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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

STSC alum Brendan McHugh '12 wins in national swimming championships

McHugh, STSC '12, stunned the swimming world Aug. 8, setting a United States Open record with a time of 27.10 seconds and winning the 50-meter breaststroke at the national championships in Irvine, Calif.

Voskuhl wins Barzun prize from APS

Heidi Voskuhl's book, Androids in the Enlightenment (University of Chicago Press, 2013) was just awarded the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History from the American Philosophical Society.

Ruth Schwartz Cowan elected to American Philosophical Society

Ruth Schwartz Cowan, Professor Emerita in this department, has been elected a member of the American Philosophical Society (APS). The APS was founded in 1743 as the country’s first learned society, and past members include Benjamin Franklin, Marie Curie, and Albert Einstein.  Link to the story at