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Tenure Track Position in the History of Science

The University of Pennsylvania's Department of History and Sociology of Science invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the history of science, to begin July 1, 2016. In addition to contributing to the graduate program, the successful candidate will play a crucial role in the Science, Technology, and Society Program, a thriving undergraduate major administered through the department.

Welcome to Ramah McKay, Assistant Professor

The Department welcomes Ramah McKay as our new assistant professor. 

New graduate students

Welcome to our new graduate students who will be joining us in Fall 2015!

Ikenna Achilihu
Sumiko Hatakeyama
Sara Meloni
Lois Rosson

Jonathan Moreno has blog on national security and bioethics

Jonathan Moreno posted this piece, "How national security gave birth to bioethics" on "The Conversation".  You can read it at 

Etienne Benson discusses birds and power grids

In a nice past-to-present connection, given current concerns about birds, migration patterns and energy infrastrucures, Etienne Benson reflects on this issue for PennNews, "Penn Historian Discusses the Threat Birds Posed to the Power Grid in 1920s California"

Lisa Ruth Rand receives NASA and PACHS fellowships

Congratulations to Doctoral Student Lisa Ruth Rand who has received

NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology

and also

Dissertation Writing Fellowship from the Consortium for the History of Science,Technology, and Medicine (

Peter Collopy wins Mellon Fellowship

For the 2015-2016 academic year, Peter Collopy will be a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Digital Humanities Program at the University of Southern California. The program’s website is at

Marissa Mika wins AAHM Shryock Medal

Doctoral student Marissa Mika has won this year's Shryock Medal, given by the American Association for the History of Medicine, for an essay called "Surviving Experiments: Burkitt's lymphoma research in Idi Amin's Uganda."

Sofia Duque HSOC '15 is a Fulbright Scholar

Sofia Duque '15, an HSOC major, will be doing women's health research in Gaborone, Botswana as a Fulbright Scholar.

Rising HSOC senior wins CURF award

Rising HSOC Senior Perry Goffner '16 has been selected to receive a Spring 2015 The Louis H Castor, M.D., C’48 Undergraduate Research Grant from the College Alumni Society for his research project under Prof. Linker, “WW Keen's Defense of Vivisection and its Effect on the Professionalization of Surgery.”