Instructors

Julia Damerow

PhD Candidate

jdamerow@asu.edu

LSA 269

Office Hours: T/Th 11am - 1pm

I am a computer scientist researching the application of machine learning tools and computation to problems in the field of digital and computational history and philosophy of science. I am interested in topics such as text-mining, semantic networks, the semantic web, ontologies, and how these concepts can be applied to knowledge discovery in history and philosophy of science. My research focuses on developing a software system for researchers in this field that provides them with tools to pursue their research in ways and at scales that were not possible before, enabling big data approaches in history and philosophy of science.


Erick Peirson

PhD Candidate

erick.peirson@asu.edu

LSA 269

Office Hours: T/Th 11am - 1pm

PhD candidate Erick Peirson received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Puget Sound in 2009, before coming to ASU to study the history and philosophy of science as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Center for Biology & Society. Erick’s dissertation traces the history and epistemology of evolutionary ecology, focusing specifically on the emergence and diversification of models of developmental plasticity during the second half of the 20th century. In addition to traditional historical and philosophical methods, Erick is exploring new ways of bringing “big data” and computational methods to bear on the history of 20th-century life sciences. This has led to the Genecology Project, a collaborative historical research project that combines a variety of computational tools and techniques to reconstruct and contextualize patterns of scientific discourse and exchange among 20th-century British plant ecologists.


Prof. Manfred Laubichler

manfred.laubichler@asu.edu

LSA 253

Office Hours: TBA

Manfred Laubichler is a theoretical biologist and historian of science. His undergraduate training was in zoology, philosophy and mathematics at the University of Vienna (Austria) and his graduate training was in biology at Yale and in History/History of Science at Princeton. He is associate editor of two journals, "Biological Theory" and the "Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution" and is a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and an external faculty member at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research in Altenberg, Austria.