47th Annual Meeting (2004)

47th Annual Meeting, April 2-4, 2004
Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology
President Bruce Bradley
President-Elect Amy Bix
Sec-Treas Alan Marcus
Council Peter Ramberg

Friday, April 2
Opening Reception, 5 – 7 p.m. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art 4420 Warwick Blvd. Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Saturday, April 3 (Linda Hall Library Auditorium)
Coffee and pastries: 8:00-8:30

Session 1: 8:30-9:50

  • 8:30-8:50 Julie Grissom (University of Oklahoma), “Is it catching? The Role of Contagion in Late Medieval and Early Modern Explanations of the Plague”
  • 8:50-9:10 Curtis V. Smith (University of Missouri, Kansas City), “The Black Death and Syphilis: A Comparison of Contagion Theories”
  • 9:10-9:30 Marilyn Ogilvie (University of Oklahoma), “Helen Dean King and the Eugenics movement.”
  • 9:30-9:50 Katrina N. Jirik (University of Minnesota), “As American as Apple Pie: Eugenics in American Culture”

Break: 9:50-10:10

Session 2: 10:10-11:30

  • 10:10-10:30 Edy Parsons (Iowa State University), “Interracial Marriage: A Window on the Scientific Representation and Idea of Race Mixture, 1860s-1940s”
  • 10:30-10:50 Fritz Allhoff (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Evolutionary Ethics from Darwin to Moore”
  • 10:50-11:10 Micah Rueber (Iowa State University), “Swiftly if not Surely: Race, Class, Gender and Technology in the Tom Swift Books”
  • 11:10-11:30 Rachael Cabason (University of Chicago), “Millicent Shinn and the Evolution of Developmental Psychology”

Lunch Break 11:30-1:30

Session 3: 1:30-2:50

  • 1:30-1:50 Jung Lee (Iowa State University), “The Oil Crisis and the American Solution: Focusing on Automobile Fuel Efficiency”
  • 1:50-2:10 Clarence Annett (Prairie Research Center), “Booming Down the Rain: The Origin of the Idea of Rainmaking by Firing Cannons”
  • 2:10-2:30 Cai Guise (Iowa State University),” Self help and happy pills: Scientology’s battle against Prozac.”
  • 2:30-2:50 Pete Schmidt (University of Minnesota), “Transgenic Creations and the Boundaries of Art and Science”

Break: 2:50-3:10

Session 4: 3:10-4:30

  • 3:10-3:30 Sejal Patel (University of Pennsylvania), “The Roseto Study: A Regional Style of Research”
  • 3:30-3:50 Paul Nienkamp (Iowa State University), “Foundations of Coeducation: Science and Women at Iowa Agricultural College, 1880-1890″
  • 3:50-4:10 Newton Wahome (Central Missouri State University), “Human Fallability as the Key Shortfall to an Applied Unification of Science”
  • 4:10-4:30 Donald Beaver (Williams College), “Collaboration: Bane or Boon? Revisited”

BANQUET Figlio Tower, above Figlio Italian Restaurant 209 W 46th Terrace, Kansas City
6:30 p.m. Cocktails 7:00 p.m. Dinner

8:00 p.m. Program
John Herron, Assistant Professor of History University of Missouri-Kansas City

Sunday, April 4 Linda Hall Library Auditorium
Coffee and Pastries: 8:00-8:30

Session 5: 8:30-9:30

  • 8:30-8:50 Christopher Carter (Duke University), Science and Politics in the Age of Empire
  • 8:50-9:10 Nicholas Bergeron (University of Minnesota), “Will Historians of Computers Learn their Lesson? Or, Fallacies and Faith in the Words of The Father of Computers
  • 9:10-9:30 Adam R. Shapiro (University of Chicago), “Re-examining Pius XII and the Big Bang”

Break and Junto Business Meeting: 9:30-10:10

Session 6: 10:30-11:30

  • 10:10-10:30 Katherine Treadwell (University of Oklahoma), “Michael Maestlin’s Versions of the Narratio Prima”
  • 10:30-11:50 Richard Delaware (University of Missouri, Kansas City), “The Birth of Geometric Probability: The Needle Problem of Georges-Louis le Clerc, Comte de Buffon”
  • 11:50-11:10 Mike Lehmann, (University of Illinois), “Science and Security: A Troubled Road to Peaceful Co-Existence?

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