51st Annual Meeting (2008)

APRIL 4-6, 2008

Friday, April 4th

 **Early Arrivals are invited to attend the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Friday Colloquium Series: The lecture will be given by Robert Kohler, titled “A Science of the Whole Environment: Wildlife Ecology,” and will be held at 4:00 p.m. in 131 of the Tate Laboratory of Physics on Church Street on the East Bank of the U of M. (see map: Tate Lab is an easy walk from the reception at the Bell Museum).

5:30-9:00 p.m.: Welcoming Reception (substantial victuals, drinks), Registration, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota (East Bank – corner of Church St./17th Ave. and University Avenue – drivers can park in 4th St. ramp, corner of 4th and 17th Ave. SE).


Saturday, April 5th

Session 1:                  20th Century Technology

8:00-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast and Registration- EE-CSCI 3-230 (Electrical and Computing Engineering, University of Minnesota, East Bank).

8:30-8:55 a.m.:

  • Larissa Pires (Iowa State University) “‘Classical Polymer Processing’ Selective View of Polymer Processing in the United States from 1950-2000.”

8:55-9:20 a.m.:

  • Greg Brick (University of Minnesota) “Guns, Germs, and Caves: Chemical Fingerprints of French Saltpeter Manufacture in the American Midwest.”

9:20-9:45 a.m.:

  • Robert Hinrichs (Iowa State University) “Against the Grain: the Intermediate and Small Caliber High Velocity Cartridge Concepts and United States Ordinance, 1950-1960.”

9:45-10:10 a.m.:

  • Samuel Spence (University of Oklahoma) “Strategic Fictions and ‘Star Wars’: Science Fiction’s Formative Influence on SDI.”

10:10-10:30 a.m.:        Coffee Break- outside of lecture hall.

Session 2:                  Astronomy, Broadly Conceived

10:30-10:55 a.m.:

  • Lisa Torres (University of Oklahoma) “Making and Breaking Myths: The Continuing Legacy of Caroline Herschel.

10:55-11:20 a.m.:

  • J.A. Ruffner (Independent Scholar) “The Newton-Flamsteed Correspondence on the Comet of 1680/1: Fresh Documentary Evidence.”

11:20-11:45 a.m.:

  • Gary Cameron (Iowa State University) “Astronomical Observations in America: Professionals and the Public, 1910-1960.”

10:45-12:10 p.m.:

  • Blair Williams (Iowa State University) “Debating the Cosmos: Metaphors of Matter and Motion in the Steady-State Cosmology, 1948-1965.”

12:10-1:45 p.m.:         Short business meeting, followed bylunch on your own

Session 3:                  20th Century Darwin Studies

1:45-2:10 p.m.:

  • Kaya Tolon (Iowa State University) “How did University Studies Influence Darwin?”

2:10-2:35 p.m.:

  • T. Russell Hunter (University of Oklahoma) “Asa Gray: A Design Theorist in Darwin’s Court?”

2:35-3:00 p.m.:

  • Amanda Kamps (Missouri University of Science) “The Struggle Within: A Brief Look at George Mivart and his Methods of Combining Science and Spirituality.”

3:00-3:20 p.m.:           Coffee Break- outside of lecture hall.

Session 4:                  19th Century Institutions

3:20-3:45 p.m.:

  • Michael Severs (Iowa State University) “Applied vs. Pure Science: The Geological Surveys in the Midwest.”

3:45-4:10 p.m.:

  • John Stewart (University of Oklahoma) “Lost in the Archives: The Kirwan Collection at the Salem Athenaeum.”

4:10-4:35 p.m.:

  • Judith Kaplan (University of Wisconsin, Madison) “The Oriental Science of James Henry Breasted.”

4:35-5:00 p.m.:

  • Kate Jirik (University of Minnesota) “The Classification and Aetiology of Feeble Mindedness at the American Institute for the Feeble Minded (1870-90).”

6:00-late: Junto Banquet, Bakken Museum (see map)

Around 7:45 p.m.:      Stuart Pierson Memorial Lecture:

  • Robert Kohler, Professor Emeritus, Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania


Sunday, April 6th

8:00-8:30 a.m.:            Breakfast

Session 1:                  Medieval and Early Modern Science

8:30-8:55 a.m.:

  • Henry Zepeda (University of Oklahoma)  “Jordanus de Nemore’s Conception of Compound Ratio.”

8:55-9:20 a.m.:

  • Peter Barker (University of Oklahoma) “What Really Worried Copernicus? The Averroist attack on Ptolemaic astronomy at the beginning of the sixteenth century.”

9:20-9:45 a.m.:

  • Sara Cameresi (University of Minnesota) “Jesuit Aristotelianism and Lessons for the Ratio Studiorum of 1599.”

9:45-10:10 a.m.:

  • Christopher Carter (Duke University) “A Constant Prodigy? Unusual Interpretations of the Natural World”

10:10-10:30                 Coffee Break- outside of lecture hall

Session 2:                  20th Century Medicine

10:30-10:55 a.m.:

  • Suzanne Fischer (University of Minnesota) “’Say ‘Yes’ to the General’: How Advertising and Organizing Saved a Hospital.”

10:55-11:20 a.m.:

  • Kirstin Lawson (University of Missouri) “Healthcare as a Citizen’s Right: Public Health at the Hayward Indian School, Wisconsin, 1901-1920.”

11:20-11:45 a.m.:

  • Krystal Rose (Eastern Illinois University) “Called to Death: A Case Study on the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Coles County, Illinois.”

11:45-12:10 a.m.:

  • Amy Bix (Iowa State University) “Rosie the Repairer: Women, Technical Knowledge, and Home Improvement, 1920-2007.”

12:10-1:45 p.m.:         Lunch on your own

Session 3:                  19th and 20th Century Biology

1:45-2:10 p.m.:

  • Eric Ward (Linda Hall Library) “From Dawn Gray to Dusky Drab: Robert Ridgway’s Pursuit of Color Standards in Science.”

2:10-2:35 p.m.:

  • Christine Manganaro (University of Minnesota) “Race Biology in Hawaii: Harry L. Shapiro, the Station for Racial Research, and the Chinese-Hawaiian Project, 1920-1937.”

2:35-3:00 p.m.:

  • Madhumita Saha (Iowa State University) “In Pursuit of the Ideal Rice- The History of Rice Breeding in India, 1947-1965.”

3:00-3:25 p.m.:

  • Cai Guise-Richardson (Iowa State University) “Neurotic Dogs, Drunken Cats: Jules Masserman, Horsley Gantt, and the Development of Animal Models of Neurosis, 1930-1960.”

When all is said and done:                   Conclusion


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