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Kate & Lijing: China at the MBL: 1920-1945

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.

Presentations @ ISHPSSB 2013, Montpellier

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...

Workshop: 2nd Open Global Systems Science 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.

Lecture at the 2nd International Biannual Evolution and Cancer Conference

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.

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48th Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology & Informatics Training Workshop

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).

Congratulations Nathan Crowe, Assistant Professor at UNC Wilmington!

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.

Congratulations to Mark Ulett: Postdoctoral Lecturing Fellow at Duke University!

We are incredibly excited to announce that PhD candidate Mark Ulett has accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Lecturing Fellow in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University, starting this July! This a three year position, with a possibility to renew for a further two years. Mark will design and teach five sections of the First Year Writing course each year, the theme for each class being based on his interests in the history and philosophy of science. Each seminar class is limited to twelve students and will focus on academic writing as a means of critical inquiry. Mark's first course will focus on Darwin's impact on western thinking generally.

The Thompson Writing Program at Duke University is recognized as one of the leading academic writing programs in the country. For more information, see: http://twp.duke.edu.

Redesigning the Current bibliography for the History of Science

Manfred Laubichler recently attended the Isis Current Bibliography 2.0 Conference:

What is the future of bibliography in the digital age? Because most people think of a bibliography as simply an index of citations used to locate relevant material for their research, it might be argued that the growing ubiquity of full-text search engines is making human-compiled bibliographies superfluous. I believe that this is not the case. The current digital, data-rich environment has changed research practices in fundamental ways, but this environment has not eliminated the usefulness of specialized bibliographies. The changes do, however, force us to rethink what a bibliography can and should do. We are in the midst of a wholesale transformation in the way that scholarship takes place. How knowledge has come to be produced, saved, and shared is reformulating what scholars do. The new field of digital humanities is pushing the boundaries of this information-based world, and many scholars are building extraordinary new research tools.

Visit by Jennifer Dunne and Peter Stadler of the Santa Fe Institute

On April 1 - 3, 2013, the Laubichler lab was very pleased to welcome two guests from the Santa Fe Institute: computational ecologist Dr. Jennifer Dunne and theoretical biologist Dr. Peter Stadler. Dr. Dunne gave the School of Life Sciences seminar, titled "The roles of human foragers in North Pacific marine food webs." The visit was a great opportunity to discuss the challenges and future directions of computational approaches to research in the history and philosophy of science.