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Department News for 2016

“Professor Emeritus Norman Fost earns prestigious national award”
October 2016

At the MacLean Center's 28th Annual Dorothy J. MacLean Fellows Conference on Ethics in Medicine on November 12, Medical History and Bioethics Professor Emeritus Norman Fost was awarded the 2016 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics and Health Outcomes.

“Dr. Norman Fost is a distinguished scholar, teacher, ethics program director, and clinical leader in the fields of bioethics and pediatrics,” said Mark Siegler, Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Surgery, and director of the MacLean Center. “We are honored to recognize Dr. Norman Fost with this year's MacLean Center Prize.”

In addition to the $50,000 award that comes with the prize, Professor Fost gave the prize lecture titled "The Hermit, the Mongol, the Swimmer, Bucky and the Dwarfs: Cases That Changed Medicine and Me." For more information, please see the University of Chicago Medicine press release.

“Medical History and Bioethics faculty in the news”
September 2016

Associate Professor Robert K. Streiffer had a pair of quotes in recent articles about health disclosure and privacy in connection with the two main 2016 presidential candidates. In a September 12, 2016, Charlotte Observer article titled "Why voters need to know about the health of would-be presidents," Streiffer indicated that “Anything that has a significant or realistic chance of affecting a candidate's ability to carry out the core functions of the presidency should be disclosed.” Another article titled “An expert’s guide: How to evaluate health disclosures from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton” from Fox News on September 13, 2016, quotes Streiffer as it concerns the candidate's medical privacy.

“Holtz Center Disclosing/Enclosing STS Summer School”
August 2016

The Disclosing/Enclosing thematic cluster, a multi-year interdisciplinary investigation funded by the UW Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies into the paradoxes of information flow through the lens of enclosures and disclosures of knowledge, recently conducted a STS Summer School held 10-15 July 2016 at the UW Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

Attended by 21 students from six countries and led by four UW faculty — Linda Hogle, Nicole Nelson, Pilar Ossorio, and Kris Saha — along with four guest faculty — Stephen Hilgartner (Cornell University), Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University), Sergio Sismondo (Queen's University), and Stefan Timmermans (UCLA), this event succeeded in drawing attention to Science and Technology Studies at UW, both within and outside the university, fostering interdisciplinary learning, and providing opportunities for early-stage graduate students new to STS or those who had few STS resources at their home institutions, in addition to students who wanted to delve more deeply into STS concepts with an interdisciplinary group.

More information about this event in addition to this thematic cluster can be found at Please click 'here' to see faculty group photo.

“A full menu of tasty news for grad student Travis Weisse”
July 2016

At the recent American Association for the History of Medicine annual meeting in Minneapolis, History of Science department graduate student Travis Weisse received an Honorable Mention in the Richard H. Shryock Medal Essay Contest for his paper titled “‘A Farewell to Chitterlings’: Alvenia Fulton, Natural Health Foods, and the Civil Rights Movement.”

Another course of good news comes in the form of an accepted book chapter tentatively titled “‘Soil Food’: Dr. Alvenia Fulton, Civil Rights, and the Rise of Black Vegetarianism,” accepted into the edited volume, The Vegetarian’s Dilemma: Re-Thinking Food Choice Throughout Time, ed. Adam Shprintzen, University of Arkansas Press, anticipated to come out in 2017.

Well done Travis!

“Grad students Laas and Weisse give talks at Venice conference”
June 2016

History of Science graduate students Molly Laas and Travis Weisse recently gave talks at the Dietary Innovation and Disease in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries conference held on San Servolo Island, Venice. This international conference explored these key themes by historicising and contextualising the relationship between dietary change and health in the past.

In a session on Diet and Disease, Travis presented a talk titled “When gurus die: Atkins, Pritikin and the post-mortem duel for America’s heart health” while Molly’s talk on “The moral minimum: nutrition science and mass feeding in American prisons and asylums, 1840s-1850s” took place in a session on Nutritionism and Food Science.

Ben fatto Molly and Travis!

“Prof. Susan Lederer to give Garrison Lecture at AAHM Annual Meeting”
April 2016

Professor Susan E. Lederer, Robert Turell Professor of History of Medicine and Bioethics, Professor of History of Science, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, will give the Fielding H. Garrison Lecture at the 89th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her lecture is titled “Bombshells and Bioethics: Henry K. Beecher’s ‘Ethics and Clinical Research’ at 50” and will take place on Friday April 29th at 6pm.

“Prof. Lederer named UNC Distinguished Visiting Professor”
January 2016

Susan E. Lederer, Robert Turell Professor of Medical History and Bioethics and department chair, will spend Spring 2016 in North Carolina. She will be the Nannerl O. Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. In addition to co-teaching a course with UNC professor Rebecca Walker on the history and ethics of human and animal experimentation for both Duke and UNC undergraduates, she will deliver the Nannerl O. Keohane Lecture on February 10, 2016, on the UNC Campus. Her topic will the “Human Bodies and the State in 20th-century America.”

“Gómez receives UW IRH residential fellowship”
January 2016

Assistant Professor Pablo Gómez has been awarded a UW Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH) residential fellowship for the coming Fall semester. Pablo will be working on his second book project during his time at the Institute.

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