Recent news from our HPS Ph.D. and M.A. alums:

Pablo Ruiz de Olano receives post-doctoral fellow position 

Congratulations to HPS alum Pablo Ruiz de Olano has on accepting a position as a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin! Pablo will be working with Alexander Blum and the Max Planck Research Group for Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory which will open in February 2018.  He will also have the opportunity to continue his work on the role that different kinds of values play in science, including disciplines such as high-energy physics, and also on the history of post-war particle physics. Click here for more on the Historical Epistemology Research Group.

HPS Nahyan Fancy to Princeton IAS

Nahyan Fancy

HPS alum Nahyan Fancy (Associate Professor of History at DePauw University and author of Science and Religion in Mamluk Egypt: Ibn al-Nafīs, Pulmonary Transit and Bodily Resurrection (London: Routledge, 2013)), has been offered membership at the School for Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and will spend Fall 2015 in residence there.

Elise Crull accepts position at CCNY

Elise Crull

Congratulations to HPS Ph.D. Elise Crull! Dr. Crull has accepted a tenure-track position at City College in New York, where she will get to help build a brand-new HPS graduate program. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Edelstein Center for History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was previously the Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. She received her degree in 2011 with a dissertation titled "Quantum Decoherence and Interlevel Relations," working with  Don Howard. Her book The ‘Einstein Paradox’: Debates on Nonlocality and Incompleteness in 1935 (with G. Bacciagaluppi) is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

Daniel McKaughan receives tenure at Boston College

Daniel McKaughan

Congratulations go out to HPS alum Dan McKaughan on receiving tenure in the Philosophy Department at Boston College! Dr. McKaughan has been at Boston College since 2008. Prior to that he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Sorin Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. His interests include philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, epistemology, and philosophy of religion.

To see Dr. McKaughan's recent publications and to learn more about him, click here.

HPS alum organizes “Cognitive Attitudes and Values in Science”

Cognitive Attitudes and Values in Science

2013 - The HPS community hosted the "Cognitive Attitudes and Values in Science" conference June 6-7, 2013. Organized by Kevin Elliott (Ph.D. 2004), and featuring Dan McKaughan (Ph.D. 2007), and HPS faculty members Janet Kourany and Don Howard, the workshop included a number of top-rank speakers. Click here for the conference website.


Congratulations to Erica Freeman!
2013 - Congratulations to Erica Freeman (M.A., 2013)! Erica defended her M.A. thesis this Spring under the direction of Phil Sloan. Her project was entitled "Darwin on the 'more interesting" and 'most intricate' problems for natural selection."

Good news from Lee Mayo!
2013 - Starting this fall, Lee Mayo (Ph.D. 2011) will be teaching full time at Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN. Lee’s responsibilities include courses in logic and critical thinking, philosophy and film, and a history of science course covering the “Romantic” era of science. This summer, he will be teaching on-line courses in ethical theory and business ethics.

HPS Alumnus Erik Peterson has accepted a tenure-track position at University of Alabama

Erik Peterson, University of Alabama

2013 - We are delighted to officially share the news that HPS history track alumnus Erik Peterson has accepted a tenure-track position teaching history of science in the History department at the University of Alabama. The department is making the Plato to NATO survey course one of the core requirements for history credit, and this will be among Erik’s teaching duties. Congratulations to Erik on this well-deserved appointment. We look forward to building stronger links with Alabama through Erik, and to supporting him in whatever ways we can in his new position.

News from Teasel Muir-Harmony
2013 - Teasel (M.A. 2009) is now a graduate student in MIT's Doctoral Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS). Teasel recently won a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation for a project associated with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
In November 2012, Teasel gave a sold-out public lecture at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
To learn more about her research, visit her Smithsonian Biography.

Justin Biddle has a new paper coming out on the “state of the field” in the science and values debate
2013 - Justin Biddle (Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech; Ph.D. 2006) has a new paper out in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science titled “State of the field: Transient underdetermination and values in science." The article is available for free for a short time by clicking here.

Ryan MacPherson receives tenure at Bethany Lutheran College
2013 - Congratulations to Ryan MacPherson (Ph.D. 2003), who was promoted to Associate Professor of History at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota, where he also serves as department chair. Click here to visit his departmental webpage.

Praise for Kevin Elliott's book
2012 - More attention for the book by HPS alumnus Kevin Elliott (Ph.D. 2004), now reviewed at Philosophy of Science (see here). For details of his book, ‘Is a Little Pollution Good For You?’, click here.

Nahyan Fancy receives tenure at DePauw University

Nahyan Fancy

2012 - Congratulations to Nahyan Fancy, who  received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of History at DePauw University. Dr. Fancy graduated from the History and Philosophy of Science Ph.D. program in 2007 and wrote a dissertation entitled "Pulmonary Transit and Bodily Resurrection: The Interaction of Medicine, Philosophy and Religion in the Works of Ibn al-Nafis (d. 1288)" under advisors Phillip R. Sloan (emeritus) and Ahmad Dallal (Georgetown University). Read More

J. Brian Pitts receives prestigeous fellowship
2012 - Congratulations to HPS alum J. Brian Pitts (Ph.D. 2008)! He is now on a 2-year position as a Research Fellow in Philosophy at Cambridge! Brian has also been a Reilly Center visiting scholar and a Research Assistant Professor in the ND Department of Physics.

Congratulations to HPS PhD alum Dan McKaughan!
2012 - Dan (Ph.D. 2007) has been awarded a grant from The Uses and Abuses of Biology Grants Programme at Cambridge University, beginning in January! In Fall 2012, Dan was at Wake Forest University on a grant from The Character Project, and here is his letter to Science that we posted on December 7th. When Dan's not busy winning grants for his research, he teaches in the Philosophy Department at Boston College.

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