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October 2002




2002 Guide Now in Print and Available Online

The ninth edition of the Guide to the
History of Science has just been
published bythe University of Chicago Press.
Each member will receive a complimentary
copy by mail. A searchable online edition,
maintained by the HSS Executive Office, is
available to all web users at
Both the print and online editions
introduce several new features. Users of
previous editions will find the familiar
listings of graduate programs and research
centers, with faculty and staff information.
The ninth edition adds museums and
libraries/archives to the entities represented.
The Guide also profiles academic societies
and journals involved with the history of

science, broadly defined. New to the ninth
are short prose descriptions highlighting
the character and special features of each
entity. The printed Guide also contains a
full directory of HSS members.
The ninth edition introduces a
standardized system for categorizing
research interests. HSS's previous
classification scheme carried more than 150
overlapping and conflicting choices. The
new system enables choices as broad as
"Gender and Science," or as specific as "19t'
Century North American Earth Science
Institutions." By standardizing the system,
users will be able to search across the online
editionto find all HSS members, institutions,
journals, and academic societies that list a
particular standard choice as a research
interest. Members should be aware that the
research interests they entered when they
joined the Society have been translated into
this standardized system foruse inthe Guide.
The online membership directory maintained
by the University of Chicago Press will
retain the specific listings and will not be
replaced by the online Guide.
The online edition will be a
centerpiece of the Society's Web site at
www.hssonline.org. It will gradually
replace the cumbersome collection of links
that HSS currently maintains. The online
Guide's interactive databases will allow
users to "search smarter," enabling them to
collect more useful information prior to
leaving the HSS Web site. Online databases
will make updates and additions to the
Guide easier and more efficient. Pending
the resolution of security issues, updates
will be nearly immediate.
Unlike most similar databases

maintained by academic societies, online
access to the Guide will be open to non-
members as well as members. Open access
will enable students, prospective members,
scholars worldwide, and media outlets to
connect effectively with the history of
science. The Guide reflects the Society's
long term financial commitment to raising
public awareness of the history of science, as
well as improving communication within
the profession. It is a long-term investment
and provides an immediate public service.
In addition, many of the skills developed by
executive office staff members during the
production of the Guide have translated into
other improvements to the Web site, such as
online ordering of HSS publications, more
efficient meeting registration, and the ability
to accept donations electronically.


Cover Story 1
News and Inquiries 3-9
Awards, Honors,
and Appointments 10
Jobs 11
Grants, Fellowships,
and Prizes 12-16

Future Meetings 17-20
Isis Books Received 21-28
HSS Employment Survey 29-32


HSS Election Results

Members elected to

Angela N. Creager
Bernard V. Lightman
Lynn K. Nyhart
Michael A. Osborne
Jole R. Shackelford

Members elected to
Nominating Committee at Large

Keith R. Benson
Caroline C. Hannaway
Mary Terrall

Members elected to
Nominating Committee from Council

Philip J. Pauly
Margaret L. Schabas

Our congratulations to these members and our thanks
to all of those who stood for election. We extend our
special gratitude to this year's nominating committee:

Gregg Mitman (Chair)
Janet Browne
Jan Golinski
Liba Taub
Robert Westman

History of Science Society Executive Office
University of Washington
Box 351330
Seattle, Washington 98195-1330
Phone: 206-543-9366
Fax: 206-685-9544
Email: hss@hssonline.org
W eb site: A;'ii i' /,, l .. /' i rg
Physical address (Fed-Ex, UPS):
Johnson Hall, Room 236
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98195-1330
Subscription Inquiries: ISIS and HSS Newsletter
Please contact the University of Chicago Press directly, at:
j-orders@press.uchicago.edu; fax: 773-753-0811.
Or write University of Chicago Press, Subscription
Fulfillment Manager, 1427 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL
Please notify both the HSS Executive Office and the
University of Chicago Press at the above addresses.

HSS Newsletter
Editorial Policies, Advertising, and Submissions
The History of Science Society Newsletter is published in
January, April, July, and October, and sent to all individual
members of the Society; those who reside outside of North
America pay an additional $5 annually to cover a portion of
airmail charges. The Newsletter is available to nonmembers and
institutions for $25 a year.
The Newsletter is edited and desktop published in the
Executive Office on an Apple Power Macintosh system using
Microsoft Word and Adobe PageMaker. The format and editorial
policies are determinedby the Executive Director in consultation
with the Committee on Publications. All advertising copy must
be submitted camera-ready. Advertisements are accepted on a
space-available basis only, and the Society reserves the right not
to accept a submission. The rates are as follows: Full page (9 x
7.5"), $400; Horizontal or Vertical Half page (4.5 x 7.5"), $220;
Quarter page (3 x 5"), $110. The deadline for insertion orders and
camera-ready copy is six weeks prior to the month ofpublication
(e. g., 20 November for the January Newsletter) and should be
sent to the attention of the HSS Executive Office at the above
address. HSS recommends that all camera-ready ads be sent via
overnight or 2-day mail to the physical address above.
The deadline for news, announcements, and job/fellowship/
prize listings is firm: The first of the month prior to the month
of publication. Long items (feature stories) should be submitted
six weeks prior to the month of publication as email file
attachments or on a 3.5" disk (along with a hard copy). Please
send all material to the attention of Gail Alexander at the HSS
address above (email or disk appreciated).
0 2002 by the History of Science Society

REMINDER: The Isis B;/l-l..,i,,q.1!
from 1975 to the present is available
online with the Research Libraries Group
(RLG). Members of the Society may
access the RLG Web site, and the History
of Science and Technology Database
(HST) through the HSS homepage http:/
/hssonline.org. RLG has assigned us
"Y6.G19" as a "User Name" and
"HSSDEMO" as a "Password."



2002 A2HPS3 Conference in Sydney

Ann Westmore (HPS, University of Melbourne)
Rachel A. Ankeny (HPS, University of Sydney)

The Unit for HPS at the University of Sydney hosted the
annual talk-fest of Australian social scientists, historians
and philosophers of science from 4-6 July 2002. Nearly 100
participants from across Australia and New Zealand, and also
from the U.S., Sweden, and the U.K., attended the Australasian
Association for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
(A2HPS3) conference. In addition to paper presentations, special
sessions included "Author Meets Critics" panels to encourage
discussion ofrecently published books by Australasian scholars,
and a workshop entitled "Finishing Your Thesis without Killing
Your Partner or Your Intellectual Enthusiasm."
An Octavian discussion entitled "HPS/STS in
Australasia: Has Its Present Past a Future?" was particularly
thought-provoking and lively. In an Octavian discussion, eight
places are available with one chair left empty; speakers from
different institutions and points of view are invited to open the
session and any member ofthe audience may take an empty chair
to join the discussion. Only when this chair is filled can another
discussant return to the audience. The president of A HPS3,
Evelleen Richards (HPS, Sydney), began by assessing the
prospects for HPS/STS in Australia and asked for comments by
representatives o each HPS/STS-affiliated program inAustralia
and New Zealand, who were subsequently joined by numerous
attendees who worked together to strategize on the possibilities
for a shared future for HPS/STS in Australasia.
The Dyason Lecture was given by Robert Olby (Ilkly,
UK and research professor at the University of Pittsburgh),
author of numerous works in the history of genetics, whose visit
to Australia was sponsored by the British Council. Reflecting on
the 50 years since the publication of Watson and Crick's paper
describing the structure ofDNA as a double helix, Olby explored
the factors that helped to convert a scientific event into a widely
celebrated milestone. He questioned whether some aspects of
the work on DNA warranted celebration, and the extent to which
the celebration of the double helix was becoming a political
event, showcasing "successful" British science.
A final feature of AHPS3 conferences is their strong
support for graduate student work, and accordingly eleven
Langham bursaries were awarded to assist students to attend
the conference to make presentations. The joint winners of the
Ian Langham Prize for best student paper were Katrina Dean
(HPS, University of Cambridge) and Suman Seth (History,
Princeton University).
The 2003 conference will be held at Melbourne
University in conjunction with retirement celebrations for
Professor Rod Home; for more details on it and on A2HPS3, see
http://www.usyd.edu.au/hps/aahpsss/. We invite you to join us
down under sometime soon!

A fund has been set up at the University of California, San Diego by
Dr. Keith Benson of the National Science Foundation and Mrs.
Deborah Day of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to honor
the memory of Philip F. "Fritz" Rehbock. Contributions can be
made to: Dyanne Hoffman, Director of Development, Geisel Library
Administration, Attention: Rehbock Memorial Fund, University of
California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, Department 0175G, La
Jolla, CA 92093-0175, U.S.A. Checks shouldbe made out to the UC
San Diego Foundation. Please indicate on the check that it is for the
Rehbock Memorial Fund. All donations are tax-deductible.

Please plan on joining us in Milwaukee, Wisconsin 7-10 November
2002 for the annual meeting ofthe History of Science Society. This
will be a co-located meeting with the Philosophy of Science
Association and the Society for the Social Studies of Science. Some
of the highlights of the conference will be a reception at the world-
famous Museum of Art and the distinguished lecture, which will be
delivered by Lorraine Daston. For further information, please visit
the HSS Web site at www.hssonline.org.

Figural Vocabularies of Gender in Nineteenth-
Century Science

York University hosted a conference entitled "Figural Vocabularies
of Gender in Nineteenth-Century Science" from 17-18 May 2002.
Participants presented interdisciplinary papers bringing the study of
visual images together with an examination of gender norms and
practices in science. Sessions included "Visual Innovations,"
"Configuring Families," "Scientific Illustration," and "Displaying

Right: "Figural Vocabularies of Gender in Nineteenth-Century
Science" participants: Front row, from left to right: Jonathan Smith,
Barbara Gates, Ann Shteir, Bernard Lightman, Sally Kohlstedt,
Suzanne Le-May Sheffield. Back row, from left to right: Jan
Golinski, James Secord, Jennifer Tucker.



On 11 May 2002, eighty of Lawrence
Badash's colleagues, former students, and
friends met at the Santa Barbara Museum of
Natural History to celebrate his retirement.
Co-founder of the Program in the History of
Science, Technology and Medicine at the
University of California, Santa Barbara,
Badash specializes in the history of the
modern physical sciences. His many
publications include Kapitza, Rutherford,
and the Kremlin, and the well-received
textbook Scientists and the Development of
Nuclear Weapons. Retirement plans include
a book on the science and politics of the
nuclear-winter phenomenon, occasional
teaching at the UCSB Ventura Center, and
treks in Nepal. An endowment fund for a
UCSB graduate student prize in the history
of science will commemorate his thirty-six
years of service to the profession. Those
who wish to contribute to the fund may make
out a check to UC Regents-Badash Fund and
postitto the Office of Community Relations,
UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93106.

Lawrence Badash on Pakistan's Baltoro
Glacier with K-2 in background.

On 27 September 2002 a Historical
Symposium was held to honor Frederic
(Larry) Holmes. Dr. Holmes has served as
Chair of the Section of History of Medicine
at Yale University, School of Medicine, for
twenty-three years. He has produced nearly
half a century of scholarship that has
transformed historical understanding of the
life sciences. The historical symposium was
on investigative lives, experimentalpractice,
and scientific creativity.


On 5 October 2002, the Department of the
History of Science, Medicine & Technology
of The Johns Hopkins University hosted a
one-day symposium celebrating the 100th
birthday ofOwsei Temkin. The symposium
reflected the broadrange ofOwsei Temkin's
interests in medicine and history, which
include the Hippocratic tradition, clinical &
laboratory medicine from the 17th to the
19th centuries, and the history of ideas about
health and disease. Distinguished scholars
from the United States, Canada and the
United Kingdom spoke on historical themes
and questions influenced by Dr. Temkin's
work. Speakers included Drs. Gert H.
Brieger, Leon Eisenberg, Toby Gelfand, John
V. Pickstone, Charles Rosenberg, Arthur
Silverstein and Heinrich von Staden.


Owsei Temkin, aged 99, diedpeacefully
July 18 in Baltimore, Maryland. A scholar
of great distinction, Temkin wrote on
medicine andhistory from the 5th century
B.C. to the 20th century A.D. Born on
October 6, 1902 in Minsk, Russia, Dr.
Temkin received his medical degree from
the University of Leipzig in 1927. He
joined Henry Sigerist at the Leipzig
Institute forthe History ofMedicine, and
followed Sigerist in 1932 to the Institute
of the History of Medicine at The Johns
Hopkins University.



harles W. Smith (Western Kentucky
University) wishes to announce two
new sites of interest to historians of science.
The Alfred Russel Wallace Page contains
material by and about the naturalist and
social critic Wallace (1823-1913), including
bibliographies, news items, commentaries,
FAQs, a capsule biography, lists (e.g., of all
the personal names that appear in his
voluminous publications), and the full-text
ofabout200 ofhis writings (including several
books) and interviews. The URL is: http://
www.wku.edu/-smithch/indexl .htm.
The other site is Early Classics in
Biogeography, Distribution, and Diversity
Studies: To 1950. Itisaselectedbibliography
of nearly 500 works on this subject, with
links to biographical information on the
authors and full-text of the sources as
available. The URL is: http://www.wku.edu/

The new Web site of the Earth and
Environment Forum can be found at http://
www.cieq.uqtr.ca:591/EEF.htm. The
mission ofthe group is defined as follows: In
particular, the Earth and Environment Forum
seeks to promote studies on the
environmental history of science and on the
history ofenvironmental sciences, including,
among others, agricultural sciences,
conservation biology, earth sciences,
ecology, as well as research on resource
management and environmental protection;
encourage the study of the environment
across disciplines and fields ofresearch such
as environmental history, agricultural history,
colonial history, history of science and
environmental studies; define the relevance
of the history of science for understanding
contemporary debates and governmental
policies related to environmental issues.

A new, free, online resource for scholars is
now available. Navigational Aids for the
History of Science, Technology & the
Environment can be accessed at http://
www.nahste.ac.uk. This is an enormous
Web-based index of archive material newly
catalogued in the University of Edinburgh,
in Heriot Watt University, and in the
University of Glasgow, all brought together
with funding from the UK Research Support
Libraries Programme.


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