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Tenure Track Position in Global Health

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 and sociocultural study of global health, to begin July 1, 2015.  In addition to contributing to the graduate program, the successful candidate will play a crucial role in the Health and Societies Program, a thriving interdisciplinary undergraduate major administered through the department.

Remembrances for Thomas Hughes and Henrika Kuklick

"Remembering Thomas Hughes"  Technology and Culture 55.4 (October 2014): 945-972

     Five essays by W. Bernard Carlson, Arne Kaijser, Ann Norton Greene, Gabrielle Hecht, and John Staudenmaier (attached below as pdf files)

"Eloge: Henrika "Riki" Kuklick"  Isis 105.4 (December 2014): 815-818

     Memorial essay by Sarah W. Tracy (attached below as pdf file)

Dr. Theresa Walls

We are sad to report that Dr. Theresa Walls died suddenly on Sunday, November 30th.
Dr. Walls had been a lecturer for Health and Societies for more than ten years.

This is the obituary sent by her family:

Theresa A. Walls, DO, MBE, 65, of Lancaster, passed away at her residence on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Born in Englewood, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Matthew J. and Filomena Zuccaro Walls.

Professor Aronowitz elected to Institute of Medicine

Congratulations to Professor and Department Chair Robby Aronowitz who has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine, one of the nation's highest honors in the health-care field. He joins 69 other new members and 10 foreign associates in the 2014 class. The IOM was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, and is recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues.

David Barnes' Lazaretto research in the news

See Philadelphia Inquirer front page story on October 21, 2014.

Rachel Elder receives Lillian Sholtis Brunner Fellowship

Doctoral Candidate Rachel Elder has received the 2014 Lillian Sholtis Brunner Fellowship at the Barbara Bates Center for the History of Nursing. 

The Lillian Sholtis Brunner Fellowship offers $5000 to scholars who are seeking assistance with research and writing as part of their study of history. Selection of Brunner Fellows is based on evidence of preparation and/or productivity in historical research related to nursing. The Fellowship supports a residence at the Bates Center where Fellows will engage in on-going collaboration with Center faculty.

Tamar Novick wins Eric Wolf Prize

Tamar Novick has been awarded the Political Ecology Society’s 2015 Eric Wolf Prize for the best article-length paper based on dissertation research.  Her article, “Getting their Goat: Disturbing Creatures and Capricious Attempts to Change the East” was aswarded for her use of "substantive archival research to make an innovative contribution to discussions of environment and power."  The paper has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Political Ecology.

The award includes a prize of $500.


Beth Linker writes about the VA crisis for the Boston Globe

Beth Linker's piece in the Boston Globe (7 September 2014) provides a historical perspective on the current problems with the VA. 

"The VA: Trouble from the Start - created to save money, the agency has only ended up illuminating the human cost of war"

David Barnes publishes article in the Journal of the History of Medicine

David Barnes, 'Cargo, “Infection,” and the Logic of Quarantine in the Nineteenth Century,' Journal of the History of Medicine 88.1 (Spring 2014): 75-101.

DOI: 10.1353/bhm.2014.0018