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Department News for 2012


“Welcome Pablo F. Gómez”
November 2012

The department welcomes Pablo F. Gómez as an Assistant Professor. In addition to a Ph.D. in History of Medicine and Latin American History from Vanderbilt University in 2010, Pablo completed his M.D. at CES University, Medellín, Colombia, in 1994. His interests include History of Medicine and Science in the Atlantic World, Latin America, and the African Diaspora; Early modern corporeal epistemologies; and Race and medicine. Welcome Pablo!

“Vicki Fama garners Best Paper Award in St. Louis”
October 2012

Third-year graduate student Vicki Fama received the best paper award for her paper titled "Heroes and Villains: Displaying and Viewing Bodies at the United States Army Medical Museum, 1862-1888" at the recent 2012 Washington University Graduate History Conference held October 26-27 in St. Louis. Organized by the university's history department with "The History of the Body" as its theme, the conference featured a dozen papers over two days. Well done Vicki!

“Ossorio appointed to HHS SACHRP Advisory Committee”
October 2012

Pilar Ossorio, Associate Professor of Bioethics and Law, has been appointed as a member of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP). This Health and Human Services (HSS) Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections is a federal advisory committee tasked with protecting the rights of human participants in research.

As a member of SACHRP, Ossorio is charged with looking for improvements to the current system of human research protection programs, with particular emphasis on vulnerable participants. Reporting to HSS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, SACHRP plays an instrumental role in reviewing and revising the rules that govern human research.

Ossorio has appointments at both the UW Law School and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health/Department of Medical History and Bioethics, and in 2011, was named the inaugural Bioethics Scholar-in-Residence at the Morgridge Institute for Research.

“R. Alta Charo appointed NIH Advisory Council”
September 2012

R. Alta Charo has been appointed to the Advisory Council for the new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health by Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

In her new role, Charo will advise on ethical and regulatory issues raised by translational research, such as privacy and civil rights concerns raised by research using human tissues residing in large biobanks or public health implications of deploying genetics and personalized medicine to target drug development toward narrower segments of the population. She will also participate in overseeing the peer review process for research proposals submitted to NCATS.

Charo is the Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics with a dual faculty appointment at the UW Law School and the UW Medical School. She currently teaches courses in biotechnology law, bioethics and torts, and is developing new offerings in public health law and FDA law.

“2011 Roy Porter Prize to Bradley Moore”
August 2012

Bradley Moore, a dissertator in the Joint PhD Program in History and the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, has been awarded the 2011 Roy Porter Prize. Presented by the Society for the Social History of Medicine and named in honor of the late Professor Roy Porter, this prize is given for the best original unpublished student essay.

Moore's essay, "For the People's Health: Ideology, Medical Authority, and Hygienic Science in Communist Czechoslovakia, 1952-62," looks at the effects of Soviet-inspired communism on approaches to public health and hygiene in the former Czechoslovakia, particularly the manner dialectical-materialism and “Pavlovian medicine” became tools of both continuity and change within established medical traditions. Congratulations Brad!

“Professor Rick Keller handles the heat!”
August 2012

Read about Professor Rick Keller's research on the 2003 heat wave that gripped Europe and Paris in particular. Two recent news articles tell the whole story: "Forget blizzards and hurricanes, heat waves are deadliest" (UW-Madison News) and "Seely on Science: Heat waves more deadly than hurricanes, floods" (Wisconsin State Journal).

“Mitman Awarded 2012 AAHM William H. Welch Medal”
April 2012

Gregg A. Mitman, Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History and Environmental Studies and the Nelson Institute interim director, was awarded the William H. Welch Medal for his 2008 book Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape our Lives and Landscapes at the recent American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) annual meeting in Baltimore, Md.

Gregg's book, published by Yale University Press, offers an intimate portrait of how allergic disease has shaped American culture, landscape and life. It draws on environmental, medical and cultural history, and the life stories of people, plants and insects, to trace how America’s changing environment from the late 1800s to the present day has led to the epidemic growth of allergic disease.

The Welch Medal is awarded to one or more authors of a book (excluding edited volumes) of outstanding scholarly merit in the field of medical history, published during the five calendar years preceding the award. Congratulations Gregg!

“Mitman and Erickson article wins 2012 Ralph Gomory Prize”
April 2012

Gregg Mitman and Paul Erickson have won he the 2012 Ralph Gomory Prize for their article Latex and Blood: Science, Markets, and American Empire which appeared in Radical History Review (Spring 2010 issue). This prize, made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, recognizes historical work on the effects of business enterprises on the economic conditions of the countries in which they operate. The award consists of a $5,000 cash prize, presented at the Business History Conference annual meeting.

Mitman is Interim Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and William Coleman Professor of History of Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a professor in the Department of Medical History, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and the Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies. Erickson (UW History of Science PhD '06) is an assistant professor of history and science in society at Wesleyan University.

“A Pair of Travel Grants for Collins”
January 2012

Doctoral Candidate Bridget Collins has received a Vilas Travel Grant and a Holtz Center Travel Grant to support two weeks of research at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, on the Children's Bureau records. Happy travels Bridget!

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