The American Academy in Rome recently announced the the winners of the 118th annual Rome Prize Competition. Margaret Gaida, PhD candidate in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine graduate program, was named the 2014-2015 recipient of the Lily Auchincloss Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies for her research project, "From Aleppo to Rome: Astrology as a Mirror of Cross-Cultural Transformation, 950-1521."
Each year, through a national competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to approximately thirty individuals who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Rome Prize recipients are provided with a fellowship, which includes a stipend and live/working space, and are invited to live in Rome for six months to two years to immerse themselves in the Academy community. They will enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand their own professional, artistic, or scholarly pursuits, by drawing on their colleagues' knowledge and experience, as well as the inestimable resources that Italy, Europe, and the Academy have to offer. Margaret will be spending the 2014-2015 academic year in residence at the Academy, conducting her doctoral research.
Margaret completed a BA in physics and philosophy at Duke University, an MA in philosophy at the University of California at San Diego, and an MA in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine here at OU. Her primary research interest is the transmission, appropriation, and circulation of scientific knowledge across cultural boundaries in the medieval and early modern Mediterranean. Specifically, her dissertation explores the history of a single text, Alcabitius’ Introduction to Astrology, and its medieval and Renaissance readers in Aleppo, Andalusia, Paris, Bologna, Florence, Rome, and Venice. Margaret has completed a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, and is also interested in the history of women in science and biographies of women scientists. She blogs about these interests at http://hypatiasheritage.wordpress.com/. Margaret loves spending time with her family (especially her two young children), traveling, reading, and being in nature.
Margaret's website: http://mghsci.wordpress.com/
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