Busy days in the Center for Biology and Society! The team of the Global Classroom, a partnership between ASU and Leuphana University in Germany, are getting ready for the arrival of 18 students and 4 instructors from Leuphana University.
Our German guests will be in Arizona from September 14 through September 29. After months of working together at a distance, the whole Global Classroom contingent is going to be in the same place working again on the topic: “Sustainable Cities: A contradiction in terms?” In the Center for Biology and Society, we are all looking forward to this event!
On Friday, September 6, PhD candidates Julia Damerow and Erick Peirson gave a joint presentation at the annual meeting of the international Digital History & Philosophy of Science Consortium at Indiana University. Their presentation, titled "Don't panic! Vogon 2.0: Products and Progress in the Sonoran Desert," gave a brief synopsis of recent work on the Genecology Project, Vogon, Quadriga, and the structure of the new ASU Digital Innovation Group. Two more ASU presentations, from Jane Maienschein and PhD candidate Erica O'Neil about the Embryo Project and other Digital HPS projects, will take place today (Saturday, September 7).
The meeting was attended by scholars from the UK, US, Germany, and France. The mission of the Digital HPS Consortium is to "develop, support, and promote digital HPS projects, including editing, publishing, and scholarly tools to make this possible. Insofar as possible, and recognizing the challenges and constraints, the Consortium is committed to open source and open access products."
Excellent news! We are pleased to announce that PhD candidate Lijing Jiang has been awarded the D. Kim Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for History of Science and Technology in East Asia, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Konrad Lorenz Institute. With the D. Kim Fellowship, Lijing will do research on a project on history of Chinese biology at Princeton University hosted by Professor Benjamin Elman. The project is preliminarily titled “Steering Evolution’s Will: The Making of Experimental Biology in the Twentieth-Century China.” After that, she will visit Austria’s prestigious Konrad Lorenz Institute to work on a book project developed from her recently-defended dissertation “Degeneration in Miniature: History of Cell Degeneration Research in the Twentieth Century.”
On Wednesday, July 10, participants in the international Digital HPS Consortium held a short workshop on digital and computational HPS at the 2013 biennial meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology. Topics included the role of community repositories in digital projects, using graphs to represent and interrogate historical datasets, and exciting results from a study of the Embryological Information Service.
Jane Maienschein, Center for Biology & Society, ASU
Manfred Laubichler, Center for Biology & Society, ASU
Erick Peirson, Center for Biology & Society, ASU
Michael Dietrich, Dartmouth College
Nathan Crowe, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
On July 12, PhD candidates Kate MacCord and Lijing Jiang gave a presentation on their ongoing research into Chinese scientists who worked at the Marine Biological Laboratory from 1920 to 1945, and the impact of those affiliations on the development of scientific institutions in China. Kate and Lijing are working at the MBL this summer as part of the MBL Community Archives Project. The talk was well attended by MBL scientists and members of the Woods Hole community.
Students and faculty from the Center for Biology & Society have returned from the 2013 biennial meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB, or Ishkabibble) in Montpellier, France.
ASU students gave the following presentations over the course of the week-long conference...
In Brussels, Belgium on June 10–12, Manfred Laubichler attended the second Open Global System Science (GSS) Conference. During the session ln knowledge technologies for GSS, Dr. Laubichler delivered a talk as well as led a discussion on “Global Health and Information and Communication Technologies.” The conference was organized by the Global Climate Forum on behalf of the steering committee of the EU project GSDP in cooperation with the EU projects EUNOIA, FOC, INSITE, MULTIPLEX, NESS, and the HLRS.
June 12–16, 2013: Manfred Laubichler delivered the talk, “A Developmental Evolution Perspective on Cancer” at the second International Biannual Evolution and Cancer Conference: From Unicellularity to Multicellularity and Back Again, in a session on the evolution of multicellularity. The conference was hosted by the Center for Evolution and Cancer within the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of California, San Francisco, and also featured a public lecture by Carl Zimmer, and a concert by Baba Brinkman.
The 48th annual Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology took place this weekend, April 26 & 27, at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The meeting was attended by 42 scholars, ranging from graduate students to senior historians and philosophers of science, and was organized by a committee from the ASU Center for Biology and Society (Kate MacCord, Lijing Jiang, Jane Maienschein, and Erick Peirson).
This fall (2013), our beloved post-doctoral researcher Nathan Crowe will be joining the history department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington as Assistant Professor in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. He's excited about moving to a region with a thriving biotechnology culture and a University with a strong history faculty as well as a respected biology program.