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.
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.
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.
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.