Events

The Consortium compiles a calendar of events in the history of science, technology and medicine:

Calendar

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March 3, 2015

Nadia Berenstein, University of Pennsylvania

Capturing Nature’s Flavors: Flavor Chemistry in the United States, 1913-1954

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

March 4, 2015

Elizabeth Siegel Watkins, University of California, San Francisco

Stress and the American Vernacular: Popular Perceptions of Disease Causality

History of Science Colloquium, Princeton University

March 6, 2015

Michael Gordin, Princeton University

Lysenko Unemployed: Soviet Genetics after the Aftermath

Davis Center Seminar, Princeton University

March 10, 2015

Charlotte Abney, Yale University

Finding Yttrium: Johan Gadolin and the Development of a ‘Discovery’

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

March 17, 2015

Mathias Grote, Humboldt University, Berlin

From ‘Total Synthesis’ to ‘Synthetic Biology’? Making Biomolecules with Reagents, Enzymes, and Machines, 1960s-1980s

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

March 18, 2015

Kelly O'Donnell, Yale University

The Women’s Health Lobby: Feminist Health Activism in Washington, D.C., 1974-1977

Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, Seminar Series

March 23, 2015

Lissa Roberts, University of Twente

The History of Productivity in Eurasia: A Non-Economic Manifesto

University of Pennsylvania, History and Sociology of Science, Speaker Series

March 24, 2015

Geert Somsen, Maastricht University / Columbia University

Chemical Internationalism: Wilhelm Ostwald, Die Brücke, and the Energy Streams of Empire

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

March 25, 2015

Rachel Rothschild, Yale University

Across Disciplines and Borders: The Big Science of Acid Rain and Environmental Diplomacy

Columbia University Seminar (History and Philosophy of Science)

March 30, 2015

Asif Siddiqi, Fordham University

Expertise and Terror in the Stalinist Gulag

University of Pennsylvania, History and Sociology of Science, Speaker Series

March 31, 2015

Daniel E. Kelm, Independent Scholar

Chemical Glassware: The Aesthetics of Function

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

April 2, 2015

Revier Netz, Stanford University

The Aesthetics of Mathematics

History of Science and Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, Princeton University

April 8, 2015

Jonathan Metzl, Vanderbilt University

Mental Illness, Civil Rights, and the Politics of American Firearms

History of Science Colloquium, Princeton University

April 13, 2015

William Newman, Indiana University

Liberating the Green Lion: Unsolved Mysteries of Isaac Newton’s Alchemical Practice

Columbia University

April 13, 2015

Matthew Wisnioski, Virgina Tech

What Makes Innovators?: ‘Innovation Expertise’ and the Technoscientific Self

University of Pennsylvania, History and Sociology of Science, Speaker Series

April 14, 2015

Nandini Bhattacharya, University of Dundee

A Pharmacopeia for India: The Chemistry of Active Principles and Nationalism

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

April 20, 2015

Nandini Bhattacharya, University of Dundee

Nationalist Science in Colonial India: The Making of an Indian Pharmacopeia

University of Pennsylvania, History and Sociology of Science, Speaker Series

April 22, 2015

Renée Raphael, UC Irvine

Mechanics in the Margins: Reading and Annotating Galileo’s Two New Sciences

History of Science and Philosophy Colloquium, Princeton University

April 24, 2015

Writing Fieldwork: A Symposium on the Place of Writing in the Field Sciences

History of Science Graduate Student Conference, Princeton University

April 26, 2015

Lights, Camera, Wagner!

Philadelphia Science Festival / Wagner Free Institute of Science

April 28, 2015

Michael Worboys, University of Manchester, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Before Translational Medicine: The Development of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

April 29, 2015

Asaf Goldschmidt, Tel Aviv University

Commercializing Medicine or Benefiting the People: The Imperial Apothecary in China 1076-1600

Columbia University Seminar (History and Philosophy of Science)

September 19, 2015

Paul Halpern, University of the Sciences

Einstein’s Dice and Schrödinger’s Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics

PhACT (Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking)

Late 18th century engraving of Lepidoptera by William Bartram. Image courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Working Groups

February 20, 2015

Medicine and Health

Our next seminar will feature a discussion between two authors who have recently written books about pain: Keith Wailoo, the author of Pain: A Political History, and Joanna Bourke, the author of The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers. Keith will comment on Joanna’s book, Joanna on Keith’s, and then we will open the floor for questions from the seminar participants.

February 24, 2015

Technology

Note special date. Teasel Muir-Harmoney of the American Institute of Physics will introduce her paper, “A Global History of the First Lunar Landing.”

February 25, 2015

History and Philosophy of Science

Note special date. Louise Daoust of UPenn will introduce Chapter 5 of Daston and Galison's Objectivity.

March 3, 2015

History and Theory

The group will discuss selections of You Must Change Your Life by Peter Sloterdijk: pp. 83-105 (Religions Do Not Exist); 109-130 (mostly Nietzsche and the Vertical); 131-159 (Wittgenstein and Foucault); and optionally 177-242 (other stuff, monasticism included).  Additional readings include a piece by William James on practice/verticality/energy/ethics, ”The Energies of Men,” and a review of an interesting recent book connecting James’ energetics to Foucault’s ascetics.

March 4, 2015

Physical Sciences

Peter Ramberg of Truman State University will introduce his paper, “Popularizing Astronomy in the German Free Religious Movement, 1850-1852.”

March 6, 2015

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Mary Mitchell of the University of Pennsylvania will introduce her paper, “Falling Out: Challenging Atmospheric Nuclear Testing in the Domestic Courts”

March 10, 2015

Life Sciences and Natural History

The group will discuss selections from Daniela Bleichmar’s Visible Empire: Botanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment, U of Chicago Press, 2012.

March 12, 2015

Early Sciences

Sue Wells, Temple University TBA

March 13, 2015

Science Beyond the West

TBA

March 18, 2015

Human Sciences

Audra Wolfe, Independent Scholar, will introduce an excerpt of Thomas Medvetz, Think Tanks in America (University of Chicago Press, 2012).