News of the Consortium

October 2018
In this issue:
  • Caltech Joins the Consortium
  • New Directions for Fellowships
  • 2019-2020 Fellowships Available
  • 2018-2019 Additional Research Fellows
  • Working Groups
  • Public Events
  • Newly Acquired or Processed Collections
 Caltech Joins the Consortium

The Consortium is delighted to welcome Caltech as its newest member.
Researchers will be able to apply to the Consortium for funding to conduct research in the collections of Caltech. The Caltech Archives and Special Collections has a mission of facilitating understanding of Caltech’s role in the history of science and technology. The collections include the papers of Caltech scientists and engineers; photographs, film, audio, video, websites, and publications documenting Caltech’s history; scientific instruments characteristic of research at Caltech; and rare books anchored by the Rocco Collection of early modern physics and astronomy. 
 New Directions for Fellowships

The Consortium has awarded 175 fellowships to scholars who, by the end of this academic year, will have made more than 500 research trips to collections of member institutions. This year, as in past years, their research interests span the globe. But there are new and exciting developments in the program. The Consortium now has support, which is provided by the Wellcome Trust, dedicated for research by scholars from Brazil, India and South Africa working in the medical humanities and the history of medicine. 

In addition to making the fellowships available to a broader range of scholars, the Consortium has had the good fortune of being able to make the fellowship programs more secure for the long term. Foundations and individuals who value the work of our scholars responded to a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. They helped to establish a $2,000,000 endowment for fellowships at the Consortium. This is the Consortium's first endowment and guarantees the future of the fellowship programs.
 2019-2020 Fellowships Available

The Consortium invites applications for fellowships in the history of science, technology and medicine, broadly construed. Opportunities include: 
  • Short-term Research Fellowships
  • Dissertation Fellowships
  • NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Fellows in Residence
  • Research Fellowships for scholars of Medical Humanities from Brazil, India and South Africa
The Consortium offers rich opportunities for research. Taken together, the collections of rare books, manuscripts and artifacts at the 26 member institutions are unparalleled in historical depth as well as breadth. The Consortium also provides a vibrant, challenging and collegial community. Fellows participate in public and scholarly events, as well as informal reading and writing groups, held at the Consortium’s offices in downtown Philadelphia. 

Applications for 2019-2020 must be submitted online by December 18, 2018. 
 2018-2019 Additional Research Fellows

In addition to the postdoctoral, dissertation and research fellowship awards announced in the May 2018 newsletter, the Consortium has awarded a second round of research fellowships to the following scholars:

Jaime Benchimol, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Leishmaniases of the New World in a Historical and Global Perspective 

Geoff Bil, New York Botanical Gardens
Fields of Empire: Science, Ethnoscience and the Making of the American Century

Chelsea Chamberlain, University of Pennsylvania
Diagnostic Clinics and the Problem of Human Defect in Progressive America

Benjamin Cohen, Lafayette College
The Future of Agriculture: A Technological History 

Ellery Foutch, Middlebury College
The Artists' Models: Natural History Specimens and Their Illustrations 

Stephen Hausmann, University of Pittsburgh
Indian Country: Race and Environment in the Black Hills, 1850-1992

Vivek Neelakantan, Maharashtra, India
Southeast Asia and the Beginnings of the Primary Health Paradigm, 1948-1978

Neeraja Sankaran, Bangalore, India
A Longue-Durée Microhistory of RSV at the Rockefeller: The Institutional Life of an In-House Discovery 

Ana Vimieiro Gomes, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
The Genetics of Brazilian Northeastern Population, 1950-1980: Heredity, Race and Culture 

Kazuki Yamada, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
Later Life Sexuality and its Genealogies of Knowledge: The Sciences of Sex and Ageing, c. 1870 – 1980 


 Working Groups
Celebrating in June 2018 completion of sixth year of Working Group on History and Philosophy of Science with conveners Gary Hatfield (second from left) and Miriam Solomon (center).

The Consortium's working groups are starting up again. Each topical group is run by leading scholars, meets monthly at the Consortium, online, and at several satellite locations. Over the course of the year, we will be adding different formats for some of the working groups as well as new satellite locations from which participants can join as a group. Look on our Groups page to learn more, or to join one of the groups.
 Public Events
Left to Right: David Herzberg, Nancy Tomes, Billy Smith, Michael Levy
The Consortium's new public events series resumes with two events in October. Nancy Tomes and David Herzberg will speak on October 11 at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on Shopping for Health: Medicine and Markets in America. On October 24 Michael Levy and Bill Smith will speak on Sickness and the City at the New York Academy of Medicine. Additional events will be held at other member institutions almost every month during the academic year. All the events will be available online with additional commentary and public forums. Join our mailing list or watch our website for opportunities to participate online or in person.
 Fellows Updates

George Aumoithe, 2016-2017 Research Fellow
George defended his dissertation and is now Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton.

David Ceccarelli, 2015-2016 Research Fellow
David published "Between Social and Biological Heredity: Cope and Baldwin on Evolution, Inheritance, and Mind" in Journal of the History of Biology (June 2018).

Roberto Chauca, 2014-2015 Research Fellow
Roberto published "Missionary Hydrography and the Invention of Early Modern Amazonia," in Colonial Latin American Review 27:2 (2018).

Jessica Dandona, 2018-2019 Research Fellow
Jessica began a year-long fellowship as a Fulbright Scholar in the U.K. She has been named to several additional recent fellowships, including the Evelyn S. Nation Fellowship at the Huntington Library, the Boston Medical Library Fellowship in the History of Medicine at Harvard University, and the Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center/Library Company of Philadelphia Fellowship in the History of Women and Medicine.

Alma Igra, 2017-2018 Research Fellow
Alma is organizing a graduate workshop at Columbia University, in collaboration with the Max Plank Institute of the History of Science: "Knowing through Animals: The Animal Turn in History of Science."

Jessica Linker, 2013-2014 Research Fellow
Jessica directed a project at Bryn Mawr College, leading undergraduates in building a 3D version of the Advanced Biology Lab at Bryn Mawr College c. 1900-1904. The team (Elia Anagnostou, Tanjuma Haque, Arianna Li, and Linda Zhu) combined 3D modeling with historical research and interpretation to recreate an interactive model of the historic laboratory. 

Joseph Malherek, 2015-2016 NEH Postdoctoral Fellow
Joseph authored a chapter in an edited volume: "Shopping Malls and Social Democracy: Victor Gruen’s Postwar Campaign for Conscientious Consumption in American Suburbia,” in Consumer Engineering, 1930–1970: Marketing from Planning Euphoria to the Limits of Growth, eds. Gary Cross, Ingo Köhler, and Jan Logemann. Publication is scheduled for later in 2018.

Joseph Martin, 2011-2012 Dissertation Fellow; 2016-2018 NSF Scholar/Fellow in Residence
Joe published Solid State Insurrection: How the Science of Substance Made American Physics Matter with University of Pittsburgh Press.

Michelle Smiley, 2016-2017 Dissertation Fellow, 2017-2019 Fellow in Residence
Michelle has been named Wyeth Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.

Cameron Strang, 2010-2011 Research Fellow
Cameron published Frontiers of Science: Imperialism and Natural Knowledge in the Gulf South Borderlands, 1500-1850 with UNC Press for the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture.

Matthew White, 2011-2012 Research Fellow
Matthew is Director of Education and Visitor Services at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

Christopher Willoughby, 2014-2015 Research Fellow
Chris has accepted a Lapidus Center Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

 Newly Acquired or Processed Collections
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia has added the Records of the Consumer Health Information Center and the Records of Philly Health Info. These have been fully processed and are ready for researcher use. The CHIC was a College-run community resource that provided the public with access to the latest information about medical and health concerns. Available resources included electronic information, journals, newsletters, pamphlets, videocassettes, and a circulating collection of books. It operated from 1995 to 2002 and was replaced with a health resources web portal, Philly Health Info (ended in 2012). Read more here.

The Smithsonian Libraries’ Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology has recently acquired the splendid manuscript collection of the late Henry Willard Lende, Jr, notable history of science scholar and collector. The collection encompasses 148 autograph letters by renowned scientists from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Read more here.
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