Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine
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Announcing the New

Consortium for History of
Science, Technology and Medicine

We are delighted to announce the launch of the new Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine. Seven institutions have joined with the dozen members of the Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science to form the new Consortium. We are very excited by the greatly expanded opportunities and resources that these new partnerships will provide for promoting public and academic understanding of the history of science, technology and medicine.

The Consortium comprises the following members:
American Institute of PhysicsCollege Park, MD
American Philosophical SocietyPhiladelphia, PA
Chemical Heritage FoundationPhiladelphia, PA
College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, PA
Columbia UniversityNew York, NY
Drexel UniversityPhiladelphia, PA
Franklin InstitutePhiladelphia, PA
Hagley Museum and LibraryWilmington, DE
Historical Society of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA
Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MD
Library Company of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, PA
Linda Hall LibraryKansas City, MO
New York Academy of MedicineNew York, NY
Princeton UniversityPrinceton, NJ
Smithsonian InstitutionWashington, DC
University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA
University of TorontoToronto, Ontario
Wagner Free Institute of SciencePhiladelphia, PA
Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT

The programs of the new Consortium will initially be extensions and expansions of the programs run by the Philadelphia Center in previous years. The Consortium will: (1) provide research fellowships for use of collections at member institutions (in addition to hosting dissertation and postdoctoral fellowships in residence at its offices at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia); (2) share working groups and other academic and public events online; and (3) expand the resources on our website, including the Consortium Special Collections Search Hub, with materials from new members.

More information about fellowships, working groups and other events as well as the Consortium Special Collections Search Hub is available on the Consortium website at (If you still see "Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science" on top, clear your browser cache.)


The next round of Consortium fellowships, to be announced shortly for 2015-2016, will support use of all nineteen members' collections for many more interesting projects like those described below.

Fellows Updates

Our fellows are spreading far and wide both in geography and scholarship. Here is an update on some of our 83 current and past fellows.

Katherine Arner, Johns Hopkins University
2011-2012 Research Fellow
Arner completed and defended her dissertation, "The Malady of Revolutions: Yellow Fever in the Atlantic World, 1793-1828," on June 27, 2014. Her article "Making Global Commerce into International Health Diplomacy: Consuls and Disease Control in the Age of Revolutions" was published in the Journal of World History in December 2013. She has just begun a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

Carin Berkowitz, Chemical Heritage Foundation
2009-2010 Dissertation Writing Fellow
Berkowitz was elected to the History of Science Society governing Council for 2015-17. She has two articles coming out in December, one in History of Science ("The Surgeon's Seeing Hand: Teaching Anatomy to the Senses in Britain, 1800-1840") and the other in Notes and Records of the Royal Society ("Priority and Methodological Controversy in Early Nineteenth-Century Anatomy"). Her book, Charles Bell and the Anatomy of Reform, will be published in fall 2015 with University of Chicago Press.

Susan Hanket Brandt, Temple University
2011-2012 Research Fellow
Brandt successfully defended her dissertation, "Gifted Women and Skilled Practitioners: Gender and Healing Authority in the Delaware Valley, 1740-1830," in Temple University's Department of History in August 2014. Her article "'Getting into a Little Business': Margaret Hill Morris and Women's Medical Entrepreneurship during the American Revolution" will be published in a forthcoming special issue of Early American Studies entitled "Ligaments: Everyday Connections of Colonial Economies." Last year (2013-14), Susan was an American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellow.

Benjamin Breen, University of Texas, Austin
2011-2012 Research Fellow
Breen is the editor-in-chief of The Appendix (which he co-founded with former Consortium fellow Christopher Heaney). He is finishing a Ph.D. at UT Austin on a Mellon-ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship and is also a 2014-2016 Mellon-Rare Book School Fellow in Critical Bibliography. Last year he published "No Man Is an Island: Knowledge Networks, Early Modern Globalization, and George Psalmanazar's Formosa," in The Journal of Early Modern History and "'The Elks Are Our Horses': Animals and Domestication in the New French Borderlands" in the Journal of Early American History.

Jeffrey Brideau, Institute for Water Resources
2012-2013 Dissertation Writing Fellow
Brideau successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation, "A Bond Rather Than A Barrier? Constructing the St. Lawrence Seaway," at the University of Maryland in May 2014. He now holds a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Institute for Water Resources, at the United States Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. He will also be teaching in the STS program at Virginia Tech for spring 2015.

Abraham Gibson, Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine
2014-2015 Postdoctoral Fellow
Gibson has had two book chapters accepted for publication: "Beasts of Burden: Feral Burros and the American West," in The Historical Animal, edited by Susan Nance (Syracuse University Press, 2015), and "Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology" (co-written with Michael Ruse) in A Companion to the History of American Science, edited by Mark Largent (Wiley, 2015). He will make a presentation at the American Society for Environmental History annual meeting in March 2015, entitled "Feral Burros in the American West: The Environmental Legacy of Nineteenth-Century Mining Booms."

Emily Handlin, Brown University
2013-2014 Research Fellow
Handlin is a current Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellow in American Art. She looks forward to completing her dissertation in May.

Heidi Hausse, Princeton University
2014-2015 Dissertation Writing Fellow
Hausse is working on her dissertation this year as a Fellow at the Consortium. She recently presented a paper, "To Dismember or Not to Dismember: The Social Process of Amputation in Early Modern Surgery," at the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference in New Orleans. In spring 2014 her article entitled "European Theories and Local Therapies: Mordexi and Galenism in the East Indies, 1500-1700," was published in the Journal of Early Modern History. She continues to co-chair the Early Modern Workshop at Princeton University.

Phillip Honenberger, Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine
2014-2015 Adjunct Fellow
Honenberger presented a paper on Marjorie Grene and David Hull's philosophies of biology at the 2014 History of Philosophy of Science conference in Ghent, Belgium. He also secured a book contract with Palgrave Macmillan for an edited volume entitled Naturalism and Philosophical Anthropology, anticipated publication date November 2015. For Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, he reviewed Julie Zahle and Finn Collin (eds.), Rethinking the Individualism-Holism Debate (Springer 2014).

Lijing Jiang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2012-2013 Research Fellow
Jiang has been appointed Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, starting in December 2014. Her recent publications include "IVF the Chinese Way: Zhang Lizhu and Post-Mao Human in vitro Fertilization Research," in East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal (forthcoming); "Causes of Aging Are Likely to be Many: Robin Holliday and Changing Molecular Approaches to Cell Aging, 1963-1988," in the Journal of the History of Biology; and "Viktor Hamburger," in the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences.

Christopher Jones, Arizona State University
2008-2009 Research Fellow
Jones published his first book, Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America, with Harvard University Press in April 2014. He is currently Assistant Professor of History at Arizona State University.

Joseph Martin, Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University
2011-2012 Dissertation Writing Fellow
Martin began a fixed-term Assistant Professorship at Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University this year. His paper, "Is the Contingentist/Inevitabilist Debate a Matter of Degrees?" appeared in the December 2013 issue of Philosophy of Science. Three additional articles are slated to appear in 2015: "Evaluating Hidden Costs of Technological Change: Scaffolding, Agency, and Entrenchment" in Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology; "What's in a Name Change? Solid State Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, and Materials Science," in Physics in Perspective; and "Fundamental Disputations: How Philosophical Debates Structured Solid State Physics" in Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences. Along with Michael Gordin of Princeton University, Joe is now co-convener of the Consortium's working group on the history of the physical sciences.

Kurt MacMillan, UC Irvine
2011-2012 Dissertation Writing Fellow
MacMillan has been appointed full-time lecturer in the Humanities Core Program at the University of California, Irvine for 2014-2015.

Jeannie Shinozuka, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2014-2015 Research Fellow
Shinozuka has recently been granted a 2014-2016 Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She published an article on Japanese beetles and Japanese immigrant gardeners in the December 2013 issue of American Quarterly.

Christopher Willoughby, Tulane University
2014-2015 Research Fellow
Willoughby is currently writing his dissertation at Tulane University. In April 2014, he was awarded a Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation's Program in Science, Technology, and Society for the project, "A History of Pathological Anatomy and Racial Science in America." This fall he was awarded the Waring Historical Library's W. Curtis Worthington Jr. Prize for the best graduate student essay in the history of the health sciences for his paper, "Running Away from Drapetomania: Rethinking Samuel Cartwright."

Research Reports

Three recent Fellows report on their research in Consortium collections:

Erin Corrales-Diaz, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
2013-2014 Research Fellow
Remembering the Veteran: Disability, Trauma, and the American Civil War, 1861-1915

Elisabeth Berry Drago, University of Delaware
2013-2014 Research Fellow
Thomas Wijck's Painted Alchemists at the Intersection of Art, Science and Practice

Elizabeth Searcy, Brown University
2014-2015 Research Fellow
The Unconscious Mind in America, 1880-1917

  Collections Updates

Collections New to the Consortium

The seven new members of the Consortium bring a wealth of resources. Follow the links below for further information about their collections:

American Institute of Physics, founded 1931
Specialty: History of physics, astronomy, geophysics and allied fields

Columbia University, founded 1754
Specialty: Research university; library system with holdings in many areas

Linda Hall, founded 1946
Specialty: History of physics, engineering, chemistry, geology and technology

New York Academy of medicine, founded 1847
Specialty: History of medicine

Smithsonian Institution, founded 1846
Specialty: history of science, technology, natural history, culture, art, design and international expositions

University of Toronto, founded 1827
Specialty: Research university; library system with holdings in many areas

Yale University, founded 1701
Specialty: Research university; library system with holdings in many areas

In addition, while Johns Hopkins University has formally been a member of the Philadelphia Consortium for several years, we will now include its rich collections in the Research Fellowship Program.

Consortium Search Hub Updates

Catalog information has been added to the Consortium Special Collections Search Hub for the American Institute of Physics, Linda Hall Library and NY Academy of Medicine. Records for Johns Hopkins University, the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Toronto are currenty being processed. Additional catalog records from Columbia University and Yale University will also be added soon.

Newly Acquired or Processed Collections

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania recently made several new acquisitions, including the papers of the late 19th and early 20th century psychologist Dr. Robert Howland Chase, John Price Wetherill's engineering notebook from 1881-1891, and a circa 1795 printed advertisement for gold tincture. Read more about the new collections here.

The Chemical Heritage Foundation made several highly significant new acquisitions in the past year. Among these are a collection of rare alchemy manuscripts, many from the 15th century; rare texts and experimental notebooks of 18th and 19th century chemists; correspondence and personal papers of noteworthy 20th century physicists, engineers, chemists and industrialists; and several significant material artifacts. Read more about the new collections here.

The American Philosophical Society has recently made newly processed resources available to researchers, including the papers of James van Gundia, a pioneer of human population genetics, and of Frank Siebert, a chemist-turned-anthropologist who made important contributions to Algonquin linguistics. Read more about these collections and others here.

Drexel University acquired and processed several important collections in 2014. New acquisitions include, among others, the complete records of the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia, 1899-2012; sketches of animals and prehistoric subjects by the paleoartist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins; and the papers of the nutritionist Corinne H. Robison. Newly processed collections include the Academic Affairs records of Hahnemann University, 1848-2009 and the papers of the physiologist Stella Yates Botelho (1923-1987). The University also recently produced a searchable, digitized edition of Thomas S. Bradford's biographies of homeopathic physicians compiled from 1896 to 1916. Read more about these collections here.

  Onward and Upward!

The Consortium has ambitious plans as a scholarly and cultural institution. We are now nineteen institutions strong, rich in scholarly and archival resources, and committed to promoting greater public and academic understanding of the history of science, technology and medicine.

Your contribution to our annual fund can make a big difference. If you have given in the past, please renew your support. If not, add your name to our growing list of supporters. Together we can achieve great things.

With best regards,

Babak Ashrafi, Executive Director
Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine
431 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

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