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Welcome new faculty: Stephanie Dick and Sebastián Gil-Riaño

The History and Sociology of Science Department

is pleased to announce

the addition of two new members to its faculty:

Stephanie Dick

Sebastián Gil-Riaño

New Graduate Students - Fall 2016

Welcome to our new graduate students!

Cameron Brinitzer

Austin Cooper

Christopher Fite

Zachary Loeb

Leah Samples

HSS Graduate Students: Postdocs, Fellowships and Prizes

Congratulatons to our graduate students who have been awarded postdoctoral positions, fellowships and prizes!


Eram Alam will be the 2016-2017 postdoctoral fellow for the Penn Program on Race, Science & Society.

Whitney Laemmli will be a postdoctoral fellow with the Columbia University Society of Fellows in the Humanities for 2016-2019.

Undergraduates: Awards and Prizes

Julie Bittar '16: Gaylord P. Harnwell Award

Kelly Bridges '16: Society of the College Prize (STSC Senior Thesis), STSC Honors

Joia Brosco '16: Phi Beta Kappa, HSOC Honors, Rhodes finalist

Lucia Calthorpe '16: Gates-Cambridge Fellowship, Dean's Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, HSOC Honors

Grace Chang '16: Phi Beta Kappa

Emma Chessen '16: Society of the College Prize (HSOC Senior Thesis), HSOC Honors

Imran Cronk '16: HSOC Honors

Phi Beta Kappa

Congratulations to the newest Phi Beta Kappa inductees, all from the class of 2016:

Joia Brosco
Lucia Calthorpe
Grace Chang
Chloe Getrajdman
Eileen Wang

Senior Honors Theses

The following students are receiving honors in the major for writing a senior thesis.  They presented their research and research posters at our annual Senior Symposium on April 18th.

In Science, Technology and Society:
Kelly Bridges,
“Climate Change, Scheduled Casters And Scheduled Tribes: Analyzing Socioeconomic And Climate Change Vulnerabilities Amongst Female Farmers In Rural Madhya Pradesh”

In Health and Societies:

Dean's Scholars

HSOC Senior Lucia Calthorpe, and Doctoral Candidate Elaine LaFay were named Dean's Scholars, and recognized at the School of Arts and Sciences' annual Levin Family Dean's Forum on Wednesday, March 30.

HSOC 251 Students Share Health Concerns at Public Health Symposium

Students in Foundations of Public Health (HSOC 251), taught this term by Dr. Rosie Frasso (from the Center for Public Health Initiatives) gathered to share their research and recommended solutions for Penn students’ health concerns at Penn’s first Public Health Undergraduate Symposium.

Etienne Benson wins Joel A. Tarr Envirotech Article Prize

Assistant Professor Etienne Benson was awarded the 2015 Joel A. Tarr Envirotech Article Prize at the recent Envirotech meeting held at the American Society for Environmental History Conference, held in Seattle, WA.  The prize is for his article, "Generating Infrastructural Invisibility: Insulation, Interconnection, and Avian Excrement in the Southern California Power Grid," Environmental Humanities 6 (2015): 103-130.