Midwest Junto for the History of Science

Midwest Junto for the History of science


2013 Meeting Information

56th Annual Meeting
April 5 - 7, 2013
University of Notre Dame

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Meeting details: The Junto will officially begin on Friday, April 5th with an opening reception at 6:00 pm. Papers will start Saturday morning.

The Stuart Pierson Memorial Lecture will be given following Saturday evening’s dinner by Dr. Frederick Gregory (University of Florida).

Registration: Registration is now closed. On-site registration will be available at McKenna Hall, but will not include dinner on Saturday. Late registration does include the Stuart Pierson Memorial Lecture on Saturday night.

Accommodations: The meeting hotel is the Inn at St. Mary’s. The deadline for conference registration rates has passed. The Tripadvisor page for South Bend is a good resource for accommodations including bed & breakfasts. If you have questions or concerns about any of the accommodations, please contact us for advice at junto13@nd.edu.

Notre Dame graduate students will provide some housing for Junto participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. E-mail Richard Oosterhoff at rooster1@nd.edu as soon as possibly if you are interested in this option.

Graduate students who present are eligible for a partial subsidy of their lodging costs.

Transportation: A shuttle will be available to transport guests from the hotel to the Notre Dame campus across the street. Should you choose to walk, it will only take about 15 minutes.

View the event on the Reilly Center calendar. 

2013 Midwest Junto – Preliminary Program

South Bend, Indiana is on Eastern Daylight Time, so all times for the Junto are EDT.

Program Chair: Christopher Hamlin
Click here to download the schedule in pdf.


6:00pm – 9:00pm  Opening Reception (Eck Visitor’s Center)


Regular sessions on Saturday and Sunday will be held in 210-214 McKenna Hall. 

8:15‐8:45am          Registration Open, Coffee

8: 45‐9:00              Welcome

Professor Katherine Brading, University of Notre Dame

9:00‐10:00              Session 1: Biography/Prosopography

Margaret Gaida, University of Oklahoma
"Reexamining Hypatia’s Heritage: a Survey of Recent Biographies of Women in Science"

Baojie Song, University of Minnesota
"How Peking Opera Complicates Scientific Nationalism: A Case Study"

Kathleen Sheppard, Missouri University of Science and Technology
"Keeping Knowledge in situ?: Sites of Knowledge Creation in Egyptology"

10:00‐10:15            BREAK

10:15‐11:15            Session 2: Physical sciences

Cameron Lazaroff‐Puck, University of Minnesota
"Retracing the Mechanical Foundation of Maxwell’s 'Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field'"

Eliseo Fernandez, Linda Hall Library of Science and Technology
"Of thinkers and tinkerers — Science Meets Technology at the Invention of the Triode"

Petar Markovski, University of Oklahoma
"International Cooperation in Space Exploration: Arnold Frutkin and NASA’s International Programs Office, 1959‐1978"

11:15‐11:30             BREAK

11:30‐12:50             Session 3: Health and Medicine

Jennifer Rogers, Iowa State University
"Antebellum medical communication and the creation of medical networks that educated and connected southern physicians"

Vicki Fama, University of Wisconsin
"Heroes and Villains: Displaying and Viewing Bodies at the United States Army Medical Museum, 1862‐1888"

Alexander Moffett, University of Chicago
"Surgical Films and Surgical Standards, 1900‐1935"

Kris Lawson, Pittsburg State University
"A Modern Technology of Health: Aluminum Therapy in the Lead and Zinc Mines of the Tri‐State District, 1945‐1954"

12:50‐2:15              Lunch on your own

2:15‐3:15                Session 4: Political Economy

Ashley Nelson, University of Oklahoma
"Harriet Martineau and the Patronage of Political Economy"

Sean Valles, Michigan State University
"Population, Immigration Restriction and Reproductive Rights in the ‘Post‐Eugenics’ US"

Pablo Ruiz de Olano, University of Notre Dame
“Point-particles and Inexhaustible Atoms: Marxism and Particle Physics in Post-War Japan”

3:15‐3:30                 BREAK

3:30‐4:30                 Session 5: Chemistry/Biology

John Stewart, University of Oklahoma
"What Makes Tonic Water Fizz: Chemistry and Balneology in the Scottish Enlightenment"

Paul Patton, Indiana University
"Ludwig Edinger, the Vertebrate Series, and the Dawn of Comparative Neuroanatomy"

Daniel Liu, University of Wisconsin
"Molecules in Biology before Molecular Biology"

4:30‐4:45                 BREAK

4:45‐5:45                 Session 6: Environment/Development

Adam Plaiss, Northwestern University
"Technological Citizenship: Infrastructure and Entitlements in Progressive Era America, 1905‐1917"

Blair Stein, University of Oklahoma
"Selling Sun and Safety on the Canadair North Star, 1948‐1955"

Kevin Baker, Northwestern University
"Programming a Virtual Nigeria: System Simulation, Economic Performativity,
and the History of Development"

6:00‐8:00                  Dinner (Oak Room)

8:00‐9:00                  Stuart Pierson Memorial Lecture
                                   Frederick Gregory, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida
                                   "Sacred Cows of Science and Religion"

A  look at the history of science reveals that the strong polarization marking discussions of science and religion is at least in part due to the presence of sentiments on both sides that are deemed so necessary as to be beyond criticism.  The question emerges, Is it time to stop treating these views as sacred cows, even though they may seem to be absolutely  essential to religion and/or science?


Regular sessions on Saturday and Sunday will be held in 210-214 McKenna Hall.

8:30‐9:00 am            Coffee

9:00‐10:00                Session 7: Science, Religion, and Transcendence

Scott Prinster, University of Wisconsin
"The Queen Dethroned? The Changing Role of the Biblical Worldview in the
History of Science"

Melissa Cherenko, University of Wisconsin
"The Second Coming and Environmentalism: The Historical Debate about End
Times and Environmental Action among Evangelical Christians"

Peter Ramberg, Truman State University & Michael Crowe (University of Notre Dame)
"Teaching about the Extraterrestrial Life Debate"

10:00‐10:15               BREAK

10:15‐11:35               Session 8: The Sixteenth Century

Peter Barker, University of Oklahoma
"Copernicus and his Teachers at Cracow"

Kathleen Crowther, University of Oklahoma
"Astrology and the Devil"

Kristina Cernekova, University of Minnesota
"Mathematics at the Jesuit University in Trnava: Prescriptive vs. Descriptive Sources"

Tawrin Baker, Indiana University
"Sensation, Subjectivity, and Objectivity in the Early Modern Period: Historical and Historiographical Concerns"

11:45‐12:15               Junto Business Meeting

About Us

Oklahoma’s Duane Roller, Wisconsin’s Robert Siegfried and Kansas’s Robert Schofield founded The Midwest Junto for the History of Science more than a half century ago to provide a professional forum for themselves, students and like-minded individuals unable to afford travel to a national professional meeting. It continues to serve as a central meeting place for persons living in the middle of the country and beyond. The organization meets annually in spring and is particularly receptive to persons without extensive experience presenting their research to national professional historical organizations. It welcomes work in the history of medicine and the history of technology as well as the history of science. The Midwest Junto retains its founders’ vision that it should be informal and loosely organized. The time and place for the Junto’s annual meeting is rarely set more than a year in advance. The organization caters to no time period or place. Papers themselves are limited to about fifteen minutes in duration.

The Call for Papers is generally issued after the first of the year. Dues are $2/year paid at the annual meeting. Graduate students receive the cost of one night’s lodging (double occupancy) at the convention hotel if they deliver the fruits of their research at the meeting.

The Junto has recently inaugurated a Stuart Pierson Memorial to remember one of its most loyal members. Stuart dutifully traveled to the Junto meeting yearly from his home in Newfoundland. Rarely did he fail to offer a paper that was great fun and greater insight.

Current Junto Officers

President: Jeff Schramm
Vice President: Kathleen Crowther
Secretary-Treasurer: Peter Ramberg
Council: Kathleen Sheppard, Gary Cameron

Call for Papers, 2013
56th Annual Meeting
5-7 April 2013, University of Notre Dame

The Midwest Junto for the History of Science and the University of Notre Dame invite students, faculty, and independent scholars to the 56th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Junto, to be held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, from Friday, 5 April to Sunday, 7 April 2013. The Midwest Junto retains its founders’ vision that it should be informal and congenial.

Short papers (about 15-20 minutes) on any topic in the history of science, technology, and medicine, or the philosophy of science and technology, are welcome. A brief abstract (one-page maximum) and short CV should be submitted electronically to junto13@nd.edu.

Graduate students are especially encouraged to participate; students who present a paper may request a partial subsidy for lodging from the Midwest Junto.

All submissions must be received by 5:00 pm EST, 15 February 2013.