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Luke Messac and Journal of Policy History

A blog post, published by The Conversation, is based on an article doctoral candidate Luke Messac (M.D./PhD program) recently published in the Journal of Policy History. The post gives a brief history of the genesis of "the other opioid crisis"--that is, the dearth of opioid analgesia in many countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Dissertation Defense: Whitney Laemmli

Whitney Laemmli defended her dissertation, "The Choreography of Everyday Life: Rudolf Laban and the Making of Modern Movement," on February 29th.

Whitney will be at the Columbia Society of Fellows for 2016-2019.

STSC freshman seminar featured in Penn News

Ian Petrie's fall 2015 Freshman Seminar is featured this week in Penn News

Congratulations, Dr. Voskuhl!

Congratulations to Dr. Adelheid "Heidi" Voskuhl on getting tenure!

Welcome to Ramah McKay, Assistant Professor

The Department welcomes Ramah McKay as our new assistant professor. 

John Tresch, "Buddhify Your Android"

Associate Professor John Tresch is featured in SAS Frontiers for his current work on how mindfulness apps connect—and disconnect—with their Buddhist roots. 


Dr. Aronowitz featured in Penn Gazette

Dr. Robby Aronowitz is featured in an article in the January/February edition of the Penn Gazette. "Our Labs, Our Health?" discusses his recent book Risky Medicine.

"In Risky Medicine, History and Sociology of Science Professor Robert Aronowitz argues that today’s fixation on diagnosing and managing risk factors rather than treating diseases leads to anxiety and stress, over-diagnosis of conditions and overuse of drugs, and radical treatments that are unnecessary or harmful."

Heidi Voskuhl on Wisconsin Public Radio

Listen to Heidi Voskuhl's interview about her book, Androids in the Enlightenment, on Wisconsin Public Radio:

And if you'd like to hear the whole show:


Moreno starts Washington Center for Equitable Growth/Working Group on the History of Technology

Dr. Jonathan Moreno has helped start a history of technology project at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth to create a continuing role for historians in public policy.

Department faculty Heidi Voskuhl and PhD alum Chris Jones (Arizona State) are among the participants. 

Dr. Aronowitz's new book!

Risky Medicine: Our Quest to Cure Fear and Uncertainty by Dr. Robert Aronowitz has just been published by University of Chicago Press.  LINK