2012 Introductory Symposium

Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science

Friday, September 28, 2012 10:00 am EDT

Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street

The Philadelphia area is home to exceptional resources and a vibrant scholarly community. Students and scholars from around the world arrive each year to visit some of America's oldest scientific institutions and to study their rich collections of rare books, manuscripts and artifacts—often unaware of the exciting research being done by others in the area, sometimes mere blocks away. This annual symposium is an opportunity for scholars new to the field or new to the area to learn about each others' work, to meet each other and to exchange advice about research, writing and area resources. We will also invite several librarians and archivists to introduce themselves and their collections to participants. The symposium will be on Friday, September 28 at the Library Company of Philadelphia with ample opportunity for informal discussion over food and refreshments.
If you would like to present a synopsis of your work, please send an email by September 1 to info@pachs.net containing:
Your name
Your affiliation
A tentative title for your talk
The details of any fellowships you have been awarded from area institutions for 2012-2013, including the name of the institution and the full name of the fellowship.


9:30 Welcome Babak Ashrafi Executive Director, Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science 9:40 Session 1 “Scientific Agriculture” and Political Economy in the Antebellum United States Ariel Ron Library Company of Philadelphia Postdoctoral Fellowship, Program in Early American Economy and Society Science in the Early Republic's Borderlands Cameron B. Strang University of Texas at Austin Monticello-McNeil and Friends of the McNeil Center Dissertation Fellowship Plants and Peoples in the French Atlantic World Christopher M. Parsons McNeil Center for Early American Studies Barra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Medical Jurisprudence in Late Nineteenth-Century American Society Friederike Baer Pennsylvania State University, Abington College Children in Glass Houses:Toward a Hygienic, Eugenic Architecture for Children during the Third Republic in France (1870-1940) Gina M. Greene University of Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health And Society Scholar New Kid On the Block: Medico-Military History and Its Importance in the American Historical Framework Jenna M. Krier West Chester University Popular Medicine and Remedies of Infectious Disease in London and the US Colonies 1600 - 1800 Nicole Salomone Independent Scholar Saving the South: Printing Agricultural Improvement in the American South, 1820-1865
Ian Beamish
Johns Hopkins University
Haas Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation-->11:10 Introduction to the Collections of the Hagley Museum and Library Erik Rau, Director of Library Services 11:25 Session 2 moderated by Ronald Brashear Arnold Thackray Director, Othmer Library of Chemical History, Chemical Heritage Foundation The Hinchman Conspiracy Case: 19th Century Roots of American Mental Health Law Cristina Hanganu-Bresch University of the Sciences Franklin Grant, American Philosophical Society Mutiny’s Bounty: Pitcairn Islanders, Anthropologists, and the Making of a Natural Laboratory in the South Pacific Adrian Young Princeton University Fellowship from the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities A Method Only Henry M. Cowles Princeton University Graduate Prize Fellowship, Princeton University Center for Human Values Patronage, Public Science, and Free Education: The Wagner Free Institute of Science 1855-1900 Matthew White University of Florida, American Philosophical Society PACHS Dissertation Research Fellowship Circles of Science: Women in Scientific and Literary Culture in Early Modern Italy Meredith K. Ray University of Delaware More than 'Waifs and Strays of a by-gone Flora': The History of Paleobotany and its Relevance for Twenty-First Century Science Dawn M. Digrius Stevens Institute of Technology A Bond Rather than a Barrier:  Constructing the St. Lawrence Seaway, An Environmental History Jeffrey Brideau University of Maryland PACHS Dissertation Writing Fellowship Dark Futures: Environmental Catastrophes and American Childhood in the 1970s Rebecca Onion PACHS Postdoctoral Fellowship 1:30 Introduction to the Collections of the Franklin Institute John Alviti, Senior Curator of Collections 1:45 Session 3 The Opulent City and the Sylvan State: Art and Environmental Embodiment in Early National Philadelphia Laura Turner Igoe Tyler School of Art, Temple University PACHS Dissertation Research Fellowship Color in the Age of Impressionism: Technology, Commerce, and Art Laura A. Kalba Smith College Edelstein Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation The History of Collections: Ornithology at the Academy of Natural Sciences Julie Reich Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University Little Tobacco: The Business and Bureacracy of Tobacco Farming in North Carolina, 1920-1980 Sarah Milov Princeton University A World of Exchange: Medicine in France and the Eastern Mediterranean Edna Bonhomme Princeton University Harnessing the Modern Miracle: Physicists, Physicians and the Making of American Radium Therapy Aimee Slaughter University of Minnesota PACHS Dissertation Research Fellow Nuclear Medicine and the Ethics of Uncertainty Jeffrey Womack University of Houston The Patient Labor of American Medicine: A History of the Consumer Medical Thermometer Deanna Day University of Pennsylvania Price Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation A Comparative History of Psychopharmaceutical Print Advertising
Mat Savelli
McMaster University
Haas Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation-->3:25 Introduction to the Collections of the Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing Tiffany Collier, Center Adminstrator 3:40 Session 4 Chymistry, Corpuscular Medicine, and Controversy: The Ideas and Influence of Daniel Sennert (1572-1637) Joel Klein Indiana University Edelstein Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation Degeneration in Miniature: Cell Death and Aging Research in the Twentieth Century
Lijing Jiang
Arizona State University
Allington Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation
Dissertation Research Fellowship, PACHS-->Fortified: The Secret Science of Food Catherine Price Freelance Journalist Société de Chimie Industrielle Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation Jean-Baptiste Dumas, Chemical Industry, and Chemical Workers in France, 1845-1884 Andrew Butrica Doan Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation Rules of the Name: A History of the Systematic, Rational Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry Evan Hepler-Smith Princeton University Attribution for the Discovery of Carbon Monoxide: Priestley, DeLassone, or Cruickshank? Kevin C. Cannon Pennsylvania State University, Abington College Creating a Symbol of Science: The Standard Periodic Table of the Elements Ann E. Robinson University of Massachusetts, Amherst PACHS Dissertation Writing Fellowship Herdegen Fellow, Chemical Heritage Foundation Chemical Diagrams in the Late 19th Century Ari Gross University of Toronto Allington Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation The Engineer’s Toolkit: Passive Components and the American Electronics Industry
Benjamin Gross
Cain Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation-->Production and Place, Textile Science and Education in a Technological Landscape
Ellan Spero
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Allington Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation-->5:00 Social Hour