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Vol. 39, No. 1, January 2010
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Notes from the Inside
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News
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Member News
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2009 HSS Annual Meeting Survey
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2009 Employment Survey
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Adventures in Romantic Science
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The True Story of Newton and the Apple
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Perspectives on Science
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Darwin Film Released
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What’s In A Session?
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Letter: How Not to Engage “Anti-Evolutionist” Historians
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The John Tyndall Correspondence Project
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The 2010 Election Slate
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2009 Prize Winners
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D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia
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HSS 2010 Annual Meeting: Call for Papers
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Jobs, Conferences, Grants

Survey New Teaching Volume on Franklin's Autobiography

Please respond to a brief questionnaire available on the MLA Web site at: http://www.mla.org/approaches. We are particularly interested in your response to the final item concerning whether you would be willing to contribute an essay to the volume. Like other books published in the Approaches to Teaching series, this one will contain not only a discussion of the most important and useful materials available to the teacher of Franklin's Autobiography but also a selection of essays by instructors.

The hope is that you will be willing to share with other colleagues your experience in teaching Franklin's Autobiography. The questionnaire will be available on the Web site until 15 February 2010, and all responses will be transmitted directly to the volume's editors.

Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science Website

Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science encourages all interested in the 5-6 March 2010 meeting. The conference details will be up by early December. Further Information:
http://www.sahms.net/

Exhibition: The Rarest of the Rare—Stories Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

In 2003, Mark Sloan photographed the behind-the-scenes collections of Harvard's Natural History Museum. Enlisting the help of curators and department heads, he identified rare scientific specimens with fascinating histories. Harvard's natural history collections comprise some 21 million specimens—animal, vegetable, and mineral—from every imaginable part of the planet.

For every specimen in this exhibition, there is a story. These range from tales of wealthy explorers and obsessive collectors to those of visionary scientists. The items come from the farthest reaches of the globe and the deepest depths of the sea. Some are beautiful; others are intriguing; and others simply strange. The Harvard Museum of Natural History is a place of science, and yet it also conveys for anyone drawn to adventure and discovery an undeniable romance. Photographer Mark Sloan seeks to capture something of both in these images.

The exhibition is open through March 11, 2010. Further Information: http://www.cpnas.org

Announcing the first Notes and Records Essay Award

The first Notes and Records essay award has now been launched and is open to young researchers in the history of science who have completed a postgraduate degree within the last five years. The criteria for entry is that the essay should be currently unpublished, that it should be based on original research, and that it should relate to aspects of the history of science covered by the journal.

The winning entry will be chosen by selected members of the Notes and Record's Editorial Board using the journal's standard criteria for selection—excellence and interest to a wide audience—and the winner will be awarded a cash prize of £500, a year's subscription to Notes and Records http://newsletters.royalsociety.org/c/1q79QlBO52kL4vO and the opportunity to see their prize-winning essay published in the journal. The deadline for submission of entries is 31 March 2010.

Further details, including how to enter, are available from the Notes and Records website: http://newsletters.royalsociety.org/c/1q7p7EcuglMOpBV.

Request for Prize Nominations

All nominations are due 1 April 2010 unless otherwise noted. Visit http://www.hssonline.org/about/society_awards.html for full eligibility requirements and online nominations.

Linus Pauling Papers Resident Scholar Program

Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections - home of the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers - is pleased to announce the renewal of its Resident Scholar Program for 2010.  Grants of up to $7,500 are available to researchers interested in conducting work in the OSU Libraries Special Collections. Researchers will be expected to conduct their scholarly activities while in residence at Oregon State University. Historians, librarians, graduate, doctoral or post-doctoral students and independent scholars are welcome to apply. The deadline for submitting proposals is 10 April 2010.

More details are available at the following link:
http://paulingblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/31/now-accepting-applications-for-2010-resident-scholars/

Bakken Museum Honored with Leading Edge Award From Association of Science-Technology Centers

The Bakken Museum was honored by the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) with the 2009 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experience for its Science Assets-based School Partnership program on October 31 in Fort Worth, Texas. The ‘Edgie’ recognizes extraordinary accomplishments that not only enhance the performance of the institution, but also significantly advance the mission of science-technology centers and museums.

The Bakken’s Museum’s mission is to inspire a passion for science but many children don’t think science relates to them—particularly girls, students of color and students of poverty. Because science and technology are rapidly changing the twenty-first century world in which today’s students live and work, The Bakken developed the groundbreaking Science Assets-based School Partnership program in collaboration with the Minneapolis Public Schools to change how students think about and approach science.

The program successfully builds upon children’s creativity to help them develop confidence, receive support and understand that science is a meaningful part of their daily life. A team of Bakken educators visit the classroom, actively involving students in creative thinking and problem solving. As part of the program, children are introduced to ‘People of Science’ who help bring science to life in the classroom—such as a food scientist from General Mills whose job includes tasting cookies, and an engineer from Medtronic who uses Silly Putty to demonstrate his work with polymers.

The School Partnership program also includes a professional development component. Participating teachers report increased confidence in teaching science. Positive outcomes have led to expansion of the program, which will serve 2,700 district fourth graders and their teachers through 2011.

“The Bakken is honored to receive this national recognition," said Kelly Finnerty, Deputy Director for Programs for The Bakken Museum. "We are grateful to our educational partners at Minneapolis Public Schools and our community funders at the Bush Foundation, Medtronic and Boston Scientific for their support in building the Science Assets of every Minneapolis public school fourth grader."

Smallpox Eradication Web Site

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University today announced a new web site devoted to documenting and preserving public health history. The emphasis will be on oral histories, unpublished documents, photographs and artifacts. The site is http://globalhealthchronicles.org.

DHST site update

Thanks to the efforts of Prof. Fabio Bevilacqua, The Division of the History of Science and Technology site has been updated. All new information will be found on www.dhstweb.org

Darwin Year in Cuba

Cuba commemorated Darwin in many different ways. The Cuban Academy of Sciences established a Darwin Committee in 2008 to organize or back commemorative activities. A group of scientific societies, as well as the University of Havana, and the national museums of Natural History and of History of Science were enthusiastic participants.

The Year started in November, 2008, at the School of Biology of the University of Havana, with a lecture by P. M. Pruna-Goodgall, the editor of the first full Spanish translation of Darwin’s Autobiography and author of a book on the reception of Darwinism in Cuba. This was followed, in January, by a talk by the then president of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science, Ronald Numbers, who was a guest of the Cuban Society of History of Science and Technology. Numbers, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, dealt mainly with issues examined in his recently reedited book on the creationist movement. Several professors and students of the Catholic seminar in Havana attended his lecture. He later held an informal chat with them at the seminar.

Darwin’s birthday, on February 12, was commemorated by the emission of four postal stamps and a special meeting of the Scientific Council of the University of Havana, at which Vicente Berovides, professor of evolution at the School of Biology and the author of a textbook on evolution, delivered a lecture on human origins. The Ambassador of the UK in Cuba attended this meeting. A Café Scientifique dedicated to Darwin took place at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. Several well known specialists participated, as well as a group of students from a vocational high school in Havana.

On February 28, 2009, at a plenary meeting of the Cuban Academy of Sciences, Darwin was remembered in a lecture by Giraldo Alayón, a specialist in the taxonomy and evolution of spiders from the Caribbean region. On July 7, a panel within the National Environmental Convention was dedicated to Darwin. It addressed the issue on how evolution carries on under the current anthropogenic stress. During the following months, Educational Channel 2 broadcast a series of eight programs under the title Evolution. Some newspapers and journals carried articles on Darwin and the theory of evolution.

The office of the British Council in Cuba was quite active during 2009. It brought in the Darwin Now exhibit, which was shown in several institutions in Havana and went on to other Cuban cities. It also backed the participation of four Cuban researchers in the “Darwin’s Living Legacy” gathering at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, in Egypt, as well as the visit of James Moore, co-author with Adrian Desmond, of a biography of Darwin and of a recent book on Darwin and slavery. Moore gave two lectures in Havana.

The closure of the Darwin Year took place on November 24, during a panel organized jointly by the University of Havana and the Academy of Sciences, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species.

T&C has Moved

Technology and Culture has moved to its new home at the University of Oklahoma.  Contact information for all new business, including submissions and correspondence, is:

Email: techculture@ou.edu
Telephone: 1-405-325-2311

Postal address:
Suzanne Moon, incoming Editor-in-Chief
The Technology and Culture Editorial Offices
University of Oklahoma
Cate Center 4
332 Cate Center Dr. Room 484
Norman, OK 73019
USA

A New Issue of History of Psychiatry is Available Online

December 2009, Vol. 20, No. 1

The below Table of Contents is available online at:
http://hpy.sagepub.com/current.dtl

Conference Report: "The Dangerous Divide: The Two Cultures in the 21st Century"

On May 9, 2009, the New York Academy of Sciences' Science & the City program hosted a daylong symposium in honor of the 50th anniversary of C.P. Snow's influential lecture on the "two cultures." Whereas Snow focused on a gap of understanding between scientists and literary intellectuals, speakers at the Academy spotlighted a troubling gulf between the scientific community today and the general public. Because science and technology are critical tools for responding to many of society's most troubling problems, participants argued that this lack of understanding is having dangerous consequences.

Panelists at the symposium focused on the historical context of the two cultures divide, barriers to effective science communication, ways in which lack of public understanding of science is affecting politics, and ways to improve science education and science citizenship. Topics discussed included challenges in making science relevant to nonscientists, institutional pressures that are making good science journalism more difficult, practical ways to engage politicians on scientific issues, and recommendations for ways to improve science education and public understanding of science. Speakers stressed that professional scientists have an important role to play in explaining what they do and why it should be important to those outside the scientific community.

The conference proceedings, including video of the presentations, are now up at the New York Academy of Sciences website: http://www.nyas.org/two-cultures.

ASA: Science and Technology Panels/Events/Meetings

A large number of STS-related sessions will be featured at the American Studies conference this year.

Panel papers now available on-line, along with a pre-conference blog. To learn more, read the papers, and join the discussion go to the following site. http://sites.google.com/site/asatechprogress/home

Announcement and Call for Submissions: European Journal for Philosophy of Science (EJPS)

The European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new journal: the European Journal for Philosophy of Science (EJPS). The Editorial Team will be assisted in its work by an Editorial Board of highly reputed philosophers of science from around the world.

EJPS is the official journal of EPSA and will appear three times a year, beginning in January 2011. EJPS intends to publish first-rate research in all areas of philosophy of science, and now welcomes submissions via the on-line portal: http://www.editorialmanager.com/epsa.

The Journal’s website (still partly under construction) is here: http://www.springer.com/philosophy/philosophy+of+sciences/journal/13194

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