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Department News for 2020


“Emer Lucey receives 2020 AAHM Richard H. Shryock Medal”
May 2020

Congratulations to Emer Lucey on receiving the 2020 Richard H. Shryock Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) for her essay titled “Beauty and Joy: The Aesthetics of Autism and Down Syndrome.” This work comes out her dissertation that explores the history of childhood developmental disability in the United States, analyzing the role of parent memoirs in the construction of autism and Down syndrome in the twentieth century using oral history, archival sources, and popular media.

Emer is a doctoral candidate in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Program in the UW History Department. Her interests include history of American medicine, the body, disability, and global health.

“European Research Council AIG grant to Professor Gregg Mitman”
April 2020

Professor Gregg Mitman has received an Advanced Investigator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). ERC Advanced Investigator Grants provide up to 2.5 million euros over 5 years, and are intended for established researchers in all disciplines who wish to undertake highly ambitious and innovative projects that promise to break new ground in their respective fields. Mitman received his grant for the project “Bloodborne: Hot Zones, Disease Ecologies, and the Changing Landscape of Environment and Health in West Africa.” The project will examine the relationships between environmental change and the emergence of new threats to public health from multiple perspectives. To learn more, please visit this LMU Munich’s news post web page. Congrats to Professor Mitman on this prestigious award.

Mitman is a Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at UW-Madison, and is an affiliated researcher with the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at LMU Munich in Germany.

“Video posted on Wisconsin Public Television of Prof. Streiffer talk”
January 2020

A recent talk presented by Robert Streiffer, Professor of Medical History & Bioethics and Philosophy, can now be viewed on-line at the University Place website of the Wisconsin Channel of PBS Wisconsin. His talk, titled “The Ethical Landscape of Human Genome Editing,” was presented originally on 13 November 2019 (event poster) and can now be viewed via the below URL (video duration: 1h 6m 17s):

https://www.pbs.org/video/the-ethical-landscape-of-human-genome-editing-odwve1/

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