History of American Science
(Professors Hamerla, Heyck, Pandora, Tracy and Weldon)
Faculty and students in this area blend intellectual, institutional, and cultural history in their approaches to key topics and issues in the History of Science and in American History. Areas of special focus include: science and social thought; science, technology and industry (especially the chemical, electronics, and computing industries); science, technology, and the environment (especially the history of ecological thought and the political history of environmentalism); science and the federal government; science and religion in the 19th and 20th centuries; the social history of medicine; and science, technology, and medicine in popular culture. Faculty in this area often work closely with members of the History Department, which is particularly strong in the history of the American West and in environmental history. In addition to the History of Science Collections, other university resources include the Western History Collection, well-known for its outstanding collections related to the politics, culture, and development of the American West.