Assistant Director for Research
Melinda Gormley has accepted a Science and Technology Policy fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for the 2015-2016 academic year. She is working in Washington D.C. with the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of the Science Advisor, specifically the Scientific Integrity and Human Subjects Research programs. Read about it here.
Ph.D., Oregon State University, Department of History, 2007
M.S., Oregon State University, Department of History, 2003
B.A., University of California at San Diego, Department of History, 1997
Areas of Expertise:
- Science, Policy, and Society: Science Policy • Scientists as Public Intellectuals • Public Controversies involving Science and Technology • Science Communication • Popularizations of Science
- History of the Life Sciences: Evolution • Genetics • Molecular Biology • Medicine • Organic Chemistry • Anthropology • Eugenics and Scientific Racism
- Research Ethics: Responsible Conduct of Research • Social Responsibilities of Researchers • Protection of Human Subjects in Research Studies
Professional Development Trainer:
- Recognizing and Approaching Ethical Problems
- Ethical Decision Making
- Managing Relationships
- Publication, Peer Review, and Plagiarism
- Professional and Workplace Ethics
- Communicating Science Responsibly
- Social Responsibility
- Science and Values in Policymaking
- Communication Skills: How to Pitch Yourself
- Post-Academic Careers
- Communication Skills: How to Pitch Your Work
- Writing Successful Grants
- “Pulp Science: Education and Communication in The Paperback Book Revolution,” Endeavour 40 (2016): 24-37. DOI: 10.1016/j.endeavour.2016.01.002.
- "Dr. Gormley Goes to Washington," History of Science Society Blog (monthly posts from August 2015 to August 2016), http://hssonline.tumblr.com/.
- “Genetics” in A Companion to History of American Science, edited by Mark A. Largent and Georgina Montgomery. Wiley Blackwell, 2015.
- With Melissae Fellet, “The Pauling-Teller Debate: A Tangle of Expertise and Values,” Issues in Science and Technology 31.4, Summer 2015, 78-82.
- With Melissae Fellet, “When Science Doesn’t Have a Simple Answer,” Slate.com, 29 July 2015 is a shortened version of “The Pauling-Teller Debate” that is published in Issues in Science and Technology.
- With Melissae Fellet, The Pauling Blog at paulingblog.wordpress.com/
- "Summer Creative Nonfiction," The Pauling Blog, 6 July 2015.
- “Genetics and Genetic Engineering,” in Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Science, Medicine, and Technology, ed. Hugh Slotten, vol. 1, pp. 439-444, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
- “History and Public Policy, an Interview with San Diego Mayor Bob Filner – and Some Information on Science Policy,” History of Science Society Newsletter 42.3, July 2013.
- "Dunn Died Again Today,” To Think, To Write, To Publish blog, March 18, 2013.
- “Reaching beyond the Discipline,” History of Science Society Newsletter 42.1, January 2013.
- “The Roman Campaign of ‘53-‘55: The Dunn Family among a Jewish Community,” in Race and Science: Scientific Challenges to Racism in Modern America, ed. Paul L. Farber and Hamilton Cravens, Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2009: 95-129.
- “Scientific Discrimination and the Activist Scientist: L.C. Dunn and the Professionalization of Genetics and Human Genetics in the United States,” Journal of the History of Biology 42.1 (March 2009): 33-72.
- “The First ‘Molecular Disease’: A Story of Linus Pauling, the Intellectual Patron.” Endeavour 31.2 (2007): 71-77.
- “Introduction,” pp. vi-xvi for Linus Pauling. How to Live Longer and Feel Better 20th Anniversary Edition, Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2006.
- “It’s in the Blood: A Documentary History of Linus Pauling, Hemoglobin, and Sickle Cell Anemia,” Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers, Oregon State University Special Collections, 2004.
- Co-PI, Cultivating Leaders for Ethical STEM, NSF-Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE), Award 1449469 ($410,340), PI Laura Carlson, University of Notre Dame, 2015-2018.
- Co-PI, Citizen-Scientists as Agents of Change: Training the Trainer in the Ethics of Science and Technology, NSF-Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE), Award 1338652 ($299,995), PI Don Howard, University of Notre Dame, 2013-2016.
- Contributor, Impacts of Coupled Natural-Human System Changes in Navigation Infrastructure, Climate and Policy on Ship-borne Invasions, NSF-Coastal Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (Coastal-SEES), Award 1427157 ($1,699,377), PI David Lodge, University of Notre Dame, 2014-2019.