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November 17, 2015
Sarah Robey of Temple University introduced "The Man in the White Lab Coat: Scientists and Scientific Authority, 1950-1956," from her dissertation, The Atomic American: Citizenship in a Nuclear State, 1945-1963.
October 20, 2015
Michelle Murphy of the University of Toronto introduced selections from her draft of The Economization of Life.
April 21, 2015
Arwen Mohun of the University of Delaware introduced her paper, "Constructing the History of Risk: STS and Beyond."
March 31, 2015
Nathan Ensmenger of Indiana University introduced his paper, "Dirty Bits: An Environmental History of Computing."
February 24, 2015
Teasel Muir-Harmony of the American Institute of Physics introduced her paper, "A Global History of the First Lunar Landing."
January 20, 2015
Gabrielle Hecht, University of Michigan introduced her paper, "Toxic Tales from the African Anthropocene"
May 15, 2014
Teasel Muir-Harmony of MIT and PACHS introduced her dissertation chapter, "Sputnik and the Launch of Space Propaganda."
April 17, 2014
Jeff Womack of the University of Houston introduced his paper, "Uncertainty Principles: Radiation and Risk in 20th Century Medicine."
March 20, 2014
Deanna Day of UPenn introduced her dissertation chapter, "Enrolling Mothers as Reliable Medical Workers: The Thermometer in Turn-of-the-Century Domestic Medicine."
February 20, 2014
Heidi Voskuhl introduced her paper "Engineers' Philosophy: Social, Technical, and Intellectual Elites in German High Industrialism, 1850 to 1930"
Jennifer Alexander is an Associate Professor of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the University of Minnesota, with specialization in technology and religion; industrial culture; and engineering, ethics, and society. Her publications include The Mantra of Efficiency: From Waterwheel to Social Control (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). Her current project is a book manuscript analyzing the international religious critique of technology that developed following WWII. She asks how religious and theological interpretations of technology have changed over time; how, over time, technologies and engineering have extended their reach into the human world over time through a developing technological orthodoxy; and how these changes have affected each other.
Benjamin Gross is Vice President for Research and Scholarship at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, Missouri. He is responsible for managing the Library’s scholarly outreach initiatives, including its fellowship program. Before relocating to the Midwest in 2016, he was a research fellow at the Science History Institute and consulting curator of the Sarnoff Collection at the College of New Jersey. His book, The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA’s Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs, was published in 2018 by the University of Chicago Press.
Zachary M. Mann is a Consortium Research Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in Literature at the University of Southern California. Currently he is also a Mellon-Council for European Studies fellow. Previously he was a Mellon Humanities in a Digital World fellow and a Ransom Center fellow. His work focuses on the intersections of literature, media, and histories of technology, and his dissertation traces the co-evolutions of punch card technology and conceptions of authorship from the eighteenth century to today.