News of the Consortium

December 2018
In this issue:
  • The Huntington Joins the Consortium
  • Public Events: Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Issues in Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Fellows Updates
  • Support the Consortium
The Huntington Joins the Consortium

The Consortium welcomes The Huntington, in San Marino, CA, as its newest member. The Huntington Library is one of the world's premier independent research libraries, home to more than nine million items spanning the 11th to 21st centuries. Collections include extensive materials related to the history of science, technology and medicine. Researchers will now be able to apply to the Consortium for funding to conduct research within the Huntington Library's holdings.
Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Issues in Science, Technology and Medicine
Trust in Science: Vaccines
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 5:30PM
Philadelphia, PA
Left to Right: Jeffrey Baker, Elena Conis, Erica Kimmerling and Robert Hauser
Join us for "Trust in Science: Vaccines", the first event in a series inspired by Perceptions of Science in America, a report from the Public Face of Science Initiative at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Two more events later in the year will examine trust in science through the issues of evolution and climate change.

This event will examine vaccine skepticism in contemporary America, historically, and in the clinic. What are the historical roots of resistance to vaccination? What is the data about contemporary attitudes? How do these attitudes relate to changing social, economic and political contexts? How do these issues play out in the relationship between a doctor and a patient?
This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP.
Benjamin Franklin Hall
American Philosophical Society
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Girls in STEM Education in America
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
Left to Right: Natalie King and Kim Tolley
Join Natalie King and Kim Tolley to learn about education for girls in science, technology, engineering and medicine. They will examine the history of girls' education in these fields, as well as current efforts to increase inclusion. A video of the event will be available online afterwards, with additional expert commentary and a moderated public forum. More information will be provided through the Consortium mailing list and website.
The Wagner Free Institute of Science
1700 West Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Online Forum
Shopping for Health: Medicine and Markets in America
Left to Right: David Herzberg and Nancy Tomes at Shopping for Health
Nancy Tomes and David Herzberg spoke at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on October 11, 2018 on the rise of medical consumerism and its consequences. The video of their presentations is available at Shopping for Health: Medicine and Markets in America. Roberta Bivins, Alex Mold and Jeremy Greene have provided additional perspectives on these issues. We would love to see your comments in the online forum.
Upcoming Online Forum
Sickness and the City
Left to Right: Michael Levy and Billy Smith
Many social, economic, and political factors affect urban health on local, regional and global scales. American historian Billy Smith and epidemiologist Michael Levy discussed the science and history at the intersection of urban development and the spread of contagions. They spoke at the New York Academy of Medicine on October 24, 2018. The video of their presentations, as well as additional expert commentary and a moderated public forum, will be available on the Consortium website in January, 2019.
Fellows Updates

Carin Berkowitz, 2009-2010 Dissertation Fellow
Carin has started a new position as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. You can read more about the appointment here.

Jessica Dandona, 2018-2019 Research Fellow
Jessica has had papers related to her current book project, supported by her Consortium fellowship, accepted to IV International Conference on Medical Humanities, the Association for Art History Annual Conference and the 10th European Spring School on History of Science and Popularization.

Katherinne Duffy, 2017-2018 Research Fellow
Kathrinne is in the midst of a nine-month fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI.

Wendy Gonaver, 2015-2016 Research Fellow
Wendy authored The Peculiar Institution and the Making of Modern Psychiatry, 1840–1880, currently available for pre-order, with publication by UNC Press scheduled for March 2019.

Paul Wolff Mitchell, 2018-2019 Keith S. Thomson Research Fellow
Paul recently published "The fault in his seeds: Lost notes to the case of bias in Samuel George Morton’s cranial race science" in PLoS Biology. The article was covered in Ars Technica and the Discover Magazine online blog, and is directly related to figures and collections connected to the University of Pennsylvania, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Vivek Neelakantan, 2018-2019 Research Fellow
Vivek is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Indore, where he designed and teaches a course on business history. His monograph, Science, Public Health and Nation-Building in Soekarno-Era Indonesia, will soon be translated into Bahasa Indonesian (mid-2019) by the KOMPAS Group.

Ayah Nuriddin, 2018-2019 Research Fellow
Ayah published "Psychiatric Jim Crow: Desegregation at the Crownsville State Hospital, 1948-1970" in the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.

Alana Staiti, 2018-2019 Research Fellow
Alana has been named Curator of the History of Computers and Information Sciences at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

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Claire Ulam, daughter of Stanislaw, at Los Alamos, 1955. Image courtesy of the American Philosophical Society.
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