SYMPOSIUM:Honoring Ruth Schwartz Cowan

A Symposium In Honor of

Ruth Schwartz Cowan

Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th

2013

The Department of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania is hosting a symposium to celebrate the career and scholarship of Professor Ruth Schwartz Cowan. The two-day symposium will highlight the scholarship of senior and early career scholars who work at the multiple intersections of the histories of science, technology, medicine, genetics, and gender.  In this way, the symposium will not only celebrate the important interdisciplinary work that Professor Cowan has done but will also promote the work of early career scholars, something to which Professor Cowan is deeply committed. 

Sponsors

School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science
Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women
Department of History, University of Pennsylvania

Schedule

Friday
*All daytime events will take place in the Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall (Ground Floor)

8:30 am – Registration and Coffee
Ground Floor Lobby, Claudia Cohen Hall

9:00 am - Welcome and Opening Remarks

            Robert Aronowitz, Chair, History and Sociology of Science, Penn
            David Barnes, Associate Professor, History and Sociology of Science, Penn
            Matthew Hersch, Lecturer, History and Sociology of Science, Penn

9:30 – 10:15 am - Session I

Chair, Beth Linker, Associate Professor, History and Sociology of Science, Penn

Alison Kraft, PhD, Egenis Research Fellow, University of Exeter
“Bombs, blood, borders: Radiostrontium – a biography” 


10:15-10:45 - Coffee Break
Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall (Ground Floor)

10:45-12:15 - Session II

Chair, Ann Norton Greene, Adj. Assistant Professor, History and Sociology of Science

Robert Kohler, Professor, History and Sociology of Science, Penn
“Resident observing in field science.”

Deborah Coen, Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, Barnard College
“The Multispecies Experimental Household”

12:15-1:30 pm – Lunch
Box lunches provided in the Terrace Room

1:30-3:00 pm - Session III

Chair, Beth Linker, Associate Professor, History and Sociology of Science, Penn

Daniel Kevles, Stanley Woodward Professor of History, Yale University
“A, B, Seeds: Innovation, Advertising, and Branding in an Emergent Industry”

Helen Anne Curry, University Lecturer, Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
“Gamma Rays and Garden Flowers: American Horticulture Encounters the Atomic Age”

3:00 – 3:15 pm - Coffee Break

3:15-4:45 pm - Session IV

Chair, Ann Norton Greene, Adj. Assistant Professor, History and Sociology of Science

Paul Lombardo, Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law
“Crime, Eugenics and the Honeymoon Homicide of 1936”

Lara Freidenfelds, PhD, Independent Scholar
“Seeing the Baby: The Ultrasound Ritual and Early Pregnancy Loss”

6:00-8:00 pm – Reception
Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street

Saturday

9:00- Coffee
HSS Lounge, Claudia Cohen Hall, Room 351

9:30-11:00 am - Session V
Claudia Cohen Hall, Room 402
Chair, Ann Norton Greene, Adj. Assistant Professor, History and Sociology of Science, Penn

Donald MacKenzie, Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Edinburgh
“Automated Trading, Place, and Path-Dependence”

Caitlin M. Zaloom, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University
“The Paradox of Personal Finance.”

11:00-11:15 am - Coffee break
HSS Lounge, Claudia Cohen Hall, Room 351

11:15-11:45 am – Closing Remarks
Claudia Cohen Hall, Room 402

Ruth Schwartz Cowan, Professor, History and Sociology of Science, Penn

12:00-2:30 pm – Banquet Luncheon
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall

 Master of Ceremonies – Matthew Hersch

Registration for lunches is closed, but attendance at sessions needs no registration.

For more information, please contact

Dr. Ann Greene, History and Sociology of Science Department

Symposium Organizer

Dominique Tobbell
Assistant Professor, Program in the History of Medicine, University of Minnesota
Due to illness, Dr. Tobbell, is unable to attend the symposium.  We thank her for all her work in organizing this event.

 


Date: 
Friday, May 3, 2013 - Saturday, May 4, 2013
Time: 
08:30 am
Location: 
Claudia Cohen Hall, University of Pennsylvania
Location: 
Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street
Type of Event: 
conference