52nd Annual Meeting (2009)

Linda Hall Library52nd Annual Meeting, March 27-29, 2009
Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology
5109 Cherry St., Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Friday, March 27
6 – 8:30 p.m. Opening Reception

  • Alan Shapiro Honorary Opening Reception at Boulevard Brewing Company, celebrating the career of long-time Junto member, Alan Shapiro.
    Boulevard Brewing Company
    2501 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri 64108.
    Reception will be in the “Brewhouse Bar”
    For directions, see map: http://tinyurl.com/ca6ss2
    A tour of the brewery begins at 6:30. On the tour you will
    • Hear the history of Boulevard Brewing Company
    • Learn details about how beer is made
    • Take a walking tour of Boulevard’s plant
    • Learn about the different beers Boulevard makes
    Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the

Conference Hotel:
Homestead Studio Suites Hotel
4535 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64111
For directions to the Linda Hall Library, see map: http://tinyurl.com/dlgscs

Saturday, March 28

Linda Hall Library Auditorium

Continental Breakfast by the Gourmet Grocer: 8:30-8:55

Welcome & Introductions: 8:55-9:00

Session 1: 9:00-10:00

  • 9:00-9:20 Eliseo Fernández (Linda Hall Library), “Directed evolution: pruning the tree of
    life from Darwin’s demon to nanobiotechnology”
  • 9:20-9:40 Cai Guise-Richardson (Iowa State University / Price Fellow, CHF), “The
    Nervous Housewife and the Somatic Mask: Tranquilizer Marketing in the
    1960s United States”
  • 9:40-10:00 A.R. Ruis (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “School Lunches Go Public:
    Feeding Children at Public Expense in the United States, 1900-1946”

Break: 10:00-10:30

Session 2: 10:30-11:50

  • 10:30-10:50 Angie Gumm (Iowa State University), “The Ames Anomaly: How ‘A Little City
    with Big Ideas’ came to have the Most Enduring Waste-to-Energy Plant in
    the Country”
  • 10:50-11:10 Theresa Pesavento (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “The AIDS Crisis in
    France: French identity politics during the early years of the AIDS epidemic”
  • 11:10-11:30 T. Russell Hunter (University of Oklahoma), “Design among the Darwinians:
    Asa Gray’s Influence upon Darwin’s Inner Circle”
  • 11:30-11:50 Dana Tulodziecki (University of Missouri – Kansas City), “Reasoning about
    cholera: John Snow and the Miasma Theory of Disease”

Lunch Break 11:50-1:30

Tour of the Linda Hall Library: 1:00-1:30
Spurse’s temporary laboratory at Grand Arts
Grand Arts, 1819 Grand Boulevard , Kansas City, MO 64108.
For those interested in how artists approach science and the history of science, this
exhibition is for you. It includes twenty-one rare books from the Linda Hall Library. Open
11 am – 5 pm Saturday

Session 3: 1:30-2:50

  • 1:30-1:50 Hyung Wook Park (University of Minnesota), “Private Initiatives and Public
    Efforts: Vladimir Korenchevsky and the Making of the Science of Aging,
  • 1:50-2:10 Susan Sykes Berry (University of Missouri – Kansas City), “Medicine and the
    1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic”
  • 2:10-2:30 Wade Franck (Iowa State University), “Selling American: International
    Harvester in Europe, 1902-1939”
  • 2:30-2:50 Petar Markovski (University of Oklahoma), “A Comparative History of
    Hipparcos and FAME: Astrometry in the 20th Century”
    Group Photo: 2:50-3:00

Break: 3:00-3:20

Session 4: 3:20-4:20

  • 3:20-3:40 Peter Barker (University of Oklahoma), “What Peurbach’s followers said about
    celestial orbs”
  • 3:40-4:00 Madhumita Saha (Iowa State University), “Technological Cooperation Program
    and the Growth of Agricultural Rsearch Institutes in India, 1947-1970s”
  • 4:00-4:20 Kate Jirik (University of Minnesota), “The Work of Women in Caring for the

The Banquet on Saturday evening March 28 will be at the Brio Tuscan Grille. 502 Nichols Dr., Country
Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO
SEE SEPARATE MAP for directions
Brio brings the pleasures of the Tuscan country villa to Kansas City. They are proud of their villa-like
interior, featuring arched colonnades, hand-crafted Italian mosaics, Venetian plaster walls, and marble
countertops. The food at Brio is all simply prepared, much of it in an authentic Italian wood-burning oven,
using the finest and freshest ingredients. Dinner will include appetizer, salad, a choice of vegetarian or one of
three other entrées, and dessert.
6:00 p.m. Cash bar
7:00 p.m. Dinner

8:00 p.m.
The Stuart Pierson Memorial Lecture will be after dinner at Brio, featuring
Lynda Payne, Ph.D., RN
Sirridge Missouri Endowed Professor in Medical Humanities and Bioethics and
Associate Professor of History
University of Missouri – Kansas City
“Spot Ward, Crazy Sally, and the Chevalier Taylor:
Three Medical Quacks in Eighteenth-Century Britain”

Sunday, March 29

Continental Breakfast by the Gourmet Grocer: 8:30-9:00

Session 5: 9:00-10:00

  • 9:00-9:20 Robert G. McKinnell (University of Minnesota), “Cloning: From ‘a
    harebrained scheme’ to modern genomics”
  • 9:20-9:40 Joseph Martin (University of Minnesota), “Situating Solid State: A Case Study”
  • 9:40-10:00 Michael D. Severs (Iowa State University), “Dr Wiley’s Poison Squad”
    Break and Junto Business Meeting: 10:00-10:30
    Session 6: 10:30-11:10
  • 10:30-10:50 Clarence H. Annett (American Meteorological Society, KC Chapter), “ ‘ At least
    the food is good…’ A Diamond Jubilee History of the Kansas City Chapter of
    the American Meteorological Society”
  • 10:50-11:10 Robert Hinrichs (Iowa State University), “End of an Era – The Light Rifle
    Project and United States Army Ordnance”

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