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Vol. 40, No.4, October 2011
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HSS Editor Search: Preliminary Proposals Due 1 March 2012

The Society's Editor, Bernie Lightman, will be finishing his term at the end of 2013. The next editor is to be elected by the History of Science Society Council shortly after the November 2012 annual meeting of the History of Science Society, for a term from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2018. (The year after the new editor is elected is designed to allow for a smooth transition.)

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In accordance with HSS procedures, the search for the new editor will be undertaken by the Committee on Publications (CoP). The Committee requests that expressions of interest in the position of Society Editor be sent to Paula Findlen, Chair of the Committee on Publications (; Lynn Nyhart, Vice-President and Executive Committee Representative to the Committee on Publications (; or Jay Malone, HSS Executive Director ( Further information about the requirements of the position can be found below.

Since 2004, Bernie Lightman and his team have maintained the highest standards for Isis, and York University has provided a wonderful home for the editorial offices of the Society. We now once again seek someone with an excellent reputation as a research scholar in the history of science who is at an institution that can offer support for the Editorial Office.

Information for potential candidates to
be Society Editor and Editor of Isis.

  1. This position has a five year renewable term.
  2. The next Editor of Isis will be recommended
    by the HSS Committee on Publications, consisting of five members appointed by the Executive Committee serving staggered terms of five years, plus the Vice President, serving ex officio. Discussions with potential Editors and their institutions will take place throughout the fall of 2011 and winter of 2012. Preliminary written proposals for staffing and financing of the Editorial office should be submitted to the Committee on Publications by potential Editors and their associate editors and institutions by 1 March 2012. The Committee on Publications will review preliminary proposals in April 2012 and send out queries to potential candidates during April and May 2012. Revised proposals need to be submitted by 1 September 2012. Site visits by a subcommittee of the Committee on Publications to finalists’ institutions will take place in September/October 2012. The Committee on Publications will interview finalists during the 15–18 November 2012 HSS meeting in San Diego, CA and decide on their recommendation at this meeting. The HSS Council will evaluate the recommendation and make its final decision within a month of the HSS annual meeting in order to have the HSS Executive Committee announce the selection of the new Society and Isis Editor in the January2013 HSS Newsletter.
  3. It is anticipated that Isis during the term of the next Editor will be published for the Society by the University of Chicago Press, to which the journal was moved in the spring of 1991. A Memorandum of Agreement covers the relations of the History of Science Society and the University of Chicago Press with regard to the publication of Isis. This contract will be subject to review during the term of the new Editor.
  4. The Editor of Isis is an Officer of the History of Science Society, and, as such, a member of the Council, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Council and serves ex officio on the Committee on Publications. As an Officer, the Editor of Isis is expected to attend Council meetings and Committee on Publications meetings held at the annual meeting and also Executive Committee meetings which, in recent years, have occurred twice a year, once before the annual meeting of the Society and a second time, approximately 6 months after the annual meeting. The Executive Committee also acts ad interim during the course of the year, proposes the budget, etc. As Society Editor, the Editor of Isis also oversees Osiris and the annual bibliography, as well as any other publications produced by the Society. The new Editor would also be expected to work with the Society Web Editor, a new position currently under discussion by the Executive Committee but not yet formally defined or advertised.
  5. The Editor of Isis is expected to recommend Isis Advisory Editors to three year terms (with possible renewal), the numbers and expertise of such editors to be determined by the Editor and ratified by CoP. There will be Advisory Editors in office who continue from Bernard Lightman’s term as Editor into the next term.
  6. The History of Science Society expects to be able to support the editing of Isis by providing funding for the salaries of a Managing Editor, a Manuscript Editor, for office supplies, and for part of the course release for the Book Review Editor. The Editor’s institution, in turn, is expected to support the Isis editorial office to a significant degree. Candidates will need to submit a tentative budget and can obtain the current budget from Jay Malone (

News from the Profession

Too Many Old Copies of Isis?

Members seeking a better use for back-issues of their journals might consider a contribution to the Center for Public Culture's Journal Donation Project. The JDP connects donors with under-funded libraries in developing nations and libraries who have lost their journal collections as a result of war or disaster. For the price of shipping, members can furnish these libraries with full sets of back-issues of Isis or Osiris, and expand the availability of these journals to history of science professionals around the world.

More information: For details on how to support the work of the Journal Donation Project, please contact the project at:
The Journal Donation Project
The New School for Social Research
80 5th Avenue, Room 714
New York, New York 10011
Tel: 212.229.5789
Fax: 212.229.5476

Doctoral Dissertations in the History of Science

The latest list of recent doctoral dissertations pertaining to the history of science can be found at the following URL:

Physicist Samuel A. Goudsmit's Manuscript Collection Now Available Online

The Niels Bohr Library and Archives at the American Institute of Physics has released the complete papers of University of Michigan physicist Samuel A. Goudsmit (1902–1978). The papers are available online at

NEH and Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced the recipients of the 2011 NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants. The grants award up to $50,000 to projects using technology in innovative ways to aid teaching and research in the humanities. HSS members may be interested in some of the winning projects, which can be viewed at the NEH's Office for Digital Humanities website. These include a digital role-playing game for the history of medicine, organized by HSS member Lisa Rosner of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, in which her group developed a game-based simulation for exploring the early history of the development and history of the smallpox vaccination. Click for more information.

Astronomical Society of India Celebrates Chandrasekhar Centennial

A special issue of the Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of India (dated March 2011, but just published) contains some of the talks given at a meeting held in October 2010 at the University of Chicago in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nobelist S. Chandrasekhar. The special issue was edited by D.J. Saikia and V. Trimble. A hard-cover book version, with some additional chapters, will be released at the end of the year.

Situating Science Newsletter

The Fall 2011 Newsletter for Situating Science, a seven-year project promoting communication and collaboration among humanists and social scientists who are engaged in the study of science and technology, is available online. The Newsletter is filled with announcements and listings of workshops and events.

Postal Service Honors Harvard's Famed "Closet Botanist"

Legendary Harvard botanist Asa Gray will finally be traveling America regularly, courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service is honoring Gray, considered the father of American botany, with a first-class stamp, which was officially unveiled Wednesday, 29 June, during a ceremony at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Click here for the full press release

Other scientists featured on this stamp series of American Scientists include the chemist, Melvin Calvin; the physicist, Maria Goeppert Mayer; and the biochemist, Severo Ochoa.

Historic Arabic Medical Manuscripts Go Online

The Wellcome Library is delighted to announce the launch of Wellcome Arabic Manuscripts Online, a digital manuscript library created in partnership with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and King's College London Department of Digital Humanities. The manuscript collection may be viewed at Click here for the complete press release.

SIGCIS Workshop on Computers, Information, and Society

The 2011 Society for the History of Technology Special Interest Group for Computers, Information, and Society Workshop will be held on 6 Nov 2011, at the SHOT Conference in Cleveland, OH, co-located this year with 4S and the History of Science Society.

More information:

New Darwin Manuscripts Online

Notes and comments hand-written by Charles Darwin on the pages and margins of the books in his personal library are now available online for the first time, enabling new insights into his thought processes and the development of the theory of evolution. The first phase of the project has just been completed, with 330 of the most heavily annotated books now accessible online at the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The project to record the online transcribed marginalia relies on the work, published in the 1990s, of two scholars, Mario A. Di Gregorio and Nick Gill, with digital enhancements by Gill. For more information, click here.

Hugh Everett III Archive Now Online

Thanks to a project co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the University of California, Irvine Libraries, a piece of twentieth-century physics is now online. This archive contains a collection of scanned original documents and audio recordings related to Hugh Everett III (11 November 1930—19 July 1982), the American physicist who first proposed what has come to be known as the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. For more information, click here.

American Association for the History of Nursing Honors Award Winners

Dr. Patricia D'Antonio, Dr. Kara Dawn Smith, and Dr. Rima Apple are the recipients of this year's Research and Writing Awards from the American Association for the History of Nursing. View the full award citation at

Alchemy Exhibit Now Online at the Lloyd Library

The Lloyd Library and Museum proudly announces a new online exhibit. "The Magic and Myth of Alchemy" was created in honor of the International Year of Chemistry, an event celebrated by chemists and chemistry associations throughout 2011.
More information: The exhibit may be viewed at

Books & Babies Exhibition at Cambridge University

The Generation and Reproduction Group at the University of Cambridge announces a new exhibit, "Books & Babies: Communicating Reproduction," which opened 7 July and will run until 23 December 2011. Admission is free.
More information:

Antikythera Exhibition Moves to Paris

The History, Philosophy and Didactics of Science and Technology Programme of the Institute of Neohellenic Research is delighted to announce that their popular exhibition on the Antikythera mechanism has moved to the Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris. A model of the Antikythera mechanism, built by the Aristotle University in Greece, together with 17th- and 18th-century astronomical clocks and a modern watch inspired by the Antikythera mechanism, will be on display. A 3-D film, created by the Swiss film-maker Philippe Nicolet, will narrate the story of the Antikythera mechanism.

More information: A 2-D version of Nicolet's film can be viewed at

Chemical Heritage Foundation Welcomes 2011–2012 Fellows

The Chemical Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the appointments of the Beckman Center Dissertation-Writing and Postdoctoral Fellows for the 2011–2012 academic year. CHF will welcome nine long-term fellows and ten short-term fellows. Below are the fellows, their affiliations, and the title of their research topics. Applications for 2012–2013 Long- and Short-Term Fellowships will be available in early fall at

Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellows
  1. Augustin Cerveaux (University of Strasbourg, France), Cain Fellow: "'From an Art to a Science': Changes in Paint Chemistry and Technology in Progressive Era America and the Great Depression"
  2. Catherine Jackson (University College London, UK), Cain Fellow: "Material World: Analysis, Synthesis and the Making of Modern Chemistry"
  3. Brendan Matz (Yale University), Haas Fellow: "The Science of Nutrition in Germany and the United States, 1870–1920"
  4. J. Emmanuel Raymundo (Tulane University), Edelstein Fellow: "National Skin: Contact, Conflict and the Culion Leper Colony in the US Occupied Philippines, 1902–1941"
  5. Doogab Yi (National Institutes of Health), Haas Fellow: "The Organized Search for the Oncogene: 'Proto' Biotechnology, Molecular Medicine, and the History of the War on Cancer, 1964–1980"
Long-Term Dissertation Fellows
  1. Helen Anne Curry (the HSS's 2010 Reingold Prize winner) (Yale University), ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellow: "Accelerating Evolution, Engineering Life: Science, Agriculture, and Technologies of Genetic Modification, 1925–1955"
  2. Melanie Kiechle (Rutgers University), ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellow: "'The Air We Breathe': Nineteenth-Century Americans and the Search for Fresh Air"
  3. Jongmin Lee (Virginia Tech), Edelstein Fellow: "Regulatory Engineering in the EPA: Chemical Monitoring, Catalytic Converters, and the Controlled Environment"
  4. Christine Nawa (University of Regensburg, Germany), Price Fellow: "Robert Wilhelm Bunsen's Research Style and His Teaching"
Short-Term Fellows
  1. Sarah Everts (Chemical & Engineering News), Ullyot Scholar, 2 months: "Sweat Science: The Science, Culture, History and Commercialization of Perspiration, the Chemical Cocktail that Humanity Produces in Abundant Amounts"
  2. Michelle Francl (Bryn Mawr College), Herdegen Fellow, 2 months: "Sideline Science: Critical Commentaries in 19th Century Journals and 21st Century Blogs"
  3. Nathaniel Freiburger (University of California, Davis), Société de Chimie Industrielle Fellow, 3 months: "Cultures of Engineering and the Engineering of Politics: The Making of Lithium as an Object of Techno-Scientific Knowledge and Politics in Bolivia"
  4. Apostolos Gerontas (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Doan Fellow, 4 months: "Writing the History of High Performance Liquid Chromatography"
  5. Rebecca Laroche (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs), Allington Fellow, 2 months: "Placing Robert Boyle's Experiments and Considerations Touching Colours in Dialogue with the Recipe Arch"
  6. Pedro Ruiz-Castell (University of Valencia, Spain), Allington Fellow, 3 months: "New Identities from the Invisible: The Early Days of Electron Microscopy"
  7. Ulf Schmidt (University of Kent, UK), Doan Fellow, 2 months: "Secret Science: Human Experimentation in Biological and Chemical Warfare Research during the Cold War"
  8. Elena Serrano (CEHIC-UAB, Spain), CHF Fellow, 2 months: "Women and Chemistry in Late Eighteenth-Century Spain: The Chemico-Charitable Activities of the Junta de Damas"
  9. Etienne Stockland (Columbia University), Allington Fellow, 2 months: "Trust, Credit and Expertise: The Alchemical Practitioners of Elizabethan London"
  10. Changming Wang (Guangxi University for Nationalities, P.R. China), Allington Fellow, 4 months: "The Lives and Studies of Outstanding Chinese Chemistry Students in the United States during the Republic of China (1911–1949): A Comprehensive Investigation on Chemical Dissemination and Cultural Exchange"

Special Issue of The Brock Review

A special issue of The Brock Review on "Animals in Human Societies" has been launched. The issue includes articles, interviews, book reviews, and creative works.
More information, click here.

Special Issue on Historical Influenza Pandemics in Vaccine

The July issue of the journal Vaccine, edited by Mark A. Miller, Vikash Parekh, Cecile Viboud and Gerardo Chowell, was dedicated to exploring the contemporary relevance of influenza pandemics in history. These studies may be of interest to many HSS members, and can be accessed through Science Direct.

More information: Vaccine, Volume 29, Supplement 2, Pages B1-B70 (22 July 2011), available at

Podcast Announcement: New Books in East Asian Studies

In July, "New Books in East Asian Studies" posted an interview with Michael Keevak about his new book, Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking (Princeton, 2011).

The podcast may be accessed at

Nineteenth Century Studies Association Article Prize

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association announces the 2012 Article Prize, recognizing scholarly excellence in any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (French Revolution to World War I). The winner will receive $500 at the NCSA meeting hosted by the University of North Carolina, Asheville, 22–24 March 2012. Articles published between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 are eligible. The author or publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume of independent essays may submit. Send three hard copies and email address to: Professor Maura Coughlin, Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield RI 02917.

Applicants must provide verification from the editor of the venue documenting date of actual publication. One entry per scholar and three per publisher; note the entry's interdisciplinary focus. Foreign language essays must have English translations. Deadline: 15 December 2011. More information: Contact

American Academy in Rome: 2012 Rome Prize Competition Now Open

The American Academy in Rome invites applications for the 2012 Rome Prize competition. One of the leading overseas centers for independent study and advanced research in the arts and the humanities, the Academy offers up to thirty fellowships for periods ranging from six months to two years. Competition Deadline: 1 November 2011.

More information:

Springer Seeking Contributions for New Series in History, Philosophy, and Theory of the Life Sciences

Springer Science Media is seeking contributions on subjects from anatomy and physiology to virology for a new series in the history, philosophy and theory of the modern life sciences.

Complete submission guidelines can be found at:

New Exhibit at Harvard

Cold War in the ClassroomCold War in The Classroom uses archival film, photographs, models, laboratory demonstrations, and period textbooks to explore the meaning and nature of scientific pedagogy during this unique period in American and world history. Guest curators Jeremy Blatter and Christopher Phillips have transformed the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instrument's (Harvard Science Center, Room 251) Special Exhibitions Gallery into a mid-century classroom that tells the story of a nation with a mission, one in which science education became a crucial weapon of politics and society.

The exhibition runs from 30 September 2011 to 16 December 2011, Mon-Thus 9–5, and Fri 9–4.

For more information, please call 617.495.2779.

Visit us online:


Call for Papers: Environmentalism, Health, and Policy: New Perspectives

HSS members are invited to submit proposals for an essay collection that explore new themes and perspectives on environmental problems, both past and present. Younger scholars working on new topics are encouraged to submit a proposal. Contact Prof. Buhm Soon Park ( and Prof. Sharon Kingsland (

More information: Full CFP available on the HSS website.

Call for Papers: Life Sciences, Agriculture, and the Environment

Historians of modern science are invited to submit proposals for a volume of essays that will explore the relationship between the life sciences, agriculture, and the environment from 1750 to the end of the 20th century. Contact Buhm Soon Park ( and Prof. Sharon Kingsland (

More information: Full CFP available on the HSS website.

Philadelphia Area Events in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

The October calendar of Philadelphia area events in the history of science, technology and medicine is available at

"Knowing Animals Past and Present," Melbourne Human-Animal Studies Research Group

The University of Melbourne, Australia, now has a dedicated human-animal studies research group. Called "Knowing Animals Past and Present," the group is interdisciplinary and engaged in both teaching and research on animal issues. For information about the reading group, contact Siobhan O'Sullivan at

More information: To learn about the group's research objectives visit their web page at

Call for Papers: Science & Education Special Thematic Issue, "Genetics and Society: Educating Scientifically Literate Citizens"

Researchers in genetics, bioethics, science education and related fields are invited to contribute to this thematic issue of Science & Education. Conceptual, theoretical, empirical or position-based manuscripts are welcome. Manuscripts should treat their topics with an explicit connection to the topic of educating scientifically literate citizens, or address educational issues with respect to genetics and society more generally.

More information on the full call for papers.

Call for Papers: History Matters: An Undergraduate Journal

History Matters is an undergraduate history journal, published once a year, with the goal of providing students worldwide with an opportunity to make their names known and see their work published. The journal selects top undergraduate research papers for publication online. Contact:

More information:

Call for Submissions: The Medieval in New Age and Neopagan Movements

We welcome contributions to a collection of essays tentatively entitled "Intuiting the Past: New Age and Neopagan Medievalisms." Abstracts of approximately 500 words and a brief academic biography should be sent to Dr. Karolyn Kinane at by 15 December 2011.

For more information, click here.

Call for Papers: George Perkins Marsh, an American for All Seasons

Authors are invited to submit papers on any aspect of Marsh's many achievements. A selection of papers will be published in a volume of conference proceedings. Papers (not to exceed 4,000 words) should be submitted electronically to: Professor Lisa M. Dolling, Dean, College of Arts and Letters, Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030 or electronically to Deadline for submissions: 1 February 2012.

For more information, click here.

Keeping up with the Graduate and Early Career Caucus

There are a number of ways you can keep abreast of events and issues of interest to graduate students and young professionals in the History of Science through the GECC. In recent months officers of the GECC have created a new Facebook page and upgraded the Wordpress blog at  The GECC has also recently created a Group on the career networking site LinkedIn to join that growing network of professionals. And, you can always have GECC announcements delivered to your email inbox by adding your name to the GECC Announcement list by sending an email to

GECC at the 2011 HSS Annual Meeting

In addition to all the usual sessions, ceremonies, meals, and book exhibits at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting, there will be a number of different programs and sessions sponsored by the Graduate and Early Career Caucus. Be sure to visit the GECC website often for updates on these events and programs and announcements of new social and professional opportunities:

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