57th Annual Meeting (2014)

April 4-6, 2014
Truman State University
Kirksville, Missouri

David Wilson delivering the Pierson Memorial Lecture

David Wilson delivering the Pierson Memorial Lecture

The 57th annual meeting of the Midwest Junto for the History of Science was held April 4-6, 2014, at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

Click here to see photos from the conference.

Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and home of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the first such college in the U.S., and currently part of the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences.


Friday, April 4
Opening Dinner Reception, 7-10 p.m. Home of Amy Bix and Taner Edis, 5 Woodland Lane.

Saturday, April 5
Magruder Hall 2001

Coffee and pastries: 8:00-8:30

Session 1: 8:30-9:55

  • 8:30 Welcome by Dr. Jonathan Gering, Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics
  • 8:35-8:55 Douglas Allchin (SHiPS Press MN) Scholarship & Stewardship: Whig History in the Wild
  • 8:55-9:15 Cynthia Bennet (Iowa St. U.) News or Sensationalism?: Science Service and Dilemmas in Popularizing Science in the 1920s
  • 9:15-9:35 Kerry Magruder (U. Oklahoma) The Edition Open Sources initiative as one answer to the question “What does Open Access mean for History of Science?”
  • 9:35-9:55 Scott Prinster (U. Wisconsin) Digitized Media, Data Visualization, and Whewell’s Folly

Break: 9:55-10:10

Session 2: 10:10-11:30

  • 10:10-10:30 Scott Trigg (U. Wisconsin) Fatḥallah al-Shirwānī on the Importance of Optics for the Practice of Astronomy
  • 10:30-10:50 David Miller (Iowa St. U.) The Origin of the Modern Inertial Principle in Descartes and His Critics
  • 10:50-11:10 Adam Fix (U. Minnesota) George Berkeley and Newtonianism in the English Enlightenment
  • 11:10-11:30 Daniel Liu (U. Wisconsin) From Molecules to Whales: British Physiologists’ Adventures in Thermodynamics

Lunch Outing 11:30-1:30: Still National Osteopathic Museum, 800 W. Jefferson St. (walking distance from Truman, though we can share rides if it is raining). Tours for all, and lunch (for those who paid in advance) catered by Greek Corner Gyros.

Session 3: 1:30-2:50

  • 1:30-1:50 Xiaoxing Jin (U. Notre Dame) On the Origin of the Principle of Divergence
  • 1:50-2:10 Kele Cable (U. Minnesota) The Examination of Environmental Effects in Early Experimental Evolution
  • 2:10-2:30 Melissa Charenko (U. Wisconsin) Perceptions of Introduced Species as Presented in Michigan Trees, 1913-2004
  • 2:30-2:50 Joshua Nygren (U. Kansas) “To Give Farmers [a] Quantitative Answer”: The Social Dimensions of Conservation Science in the Upper Mississippi Valley

Break: 2:50-3:10

Session 4: 3:10-4:30

  • 3:10-3:30 Emelin Miller (U. Minnesota) “Inward Parts”: Edward Tyson, the Pygmie, and the Anatomy of Natural History
  • 3:30-3:50 Sarah Naramore (U. Notre Dame) “Life is Mechanical”: Benjamin Rush’s Physiology at the University of Pennsylvania, 1790-1813
  • 3:50-4:10 Sean Phillips (U. Notre Dame) “My Son, In Thy Sickness Be Not Negligent”: Religion and the Literature of Smallpox Vaccination in Early Nineteenth-Century France
  • 4:10-4:30 Leila McNeill (U. Oklahoma) From Quack Doctor to Household Name: Dr. Anna Fischer-Dückelmann as Naturopath and Physician for Women in Imperial Germany

6:30 p.m. Banquet at Pickler’s Famous (114 W. Harrison St. on the square), carpool from motel.

Cash bar; then dinner buffet at 7:00 p.m., including at least one vegetarian entrée.

8:00 p.m. The Stuart Pierson Memorial Lecture by

  • David Wilson (Iowa St. U.): William Whewell: God’s Spokesman in an Age of Scientific Shift

Sunday, April 6
Magruder Hall 2001 (same place)

Coffee and Pastries: 8:15-8:40

Session 5: 8:40-10:00

  • 8:40-9:00 Blair Stein (U. Oklahoma) “Tops in Combat” but Flops for Transport: The Rolls Royce Merlin and the Canadair North Star
  • 9:00-9:20 Peter Barker (U. Oklahoma) The Last Days of the Manhattan Paradigm
  • 9:20-9:40 Jonathan Clemens (U. Minnesota) Directing Play: Mediators in the History of Video Arcade Games, 1971-1985
  • 9:40-10:00 Dustin Studelska (U. Minnesota) Citation Needed: History, Wikipedia, and the Death of Harold II

Break: 10:00-10:20

Junto Business Meeting: 10:20-10:40

Session 6: 10:40-12:00

  • 10:40-11:00 Joyman Lee (U. Missouri St. Louis) Technologies of information: Sino-Japanese transfers in institutions and industrial policy, 1900-1920
  • 11:00-11:20 Victoria Lee (Princeton U.) Screening for Gifts: Old Problems and New Processes in Japanese Glutamic Acid Fermentation
  • 11:20-11:40 Nathan Kapoor (U. Oklahoma) Wind Amidst the Flame: Situating James Blyth within the Culture of Electricity in Late Nineteenth Century Britain
  • 11:40-12:00 Kathleen Sheppard (Missouri U. of Sci&Tech) On His Majesty’s Secret Service: Archaeologists as Spies after the First World War

12:00 GOOD-BYES and informal lunch groups



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