylvania State University

MCEAS Seminar: “Crania Peruviana: Samuel G. Morton, Philadelphia’s Incas, and an Andean Foundation for American Anthropology”

MCEAS, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

November 7, 2016

Alison Kenner, Drexel University

Workshop Series in History and Sociology of Science, Medicine and Technology

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

November 7, 2016

Alex Csiszar, Harvard University

Scientific Journalism and the Politics of Representation in Early Nineteenth Century Paris

Yale University (New Haven, CT)

November 10, 2016

T. Alan Hatton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joseph Priestley Society: “Mens et Manus: One Hundred Years of MIT’s School of Chemical Engineering Practice”

Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)

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Beam Source for the AP2 Supersonic Laser Vaporization Cluster-Beam Apparatus, Richard Smalley Collection, Photograph by Gregory Tobias. Image courtesy of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

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Working Groups

October 25, 2016


Note Special Day
Ruth Rand
, Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Salvaging Space: Refuse, Reuse, and the Pursuit of Orbital Economy, 1968-1986”

October 26, 2016

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Note Special Day
Catherine Dunlop (Montana State University), author of Cartophilia: Maps and the Search for Identity in the French-German Borderland (Chicago, 2015) and Bill Rankin (Yale University), author of After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century (Chicago, 2016) will open the discussion by commenting on each others’ books.

October 27, 2016

Biological Sciences

Note Special Day

The group will discuss two recent articles with their authors: “Ark and Archive: Making a Place for Long-Term Research on Barro Colorado Island, Panama,” by Megan Raby of University of Texas, Austin and “The Right Tool and the Right Place for the Job: The Importance of the Field in Experimental Neurophysiology, 1880-1945” by Samantha Muka of the University of Pennsylvania.

November 1, 2016

History and Theory

The group will discuss two articles:

Marisol De La Cadena, “Indigenous Cosmopolitics in the Andes: Conceptual Reflections beyond ‘Politics,’” Cultural Anthropology 25, no. 2 (May 1, 2010): 334–70

Tim Ingold, “Materials against Materiality,” Archaeological Dialogues 14, no. 1 (June 2007): 1–16

November 9, 2016

History and Philosophy of Science

​This Fall​ we will be reading Helen Longino's Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2013). On Wednesday, November 9 we will discuss Chapters 5-8. Devin Curry will introduce the readings.

November 10, 2016

Ancient and Medieval Sciences


November 11, 2016

Science Beyond the West


November 16, 2016

Human Sciences


November 17, 2016

Physical Sciences

Sarah Bridger (CalPoly), title TBD

November 18, 2016

Medicine and Health


December 2, 2016

Early Modern Science