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Department News for 2015


“First Book Award to Nicole Nelson”
November 2015

The UW Center for the Humanities has awarded History of Science Assistant Professor Nicole Nelson a First Book Award, one of the three UW junior faculty in the humanities and interpretive social sciences to receive this support. The award will allow Nelson to assemble a “dream team” of readers for her first academic book-in-progress, titled Model Behavior: Animal Experiments and the Genetics of Psychiatric Disorders, which uses ethnographic methods to explore how scientists develop and deploy animal models to produce molecular knowledge about human alcoholism and anxiety. Winners get to invite leading scholars in their field to join an interdisciplinary group of reviewers from among the faculty at UW. The goal is to turn solid and promising manuscripts from UW humanities researchers into first-rate, field-shaping books. Congratulations Nicole!

“Tales From Planet Earth comes back to Madison”
September 2015

Tales From Planet Earth returns to Madison November 6-8, 2015. Founded by Gregg Mitman, William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Professor of Medical History and Science & Technology Studies, and Environmental Studies, in 2007, the theme of this year's festival is Belief.

Visit the Tales From Planet Earth festival web site for additional information, including the festival's schedule of over two dozen films.

“Bonnie Good News for Emer Lucey”
September 2015

Emer Lucey, a third-year graduate student, recently won third place for best paper at the Health History in Action Conference held August 26-28 at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.  Emer’s paper, "Ethereal Beauty: The Aestheticization of Autism," was presented at the Postgraduate Career Development Workshop and Conference organized by the Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM), a conference showcasing the best postgraduate research in the history of health and medicine field.  Nicely done Emer!

“Disclosing/Enclosing Cluster”
August 2015

Linda Hogle, Professor of Medical Social Sciences, is one of four leaders coordinating the “Disclosing/Enclosing: The Paradoxes of Information Flow in Knowledge Communities” thematic cluster funded by the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies.

This cluster is designed to build connections across disciplines and forge new intellectual directions in STS research at UW Madison. The other three leaders are: Nicole Nelson, Department of the History of Science; Pilar Ossorio, Professor of Law and Bioethics; and Krishanu Saha, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Many events are planned for the 2015-16 year, please see the Disclosing/Enclosing web site for more information.

“Mitman’s “In the Shadow of Ebola” Film Now Online”
July 2015

“In the Shadow of Ebola,” a 25-minute film by Professor Gregg Mitman, Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies, aired June 22, 2015, on PBS Independent Lens and is now available online for viewing - go to the PBS Independent Lens web site to watch the film. For more information about the film, please visit the In the Shadow of Ebola website.

“AAHN H-31 Research Grant to Daniel”
May 2015

Doctoral candidate Vicki Fama Daniel has been awarded an H-31 Research Grant from the American Association for the History of Nursing. This pre-doctoral grant is designed to encourage and support graduate training and historical research to students at the Masters and Doctoral levels and provides $2,000 in funding.

Vicki will use this grant to support archival work on the role of nurses at various disaster morgues in the early twentieth century, specifically the Triangle fire morgue in New York City in 1911. Happy travels Vicki!

“Ronald L. Numbers awarded 2015 NCSE Friend of Darwin Award”
March 2015

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) has conferred its 2015 Friend of Darwin Award on Emeritus Professor Ronald L. Numbers, an award "presented annually to a select few whose efforts to support NCSE and advance its goal of defending the teaching of evolution and climate science have been truly outstanding." In granting this award, NCSE's executive director Ann Reid noted that "it would be hard to think of anyone who has contributed as much as Ron Numbers has to the understanding of creationism as a historical and social phenomenon, through his own work and the work that it has inspired." Congratulations Ron!

Ronald L. Numbers and his 2015 Friend of Darwin Award

“Pablo F. Gómez garners CLAH Vanderwood Prize Honorable Mention”
January 2015

The Conference on Latin American History (CLAH) has awarded Assistant Professor Pablo F. Gómez an Honorable Mention for the Vanderwood Prize for his 2013 Social History of Medicine article “The Circulation of Bodily Knowledge in the Seventeenth-century Black Spanish Caribbean.” The Vanderwood Prize is awarded annually for a distinguished article on any significant aspect of Latin American history by a member of the CLAH. Pablo had the pleasure of receiving his prize at the annual CLAH luncheon held in conjunction with the recent AHA meeting in New York City. Congratulations on this much-deserved honor!

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