— 59th Annual Meeting (2016)


The 59th annual meeting of the Midwest Junto for the History of Science was held April 1st-3rd , 2016, at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. The meeting was hosted by the University of Oklahoma Department of the History of Science and the History of Science Collections, a truly world class collection.


Program of the 2016 Meeting


Friday, April 1

4-5 pm. View exhibition “Galileo and the Microscope,” Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. Museum admission cost waived for Junto participants. Someone will be waiting at the admissions desk to welcome Junto participants as they arrive and ensure their free admission. Also, someone will be up in the Exhibit Hall to answer questions about the exhibit.

5-7 pm. Supper: on your own. (Ask us during the Sam Noble tour about Campus Corner restaurants.)

7-9 pm. Welcome and Opening Reception (wine and deserts). History of Science Collections, Bizzell Library, fifth floor. Exhibit Hall open to view Galileo’s World (main installation).


Saturday, April 2

(All sessions in the Community room, Bizzell Library, lower level 1)


8:30-10:30. Session I. Chair: Steve Livesey
– Kraig Bartel (University of Oklahoma), “Orazio Grassi’s Tractatus de sphaera (1623)”
– James Brannon (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “The New Sphere: Galileo and the Copernican Primer that Never Was”
– Karl Galle (Linda Hall Library), “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Heliocentric: Exercises in the Biography of a Walk-On Astronomer”
– Brent Purkaple (University of Oklahoma), “The Role of Proclus within Sixteenth-Century Debates over the Ontology of Mathematics”

10:30-11:00. Coffee Break, sponsored by Linda Hall Library, Kansas City

11:00-12:00. Session II. Chair: Kathleen Crowther
– Sarah Naramore (University of Notre Dame), “(Un)Exciting Improvements: Benjamin Rush, Public Health, and an American System”
– Andrew Hogan (Creighton University), “Measuring Bodily Difference: Anthropometry in Asylums and Genetic Medicine”

12:00-2:00. Lunch

2:00-3:00. Session III. Chair: Aparna Nair
– Callie McCool (University of Oklahoma), “Traditional stories as indigenous scientific methodologies”
– Ry Marattilio-McCracken (Oklahoma State University), “Sociology and the dogma of human inheritance”

3:00-3:30. Coffee Break, sponsored by Linda Hall Library, Kansas City

3:30-5:00. Session IV. Chair: Piers Hale
– Sarah Griswold (New York University), “Fraud, Phoenicia, and Rural France: The Archaeological Controversy of Glozel in the 1920s”
– Kate Sheppard (Missouri University of Science and Technology), “Building James Breasted’s Early Scientific Network: From the Excavation Pit to the Museum Shelf”
– Pete Soppelsa (University of Oklahoma), “Postcards of the Future: Science Fiction and Social Media around 1900″

5:30-6:30 Tour of Galileo’s World at the National Weather Center.

7:00-8:30 Junto Banquet. National Weather Center, atrium.

8:30-9:30 Aparna Nair, (University of Oklahoma), Stuart Pierson Memorial Lecture: “Kar Pal Bhasha, the ‘Language of the Fingers’ and Oriental Braille: Indigenous Technologies, Imperial Authority and Missionary Schools in British India, 1850-1940.” National Weather Center, auditorium.


Sunday, April 3

(All sessions in Community Room, Bizzell Library, lower level 1.)

9:00-10:30. Session V. Chair: Hunter Heyck
– Dana Freiburger (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Branching over History in the Teaching of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin”
– William Munsell (University of Oklahoma), “Technology on Trial: The Social Framework of Safe Design”
– Blair Stein (University of Oklahoma), “Climate Science and Canadian National Identity, 1860-1900”

10:30-11:00. Coffee Break, sponsored by Linda Hall Library, Kansas City

11:00-12:30. Session VI. Chair: Rienk Vermij
– Carolyn Scearce (University of Oklahoma), “The role of animals in Aristotle’s natural philosophy”
– Leila McNeill (independent scholar) and Anna Reser (University of Oklahoma), “Lady Science: Women and Gender Studies on the Open Web”
– Jackson Pope (University of Oklahoma), “Collecting the Sounds of Nature: Birdwatchers and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology”

1-2:30 pm. Tour of Galileo’s World exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

2016 Meeting Information

People who want to register for the meeting should send an e-mail to the following address: palmerij@ou.edu. Please include your name, institutional affiliation, the degree (MA/Ph.D) towards which you are currently studying, or faculty status, if that is the case, as well as your email, and phone number.
For lodgings, we have made arrangements with hotel La Quinta in Norman:
930 Ed Noble Pkwy,
Norman, OK 73072
Phone: 1-405-579-4000
Fax: 1-405-579-4001
They will hold a block of rooms at conference rate until March 10th, so please call to book your rooms before this date. The block is booked under “History of Science”. Hotel rate includes internet access.

People who are flying in and need transport: Please let us know in advance and we will try to arrange something.