Past News

2014 got off to a busy start. In January I presented a dissertation-related talk at the American Catholic Historical Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., titled Cattell’s Catholics: Who were these American Men of Science? In February I participated in the 4th JSPS Multidisciplinary Science Forum in Washington D.C. (back again). April saw me at the Midwest Junto for the History of Science at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, with four other grad students from my department.

My future plans included giving another dissertation-related talk, titled “To Any Degree” - Jesuit Medical Schools in Nineteenth-century America, at a conference marking the bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814 to be held in October at Loyola University Chicago. My presentation involves a close look at the first three American Jesuit medical schools - St. Louis, Georgetown, and Creighton - and the way science appeared in their curriculum versus how these institutions dealt with science in their classical education offerings.

As 2015 drew to a wintery close, I looked back over a fairly productive year. I attended several conferences, including the Midwest Junto for the History of Science here in Madison, the Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop at Notre Dame, and the annual History of Science Society meeting in San Francisco where I organized a session and presented a paper.

In my work as the Illustrations Editor for the History of Cartography Project, the release of Volume 6 of the History of Cartography series in April 2015 with its 1000+ illustrations over 1900 pages proved a definite highlight with celebrations held in Chicago at AAG and here in Madison. Next for me at the Project will be to procure the images needed for the two remaining volumes, work measured in years as these books will also have over 1000+ images each among their many pages.

A wide-ranging set of presentations highlighted my 2016 news as seen from these titles: Branching over History in the Teaching of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin, A ‘New Aspect’ to Charles Coppens, S.J., and his teaching Medical Ethics, and The many universes of Seddie Bingham / Sister Aloysia (1873-1899). Besides working on my dissertation, an edited chapter for a volume about the history of the restored Jesuits in America, titled “To Any Degree”: Jesuit Medical Schools in Nineteenth-Century America, has gone through copyediting and will hopefully appear next year.

I attended the SIGCIS-organized conference Command Lines: Software, Power, and Performance in March 2017 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

In July 2017 I enjoyed my first visit to Brazil at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I served as the secretary to the conference program chair along with giving a talk to the Scientific Instrument Commission group titled The ‘personal’ equations of American astronomer Joel Stebbins. While in Brazil, I also participated in the 27th International Conference on the History of Cartography held in Belo Horizonte.

My chapter “To Any Degree”: Jesuit Medical Schools in Nineteenth-Century America came out in August 2017 in Crossings and Dwellings: Restored Jesuits, Women Religious, American Experience, 1814-2014, volume 11 of the Jesuit Studies series from Brill edited by Kyle B. Roberts and Stephen R. Schloesser, S.J., about the history of the restored Jesuits in America.

In November 2017, I travelled to Toronto for the annual History of Science Society conference where I chaired a session on Science Education in the United States.

January 2018 started off with a bang related to my work as the Illustrations Editor for the History of Cartography Project when the 950+ map images destined for Volume 4, Cartography in the European Enlightenment, the next volume in the History of Cartography series due to appear in 2019, went off to our publisher the University of Chicago Press.

In October I presented a 'flash talk' titled “What Hath God Taught – Teaching Telegraphy at Notre Dame in the 1870s” at the SHOT conference held in St. Louis, Missouri. I also took in the 10th Annual SIGCIS gathering titled Stored in Memory held on the last day of the SHOT conference.

Last updated on 03/02/2019